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RobJohnson
02-12-2009, 12:49 PM
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Obama's recent swipe at corporate excess that used Las Vegas for rhetorical flourish has politicians and tourism boosters from the Potomac to the fountains at Bellagio clamoring to defend Sin City's honor.

Two days after Obama slammed bailout-taking bankers for planning a get-together at a swanky Las Vegas resort, Nevada-connected boosters, politicians and businesspeople were still talking back.

"We've had about six major groups cancel," said Karen Gordon, president of the destination management company Activity Planners in Las Vegas. "Las Vegas and the entire meeting and incentive industry is being unfairly portrayed in a negative light."

On Monday during a question-and-answer session in Elkhart, Ind., Obama conjured imagery of crooked bankers cavorting in Las Vegas to make a point about accountability and responsibility.

"You can't take a trip to Las Vegas or down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers' dime," Obama said.

More (http://www.lvrj.com/news/39483752.html)

RobJohnson
02-12-2009, 12:54 PM
State Farm Insurance backed out on reservations for 11,000 rooms after the President's comments. But they will pay a cancellation fee and move the convention to CA.

Good interview on Fox: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,491504,00.html

In other news...........Obama has a trip planned to Las Vegas! He was also there many times during the campaign.

lacarnut
02-12-2009, 01:15 PM
That's like the pot calling the kettle black. How about you and your crooked Democratic friends extravagant meetings and junkets? Looks like Obama is doing everything he can to dumb down the economy.

RobJohnson
02-12-2009, 01:27 PM
That's like the pot calling the kettle black. How about you and your crooked Democratic friends extravagant meetings and junkets? Looks like Obama is doing everything he can to dumb down the economy.


The union hotel and casino workers helped him win the swing state of Nevada!

I'm sure they are proud now!

Obama just took a shit on their solidarity!

lacarnut
02-12-2009, 01:55 PM
The union hotel and casino workers helped him win the swing state of Nevada!

I'm sure they are proud now!

Obama just took a shit on their solidarity!

His intention may be to take a crap on every industry so that he can nationalize them. Make me wonder if that is his plan or if he is just that stupid. If it's the former, the government intervention plan is working.

Zeus
02-12-2009, 02:40 PM
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Odysseus
02-12-2009, 07:40 PM
State Farm Insurance backed out on reservations for 11,000 rooms after the President's comments. But they will pay a cancellation fee and move the convention to CA.
Good interview on Fox: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,491504,00.html
In other news...........Obama has a trip planned to Las Vegas! He was also there many times during the campaign.


The union hotel and casino workers helped him win the swing state of Nevada!
I'm sure they are proud now!
Obama just took a shit on their solidarity!
Not to mention on his number one ally in the Senate, Harry Reid (D-NV), who must feel like an idiot. This is going to cost his state a fortune, and he's running for reelection how soon? How's this for a Republican ad in Nevada:

EXT, NIGHT, the Las Vegas strip, looking vibrant and lit up, lots of activity.



NARRATOR (V.O.)

Welcome to Las Vegas. Incentive trips here play an important and productive role in the world of business. In 2008 there were more than 22,000 meetings that directly sustained about 43,000 jobs and generated an estimated $8.5 billion for the local economy. That money goes to hotel clerks, bus boys, cabbies, and a host of other workers. Workers like you. At least, it used to...

Slow crossfade to the same shot, EXT. DAY, but now the strip is deserted and covered with sand. Use the trailer footage from Resident Evil: Extinction, for the effect.



BARACK OBAMA (V.O.)
"You can't take a trip to Las Vegas or down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers' dime,"


NARRATOR (V.O.)
Las Vegas is being unfairly portrayed in a negative light to score cheap political points. And it's costing you money. On Wednesday, insurance giant State Farm backed out of an event that would have delivered 11,000 room-nights for Las Vegas. We've been hit as hard as any city by the recession, and the last thing that we need are politicians who've just poured a trillion-dollars down the tubes telling us that we're the problem. But what really hurts isn't that a politician who doesn't live here singles us out for a cheap shot. We expect that. It's when one of our own representatives refuses to defend his state, that's adding insult to injury.


SEN HARRY REID, D-NEV, V.O.
...the president's criticism was aimed at the potential use of taxpayer funds for junkets and in no way reflects his thoughts about any one particular city. In fact, (Obama) just accepted my invitation to visit again this spring, for the first time as our president.


NARRATOR (V.O.)
Yeah, Senator. That'll make up for billions of dollars in lost revenues. Thanks, Harry.

Fade to black.

RobJohnson
02-13-2009, 01:59 AM
Great post Odysseus, :)

cat714
02-13-2009, 03:41 AM
Wouldn't it be ashame if those hotels have to start laying off those union workers?? :rolleyes:

RobJohnson
02-13-2009, 08:17 AM
Wouldn't it be ashame if those hotels have to start laying off those union workers?? :rolleyes:

I hope not. Layoffs are not good, union or otherwise.

RobJohnson
02-15-2009, 09:19 PM
Obama will make it up to Reid.......


One of many highlights of the stimulus bill the Democrats just rammed through Congress is $8 billion for high-speed rail. What makes this appropriation special is that there was no money for high-speed rail in the original House legislation. The Senate bill had $2 billion. The legislation coming out of conference "compromised" on $8 billion.

How did this happen? Well, some of that $8 billion, as the Washington Post reported Friday, seems intended for "a controversial proposal for a magnetic-levitation rail line between Disneyland, in California, and Las Vegas, a project favored by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). The 311-mph train could make the trip from Sin City to Tomorrowland in less than two hours, according to backers." Reid of course played a major role in putting together the final bill.

Obama Levitates (http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/148lennd.asp)

biccat
02-16-2009, 08:13 AM
Don't worry, I'm sure Vegas will get a chunk of the stimulus bill to avoid layoffs. After all, isn't that what the government is best at - manufacturing a problem and then rushing in to solve it?

Odysseus
02-16-2009, 02:42 PM
Great post Odysseus, :)
Thanks

I hope not. Layoffs are not good, union or otherwise.
But that union in particular put itself out for Obama big time. That's what's known as poetic justice.

Obama will make it up to Reid.......
One of many highlights of the stimulus bill the Democrats just rammed through Congress is $8 billion for high-speed rail. What makes this appropriation special is that there was no money for high-speed rail in the original House legislation. The Senate bill had $2 billion. The legislation coming out of conference "compromised" on $8 billion.
How did this happen? Well, some of that $8 billion, as the Washington Post reported Friday, seems intended for "a controversial proposal for a magnetic-levitation rail line between Disneyland, in California, and Las Vegas, a project favored by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). The 311-mph train could make the trip from Sin City to Tomorrowland in less than two hours, according to backers." Reid of course played a major role in putting together the final bill.
Obama Levitates (http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/148lennd.asp)
So, by taking tourists away from Vegas, they're going to help Reid out exactly how?

BTW, I like mag-lev trains, and I think that, properly used, they could be a real boon (runs entirely on electricity, which could be generated by nuclear power, hence up this, OPEC), but connecting two pointless destinations is absurd. This just illustrates why government has no business trying to be in business.