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Embracing ObamaCare caused Colorado budget crunch

May 8th, 2016 · Comments Off

The newest dubious justification for weakening Colorado’s limits on government spending is “our aging population.” The spending lobby seeks to frighten senior citizens by telling them that the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) in our state constitution “hampers the ability to fund key programs.” Parents are told that public schools are in a squeeze because [...]

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Colorado’s budget problem is spending on entitlements

April 8th, 2016 · Comments Off

So much chatter at the State Capitol is that Colorado’s government doesn’t have enough money to spend on programs that politicians, bureaucrats and lobbyists want to pay for with our tax dollars. Any discussion of government spending should begin with the basics: • Government’s job is to work for us – not vice versa. • [...]

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Prosecution, Persecution & Government Intimidation

January 20th, 2016 · Comments Off

“I love my country, but I fear my government” once struck me as a bit paranoid.  However, recent accounts of citizens who’ve fallen into bureaucrats’ crosshairs is a reminder that “just because I’m paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not after me.” Consider these examples of government run amok: • Oregan ranchers Steven and Dwight Hammond face [...]

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The sad state of freedom in America

September 29th, 2015 · Comments Off

Some 30 years ago, a common retort by my classmates when told that we could not do something was, “It’s a free country, isn’t it?” I don’t hear that rhetorical question much these days.  Maybe that’s because the answer is changing before our very eyes. One of my favorite restaurants posts a sign that was [...]

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Advancing justice for unborn victims

April 17th, 2015 · Comments Off

Acknowledging the humanity of an unborn child is always the right thing to do, and it shouldn’t always have to be discussed in the context of abortion.  That’s why the recently introduced “Offenses Against Unborn Children Act” is a worthy cause. 

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School funding suffers from ObamaCare

April 4th, 2015 · Comments Off

Coloradans’ eyes understandably pass over reports about legislators working on the annual state budget.  After all, the “long bill” – so named because it spans nearly 500 pages – is a necessary but mind-numbing legislative drudgery, salted with indiscernible acronyms, and largely incomprehensible to anyone outside the State Capitol. To most inside the State Capitol, [...]

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Easy access to entitlements undermines Americans’ work ethic

February 15th, 2015 · Comments Off

“Our greatest primary task is to put people to work.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. Although sometimes considered the father of the American entitlement state, FDR understood that our sense of achievement and self-sufficiency comes from our work. Forty years later, another Democrat, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan likewise grasped the degrading affect of welfare on [...]

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Don’t punish taxpayers for economic growth

January 13th, 2015 · Comments Off

Colorado’s economy has shown remarkable resiliency in the wake of the Great Recession. Unemployment has steadily fallen from a high of 9.6% in 2010 to an estimated 4.1% in November 2014. Income indicators roared past pre-recession levels and now both wages and salary and per capita income are significantly higher. In the past five years, [...]

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Public grows skeptical about cost of ‘Affordable Care’

October 8th, 2013 · Comments Off

Nobody likes the unknown, so it’s easy to understand why Americans are growing increasingly wary as the implementation of ObamaCare or, as it is formally known, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, draws near. Although the law passed in 2010, many of the key components take affect within the next 15 months: • Health [...]

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Freedom flickers in recall of senators

September 12th, 2013 · Comments Off

After the stunning recall of two Democrat state senators who led the legislature’s lurch to the loony left, maybe there’s still hope for freedom in Colorado after all – but only if more Coloradans become fierce defenders of their freedoms. The ouster of Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) was [...]

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