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…

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…

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…

Mueller must go

The recent charging of Roger Stone has made one thing about the ongoing Mueller investigation abundantly clear: This whole charade is no longer about finding the truth about Russian collusion. It is simply a fabricated counter to the Trump presidency concocted by previous pro-Clinton operatives meant to keep the President off balance by harassing individuals associated with Trump and cast a series of perpetual clouds over the administration. Even worse, the Stone incident illustrates a penchant for Gestapo-like tactics to make a political point. And that is a very dangerous…

Pox America

“Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” — Stealers Wheel Most internet searches of my name and that of Donald Trump would reveal a litany of polemics published on cachaevalleydaily.com and Utah PoliticoHub in which I scathingly rebuke Trump, his presidential campaign, his presidency, and his supporters. I stand by those columns. For the most part, I was right about what was happening and what would come to pass. In short, Donald Trump is a disaster as a…