Author Archives: Carl Graham

The difference between dueling lands polls? It’s education

Two recent polls on federal versus state lands management preferences have seemingly contradictory findings. In fact, they demonstrate one key point: The more people know about the costs and benefits of transferring federal lands to state control, the more they … Continue reading

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Carl Graham in the Heritage Insider: The West’s Fight for Self-Government

The federal government owns nearly half of all land west of Nebraska, and it is increasingly using that ownership to cut Western states off from the natural resources and tax bases they need to take care of themselves. National polls show … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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When the West is pushed, it turns right

Most people have heard by now that the locals out West are getting a little restless, as they have every other generation or so since the mid-19th century. What’s less clear is whether this restlessness reflects a new conservative political … Continue reading

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A reminder of Utah’s lost energy opportunities

This just in! There’s energy in the ground, and there’s money and jobs to be had in energy. OK, maybe that’s old news. Not that it matters that much in Utah anyway, where the ground is mostly owned by the … Continue reading

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Twice as good, half as well, never enough

Is it more important to stand on principle, or get while the getting is good? Is settling for half a loaf selling out, or a step in the right direction? Does mixing metaphors like concrete weigh prose down, or liberate … Continue reading

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Legislature supports public-lands transfer with ‘what next’ bills

The Utah Legislature adjourned this month with a nice package of bills to support the state’s Transfer of Public Lands (TPLA) initiative. Since they’ve already passed a bill demanding transfer, the next step is to address what happens to the … Continue reading

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I’m OK. You’re … well, I’m OK

According to census data, six of the 10 highest-income counties in the United States are within commuting distance of Washington, D.C. In fact, 13 of the 30 richest counties in the nation form a continuous circle around the hallowed halls … Continue reading

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‘I hate you Washington,’ Americans beg

Gallup conducts an annual poll asking people to “Please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied with our system of government and how well it works.” The percentage of people answering “very” or “somewhat” … Continue reading

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Don’t take my PILT down, man

There’s nothing wrong with PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) that getting rid of the need for PILT won’t fix. But so long as there’s a “in Lieu of Taxes,” getting rid of “Payments” would be fundamentally unfair and harmful … Continue reading

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Freedom from the fringes

Back in my Navy flying days we had a saying: If you’re not getting shot at, you’re not over the target. Apparently talking about founding principles, self-governance, and individual rights and responsibilities puts us over the target, because there’s been … Continue reading

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2 cheers for the federalist left

Let’s all take a moment to welcome our progressive left friends to the self-government movement. They’re a little late to the party, generally favoring judges and bureaucrats over actually persuading people they’re right. But it’s good to see they have … Continue reading

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Equity, not equality, should be the goal

What’s so great about being equal? If we all lived equally but in medieval conditions, would that be better than some of us stuck in, say, 1950s living conditions but others living the 21st-century dream? Wouldn’t we all be better … Continue reading

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The downside (we hope) of hubris

Hubris  (hju·bris)  1. pride or arrogance 2. (in Greek tragedy) an excess of ambition, pride, etc., ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin. Or, if you’d like a different definition: Headline: “Interior secretary says Obama may bypass Congress on monuments” And not to … Continue reading

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