Poor hurt the most by expiration of Bush tax cuts

Poor hurt the most by expiration of Bush tax cuts

On Jan 1st, the Bush tax cuts are set to expire. The child tax credit will be cut in half, the standard deductions and income credits decrease and the 10 percent tax bracket – aimed at non-wealthy taxpayers – goes away. While wealthier taxpayers pay more in taxes and stand to lose more in total…

Becky Lockhart running for Speaker

Becky Lockhart running for Speaker

Tonight Representative Becky Lockhart (R-Provo) confirmed that she is running for Speaker of the Utah House. First elected in 1998, she is currently serving as the Assistant Majority Whip. “If we want different results,” she said, “we must do things differently and that means a different leadership team.” Asked if she had the votes, she…

David Walker and financial boondoggles

David Walker and financial boondoggles

David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United states, was in town recently to talk at Senator Orrin Hatch’s “Economic Summit”. Walker served as Comptroller General and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from 1998 to 2008. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, his tenure as the federal government’s chief auditor spanned both Democratic and…

BlogCon

BlogCon

FreedomWorks, a national organization known for their stance on lower taxes and less government, sponsored a conservative political bloggers conference in Washington DC this past weekend. Tabitha Hale, their “Interactive Media Coordinator” brought together 175 bloggers and activists from 35 states to network, to learn and to work on taking over the political world one…

Tea Party Power

Tea Party Power

The last big primary day is finally behind us and with just seven weeks to the general election, the power of the Tea Party movement has been felt far and wide. Yesterday’s elections were no exception. In Delaware, a decidedly blue state, conservative Christine O’Donnell won the GOP nomination for US Senate. Like Joe Miller…

Phantom Jim is also do-nothing Jim

Utah’s token Democrat, Jim Matheson, votes with Nancy Pelosi over 93% of the time. He has a “Big Spender” rating by NTU, voted twice in the last year to extend the debt ceiling, voted for cash for clunkers and yes, he voted for the stimulus, so let’s just put the “blue dog” label to rest,…

Philpot swings at Matheson's land use policies

Philpot swings at Matheson's land use policies

Utah’s delegation is almost universally united in standing up to Ken Salazar, his cronies and their control of 2/3 of the land in Utah. The lone hold-out is, of course, Democrat Jim Matheson.  Matheson – aka Phantom Jim – didn’t have the, um, …. courage…. to stand up to Salazar when 77 leases were yanked…

Earthquake in Alaska

Last week, almost no one knew the name of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s challenger for the GOP nomination in Alaska – and no one really cared.  This morning they all do – it’s Joe Miller. – and it looks like he will be the next Senator from Alaska. Less than a week ago, national pundits were…