Monthly Archives: March 2009

Lack of Economic Progress

Evidently, it’s not just me. A growing number of Americans aren’t happy with the federal government’s approach to fixing our economic woes. Obama’s numbers are dropping and ever-increasing numbers of Americans have grave doubts about the government’s ability to solve these problems.

I’d like to think these concerns are for the right reasons. But I’m not sure they are. People probably just want to get back to the lives they’ve been living for the past several years. The Dot.com crash interrupted their lives…9/11 interrupted their lives…and now the big easy-money mortgage crash has interrupted their movies, soccer games, vacations, early retirement plans, and everything else we seem to truly cherish. read more

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Is Utah Going the Way of Orange County?

This week let’s look at the changing political face of Utah. On a plane ride home over the weekend I picked up a copy of Newsweek. The March 16 issue has a grim and ominous picture of Rush Limbaugh on the cover with the headline, “Enough! A Conservative’s Case Against Limbaugh.” An associated article that caught my eye was titled “You Can’t Go Home Again” with this sub-head, “Reagan called it the place where good Republicans go to die. But has the very idea of Orange County expired?” read more

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More Liquor

This week we’re back on the wagon with Utah’s quirky liquor laws.  Yesterday, the Utah State Legislature passed compromise bills to reform Utah’s existing liquor laws.  The compromise was a love-fest that included the next President of – whatever company his dad buys for him – Jon Huntsman, Jr., the LDS Church, and special interest groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

For decades, Utah liquor laws have attempted to stigmatize public consumption.  Like every other state in the Union, Utah has an Alcoholic Beverage Commission that regulates the sale of liquor and controls liquor sales at the point of purchase through state liquor stores. read more

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Tax Ignorance is Bipartisan

You know, I have to admit it – Obama had me going. When he spoke of change, I actually believed he meant real change – like change that we haven’t seen before. I actually believed him that there was this new idea, called change, that we hadn’t ever experienced before. Well, was I mistaken.

Let’s face it. There’s only so many ways we can do government. We either free people or enslave them. Obama actually had me thinking there was another way to do government – like use government to solve everyone’s problems and still be free and prosperous. read more

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