Category Archives: Self-reliance

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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What children learn from welfare: stay on welfare

What are the effects of government welfare programs on families, and especially children? Do they simply provide a temporary hand up to families, so their children can go on to lead self-reliant, productive lives? Or do they actually teach children, … Continue reading

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Voices across the political spectrum question dependency culture

In The New York Times, columnist Nicholas D. Kristof makes an uncomfortable point: This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing … Continue reading

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Personal responsibility in public policy

Personal responsibility is a core feature of sound public policy. Policies that try to relieve individuals of personal responsibility are unjust and unwise. Policies that recognize and encourage responsibility are far-sighted and effectual. This point is typically and appropriately made … Continue reading

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Romney, Obama and the 'takers'

Like many Americans by now, I listened to the recording of Mitt Romney talk about the “47 percent.” While there are some things to criticize about what Romney said, I have to admit that after I listened to him I … Continue reading

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Government is all too eager to displace your family

The great conservative sociologist Robert Nisbet notes: “It is the nature of both family and state to struggle for the exclusive loyalty of their respective, and overlapping, members.” (Robert Nisbet, Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary 110 [1982].) This struggle seems to … Continue reading

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Isn’t a dollar still a dollar?

  While waiting in an excessively long line in the grocery store the other day, I overheard a little girl say to her mom, “Can I have this? It’s just a dollar.” The girl’s mother didn’t respond. But the child … Continue reading

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Winds whip up power of people

  The 100-plus mph wind gusts in northern Utah caused millions of dollars of harm to people and property yesterday, but they also whipped up something else. As the powerful winds diminished, the power of people kicked into high gear. … Continue reading

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Student loan ‘relief’ undercuts attempts to teach self-reliance

  Late last month, President Obama unveiled his “Pay as You Earn” student loan relief plan, which he intends to impose by executive authority. According to the White House, this new plan would allow student loan borrowers to cap their … Continue reading

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If you give an occupier a cookie

  Growing up one of my favorite stories to read was “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” The book’s simple illustrations and the ingenuity the young boy used to accommodate the insatiable mouse made it a fun and enjoyable … Continue reading

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Overspending will kill your Christmas cheer

  “Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money.” -Unknown With the holidays nearly upon us, I was thinking about all the good memories I have about Christmas and the good feelings associated with … Continue reading

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The gift of self-reliance, stitch by stitch

  My 10-year-old daughter just presented my husband and me with a Christmas wish list in the form of a letter: Dear Mom and/or Dad, Please, please, please get me a sewing kit for Christmas. I dearly want a junior … Continue reading

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Don’t chop tax breaks for charitable contributions

  Should government continue to give people tax breaks for donating to charities? Elder Dallin H. Oaks, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, thinks so. In response to more … Continue reading

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A herd of timid and industrious animals

  Nearly two centuries ago, French historian and political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville described a potential future state that is a strikingly accurate description of our current era: I would like to imagine with what new traits despotism could be … 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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