Category Archives: Limited Government

Self-Government in Utah

“A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson’s quote encapsulates Sutherland Institute’s philosophy about government. The government that governs least is the government that governs best. A limited government promotes freedom and encourages innovations. Economic growth arrives when government gets out of the way and allows the free market to flourish. The founding fathers were right; self-government is the best policy.

Although Utah ranks favorably in tax and spending growth, there are still areas where we can reduce regulation and encourage personal freedom.

Sutherland Institute is dedicated to promoting the virtues of self-government. Come back to this page to learn about the latest political news and analysis.

How Silent Cal’s ‘normalcy’ led to prosperity

Calvin Coolidge is often noted for his penny-pinching ways and “Silent Cal” demeanor. His administration came on the heels of massive government expansion that occurred as the U.S. entered World War I. While some natural spending contraction is to be … Continue reading

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When the West is pushed, it turns right

Most people have heard by now that the locals out West are getting a little restless, as they have every other generation or so since the mid-19th century. What’s less clear is whether this restlessness reflects a new conservative political … Continue reading

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Listing sage grouse as endangered would be ‘the worst thing for it’

By Carl Graham and Brian Seasholes Add one more potential victim to the catalog of high-profile species likely to be harmed by the Endangered Species Act. The sage grouse, a large ground-dwelling bird that inhabits 165 million acres in nine … Continue reading

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There’s so much more to caregiving than government ‘support’ – Mero Moment, 7/8/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Big-government advocates at AARP tell us that Utah ranks dead last in support for family caregivers. To be clear, AARP means that Utah … Continue reading

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Thanks to Utah leaders for careful approach on climate politics

In “Herbert Catching Heat for Climate Change Stance,” (July 7, 2014, Utah Policy Daily), Bryan Schott shares the observation that “half of the nation’s Republican governors are climate change deniers, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.” To which an appropriate response … Continue reading

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How Supreme Court ruling supports integrity, tolerance

“Americans need to understand that religious liberty is good for the nation; it’s not just a form of right-wing special pleading,” writes Rachel Lu today in The Federalist. Her article gives the reader “3 ways of promoting religious freedom to … Continue reading

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Economic forecast: optimism or doom and gloom?

The federal Commerce Department announced recently that growth of the U.S. economy was “near zero,” as reported by some media outlets. Growth was estimated at 0.1 percent, a pitiful rate that comes after several years of sluggish economic recovery from … Continue reading

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Legislature supports public-lands transfer with ‘what next’ bills

The Utah Legislature adjourned this month with a nice package of bills to support the state’s Transfer of Public Lands (TPLA) initiative. Since they’ve already passed a bill demanding transfer, the next step is to address what happens to the … Continue reading

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What time is it? Caucus time!

Party caucuses are tonight and Thursday, so here’s your chance to have a voice in Utah’s political process! Click here for a giant infographic explaining how Utah’s caucus system works. Click here to learn what delegates are and how they’re … Continue reading

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Cash for Clunkers: Why it was a flop

Cash for Clunkers may be the poster child for how it seems to be bad news anytime everyone in Washington, D.C., agrees on something. It was proposed in the midst of the flurry of stimulus programs during 2009, and sailed … Continue reading

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A bitter harvest for Obama voters

Stephen Moore, a member of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, recently wrote an article highlighting a troubling irony: Those who most ardently supported President Obama have suffered the most during his presidency. Young voters, single women, those with less … Continue reading

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The consent of the governed (or, who’s in charge and why)

Where do governments get their power? The consent of the governed, according to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson used the Declaration of Independence to make the case to the world that the British government was tyrannical, listing the grievances which proved the … 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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Spending $24,696 per minute: The 2013-14 Utah State Budget

With the dawning of Utah’s new fiscal year, we’ve reset our state spending clock to show you, real time, how quickly the state spends our tax dollars. We understand governments have a legitimate and vital role to play in our … Continue reading

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Why Utah should celebrate being 51st

When you read the term “economic security,” what do you think of? The likelihood that you’ll be able to find and keep good employment that will provide for your family? If so, then Utah is a great state to live. … Continue reading

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