Rangel just can't stop

Since the ethics charges aren’t enough to keep Charlie Rangel busy, he is proposing a new bill. While the title of H.R. 5741 is fairly innocuous, the Universal National Service Act requires MANDATORY national military service. The summary of the bill reads: To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18…

Didn't Miss A Paycheck

Didn't Miss A Paycheck

Today, the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Dave Hansen, chair of the Utah Republican Party, has been on Senator Hatch’s payroll throughout his tenure as party chair. Hansen was Hatch’s campaign manager for the 2006 election. When Hansen ran for state party chair, one of the most frequently asked questions was “Are you staying on Hatch’s…

Charlie Rangel's bad day

Charlie Rangel's bad day

Rep Charlie Rangel (D-NY) had the list of ethics violations made public today.  There are 13 serious violations, in 4 major areas: * Improperly using his letterhead, staff and franking privilege to solicit donations to the Charles B. Center for Public Policy at the City College of New York (yes, named for him); * Using…

Key parts of AZ law blocked

Due to go into effect tomorrow, the new Arizona immigration law has been the subject of 7 different lawsuits.  Just moments ago, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday against the implementation of parts of the law.  Judge Susan Bolton heard arguments from a number of groups including the US Justice Department and the ACLU.  The…

Enough already!

Enough already!

Time to stop wasting time, and baby, time is money. If we as Americans want our federal government to frittering away their time and burning through our money, it’s time to insist they focus on substantive issues – like say the out-of-control deficit spending and a war with no clear objective – and stop piddling…

Chaffetz votes no on war funding

Chaffetz votes no on war funding

The long-delayed funding for the war in Afghanistan passed the US House of Representatives today.  One hundred and two House Democrats – 40% – voted against a bill that Obama has been strongly promoting. Isn’t it ironic? One of the most liberal presidents we’ve had and he’s out promoting war funding and “tax cuts”. Those…

Chaffetz bill to rein in spending

Chaffetz bill to rein in spending

Utah’s favorite fiscal conservative, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, introduced a new bill today to prohibit the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) from funding non-federal projects. The federal government annually spends roughly $850 million on three different archive programs. One authorized program within NHPRC currently spends $10 million per year on grants for state and…

Ideology smacks up against reality

Ideology smacks up against reality

Political Ideology – A belief system that explains and justifies a preferred economic and governmental order for society, offers strategies for its maintenance or attainment and helps give meaning to public events, personalities and policies. Ideology can also be stated as the principles that guide one’s views. Generally speaking, there is an “ideological right” and…