Blogging and being a CPA in tax season the week before corporate tax due date are close to mutually exclusive but I saw two items in the local press I couldn’t let pass. First is a story that ran last night on WLOX featuring Congressman Gene Taylor and who he will support at the Democratic National Convention as a Super delegate.
Mississippi has a total of 40 delegates who will have a say in who becomes the Democratic nominee for president. Thirty-three delegates will be divvied up based on Tuesday’s primary vote. Seven other super-delegates can align with whichever candidate they like.
One of Mississippi’s super-delegates is fourth district Congressman Gene Taylor. So far, he hasn’t endorsed either of the democrats running for president, and Taylor told WLOX News he won’t, until he determines if they support his all perils legislation.
Congressman Taylor said Tuesday’s primary has certainly helped him focus lawmakers on his insurance plan.
“For one thing, it’s helped on the all perils bill by having at least one of the candidates come down here – Mrs. Clinton come down here and endorse it. My hope is that Mr. Obama will as well, and we’re hoping Mr. McCain will change. Based on the other two candidates, we hope Sen. McCain will change his mind on it,” Rep. Taylor said.
We at slabbed remain encouraged by Senator Clinton’s pledge of support. As a member of the Senate she is certainly well positioned to influence Senator Dodd. We hope Senator Obama will engage this issue on our behalf.
Speaking of which, the Sun Herald ran this editorial today which embraces the concept of holding the presidential candidate’s feet to the fire on Multi-Peril insurance. Like Congressman Taylor the Sun Herald declined to endorse a candidate yet, waiting instead for results on insurance, our biggest impediment to recovery.
Regardless of the outcome of today’s presidential primaries, Mississippians need to hold the attention of the three primary presidential contenders long after the polls close.
That’s because all three – Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama – still occupy seats in the United States Senate and it is in that upper house of Congress that Rep. Gene Taylor’s multi-peril insurance legislation is stalled.
These three senators could – with the national media attention constantly focused on them – instantly focus the nation’s attention on the insurance crisis that is overtaking more and more American homeowners.
If the private sector will not or cannot offer homeowners affordable and accountable protection for their property, then the federal government must.
This deplorable situation is not limited to Mississippi. It affects residents of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Of New York and Maryland. Of Virginia and the Carolinas. Of Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
We usually encourage voter turnout on an election day. But today we encourage the candidates themselves – those running for president as well as those hoping to fill Mississippi’s seats in Congress – to dedicate themselves to helping solve this problem before other coastal communities, and even communities far inland, are as overwhelmed as our communities have been by an insurance industry exempt from anti-trust legislation and more interested in profits than people.
A shout out goes to “Deb” of my staff who is active in the group trying to save the old Gulfport library.