Category Archives: Money

Wall Street’s binge, Main Street’s hangover

(BOSTON) – Technically the “Great Recession” ended in June of 2009, but Gallup reports that 66 percent of Americans say it’s not over yet. Economists tell us the economy is starting to look good (manufacturing & housing starts, up; gasoline prices and unemployment, down) but 68 percent of the people tell pollsters the economy is bad, and 67 percent say the country is on the “wrong track.” Continue reading

Whittle: Taking Back the Moral High Ground

PJ Media video commentator and director Bill Whittle closed Sunday morning’s session at the fourth annual Western Conservative Summit, urging attendees not to let progressives “get away with it anymore” by falsely claiming moral superiority. Continue reading

Petition to Defund Obamacare Explodes after Ted Cruz Speaks to WCS

Earlier in Today’s Western Conservative Summit, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on American conservatives to start signing a petition asking for the defunding of Obamacare. Cruz explained that when the time comes to vote for another Continuing Resolution, Cruz – along with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) – have vowed to vote against any CR that includes funding for Obamacare. After Cruz’s announcement Continue reading

Hanson: Moral Bankruptcy of Liberalism

The Fall of Rome can be interpreted in many ways, and for Victor Davis Hanson the lessons of history resonate more clearly in contemporary circumstances as the parallels between ancient Rome and the modern United States grow.

“More and more people became dependent on redistributive government,” Hanson said, as Rome developed what he described as a “parasitical economy.”

Rome, Hanson said, ignored signals that were present over centuries. The U.S. is facing a much shorter time table.

Hanson, a military historian, pulled no punches.

“It’s hard to screw up a system that’s viable and logical and works in a generation,” Hanson said.

“We’ve become attuned, so accustomed to it that nobody finds it shocking anymore that the President doesn’t just say ‘spread the wealth,’ we’re now up to another level–‘you didn’t build that,'” said Hanson.

This way of thinking–that there is something suspect about success–is the perfect setup for what Hanson described as the self-appointed elite technocracy to treat law as “flexible and fluid.” Outcomes based on intentions, in this case, President Barack Obama’s administrative goals, force laws to the sideline, Hanson argued.

How the Roman Republic and later, the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, ultimately declined, came from inside as much as from outward aggressors.

“The answer is, something changes from within,” said Hanson.

The shift in mood, Hanson argued, could be seen in works by other historians, particularly the left-leaning populist Howard Zinn.

“When society gets into a Howard Zinn mode, and doesn’t believe that the United States is not just not exceptional but is no better than the alternative, then history is unforgiving,” Hanson said.

Other issues like immigration destroy the concept of rule of law, Hanson said. You can not pick and choose which laws to follow and expect good results, he said.

Hanson ended on a positive note, pointing to the “perfect storm of the left” in the 2008 election.

Five years later and even after surviving a reelection challenge, the Obama administration faces sinking polls and a nation in turmoil, Hanson said.

“I think that suggests that America is exceptional,” Hanson said. “If we can withstand this dark period in our country, we’ll be stronger for it.”

A weakness for those on the left, Hanson said, is that “they don’t even believe in the ramifications of their own ideology.”

“It’s contrary to self-interest and human nature,” Hanson said.

Krista Kafer, a senior fellow at the Independence Institute and an expert on education, moderated the one-on-one discussion.

Hanson, a former classics professor, is a contributor for National Review and a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Western Conservative Summit Kicks Off

For the fourth straight year, Colorado’s Centennial Institute is prepared to kick off three days of leading conservative thought. With over 2,000 attendees clamoring to hear Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Mia Love, Allen West and others, the event has been widely seen as a grassroots CPAC, in Denver, Colorado.

On Friday evening Mia Love, who originally made her big debut at the Republican National Convention, will be addressing the Keynote Dinner with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Love is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. The dinner marks the main event for the first day of the three day summit. Centennial Institute will be providing live coverage of the event.

Head On TV: Obama Messiah is no more

A leftist agenda playing loose with the law has cost Obama his messianic aura, says John Andrews in the May round of Head On TV debates. Susan Barnes-Gelt disagrees, blaming the welter of scandals on arrogance at the top and incompetence of underlings. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over immigration, school taxes, recall of legislators, and Hickenlooper’s record. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997 and a presentation of Centennial Institute since 2009. Here are all five scripts for May: Continue reading

Question gains force: Is college worth it?

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life,” counseled Faber College’s Dean Wormer in “Animal House.” For the collegiate class of 2013 — until next year the most indebted ever — add “in hock” to that immortal list.

Compared with their parents, current graduates are paying four times more in inflation-adjusted terms for their diplomas while suffering substantially inferior job and income prospects. Like “Animal House’s” witless frat brothers, those who believe college is a last hurrah before plunging into adult reality must Think Again. Continue reading

Hard left: Legislators shaping a different Colorado

(Denver Post, Apr. 28) Watch closely as the legislature enters its final ten days of the 2013 session. This year is shaping up as a game–changer for the way Coloradans govern ourselves and seek the common good.

Over the decades, we’ve seen a Republican–led House and Senate confronting a Democratic governor, and vice versa. We’ve seen the House and Senate controlled by opposite parties. Continue reading

Democrats keep sticking it to rural Colorado

(Centennial Fellow) Now that they have regained total control of the State Capitol, Democrat leaders in the legislature just cannot resist kicking rural Colorado every time they get a chance.

It was necessary, they told us, for rural Coloradans—and gun owners everywhere—to compromise our lifestyle and our freedom as part of their irrational quest to make us safer by passing laws that will continue to be ignored by cold–blooded killers like James Holmes, Adam Lanza and the Boston bombers. Continue reading