Sunday, March 13, 2011

Needs vs. Wants, Necessities vs. Luxury

We all have to make frequent decisions about what we need vs. what we want. Matt Ridley recently observed how what once was deemed a luxury is now considered by many to be a necessity, so much so that government power is used to subsidize those who don't have these "necessities" so as to not deprive citizens of their "rights". Such is the crazy, entitled, and very wealthy world in which we live.

6 comments:

EmWJ said...

Ok, so this has absolutely nothing to do with this post but I know you've discussed illegal immigration before and was wondering what you thought about the LDS Church's latest foray into Utah politics.

EmWJ said...

NM. I found a fascinating conversation about this from other Utah bloggers, so I got a feel for the answer.

Nate said...

Send me a link to that conversation if you don't mind. Sorry I never got back to you on your question. I've just been too busy lately to even look into the issue much (as evidenced by my paucity of posts lately). When I finally get a handle on the whole thing, I'll try to let you know my take. That conversation you mentioned sounds like a good starting point.

EmWJ said...

http://www.millennialstar.org/what-is-it-that-bishop-burton-appreciates-in-utahs-new-immigration-laws

So far, the comments aren't too heated, but as these are all faithful Mormons (on a notable conservative blog), it's interesting to track the discussion.

EmWJ said...

And for what it's worth, what got me interested (besides the news stories) was this comment from another blog (which may or may not be true, which he admits):

"MH –

I have some contacts in Utah governments (used to serve there).

Here is the story I was told . .

The Church was deeply concerned that Utah would adopt something like Arizona. They knew that the leader in Arizona was LDS and they were concerned that the issue would be linked in the public eye with the Church.

Also, with the recession, they were concerned with boycotts hitting Utah businesses.

Finally, the Church has reached out to the Spanish community heavily and were concerned that those efforts would be crippled.

Apparently the strategy was to block the rush to adopt the Sandstrom bill by putting the Utah Compact together. I was told that the Church orchestrated it but stayed mostly on the side so it wouldn’t be perceived as a Mormon thing.

The Compact worked well in derailing Sandstrom. Then, the idea emerged to put forth a comprehensive package. The Church and others encouraged legislators to bring forth alternatives. They did. And, that what was signed."

EmWJ said...

Oh, and reference the above, I just glanced through them again and realized that a few are more heated then I remember, but through most of the thread, cooler heads prevail.