Author Archives: Mark Hillman

Trial lawyer logic: Right to sue more important than jobs

(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

Are Americans serious about debt? We’ll soon know

(Centennial Fellow) The next two years will almost certainly determine whether Americans possess the resolve and courage necessary to save our country from fiscal disaster.

If we do not, then the Americans will likely succumb to the European mindset that work is not a source of accomplishment or satisfaction but merely a way to bide time between vacations and weekends while relying on government for health care and retirement. Continue reading

Easy or popular? No, but Congress must quit spending

(Centennial Fellow) It’s a political reality: talking about how to govern is far easier than actually governing.

Government, after all, is a reflection of the governed and nothing requires individual voters or “the people” in general to act responsibly. That observation is not an indictment of the electorate but an acknowledgement that voters are never forced to confront tough choices about government spending. Continue reading

Performance marks for GOP Houses in Denver & DC

(Centennial Fellow) As Republican majorities take the reins of power both in Congress and in the Colorado House of Representatives, they carry the lofty expectations of their supporters alongside the inconvenient reality that Democrats still control half of the legislative branch plus the executive.

Practically speaking, Republicans can do only so much, but that certainly doesn’t mean they are powerless. Here’s what a good strategy for the next two years might look like: Continue reading

Demerits of 60, 61, and 101 outweigh their merits

(Centennial Fellow) The Colorado debate over ballot measures 60, 61 and 101, set to pass or fail on Nov. 2, has been anything but illuminating. According to the propaganda, voters should:

  • Vote yes to punish government at all levels for more than $1 billion in higher taxes and fees enacted without a vote of the people by Gov. Ritter and statehouse Democrats.
  • Or vote no because “The Ugly 3″ will trigger a “voter-approved recession” and put thousands of people out of work.

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