The real scandal

The real scandal is, or at least ought to be, that grade inflation and credentialing are alive and well in our world. A thinking observer should say “OK, so Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin could buy their kids into Stanford or Harvard, but how could unqualified kids survive there?” Sadly, admission IS the game when it comes to top schools. The rest is, in two words from Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, “grade inflation.” For decades the top schools give students grades they don’t earn so as to guarantee their…

The numerical agenda behind open borders

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” – Ronald Reagan President Trump declares a national emergency at the southern border, igniting a partisan firestorm, a new funding bill comes from Congress that exacerbates border problems versus solving them. With border security a polarizing matter both from ideological and economic perspectives, it is time to examine the issue more closely. The puzzling questions as Trump seeks decisive action with little cooperation, seeking to remedy policies of past administrations that have failed to enforce the borders or universally…

The no-win scenario for the caucus

Photo by Keith Bacongco

In the Star Trek universe, there’s a famous training exercise required of all starship captains called the Kobayashi Maru. It’s designed to be a no-win scenario to test the character of leadership, but never to be won. Captain James T. Kirk famously cheated to create a way to win, stating flatly that he didn’t believe in no-win scenarios. Right now, opponents of the signature path to the ballot find themselves in a no-win scenario. Unlike Captain Kirk, they can’t cheat their way to victory. The landscape for changing the status…

Reimagining Welfare (Part 2 of 2)

In Part I, I explained, “Caring for our neighbors in need is the only way we’ll achieve a higher sense of self, community, and democracy – a transcendent political culture.” Let me try to explain how to accomplish this great vision. Sixty years of a failed War on Poverty suggests we tie the welfare of one another to community, not government. Tying the welfare of one another to government has failed. Yes, wealth per se – some $22 trillion over the past 50 years – has been redistributed. Many people…

Reimagining Welfare (part 1 of 2)

The contentious debate over Medicaid expansion is a great example of why I founded Next Generation Freedom Fund to encourage Utah’s conservative policymakers to see the poor, poverty and poverty relief in transcendent terms. The divisive politics surrounding Proposition 3 have little to do with the general unity over the policy of Medicaid expansion. Regardless of state legislators tinkering with the initiative, the fact remains that nearly every legislator has now voted for Medicaid expansion. I raised this point four years ago in defense of the Healthy Utah plan: The…

All eyes on Venezuela

“The past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme” – Mark Twain Last week an unheralded military event occurred. Reports indicate the United States moved 5,000 troops into South America. They are in Columbia (with permission) and are heading inland towards the Venezuelan border. This occurred just days after the Trump administration joined twenty-eight other European and Western nations to support Juan Guaido as the new interim President of Venezuela, declaring the Maduro administration as illegitimate and in violation of basic human rights. You can read a detailed…

Pragmatists

It has not escaped my attention that many of my writings bring forth strong responses, often from people who lean a bit farther left. Let’s make one thing clear. I am not a Trump apologist, arch-conservative, or some right-wing radical. I am, very much like Trump, a pragmatist. And pragmatists often just do not have the time or patience for ideological indulgences, right or left. A pragmatist simply looks at a situation and examines what need to get done, regardless of how it may or may not tread upon ideological…

Our rush-to-condemnation problem

One of the consequences of being off social media is that I’m generally blissfully ignorant of current events.  Wait you mean the government shut down??  Last week??  I didn’t notice until I had to call The Department of Housing and Urban Development for work and it went to an answering machine. But the news makes its way to me sooner or later, and this afternoon, I learned about the controversy over Governor Ralph Northram of Virginia.  If you’re reading this, I’m sure you know all about it already, so I…

Barbarians at the Gate

We are barely one month out from the Democrats retaking the House and the true nature of the radical, far-left swing that now dominates the Party is showing. Big time. The fact that the captive leftist media is allowing all of this information out into circulation, believing that they are swaying opinion, winds up being an inadvertent public service. It is much easier to see the barbarians at our gate when they start bellowing their presence. And it is one ugly display. If there was any doubt prior to the…

Starbucking the Democrats

“If 21 months before an election you don’t believe your candidate’s platform is strong enough to win an election with independent candidates, you might want to rethink who you support.” — Mark Cuban Until the other day, I had absolutely no idea who Howard Schultz was. The first headline I saw regarding his possible independent campaign to become the President of the United States did not mention him being the two time former CEO of Starbucks. When  I found out he was the man from the company that drew up…