Author Archives: Dave Buer

Robles, Osmond, Henderson, Valentine share highs, lows from 2013 Utah session

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCEXb22R85k&feature=youtu.be Watch our video to see what Utah State Sens. Luz Robles, Aaron Osmond, Deidre Henderson and John Valentine are most proud of from the 2013 Utah Legislative session. The legislators also tell us what they would like to continue … Continue reading

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Why marriage is so important to society

The Heritage Foundation has written an excellent post outlining why marriage matters. Here are the main points of the piece, written by Ryan T. Anderson, along with a few of my own thoughts:  “[M]arriage exists to bring a man and … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature video: Buzzing around the Capitol

Here’s a fun one-minute time lapse of what goes on inside and outside the Utah Senate and House Chambers during the session — set to Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee”! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ztE41iGQWU&hd=1    

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Abortion essay shows breathtakingly honest brutality

National Review Online’s Katrina Trinko draws our attention to a Salon essay that is as revealing as it is breathtaking in its honest brutality. Trinko quotes the Salon article, written by Elizabeth Williams:  I believe that’s what a fetus is: … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Lockhart and Niederhauser on Medicaid expansion

During the 2013 Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference, House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser shared their thoughts on whether they believe Utah should accept Medicaid expansion as part of Obamacare’s implementation. See video below: httpv://youtu.be/oLKaoz6-xVE They both … Continue reading

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The lonely, dull life of the caricaturist

Have you met the caricaturist? You’ve probably met more than a few, and you might have even, like me, played the part at some point. He’s the one who views most everything around him, including himself, as a caricature. The … Continue reading

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Win an iPad: Utah Citizen Network launches!

A powerful new tool for lasting change is now at your fingertips as Sutherland Institute announces the beta launch of UtahCitizenNetwork.org. In two words, the Utah Citizen Network (UCN) is “Citizenship Simplified.” The UCN site is incredibly fun, informative and … Continue reading

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2013 Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference

Join Utah’s decision-makers as they engage in robust dialogue about pressing issues facing the 2013 Utah State Legislature. Click the image below to register for the 2013 Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference. Seating is very limited, so register today!

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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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