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2 fer May 26, 2006

Posted by jojoe in Personal.
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I am the grocery shopper in the family and one thing that I have noticed in Utah is that when they advertise 2 for $3.00, you have to buy 2 of the thing to get the discount. In Texas, somehow I realized that generally if something said 2 for $3.00, you could get 1 for $1.50. Not in Utah.

I guess the difference isn't surprising given the fact that families tend to be bigger in Utah. But for little families like ours, it sucks to have to buy two loaves of bread at once!

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Thinking of Lloyd Bentsen May 23, 2006

Posted by jojoe in Politico.
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Pulled up the paper today and saw that Lloyd Bentsen had passed. Made me sad to see it. He was a true public servant, and we need more like Lloyd in office today. I interned in his office one summer, and watched him in action as Chair of the Finance Committee. What a quiet, powerful leader. He led with an authority that came from an earned respect.

My only "meeting" with him was a lunch that he hosted for all the interns. I remember walking from the Hart building over to the Capitol. I had just been in a Finance Committee meeting and asked him about an exchange that had happened in the open meeting between him and another senator. He made a quick, quiet comment saying something to the effect of "I'll have to have a talk with that junior senator." Very quiet and powerful. Not blustery, but matter of fact.

It strikes me that this is how Lloyd operated. Old school. Reach concensus in the back rooms and avoid messy grandstanding. He seemed to govern like this. Not as an elitist, but in a businesslike way that had government do the business of governing. That's the kind of public servant that I think he was.

Back when I was an intern, I remember that Congress had a rule that there could be no new spending unless the bill's author found money elsewhere. As Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Lloyd presided over this deficit fighting regime very effectively. He was good at the business of governing. As the Treasury Secretary and an influential cabinet member under Clinton, I am sure that Lloyd championed this emphasis on fighting the deficit with Clinton and had a role in the deficit reduction policy that led this country to the great surplus that Bozo Bush has so thoughtlessly frittered away in the name of partisan ideology.

Lloyd was true public servant and I am remembering him today. I wish we had more people that were concerned with the business of governing and reached across the aisle to get things done. Instead, it seems like too many are concerned with grandstanding and appeasing extreme elements of their parties rather than getting down to the business of governing for the people.

Idea: Natural Mowers May 18, 2006

Posted by jojoe in Personal.
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We inherited Kentucky Blue Grass here in the high desert of Salt Lake City. The grass takes a TON of water and it's even worse because we live in sandy soil, so the water just goes straight to the earth's core. My idea is that the neighborhood should raise goats. I figure if I am going to spend so much damn money keeping this grass, at least someone can eat it rather than me just cutting it. With invisible fence technology we could move the goats from yard to yard and direct their mowing/eating. Hire the neighborhood 12 year olds for the job. They're too young to get another summer job and could handle the chore of sheparding the goats. We could have goat cheese and a neighborhood cabrito feast in the fall when the grass stops growing. Just an idea I came up with while mowing my 1/4 acre of Kentucky Brown Grass.