Dog days of August

Posted on August 8, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

By Caren Z. Turner

For those of us in the Capitol, it’s a time to watch for sneaky regulatory bombs that may be dropped (check the Federal Register regularly).  It’s also a time to regroup and speculate about our favorite parlor games.   What will be brought up during the lame duck?  Who is likely to win the election and by how many votes (popular and electoral). Who will Mitt choose for VP?  Who will Obama choose to replace Geithner, Schapiro et al?   If you have any interesting nominations for Cabinet level positions, please let us know!  We’d love to know why you think they would be a good choice too!

The consensus seems to be that there will be a tax bill during the lame duck.  No telling how large it will be or what will be in it… but it’s coming.  The continuing resolution (CR) is being drafted.  It’s only a 6 month plan to keep the government open for business.  The consensus is it will be a “clean” bill, no extraneous provisions.

The nastiness of the political advertising is unprecedented and seems to be a measure of the desperation of the candidates.  Not since one gubernatorial candidate resorted to calling another FAT have we seen this type of desperation.   Now we’ve got someone accusing a presidential candidate of murdering his wife???   What do they know about the polls we don’t know?


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