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Today, Second-Guessing Other Sports Commentators But Some Thoughts On Current Political Issues, Too - 09-30-10

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At Last, A Prominent Moderate Muslim Speaks Out Against Muslim Terrorists - 09-16-10

Today, It’s All About College Football With Some “As I See It” Commentary - 09-09-10

Danes’ Sensible Approach To Immigration Won’t, Unfortunately, Fly In The U.S.A. - 09-02-10

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When The Subject Is Disasters,Obama Needs A History Lesson - 07-08-10

McChrystal’s Firing Spotlights Afghan War And The Slim Chance Of U.S. Victory There - 07-01-10

Advice For An Egocentric President: “I, I, I” Suggests One-Man Team - 06-24-10

Texas Decision Good For Big 12 But Even Better For The Longhorns - 06-17-10

Europe Is Sobering Up From 'Welfare' Binge; Obama-Led U.S. Moving Toward Similar Crises? - 06-10-10

A New Issue: Does ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell’ Make Military Service Easier For Gays? - 06-03-10

Do State Officials Really Understand The Challenges Faced By Omaha Schools? - 05-27-10

Democrats Continue Cheap Shot Campaign Against Republican Congressman Lee Terry - 05-20-10

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Citizenship For Immigrants Is Inevitable But Start By Closing The Border - 05-06-10

Punish Wall Streeters If They Deserve It But Liberal Dems Spawned The Mortgage Mess - 04-29-10

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Tiger Sulks His Way Through Masters— Is Obama Gambling On The Nuclear Issue? Rogue States And Terrorists Won’t Sign Up - 04-15-10

Did Obama/Pelosi ‘Sausage Factory’ Produce A Debt-Increasing Unpopular Health Plan? - 04-08-10

The Stories Behind Some Disturbing Headlines And Some Advice For Avoiding National Bankruptcy - 04-01-10

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Insurance Pays 96% Of Family’s Cost For Seven Years Of ‘End Of Life’ Treatment - 03-18-10

President Angry Replaces President Cool; ‘ObamaCare’s’ Chances Helped Or Hurt? - 03-11-10

Americans To Get ‘ObamaCare’ Even If They Don’t Want It? - 03-04-10

Despite The Headlines, There’s Progress In Curbing Violence In North Omaha - 02-25-10

Corporate Expenditures Bad For Politics Except When They Benefit Liberal Candidates? - 02-18-10

Wind Energy Industry Faced Disaster; V.A. Hospital Not Personal Obama Choice - 02-11-10

Some Remarkable Legislative Comments And Some Questionable Media Performance - 02-04-10

When The Subject Is Nebraska Wind Energy, ‘Green’ Is The Color Of Money - 01-28-10

The “Teddy Kennedy Seat” Lesson Might Benefit Both Democrats and Republicans - 01-21-10

Some Legislative Issues—Like Gambling—Deserve Quick Death But Water Issues Deserve Careful Attention - 01-14-10

Today: ‘Big Daddy’ Government Wrong Again, And How Justified Is Cornhusker Title Talk? - 01-07-10

Dan Neary Worthy Of The Honor--
Today Some Upbeat Comments But "Obama Care" Debate Demands Attention
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Even Without That Health Bill Vote, Another Term For Nelson Was Questionable - 12-23-09

Let’s Talk Football And Why Nebraska’s Suh Deserved The Heisman - 12-17-09

Image of Immigrants Would Be Helped By Less Cinco de Mayo, More 4th of July - 12-10-09

Image Of Islam Is Badly Damaged By ‘God-Approved’ Slaughter Of Non-Muslims - 12-03-09

Close Call For NU Research, Reputation; Thanksgiving Reminder: Count Your Blessings - 11-25-09

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Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’
Changing To ‘Maybe We Can’t’?
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Review The History Before Renaming A Street; Memories Of Sarah, Our Sweet Senior Dog - 11-05-09

“Socioeconomic Diversity” More Important Then Academic Achievement In “Learning Community”? - 10-29-09

A Visiting Sports Columnist Agrees: ‘There Is No Place Like Nebraska’ - 10-22-09

Might Obama Wish He Had A Chance To Say ‘No, Thanks’ To Early Nobel Prize? - 10-15-09

Don’t Overlook The Variety Of Aid Which Goes To ‘Poverty Level’ Families - 10-08-09

Smorgasbord Today: From UN’s “Nutcake Day” To Obama Performance Here And Abroad - 10-01-09

Must Defense Continue To Cover For Huskers’ Anemic Red Zone Offense? - 09-24-09

'Energizer Bunny' President Continues To Add Proposals For Reform - 09-17-09

Today, Variety: Football, Golf And Why No President Should Televise Himself Into The Nation’s Classrooms - 09-10-09

Massachusetts Gave Kennedy Significant Second Chances - 09-03-09

Obama’s Problem Not Just With GOP
But With A Great Many Americans
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Tiger Could Use Sportsmanship Lesson—And Less Coverage From Fawning Media - 08-20-09

Gallup ‘Competitive’ Label, If Accurate Long Term, Is Good News Not Only For Nebraska Democrats - 08-13-09

Democrats Go All-Out Negative:
Trash Private Insurance Industry
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Journalistic Watchdogs Turned Lapdogs When Obama Called That ‘News Conference’ - 07-30-09

Look Back, Mr. President: Opposition Is Catching Up - 07-23-09

Dem Lynch Mob Might Hang President’s Hopes - 07-16-09

Dems Start Oust-Terry Effort In The Political Gutter - 07-09-09

Despite Liberal Media's Views, Nation Better Served By Viable GOP - 07-02-09

A Varied Menu For You To Consider - 06-25-09

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Wealthiest Paying Less, In Taxes?
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Notre Dame And Obama
Offer A Splendid Lesson
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Special-Interest Liberals
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A Surprising Source: Obama
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Media Transfer Their Love
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- 04-30-09

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Seven Iowans Change Marriage
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Escaping The Verdict Of History?
- 04-02-09

Multi-Focused President
Upsets Even Liberals
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Richard Nixon—Appropriate To Recall The Good As Well As The Dark Side - 03-19-09

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- 02-12-09

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- 02-05-09

Journalistic Hounds Are Still
In Full Pursuit Of Bush
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Shouldn’t Further Distract Us
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Major News Media Look Bad
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- 8-07-08

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As I See It
Harold W. Andersen is a retired Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Omaha World-Herald Company. Full biography.

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For The Best “Stimulus” Formula:
Put Economic Recovery First;
“Remaking USA” Can Wait

February 5, 2009

Somehow the words of Stephen Leacock, the late Canadian humorist, keep coming to mind as I watch Barack Obama multi-task the presidency.

The presidency will, of course, always be a multi-task job.  But particularly in these unusually troubled times, Obama should avoid leaving the impression—and the reality—that, like the man in humorist Leacock’s description, he “flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.” 

Candidate Obama promised so many “remaking America” initiatives that one wonders how he could possibly successfully address them all—or perhaps even the majority of them.  Especially now, with the national economy in much more serious shape than when Obama was on the campaign trail promising a multitude of “change” initiatives. 

Today I think most Americans would prefer that the president follow the old adage that advises, “First things first.”  Concentrate on restoring the American economy, back to the point where people were secure in their jobs and in their retirement savings—secure until a combination of Democratic politicians’ irresponsibly liberal home-ownership policies—and a great deal of bad judgment and greed on the part of too many financial institution—created economic chaos.

Americans Want A “Pelosi Package’?

Any support that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her followers have generated for the $819 billion “stimulus” package the House passed last week has been met with a barrage of criticism—from liberal-to-moderate David Broder, the respected Washington Post columnist, to conservative Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal.

Broder wrote:  “Professional economists from both the right and left have raised questions that are anything but frivolous…Martin Feldstein, a top Reagan adviser, has questioned the efficacy of the current menu of tax cuts and spending proposals to generate consumer demand and provide jobs.  Alice Rivlin, who played a similar role for Bill Clinton, has called for a sharper focus on short-term job growth as distinguished from slow-acting steps for energy independence or health-care quality.

“Even the Congressional budget office has challenged how quickly this massive infusion of dollars will be felt in family budgets and their marketplace.” 

Peggy Noonan has written in The Wall Street Journal:  “The Congressional budget office says only 25% of the money will even go out in the first year.  This newspaper, in its analysis, argues that only 12 cents of every dollar is for something that could plausibly be called stimulus.”

Even CNN Couldn’t Stomach It

The bill as it passed the House was so filled with pork—pet projects of this or that Congressman or his or her constituents—that even customarily liberal CNN commentators were taking critical potshots. 

David Broder gave some sound advice, which I might paraphrase in another tried but true adage, “Haste makes waste.”  Broder put his advice this way:

“So much is riding on this—both substantively and politically—that it’s worth taking the time to do it right.”

My comments were dictated earlier this week, before the Senate had a chance to consider the House-passed legislation.  There may have been later substantial developments in this fast-changing scene.  If that’s the case, I hope those developments have included  positive, forceful Obama response to the wake-up call coming at him from so many directions. 

This country is much more in need of short-term “restoration” than it is of protracted debate over a multitude of issues which would be involved in Obama’s promise to “remake America.”

* * *

Enough Photo Ops, Mr. President

As long as I’m giving advice to our forty-fourth president, here’s another suggestion: 

Start bypassing some photo opportunities rather than appearing to seek them out.  I again quote Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal columnist:  “In the time since his inauguration, Mr. Obama has been on every screen in the country, TV and computers, every day.  He is never not on the screen.

“I know what his people are thinking:  Put his image on the age.  Imprint the era with his face.  But it’s already reaching saturation point.”

I’m not sure I agree with Noonan as to the Obama team’s motive of putting his image on the era.  Nor do I agree that this process is “already reaching saturation point.”  My judgment is that it’s not already reaching saturation point; it’s already well past saturation point.

* * *

Are Daschle, Dodd Examples
Of “Morally Offensive Conduct”
Which Candidate Obama Deplored?

I came home from two days in Washington last weekend with mixed feelings.  First, a thoroughly enjoyable time seeing some old friends and being a guest at the luncheon and 96th anniversary dinner of the Alfalfa Club.

The downside was seeing fresh evidence of the political influence peddling which Barack Obama had pledged to fight.  The fresh evidence:  The shocking Tom Daschle story.  (More later about another shocking story involving a prominent Democrat, Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut.)

The Washington Post gave extensive coverage (the story started on page 1 and ran over a third of an inside page), to the Daschle story.  A story of how a respected Senate majority leader from our neighboring state of South Dakota has turned into a wealthy influence peddler in his post-senatorial career (he was defeated for re-election by Senator John Thune in 2004).  The Washington Post summarized it thus: 

“Daschle’s expertise and insights, gleaned over 26 years in Congress, earned him more than $5 million over the past two years, including $220,000 from the health care industry, and perks such as a chauffered Cadillac.” 

Daschle might have continued to peddle influence and build his fortune if the political bug had not bitten again, big time—a chance to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.

He pursued this opportunity until the story of previously unpaid income taxes and—perhaps the final straw—revelation of additional unpaid taxes came to light.

Daschle apologized and withdrew from consideration for the appointment.  Obama said he felt he had “screwed up” by letting Daschle come so close to appointment.

Senatorial Perk: Lower Interest Rate

The New York Times said of Daschle’s performance:  “It shows how in just four years an influential former senator was able to make $5 million and live a lavish lifestyle by dint of his name, connections and knowledge of the town’s inner workings.”

As I see it:

Although he lists a residence in Aberdeen, South Dakota as among his assets, I believe the truth is that in his later years in the Senate, Daschle had become more of a Washingtonian than a South Dakotan, and I believe this hurt him in his bid for a fourth term in the Senate.

Now, after ex-Senator Daschle has become a millionaire Washington influence peddler with a Federal income tax problem, I believe South Dakotans and their neighbors in adjoining states like Nebraska are entitled to say, “Good riddance.”

Elsewhere on the seamy Washington political scene, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he will refinance two home mortgages at lower rates offered to him by a troubled  national lender that is being investigated by a Senate ethics panel.

Dodd said he sought no special treatment from Countrywide Financial Corp.  He has acknowledged participating in a VIP program at countrywide.  He said he thought the VIP program offered upgraded customer service, not reduced interest rates.

* * *

President’s National Security Advisor:
“The World Wants Our Leadership”

Concluding on a happier note—the better side of my visit to Washington—let me tell you a few of the remarks which drew laughter at both the Alfalfa Club luncheon and later at the black-tie dinner. 

Incidentally, I heard only one explanation of why the club—whose members include public officials and business leaders from Washington and across the country—chose the name “Alfalfa.”  Alfalfa is a plant that needs a lot of moisture—and there is a good deal of moisture—as it comes in cocktail glasses and bottles—consumed at Alfalfa Club affairs.

I found the pre-lunch and pre-dinner hours very convivial but no more “moist” than comparable cocktail hours before similar luncheons or formal dinners.

At the luncheon sponsored by a Washington think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, there were both humorous and serious remarks.  Among the more serious remarks were those of General James Jones, Obama’s pick as National Security Advisor. 

Jones, whose military leadership roles included commandant of the Marine Corps and Supreme Allied Commander Europe said, there is a perception in some circles that America’s influence, its world leadership, is on the wane or ended. 

“I categorically resist with every fiber of my body” the notion that America’s world leadership is past,” Jones declared.  “The world wants our leadership.”

Alfalfa “Candidate” Wants “White History Month”

Another luncheon speaker, former Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia, contributed to the levity with a story that Bob Schieffer of CBS News, a fellow Alfalfa Club member, confronted a decision as to whether to air an exclusive but unverified story which would have considerable viewer impact.  Schieffer’s decision, as described by Nunn:  “Let’s run with it.  It’s too good to verify.”

At the Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday evening, news media were not invited but some of the speakers customarily make their remarks available to the press.  The Washington Post, for example, had a story the next morning with some of the speakers’ quotes. 

The Club has a tradition of nominating its own presidential “candidate.”  This year the nominee was Vernon Jordan, Washington lawyer, well known as a civil rights activist and corporate board member.

Jordan spoke of how things have changed since he came to Washington.  “Eastland (the late Senator James Eastland of Mississippi) thought I was a Harlem Globetrotter,” Jordan said. 

Referring to the Republican presidential nominee, fellow Alfalfa Club member John McCain, Jordan said, “America was just not ready for a white man to be president.”  As president, Jordan said, he would proclaim March as “White History Month.”

Club President Wishes Obama The Best

“Candidate” Jordan ended on a more serious note.  On election night last November, Jordan said he went to his home and tears rolled down his cheeks when he learned that Obama had been elected.  He recalled his mother’s daily prayer, which concluded, “Trust that things will come right.”

The incoming Alfalfa Club president, Senator Kit Bond of Missouri, said that, when informed that he had been elected president of the Alfalfa Club, he said something like this to his wife:  “Honey, in your wildest dreams did you ever imagine an honor like this would come to me.”  His wife’s reply, Bond said:  “Kit, you’re never in my wildest dreams.”  

In response to repeated news media requests, the White House released some of what Obama planned to say at the dinner.  Included in his remarks were a reference to the family dog, a Labradoodle, having “some problems with back taxes” in connection with his appointment as official White House family dog.  On a more serious note, Obama said, “We can turn on each other and blame one another or we can work together.”

Alfalfa Club president Bond responded:  “We wish you the best.  Your success will be our success.”

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