Category Archives: Free market

Going upscale in downtown S.L.

Tweet Five years ago backhoes started ripping two old, not-so-upscale malls and surrounding buildings in downtown Salt Lake City into rubble. Now, after an immense amount of construction, the new City Creek Center is open. City Creek is remarkable not … Continue reading

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Government-created jobs? Pure fiction

Tweet   Jobs are a hot topic in politics these days. President Barack Obama is pushing his jobs plan; his Republican challengers are wrangling over who can create the most jobs; and Governor Gary Herbert has announced a goal to … Continue reading

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KCPW brinksmanship shows how businesses dupe policymakers

Tweet   A very instructive interaction recently concluded in Salt Lake City between the city council and KCPW, a local nonprofit radio station. It helps illustrate how private-sector businesses can (and often do) dupe policymakers into giving them special, privileged … Continue reading

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100-year-old patriarch is witness to staggering change

Tweet   My grandpa, Martin Buer, turns 100 today. Born in 1911, Grandpa went on to become a top breeder of grand champion cattle out of his Minnesota ranch. To keep the peace with a disgruntled family member, Grandpa gave … Continue reading

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The price of a blender and the market economy

Tweet   The other day, I stopped at a yard sale with a friend. He had spotted a blender as we drove by and wanted to take a look at it. He picked it up, pulled out the glass jar … Continue reading

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Obama jobs plan: math or class warfare?

Tweet   During Monday’s press conference from the Rose Garden of the White House, President Obama used a nifty sound bite to describe his new jobs proposal. He said, “This is not class warfare, it’s math.” And then, it seems, … Continue reading

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Free market competition improves public education, too

Tweet   Free market advocates and thinkers argue that market forces and competition motivate businesses and entrepreneurs to innovate and create new goods and services that improve peoples’ lives. Over time those goods and services become better and often less … Continue reading

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Why has no one replicated America?

Tweet   Here’s a question: If America’s Constitution, Bill of Rights, system of government and free market economy are the best solutions humankind has ever conjured to govern itself, why has no other country closely replicated our systems and, correspondingly, … Continue reading

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Families’ private flights unleash a storm of envy

Tweet   Hundreds of commenters on the New York Times website had a tantrum over a story this week about families that charter private jets to send their children to summer camp in the Northeast U.S. These enraged readers see … Continue reading

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Should Utah eliminate safety and emissions tests?

Tweet   Representative John Dougall (R-Dist. 27) wants to pass a bill in the 2012 legislative session that would eliminate safety inspections entirely and loosen requirements for emissions testing. He argues that these requirements are unnecessary for many cars and … Continue reading

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Faith, family, free markets: fertile ground for happiness

Tweet   America’s founders believed that God endowed us with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men.” Let’s focus on the third … Continue reading

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Ogden School District: a radical approach to teacher pay?

Tweet   The Ogden School District is offering its teachers a take-it-or-leave-it employment contract (including a 1.6 percent raise) which each teacher must sign individually by July 20 or risk becoming unemployed. The district decided to act on its own after an … Continue reading

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Economic gardening: helping entrepreneurs grow Utah’s economy

Tweet   Last night, Ernst & Young presented Entrepreneur of the Year awards to nine Utah entrepreneurs who were recognized as being innovative and influential. This recognition is important because entrepreneurs are the engine of Utah’s economic prosperity. Entrepreneurs are … Continue reading

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How to make health care more affordable: Part 1

Tweet   According to a study by McKinsey & Co., once the federal government begins to penalize businesses for not offering health insurance to their employees and subsidizes individual health insurance plans under Obamacare (starting in 2014), “almost one-third of … Continue reading

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West Valley City to own $30 million hotel

Tweet West Valley City is providing a loan of $30 million to a private developer to build a hotel as part of the city’s Fairbourne Station project. If the hotel fails, then the city will be responsible for covering any … Continue reading

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