Sarah and I had a blast tonight at the Sienna Conservative Club Holiday Buffet & Party. We both came away encouraged by so many new Nevadans getting active in the process and decided to post this old editorial cartoon for Throw Back Thursday.
From 1999 to 2007, I lived and breathed the state budget serving in the Nevada Legislature. Both Democrat and Republican majorities appointed me to the “money” committee every session I served. There, I learned the ins and outs of state cash flow, revenue forecasting and state overspending habits. With this fresh knowledge, I requested a bill draft in 2004 (in between sessions) to rebate Nevadans with a credit on their annual car registrations due to over taxation. The Governor brushed me aside and championed the idea as his own in 2005, but I didn’t care, and was just happy Nevadans got back $300 per vehicle the next year.
200 years ago today (1817), Spain was on top of the world. A major rival, England, had just suffered the embarrassing expulsion from its American colonies, whereas Spain was milking its American colonies quite profitably. In fact, at that time Las Vegas, Nevada was part of the Spanish territory of New Spain, although we did not contribute much to the economy.
Within five years, the locals drove the Spaniards back home, and created Mexico. The new government encouraged trade between the northernmost of the old Spanish colonies – Sante Fe, NM and Los Angeles, CA. Las Vegas was an important water stop on what we call today the Old Spanish Trail. Eventually, Washington won Las Vegas in the Mexican-American War in 1848.
It seems like Spaniards have been killing each other over the government ever since. It goes through periods of peace, but those are between some pretty nasty stuff. This morning’s Review Journal says they may be about to go at it again.
Here’s Wikipedia’s entry on the History of Spain.
Sarah and I went down to catch the Helldorado Parade Saturday late afternoon, which runs through the heart of downtown Las Vegas. When we got home we started hunting down this photo – a scan of the front page of the Las Vegas Review Journal from about this time of the year in 1977, my senior year in the marching band at Clark High School. That’s me on the left…