Boxes

“Smart people are a dime a dozen. What matters is the ability to think different, to think outside the box” – Professor Walter Isaacson   We have a poor habit in this modern world. The more complicated our society becomes, the more we try to place people, things, and ideas into convenient little boxes in order to make sense of our world. With the exponentially increasing complexity and the proliferation of information, it seems almost natural, a type of defense mechanism against self-imposed ignorance. But it is that resultant ignorance…

Alligator Alley, D.C

“Republicans Senators are working hard to get their failed ObamaCare replacement approved. I will be at my desk, pen in hand!” “I am sitting in the Oval Office with a pen in hand, waiting for our senators to give it to me.” – President Trump, last two weeks of July 2017. When Donald Trump was elected, one of his major campaign promises was to “drain the swamp”. This is proving to be problematic as almost everyone he seems to put in a position to assist with his agenda turns out…

Let’s not “move on”

In response to the series of Senate Intelligence Committee hearings over the past couple of weeks, Utah Senator Mike Lee recommends that his colleagues and all of America just “move on.” He believes there is nothing to see so far coming from any of the four testimonies by Comey, Coats, Rogers and Sessions. Senator Lee has concluded that there is not a scintilla of evidence remotely indicating that Donald Trump is obstructing justice in the Russia investigation. All I can say is “really?” Senator Lee is a smart man, probably…

What do town halls say about Utah politicians in the wake of Trump?

Utah’s federal delegation has taken different approaches to town halls — some holding them far from constituents, others not at all — following the Trump inauguration. Out-of-sync? When it comes to town halls, at least, that may be one way to describe the congruence of Utah’s federal delegation with its constituents. Ninety-two percent of registered Utah voters say congressional members should meet with constituents in open forums, according to a Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll. Yet no in-person town halls were held by Utah’s six federal politicians for…

Testing Evan McMullin

Last week, Wednesday evening found me in the ballroom at the historic Provo City Library at Academy Square, doing something I had never done before: listening to an independent presidential candidate speak. The candidate was Evan McMullin. The crowd included infants, children, youth, middle-agers like me, senior citizens, and countless late millennials and early post-millennials, that is, college students. We were only a few blocks from BYU, after all. I already had a mixed bag of first impressions. In press appearances, Mr. McMullin sounded like an intelligent guy with a fine…

Repeal the 17th Amendment? Don’t bother!

Everyone knows what happened at Philadelphia in 1787, when the large States (Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania) faced off against the small States on how Congress should be structured. At what has come to be called the Constitutional Convention, the large States wanted representation to be based on population. Never, said Delaware and New Jersey, and the other small States. Each state should have an equal voice. The impasse threatened to de-rail the convention until Roger Sherman of Connecticut put forward the “Great Compromise.” Let’s have two houses, Sherman…

Senator Mike Lee defends the earmark ban

Scattered around the country there are more than 1,300 Superfund Sites. These are areas where significant pollution exists and where (usually) no one is legally responsible for cleaning it up. Most of these sites are isolated, are buffered from the larger environment by natural or man-made coverings, and pose no threat to the surrounding populace (if any). The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a list of these sites, and in the fullness of time is supposed to get around to cleaning them up. (The times will be very full indeed at…

Arbitrary ruminations

“Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln So much is going on that Your Humble Columnist must use his weekly space to write about them all. And since my editor does not like me using the term “random thoughts”…well, you will figure it out. — Two events are being held on February 12th in Logan that conflict with each other. And these events, which I both wish to attend, are not targeted to the same focus groups. In the south end of town,…

Sens. Lee, Klobuchar React to Walgreens-Rite Aid Merger [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Wednesday, October 28, 2015 *Lee, Klobuchar React to Walgreens-Rite Aid Merger* WASHINGTON—Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairman and Rank Member respectively of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, issued the following statements in response to the announced merger between Walgreens and Rite Aid. “Our Subcommittee has long been focused on competition in the health care sector,” Lee said. “In December 2011, we held a hearing to examine the competitive effects of the merger between Express Scripts and Medco, two…

Sen. Mike Lee Reacts to Failure of Utah¹s Obamacare Co-op [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Wednesday, October 28, 2015 *Lee Reacts to Failure of Utah’s Obamacare Co-op* WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Mike Lee (R–UT) released the following statement regarding recent reports that more than 50,000 Utahns will lose their health insurance thanks to the closing of Utah’s Obamacare cooperative Arches Health Plan. “The collapse of Arches Health Plan will have a devastating effect on tens of thousands of Utah families who deserve better than the limited options available on the Obamacare exchanges,” Sen. Lee said. In 20 Utah counties, Arches’ departure leaves…