Author Archives: Dave Buer

How Obamacare is hurting its supposed beneficiaries in Utah

Tweet One of the many bitter ironies relating to the creation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is how it is hurting many of the people it was supposed to help. A new illustration from data analysis … Continue reading

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‘Breaking Bad’ reveals the sad joke of ‘victimless crimes’

Tweet As “Breaking Bad” winds down its fifth and final season, one of the most heartbreaking episodes (and that’s saying something) from the highly acclaimed AMC series comes in the middle of the second season. Episode 6, “Peekaboo,” finds Jesse … Continue reading

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A bitter harvest for Obama voters

Tweet Stephen Moore, a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, recently wrote an article highlighting a troubling irony: Those who most ardently supported President Obama have suffered the most during his presidency. Young voters, single women, those with … Continue reading

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What does detailed map of racial data tell us?

Tweet An amazingly detailed new map shows the location and race of every single U.S. citizen in 2010. It’s especially fascinating as we reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legendary speech of 50 years ago. On the map, a detail … Continue reading

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An alternative to Obamacare (that really works)

Tweet A Phoenix-area surgeon and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute highlights a compelling alternative to Obamacare and our current health coverage system: [T]he only way to make health care more affordable is to diminish the role of third-party payers. … Continue reading

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Higher education wasted on stay-at-home mom? Hardly

Tweet A Princeton grad and stay-at-home mom has written an excellent article about the value of an Ivy League education — even if it is never used for full-time employment. Anne-Marie Maginnis writes, [W]hen a highly educated woman is home … Continue reading

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Obamacare: So great that IRS workers don’t want it

Tweet What do you call a product so bad that the employees of the company that makes the product work vigorously not to use the product? If you guessed “manure,” some would say you were pretty close. But the correct … Continue reading

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Slate gets it right on Zimmerman

Tweet Left-of-center Slate Magazine published a thoughtful take on the Zimmerman/Martin case. Author William Saletan decided to watch all seven hours of closing arguments and came to this conclusion: The problem at the core of this case wasn’t race or … Continue reading

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You could win $25,000 for being a super citizen!

Tweet If you or someone you know is a “super citizen” and could use $25,000 — then this contest is for you! We are looking for nominations of unsung heroes — citizens who work tirelessly to uncover government corruption or … Continue reading

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Dwight Howard, the Lakers, the Rockets and state tax policy

Tweet The Wall Street Journal highlights yet another example of how state policy (in this case, tax policy) has real implications. Los Angeles Laker big man Dwight Howard is the NBA’s most prominent free agent this off season and is … Continue reading

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Spending $24,696 per minute: The 2013-14 Utah State Budget

Tweet With the dawning of Utah’s new fiscal year, we’ve reset our state spending clock to show you, real time, how quickly the state spends our tax dollars. We understand governments have a legitimate and vital role to play in … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson and John Adams: Founding Fathers pass together on the 50th Fourth of July

Tweet As the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence drew near, twilight was fast approaching for two living American icons. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were dying. Former presidents both, of course, but more than that, the two had … Continue reading

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45% of union households in Utah would leave unions, if …

Tweet A new survey of 394 union households in Utah shows that 45 percent would leave their unions if they could do so without losing their jobs or receiving any other sort of penalty, while nationally 33.4 percent of union … Continue reading

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Partisan elections would improve Utah’s state school board

Tweet Sutherland Institute is calling for a partisan election system – or a hybrid system with a significant partisan election component – for selecting state school board members. In a new paper released today, Sutherland proposes that the primary goal … Continue reading

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Conservatism and freedom: Sen. Lee gets it

Tweet Utah Senator Mike Lee delivered a superb exposition on how conservatism, accurately interpreted and applied, offers the best hope of providing the maximum amount of freedom and highest quality of life for more citizens than any other alternative. Sen. … Continue reading

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