Exploiting the Labor Participation Rate

One of my nieces is 16 years old and attends a local high school in Utah.  Her world is centered on books and boys and her free time revolves around extracurricular activities.  I have a nephew who is enrolled in college and enjoys any time away from his studies bonding with friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime. My wife stays at home and raises our four daughters, a luxury our family is able to afford. My mother spends time quilting and cooking or playing with her grandchildren. My father-in-law is retired and can be found catching up on the news and traveling. What is interesting about all these individuals is their impact on the labor participation rate.

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Climate change is evidence of the last days

The greatest witness of the last days?
Climate change.
We might slay that beast that through the ingenuity and innovation that God has blessed us with. And through negotiation that paves the way for change, as we recently saw at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
But what if we don’t figure out the issue in time?
Climate change is utterly perilous. The scientific community is all but at a consensus on that.
Check out the 10 following graphs and their summaries from even Business Insider, which, by very name, has an editorial focus on profit (coal, for some).

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What Liberals Should Read to Understand the GOP Primary

McKay Coppins' new book The Wilderness bills itself as a deep dive into the Republican Party's quest to take back the White House. Although my personal politics lean to the left, I found the book a captivating read that helped me better understand the current chaos in the Republican Party and the challenges we face in the United States regarding wealth, gender, and racial inequality.

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Muppets and Medicaid

As we do every year around Christmas time, we sat down as a family to watch “The Muppet Christmas Carol”. This is one of my favorite family traditions that helps us remember what Christmas is really all about. As I’ve gotten older and as different things are happening in my life, I have taken something new from the story each time I watch it. This year I couldn’t help but find some similarities between specific current events and the story Mr. Dickens told so well.

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Master, what shall I do? (Luke 10:25-37)

As I start this blogpost, I will apologize to Luke for my literary license.

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

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How sure are you about your party affiliation?

This morning I listened to the latest episode in the new NPR Politics podcast discussing “The Battle for Control of the GOP.” National Politics Correspondent, Mara Liasson reminded me of something I learned in my 12th grade AP Government class. You pick your party affiliation based on the “three legged stool”, in this order.

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LDS Dems on Syrian Refugees: "But let us not respond to these crimes with fear and paranoia which causes us to abandon the very humanity that has been attacked."

We join people all over the world in condemning the violence committed by terrorists in Paris and Beirut, and mourn for the innocent people so brutally murdered in these attacks. These attacks are crimes against humanity. But let us not respond to these crimes with fear and paranoia which causes us to abandon the very humanity that has been attacked. There is no evidence to connect the Syrian refugees to these attacks, and it is our moral duty to extend help to those fleeing violence and persecution. Let us not forget that our own pioneer ancestors were once refugees fleeing from violence.

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Mormon Progressives - Still Here

These last few days have been ones for reflection on the work of MormonPress and Mormon Progressives. What is that work?

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Charity is Voluntary

LDS Dems believe individuals and families become self-reliant through improved education, health, and opportunity.

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The Heart of the Gospel is Love - and we Would Do Well to Remember That

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the new policy adopted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning the blessing and baptism of the children of same-sex couples. The pain experienced by LGBT members of the Church is excruciating. It is only made worse by policies that end up dividing families rather than uniting them. Aside from the children of polygamists, the offspring of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and others who are not leading lives in accordance with church teachings are allowed to receive a blessing and join the Church at age 8. Why single LGBT families out? It seems hypocritical, to say the very least. Sadness soon turned to disgust when I opened Facebook and came upon a post written by a relative defending the Church's decision. One of the responses really infuriated me. The commenter, also a relative, wrote, "I have had to laugh at all who don't even have a dog In this comment and spread lie after lie. Like why do they even care????" So, basically, unless yourself or someone in your immediate circle of family and friends is personally affected, you shouldn't even care about the countless families that are being/going to be harmed by this policy. You've got to be kidding me! One of the great responsibilities we have in this life is to love and serve others. It is both a privilege and a blessing. Love is, in many ways, the quintessence of the gospel. Let us not forget John 13:34: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." At General Conference in October 1985, Elder Loren C. Dunn of the First Quorum of the Seventy said it best: "We teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a gospel of salvation and exaltation. It is a gospel of love—love of God and love of fellowmen." One of the ways we show love to our fellow brothers and sisters is caring about their welfare. Sometimes it's a sibling. Other times it's a child. Or perhaps it might be a stranger you run into on the street. When others fall, we should be there to help lift them up. As we move forward and try to come to terms with this latest development, let us reach out to LGBT Mormons with love and understanding, not indifference or derision.

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