Community can play a bigger role in public education

Dec 16, 2019

For three decades, education reformers have tried to improve our nation’s schools by injecting “choice” into the public square. These debates often turn contentious, pitting advocates on one side of “school choice” against the other. It’s time for a new chapter in how we think about education.

A Better Way to Manage Public Lands

Oct 23, 2019

When most Americans hear the phrase “public lands,” they tend to think of national parks, forests, monuments, and wilderness areas. Utah is blessed with breathtaking examples of such lands, including Arches National Park, Dixie National Forest, Dinosaur National Monument, and High Uinta Wilderness area. Every Utahn I know supports the continued protection of these national treasures.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee: What I told the Russian government

Sep 15, 2019

When the Berlin Wall fell in November of 1989, the whole world hoped it meant a new era of cooperation and friendship with the Russian people. Almost 30 years later, however, our relationship with Russia is almost as strained as it was during the Cold War. Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine 2014, and it continues to prolong humanitarian crises in Libya, Syria and Venezuela. Russian agents stole emails from the Democratic National Committee, hacked voting machines in some states and accessed voter data files in others.

Sen. Mike Lee: The growing challenge of aging alone

Aug 29, 2019

When we get to a certain age in life, our personal relationships become essential to our care and well-being. We often rely on the help and support of family and friends, neighbors, and community organizations to do things we can longer do by ourselves.

Flight-sharing could transform air travel, but the government won’t let it take off

Aug 9, 2019

When it comes to air travel, Americans today have just two options available to them: commercial aviation, which comes with the frustrations most of us are familiar with, and charter flights, which are simply out of reach for many. But the government is keeping us from accessing another option that’s already common elsewhere in the world.

Just one agency should enforce antitrust law

Jun 17, 2019

Anonymous individuals at the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission have recently taken it upon themselves to leak to the media that their respective agencies will soon open investigations of the largest U.S. tech companies. Policing markets with the antitrust laws is key to ensuring that competition benefits consumers.

Trump's Mexico tariff threat shows Congress must reclaim trade powers and much more

Jun 13, 2019

It’s not every day that a topic near and dear to my heart — the separation of powers — becomes front-page news, but that’s exactly what happened this past week as thousands of manufacturers, farmers, retailers, builders, and restaurateurs realized that President Donald Trump was absolutely serious about implementing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports on June 10.

Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act: The case for a more merit-based immigration system

May 8, 2019

Ashish Patel first came to Utah legally in 2005 on a temporary high-skilled work visa. Since that time Mr. Patel worked hard at his job, paid taxes, followed the law, got married, and had two kids, both of whom were born American citizens. In February 2011, Mr. Patel’s petition to earn a Green Card – the legal document that gives an immigrant the right to live and work in the United States permanently – was approved. Though approved, his Green Card remains unissued. If Mr. Patel had immigrated from any country in the world other than India he would already have his Green Card today.

The Not-So-Incredible Shirking Congress

Apr 18, 2019

Presidential power is out of control, and our legislature must reassert itself Imagine it’s March 2022. The Republican-controlled Senate has just rejected Speaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, ending any chance of legislative action on climate change before the midterm elections. Heavy rains have caused flooding along the Ohio and Wabash Rivers in Indiana. The governor has called a state of emergency. And with her legislative agenda in tatters and the economy flat, President Kamala Harris sees her chance: She declares a national emergency over climate change, invoking broad legislative powers pursuant to the National Emergencies Act.

Facebook, Google, others have big problems, but antitrust law is not the answer

Mar 25, 2019

It’s not every day that Tucker Carlson and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., agree on something. But for very different reasons these two stars of the right and left respectively both want to use antitrust law to take the tech giants of Silicon Valley down a notch. Carlson makes a case that certain tech platforms – particularly Facebook, Google and Twitter – discriminate against conservative speech, and many Republican members of Congress seem to agree with him.