Every day we see that TV ad claiming that Amendment 66, the proposed income-tax increase for schools, will cost an average Colorado family only $133. Continue reading
For this month’s Issue Monday on Oct. 14, Centennial Institute hosted a mixed panel to discuss current issues in Colorado, addressed through the larger lenses of policy and public attitude. Continue reading
Referendum C set TABOR’s tax baseline at the highest amount collected between 2005 to 2010. Ref C’s big-spending advocates promised that its tax burden would last only five years. But Coloradans still pay $1 billion each year. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Peg Brady of Centennial CO, a Western Conservative Summit delegate since our first year in 2010, annually contributes her exhaustive program notes for the benefit of fellow summiteers as well as those who couldn’t attend. I liken her to James Madison, stenographer of the Founding, whose personal record [more] of the 1787 constitutional convention captured it forever in history. – John Andrews
(’76 Contributor) June 15 commemorates the affirmation, 798 years ago, of our fundamental rights. Magna Carta, the Great Charter, confirmed “for us and our heirs in perpetuity” that the government, even the king himself, must honor citizens’ rights and operate within law and custom.
Despite the fashion to demean Magna Carta, the Great Charter clearly acknowledges the rights of “all free men.” Here are a few of the 63 clauses. Continue reading
President Obama insists that America is not exceptional. Yet for his flawed economic policies to work, he must rely on an amazing degree of exceptionalness.
Like any nation, we are not exempt from the consequences of ill-considered choices. Continue reading
Government’s responsibility “is to preserve the independence of property, on which is founded all human liberty and all human excellence,” explained Princeton history professor Lawrence Stone in his book The Causes of the English Revolution: 1529–1642. He continued, “but to govern is to wield power and power has a natural tendency to encroach. It is more important to supervise government than to support it because the preservation of independence is the ultimate political good.” Continue reading
You recall that Emanuel Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s pal and the smarmy mayor of Chicago, wants to ban Chick-fil-A from doing business in Chicago because its CEO proclaimed his allegiance to traditional marriage.
That’s a massive, unequivocal violation of our right to free speech and our right to freedom of conscience. Continue reading
Another bailout—mortgage banks, this time. Issuing and taking loans requires careful, fact–based deliberation by both the lending agency and the loan recipient. Instead, those making irresponsible fiscal decisions rely on the government to bail them out.
But there is no “government money” to fund such largesse. The only money that any government has was taken from us taxpayers.
Government agencies extract money from us, spend much of it on themselves, and dole out the remainder to buy votes.
And then they play a finger-pointing blame–game to distract us from their deeply flawed self–interest, all the while ensuring us that there will be no more costly bailouts.
Editor: Five hundred Colorado conservatives filled the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock on Nov. 7 for the “Obama 365” rally sponsored by Salem radio stations KNUS and KZNT, one year out from Election Day 2012. Featured speakers were Salem radio hosts Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt. ’76 Blog contributor Peg Brady produced another of her meticulously detailed steno summaries of the evening. Here is Peg’s report: Continue reading