MUST READS for Late August

In Must Reads, Notes by Mark Hillman

Truth Laid Baird
By James Taranto, Opinion Journal
One Democrat Congressman who opposed the war in Iraq finds reason to keep our troops in place.  To him, it’s more important to do right than to be right.

Tragic Implications
By Thomas Sowell
Nobody names pothole repairs for anybody or puts any politician’s name on the rivets used to repair an existing bridge. Moreover, nobody blames a politician when a bridge collapses years after he put his name on some government building with money that could have been used to make bridges safer.

MUST READS for August

In Must Reads, Notes by Mark Hillman

Photo ops take priority over bridges
Thomas Sowell
Some people claim that the problem is how much money it would take to properly maintain bridges, highways, dams and other infrastructure. But money is found for other things, including things far less urgent and some things that are even counterproductive.

Democrats don’t care about the poor
Ann Coulter
Democrats don’t care about the poor. They don’t care about the children. They care about government teachers and other government bureaucrats — grimy, dowdy women who "woo" at political debates. Or as CNN calls them, the "young," "hip" crowd.

Renewables wrecking environment, says Green pioneer
Steve Milloy, Junk Science
“Renewables are not green,” is how Jesse Ausubel begins the article published in the International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology. It’s a remarkable statement coming from someone who beat his fellow Greens to global warming alarmism by at least 10 years.

Smog of Oblivion
By R. Emmett Terrell, New York Sun
What would Democrats do if one of their own think tank sent analysts to Iraq and found that the surge is working?  Bob Terrell dares Democrat defeatists to come out of the left-wing echo chamber and consider the evidence.
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If you’re tired of getting your Iraq news from reporters who can’t seem to see past body counts, then you should check out  Here you’ll find information from people on the ground and who see "the big picture."
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Study’s aim for Colorado misses the mark

In Capitol Review, Notes by Mark Hillman

If you’ve ever been disappointed by a meal at a fancy restaurant or researched a major purchase, you know that a big price tag doesn’t guarantee the best quality.

Careful consumers want the most bang for their buck — not the most bucks for their bang.

Unfortunately, big-government liberals seem to think that spending is the best benchmark to judge state government and that spending more is always better.

Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute’s "Aiming for the Middle" whitepaper concludes that you, Mr. and Mrs. Colorado, are under-taxed to the tune of $3.3 billion a year — maybe more.  That’s $1,030 a year for every man, woman and child in the state. Read More

Must reads for July

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Conservative’s shouldn’t give up global warming fight
Steven Milloy
In the cover story of the June 25 National Review, software company CEO Jim Manzi wrote that conservatives should stop "denying" that humans are warming the planet.  Manzi says conservatives should believe in global warming, not because of "liberal scaremongering … but because of the underlying physics" — which he apparently doesn’t grasp in the least.

Iran’s proxy war
Joseph Lieberman
While some will no doubt claim that Iran is only atttacking U.S. soldiers in Iraq because they are deployed there — and that the solution, therefore, is to withdraw them — Iran’s parallel proxy attacks against moderate Palestinians, Afghans and Lebanese directly rebut such claims.

Democrat candidates ‘out there’ on education
Richard Cohen
It must have sounded reassuring to big-city education unions and politicians with a gift for exacerbating racial paranoia. But to the kid in the classroom, to a parent bucking the bureaucracy, the rhetoric must have sounded like a "surge" of money instead of men or, as we used to say, throwing good money after bad.

Need or need?
Walter E. Williams
The implication of an absolute, crying, dying or urgent need is that one cannot do without the need in question. Students sometimes say they absolutely need a car or a cell phone. At that point I ask them, how in the world was it that Gen. George Washington could defeat Britain, the mightiest nation on earth, without a cell phone or a car?

Goodbye McCain-Feingold?
George Will
McCain-Feingold’s actual purpose is to protect politicians from speech that annoys them. That is why McCain says he regrets WRTL’s victory because it will allow groups “to target a federal candidate in the days and weeks before an election.”

Lobbying isn’t the problem; big government is

In Capitol Review, Notes by Mark Hillman

"When buying and selling are controlled by the legislature, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators." — P.J. O’Rourke.

Money spent on special interest lobbying at the State Capitol jumped 14 percent this year over last, despite measures like the so-called "Ethics in Government" Amendment 41.

Lobbyists’ contracts generated more than $11 million in just the first four months of 2007, according to a recent Denver Post report — the twelfth straight year that lobbying expenditures exceeded the previous year.

But before you fall prey to the common misconception that there’s too much money in government, take a step back. Read More

Must Reads for June!

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Higher Taxes for HIgher Ed, Health Care, Transportation
The Denver Post
If you don’t think there’s a dime’s worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats, consider that Gov. Ritter and the Democrats in the choir — I mean Legislature — have already raised your property taxes and are now salivating at reaching into your pocketbook three more times on next year’s ballot.

So what do you think about higher ed funding?
Vote in the poll.

Another Lesson in Selective Tolerance
David Limbaugh
For the radical homosexual lobby, it isn’t enough that its views are guaranteed full protection, even special protection by the state. They also want to ensure that those disagreeing with them are demonized and denied their First Amendment rights.

Debunking Illegal Immigration Myths
Thomas Sowell
Last year, the sop to the American people was the promise of a fence on the border. This year, the big question is: "Where is the fence?" That will still be the question ten years from now, if we let the politicians soothe us with words.

No Drug Smuggler Left Behind
Ann Coulter
In addition to giving an illegal alien drug smuggler full immunity to testify against U.S. Border Patrol agents, the government gave him taxpayer-funded medical care for his buttocks gunshot wound, an unconditional border-crossing card, the right to sue the U.S. for "civil rights" violations, and a GAP gift card.

Health reform should promote choice, not coerce consumers

In Capitol Review, Notes by Mark Hillman

If you’re unhappy with health care, you’re obviously not alone.  For most people, the problem isn’t availability.  The problem is cost – cost of treatment, cost of prescriptions, cost of insurance, or cost of paying for the uninsured.

For more than 60 years, government has tinkered with the way we pay for health care.  Unfortunately, when government "solutions" fail, lawmakers rarely admit their mistakes and go back to square one.  Instead, they layer more dubious solutions on top of those that failed until the problem becomes so intractable that far more people suffer from the solution than from the original problem.

Last year, the state legislature created the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on Health Care Reform and charged it with divining a proposal to expand coverage, reduce the number of uninsured and decrease costs.  (After that, curing cancer should be a snap.)

A final recommendation is due this November, but the BRC now appears headed toward a nightmare "solution" consisting of higher taxes, lower wages and fewer choices. Read More


In Notes by Mark Hillman

Immigration bill not ready for prime time
Charles Krauthammer
This is amnesty — and I would be all in favor of it if I believed in the border enforcement mechanisms in this bill. If these are indeed the last illegal immigrants to come in, let us generously and humanely take them out of the shadows. But if we don’t close the border, that generous and humane gesture will be an announcement to the world that the smart way to come to America is illegally.

The amensty fraud
Thomas Sowell
All attention is focused on what to do to accommodate those who committed this crime. It is a question that would be recognized as an insult to our intelligence on any other issue.

‘Ordinary Coloradans’ can’t afford this kind of help

In Capitol Review, Notes by Mark Hillman

The bad economist sees only what immediately strikes the eye; the good economist looks beyond. – Henry Hazlitt.

When Democrats at the State Capitol trumpeted their successes on behalf of "ordinary Coloradans" recently, I couldn’t help but reflect on this key point from Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson.

The way top Democrats tell it, we ordinary Coloradans stand to benefit from a flotilla of renewable energy bills, measures to "help small-business combat soaring health insurance costs," legislation to punish "slipshod construction," and more.

These and so many other bills that passed the legislature this year illustrate what happens when politicians get so close to a perceived problem that they don’t see how their "solutions" will obviously harm the rest of us. Read More