Author Archives: Peg Brady

The myth of ‘government money’

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.

Prager & Hewitt energize Coloradans at ‘Obama 365’ rally

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

Summit Diary of a Tea Party Patriot

Editor: Peg Brady of Centennial, Colorado, a tireless grassroots worker for constitutional government and conservative reform, is first to file again this year, as she was in 2010, with a comprehensive journal of key points and memorable moments from the 19 hours of programming at Western Conservative Summit 2011. If a comparison with James Madison’s meticulous and indispensable journal of the 1787 Philadelphia Convention would be too lofty, Continue reading

No ‘czars’ needed, thank you

(’76 Contributor) In the June 2011 issue of Natural History, Stanford University biology professor Deborah Gordon explains, “Ant colonies work without central control … No ant gives instructions to another, or decides for another what needs to be done … Without anyone in charge, colonies respond effectively to a changing world. Stuff happens to an ant colony … and the colony reacts by adjusting … An ant makes moment-to-moment decisions …” Continue reading

Religious freedom at Ground Zero? Show us

(’76 Contributor) We have been repeatedly and forcefully instructed to believe that, when the Left expounds the Muslims’ right to build a mosque near Ground Zero, it’s only about religious freedom. Those who want to build that mosque really don’t seek to offend Americans nor to hurt the families of the thousands whom their Muslim brethren murdered there only nine years ago. It’s only about religious freedom, see.

Okay, then I have a suggestion. To demonstrate their dedication to religious freedom, perhaps those mosque-builders could instead erect a non-denominational shrine where worshippers of all religions could celebrate their faith Muslims, Jews, Christians, Unitarian/Universalists, Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Taoists, Animists, Nihilists (do Nihilists celebrate?), everyone.

How about it, guys? What could more wholeheartedly reflect your fervor for religious freedom? Show us.

Beware the false helpers who harm us all

Faced with another fellow’s misfortune, some genuinely yearn to help. Some believe that they do, although they may not acknowledge a less honorable motive, not even to themselves. Some witting or not truly seek either ego-strokes or control or both.

A profoundly significant difference delineates the truly humane helper from the self-serving one: their objective—for the genuine helper, a beneficiary; for the others, power. But determining the subtle distinction requires seeing beneath their surface similarity. Continue reading