Monthly Archives: May 2011

‘Save us from the voters,’ politicians plead

May 29th, 2011|

To: Justice Anthony Kennedy **
From: Coloradans for Benevolent Despotism **
Re: Enough with the Uppity Teabaggers **

(Denver Post, May 29) Tony, can we use first names? You have your dignity to think of, […]

Tornadoes, apocalypse, and global warming

May 29th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) You can, on the one hand, listen to Bill McKibben, who says the raging Midwest and Southern tornadoes are still another sign of global warming doom. Or you can listen to Harold Camping, who recently announced the world would go kaput not too long after Christians were sent heavenward on May 21 by none other than God himself. […]

Study: Colorado tax hike would cost 119,000 jobs

May 28th, 2011|

An in–depth analysis by a nationally known economist shows that a tax increase proposed by State Sen. Rollie Heath (D–Boulder) that is aiming for the 2011 ballot would reduce 119,000 jobs over the five years the higher rates on sales and income taxes are to be in effect. […]

Anti-TABOR lawsuit is cynical slap at voters

May 27th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) Because those doggone Coloradans just won’t vote to increase taxes often enough, a cadre of folks who just can’t bear to see state government spend less is asking a federal judge to do something voters won’t—to strike down voters’ constitutional right to approve tax increases. […]

The Left’s lies on GOP Medicare reform

May 25th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) Some Democrats and their left–wing supporters are telling grotesque lies about a Republican Medicare reform plan, sinking so low in one instance, so pathetically, immorally, disgustingly low, as to try to convince the nation through an ad that the reform will murder the elderly. […]

Raise debt ceiling, live to regret it, warned Armstrong in ‘78

May 23rd, 2011|

Could it be the past is prologue in terms of a political price to pay for letting the national debt grow endlessly? With high stakes electorally as fiscally in the upcoming battle over raising the debt ceiling, hop in my time machine and travel back a third of a century to 1978.

Bill Armstrong, president of Colorado Christian University today and a young congressman back then, […]

2012 Election: It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

May 22nd, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) The President has scored a stunning foreign policy triumph. The country rejoices. Praise for the President’s leadership and the prowess of those soldiers he sent in harm’s way is bi–partisan and near universal. The pundits say this singular accomplishment probably assures the President’s re–election. The most attractive of his possible opponents in the other party decide that this isn’t their year. Those who are willing to run seem unappealing and poll poorly. […]

What screwed up the world?—Centennial seminar asks

May 20th, 2011|

A dozen scholars and commentators convened as guests of the Centennial Institute on May 17 for a luncheon seminar on Benjamin Wiker’s survey of modern intellectual history, Ten Books That Screwed Up the World.

After Wiker, formerly a professor of philosophy and ethics at several Catholic colleges, […]

Obama’s vision and its irreversible legacy

May 20th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) Say this for President Barack Obama: he doesn’t lack for vision.

As a candidate, Obama spoke of “chang(ing) the trajectory of America” in a way that no president has since Ronald Reagan. Obama’s vision is, of course, antithetical to Reagan’s. […]

Memo to China: There’s greatness in our simplicity

May 19th, 2011|

(Centennial Intern) “The American people, they’re very simple people,” said Wang Qishan, Vice Premier of China, according to recent news accounts. Was there a note of condescension in this, coming from a high official of the ancient and self-regarding Middle Kingdom that sees itself superior to all other nations? Maybe. […]