Chad’s Morning Brief: Back From Austin, City Hall Circus, Obama & Budgeting, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of April 2, 2013. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am.
1. Back From Austin
After taking a long weekend off I'm back in studio this morning. Thanks to Lubbock County Republican Chairman, Carl Tepper, for hosting on Friday and thanks to Paul R. Beane for hosting Monday's show. I can always count on both of them to do great jobs and to bring a different perspective when I'm out.
My wife and I spent the weekend in Austin and Round Rock visiting friends and enjoying some of the restaurants Austin has to offer. If you find yourself down in Austin anytime soon, I highly recommend Fleming's Prime Steakhouse. The food and service was absolutely fantastic. It is a bit expensive but in my opinion it was worth every penny. For something a bit different, try out Max's Wine Dive. There aren't many places you can go to where you can order a very nice glass of wine and fried chicken. It sounds strange, but it works.
And of course, don't miss out on the food trucks. That is one thing I'd be okay with Lubbock adopting from Austin. The liberals? Well, they can stay in Austin.
2. Circus at City Hall (link)
Well just when you thought things couldn't get crazier at Lubbock City Hall, they do. Allegations of stalking, charter violations, and pressure to file complaints are all bubbling up at City Hall. Councilman Victor Hernandez and Lubbock City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld are right in the middle of it.
There is a lot to hash out in this story and it probably won't be over this week. Many stories and many sides to go through on this one.
I am a bit puzzled as to why Councilwoman Latrelle Joy has decided to jump into the matter though. When interviewed by the AJ, she seemed ready to dump Dumbauld without even hearing both sides.
Joy called Brock’s written accusation that Dumbauld directed her to file the complaint against Hernandez “cause for termination” for the city manager.
“That is absolutely unacceptable,” Joy said.
Asked if she would request the council terminate Dumbauld in upcoming council meetings, Joy would not commit.
“I do not know the answer to that question and won’t know until we have the facts about the complaints and the other issues,” she said.
So Joy is ready to fire the city manager but doesn't really want to talk about it? Hmm, this seems odd.
Folks I don't believe this is going to be a black and white issue here. There are a lot of people connected to this story which means we could see a drawn out argument. Though I will admit there are people on both sides that I do not trust.
3. Not an April Fools Joke (link)
You just can't make this stuff up. Yesterday, yes on April Fool's Day, President Obama proclaimed the month of April as the month to teach young people "How to budget responsibly". Yes, the same President who is responsible for so much debt.
President Barack Obama, who has increased the national debt by $53,377 per household, has proclaimed April“National Financial Capability Month,” during which his administration will do things such as teach young people “how to budget responsibly."
“I call upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities to improve their understanding of financial principles and practices,” Obama said in an official proclamation released Friday.
“My Administration is dedicated to helping people make sound decisions in the marketplace,” he said.
"Together, we can prepare young people to tackle financial challenges--from learning how to budget responsibly to saving for college, starting a business, or opening a retirement account,” he said.
“My Administration continues to encourage responsibility at all levels of our financial system by cracking down on deceptive practices and ensuring that consumers are informed of their rights,” he said.
The proclamation on the White House website links to two other government websites: the site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and MyMoney.gov, which includes materials from 21 federal agencies.
Listed among the “popular topics” on MyMoney.gov is “Managing Debt and Credit,” which includes a link to a page on the Federal Reserve’s website called “Getting the most from your credit card.” Tip 2 on that page is: “Stay Below Your Credit Limit.”
When Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009, the total debt of the federal government was $10,626,877,048,913.08. As of the close of business on March 28, 2013, the total debt of the federal government was $16,766,988,432,792.62—an increase of $6,140,111,383,879.54 since Obama took office.
That means that under Obama the federal debt has increased $53,377 for each one of the 115,031,000 households the Census Bureau says there are now in the United States. The president is required by law to submit a budget proposal for the next fiscal year by the first Monday in February.
Thus far, Obama has not submitted his budget proposal for fiscal 2014.
Yep. What else needs to be said?
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