The Politico Reading List: Rep. Jeremy Peterson

It’s not too late to start a new book. And if you need a good idea or two, here are a few that Utah’s politicos are reading. This is the fourth in the series on what Utah’s politicians have on their summer reading lists. Representative Jeremy Peterson represents Utah’s 9th Legislative District, which covers part of Weber County. He was quick to respond when I asked what he was reading this summer. He doesn’t have a list, but gave just one title. Given that it’s one of the great classics in English literature and a…

The American Bailout Culture

I have been busy toiling away with my work in the real estate business since the legislature ended in March.  Coming home and getting to work is always a healthy reminder why our state has a citizen legislature. It brings value and perspective to state government.  Rather than being cloistered away in a marble palace somewhere, the Utah Legislature comes home to  live with the laws it passes.Unfortunately, Utah does not have much influence over the bailout culture that is seeping into the public psyche.  A recent example brings this trend to…

Living Through Tyranny and The Reformer’s Burden

As we watch our nation’s influence in the world ebb, our citizens’ dependency on government programs escalate, and our economic engine become mired in crony capitalism, it would not be out of the question for us to hear calls for reform.  In fact, it seems the voices calling for a ‘reset’ in Washington have only grown louder over the past decade as these unmistakable markers of decline become more obvious and prevalent by the month.  Yet, despite the rhetoric and the fervor, we have not seen a man rise to…

Emblematic of nothing

I will never watch Elliot Rodger’s videos. I just refuse to give that subhuman animal the postmortem satisfaction. He wanted CNN to run his video in a loop. He yearned for sociologists, psychologists and anyone with a PhD to discuss his psyche. He had to accomplish the very worst of fetes for us to notice him. And every one of you that watched his videos, debated his motives or used him as an example of larger societal ills allowed him a measure of victory in death that his warped, execrable…