Situational Analysis – January 15, 2021

We made it to the end of another week. Can you believe January is half-way gone?! Today is National Bagel Day. The beginnings of the modern bagel can be traced to the Polish obwarzanek in the 1300s, a thin, boiled, then baked ring of dough. In 1610, an order was given in Krakow that bagels should be given to women shortly after childbirth. In November 2020, New Yorkers overwhelming voted that the “Everything Bagel” with scallion cream cheese was the best. Now you know.

I try to teach my kids that you can choose your actions but you can’t choose your consequences. President Trump and his supporters are starting to see consequences in a myriad of ways, including being booted off privately owned platforms, stopping the flow of PAC money, the PGA championship moving away from Trump National Golf Course and airlines putting rioters on a no-fly list. But Forbes really laid down the gauntlet in this op-ed by the editor. If you read nothing else today, read this: “A Truth Reckoning: Why We’re Holding Those Who Lied for Trump Accountable.” Here’s a taste:

“Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.

This isn’t cancel culture, which is a societal blight. (There’s surely a nice living for each of these press secretaries on the true-believer circuit.) Nor is this politically motivated, as Forbes’ pro-entrepreneur, pro-growth worldview has generally placed it in the right-of-center camp over the past century — this standard needs to apply to liars from either party. It’s just a realization that, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, in a thriving democracy, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. Our national reset starts there.” 


4 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/19/2021)
5 days to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s Inauguration Day (01/20/2021)
49 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
89 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021)
105 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)