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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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Our schools are strangled by data-collection overload

March 21st, 2016 · Comments Off

When discussion of K-12 education focuses on partisan funding battles, we sometimes ignore measures to improve our schools that ought to receive bipartisan support. Over the past two decades, lawmakers, as well as state and federal bureaucrats, have handed down overwhelming mandates for collection of information about students and teachers. (No doubt, I voted for [...]

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GOP shouldn’t let Trump drag US into the gutter

March 7th, 2016 · Comments Off

My favorite Republican has never won the party’s nomination for president.  (I was born eight months too late to vote for Ronald Reagan.)  So when it comes to rationalizing why I should settle for Mitt Romney or John McCain, I have more experience than I want. I’ve always supported the Republican nominee for three reasons:  [...]

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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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Udall’s narrow view of choice is a bad joke

July 16th, 2014 · Comments Off

Fortune cookies and Mark Udall have more in common than Colorado’s Democrat U.S. Senator might like to admit. You probably know the juvenile prank of reading the message inside a fortune cookie – like “Now is the time to try something new” – and then adding “. . . in bed” to give it an [...]

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A dim view of ‘rights’

July 7th, 2014 · Comments Off

Liberty is something you would expect liberals to understand.  Instead, the liberal view of liberty is backward, confusing rights with entitlements. Rights and freedom should be synonymous.  Authentic rights can be enjoyed without someone else’s permission and without imposing a burden on someone else’s liberty – including their liberty to use the fruits of their [...]

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Let’s not be The Stupid Party, again!

June 16th, 2014 · Comments Off

It’s been said there are two political parties – The Evil Party and The Stupid Party.  Take a few minutes to read the following, and then decide which label fits. Four years ago, a group backed by Democrat billionaires Tim Gill and Pat Stryker spent $500,000 to help a virtually-unknown candidate, Dan Maes, rise from [...]

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ObamaCare chains more of U.S. to government dole

March 4th, 2014 · Comments Off

What sets Americans apart from people in so many other countries is that we actually like working.  No, every job isn’t fun, but Americans understand the dignity that comes with work.  We achieve a sense of self-reliance by producing something worthwhile, creatively using our unique talents, and providing security and opportunity for ourselves and our [...]

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What ObamaCare means for rural Colorado

September 29th, 2013 · Comments Off

Whether by design or coincidence, rural residents can expect to take it in the pocketbook as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”) takes effect over the next 15 months. Insurance exchanges, for those wanting to buy insurance, open on October 1 of this year.  In 2014, everyone is required to buy “qualified” [...]

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Hickenlooper: the governor that might have been

June 6th, 2013 · Comments Off

John Hickenlooper had a chance to bring a breath of fresh air to the governor’s office. Imminently likable and with a charmed political career, he could have been the rare maverick moderate Democrat – strong enough and bold enough to be a governor for all Colorado.  He could have been the adult in the room [...]

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