Facts Aren’t Always Impartial

I was listening to Doug Wright this morning talking about the John Swallow situation and I found myself laughing at the linguistic gymnastics he was engaged in trying to discuss the situation without suggesting that impeachment might be the proper…

Impeachment isn’t the same as Removal from Office

Opening an impeachment proceeding is the same as opening an investigation, not the same as handing down an indictment. It is meant to be done in order to obtain evidence, not after the evidence has already been gathered. It seems obvious that there is enough smoke surrounding John Swallow to warrant looking into whether the smoke is from a fog machine or a fire.

Don’t Be Fooled

John Swallow continues to insist that he will not step down because has done nothing illegal. He likes to use that red herring to make people sound unreasonable if they call for his resignation or impeachment. We need to be very clear that the standard for impeachment – “high crimes and misdemeanors” – includes some things which may not qualify as illegal. Swallow himself has admitted to things that show that he is unfit for the office to which the people of Utah mistakenly elected him.

Strengthening Our Caucus System

Instead of sidestepping our caucus system we should strengthen it by keeping what it is good at (leveling the playing field for candidates) and improving where it is weak (disenfranchising less popular political positions). We can do that by changing the way delegates are chosen.

Causes and Symptoms

There are still times when doctors are limited to treating symptoms but generally in modern times our doctors seek to treat the underlying cause of a problem rather than the symptoms. We need to do more of that in the healthcare industry – especially as it relates to our most pressing chronic condition in the industry: uncontrolled costs.