Author Archives: Dave Buer

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

Posted in Education | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Education | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

‘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

Posted in Miscellaneous | Tagged , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Health Care | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Health Care | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The know-nothing president

The bastion of right-wing loonery known as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is finding it difficult to buy President Obama’s standard crisis communications line of, “I found out about it when you did.” This past Monday, Stewart lampooned the … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

This one infographic illustrates America’s financial peril

Ricochet’s Jon Gabriel put together this infographic illustrating the extreme state of America’s finances, brought to you by a bipartisan coalition of fast-spending Republicans and Democrats:   A sobering infographic, to be sure, but it pales in comparison to this … Continue reading

Posted in Government Spending | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

How Obamacare is hurting its supposed beneficiaries in Utah

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 and … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

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

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 (Aaron … Continue reading

Posted in Culture | Tagged , | 15 Comments

A bitter harvest for Obama voters

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 less … Continue reading

Posted in Limited Government | Tagged , | 6 Comments

What does detailed map of racial data tell us?

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 of … Continue reading

Posted in Culture | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

An alternative to Obamacare (that really works)

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. Let … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care | Tagged , | 1 Comment

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

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 with … Continue reading

Posted in Education | Tagged , | 5 Comments

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

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 answer … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Slate gets it right on Zimmerman

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 guns. … Continue reading

Posted in Law | Tagged , , | 8 Comments