Author Archives: Dave Buer

‘Liberal fascism’ and economic albatrosses – Mero Moment, 8/19/14

This post, which was adapted from a piece at Utah Citizen Network, is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In public discourse, fascism is often associated with the far right wing; with … Continue reading

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Is it to be civil debate or ‘stamp-’em-all-out’?

In a revealing Twitter exchange, Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson and The New York Times’ Josh Barro debated whether human beings who support traditional marriage are “people unworthy of respect” and whose attitudes should be “stamp[ed] out, ruthlessly,” in Barro’s words. … Continue reading

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Video: A citizen’s guide to the Utah marriage case, Part 2

httpv://youtu.be/ImG5KSTuU7U   Bill Duncan, Sutherland Institute’s director of the Center for Family and Society and executive director of the Marriage Law Foundation, provides a citizen’s guide to the key arguments before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Utah … Continue reading

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Video: A citizen’s guide to the Utah marriage case before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

To help Utahns get a better grasp on this historic case, Bill Duncan, Sutherland Institute’s director of the Center for Family and Society and executive director of the Marriage Law Foundation, provides a citizen’s guide to the key arguments before … Continue reading

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Sutherland releases 2014 Legislative Scorecard and Lifetime Legislator Scores

SALT LAKE CITY – Sutherland Institute released today its 2014 Legislative Scorecard. Using 17 pieces of legislation considered during the 2014 legislative session for the Senate and 18 for the House (not all bills overlap between chambers), Sutherland produced an … Continue reading

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Obama: I don’t know anything, and what I say means nothing

Back in November, I collected a few instances of the left calling out President Obama for his claims of ignorance on a spate of issues — NSA spying, Obamacare, IRS targeting, Fast and Furious gun trafficking, the AP reporter harassment and … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case is important for many reasons; I’ll just cite a couple. First, the precedent set in the law because of the decision will either strengthen or weaken the ability of … Continue reading

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On Point at the Capitol: advice from women in politics, 3/14/14

In this episode of On Point, “Holly on the Hill” blogger Holly Richardson interviews several Democratic and Republican state legislators about the highs and lows of the 2014 session and finds out how they got started in politics. The legislators, … Continue reading

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Weakening the ‘old habits of decency’

A wonderfully stated warning regarding the effect of government largesse: A sentimental utilitarianism argued that prosperity would abolish sin. It was a shallow argument, ignorant of history; for had it been true, all rich men’s sons, these many centuries past, … Continue reading

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Graphic: A bill’s long and winding road

Here’s a fun, easy-to-understand graphic on how a bill becomes a law in Utah. (Click to enlarge.) You can print it out and follow along with the 2014 Legislature …

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Turns out Common Core is not STEM-friendly

“As we have pointed out, standardization is inherently designed for standard, not exceptional, achievement. Because statewide standards in Utah and other states, including Common Core, are of the type that lead to standardization, it is impossible to assert as a … Continue reading

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Meet this 13-year-old and his #hackschooling revolution

Thirteen-year-old Logan LaPlante has two big goals for when he grows up. He wants to be healthy and happy, and he figures his education should play a serious part in that effort. He has crafted his education to include activities … Continue reading

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‘Fruitful fields and healthful skies’

During this Thanksgiving season, particular thanks should be extended to Sarah J. Hale, “editress” (as she called herself) of the Lady’s Book and the reason we have a national day of thanksgiving today. Hale worked for 15 years placing “papers … Continue reading

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The unmasking of the new liberalism

Think back to late 2008. Many in the country cheered the coronation of the new liberalism: the über-confident, unstoppable, aggressive expansion of government powers, entitlements and welfare. Flash forward to the present, as Washington Post opinion writer Charles Krauthammer describes … Continue reading

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Obama now lying about his lies

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. America tends to be pretty forgiving of its fallen idols. Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods immediately come to mind. We get it. … Continue reading

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