Pocahontas!

Earlier this year, my wife and I visited the Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City. In this impressive facility we received a small pad-like device that plugged into a data port attached to oversized wall screens. That evening I made a startling discovery perusing my ancestry through the “Where are Your Ancestors From?” display. I am one sixty-fourth Polynesian! I have a sixth great grandmother from the Pacific Islands. She apparently met and married a Dutch trader named Van Zandt and sailed back with him to New Jersey where his…

Polite Politics Podcast #4: Utah Speaker Greg Hughes, trade wars, and economics in-depth

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes joined the latest Polite Politics Podcast to talk about the unique part-time role of state legislators in Utah, the state’s economic success, and the anti-discrimination / religious freedom bill that won national acclaim. The podcast also includes: The Trade War between President Obama and Elizabeth Warren Activists Exposed on a College Campus An In-Depth Look at how Republicans and Democrats view Economics Be sure to listen to the latest Polite Politics Podcast. Here are sources on the podcast and some explanations referenced within it. On…

Mitt Romney 3.0 and the Candidates We Create

The political corners of the Internet are abuzz this week with rumors that we’re about to see a third Romney presidential candidacy.   What to make of it? Is Romney 3.0 just William Jennings Bryan 2.0, or have we at last arrived at the time of the Romney Resurgence and Redemption, in which, having finally convinced his own party (in between 2008 and 2012) and the American electorate (2012 through 2016) of his abilities,  America is now ready to embrace the man who “was right about everything”? Oh, the drama!  Maybe the question we…

Income Inequality: Who Cares?

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has just been awarded a post of significant policy importance in what will soon be the Democratic Minority Leadership. She is the leading political exponent of the “income inequality” wars, and as a potential (though so far reluctant) Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, can be expected to drive the issue unmercifully for the next two years. Ammunition for the war is supplied periodically by French economist Thomas Piketty, who has written a book on the subject (the Amazon link is here), showing that the share of…

Occupy Wall Street vs. the Tea Party: Comparing Two Higher Education Reform Proposals

There is a battle going on for the heart, soul, but mostly political devotion of the Millennial generation.  Because this group overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama both times, common wisdom suggests this group will turn into a loyal lifelong voting bloc for democrats.  According to this recent Pew study on the millennials, it looks like their allegiance is far from guaranteed at this point for any institution. Anyone who knows me knows that I am in no way an expert on fashion, but this article in Millennial-centered Policymic caught my…