(Centennial Fellow) The culture of Washington is one of compromise. Go along. Get along. Get something done—good, bad or otherwise.
Sometimes compromise is necessary. When the levers of power are divided, reality dictates two choices: live with the status quo or do some “horse trading” in order to make changes that are marginally better. Continue reading
(’76 Contributor) Very few government programs can claim a positive return on taxpayer investment. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) is one of them.
Launched in 2004, the DCOSP provides scholarships of approximately $8,500 for K–8 students or $12,000 for high school students from low-income families to attend private schools of their choice. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Despite diatribes to the contrary, American corporations include multitudes that are tough–minded, occasionally brilliant and manifestly capable, a major reason the stock market is not just alive and well, but downright perky.
That’s worth a grin, as is the somewhat misleading decline in the unemployment rate. But don’t suppose the government can’t change that to a frown, even wailing and gnashing of teeth. It’s trying right now. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Some 60% of Coloradans now feel their religious freedom is being threatened by the prevailing political and cultural forces in America over the past 20 years, according to a new survey done by the Centennial Institute.
These fears have intensified with recent events, including the federal government mandate for many religious organizations (who provide health insurance plans) to include contraception, abortion–inducing drugs, and sterilization coverage for their employees. Hobby Lobby, a Christian–based arts and crafts company, faces a daily $1.2 million fine for non–compliance with the same requirement. Labor unions have been disproportionately granted Obamacare waivers arousing concerns about fairness and religious freedom in the minds of the American public. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Here’s a little exercise for Colorado business owners, managers or anyone else whose job requires that they keep the bills paid, the doors open, and customers satisfied:
- Take a few minutes to read how legislators at the State Capitol want to treat you.
- Then suppress the urge to go out and create a dozen new jobs. (Really, it won’t be hard to do.)
“Spit in the ocean” — it’s a phrase that’s well-worn, and for a reason, namely that it sums up so splendidly the idea of something that is itsy-bitsy relative to something very, very big.
“Sequestration” — it’s a four-syllable word referring to across-the-board spending cuts of $85 billion scheduled for automatic implementation with the purpose of reducing deficits and better controlling the federal debt. However large it sounds, the amount is spit next to the oceanic gobs of owed money that could easily drown the American economy. Continue reading
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama chided Congress, “Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep,” but then he did what politicians regularly do and raised false expectations. He claimed that “[e]very dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.” This is wishful thinking. The vast majority of research shows that preschool has no long term benefits. Some studies even show adverse behavioral impacts for children who participate. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Like a lot of other people with big names, John Elway got out of his element and made a fool of himself. Right there on CNN with Piers Morgan.
Elway had some magnificent years as the Denver Broncos” quarterback. Now he”s that organization”s Executive Vice President of Football Operations, their chief football executive. Fine. He recruited Peyton Manning, and in a few short months the Broncos became favorites to win the Super Bowl. Oops. The guys who took home the Lombardi Trophy, the Baltimore Ravens, were supposed to be little more than a bump in the road when they showed up in icy Denver and won their playoff game on January 12. Continue reading
(‘76 Contributor) If there is anything Americans love, it is options. Lots of them. Americans enjoy a variety of choices in retail, entertainment, automotive… you name it. Private industry tends to reveal what the American public finds most conducive toward happiness. What is good is invested in, what is bad, either ceases to exist, or must undergo some serious reforms to be competitive once more. Continue reading
(Boston) Beyond the extravagantly and justly praised Lincoln the best of the holiday movies is the riveting Ben Affleck vehicle Argo based on the true story of the daring rescue of six American Embassy employees hiding in the Canadian Embassy during the 1979 Teheran Hostage Crisis.
When questioned by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance about alternatives to the bizarre scheme of creating a fake Hollywood movie as a cover for the escape the CIA agent who would lead the rescue (Affleck) replies: “There are no good ideas, sir. Only bad ones but this is the least bad one” while making clear that doing nothing would be worse still. Continue reading