Monday, October 23, 2006

Negative V. Personal

Congressman Chris Cannon blew up at Christian Burridge during a Daily Herald debate. He accused Burridge of making personal attacks. Attacking the Congressman's decisions is certainly a negative attack. But it is in no way personal. Congressman Cannon labels them "personal" because they question his "integrity". Clever. So don't criticize the Congressman, lest you offend his integrity. Apparently, that's against the rules.


Blogger The Deseret Spectacle said...

Man, nothing brings out my sympathy like Chris Cannon whining about being subjected to his own tactics. I'll never forget his ridiculous radio ads in the last primary run, with two actors complaining about all of the attacks, while simultaneously attacking his opponent. Integrity, indeed.

10/23/2006 08:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the "Chris Cannon Meltdown..." in Cliff has the links to Cannon's blowup on radio and on Take2 with Rod Decker.

10/23/2006 11:26:00 PM  
Blogger Oldenburg said...

Did anyone ask Cannon about his ex-staffer who worked for Abramoff while being inside the Bush Administration?

Cannon is an idiot, I am sure that a much better candidate can be found Utah's 3rd who isn't horribly corrupt, dumb, and self-entitled.

Also, I am surprised no mention of the Senate debate that was last night on channel 2. I watched the first couple minutes, and I thought Ashdown did a pretty good job. Hatch basically was like "I am partisan hack, but Bennett and I will be POWERFUL partisan hacks if the GOP keeps the Senate."

10/25/2006 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger Communis Legionarius said...

You may want to check out this video about Chris Cannon. It is a good one.


10/26/2006 05:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You are right, the Congressman is wrong when he says no one earns minimum wage. I took a minute to check out some facts at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest available I could find were from 2004.

The percentage of hourly wage earners 16 years and older in Utah is 1.2%.

Cannon says no one works for minimum wage? How could Cannon make such an outrageous statement!? Clearly a whole 1.2% are earning minimum wage or less.

How dare he challenge those earning minimum wage to better themselves by seeking more education and training?

Also, of that 1.2% I can assume a large portion of those workers are waiters or waitresses that earn less than minimum wage, but also tips that would put them well in excess of the minimum wage.

Look. Everywhere I go I see places with 'Now Hiring' signs. Places that traditionally paid minimum wages such as fast food, and maintenance establishments are now starting at $6 to $7+ per hour. Why? Because with unemployment in Utah at 2.8% the MARKET had dictated a higher wage.

And I think that's the fundamental difference between you and me. I believe the market can and should dictate wages, you believe the State should...I think this was also a clear difference between Cannon and Burridge.

10/26/2006 09:55:00 AM  

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