Former Sen. Alan Simpson has a history of colorful comments and pushing to overhaul Social Security. So it was no surprise when senior citizen groups locked horns with him during his work as co-chair of a national deficit reduction panel. But Simpson said he enjoys sparring with extremists on both ends of the political spectrum, and presented a plan that treats Social Security as a standalone issue, separate from deficit reduction efforts.
How a proposed deficit reduction plan would affect Wyoming remains to be seen. But key provisions could raise cost of doing business in the state for oil, gas and mining companies. Most people in the state, according to public opinion polls and a recent town hall meeting, want to see Congress set aside partisan differences and tackle the issue once and for all.
Former Sen. Alan Simpson said his work on a federal budget deficit panel has changed the national debate on the issue, and is likely to find backers in Congress as the result of a 'tectonic shift' in Washington, D.C. politics.
C.J. Box walks into the Beartrap Café wearing a baseball cap, Carhartt jacket, jeans, and low-riding hiking shoes. He greets Margaret, the owner, and nods to her two dogs as they wander in. He orders a cheese-steak and iced tea. And he points to a spot at the bar where he likes to catch Nuggets games.
Tim Kellogg is a Meeteetse ranch hand and bronc rider who is building an international reputation as a maker of fine chocolates. His chocolate shop is on Meeteetse’s rustic main drag in the old Broken Spoke Café building. Our correspondent caught up with Kellogg in Paris, where he was attending the prestigious Salon du Chocolat.