I like Rick Santorum. I voted for him. I even donated to his campaign. I believe that he is a credible conservative who could provide a striking contrast to Barack Obama and who could resonate with blue-collar voters.
Santorum is a good person, but a good person must also recognize when he’s fighting because he has a chance to win and when he’s fighting just to be fighting. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) At a time when state legislators should be doing everything possible to encourage job creation, a bill working its way through the Colorado Senate unfairly paints employers as unreasonable and untrustworthy.
Worse still, Senate Bill 3 gives trial lawyers another opportunity to sink their teeth into Colorado’s job creators—extracting “damages” where none exist and forcing employers to pay dearly just to prove their innocence. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Nice guys Don’t always finish last. Sometimes they win three states in a single day.
Rick Santorum’s improbable hat trick – sweeping Republican presidential contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado – provided yet another surprise in a wildly unpredictable nominating process. It also ensures that the primary season will last longer, that we will learn more about candidates’ strengths and weaknesses, and that voters in more states will have a say in selecting Barack Obama’s opponent. Continue reading
Budgeting is about setting priorities.
In most states, K-12 education is the top priority and receives the lion’s share of funding. Yet across the country, states are grappling with a budget monster that pits education funding against federal health care mandates. Continue reading
When Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that the state will appeal a Denver court’s ruling that the state inadequately funds education, he acknowledged what Judge Sheila Rappaport—and previously the Colorado Supreme Court—would not: money is a finite resource, even when it’s spent on worthy causes and when it’s spent by government. Continue reading
(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. Continue reading
(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. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Gerrymandering—the conspicuous, irregular manipulating of electoral district boundaries to advantage one political party or candidate—is widely considered a distasteful, if not downright corrupt, practice.
Through gerrymandering, incumbent politicians seek to choose their voters rather than vice versa, Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) To hear trial lawyers and their anti–business enablers tell it, the only thing that prevents Colorado employers from literally chaining workers to their desks is the “right to sue” their dastardly bosses. In this fantasy world, plaintiffs’ attorneys never bring frivolous lawsuits and fired employees never file dubious claims motivated but grudges against their former employers. Continue reading
The high–stakes battle to determine whether the people will serve government or government will serve the people is unfolding in state capitols.
Wisconsin is the tip of the iceberg. Though not as fiscally imperiled as California or Illinois, Wisconsin is symbolic—the birthplace of government employee unions, Continue reading