Tax plan puts Trump and Republicans on the hook

President Trump is unusually ebullient when it comes to political victories. And with an obstructionist Congress and insurgent press, they have been rare indeed. However, there was a lot of crowing over the holidays as the Tax Reform bill squeaked through Congress on a purely partisan vote. President Trump, along with Congressional leaders such as Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, is very vocal about taking responsibility for the “largest tax cut in our country’s history”. Some enthusiasts are happy with the result. Many other analysts are not sure how this…

Vegas and history

“Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.” – Hillary Clinton Tweet, Oct.2nd I despise any individual that abuses our Second Amendment rights. It goes beyond the pain and devastation that affects individual lives to the violation of precious rights and liberties under whose umbrella such carnage is possible. The history of modern firearms is indeed violent, but a great majority of that violence (at least in America) has been used…

An open letter to Republican state delegates about misleading campaign messages

Dear Delegate, It has recently come to my attention that certain elements inside the Republican Party are working hard to make sure that you vote for their hand-picked candidate. The clues are very subtle, but if you know what to look for, you will soon discover the clues this cabal is using to manipulate you into doing exactly what they want. Here are the subtleties that they are hiding from you: Margaret Dayton’s recent mailer refers to her as “Utah’s Iron Lady.” This sounds like a good thing until you…

Trump-resistance organizer running for Congress against Mia Love

Upset with Rep. Mia Love in the wake of a Trump administration, Marla Mott-Smith, a Democrat once more, to challenge Love for her seat for Congress. After getting stiffed by her congresswoman, she’d had enough. Marla Mott-Smith is a businesswoman and advocate who is socially liberal. She is running as a Democrat against Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), whose seat is up for grabs in 2018. The congresswoman rejected a town hall organized by Mott-Smith and other volunteers from Salt Lake Indivisible, a grassroots resistance group to President Donald Trump. “We…

Mia Love’s single-issue bills proposal: Just one damn thing after another!

Utah’s Rep. Mia Love has introduced legislation that would require Congress to consider bills that contain only one subject. Her intention is to try to bring “Utah’s values” to Washington. “Let’s bring a little bit of what works in Utah to Washington,” she says. Utah’s constitution contains a provision that requires exactly that. I’m all for bringing Utah values to Washington, but there are serious problems with Love’s approach. She worries that it will be opposed by those making “backroom deals” to slip unrelated provisions into gargantuan policy and spending…

Single-subject bills could make their way from Utah to DC

Utah does a lot of things right when it comes to governing. One of those things is requiring that each bill before the legislature address a single subject. Washington’s penchant for adding unrelated riders to laws to sneak though changes is a stark contrast This often drawing universal criticism, the recent passage of CISA being a very notable example. Rep. Mia Love wants to change that. Love has introduced H.R. 4335, the “One Subject at a Time Act”, to require that Congress take a Utah-style approach to lawmaking. The bill seeks…

2016: The year of living dangerously

A new year is upon us. I wish that optimism for 2016 was in order, but a conflagration of events suggests otherwise. Storm clouds gather on the horizon – economically, socially and politically. While there are many things that give us hope, there are also numerous reasons to be concerned. Indeed 2016 may become known as the “Year of Living Dangerously”, with apologies to any vague Hollywood references. There are many reasons I believe that 2016 may be a pivotal year in the history of this great experiment in liberty…

Senator Lee: Congress Needs Uber-Level Innovation [UPH Wire]

Congress Needs Uber-Level Innovation By Senator Mike Lee At first, I didn’t have strong feelings about the House Speaker’s race. I thought initial front-runner Kevin McCarthy might do a good job. I feel the same about other potential speakers, including Paul Ryan, Daniel Webster, and my good friend Jason Chaffetz. More than anything, though, it seemed that what mattered was not who the next speaker is but what the next speaker does. I shared my thoughts with the handful of House colleagues who asked for them, but, as a senator,…

Will more gun control laws prevent mass shootings?

Another day and another mass shooting in a public setting. This time a mentally deranged individual brought an arsenal in to Umpqua Community College in Oregon. When the smoked cleared, nine were dead and many more wounded. The scene must have been a tragic one, but the mental failings of the shooter and the pain of the victims have been lost in another gun control firestorm for the left. The press marches along complicitly with the gun control talking points when there are much more pressing and deeper issues at…