DJ

Everything you know about gun ownership and violence is wrong

Excerpts from a Harvard study on gun ownership and gun control. It’s a fascinating read. They found no correlation between gun ownership and violence. [T]here is no consistent significant positive association between gun ownership levels and violence rates: across time…

A story about our broken health care system.

We have a broken health care system. People can’t get the help they need, and the broken parts don’t communicate with each other – as witness this story. A woman, married and with a child, got pregnant. Her family’s income…

14% of Americans receive food stamps

What strikes me as a Utah resident is that nearly 10% of Utah’s 2.8 million residents are on food stamps (and federally mandated cuts are coming) And yet Utah has one of the lowest food stamp usage rates in the…

Big business, lobbyists, and local cheesemaking

What do fiscal and economic policy have to do with cheesemaking and local food?  Quite a bit.  First, our money is the basis for exchange.  Without a healthy dollar, our customers can’t buy what we sell.  (Increasingly we trade rather…

Our money problem. Debt and deficit

Our government is awash in deficit spending and debt.  Our leaders assure us that this is sane fiscal policy.  Sure, they quibble over how much to tax and how much to spend, but the truth is, even the Tea Party…

Our eroding money problem and government fiscal policy

I’m an accountant by trade, so numbers and statistics fascinate me.  My dad is an accountant, too, so it’s in my blood.  One of the issues I watch is the government’s fiscal policy – the management of the federal budget…