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This is why depending on D.C. is a bad idea

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. If all the wailing and gnashing of teeth surrounding the partial government shutdown shows anything, it’s that we’ve become overly dependent on … 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 welfare and moral excellence

The great demographer Nicholas Eberstadt recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal about the dramatic explosion in the receipt of government welfare. His concluding paragraphs: The prospect of careening along an unsustainable economic road is deeply disturbing. But another possibility … 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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Capitol Daily Memo: measure to track poverty trends moves forward

  The effort to give a “hand up, not a hand out” to Utah families stuck in poverty for several consecutive generations took another step forward today as SB 37 passed unanimously out of the House Workforce Services and Community … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Video: intergenerational poverty

  Today’s video update is about SB 37, a bill sponsored by Senator Stuart Reid (R-Davis), which would require the state to track data related to intergenerational poverty. We interviewed Senator Reid and Sutherland policy analyst Matt Piccolo to learn … 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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‘Free’ lunch for all Utah children this summer – at your expense

  This summer, many government schools (and parks and rec centers) in Utah are offering free meals to anyone under age 18 who shows up, regardless of their need, using federal tax dollars. Check out this video report to learn … Continue reading

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