Daily Fix, July28


*In spite of pizza and lots of arm-twisting, House Republicans couldn’t garner the votes to pass the Boehner plan – which is DOA in the Senate. Utah’s Jason Chaffetz is in the group of 2 dozen or so GOP members that are no votes. Matheson is also a no. The Hill, SLTrib

*The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed that mentioned “tea-party Hobbits.” Senator John McCain referenced the article as he blasted recalcitrant Republicans. That prompted a “Lord of the Zings” comment from Senator Rand Paul, who said “I’d rather be a hobbit than a troll.” USA Today I wonder if McCain realized that the Hobbits were the good guys and the only ones able to resist the lure of the ring?

*Provo city councilman Steve Turley has been charged with 10 second-degree felonies. He has taken a leave of absence but is not resigning. The Daily Herald has a long article on the charges and Turley’s history of controversy.

*In news-that’s-not-news, Morgan Philpot is running for Congress. Didn’t he start running November 5th, 2010? He joins a crowded field for the 3rd and/or 4th Congressional district that is rumored to include Rep Chris Herrod, Rep Steve Sandstrom, Mayor Mia Love, Senator John Valentine, Mike Lee state director Dan Hauser and of course Carl Wimmer. D News

Stay tuned for more games coming out of DC.


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7 Responses to “Daily Fix, July28”

  1. markg91359 Says:

    So, Morgan Crackpot is running for Congress again? God save us all.

  2. rmwarnick Says:

    While Congress is busy debating whether the Tea Party is made up of Hobbits or Orcs, GDP growth is 1.3 percent and 14 million Americans can’t find jobs. Budget cuts are not the answer. Where are the “jobs-jobs-jobs” the Tea-GOP promised last November?

  3. hollyonthehill Says:

    RM, we are in agreement that there is an awful lot of posturing going on while the economy is still in the toilet. So far, the Senate Dems have gone 820-ish days without even proposing a budget. The president proposed one – it was so out there, not even the D’s would vote for it. The GOP has proposed several budgets, but they can’t pass the Senate. We’ve now allowed partisanship to grind government to an absolute standstill. I suppose that could be a good thing, but I don’t see it that way.

  4. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    “So far, the Senate Dems have gone 820-ish days without even proposing a budget. “

    Senate can’t propose a budget, budget bills are constitutionally required to originate in the house.

  5. rmwarnick Says:

    If the Republicans proposed a jobs bill, for example a big infrastructure initiative, I’m sure there would be plenty of Dems willing to vote for it. The best antidote to deficits is to recover the economy as soon as possible.

    Instead, government at all levels is cutting back. Some federal agencies are implementing hiring freezes. The FAA has been de-funded. Private sector job creation is almost cancelled out by public sector budget cuts.

  6. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    “The FAA has been de-funded.”

    The reason the FAA was de-funded is much more disturbing, they want to close 10 rural air-ports in democratic districts around the country and change unionization votes so that people who don’t vote are counted as a no.

    “cancelled out by public sector budget cuts.”

    And this doesn’t actually reduce the cost of government because it moves those once working people onto unemployment, foodstamps, and Medicaid.

  7. John English Says:

    Let the record show that Chaffetz and Matheson voted identically. That might come up as a trivia question later.

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