Why Trump will be re-elected

About a year ago I wrote in this space that the rise of Donald Trump was an expression of revolt against the bien-pensants, that class of individuals who know so much better than we do what is good for us. Trump’s election was the culmination of that revolt. The failure of the bien-pensants to understand the revolt, as marked by their continued attack on Trump for believing the way the hoi polloi do and (or at least) speaking their language, simply validates his message, and will likely lead to his…

School financing should focus on struggling students

Should we raise taxes to provide more money for our public school system? Utah has one of the lowest per-pupil spending rates in the nation, if not the lowest at times, and yet we seem to do pretty well with what we have. In fact, we seem to do rather exceptionally with what resources we invest. Our per-pupil spending might be low but the overall investment in education is the largest part of our state budget, by far. But would more money make a difference? The backers of the new…

The Library of Regress

The new library that no one in Logan asked for, that very few residents are clamoring for and that is being proposed for a location that should be used for retail shopping just will not go away. It’s back! And it just as bewildering to sensible people as ever. I covered this subject a year ago. I thought that this short-sighted idea would fade away with the implausibility of the premise. For the uneducated, allow me to offer a primer. Logan Mayor Craig Petersen last year suggested that Logan City…

A better approach to the gender pay gap

This legislative session Senator Anderegg created a bill to try to address a pay gap that exists between men and women. This seems like a popular cause to get behind, though. Who could be against equal pay? But we me must make sure we are taking not only a data-driven approach but that we are gathering the right data. If we look at the wrong data we will come up will come up with the wrong approach that will have unintended consequences. We also need to be careful to listen…

Seeds of discontent

“Anything that Hillary accuses Trump of doing, you know that is what she is doing. That is how the left works, how she works. It is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. Everything they are doing they accuse you.” – Former Clinton Insider Larry Nichols in an interview with Alex Jones, September 2016. Barely a month into the Trump administration and anything to do with Trump’s agenda is under attack from all sides. A combination of RINO Republicans, virtually all Democrats, and the mainstream media combine and conspire to…

The Affordable Care Act was a bait and switch that won’t go away

Raise your hand if you hate health insurance companies. Yes, I know you just did it. So did I. We hate insurance because so much in medicine has gotten astronomically expensive without it. You can’t know how much something costs because it’s all priced to game insurance reimbursement rates. It gets more expensive every year, yet it’s always more expensive to not have it. Even without a legal mandate to buy it, there’s a practical one to. So in marches legislation demanding that you buy this thing you need but…