Author Archives: Carl Graham

Twice as good, half as well, never enough

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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I’m OK. You’re … well, I’m OK

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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‘I hate you Washington,’ Americans beg

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Don’t take my PILT down, man

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Freedom from the fringes

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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2 cheers for the federalist left

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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Equity, not equality, should be the goal

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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The downside (we hope) of hubris

Tweet 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 … Continue reading

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More lies: the tax lie behind the ‘keep your coverage’ lie

Tweet Most of the oxygen in the halls of punditry has been taken up lately by President Obama’s “If you like your coverage, you can keep your coverage, period” lie. I say it’s a lie out of respect for the … Continue reading

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A little more ‘smart growth’ might smart a lot

Tweet Ever notice how often obnoxious ideas are given innocuous names? The Affordable Care Act, it turns out, doesn’t promote affordability or care. “Global warming” suddenly became “climate change” when the world’s thermometers inconveniently stopped cooperating with the alarmist meme. … Continue reading

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Of bacon and bad policy

Tweet Why do our fearless leaders in Washington continually claim that middle class jobs are their top priority while incessantly inflicting job-killing policies on us? I don’t think it’s an accident or an evil plot (well, not always anyway), but … Continue reading

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What’s fair about equal outcomes?

Tweet Have you come across this phrase before? “Equal people are not free and free people are not equal.” The point of that saying is that no society can guarantee equal outcomes for its members, and trying comes at the … Continue reading

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Keeping petrodollars at home – and out of tyrants’ hands

Tweet Imagine a world freed from the extortive effects of energy dependence. Advanced democracies wouldn’t be obliged to prop up petty tyrants who abuse their subjects and scoff at civil society. Hate-filled despots intent upon exporting violence and imposing their … Continue reading

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Minimum wage hike is a way to abdicate responsibility

Tweet Earlier this month I wrote a brief post explaining why raising the minimum wage is a dumb idea from an economic perspective and harms the very people it’s supposed to help. In a nutshell, setting an arbitrary minimum wage … Continue reading

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