Entries by Stan Rasmussen

Making the world safe for diversity

In one of his hallmark addresses, delivered in 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed,  [L]et us not be blind to our differences – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we […]

The ‘Miracle in Philadelphia’ begins

Two hundred twenty-eight years ago today, on May 14, 1787, delegates from the American states first began arriving in Philadelphia for a convention to compose the U.S. Constitution. The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the Articles of Confederation. Because the delegations from only […]

Obergefell v. Hodges: further commentary on historic case

In one of the most significant and potentially impactful issues the U.S. Supreme Court will consider this term and likely for several years, oral arguments were presented last week, April 28, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case. Initially heard by a federal district court in Ohio, the case was appealed to the Sixth […]

Good servant, onerous master

A few weeks ago, the respected Utah Policy Daily online journal published an article wherein author Bob Bernick discussed a recent UPD/Dan Jones poll about the degree of trust citizens have in the different levels of government. About a third of all Utahns say the federal government affects their lives the most, Jones found. But, […]

An open letter to Utah legislators

March 20, 2015 Dear members of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives, Thank you for your service in the recently concluded legislative session. As we reflect on the important policy decisions you made this year, we wish to acknowledge – without regard to your philosophy or political party – the significant sacrifice it required […]

Major health care reform bills to be heard in committee Wednesday

On Tuesday, two significant health care reform bills came out of the House Rules Committee. •        SB 164 (1st Subst.) – Access to Health Care Amendments, sponsored by Sen. Brian Shiozawa, is Governor Herbert’s proposed “Healthy Utah” plan. •        HB 446 – Extension of Primary Care Network and Medicaid Benefits Under Existing 70/30 Federal/State Cost […]

Senator Mike Lee’s focus on ‘putting families first’ — Sutherland Soapbox, 2/24/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Much has been said over the past several weeks about the number of significant leadership positions now occupied by Utah’s elected representatives in the nation’s capital and […]

Testimony on SB 153 (Access to Health Care)

Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Feb. 17, 2015, before the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee regarding SB 153 (Access to Health Care):  Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good morning, Senators. Stan Rasmussen representing Sutherland Institute. We think SB 153 represents a wise approach that balances meeting the […]