Daily Fix, May 11

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*Utah Senator Mike Lee is now joining Representative Chaffetz in calling our troops in Afghanistan home. SL Trib Instead of training Afghanistan’s police force, Senator Lee would like to see U.S. efforts “focus on more targeted counterterrorism missions conducted by special forces” like the one that killed OBL.

*The SL Trib analyzes political donations and finds that most individual big donors are Democrats, giving big in hopes of offsetting the state’s Republican advantage, while corporations donate to Republican incumbents. SL Trib “Of the $23.6 million in donations to Utah politics in the 2010 cycle, about $15 million (63 percent) went to Republicans; $6.6 million (27.8 percent) went to Democrats; and $2.1 million went to other parties, PACs and initiatives.”

*A BYU Political Science Professor uses the scientific W-NOMINATE scoring system, which analyzes each vote cast by a legislator, to measure ideology. Utah Data Points The study agreed with the Salt Lake Tribune’s legislator scorecard by naming Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck as the most liberal and Rep. Carl Wimmer as the most conservative representative, but found other differences that are noteworthy. For instance, the SL Trib’s scores found some Democrats to be more conservative than some Republicans, but the W-NOMINATE scores found that every single Republican House legislator is more conservative than their Democratic counterpart. The BYU study also found that the most conservative Senator is Sen. Scott Jenkins, and the most liberal is Sen. Ross Romero. It must have been all that wine tasting he enjoys so much. Here’s the full list.

*Mitt Romney pens an op-ed for USA Today pledging, if elected President, to issue an executive order “paving the way for waivers from ObamaCare for all 50 states.” USA Today

*Veteran investor Jim Rogers announced that he will be shorting U.S. bonds. CNCB He suggests that you buy land and farm. Go Utah!

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2 Responses to “Daily Fix, May 11”

  1. Jacob Says:

    Michelle,
    Thank you for the interesting article on bonds:

    “Veteran investor Jim Rogers announced that he will be shorting U.S. bonds. CNCB He suggests that you buy land and farm. Go Utah!”

    I’m not quite sure I get the “Go Utah!” on it though. I get that it’s 15% of our economy, but I am not sure it is the best use of our limited water resource, as it is now. And I don’t see how it can grow, other than nominally through inflation, as it seems we have already allocated the water resources we do have. While I welcome the current farmers hopefully making more money in the future, I don’t see it as a job creator for our state. I believe the trend of fewer farmers farming more land will continue. While it is important for our state, and especially for our history/identity, I hope less and less emphasis is placed on it in the legislature as our economy continues to progress technically.

  2. Michelle Q. Mumford Says:

    Jacob – don’t tell those people filling sand bags this weekend about our limited water resources. JK

    I realize that water is always a resource in demand, and that farming in general usually doesn’t help grow a state’s economy. I was just pointing out the advantage we, as a state, have that we at least still value farming as necessary and worthwhile, even just small family-sustaining farms and/or community gardening. If the dollar truly does weaken as much as this article assumes, growing our own food commodities, as well as owning land in general, will be smart economic policy. That being said, I agree that our state’s future growth as a national leader depends on our business and technical innovations. Go Utah!

    Thanks for clarifying.

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