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|April 9 2009
April 9 2009
Watching the JC Meter
We have us a true Cinderella story – Mark Green the
owner of Hobby Lobby and Mary Fallin are the
only two standing.
Both Mary and Mark had their fair share of upset – Mary is still
looking confident in her
win over the Governor.
Mark Green is still full of confidence from his victory over JC Watts.
The tip off goes to Green, he comes down, shoots the three, nothing but
net, not good for Mary Fallin’s state wide zone – her grassroots
ability is tremendous – but of course that is in contrast to all of the
establishment siding with Green and his hired guns – he has more
consultants than he has playing time for – but so far he has managed
them fairly well for a political newcomer.
Mary works the ball around, from corner of the state to the other, and
the support that she has spent 12 years building looks like it is
coming to a head – bad news for Green. Mary is beating the hired
guns on hustling to the ball and she is getting every loose ball and
every rebound, sign of a championship team.
Before you know it, it is half time and the Lt. Governor has a five
point lead, and both sides are leaving it all out on the court for this
Mary comes out blazing in the second half, she is four from four from
the three point range, and she shocks Green with a full court press to
expand her lead to 12. Game Over. Green makes a valiant
effort to bridge the gap, gets the lead down to eight, but Mary is in
some kind of zone, sinks another 2 three pointers.
The buzzer sounds, and for one shining moment Mary Fallin has
outplayed, outhustled, and outworked all major players. She is
the new Governor of Oklahoma. 87-71.
NOW ON TO SERIOUS BUSINESS
Did you know that the legislative session if more than half way
finished in its legislative days left? How do you think they are
doing – no major tax increase, the bond proposal is now law, signed by
I think for the most part, the House GOP is doing a pretty god job, I
don’t know how they are doing in positioning themselves to take the
Senate or the Governors mansion, but I think the House in GOP hands is
better for everyone in Oklahoma.
The Patriot Act is up for renewal. I think that legislation was a
gut reaction to 9-11, but when asking law enforcement officials they
all want to see it extended. I think we need to look at it
seriously, with a tough microscope and make changes but in my mind the
MOST important thing that can be done with the Patriot Act is that is
has a deadline and will expire in three to five years. How about
making an expiration date on all legislation? It has to be
renewed every so often so that Congress can make changes and fix
problems, if there are any.
I think the Senate Ethics committee is trying to stick it to our new
Senator, Tom Coburn, he is not trying to make money off of his
practice, just to keep his patients. For those that don’t know,
Sen. Coburn is a physician who want to practice medicine on the
weekends when he is not in DC. I commend the good doctor and
hopefully there can be a compromise, because I think they may get what
they wished for, Tom Coburn with more time to learn the Senate rules –
watch out US Senate – he is going to really shake things up. I
know the rules of the Senate are written by the Senate, but I figure
they would be more flexible, and more in line with our Founding Fathers
idea of citizen legislators. As long as there is no conflict of
interest, what is the harm?