The End Is Near -
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on December
11, 2014 - reprinted with permission
Let's end the year with a review and update on a few items.
Back in October I wrote about the Revel bankruptcy in Atlantic City ($2.4 billion to
build, opened in 2012, closed in 2014 and being bought for $110 million-a loss of 95%).
Now make that a 100% loss as the purchase deal fell through.
Also, the ongoing slapstick comedy between Carl Icahn, the UNITE HERE union and politicians
in New Jersey over the Trump Taj Mahal is working its way to a December 12th showdown. That
should be fun to watch. I wonder if any of Nevada's leaders have ever contemplated the
possibility of us facing the same fate AC has experienced.
Couldn't possibly happen here? OK, fine.
Re: Question 1 - The Court of Appeals ballot question. There was an interesting article in
the RJ on Nov 16. In it Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty, the lead spokesperson for the
Question stated about expanding the court: "_ we’ve never planned to do that. We have no
intention of doing that NEXT YEAR" (emphasis added). The article compared our new court to
Mississippi's which operates the same way ours will. There, the Supreme Court has nine
Justices compared to seven in Nevada. Their appeals court has ten judges vs. our three.
So, how long do you think that gap is going to last? See you in 2017 folks and remember,
we voted ourselves out of the process so all the Supreme Court and the legal establishment
have to do is present the expansion to a compliant legislature and away they go.
Re: Question 3 - The Margins Tax. On November 20th a gentleman wrote in an RJ letter to
the editor that the defeat of Q3 really wasn't that big after all. You see, he said, there
are 2.7 million people in Nevada and "only" 15.9% of them voted "NO" on Q3. So, how could
that possibility be considered a major defeat? Of course, the problem for the self-deluded
letter writer and his fellow regressive statists is that, using the exact same ground rules
he used, it turns out a mere 4.3% of 2.7 million Nevadans voted "YES" on the margins tax.
15.9% No vs. 4.3% Yes. No matter how you cut it or try to play the numbers game it was a
massive defeat for a ballot question that was one of the worst ideas ever thrown in the
face of the People of Nevada. Q3 was crushed because it deserved to be crushed. Case closed.
A few words on former Speaker of the Assembly designate Ira Hansen. Talk about your past
coming back to haunt you . . . Mr. Hansen tried to defend the things he wrote by saying
his bosses at the Sparks Tribune wanted him to be controversial. He sure succeeded didn't
he? In the politically correct (PC) world we live in today too many aspects of free speech
are being destroyed. The kinds of things Hansen wrote are repugnant to most all of us but
the real problem is the ammunition his writings provide to the PC terrorists who want to
limit speech only to what is acceptable to them. It's a dangerous and slippery slope I
believe we are already too far down.
Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season. See you in January.
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