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The Fate Of The Future

Happy New Year! I kicked off my new year  working on a bill in my home state of Utah that will help protect people’s DNA from mass searches by law enforcement. It got me reflecting on the serious and sometimes heavy nature of most of the work that I do. But then I got to thinking about all the good and exciting things that are going to happen in this new year and this new decade, and I was reminded how much the world has continued to improve and be made prosperous since the emergence of the market economy. For example, this article sets the stage: Rather than poverty versus plenty separating “the many” from the “the few,” over the last two hundred years the distinction has increasingly been reduced to degrees of wealth, comfort, and luxuries among people in society. This has been the cumulative outcome of the competitive

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Shrimp Falafel And The American Dream

A food truck as a nightclub? Could this be the American Dream? There’s a lot of bad (and just plain weird) news that comes out of California, so I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked on this article last week and found an inspiring story coming out of Oakland. Elsayed Elhamak, an Egyptian immigrant, opened a food truck with his brother-in-law Mamdoho specializing in a unique dish that his mother created. He saw a niche in the market when he realized that club-goers were hungry when they left the bar, so he decided to open his truck at night only—keeping the lights on until 3am. He invested in some speakers and pumped the unique sound of Egyptian pop into the streets. Voila! Instant dance party/falafel feast. The brothers-in-law, who separately immigrated from Egypt to the Bay Area in the 1990s, pump the infectious beats of Egyptian pop outside the truck

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A Leftist Rejection From Across The Pond

I want to talk about last week’s general election in the United Kingdom, but before you groan, let me explain why you should care (at least a little bit). The results were actually pretty stunning! In the biggest win since 1987 under Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party took an 80 seat majority. It was also the biggest defeat the leftist Labour Party has suffered since 1935. This is a pretty big deal. I know a lot of us roll our eyes at the political happenings across the pond. With their funny hats and royal weddings and hokey ceremonial traditions, they seem more like our eccentric obscure relatives than fellow leaders of the so-called free world—but this political victory sent a pretty loud message that people in the U.K. are rejecting a lot of the leftist policies and ideas that a growing number of folks in the U.S. have been praising

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A Climate Of Outrage And Idols…

I wish I could say I was surprised yesterday when I woke up to the news that Time magazine had named teen “climate activist” Greta Thunberg their “Person of the Year.” After all, Time awarded the same “honor” to Adolf Hitler in 1938, and featured John Maynard Keynes (the father of Keynesian economics and practically all that is wrong with current economic policy) on their cover in 1965. I’m not saying young Greta is comparable to Hitler, of course. It’s just that Time has a history of making idols of people who really weren’t all that great. I recognize that Ms. Thunberg is just a kid, and that, like all children, she is heavily influenced by the adults in her life. I think that any criticism of Greta should really be leveled at her parents, and those who have ooched and scooched her into the international spotlight. Recognizing that there

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This Isn’t The Super Bowl, But The Stakes Are Higher!

There’s something to be said for throwing on your lucky jersey and screaming with thousands of other fans in support of your team.  Maybe your dad, and even your grandad, loved your team too. Maybe your love for your team is less about their ability to win and more about the memories all tied up in those sights and sounds and colors and smells. You spot a stranger in your team’s garb, and you’ve got an instant friend—a bond before any words are exchanged. Team sports, although not for everyone, can make us feel like we are part of something bigger than ourselves. When they win, we win, and so does everyone else in our fandom. When they lose, we lose. And it stings for a bit, but at least we are in good company as we nurse our collective wounded pride. It feels good to belong. But problems arise

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The Government: Protector Or Predator?

On Tuesday morning, Representative Thomas Massie took to social media with a warning to the American people. Today, while everyone is distracted by the impeachment drama, Congress will vote to extend warrantless data collection provisions of thePatriot Act, by hiding this language on page 25 of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that temporarily funds the government. To sneak this through, Congress will first vote to suspend the rule which otherwise gives us (and the people) 72 hours to consider a bill. The scam here is that Democrats are alleging abuse of Presidential power, while simultaneously reauthorizing warrantless power to spy on citizens that no President should have… in a bill that continues to fund EVERYTHING the President does… and waiving their own rules to do it. Just a few hours after posting his warning, the House indeed rushed through the temporary funding bill, and with it, the extension of the warrantless

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