Category Archives: Poverty

Conservative focus on helping vulnerable is long overdue – Conservatively Speaking, 9/2/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. For conservatives, poverty and eroding economic security for middle income families are not simply social problems, but moral problems as well. Beyond the … Continue reading

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Sen. Lee, community leaders hold poverty roundtable at Sutherland offices

Utah Senator Mike Lee met with several Utah community leaders at Sutherland Institute’s office in Salt Lake City earlier this week to discuss issues surrounding poverty and potential legislation to address these issues. The roundtable included representatives from Utah Department … Continue reading

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Fight poverty with community: ‘Bring them in’

In a beautifully phrased speech last month, Sen. Mike Lee laid out an optimistic, conservative view of America’s fight against poverty: What makes America exceptional – and life worth living – is not simply individual freedom, but the heroic, empowering … Continue reading

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Hey kid, want to go from rags to riches? Move to S.L.

Where do you think a child from a low-income family would have the best chance of moving into the upper 20 percent of the “national income distribution”? New York? Seattle? Las Vegas? It’s the Salt Lake City metro area. In … Continue reading

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Poverty’s elephant in the room

One core advantage of religious and other private charity over government welfare is that it is more likely to address the elephant in the room in discussions of poverty: marriage and family structure. The Department of Workforce Services report on … Continue reading

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Intergenerational poverty, taxation and the Scrooge response

Earlier this week I spoke at an important conference on intergenerational poverty in Salt Lake City. Karen Crompton of Voices for Utah Children and State Senator Stuart Reid organized the conference and invited my participation as a follow-up to Senator … Continue reading

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Utah’s Reid shows leadership on intergenerational poverty

Utah State Senator Stuart Reid is providing important leadership on a crucial issue — intergenerational poverty. The 1990s saw a major effort to reform public welfare through work requirements for welfare recipients. This effort had merit, but Senator Reid is … Continue reading

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Defining necessity

  I have seen an image going around Facebook that will make you think twice about your holiday spending. It juxtaposes a photo of obviously starving children, holding out their hands, with a photo of harried shoppers with arms and … Continue reading

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Costs of Dependency

  Like the poor, the debate over what to do about poverty we will always have with us. Recently, unsustainable federal budget deficits have reawakened the controversy because it now seems clear that (since payments to individuals make up two-thirds … Continue reading

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Stepping up as conservatives to help Utahns in need

  While I was waiting for a flight out of Salt Lake City, a young man, waiting for the same flight, sat down next to me and initiated a conversation. I soon found out that “Theo” was headed to meet … Continue reading

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