Daily Fix, April 7

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Government shut-down is the topic of the day. Isn’t it great that Utah balances its budget every year? We won’t be shutting down. In the meantime, take a look at this pie chart. (Literally – a pie chart.) The numbers driving the impasse? Cuts equaling 0.86% of the budget vs cuts equaling 1.59% of the budget. For crying out loud……

*Talks between Obama, Reid and Boehner, while called “productive” have not led to an agreement on keeping the government afloat. “I’m not yet prepared to express wild optimism, but we’re further along today than we were yesterday,” Obama said in his second late-night visit to the White House briefing room in about 24 hours. Boehner and Reid issued a joint statement after the meeting but did not speak to reporters. “We have narrowed the issues, however, we have not yet reached an agreement. We will continue to work through the night to attempt to resolve our remaining differences,” the statement read. The Hill

*Utah’s National Parks would be closed – just in time for spring break. Tax refunds may be delayed as 4,100 IRS employees based in Utah are furloughed. Congressional offices will be closed. Trib

*Utah’s Jason Chaffetz would have to find a new place to shower. A House Administration committee spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that the House gym, where the legislators who sleep in their offices go to wash up, would close down during a government shutdown. Chaffetz said there were a lot of things more important than where he showers in the current budget negotiations. Trib

*Utah legislators have mixed opinions. Rep Carl Wimmer favors the shut-down, while Rep Ken Ivory, a “crusader for limiting the size of the federal government, said there is no question Congress needs to get spending in check. If the shutdown means Congress is serious about tackling spending, he welcomes it, but he’s not convinced they are. Nor is he convinced that the shutdown and the squabble over short-term reductions will have any real impact. Until we’re ready for the 12-step program, it’s not going to do anything. It’s political theater, and nothing will come of it,” he said. “They’ll dip their toe in the water and then they’ll end up caving and paying everything retroactively.” I agree with Ken on this one – it’s political theater. SL Trib

*And for those who think Paul Ryan’s plan did not go far enough, have no fear – the Republican Study Committee has proposed their own plan. It would balance the budget in 2020 and make “huge” cuts in discretionary and non-discretionary spending, going from $409 billion in 2012 to $218 billion in 2021.
They are proposing cutting many “mandatory” spending programs to their 2007 “pre-stimulus” level. The RSC plan would also would make big cuts in farm spending and student assistance and would increase fees for mortgage loans. Politico

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4 Responses to “Daily Fix, April 7”

  1. James R Says:

    You’ve nailed it Holly. It’s funny that we’re even debating 30 billion and 60 billion. We need to be debating 1 trillion…somehow. And I wouldn’t want that to happen right now. That would definitely throw things into chaos. However, we do need to figure out how to get to a balanced budget in 5 years. Overseas defense and DHHS (immigration, leaner charity, etc) would be the two I would start with. Imagine if 80% of America had had 12 months of savings and 12 months of food before we bailed out the banks. We could have just let them fail and America would have marched on.

  2. theSTARforum Says:

    This is such a dog and pony show. I’m very frustrated with those Republicans elected who are really doing NOTHING to restore sanity to our Federal government’s overspending.

  3. Speckk Says:

    The real killer here is military spending. We can’t afford to police every unstable, little country. Our continued presence in our decade old wars has been doing more harm the good for several years. No budget is serious that fails to trim the wars, military contracting, and entitlements.

  4. Pops Says:

    The real killer here is entitlements. We can’t afford to have a government whose purpose it is to take money from people who have it and give it to those who don’t. Elections then become about which candidate will provide the most benefit per vote, with the money of the electorate being used to buy the votes and government the surrogate thief that extracts the money from the populace.

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