Al Gore: Climate Not Canonized?

Al Gore is making news again, insisting that Trump hasn’t been all that bad – or at he “has had less of an impact so far than [Gore] feared that he would.” What does that mean, exactly? What on earth could Trump have done to the climate in two years, even if he had deliberately […]

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Canonizing American Immigration

Donald Trump’s position on immigration is the primary reason I am no longer a Republican, but the immigration issue has long been a wedge between my personal position and the stance of the GOP.  The thought of giving amnesty to lawbreakers enrages Republicans, yet they label any attempt to deal with the issue as amnesty, […]

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Canonizing Donald Trump as Hitler

A Jewish friend of mine who is no fan of Trump posted a Facebook status update asking people to refrain from comparing Trump to Hitler. Acknowledging the fact that Trump was awful, she called it disrespectful to the millions of people slaughtered by the Nazis to equate Trump’s current evils with Hitler’s exponentially more monstrous […]

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Canonizing Free Speech

I begin with a few more words about civility, but to make a different point than my last post on the subject. A few years back, an old acquaintance found me on Facebook and sent me a friend request. I accepted, whereupon he proceeded to launch a lengthy ideological diatribe as to why I was […]

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Canonizing Faith

Every year since the beginning of time, my extended family has attended Aspen Grove Family Camp up in Provo Canyon. Being morbidly afraid of heights, I spent years avoiding Aspen Grove’s massive ropes course, where you climb up into the trees and walk around on metal wires that are about thirty feet above the ground, […]

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A Canonization in Civility

My father is the late Robert F. Bennett, R-Utah, who served as Utah’s junior senator for 18 years. When he passed just over two years ago, the media was filled with laudatory tributes to him that brought a great deal of comfort to all of us in the family. The problem was that most of […]

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Canonizing Tax Reform

When he was running for office in 2008, Barack Obama, in a primary debate with Hillary Clinton, received the following question from Charlie Gibson of ABC News: MR. GIBSON: You [Barack Obama] have… said you would favor an increase in the capital gains tax. As a matter of fact, you said on CNBC, and I […]

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Canonizing Entitlements

To illustrate the problem here, I offer three stories with a single moral. Story One: I lived in Los Angeles during the 1984 Summer Olympics. Those were heady, halcyon days, mainly because of all the free food we were getting at McDonalds. You may not remember, but back then, McDonalds was running an Olympic-themed promotion […]

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Canonizing Catastrophic Coverage

So for the past few days, I’ve outlined problems with the American healthcare system. Today, I thought I’d offer a couple of possible solutions. Specifically, we need to look closely at catastrophic coverage and medical savings accounts. Insurance should cover catastrophes, not maintenance. Your car insurance will replace an engine and an auto body that […]

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