Entries by Derek Monson

How do we successfully fight poverty? Some answers

As we mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute gave testimony to Congress’s House Budget Committee recently on the topic of reducing poverty. The scholar’s story is a fascinating one. His name is Robert Doar, and he gained his expertise on the issue of poverty by working for 18 years […]

The Medicaid expansion alternative

Today [Tuesday], members of the Utah Legislature are deliberating Utah Access+, the latest proposal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare in Utah. We don’t know for certain what the outcome of their deliberations will be, but one Salt Lake Tribune headline has stated that the plan is “likely doomed.” While I’m not going to celebrate another’s […]

No-progress progressive policies

How should we address the social and economic problems of inequality? If you ask a progressive liberal, they are likely to say something along these lines: “The problem is that the super-wealthy get all of the benefits of economic growth but don’t pay their fair share in taxes. So one thing we need to do […]

Just how does increased income improve family life?

Scholarly research has long found connections between higher income and better life outcomes, especially for children. But how does having more money lead to things like better health and social development? Is it just because the rich can afford to pay for better health care and higher-quality schools? New research suggests that this simple answer […]

Rule of law or ‘rule of feelings’?

“Aristotle, Livy and Harrington … define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” -John Adams, Novanglus 7 (later incorporated into the Massachusetts Constitution) This republican ideal has been one of the foundations of American freedom and the American identity since the founding of the nation. We are not a country […]

Conservative environmentalism

This week Utah Governor Gary Herbert sent a letter to President Obama to “strongly urge [him] to not use unilateral executive authority to designate a national monument in Utah.” What Governor Herbert is really asking President Obama to do is avoid the damage done to the environment, the economy, community and freedom by the progressive […]

Intolerance and the Boy Scouts’ new policy

In response to the Boy Scouts National Executive Board vote finalizing the decision to allow openly gay leaders, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stated that it was “deeply troubled” by the vote, in part because the new BSA policy “is inconsistent with the doctrines of the Church and what have traditionally been […]