JOHN BRUMMETT: GIF giving headaches

The state's long-suffering and newly controlling Republicans, especially those from Northwest Arkansas, have always contended that the old one-party Democratic state legislative culture was corrupt.

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DoubleBlind says...

Quite correct.

Posted 12 September 2017, 7:20 a.m. Suggest removal

Rightside says...


Posted 12 September 2017, 7:31 a.m. Suggest removal

WGT says...


Posted 12 September 2017, 7:39 a.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

Brummett, you forgot to mention, to your everlasting shame, your disgraceful, fawning coverage of the criminal Nick Wilson.

Posted 12 September 2017, 7:52 a.m. Suggest removal

Delta2 says...

Hog tweets are getting better than the articles (which are not bad themselves).

Posted 12 September 2017, 7:54 a.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

Good one, John. moz, what did he do wrong, say something bad about someone you voted for? Or do you prefer the system as is?

Posted 12 September 2017, 8:25 a.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...

Good column. It doesn't stop with GIF. Boondoggles such as gifting the Koch brothers with a steel mill comes to mind. Bond issues benefit bond salesmen and bond lawyers when revenues often could be raised more efficiently from general tax revenues. Many school improvements focus on building new buildings which benefit the construction companies, engineers, and architects while children surely would benefit from summer school enrichment programs, reading assistants, tutors, and coaches etc. However, no bigwigs earn big dollars from hiring more teachers and coaches. While government is necessary, it is full of graft and corruption. The good of society depends on fine journalists such as yourself to shine a flashlight on the corruption. A two party system often helps as well. In Arkansas, however, both parties historically have been owned by the big business interests.

Posted 12 September 2017, 9 a.m. Suggest removal

Delta123 says...

Amen and Amen

Posted 12 September 2017, 9:15 a.m. Suggest removal

Delta123 says...

Pop, a question. You clearly have an agenda (negative) when it comes to the Kochs. Let say, however, that Amazon wanted to build their 2nd Headquarters in Arkansas. Would you then be in favor of some sort of government intervention by way of financial incentives to attract them?

Posted 12 September 2017, 9:20 a.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

TT, educate yourself on Nick Wilson and get back to me.
If a Republican had done what Wilson did, Brummett's every column for months would have covered it.

Posted 12 September 2017, 9:46 a.m. Suggest removal

mrcharles says...

2 rich guys setting in an exclusive club for the super wealthy. One reading a paper while the other is looking out the window. He says it's raining outside.... The Newspaper reading Elite looks up and says , " It will wet the People!"....

Oh the humanity of having an agenda................ like the ADG with its overall editorials .

Back to the days of the barons.

Posted 12 September 2017, 10:03 a.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

PopMom, you are totally correct! moz, I am well educated on the Sorry Senator, Wilson. However, you act as if JB was a bud to Wilson and let him slide, while bringing to task maybe your buds there in NWAR. That is not the case.

Posted 12 September 2017, 10:42 a.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...


Good question. I am one of a growing number of people generally opposed to these incentives. Instead of giving rewards to one big business, I believe that it is more productive to have good schools, quality workers, low crime, low taxes for all of the companies to enjoy instead of giving big benefits to one corporation. This tendency has included all sorts of graft; the businesses who donate to the politicians such as the Koch brothers, the bond houses, and the bond lawyers all seem to be the ones who get this largesse. It has crippled Arkansas. Too much tax revenue goes into funding programs which benefit Arkansas' fat cats. I've also seen corporations such as Marriott cause the states of Virginia and Maryland get into a bidding war over tax benefits. As a result, Marriott ends up paying little in state taxes. It's not at all fair to small businesses. On the other hand, I have seen smart cooperation between government and business where local community colleges contract to train workers to work in that industry.

Posted 12 September 2017, 10:43 a.m. Suggest removal

Delta123 says...

Chuck, Jeff Bazos v Kochs. Guess what, they both have agendas. And very similar agendas I might add. And shocker, neither agenda has a damn thing to do with taking care of old Chuck and Delta.

Posted 12 September 2017, 10:45 a.m. Suggest removal

Lifelonglearner says...

Like so many problems in business, as well as government, when people make mistakes, stupid, immoral, or illegal, it is usually a systemic problem that makes it possible. With our politicians, there are also the problems of gerrymandered safe districts and weak ethics laws.
PopMom, I so agree. The problem is not that Arkansas has a high tax rate in comparison to its neighbors. The problem is who actually pays, and how effectively the money is spent.

Posted 12 September 2017, 10:57 a.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

TT, Brummett never gave anything but fawning coverage to Wilson.
I was on the Murphy Commission committee that uncovered his theft. Very dramatic testimony, hearing from those Child Support Enforcement officials defending their agency's success vs. the thieving POS Wilson. Not to mention, Wilson served his time on Ft. Walton Beach!

Posted 12 September 2017, 11:34 a.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

moz, LO! seems you blame JB for Wilson spending his time on Ft. Walton Beach. And chances are JB didn't come in and say to the commission what a wonderful person Wilson was. Maybe, you are pissed at JB because here you are on this important commission and JB didn't list your name enough or the great actions you did as a member. Not enough Atta Boys there moz?

Posted 12 September 2017, 1:47 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

As usual, you miss the point entirely. Brummett never gave anything but fawning coverage to Wilson, to Brummett's eternal shame. When did I say anything about my "buds" here in NWA?
And, I seek no accolades for my work on the MC, especially from the likes of Brummett. He only praises people on the illiberal left, not classical liberals like myself.
Let me bring up another matter from that time: one of our recommendations was to boost the pay of the people who work in the DMV offices. The head of the Department of Finance and Administration, Richard Weiss immediately said "Forget it. None of our legislators want to be known for raising the cost of government". Need I remind you what party completely dominated the Ledge at that time?

Posted 12 September 2017, 2:24 p.m. Suggest removal

WhododueDiligence says...

No, mozarky, TimberTopper didn't miss your point entirely. That would be impossible since you've been going over that same point hour after hour. Since it's not characteristic of you to get this stuck on one point, there's still hope that this one-track train of thought has a caboose.

Posted 12 September 2017, 3:11 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey moz - I'm sure it (forgetting to mention his good buddy Nick "Jailhouse" Wilson) was just an oversight.
So, JB, your excuse for being Nick Wilson's lap dog and being totally wrong about GIF funding was because you were young and Mike Huckabee irksome. What's your excuse now for being wrong about President Trump?"
Hey Pop - You call JB a fine journalist? Really? Seriously? Did you miss the part where for all practical purposes John Brummett helped cover up Nick Wilson's corruption for years?

Posted 12 September 2017, 3:21 p.m. Suggest removal

KnuckleBall says...

Good article John, yes Nick Wilson was a crook and from Northwest Arkansas.... Mmmmmmmm must be something in the water up there... and now has spread to the UofA... lol

Posted 12 September 2017, 5:27 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

Um, actually from NE Arkansas...Pocahontas, to be precise.

Posted 12 September 2017, 6:01 p.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...


Yes. John Brummett is a fine journalist who presents a point of view not represented elsewhere in the ADG. In his early career he believed too much of the Clinton propaganda and never really has seen their dark side as completely as some of us, he really has his finger on the pulse of what is happening politically in Arkansas. I really enjoy his writing. While I read the ADG daily to catch up with what is going on at home, I read it in part due to his column. I must say I also enjoy some of the other people who comment.

Posted 12 September 2017, 7:39 p.m. Suggest removal

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