Our View: Kerr’s Attack on TABOR is an Assault on Democracy

February 16, 2012

For the last two decades, the political left has tried time and time again to coax, cajole, scare and deceive Colorado voters into approving statewide tax increases to underwrite their big government fantasies. And for the last two decades, voters statewide have rebuffed them. Frustrated by their inability to sell voters on financing their dreams of a publicly funded, cradle-to-grave welfare state administered by an ever expanding army of unionized bureaucrats, Colorado liberals are doing what liberals do best: Going to court.

In one of the most egregious displays of elitism and hubris in recent memory, a cadre of plaintiffs led by State Representative Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood) is suing the state of Colorado to overturn the constitutional requirement that bars politicians from imposing higher taxes on all Coloradans unless they first convince a bare majority of them that it’s a good idea. Read more »

Our View: Expand the Marketplace of Ideas

February 14, 2012

Since the Rocky Mountain News was shuttered in 2009, Colorado has been left with just one statewide daily, the unabashedly left-leaning Denver Post.  And while the Post is richer for having absorbed some of the Rocky’s finest writers when it went belly up after 150 years, the loss of the RMN has only served to make the Post – and frankly much of the so-called ‘mainstream media’ – political coverage even more monotone, predictable and stale.

These complaints are, of course, nothing new.  Everyone with the possible exception of those on the far left have long lamented the obvious philosophical bent of the mainstream media.  Too often, conservative candidates for public office are peppered relentlessly with probing questions from reporters – or simply ignored – while their liberal counterparts are either spared or celebrated.  Left wing causes and activists are rarely subjected to the same kind of rigorous examination, and in many cases vitriol, that is reserved for business, religious or right-of-center advocacy groups – whose motives are constantly questioned and impugned.  The arguments of tax hike proponents and defenders of government largess are accepted at face value, while those who question the wisdom and efficacy of the steady and seemingly endless growth of the public sector are ridiculed, dismissed, or shouted down. Read more »

Our View: Obama Budget is More of the Same

February 13, 2012
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President Obama released his FY 2013 budget today.  Like his previous budgets, it projects an annual deficit for this year in excess of $1 trillion dollars ($1.33 trillion to be precise), slimming to $901 billion in red ink next year, and eventually “shrinking” (as the AP so eloquently put it) the deficit to just under $600 billion by 2018.  To put that in perspective, the largest deficit ever posted during the notoriously spendthrift Bush Administration was a comparatively frugal $482 billion in 2008 – when America was fighting two wars and Congress approved the then-unprecedented and innocuously named Troubled Asset Relief Program (the bank bailout for those of us on Main Street).

Yet the true cost of President Obama’s budget, as irresponsible as it is, is even larger than first meets the eye.  It relies on “savings” that will purportedly be achieved as a result of the end of American combat operations in the Middle East.  But are these real savings? Read more »

Our View: McNulty Deserves Praise for Handling of Bradford Affair

February 11, 2012

Watching the evolution of the Laura Bradford fiasco at the State Capitol over the last few weeks calls to mind the old analogy about watching a train wreck or a seedy freakshow:  We know we shouldn’t look – but we simply can’t turn away.

Bradford, a Collbran Republican, was initially stopped on the evening of January 25 after having a few drinks after work.  On that much, everyone seemed to agree.   Everything after the traffic stop, however, quickly became an incomprehensible jumble of evolving stories, police incompetence, political theater and good old fashioned grandstanding. Read more »

Our View: An Extended Primary is Good for GOP

February 4, 2012

The first few GOP primary competitions have been at once riveting, entertaining and revolting.  But what they have not been is decisive, prompting the usual hand-wringing among Republican Party elites who grumble that a “long, drawn out nomination contest” will cause irreparable harm to the eventual GOP nominee.  We disagree, and believe that the GOP is better served by a lively and extended soul-searching debate than they are a perfunctory coronation.

For starters, just four states have cast votes, and more than 90% of prospective delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this year have yet to be chosen.  For GOP establishment types to be lamenting the length of the primary season just one month into the state by state playoff is something that leaves many rank and file Republicans in the other 46 states scratching their heads. Read more »

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