Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Iowa has a reputation?
A Jim Nussle road tour story as reported in the Mason City Globe Gazette...
U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle said Monday he favors removal of TouchPlay machines because they pose a threat to
’s reputation. Iowa
And that reputation is…
Fried Milkyway production and consumption capitol of the world?
A tipped hog to people ratio?
The most telephone customer service career opportunities in the
The single most influential state committed to the care & feeding of the
Gulf of Mexicodead zone?
Oh, my mistake…
During a campaign stop at the Mason City Library, Nussle, Republican candidate for governor, said, “We have a reputation of being a safe, clean, healthy place to raise kids.
Thank you, I knew I lived here for some reason.
Gubernatorial campaigns always shape the language voters use to evaluate the campaigns, the candidates and our future; and Iowans being the enthusiastic church types easily convinced to care about a “reputation” makes the use of reputation a good choice to frame differences between Nussle and the eventual Democratic nominee.
Nussle will take every opportunity to tie that lodestone of our supposed Vilsack induced reputation slide to the Democrats. Why not? This TouchPlay mess has really focused, like a laser beam (not really I just wanted to say that) attention on Vilsack’s all consuming need for jacking the revenue to promote his nonstop need for government spending. TouchPlay was just a creative and innovative method for pulling down money from suckers to maximize the revenue the state spends.
Nussle’s right on TouchPlay, it’s not good policy to end up with more slot & slottery machines than we have people. I just hope that in a no TouchPlay Iowa we’ll never be able to reach the perfect people to gambling machine ratio in our other money-eating venues.
I wish the debate that would have come out of all this was more global. Bad and good are always coupled together, and there are a lot of good points that could come from making Iowa the "Las Vegas of the midwest".
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