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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, left, addresses President Barack Obama during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y.

Both presidential candidates debate endlessly over their budget plans. Considering Congress hasnt passed a budget in so long its members have forgotten how to add, this is sort of like Icelanders debating how best to grow cotton.

Mitt Romney picked up another celebrity endorsement last week when Lindsay Lohan said she is voting for him. Unlike Clint Eastwood, however, when Lindsay talks to chairs she gets hauled back into rehab.

Remember when you were in junior high and your friends would laugh hysterically at potty humor? Apparently now theyre all grown up and giggling at phrases such as, Binders full of women.

Mitt Romney wanted to tell a debate audience that he cares about pay equity and hiring women. Apparently, a lot of people would rather snicker and make off-color jokes. Maybe you really havent come such a long way, baby.

Many observers believed President Obama won the second debate last week. It was hard to see him part of the time, however, because moderator Candy Crowleys pom-poms got in the way.

Crowley injected herself in one particularly heated exchange, telling the president he was right. Then she quickly tried to concede that Mitt Romney was right as well. Suffice it to say, she probably wont make it into the binders full of women.

An exploratory committee last week told Utah Gov. Gary Herbert the state would gain $5 billion and 30,000 jobs if it hosted a second winter Olympic games. That is, if one of Mitt Romneys children would agree to run the thing.

The committee said this time the entire bid could be financed by private business. I dont know. IOC members may not be as enthused by a bunch of 2-for-1 coupons instead of all the stuff they got last time around.

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In Chicago, the Cook County board president has proposed charging a nickel in tax for every bullet and $25 for every gun sold within the county, as a way to discourage gang violence. Thats silly. Gang members would just pass this cost on to their illegal drug customers.

Perhaps she could levy the tax on stolen guns and bullets, too. That would make gang members think twice about being dishonest.

If she really wanted to be fair, the board president could allow victims to return used bullets for a deposit.

Jay Evensen is the associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. Follow him on Twitter @jayevensen.