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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Updated Oct 17, 2013 - 11:47 am

Uh, yay? Government returns to work

Careful what you wish for.

"Congress needs to get back to work!"

"Re-open Government so we can move forward!"

"We can't afford for this to continue!"

I can make the argument we can't afford the alternative. The landmark McConnell-Reid bill that ended the shutdown and averted breaching the debt-ceiling was not a "clean Continuing Resolution," as asked for by the president and some lawmakers.

We learned Thursday that wedged into the required and necessary bill that opened up America for business, there were some things few people would consider necessary and required.

For example, the man whose NAME is on the bill, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky apparently would only attach his fine name if it included a $3 BILLION earmark to build a damn in Paducah, Ky. (Side note, I've been to Paducah and wouldn't give you $3 billion for the entire place.)

McConnell is concerned about his re-election chances and wasn't going to agree to ANYTHING, unless it included the ability for him to spread some of YOUR tax dollars around Kentucky. "Hi, I'm Mitch and I'm bringing home the bacon to YOU! Vote for me."

So while the Sequestration and Government Shutdown have actually saved taxpayers from oppressive, wasteful -- dare I say -- fraudulent spending on behalf of Congress, now that we have a three-month extension, Congress can get back to the important work of spending money we don't have on things we don't need.

Hooray for compromise!

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I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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