Monthly Archives: September 2009

At the Utahns for Ethical Government hearing in Ogden

Earlier this evening I trudged over to Mound Fort Middle School to the public hearing for the ballot initiatives that the group Utahns for Ethical Government are proposing. If enough signatures are gathered in the next several months, there will … Read More

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Abortion still roiling the health care debate

Let’s see, it was a few weeks ago that President Obama assured us that abortion would not be covered under his health care reform plan. That’s not what happened. The New York Times headline says it all: “Fight over abortion … Read More

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Fail to pay ObamaCare fine, go to jail?

A big tip of the hat to the Politico’s Live Pulse blog, which reports: “Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay … Read More

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Talker Glenn Beck's kitschy conversion DVD

The following column appears in today’s edition of Currents, the Standard-Examiner’s digital-only section on culture and politics. In Currents, this column is accompanied by an original cartoon by the Standard’s Cal Grondahl.  For information on Currents, call (801) 625-4400. I … Read More

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Banks have no interest with mortgage reforms

Not everyone knows how badly some Wall Street firms, Congress, and federal regulators  screwed up the national and global economy with the mortgage meltdown. Ridiculous mortgages were offered to people who could never hope to pay them back. Financial firms … Read More

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Sorry Mr. President, it's a tax

In this interesting exchange on Sunday’s ABC News show “This Week,” President Obama and host George Stephanopoulos debate whether individual mandates and “fines” to adults who refuse to buy health care are a “tax.” Obama says no, comparing it to paying … Read More

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So what's your experience with the Three Nephites?

The following column appears in today’s edition of Currents, the Standard-Examiner’s digital-only section on politics and culture. In Currents, it is accompanied by an original cartoon by the Standard-Examiner’s Cal Grondahl. For more information on Currents, call (801) 625-4400. We … Read More

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Tea parties, 9-12 marches, what does it mean?

I’ve found the mainstream, Washington D.C. media’s reaction to the tea parties, August town hall meetings, last Saturday’s 9-12 march in D.C., Van Jones and ACORN issues to be fascinating. They either ignore it until an issue gets too big … Read More

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Who said Obama was the anti-Christ??

Some really bizarre New Jersey poll results from Public Policy Polling. According to the poll, 8 percent of New Jersey residents believe President Barack Obama is the anti-Christ! 13 percent aren’t sure. 14 percent of Republicans think the president’s “Old … Read More

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House Dems' thuggish health care ploy

Why the thuggish attempt by House Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats to humiliate and officially admonish, or condemn Rep. Joe Wilson? This will backfire on the Democrats. People will see it for what it is — a cheap political ploy. Memo to … Read More

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