Monthly Archives: March 2011

Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize TV & radio programs

(Denver Post, Mar. 27) “Donor supports program cuts” sounds a bit like “man bites dog” to my ears, and yet I am one of those donors to Colorado Public Radio (CPR) who supports an end to federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Enacted in 1967, the Corporation provides roughly 15 percent of the funding for National Public Radio (NPR), state affiliates such as CPR and public television. I applaud the House of Representatives for having the courage to cut this program because it is the fiscally and morally responsible thing to do. Continue reading

Wisconsinize Colorado? Please do

(Denver Post, March 27) A useful new verb was coined the other day when Republicans joined Democrats to propose higher pension contributions by public employees and a union boss called it a “blatant attempt to Wisconsinize the Colorado budget process.” What a great idea, thought many a tired and worried taxpayer. Wisconsinize away, legislators—what took you so long? Continue reading

Debaters take on taxes, mayoralty, Japan & Libya

Taxes in Colorado at this time of record unemployment should be reduced, not increased, says John Andrews in the March round of Head On TV debates. Maybe you’d prefer no taxes at all, replies Susan Barnes–Gelt satirically. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over the fiscal mess in Washington and the mayor’s race in Denver. But they’re in rare agreement over Obama’s Libyan intervention and Japan’s triple tragedy. Head On, now presented by Centennial Institute, has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Here are all five scripts for March: Continue reading

Testimony for tuition equity bill didn’t sway Senate Dems

Equity, accessibility, broader choice, and educational advantage would have been the four benefits realized for low–income college students if Colorado Senate Democrats had followed the lead of House Republicans in supporting House Bill 1168 this week.

So argued a young Centennial Institute staffer on Wednesday before the Senate State Affairs Committee, Continue reading

Cut spending or go broke: America’s existential moment

(Centennial Fellow) In arguably the most colossal political blunder of the 20th century Adolf Hitler declared war on the United States three days after Pearl Harbor based on his fatal underestimation of America’s prodigious capacity for war production.

A dozen years later Dwight Eisenhower wrote that “the greatness of America and its capacity for doing good in the world Continue reading

Series on young conservative voices: A wrapup

(Centennial Graduate Intern) Working in the Pentagon this summer, I ran into several Obama appointees. One was a field director for Hillary’s Presidential campaign in Iowa. During the campaign, he spent his time meeting all the senior citizens in the community and reaching out to other community leaders. He went to the local high school once during the primary campaign. On the fateful caucus day, the entire senior class of the high school in Iowa showed up and a solid Hillary district was locked into Obama. Thus, began the 2008 primary that eventually culminated with the election of President Barack Obama. Continue reading

Let’s respond thoughtfully to Japan nuclear fears

(CCU Student) The nuclear crisis in Japan is a tragedy on top of a tragedy. It has not caused major damage, but the Japanese officials have finally decided to tell the truth as it is instead of trying to fluff it up in order to make the people feel better. This is actually how many wish to speak for the entire disaster in general. One reason may be the technological access that has recently caused rebellion in the Middle East. If anyone within the danger zone (or any family member in contact with them) has the ability to access world news they can get the full story from sources other than Japan to find out the truth. Continue reading

Young Conservative Voices for the 21st Century: Part 3

Why is it so appealing to be “progressive”? I think this question deserves further scrutiny. Our nation is manifested in a multi religious, multi racial, multi ethnic demographics, which will only be changing further as our nation progresses to its next centennial. In fact, within our next centennial, this country will become a majority minority nation, much like several states in the south have already become. The “progressive” movement has already embraced this reality. Continue reading