Fleeting Influence

The new rankings are out, and I'm shocked to say that somehow Mount Virtus has climbed the rankings to #1 in Blog Net News most influential Colorado political blogs. Frankly, I'm humbled. Of course, fame and influence are both fleeting. So I don't expect it to last. But I'll savor it for one week, at least. Also encouraging, my friend Michael at Best Destiny creeped up the ladder a bit to #9. … [Read more...]

State GOP Needs to Temper Confidence with Patience

Today's Denver Post headline "State GOP plots revival, but in 2010" is not surprising for those in the know. For a variety of reasons, new Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams (who instills fear into the Left side of the state's blogosphere) inherited a very difficult situation. He doesn't have an easy task before him. The headline is a little bit misleading, as Wadhams says there are real hopes for limited gains in 2008. Perhaps the better headline would have been "State GOP plots return to power by 2010." But that's a small detail. Confidently forecasting victory for U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer and that Colorado will cast its vote for the Republican presidential candidate, Wadhams is playing the role of partisan … [Read more...]

Irrational Faith of Colorado Nutroots Continues to Amuse

It's funny to watch the Colorado Nutroots (I don't need to link to them - you can find them by going to Blog Net News) erupt into spontaneous glee with glib "I-told-you-so's" to anyone who doesn't believe in the perfecting power of the ever-expanding sphere of government, at the release of this report (large PDF). Of course, I haven't even seen any of them actually link to the report, just to articles that mention the report and its apparently bleak picture of Colorado. (Hint: The report says our state doesn't spend as much as other states in some areas. Egads! It must be the death knell of civilization here in the Centennial State.) Critical analysis? Don't expect any from the secular statist fundamentalist crowd. They've found their … [Read more...]

GOP Presidential Candidate to Address Liberal NEA Delegates

Although I can't find it on their website, the National Education Association has confirmed eight presidential candidates to come speak at its annual meeting starting next Friday in Philadelphia, at least according to an email sent by the Colorado Education Association affiliate to its members. The eight candidates are listed alphabetically, as follows: 1. Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) 2. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) 3. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) 4. Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) 5. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) 6. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) 7. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) 8. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) There are seven complete non-surprises there. But, if you're at all like me, you are wondering what Gov. Huckabee … [Read more...]

Garage Sale Days

Update: The grill is SOLD! But you're still welcome to stop by tomorrow (Saturday) during the day. It's garage sale time today and tomorrow at Mount Virtus. Not a ton of stuff to offer, but plenty of the usual books, clothes, and odds & ends. BUT ... if you or someone you know in the Denver area would like to be the owner of a mildly-used, Brinkman charcoal grill/smoker (needs replacement grates) for a VERY reasonable price, drop me a comment or an email. If one of our non-virtual customers hasn't swept it up first, we'll be ready to make a deal! That's all the blogging here for now. … [Read more...]

George Will (and me) on SCOTUS Worker Free Speech Case

In his latest Townhall column, George Will tackles the problem many union leaders have employing force rather than seeking favor: Democracy is rule by persuasion, but the unpersuasive often try to coerce the unpersuaded. Recent days have provided two illustrations of this tendency, both of them pertaining to labor unions, whose decades of declining membership testify to their waning power to persuade workers that unions add more value to workers' lives than they subtract. Will devotes much of his column to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Davenport case. I won't retread that issue now (previous Mount Virtus coverage featured here), except to say you can tune in at 10 o'clock this morning local Denver time to the Mike Rosen … [Read more...]

Help Sen. Salazar Take a Stand for Workers’ Rights

In today's edition, the editors of the Rocky Mountain News challenge Colorado's junior U.S. Senator with the question: Who are you going to put first - the rights of Colorado workers or the interests of labor bosses? The poorly-named Employee Free Choice Act, which already passed the U.S. House, would rob employees of a secret ballot in workplace organizing elections. It would rig the process in favor of union officials. America is great because workers have the right to volunteer to join and pay dues to a union. But equally respected should be the right of workers NOT to join and pay dues or fees to a union. The Democrat-sponsored legislation does not respect that right. It uses the excuse of declining union membership to justify giving … [Read more...]

Ref C’s $5.9 billion tax hike not enough for Ritter & Company

News comes today from state economists that the Referendum C "forever tax increase" projects to yield $5.9 billion in revenue: That amount is $2.2 billion more than originally expected in November 2005 when voters approved Referendum C, suspending the state constitution's revenue limit for five years. Most telling from the piece in today's Denver Post is the defensive response from the governor's office - responding to questions of how to justify further tax increases (such as this one): Jim Carpenter, chief of staff for Ritter, said voters sent Ritter to the Capitol to "solve problems," which is what the commissions studying health care, transportation and higher education will do. "It's an easy thing to throw out this comment, … [Read more...]

Is Bloomberg for Real?

The specter of a possible independent presidential candidacy by New York City mayor and egocentric political maverick Michael Bloomberg has drawn some astute observations from John Zogby on the left and Cal Thomas on the right. Interestingly, they echo similar themes. Writes Zogby: After more than a decade of harsh wrangling, likely voters tell me they are tired of the vicious partisanship. In a national telephone poll last month, 80% said it was "very important" that the next President be a person who can unite the country, and 82% said the same about the need for a competent manager. Bloomberg wins on both counts. Another 58% said it was "very important" that the next President be able to cross party lines to work with political … [Read more...]