I realized the predicament the Republican Party was in when I got into a heated conversation with a close relative. I had just read James McPherson’s Pulitzer-winning book Battle Cry of Freedom and was curious to find out what side a close relative sided with.
"How can you not side with Lincoln?" pointing out Lincoln's accomplishments. “Would you rather have our great nation divided into fifty countries?”
To my astonishment my question was met with a resounding, “Yes!”Read more
Aaron Nelson published There's a Problem When There are More Pay Day Loans Than Wards in Blog 2015-03-24 15:23:15 -0700
Have you ever wondered why there are so many payday loan businesses lining the streets of Utah? Me too, and the answer might surprise you.Read more
Aaron Nelson published Do Brother Marriott a Favor and Support a Paid Vacation Mandate in Blog 2015-02-25 08:34:39 -0800
Did you know that the United States is one of the few industrialized nations that do not have mandatory paid vacation time?Read more
Aaron Nelson commented on My Mission to Sweden Changed the Way I View Politics and Economics 2014-11-07 10:06:49 -0800Paul,
I think you’ve been reading too many articles from the CATO institute. Sorry, the Welfare State, as you call it is alive and well. You are absolutely clueless when it comes to the Nordic countries.
I was raised in Ogden, Utah. I have always felt that there is something special about Ogden. Historically, Ogden was a city where immigrants, railroaders, non-Mormons, Republicans, Democrats, and Mormons learned to co-exist. For the most part, people are tolerant of each other in my hometown.
I was also influenced by my mission to Sweden. I started to understand that not everything I had assumed about Sweden was true. I witnessed an awesome health care system, an awesome educational system, and laws that gave the Swedes an enviable quality of life. However, I remained a staunch Republican until the Great Recession.
I realized that many of the economic assumptions concerning deregulation were false. As a amateur historian, I became greatly interested in Marriner S. Eccles (another local Ogdenite). The revolutionary ideas from this Mormon raised economist clicked with me. I suddenly realized that many of my assumptions concerning economics were false. I also realized that at one time political diversity was abundant in the Church, as well as in Utah. Sometime in 2009, I changed political parties. I've never looked back.