The “Resistance” to Trump: Leslie Knope Strikes Back

Parks and Rec

The television sitcom Parks and Recreation is one of only a handful of fine moments in television’s recent history.  Whoever came up with the idea of a show having a rabid libertarian as the director of a city parks department — the very archetype of comfortable bureaucratic inefficiency — I mean, the jokes write themselves!  It was a stroke of genius. And, apparently, also prescient.   Because the longer I watch the ongoing battle between Donald Trump and the self-styled resistance both from outside and from within “his” own executive…

Cedar City’s Planned Ice Rink Becoming Rent-Seeking Run Amok

Ice Town Costs Ice Clown His Town Crown

Fans of the TV Show Parks and Recreation may remember an episode in which it’s discovered that City Manager Ben Wyatt was once mayor of a city in Minnesota. Voted in at 18, he quickly ended up bankrupting the city by building a winter sports complex named Ice Town. He was subsequently removed from office after a scant two months and constantly asked about the failure whenever he’s in a high-profile situation. In a case of life imitating art, Cedar City is plotting a course all too similar to this…

Trump Asks China to Interfere in 2020 Election

Donald Trump stood in front of press cameras on the White House lawn and asked Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens. He claimed he’s doing it as his duty to look into foreign corruption, but he’s only curious about digging up dirt on his political rival and his family. When asked about any other examples of examining corruption that involved US citizens, Trump could not provide any. Since White House press briefings have been permanently canceled, there’s no way for White House reporters to get more details. On the…

Trudeau’s Apologized. Move On.

Another election cycle, another blackface scandal. This time, it’s the erstwhile liberal darling, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Caught in between competing political parties — liberals rushing to condemn, and conservatives rushing to gloat — these are rough times for the former good guy, now turned racist villain.  Depending on your political point of view, Trudeau’s a racist, a hypocrite, and/or a deserving victim of his own out-of-control politically correct revolution . . . regardless, his political career and past life are reduced down to little more than a twenty-year-old…

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…

#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.…

Donald Trump vs the Squad

Donald Trump saw “The Squad” getting all of the attention and wanted to involve himself somehow. Or maybe he saw too much attention being paid to his former friend Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex abuse case, or to the deplorable conditions in detention centers by the border, and he wanted a distraction. Whatever the motivation, it was a good political strategy to enter the fray with the “Dems in Disarray.” Unfortunately, he did it in a racist way. The Squad are to Nancy Pelosi what the Tea Party was to John…

A Summary and Analysis of the USWNT Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

As I write this post, the United States Women’s National Team (UWSNT) is preparing to play in the final game of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with an opportunity to win a second consecutive and unprecedented fourth overall world title.  It’s hard to think of a more successful United States international competition team. While it’s always fun to watch and support a winner, the USWNT is a joy to watch for reasons outside of on-the-field dominance.  It’s full of strong personalities and hard workers, who, in my estimation, represent…

Kamala Harris Rises, Joe Biden Falls in Night 2 of Democratic Debate

I skipped Night 1 of the debate. I went back and watched highlights but wasn’t really that enthused. Night 2 had more of the bigger guns (Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg), and they didn’t disappoint, at least as far as drama goes. My impressions of how they did, in order of how well they did. 1. KAMALA HARRIS – She has presence, which is very important in debate performances. She had commanding use of her time and had the best one-liners. She looked like she belonged. But…

Review: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff

Coddling of the American Mind

One of my favorite aspects of my job is the opportunity to work with interns during the Utah legislative session. We usually hire several interns from the colleges and universities across the state, and they help us during the state legislative session as we track legislation and communicate with staff and legislators. They are all bright, capable, and intelligent. I don’t necessarily think college is for everyone, but for me, getting accepted and then going off to college was akin to receiving my letter to Hogwarts and boarding the train…