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Entries from August 2009

Congress makes IRS look compassionate

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments

One of the best policies instituted by the Republican Congress that came to power in the 1994 election was dialing back the Internal Revenue Service’s auditing capacity and giving taxpayers a break for honest mistakes. However, as James M. Peaslee explained in the Wall Street Journal, the Democrat Congress has inexplicably put a bullseye on [...]

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Know the facts about ObamaCare

August 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Last week, NBC News claimed that the flagging support for ObamaCare was due to “[M]isperceptions about the president’s plans for reform … that nonpartisan fact-checkers say are untrue.”  Fortunately, Heritage Foundation took the trouble to fact check the fact-checkers at NBC. So, when our teleprompted President or scripted Democrat lawmakers like Betsy Markey tell you [...]

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Budget study should focus on big picture

August 24th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s becoming a ritual at the State Capitol: a committee is meeting to study the competing pressures of spending mandates and spending limits on the state budget.  Like those before them, this year’s panel has heard from a litany of experts and special interests, almost all of whom will complain about the Gordian knot in [...]

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Ritter: Forget that ‘no new taxes’ thing

August 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Well, it didn’t take long for Governor Bill Ritter to start chafing under his promise not to ask for new taxes to balance the budget.

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Markey snubs Eastern Plains

August 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Many U.S. Representatives are using the August recess to hold town meetings — especially this summer with the debate over the federal government’s role in health care heating up — but not rookie Congresswoman Betsy Markey. The Fort Collins Democrat isn’t holding any actual town meetings.  You know, the type you advertise a week or [...]

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Colorado wheat growers oppose Waxman-Markey

August 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Last month, I expressed my disgust with agriculture lobbyists inside the Beltway who paved the way for the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill to pass out of the U.S. House.  As a wheat grower, I was particularly frustrated by the short-sightedness of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). Well, to give credit where it’s due, although [...]

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A fiscal epiphany for Ritter, Bennet?

August 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Impending mortality tends to focus the mind, and looming elections tend to focus politicians’ ears on vox populi.  But just as theologians debate the sincerity of “deathbed conversions,” voters should be skeptical of lawmakers who find religion as elections near. Although 15 months remain until the 2010 elections, Democrats are learning — just as Republicans [...]

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‘New energy economy’ collides with endangered species

August 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Endangered Species Act may present the newest, largest road block to the development of wind energy across Colorado’s Estern Plains and neighboring states, the according to an Associated Press story in The Denver Post. Should the lesser prairie chicken become listed as threatened or endangered—and it’s close now—there would be significant restrictions on companies [...]

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Five questions for health care townhalls

August 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Anyone who can attend a townhall meeting by one of Colorado’s U.S. Senators or Representatives — if they have the courage to listen — might benefit from these questions from Heritage Foundation that get to the root of key questions about Obama Care: Can you promise me that I will not lose my current plan [...]

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Obama explains how ‘public option’ will end private insurance

August 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

He says, “Nobody is talking about some government takeover of health care.”  He says, “If you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep our plan.  Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.” That’s what he says now, but that’s not what [...]

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