Current Foreign Policy and Global Unrest

Foreign policy is an interesting animal. Get a group of political analysts in a room and you could set the tone for an endless debate over the rights and wrongs, virtues and vices of any foreign policy. In Utah, foreign policy barely makes the evening news, right up there with Dixie College football or environmental objections to hunting. Here is a simple fact. In 2014 there are 247 separate countries and sovereignties across the globe. Of those countries, 93 have population of roughly 10 million or more and 43 countries…

Want to Fix the Immigration Problem? First Fix Our Outdated Laws [Hub Debate]

While there has rightly been a lot of concern about the plight of tens of thousands of children along the US/Mexico border, the debate seems to come down to how to make the border more secure. That certainly is one important part of the immigration debate, but instead of asking how we can effectively fortify 1,945 miles of inhospitable border, we should be asking why so many people are trying to cross it at all costs instead of immigrating to the United States through the proper channels.

Immigration Sin Rodeos [Hub Debate]

In 1983, R.E.M. opened for The Police at the Capital Centre. Lead singer Michael Stipe said, “We will play eleven songs.” He said no more. The group rocked. Utah Politico Hub posed three questions and asked for five hundred words: 1. Who is to blame for the immigration crisis? 2. What should be done to solve it? 3. Who will it hurt more in the 2014 elections? There are two crises: A. Unaccompanied minors detained at or near the border. B. An outdated immigration system. For crisis A, the blame…

Free Markets, Not Protectionism, Fix Immigration [Hub Debate]

There’s no small hypocrisy that many of the groups and individuals who have strong anti-immigration stances also profess a love for the free market. After all, the immigration problems we have are a direct result of abandoning free market principles. Shockingly, most of the prescribed solutions of stronger enforcement also involve protectionism for US citizens in their job. What we really need is a free market in business and labor to fix these problems. Over the span of many decades, government protectionism has ruined the economy and legal stability of…

Immigration Issues Illustrate Ills in Washington [Hub Debate]

[7-23-2014: Updated to better reflect Hispanic voting] The news channels have picked up the drumbeat. Images of tired, dirty hungry children wandering lost inside the U.S. and Mexico border. Makeshift camps and established shelters filled to capacity with huddled masses. Stories of criminals, cartel members and human traffickers charging the impoverished years’ worth of wages and making false promises to lure many of the hopefuls to a supposed new life in America. People suffering, families broken apart. The angles appealing to our general humanity are nearly endless. While the human…

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…

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…