January 22, 2018

John Dougall for Utah State Auditor

Growing up the oldest of eleven, it’s no surprise that John Dougall has a frugal streak to him. In fact, it’s more than a campaign slogan, says his sister Julie.

In fact, family legend has it that John has worn the same shoes since his mission, she says. “they are so old, they’ve come back in style… Since they are quite beat up, he just wears them like house slippers, but he still wears them, all the time.”

A Non-Sexy Way to Cut Government Spending

Speculating on ways to save taxpayer money and curb the national debt has become a bit of a national pastime. The right wants to cut “entitlement spending” and the left has their sights set on defense and tax loopholes. Everyone agrees that we should do something. We’re stuck with lots of rhetoric, line drawing and politicians who largely maintain the status quo.

State and local governments are also slashing budgets and cutting back essential public services to save money. I would like to propose an idea that is not original and won’t solve the national debt. It’s simple, has been tried and tested and may even help our obesity epidemic. [cont…]

My Pick for Salt Lake County Mayor: Mark Crockett, Because Experience Matters

Mark Crockett’s real world experience saving companies billions of dollars and proven conservative record serving the public trust has earned him my support for Salt Lake County Mayor. [cont…]

Do you know your local elected officials?

Lately, I’ve been involved with a campaign that could be classified as “down ticket.” It’s not a for the US Senate or for Congress, Governor or the state legislature. It’s not even for attorney general. It’s the Salt Lake County mayor’s race, and it’s “down” the “ticket” from all of those higher profile races, even if it deals with issues near and dear to all of us.

Indeed, it may deal with stuff that we use a lot more frequently than some of those other races. Libraries? Rec centers? Parks? Snow plows? Mental services? Jails? [cont…]

What can be learned from the White House visitor lists?

I wonder: what can we learn about the Obama White House from his visitors? Does it matter who the President invites into the West Wing for a personal visit with himself, staff, and policy makers? Democrats sure thought it did when the Bush Administration was meeting with oil executives, and the Obama Administration has been […]

What is do you think the state is for?

“The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.” Frederic Bastiat Discuss.

Thoughts on “Obama’s Wars” by Bob Woodward

I just finished “Obama’s Wars” by Bob Woodward. I don’t know that I feel ready to review a book by Woodward, but I do have some thoughts after reading it.