Savannah

Do or die in the Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday.  Gary Banz is cautiously optimistic.  CoS is up in the House on the same day.  Gary is cooperating with them, and believes it helps us.  Dave Guldenschuh will fly in Sunday night, which we all feel good about.  He’s got a Georgia drawl, which probably won’t hurt in Oklahoma.  We’ve done, and are doing, all we can.  No more cutting bait. Time to fish.

No sign of a break in the South Carolina Senate, the most bizarre legislative chamber in the country.  The House leadership promised Kasich a floor vote.  He’s in state for a couple days, and will meet with them and call in his chip.  You make a promise, you keep it.  That’s politics.  It’s the only way things can work.  We think we have the votes in the House.  Passage there might put a little heat on the Senate, though I wonder.  Those old boys just do what they want to do.

Hal Wick went to see Senate President Andy Biggs in Phoenix.  He got nowhere.  Biggs wouldn’t give him his email address, wouldn’t give him his business card.  He told Hal about a book he wrote, “The Con of the Con-con.”  Hal said he’d like to read it, and Biggs offered to sell him one for $15.  He’s a sweetheart.  A lot of people on the Task Force are going to try to generate grass roots support in his district.  The idea is if he’s barraged by requests for our bill, he might soften.  Most politicians would.  I haven’t met Biggs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he blew everybody off.  He’s bullheaded, and proud of it.  The Reagan Initiative ( a supply side BBA) might appeal to him, but maybe not.  Arizona may be the 34th state.  The Governor, who’s with us, is the only person who can force a vote in the Senate.  He’d have to call a special session to do it.  It may come to that.

Utah Rep. Ken Ivory leads the American Lands Council, dedicated to the transfer of federal lands to the states, or to the private sector.  He’s been at it for years, with a little success lately.  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski passed a bill to transfer lands 51-49.  It was a show vote, not binding, really.  But a good sign.  Ken has agreed to make a presentation at the Seattle Summit. He knows this issue cold, and is a good advocate.  This will help.

New Mexico Rep. Yvette Herrell gave me an email introduction to her Speaker, Don Tripp.  I made an email pitch for the Summit.  I hope he can come, and I hope he can convince Senate President Mary Kay Papen to come.  This is a little tricky.  The Governor and the House in New Mexico are Republican.  The Senate’s Democrat, and they fought all session long, to a dead heat.   Nothing got done.  Bad blood, no doubt.  Maybe the Reagan Initiative will be something they can work together on.  It’s good for New Mexico.  Jobs, jobs, jobs.  I’m hoping.

Looks like I’ll be going to Savannah in mid May for an ALEC meeting.  I’ll be talking about the Reagan Initiative, and not just to legislators, but private sector people as well.  There are lot of private sector people at ALEC meetings.  I will be very interested in their reaction.  If they’re smart, they’ll help.  I’m not counting on it.  When it comes to politics, a lot of people in business are dumber than stumps.  I don’t know what it is.  They’re not stupid people.  Take Einstein, the smartest man of the 20th century.  I’ve read of couple biographies of him, and learned about his “politics”, if you can call it that.  The politics of a halfwit.  Amazing.  All these brainiacs at Google and Apple are the same way.  In my personal experience, the most incompetent politicians I have known have been engineers.  You get more sense from a bus driver.  They think in straight lines, in black and white, right and wrong.  That’s not politics.

I had a roommate like that at Cal.  Tom Bull, one of the brightest guys in his field, physical chemistry.  Cal was, and is, I believe, one of the top schools in the country in this area.  He knew I was into politics.  He wasn’t really.  He didn’t know enough about politics to have an opinion.  He just had an attitude.  He used to tell me how much better everything would be if scientists made all the decisions.

That is a scary thought.

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