And then there were 10: recapping the September Democratic Debate

Last night we saw the third Democratic presidential debate and, as the field narrows, it is time to take a look at how the ten candidates faired. Let’s break it down in reverse order of popularity (just to be different) according to the opinion of one not-so-humble Democrat. Former Housing Secretary Julian Casto Castro probably raised the most eyebrows when he openly attacked the current front runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, asking if he had “forgotten what [he] said two minutes ago” in relation to Biden’s health care plan…

Freedom’s Last Stand?

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan Last month my wife and I took a cruise into the Western Caribbean. It has been many years since we were able to embark on such a vacation. It was a welcome respite from the daily routine. This trip was a bit different than others. This excursion was experienced through the lens…

Medicare for All is Care for None

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Medicare For All Act Of 2019

“The true purpose of the Affordable Care Act is to destroy private insurance companies and make single-payer unavoidable.” – Chief Obamacare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel “We must defeat them (giant health insurance lobbies) together. That means: Joining every other major country on Earth and guaranteeing health care to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program.” – Berniesanders.com “The Democrats believe that the only solution to a failed government program is another government program.” Andrew Wilkow, Patriot XM Radio. One of the key issues on…

Green No deal

“The Green New Deal wasn’t originally a climate thing at all…we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” – Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti. “As President, Bernie Sanders will launch the decade of the Green New Deal, a ten-year, nationwide mobilization centered around justice and equity during which climate change will be factored into virtually every area of policy, from immigration to trade to foreign policy and beyond.” – Berniesanders.com Here we are many months after the idea of the Green New Deal was forwarded. Initially thought…

#worsethanstelter

Brian Stelter

“I must have killed more men than Cecil B. De MIlle.” — The Waco Kid, aka Jim, from the film, “Blazing Saddles”. When I look back at many of the polemics I entered for submission to cachevalleydaily.com and Utah Politico Hub regarding Donald Trump over the past four years, I must admit that I have allowed hyperbole to run amok.  So intense was my disdain for Trump as a man and as a politician that I relegated my weekly column to become nothing more than an amalgam of frothy magniloquence.…

Curtis Haring: A few thoughts on Jim Dabakis and the SLC Mayor’s race

I am disappointed to hear Jim Dabakis call the polls garbage and blaming outside money for his loss after conceding the race for Salt Lake City Mayor. His press conference after the concession can be found here. First, let’s talk about those polls. The most recent Tribune poll (despite its many faults) had Dabakis at 21% – It appears he will be at 20.3%. The same polls also showed that both Luz Escamilla and Erin Mendenhall were surging in the final weeks. The big difference between Election Day and a…

The Godfather of All Nicknames

“Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again…ever.” —Michael Corleone, from the film “The Godfather” There are many rules and standards a person should adhere to if they grow up living in a South Philadelphia neighborhood. Near the top of that list is to never be outwardly upset if you are given a terrible nickname. If you do, it will stick. You might as well tattoo that nickname on your forehead. If your friends are in charge of…

A few comments on the El Paso Manifesto written by white-supremacist Thanos wannabe

For those who want to read the El Paso manifesto for themselves, Drudge has a link to it.  Personally, I found him to be all over the map. He extols far-left, far-right, and can’t-even-spectrum-label-it views in the same paragraph sometimes, but it boils down to this.  He hates immigration, he sees the “invasion” of Latinos as being encouraged by the Democrats to increase their voting bloc so they can turn the US into a one-party country, but the Republicans are weak and pro-corporate, so a pox on both their houses.…

The Decline of the Great American City

The airwaves are blazing again with reaction to a Trump tweet. In his usual boisterous style, President Trump is taking on Representative Elijah Cummings, who has been seated in Maryland’s Seventh District since 1996. Cummings has attacked the President and his family and Trump, ever the equal opportunity combatant has responded by pointing out that Cumming’s district is in decline. Trump’s actual hyperbole may border on inappropriate, but he is making a very significant point. I have lived in sixteen cities in twelve states over my lifetime. This includes Cincinnati,…

Utah gets a new liberal arts college

In a development which no doubt has traditional higher education quaking in its boots, the Board of Directors of Mount Liberty College has announced the establishment of the College and set its opening for 26 August. Seriously, folks, since Mount Liberty will matriculate no more than 20 students in its freshman class, it is unlikely that the Big Eight or BYU will even notice. But for the increasing number of students in Utah who are looking for a continuation of the liberal arts training they have received at home or…