Author Archives: Dave Buer

The fiscal cliffs of insanity

“Do you want me to send you back to where I found you … UNEMPLOYED in GREENLAND?” Or perhaps “Princess Bride’s” Vizzini should have threatened Fezzik with unemployment in the United States. As the graphic below shows us, the tax … Continue reading

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Unions: ‘As dead as a Ding-Dong’?

The latest to fall victim to unions? The Twinkie. Hostess, the maker of the iconic Twinkie, announced it is filing for bankruptcy after unions rejected the company’s reduced union benefits proposal. In short, the unions wouldn’t blinkie. Goodbye, Twinkie. James … Continue reading

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Real 'moral sense' involves balancing conflicting principles

Josh Greenman, a New York Daily News opinion and editorial writer, recently tweeted, “If you believe conception instantly creates a human being, it makes moral sense to ban all abortions. Exceptions are craven compromise.” Greenman’s assertion got us thinking. Making … Continue reading

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Dr. Moneylove or: How Al Gore Learned to Stop Capitalism and Love Government Connections

What happens when government begins to direct more and more of a country’s economy with the wealth it has taken from its people through taxation? China and Al Gore provide us examples. According to a Bloomberg report quoted by The … Continue reading

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Before you vote, take these 3 easy steps

Here are three easy steps to help you decide whom and what to vote for. Besides the major federal, state and county office candidates, your ballot can include choices for judges, amendments to the Utah Constitution and county propositions. To … Continue reading

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Video: Digital learning shakes up the factory model

One of the main problems with traditional education is the factory model it uses for grouping and advancing students through grade levels. This model leaves little room for individualization, customization, pace adjustment and other unique needs and circumstances. Digital learning, … Continue reading

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Smart words on immigration from Condoleezza Rice

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered an incisive and well-received speech yesterday covering several topics at the Republican National Convention. I would like to highlight just one gem about immigration. Rice’s view on immigration closely matches what Sutherland has … Continue reading

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Positive signs for Orem taxpayers after 8-hour tax hearing

After an eight-hour Truth in Taxation Hearing, the Orem City Council voted 4-3 at 1:45 this morning to approve a 25 percent property tax increase for the Orem portion of the property tax bill, instead of the proposed 50 percent … Continue reading

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Utah legislators support ALEC, respond to Left's criticisms

The video below explores why many conservative Republican legislators in Utah support the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), while groups on the Left such as Alliance for a Better Utah, Occupy Salt Lake and ALEC Welcoming Committee are critical of … Continue reading

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New report: Common Core not best for Utah children

Should Utah’s education standards, or learning goals, be crafted to meet the needs of children, or the desires of adults like administrators and teachers? In a new report, “Common Core: Is It Best for Utah Children?” Sutherland answers this question … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: DCFS working to provide more in-home services, send fewer kids to foster care

A few days ago, we highlighted an audit of the state’s Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) performed by Utah’s Office of the Legislative Auditor General. During today’s Judiciary Interim Committee meeting, DCFS reported on the progress it has … Continue reading

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A German journalist’s views on Mormons, Romney and EU austerity

Andreas Ross, editor of foreign policy for Germany’s second-largest newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, came to Salt Lake recently to interview Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero for a piece on Mormons and Mitt Romney. We took the opportunity to ask Ross … Continue reading

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The ultimate reform for public employee unions: ditch them

In the wake of yesterday’s bigger-than-expected margin of victory for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his recall election, we thought we’d highlight just what his reforms have accomplished so far and suggest the “ultimate” reform: end public employee unions by … Continue reading

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‘Never worked a day in her life’ vs. the 95-hour work week

It’s likely that you heard about the recent controversial remarks from Democratic lobbyist and pundit Hilary Rosen during an appearance on CNN: “His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds … Continue reading

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Watch today’s gubernatorial debate courtesy of Sutherland

Today we live-streamed a debate between Governor Gary Herbert and his Republican challengers. They discussed issues ranging from jobs to public lands to health care and more. You can watch a recording of the debate, which was hosted by the … Continue reading

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