(Denver Post, Sept. 25) Why are the Democrats so afraid of democracy? Do they worry that the will of the people won’t go their way? So it would seem. Several Colorado court cases illustrate the pattern. The Fenster suit to annul the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, the Lobato suit to increase education spending, and the ACLU suit to block school choice in Douglas County, all ask unelected judges to substitute their wisdom for that of we the people.
(Centennial Fellow) In my lifetime, I have had the good luck to visit the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles, Westminster Abbey, the Vatican and, just recently, the Campbell County Recreation Center in Gillette, Wyo. It’s a $55 million exercise castle in a 33,000-population city reached after driving miles through flat, brown, empty plains with relatively few signs of human presence.
p>Education, Israel, state government, the news media, and the Tea Party are in the spectrum of topics for Centennial Institute public forums in Fall 2011, according to Director John Andrews. In addition, he said, there will be closed sessions for major donors on constitutional law and for institute fellows on 2012 politics.
Public education is in dire straits in Colorado, and good options are lacking in this fall’s school board races, laments Susan Barnes–Gelt in the September round of Head On TV debates. Not at all, replies John Andrews; it’s just a matter of citizens standing up to teacher unions for a change. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over Gov. Hickenlooper’s 2016 trial balloon, Proposition 103 to raise Colorado taxes, the GOP presidential contenders, and Denver’s lucrative cowtown image. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Here are all five scripts for September:
(CCU Faculty) President Obama’s proposal to increase taxes by 1.5 trillion over the next 10 years in the name of “fairness” is merely a smokescreen for increasing revenue to temporarily maintain what is ultimately unsustainable government spending. As many conservatives have stated: “we don’t have a revenue problem; it’s a spending crisis.” A massive tax increase is not the solution to this problem.
Contemporary climate trends are part of a normal cyclical pattern reflected in data from the past and not a cause for alarm, a weather scientist and researcher long associated with CU–Boulder told a business leaders’ breakfast today. Dr. Richard Keen presented research findings that point to climate–modelers’ tendency to bend facts to their theories, when good scientific practice requires the opposite.
(Opening Remarks at Campus Ceremony, Sept. 12) How should we approach our commemoration of September 11, 2001, here at Colorado Christian University? Here are some thoughts from my perspective as director of the Centennial Institute, our public policy center at the university. On the second Tuesday in September ten years ago, Islamist fighters from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and the UAE, trained in Afghanistan by the Al Qaeda revolutionary organization under Osama Bin Laden, took over four US airliners and turned them into missiles of war for an attack on New York City and Washington DC.
(Centennial Fellow) President Barack Obama, who has been working like the devil to wipe out jobs in America, finally said he was going to give us less government to help more, although he soon enough was pledging more government to help less. Union members cheered him while one of their bosses went a step further. “President Obama, this is your army,” Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa said in introducing the commander in chief at a Detroit rally on Labor Day.
(‘76 Contributor) The definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, and expecting a different result. Are the President and his administration insane to repeat their failed policies? * Grants to states to prevent the layoff of public employees is no more than the Democrats taking care of a key constituency: not stimulative! Government jobs Don’t count.
Americans must revive responsibility or lose our liberty, warns John Andrews in his new book Responsibility Reborn. Centennial Institute’s director, a former state senator and appointee of four US presidents, will outline a 10–point agenda