by Eddie | 11:47 am, April 10, 2013
Has it really been more than six whole months since the Hollywood movie Won’t Back Down hit the Denver and national scene. While not a blockbuster success, the parent power-themed, feature-length film certainly raised the profile of K-12 education reform. Two moms took charge and took on the bureaucracy and union opposition to change the [...]
by Randall Smith | 9:21 pm, April 9, 2013
There’s a bill working it’s way through the General Assembly that
would give Firefighters the “right” to negotiate on safety
regulations. Government unions are always problematic but it’s not
the contents of the bill the interest me, it’s the process.
The most vocal proponents and opponents of the bill came from Colorado
Springs, where voters have twice defeated ballot measures to give
collective bargaining to the city’s firefighters.
Did you catch that? Voters in Colorado Springs have voted down
similar proposals twice. So, rather than get defeated a third time,
supports decided to push the bill at the state level. If it were to
pass there, it would be contrary to the stated wishes of the citizens
of Colorado Springs.
We’re seeing exactly the same tactics used at the national
level. Controversial topics like gun control or abortion are being
taken to Congress bypassing the will of the people in various states.
The recent gun control debates are a perfect example. States like
Connecticut, California and New York are actively hostile to gun
rights while states like Texas, Wyoming and Montana embrace them with
open arms. Should the stated wishes of Texas voters be shoved aside
because Congressmen from other states want to remove citizens’ gun
rights? Of course not. Yet, that’s exactly what we’ve been seeing.
It doesn’t matter what the policy is whether it’s guns, abortion,
civil unions or whatever. What we’re seeing, especially from Democrats
but Republicans are not exempt, is a push to use the Federal
government to override the will of voters in their home states.
is exactly why we have a Federalist system. Nearly all domestic policy
decisions are supposed to happen at the state level. That way, the
will of Californians don’t override the will of Texans or vis
versa. Texas can do their own thing while New York does theirs.
I, as a citizen of Colorado, shouldn’t have to care that
Californians want to eliminate gun rights. Unfortunately, I have to
because they keep trying to ignore the will of citizens of other
states by pushing their agenda through Congress.
Colorado also played host to another tactic. Tyrants opposed to gun
rights from New York and elsewhere pushed hard to get Colorado to
adopt their extreme and tyrannical gun laws. The idea was to use
Colorado as an example to then pressure politicians in other states
and Congress to do the same thing. “If Colorado can do it, so can
you,” is the cry we’ve been hearing over and over again since the
bills passed and we’ll here it even more over the next few weeks.
These tactics mean that your rights are never safe. No matter how
much your state or your community values liberty, those that don’t
will try to use a higher level over of government to take them from
you. Next stop, the United Nations.
by Randall Smith | 7:30 pm, April 9, 2013
Senators John Morse and Gail Schwartz are pushing a bill that would
increase the amount of energy that rural electric co-ops have to
generate from renewable sources from 10 to 25 percent. It’s no
surprise in Schwartz’s case. She’s long been a pr…
by Mike Krause | 4:49 pm, April 9, 2013
The Denver Post covers the lawsuit against Colorado’s new gun owner-control laws by Colorado sheriffs: Thirty-seven of the state’s 62 elected sheriffs are prepared to sue to overturn laws that now prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines holding more than 15 rounds and require background checks for all private gun sales, Weld County Sheriff John [...]
by Robt Ball | 1:00 pm, April 9, 2013
by Joshua Sharf | 10:15 am, April 9, 2013
As the US Senate begins today’s debate on gun control, Coloradoans can be forgiven for having a feeling of deja vu. That’s because the debate in Congress is intended to mimic the one in Colorado, and because it’s about politics, not about governance. The one piece of the president’s broad gun control agenda that has [...]
by Eddie | 4:29 pm, April 8, 2013
More than two-and-a-half years ago, the Colorado State Board of Education adopted the Common Core standards. Just this last December the State Board took another careful look at the decision, as this School Reform News article by my Education Policy Center friend notes. For a number of reasons, the issue has gained greater national notoriety [...]
by Robt Ball | 8:45 am, April 8, 2013
This is not taken out of context, this is a produced promo for MSNBC
by Randall Smith | 3:19 pm, April 7, 2013
It looks like President Obama is firing the
first salvo in the battle to seize the savings of Americans. Their
first target? Retirement accounts. The plan, as it’s starting to come
out, would limit the amount that individuals can keep in these
Under the plan, a taxpayer’s tax-preferred retirement account, like an
IRA, could not finance more than $205,000 per year of retirement – or
right around $3 million this year.
Yup. The government is going to decide how much a person
needs for retirement.
The proposal would save around $9 billion over a decade, a senior
administration official said, while also bringing more fairness to the
Did you catch the double speak? Confiscating more of your money is
now considered government “savings”. The money Obama wants to
confiscate is the deferred taxes that are granted to those who invest
in these types of accounts. IRAs and 401(k)s encourage long term
savings by deferring the taxes on money placed in those accounts until
it’s withdrawn much later. In fact, there are heavy penalties if a
person withdraws that money before they’ve reached “retirement
age”. Those taxes are not lost.
As an aside, I’d like to note that money in these accounts is not
sitting idle. It’s invested in companies, helping them to grow and
employ more people. Apparently, Obama wants to discourage such
investments in our economy.
Now, let’s take a look at the other half of that last quote. Again,
that magic word “fairness” shows up and once again, it proves that it
does not mean what progressives think it means.
Let’s consider fairness in sports. The NCAA basketball tournament
has been played out over the week or so. Sixty-four teams enter the
tournament and compete until one emerges as the champion. Every team
competes under the same rules. It would not be fair for one team to
have the standard ten foot hoop while the other must use a 20 foot
hoop. Nor would it be fair for one team to be allowed 12 players while
the other is limited to four.
To apply the logic from the Obama proposal to the basketball court,
it would be as if baskets made after a team was more than ten points
ahead or had more than 40 points would only count one point no matter
where on the court the shot was taken.
Let’s come back to the first point about how much a person
needs. Progressives love to define need. No matter the topic, when
they start drawing a line of need, it means that they will soon start
outlawing possession above that line.
Look at the recent gun debates in Colorado and elsewhere. They
declared that a person doesn’t need magazines that hold more than ten
rounds and then started to ban them. They declared that people didn’t
need rifles with certain features like pistol grips and then started
to ban them.
Now look what they’re doing with retirement accounts. They are
declaring that people don’t need more than $205,000 per year. The next
step is obvious. They will begin to confiscate any money stored in
these accounts above this magic number. The recent actions by Cyprus
to seize the money in Cypriots’ bank accounts proves that that will be
the next step.
Americans have two choices to prevent this (short of
revaluation). First, they can vote the looters out of office before
such confiscation can take place. Second, the can pull their money out
of their retirement accounts and stuff it under a mattress in the form
of cash or something of actual value like gold.
Illinois is already taking steps in case people make the second
are starting a statewide precious metal registry. As we’ve seen in
the history of guns, registration leads to confiscation. It’s already
happened in American history. When private gold ownership was
outlawed, the banks were closed while Federal agents raided safe
deposit boxes to seize any gold stored within.
Despite the clear evidence to the contrary, President Obama has the
gall to claim that citizens don’t need guns to defend themselves from
by Michelle Morin | 3:16 pm, April 7, 2013
by Michelle Morin Okay friends, time to “Lean Forward” some more. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry narrates a “Lean Forward” <appropriately named> promotional spot, spreading the idea that our kids aren’t our own, but they belong to the community. I think I can even see her copy of “Communist Manifesto” on the grass behind her, too. Watch [...]« go back — keep looking »
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