Author Archives: Derek Monson

‘Progressive’ policies still sapping the economy

I have documented on this blog a set of facts to argue that liberal public policies are undermining recovery of the economy, effectively depriving millions of people, especially low-income families, of gainful employment that would increase their income and improve … Continue reading

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Study: Low levels of government debt is good economic policy

Suppose you have a financial crisis that devours a large part of your income, putting you and your family at risk. Would you rather have financial flexibility to respond to this situation, with low levels of credit card and personal … Continue reading

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Objections to Utah’s school grading system are demeaning, hypocritical

Utah’s education associations – representing the interests of various adults in public schools – have come out of the woodwork in opposition to Utah’s new school grading policy. This is not surprising, since the idea of school grading is new … Continue reading

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Research: Romney was right about Obamacare

The differences (or the lack thereof) between Obamacare and “Romneycare” were issues of significant debate in the 2012 presidential election. One side (Obama) argued that what worked in Massachusetts would work for the rest of the country. The other side … Continue reading

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Is America’s high unemployment ‘the new normal’?

The most recent recession has created a difficult, if not dire, employment problem for millions of Americans, and thousands of Utahns. As an illustration, after the national unemployment rate fell from about 6 percent in January 2003 to under 5 … Continue reading

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Utah’s education system gets ‘D’ in financial transparency

Are Utah’s public education administrators properly committed to openness and transparency regarding their stewardship over public schools and the tax dollars that pay for them? A recent analysis from the Cato Institute suggests the answer is no. The analysis graded … Continue reading

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Immigration benefits both immigrants and working-class Americans, study says

Some have argued that modern-day immigrants – referring to Mexican immigrants who are “low skilled” – are harmful to working families because they take away jobs from working-class families. Recent research suggests the opposite is in fact the case, at … Continue reading

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Infographic: Utah ranks favorably in tax and spending growth

Utah has rightly been recognized as one of the best managed states in the nation, primarily due to its conservative approach to fiscal policy. Two recently published infographics from the Tax Foundation highlight what this looks like. The first is … Continue reading

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‘Catastrophically damaging’

According to “economic development” advocates, here’s what “catastrophically damaging” looks like when it comes to drinking in Utah: a few moments of awkward conversation about Utah’s liquor laws when a waiter has to explain to a customer at a restaurant … Continue reading

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Models of climate-change costs are ‘completely made up,’ MIT economist says

Don’t just be skeptical of climate change models. Be skeptical of the predicted costs of climate change, too. Recently, I wrote a post arguing that observed temperature data support skepticism of the climate change models that many on the left … Continue reading

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What children learn from welfare: stay on welfare

What are the effects of government welfare programs on families, and especially children? Do they simply provide a temporary hand up to families, so their children can go on to lead self-reliant, productive lives? Or do they actually teach children, … Continue reading

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‘Ender’s Game’ and fake ‘tolerance’

Longtime fans of the book Ender’s Game, like me, are anxiously looking forward to this November. That is when one of the most popular science fiction stories at long last gets released as a movie. But recently some “queer geeks” … Continue reading

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Data still support skepticism of climate change models

For years, Sutherland Institute has encouraged policymakers to maintain a healthy skepticism – a scientific skepticism, even – of theoretical climate projections based on man-made climate models. This skepticism is warranted based on the fact that actual, observed data (especially … Continue reading

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The Constitutional duty to defend the law … until you decide not to

Imagine a world where abandoning your oath to defend the laws of the land, in order to forward your own ideological beliefs, is rewarded by those who are supposed to protect the rule of law. You have now entered the … Continue reading

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What does the Obamacare delay mean?

In recent weeks and months, many businesses and school districts both inside and outside Utah began cutting employee hours in order to avoid paying fines that Obamacare would require for businesses with more than 50 employees that do not offer … Continue reading

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