Friday, December 9, 2011
News Roundup: December 9th, 2011
The return of News Roundup! Enjoy!
Officials at Smithfield Foods Inc. have reinstated a self-imposed deadline to get rid of all gestation crates for pregnant sows on its farms by 2017, its president and CEO said Thursday.
I've never quite understood the whole hoopla, but if it will be kinder to the animals, good for Smithfield. Also, they say happier animals produce better meat, so that's always welcome, better products that is.
Reps. Peter T. King of New York and Steven C. LaTourette of Ohio, as well as Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and former Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri, are among the Republican lawmakers who worked with Mr. Gingrich and now warn that he lacks the leadership skills and discipline needed to be a reliable president.
Newt has always struck me in recent years as the typical career politician. That, in addition to his public divorce and remarriage and the alleged ethics violations he had while in Congress have turned me off to his candidacy, unless I have no other choice (no way in heck am I giving Obama another four years).
McDonnell's proposal would increase the percentage of state sales tax dedicated to transportation from 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent over the next eight years, an increase that the governor predicts will add $110 million to transportation coffers.
The roads in Virginia, as much as I love my state, have sadly been neglected and are in desperate need of repair. If Governor McDonnell can find a way to do this without raising taxes, good for him. With all the fiscal success he's had so far in Virginia, I have little doubt he can succeed in this endeavor. I wish him the best of luck.