Republican leaders are the impoverished ones

Another interesting article about poverty from American Enterprise Institute scholar Arthur Brooks falls on the heels of Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz lecturing the poor about making choices between cell phones and health insurance. You might recall that Chaffetz said during a CNN interview, “rather than ‘getting that new iPhone that they just love,’ low-income Americans should take the money they would have spent on it and ‘invest it in their own health care.’” While our worse selves understand what Chaffetz was saying – in that ignorant, discriminatory kind of way…

The necessary conservative pivot

What represents American culture today is dramatically different than the American culture of my childhood. Of course, things change over time. Styles, music, art, technologies are all subject to change at any given moment. But I’m speaking of fundamental changes to American culture – the kind of changes that alter our future. One fundamental change to American culture began in 1967 when no-fault divorce was first enacted. About that same time, the War on Poverty fundamentally affected family formation in many poor communities. Contraception and abortion decisions by the United…

Unify programs to create path from poverty to prosperity

People in poverty are rarely poor because they don’t have access to money. It is usually because they don’t have access to opportunity. The war on poverty really didn’t begin with Lyndon Johnson in 1964. It began in 1776, and for almost 200 years, America was winning the war on poverty. Tragically, and ironically, we didn’t start losing the war on poverty until the federal government declared that it would handle it. In 1861, Abraham Lincoln told Congress that the “leading object” of American government was “to elevate the condition…

Do Utahns Really Want Medicaid Expansion?

Do Utahns want state elected officials to expand Medicaid? Medicaid expansion is a big deal, even if it’s not half as riveting as same-sex marriage or the FIFA World Cup.  It speaks to the question of how we as a state care for our poor when they get sick.  A poll published by Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy concluded that Utahns do want to see an expansion. But do Utahns understand what that means? Researchers at Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy…

Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

Healthcare

Never write or speak on something you have an opinion on from reading and listening to others, but not through any particular research. That is the way I feel about Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. I know it affects me and my family. I know it affects Utah’s State budget. And I know it affects other Utahns. I know just enough to be dangerous. Maybe it is an affirmation towards our form of Representative government. Since pioneer days, Utahns have valued self reliance. The most fascinating part of the Medicaid expansion debate…