Daily Fix, Jan 4

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On my way to DC for the swearing in of the 112th Congress.  Looking forward to sending back reports from within the belly of the beast.

*House GOP set to repeal heathcare bill.  Keeping campaign promises made by many incoming freshman and returning Representatives alike, Speaker Boehner has filed a bill to be voted on next week.  By filing today, the bill will have 72 hours-plus to be reviewed and of course many Republicans campaigned on a promise to repeal Obamacare. The bill is expected to pass the House, but won’t make it out of the Senate. Politico

*Governor Gary Herbert and Lt Governor Greg Bell have been sworn in. Their term will be 2 years. SL Trib

*In the face-palm category and clearly demonstrating that at least some of the newly-elected freshman missed the message that the American people want to see fiscal restraint, a lavish fundraiser is being held tonight. What are they thinking?! Politics Daily Politico

*Rep Carl Wimmer moves his expected Congressional run from the “slight chance” category to the “highly likely category” as he announces he has officially formed an exploratory committee. Such a committee allows him to begin fundraising and potentially hire staff, although it seems likely he’ll choose to run an all-volunteer campaign. Wimmer stated bluntly he would “never run” against Jason Chaffetz. He made no such promises about Morgan Philpot. In fact, many of Wimmer’s early supporters were also “Philpot phans” which sets up quite an interesting dynamic. SL Trib

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6 Responses to “Daily Fix, Jan 4”

  1. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    Starting to become real clear that the Tea partiers got kabuki theatre’ed. Turns out that their new CutGo rules and “strong” deficit reduction rules have a list of exemptions so long that they are little more then a joke.

    So far the legislative priorities of the republicans that we know of will blow holes in the budget the size of rocky mountains. Seems their is some nonsense going down on earmarks as well, well soon they will be backdoor-marks.

  2. Pops Says:

    This is what happens when government gets into the business of taking money from people and giving it to other people. It’s a death spiral of politicians buying our votes with our money and of us voting ourselves goodies from the public treasury.

  3. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    Hardly, their are plenty of well meaning politicians in both parties, the leadership of the republicans is where most of this nonsense comes from.

    The leadership of the republicans is grossly corrupt and many tea party candidates where clearly attached to the hose of money fueling their campaigns, the republicans biggest problem going forward may be in fact members of their party running solely for the purpose of making a buck with no actual intention of winning( O-Donnel, Palin, etc). But their are many good guys up their to.

    “It’s a death spiral of politicians buying our votes with our money and of us voting ourselves goodies from the public treasury.”

    Hardly, most voters given enough opportunity are more then capable of making intelligent decisions given sufficient access to information about their choices. The problem more relates to the access to the means of information distribution, we need to get the money out of politics and give voters a better way of knowing who supports what. British elections are a good example, political ads on the tv and radio are illegal their to get to know the options you watch the debates and/or meet the candidates.

    Election reform would go a long way as well, in a multiparty system you vote more for ideals then for the personality popularity of those running.

  4. John Says:

    I thought freshmen Congressman always had to spend half their time trying to raise money.

  5. Pops Says:

    …we need to get the money out of politics…

    And out of Washington.

  6. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    “I thought freshmen Congressman always had to spend half their time trying to raise money.”

    It is likely more time then that, it is almost like a call center style operation. They have phone lists and auto dialing computers and the works it would almost be impressive if it wasn’t so sad. This applies to both parties to be clear =p.

    2010 was kind of an odd year however, most campaign spending for republicans did not happen through their party organizations, it happened though a number of third parties funded mostly by secret donations. Citizens United ruling really damaged the transparency of our elections. It still amazes me that we had more money spent in this mid term year then was spend during the previous presidential election( about $4 billion dollars).

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