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Commentary: Let the Export-Import Bank Expire

July 22, 2014
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Dustin Zvonek

Dustin Zvonek

The Export-Import Bank is just another way for the government to pick winners and losers in the economy and use cronyism to help out politically well-connected corporations.

Even then-candidate Obama said in 2008 that the Export-Import Bank is “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.”

For once, he is exactly right.

The bank even forces the taxpayer to foot the bill when the bank fails and needs bailing out. Luckily, the bank is set to terminate at the end of the year and conservatives nationwide are urging their elected official to not reauthorize it and let it expire.

The Export-Import bank is the official credit agency of the United States and was originally created to help the economy by boosting American exports. It serves as a classic example of big government intervention. The reality is the bank artificially boosts exports and only creates jobs in the export industry while simultaneously destroying the jobs of domestic competitors. Read more »

Anti-Energy Extremists Ruining a Good Thing

June 23, 2014
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Dustin Zvonek

Dustin Zvonek

There’s little to celebrate on the economic front these days, as anyone paying attention knows. But one welcome bright spot, in an otherwise gloomy picture, is the domestic energy revival we’re enjoying thanks to an innovative teaming of technologies called horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” for short.

Horizontal drilling means we can access new oil and gas deposits while punching fewer holes in the ground, minimizing the surface “footprint” of energy operations. Fracturing subsurface shale deposits by injecting a pressurized mix of water, sand and lubricating chemicals helps recover vast new storehouses of hydrocarbons what were locked-away in solid rock until now. Together, these safe and exciting new technologies are turning America into an energy superpower, rather than the energy basket case it seemed not too long ago. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Now is the time for reform in Jefferson County

April 28, 2014
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Dustin Zvonek is the Colorado State Director of Americans for Prosperity.

Dustin Zvonek is the Colorado State Director of Americans for Prosperity.

Jefferson County voters said “yes” to change last fall when they elected a reform-minded group to the school board. It was an exciting and hopeful moment for the county and school district.

While it’s only natural that new board members would take a few months to get acclimated to their new jobs before plunging in, it’s also important for board members to begin taking action on the mandate voters gave them – and to strike while the iron is hot.

Controversy is almost inevitable when you attempt to alter the culture of a major institution — especially one as mired in bureaucratic inertia as the government-run public education system.

We’ve already seen a preview of knee-jerk opposition from the old guard, as many of those comfortable with the old system have begun to register protest and, in some cases, depart. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Double Down and Defend TABOR

April 2, 2014
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Dustin Zvonek

Dustin Zvonek

There’s good news and bad news for Coloradans as the annual state budget battle looms.

The good news, if you tend to focus on the revenue side of the ledger, is that the state is relatively flush with cash at the moment.

This helps explain the extra spring in the step one notices in legislators, lobbyists and special interests swarming the capitol, as they imagine all the wonderful things they can do with that windfall.

But this can also be bad news if you tend (as I do) to take the taxpayer’s point of view, since the resulting feeding frenzy could leave little thought to socking-away savings or returning a dividend to taxpayers as required by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Colorado Should Take A Closer Look at Common Core

January 23, 2014
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ZVONEK: Common Core unnecessarily invites Washington into matters that state and local governments can handle themselves

ZVONEK: Common Core unnecessarily invites Washington into matters that state and local governments can handle themselves

In politics, as in life, there’s no shame in admitting that a decision made in haste or passion turned out, upon deeper reflection, to have been a mistake. That’s why Americans for Prosperity is hoping Colorado will take a time-out, for a careful second look, before plunging ahead with the latest federal education fad called Common Core. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Coffman Steadfast in Opposition to Obamacare “Trainwreck”

November 14, 2013
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ZVONEK: Coffman heard the warning whistles on Obamacare long before the train went off the tracks

ZVONEK: Rep. Coffman heard the warning whistles on Obamacare long before the train went off the tracks

At a time when the Obamacare “trainwreck” is making daily headlines, prompting fair weather supporters of the fatally-flawed law to duck for cover, it’s worth taking a moment to recognize the elected leaders, like U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who were alert enough to hear the warning whistles long before the train went off the tracks. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Hickenlooper No Longer a Centrist

September 23, 2013
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ZVONEK: Hickenlooper has lost the pragmatic centrism that made him so appealing not all that long ago

ZVONEK: Hickenlooper has lost the pragmatic centrism that made him so appealing not all that long ago

A national survey of how states are doing, and where they’re heading, finds the emergence of two distinct groups. One group is boldly taking steps to improve their business climate and get their fiscal affairs in order to spur job creation and give taxpayers a break. In the meantime, the other group, as if stuck in a rut, continues on a last-century trajectory that leads to economic decline and fiscal disaster. Read more »

Guest Commentary: Education Reform in Douglas County – It’s Working

August 26, 2013
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Teachers unions, angry about losing control in Douglas County, are now in the midst of an all-out summer offensive

ZVONEK:  Teachers unions, angry about losing control in Douglas County, are now in the midst of an all-out summer offensive

We’re all familiar with the old adage about not trying to fix what isn’t broken. That warning holds doubly true for what’s not just working, but working very well.

Colorado has earned national recognition in recent years as a state that embraced public school reform and accountability, much to the benefit of the families and students who rely on the system. And Douglas County public schools have led the way, thanks to courageous reformers on the board who haven’t been afraid to shake-up things, or challenge the status quo, by putting the interests of students first. Read more »

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