Today is April first, commonly called April Fools day, so like my good friend Shannon warns, “Trust no one.” Given the inclination of the press to play along, occasionally throwing out outlandish headlines that couldn’t possibly be true, there still comes this, that sounds like it should be a joke, but really, is more likely just […]
Rhett Wilkinson is a senior at Utah State University. He is studying journalism and political science. The opinions expressed are his own. The feds ought to follow the lead of a certain rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, who famously said “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” The first problem with this […]
It’s a contrast that is impossible to miss: one government faces growth and another is struggling to compensate for spending beyond its ability to afford.
In what is shaping up to be one of Utah’s most watched elections this year, candidates for Salt Lake County mayor will meet in three debates this week and several more in the coming weeks.
Starting tonight on KCPW, Republican businessman Mark Crockett and Democratic Senator and political consultant Ben McAdams will debate why each should be chosen as mayor of Utah’s most populous county. This is not the first debate between the two, but it is the first broadcast during the prime time hours from 6 to 8 PM.
The state of the debate, says the Economist, is poor, though. On the right, taxes can never balance the deficit (even though the Economist cites Milton Friedman just a sentence before) and expansive spending is justified for prisons, national security, and big business subsidies. On the left, reform is impossible, with Obama methodically “unpicking welfare reform” passed over the last twenty years, including under President Clinton’s administration. Further, “Mr Obama seems to think the public sector is inherently more moral than the private one. Companies are at best cows to be milked, at worst prey to be hunted.” [cont…]
I had lunch with a fascinating guy today: Matthias Shapiro, or @politicalmath if you’re on Twitter. Matthias has done a few amazing visualizations on YouTube to demonstrate the realities of America’s budgetary problems. He explained to me that he got started when he heard President Obama offer, early in his term, to cut $100 billion […]