Daily Fix, July 13

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*Utah Policy has an article on last night’s redistricting meeting in South Jordan in which many of the public commenters focused on an apparent East/West divide. (Utah Policy) I was at the meeting, and it was bizarre. Admittedly, I wasn’t here for the Jordan/Canyons school district split, and therefore missed out on the related acrimony. But oh my heck, as many Utahns might say, the acrimony is real. I was a bit embarrassed for the speakers who got up and angrily called for a loss of seat for one side or the other, just because. “If they aren’t willing to help with our financial problems,” said one, “we’re not willing to help with their political problems.” I felt like I was sitting in a Jordan School District elementary school, and not the district building.

*Roe v. Wade strikes again in the recent high-profile “Sister Wives” court filing objecting to the criminal nature of polygamy in Utah. (SL Trib) The case challenges the state’s bigamy laws on constitutional grounds, mostly based on the “right to privacy” created in Roe. The plaintiff in the case alleges he “is one of tens of thousands of polygamous families looking for ‘equal treatment.'” That’s what his “wives” keep asking for from him. But really – tens of thousands of families?

*President Obama is no mathematician. (But he is a great orator.) Case in point from the Washington Examiner: “Here are the facts, as reported by MarketWatch and the Bipartisan Policy Center. You do the math:

* The federal government receives approximately $200 billion in revenues each month.

* Interest on the national debt in August will be approximately $29 billion.

* Social Security will cost about $49. 2 billion.

* Medicare and Medicaid will cost about $50 billion.

* Active duty military pay will cost about $2.9 billion.

* Veterans affairs programs will cost about $2.9 billion.”

That leaves $39 billion left over. James Pethokoukis argues that the truth is, we have enough cash to pay Social Security, interest payments are not at risk, AND we’re not going to default. (Reuters) Stop the scare tactics, Mr. President.

*RedState reports that Nancy Pelosi congratulated Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell on a job well done for his debt talks “plan”. Here is his plan. Again – Pelosi offered her congratulations. Enough said.

*Utah Data Points Adam Brown asks where the ladies are in designing and contributing possible maps on RedistrictUtah.com‘s website. I can’t speak for other ladies, but for me, I am way too busy to take the time to work with the software. And I don’t have the patience for it. Ladies – what’s your excuse?

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4 Responses to “Daily Fix, July 13”

  1. rmwarnick Says:

    President Obama is indeed using scare tactics by raising the possibility that Social Security checks won’t go out on August 3. But you know the saying, what goes around comes around!

  2. Jacob Says:

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    “But really – tens of thousands of families?”

    Have you been to a Walmart or Costco in the south end of the valley? Even if they are the only family being unconstitutionally persecuted, is that a reason to dismiss the persecution as inconsequential? I’m sick of uncle Sam peeking in my bedroom windows! What part of consenting adults doesn’t he understand?

  3. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    I have to wonder if understand that tax expenditures(you know deductions/credits/write offs/subsides) are among thinks Obama could cut?

    The list of tax goodies is so long and extensive that the entire government could be fully funded by ending them. I really have to wonder if the republicans are serious about allowing the end of the corporate welfare state!!

  4. Chris Rasmussen Says:

    If Republican’s did anything to end the corporate welfare state, they would be out of a job. It’s much funner for them to blame Democrats for everything wrong in the country and then safely wrap themselves up in their own self-deception. I have yet to understand how middle-class Republicans will fight tooth-and-nail to defend the super wealthy from any kind of taxation while barely making ends meet from month-to-month. While the idea that it might “trickle down” from the top is appealing, the real nature of man is to hold onto as much as they can get and to share as little as they possibly can. The fact that the top paid CEO’s of today take home over 400 times the average employees pay, which is 100 times greater then in the 1970’s, and people making less then $40K a year are defending the wealthy’s right to not be taxed goes to show how successful the corporate propaganda has been. Why defend your conspicuous consumption yourself when you can have the peasantry do it for you?

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