Entries by Carl Graham

Land transfer would be a process, not a grab — Sutherland Soapbox, 12/9/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. You’ve probably heard by now that the Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office came out with a report last week detailing the potential impacts of transferring about half of […]

Pension madness

According to a just-released study by State Budget Solutions, Utahns are in hock to the tune of $16,350 apiece to the state employee pension system, for about $34 billion of unfunded liability. Just for context, that’s about five times the per capita taxes in the state. Utah’s pension system, like that of virtually all states, didn’t have enough reserves and expected […]

Whether by fire or blade, ‘green’ energy is killing birds – Sutherland Perspective, 8/26/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. My grandpa had an old saying: “Nothing’s free, and nothing’s priceless.” That sounds a little cynical, but it’s true. Everything has a cost, even if that cost can’t always be measured in dollars and cents. That old saw […]

Curious about Piketty’s colossal 'Capital'? Try Goldberg’s concise review

Here’s my blog-sized review of Jonah Goldberg’s 14-page review of Thomas Piketty’s 600-page review of capitalism: Capital in the Twenty-First Century. If you follow Goldberg, you know that he has a class clown’s delivery furtively driven by an enormous brain that’s packed tighter than a Whole Foods recycling bin. His talent is in making historically […]