Last Wednesday Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) verbally polished his 'fiscal conservative' spectacles for the benefit of non-believers in Utah who are threatening to support opposition to his run for re-election to his seventh term in 2012. He told the Senate Finance Committee that if fiscal reforms 'fall prey to gimmicks, are waived or otherwise undermined' my sense is that the people will come to this Capitol with pitchforks and torches they will be so upset. And they'd be right to do so.'  

President Obama has nominated a new national security team that is has veteran establishment credentials and appear to create an even tighter nexus between intelligence agencies and the military. Obama announced the following appointments April 28:

Last November, voters sent a message to politicians — make some changes! So Texas State Representative David Simpson (pictured, left) took it to heart by taking on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with his immediate filing of three bills that will stop TSA abuses of air travelers if passed. May 4, Simpson’s office issued a press release about the status of these important bills, noting that it has attracted support from the majority of the Texas House. If successful in the Lone Star State, there’s a good chance other states will take heart and initiate similar laws. Alaska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania, already have legislation pending to stop the TSA and other security agencies from violating travelers’ dignity.

On Wednesday morning, the final lineup was announced for the GOP presidential contender debate, set to take place in South Carolina on Thursday. It will include former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Texas Representative Ron Paul (left), former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Members of Congress seem to have found one issue on which the support is bipartisan: lowering corporate tax rates in order to stimulate the economy and help create jobs. Democratic and Republican strategists report that the two parties are working together to advance such an agenda.

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