Corruption and double standards; Don’t change the name of a Senate office building; Anti-tax Republicans in the Mississippi Legislature pass a regressive tax; Sen. Cornyn was right about mob rule
My wife recently commented on the numerous Dominos TV ads telling consumers that Dominos will fill potholes in numerous communities. “Maybe they can help Jackson,” she said. “Sorry”, I replied, “Dominos can’t sell that many Pizzas.”
On Friday, August 10, the lead editorial in The Wall Street Journal was entitled “Corruption and Double Standards”. The editorial was an extensive report detailing how the left’s anti-corruption campaign has ignored the disgraced and corrupt of Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey. The editorial has a line about Democrats and “their media echoes”. In many ways, this line also applies to Democrats and their media cheerleaders in Mississippi.
HONOR JOHN McCAIN BUT DON’T CHANGE THE NAME OF THE RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – It’s nice the momentum has slowed to name the Senate Russell Office Building after the late Sen. John McCain. Any legislation supported by Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi should be suspect at the outset. John McCain was a true hero and great American. McCain should be honored but not by changing the name of the Russell building. Russell was one of the titans of the U.S. Senate where he served for almost 40 years. Previous to that, he was governor of Georgia. Yes, Russell was a segregationist and fought against all civil rights legislation. But so did Sen. John Stennis of Mississippi, one of our state’s most distinguished leaders in history. Former governor William Winter, one of our state’s most decent public officials to ever serve our state, also campaigned as a staunch segregationist when he ran his first race for governor in 1967. In fact Winter was “outseged” in that contest by the eventual winner, John Bell Williams. A magnificent Navy aircraft carrier is named after John Stennis.
Naming a new carrier after McCain would be a most appropriate memorial to McCain. And if some are still concerned Richard Russell was a segregationist, please note a number of Sen. McCain’s ancestors served in the army of the Confederate States of America.
MISSISSIPPI WILL HAVE A LOTTERY – THE MOST REGRESSIVE TAX – During the recent special session of the Mississippi Legislature, approval was given for the state to have a lottery. The decision was widely celebrated in most places in Mississippi. Because of the casino industry, Mississippi has been in the business of gaming regulation. When the lottery is implemented, the state will be in the gaming business period. The anti-tax increase Republican majorities in the House and Senate have passed the most regressive tax a legislative body can pass.
SEN. CORNYN GOT IT RIGHT – After the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas talked about “mob rule.” Over the course of the hearings, more than 200 protestors were arrested and removed from the hearings. “Mob rule” was not only true of the protestors but also applied to the Democrat senators on the committee.