Daily Fix, Jan 3

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Happy New Year! Big news today is Governor Herbert’s inauguration. Big news this week is the swearing-in of the 112th Congress in DC. I’ll be there for both.  Today’s inauguration is open to the public, first-come, first-served, noon at the Capitol. (Be there early.)

*Senator Mike Lee (official as of today) said that people should expect change in DC to be incremental. “This changes by degrees,” Mr. Lee said. “I don’t think there are many people who are expecting that the government’s going to be transformed overnight into something in the image of the Tea Party. That would be delusional.” New York Times A few days before the general election, he also said he would not vote to increase the debt ceiling, even if it forced the federal government to grind to a halt. “Shutting down the federal government “may absolutely be necessary” to get spending under control,” he said.   Politico

*Speaking of Senator Lee, he also told Fox News this morning that his major goal will be to push an amendment to the Constitution that requires Congress to balance its budget and that he’s willing to slash government services even if it means Americans might have to do without key programs. Salt Lake Tribune He was also asked by Chris Wallace if his choice of hiring a lobbyist was his idea of “draining the swamp.” Lee responded that Spencer Stokes was “the brightest political mind, political consultant and lobbyist in Utah.” Fox News

*And speaking of the Balanced Budget Amendment, Ken Blackwell believes Republicans should tie an increase in the debt ceiling with passing a BBA. He is chairman for a new group, “Balanced Budget Amendment Now” and Sen. Mike Lee is chairing the Congressional Advisory Committee. To date, Lee is the only elected official to sign on as a supporter of Blackwell’s group. Daily Caller

*Herriman Rep Carl Wimmer told reporters he had met “with many conservative groups and leaders to discuss the slight possibility of running in 2012.”   With an exploratory committee underway and more than a year of amassing grassroots supporters in Southern Utah, (widely thought to be part of the new 4th district) Wimmer’s “slight chance” of running is probably equal to the “slight chance” I have of being a somewhat snarky political blogger during the 2011 legislative session.  Channel 2

*Jon Huntsman, Jr is considering a presidential run in 2012.  (Hint: If you are only just now thinking about it, you’re about 2 years too late.) He’s also called the Manchurian candidate. Newsweek

*Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announces he is running for a second term.  Right now, he is unopposed. KSL

*Politico lists its Top Ten political gaffes of 2010. Some of their picks? Christine O’Donnell as the GOP nominee in Delaware, Jack Conway’s Aqua Buddha ad and Charlie Rangel’s decision to fire his lawyers. Politico

*The US Capitol has lactation stations with colorful nicknames. There are 4 rooms where moms can go to pump and/or nurse their babies – one of the few places on the Hill that is truly bipartisan. Cool. New York Times

*Finally, take a gander at Dave Barry‘s 2010 year in review, such as: “Getting back to reality: The 2010 election season enters its final days with polls showing that Congress enjoys the same overall level of voter popularity as hemorrhoids. (After the election) President Obama immediately departs for a nine-day trip to Asia to see if anybody over there wants to hear about the benefits of health-care reform.” Miami Herald

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2 Responses to “Daily Fix, Jan 3”

  1. Daniel B. Says:

    Dave Barry is the funniest man alive. He is my idol.

  2. Tpayne Says:

    I am not an economist so I don’t fully understand how this all works but I understand the rhetoric surrounding the raising of the debt ceiling and to the layperson of course the mere consideration is an abomination- as if not raising the debt ceiling will suddenly make Congress balance the budget and live within its means.
    While listening to an economist discuss this exact issue he very eloquently cautioned against NOT raising the debt ceiling because it would mean the US would default on its debt for the first time in history.- this is the part my limited economics background doesn’t explain. Rather, raise the debt ceiling but in turn- and as a compromise- require spending cuts along with it as well as a plan for long term spending cuts. I am concerned that the extreme rhetoric- while principled and in the correct direction- will lead to reckless and irresponsible actions in the short term all for the sake of keeping political promises and making a name for ones self.

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