How convenient, now that Bill Ritter is no longer running for governor and John Hickenlooper is hoping to succeed him, Hick suddenly discovers after months of silence that the incumbent Democrat was “anti-business” in brutalizing the oil and gas industry last year and “crazy” in raising taxes during a recession this year. Meanwhile the Governor obligingly plays his part by voicing annoyance at the Mayor’s criticisms. Continue reading
(CCU Faculty) Mike Lux, blogging in the Huffington Post, announces he has found the “Ultimate Contradiction-in-Terms: Right-Wing Christians.” Lux shakes his head and condemns those of us who claim to follow Jesus Christ and still vote for an occasional Republican. Here’s the oracle in full.
Lux begins this attack on people like myself by relating a debate between Glenn Beck and leftist-evangelical Jim Wallis. Wallis won the debate of course because he “actually knows something about the Bible.” Beck and his hero, Ayn Rand, enthrone “selfishness as the ultimate virtue.” (Lots of “ultimates” in Mike’s Luxicon.) Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Fred Barnes’s wrote in today’s Wall Street Journal that the health-care plan, if passed, will be “a paramount issue in the 2012 presidential race, regardless of whether Mr. Obama is on the ballot.” (See full quote and link at the end of this post.)
If Obama is on the ballot? I have said that there is a reasonable chance Barrack Obama will not get the nomination of his party. Why? First, the progressive wing will spin off a candidate or even rend the Democratic party. History is against me as no sitting president has ever been ‘evicted’ by his party; think Gerald Ford, who came close. Continue reading
(’76 Contributor) Ignoring constituent concerns about the constitutionality of the federal government controlling healthcare did not work. Citing Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution held no water. Claiming that he has “not heard legal scholars suggest the health reform bill is unconstitutional” is not even close to believable. So what did my congressman, Peter Welch (D-VT), do to justify his vote for the House healthcare bill? He punted … the constitutionality issue off to the court stating that the court is “ultimately responsible” to ensure policy is constitutional. Continue reading
(CCU Faculty) How do you know if a prophet is from God? By his fruit! If his fruit is love and joy he is from God. If his fruit is hate and terror, he is not from God. “By this is my Father glorified,” said Jesus, “that you bear much fruit, and prove to be my disciples. Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; abide in my love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full” (John 15:9,11) Paul elaborated on this, writing that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Legislators talk frequently about the Law of Unintended Consequences but rarely seem to recognize when a bill they support will, if passed, inevitably collide with that law.
Such is the case with House Bill 1021, which would require individual insurance policies to cover a normal pregnancy, childbirth, maternity care, pregnancy management and contraception. Continue reading
I was able to get a high powered, expensive education courtesy of the taxpayers of the state of California. For only pennies on the dollar I got a BA from a Cal State and an MA and a PhD from the University of California. Unfortunately, taxpayers revolted and put a limit on how much the state can tax their property (Proposition 13), so the state now has to rely on other sources of revenue, like income and business taxes. For that reason taxpayers and businesses have fled California for states with lower taxes, as I did by moving to Colorado and not paying back the state for that education though a lifetime of heavy taxation. Continue reading
Several hundred Coloradans gathered yesterday at the state capitol to remind our government officials that we pay the bills. Sponsored by a coalition of independent but like-minded organizations, including the Independence Institute, the rally vigorously reasserted our role as citizen-leaders.
Important points were addressed. Paramount were these messages to our state and federal legislators: Stop irresponsible spending and uphold the values of the citizens you represent. We don’t want Obamacare. We don’t want nannyism. We don’t want economy-crippling taxes and regulation. Continue reading
In less than a year well over a thousand independent groups have sprung up around the nation to organize and demonstrate against the attempted government takeover of entire industries, high taxes, crippling debt, and the agenda of President Barack Obama. While many have ridiculed and guffawed about the “teabaggers,” these motivated and angry voters have very quickly shown the ability to raise millions of dollars, target specific political races, grab headlines and media exposure, stage large rallies, and mobilize volunteers. Continue reading
Twenty-seven years ago this week, speaking before a meeting of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, on March 8, 1983, President Ronald Reagan spoke about the moral crisis that faced America. His topic ranged from a loss of morality in schools to the high rates of teen pregnancies and abortions.
In his speech, Reagan argued that the United States had been devoted to the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the belief that our rights and liberties come from God the Creator. He went on to say that, while these truths had been adhered to throughout most of our nation’s history, in recent decades (largely through activist court decisions) a denial of these truths and a ban on invoking the Creator in the public square had become common. Continue reading