Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mortgage Foreclosures

Utah has been one of the four states most flattened by the mortgage crunch, exceeded on a proportional basis only by California, Florida, and Nevada. It is true that in recent months the pace of foreclosures has slowed, although this seems due mainly to legal and accounting delays in the foreclosure process. Ten percent of Utah’s households – some 50,000 – are still either at least 30 days late on their payments or in some stage of foreclosure.

How would George Bailey, the fictional saint of the old mortgage industry, view the ongoing crisis and governmental response? Do you remember this movie dialogue? read more

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Mormons and Politics

In Mormon-heavy Utah, is there only one way to think about politics? Now that Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, Jr. are running for president of the United States, I think it’s fair to discuss the circumstances surrounding Mormons and politics ideas.  I’d like to know if there’s such as thing as Mormon political philosophy?  Is there one true way for the one true religion to express itself philosophically and politically?

Of course, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is both clear and adamant that it does not endorse political candidates and that every member of the LDS Church is free to exercise their civic franchise how they see fit.  But such reminders seem desperate when the obvious so often dangles in front of the spoken word.  What’s obvious is that the LDS Church is value-driven; its doctrines have temporal as well as spiritual meanings, and it can get pretty confusing after a while. read more

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MLMs II

Utah seems to be the multi-level marketing capital of the world and I wonder why. A story the other day in the Salt Lake Tribune caught my eye.  The picture with the story had a confident-looking, middle-aged, man standing by a beautiful Rolls-Royce with the name of his company on its side.  That struck me as peculiar – a Rolls-Royce with a commercial logo on it.  The only other thing I can compare it to are those pink Cadillacs that Mary Kay cosmetics hands out to its top performers.

The fellow in the picture says that he’s made $600,000 a month – yes, a month – working for his MLM.  The product, made here in Utah, is another one of those miracle fruit juices that seems to fix whatever ails you. read more

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