For weeks we have been told that former Governor Tom Vilsack was a lock to be Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture. This past weekend we learned that it’s not going to happen, in fact Vilsack wasn’t event approached or vetted for any cabinet position.
I think some Iowa Dems went a little overboard after Obama’s victory assuming that an Obama administration would be full of Iowans because he got his campaign rolling in Iowa. While Vilsack is a loyal Democrat, he wasn’t an outspoken supporter of Obama’s. Heck I was surprised that Hillary didn’t use him more during the caucuses.
This is the problem one creates when you don’t have any business running for President, you get termed a loser. Many think Vilsack could challenge Senator Grassley in 2010. I don’t think that’s going to happen. While Tom’s a little down on his luck now, he would be irrelevant if he ran against and lost to Grassley.
Empty the Bench?
Anyone else find it a bit interesting that the Democrats seem to be empting their bench? It seems anybody who’s anyone is either part of the Obama administration or rumored to be picked soon. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, Tom Daschel, Rahm Emanuel, and Janet Napolitiano have all been mentioned or selected. So who is left standing once the Obama Boom busts? Plus there is going to be a bunch of newbie Dems seeking election in the upcoming years making them more venerable to good Republican challengers.
The Bailout Continues
The Feds have guaranteed or pledged over $7.4 trillion in taxpayer money to rescue the financial system. That’s half the value of everything produced in the nation last year. Scary stuff. The latest bailout is for CITI Group and the Auto Industry will get theirs too, just wait and see. So our government refuses to let some of the largest companies fail, but what happens when in the upcoming decades when our government fails to deliver on its promises to the American people in regards to Social Security and Medicare? Will Citi, Ford, GM, Chrysler, AIG, or the others bailout the American people? Yeah, not going to happen.
Are there smoke detectors in Terrace Hill?
The recent hubbub over First Lady Mari Culver smoking it up in state vehicles lead me to wonder if she also lights up in Terrance Hill, a state owned building. Now you all know that I was opposed to the smoking ban, but this just goes to prove how stupid this law is. Its one thing to ban smoking in restaurants or places that serve foods, but to extend such a stupid law to tractors, and business vehicles is just ridiculous. Maybe Mari will start an ad campaign to have the law tweaked a bit so she can smoke on the road, and at Terrance Hill.