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.

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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Cicero, natural law, and why you can’t marry a plant

Tweet   Have you ever wondered why certain things seem to make sense while others just don’t seem right? Why, for instance, do humans get great pleasure out of relationships with each other yet struggle to find any common bond … Continue reading

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Today’s government-bungled finances echo economist’s warning of 65 years ago

Tweet   Standard & Poor’s recent decision to downgrade the credit rating of the United States government from AAA to AA+ contributed to the biggest drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since December 2008. Gross national debt is at … Continue reading

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Salt Lake City golf courses in the rough

Tweet When a golf course falls on hard times, then what? If the golf course is privately owned, the owners figure out the answers, or they lose their business. They alone are responsible for covering their financial obligations or finding … Continue reading

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Run away from ‘Race to the Top’

Tweet President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are offering states $500 million more in the third round of its “Race to the Top” competition. This round, called the “Early Learning Challenge,” aims to standardize early childhood education … Continue reading

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Does the Utah State Legislature pass too many bills?

Tweet The Salt Lake Tribune reported that 351 new laws took effect today, addressing issues from foster care to fireworks. During this year’s legislative session, legislators passed 504 bills (many of which were resolutions that didn’t create any new laws) … Continue reading

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Rep. Carl Wimmer Crafts Spending Limitation Proposal For Utah

Tweet   SALT LAKE CITY (FEB. 17, 2011)—Representative Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, released a joint resolution today that would require the Legislature to limit state spending to the amount the state expended during the preceding fiscal year with an increase allowed … Continue reading

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House committee puts a halt to Wimmer’s tax bill

Tweet A bill that would require a two-thirds vote for any tax increases in the state failed Thursday to make it past a House committee. HJR001, a bill sponsored by Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, failed on a 7-7-2 vote. The … Continue reading

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