So I’ve heard the State Capitol has become a rough place these days (yes, Denver truly is the Wild West!), but I had no idea it had come to this, as disclosed in the Headline of the Week: “Brophy bill to protect homeowners killed in committee”.
My first thought was, How many homeowners have been killed in committee meetings lately? I especially have reason to be concerned, seeing as how I plan to be under the golden dome tomorrow to speak on a new media/blogger luncheon panel to the Senate GOP Caucus.
I will be joined by the famous Vodkapundit (aka Stephen Green), Zombyboy, Rossputin (aka Ross Kaminsky), Charles Martin, and Face The State editor Brad Jones. Frankly, I’m humbled to be with this group of accomplished bloggers / new media gurus, and hope to represent the Rocky Mountain Alliance and People’s Press Collective well. (more…)
Here’s my new slogan for the day: “Serious times call for silly, self-serving solutions.” At least as it applies to Democrats and their approach to addressing the current economic downturn . The Wall Street Journal sorts it out very nicely in today’s editorial “The Stimulus Time Machine”:
The stimulus bill currently steaming through Congress looks like a legislative freight train, but given last week’s analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, it is more accurate to think of it as a time machine. That may be the only way to explain how spending on public works in 2011 and beyond will help the economy today.
According to Congressional Budget Office estimates, a mere $26 billion of the House stimulus bill’s $355 billion in new spending would actually be spent in the current fiscal year, and just $110 billion would be spent by the end of 2010. This is highly embarrassing given that Congress’s justification for passing this bill so urgently is to help the economy right now, if not sooner.
Fort Collins’ Randy Ketner – better known to online readers as Night Twister – has just officially entered his name into contention for 2009 Colorado Conservative Activist of the Year. How is that? See what Randy compiled over on his RedState page: “Getting Connected in Colorado”.
It’s a seemingly comprehensive list of government officials, political organizations, online conservative organizations (including my Independence Institute), bloggers and talk radio shows, Colorado Web 2.0, Colorado “mainstream media”, and online national groups. If you see anything missing, leave Randy a note so he can keep it updated.
When it comes to local political blogging, Randy is a relative newcomer – only about 18 months under his belt at Night Twister. But he more than makes up for it with a rare combination of zeal and savvy. I was so glad to get to meet Randy in person last May at the Republican State Assembly, shortly after he joined the latest incarnation of the Rocky Mountain Alliance. It’s people like him that give me greater hope for conservative renewal in our state.
I can’t imagine how much time and energy it took Randy to put that very useful page together. But I’ve already bookmarked it, and plan to pass it along to anyone who wants to know where to get started in Colorado conservative political activism. That’s one more excuse taken off the table for those who want to get involved but say they don’t know how. Thank you, Night Twister!
El Presidente has similarly kind words on his site.
Once upon a time the word bipartisanship was one of the most sacred words in the liberal lexicon. Now the concept is well on its way to becoming an inconvenient obstacle to the superior virtue of Obama-worthiness. Fox News has afforded us the first glimpse into the hubris of bare-knuckled, Saul Alinsky-radical, Chicago-style politics that moved into the White House less than a week ago.
It took less than four days to show the less seemly side of what hope and change really mean (“Keep hoping all you want, but America only gets the kind of change I say they’re getting. End of story.”)
I could go on, but Ken the Blue Collar Muse already has tackled this one pretty well.
As Rush Limbaugh astutely told Byron York, President Obama is trying to distract attention from his super-expensive, pork-laden proposal. And writing at the Volokh Conspiracy, David Bernstein reminds us just how hollow Obama’s “I won” gloating is, since the bloated economic package he’s fighting for goes against his own public campaign promise.
Obama and the Left lose the administration’s first major policy debate on substance, hands-down. Let’s not forget that.
Face The State reports:
Seventy-seven days after being elected to serve Coloradoâ€™s 4th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, a Democrat, still has not set up an in-state office to serve her constituents.
Staff in Markeyâ€™s Washington, D.C. office confirmed she does not have a district office set up and said there is no concrete timeline for when that will get done, but it will be â€œsoon.â€
Hey, don’t hurry up with that or anything. No pressure.
Hmmm, the only question left unanswered is “why is it taking so long”. As the story points out, Mike Coffman – another newly elected member of Colorado’s House delegation – has had an office set up for weeks now.
So who knows? Maybe Betsy Markey is ready to put down roots in Washington, D.C. Or maybe she doesn’t plan to keep the job more than two years. There are several Republicans lining up for the opportunity to replace her in 2010, after all.
Then again, maybe it’s intended as an experiment to play on the anticipation of northeastern Colorado residents and to see how well they can fend for themselves without a Congressional office in the area. That’s one kind of “hope” and “change”.
Update: Welcome, Michelle Malkin readers. Perhaps you’ll agree that Colorado can do much better than our current Democrat governor.
Any article (this one happens to be from 9News) that starts with the following line spells bad news:
Gov. Bill Ritter supports the idea of bringing terror suspects to Colorado to be housed at the federal Supermax prison in Florence.
Go ahead, read the rest of the article. Governor Bill Ritter clearly has a long way to go making a compelling case to the people of Colorado. So why do it? Theories abound: (more…)
Months ago I introduced readers to the story of outrageous injustice against Paul Jacob and the Oklahoma Three. For a little closure, yesterday brought some great news:
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has dropped criminal charges against The Oklahoma Threeâ€“Paul Jacob, Susan Johnson and Rick Carpenterâ€“who had been accused of conspiring to violate the state’s now unconstitutional law against out of state petition circulators.
Kudos to these three for their courage and conviction. In this age, we all should be proud to have citizen watchdogs like them on our side.
Update, 1/23: Slapstick Politics has great analysis on the speculation and ideas for the GOP to seize these sorts of unique opportunities that 2010 provides.
Face The State went deep into the rumor mill today:
The U.S. Senate race recently made its way on to Republican radar after Ritter appointed the little known Michael Bennet, who at the time was serving as DPS superintendent, to the seat. Bennetâ€™s biggest weakness right now is that heâ€™s part of the East Coast political aristocracy. Republicans need a fresh face and a down to earth candidate to challenge him, which is why we were so excited to hear that Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier may be considering a run for the seat. â€œItâ€™s fair to say that right now Iâ€™m considering where I can have the greatest impact going forward,â€ Frazier said.
An intriguing possibility. If the GOP wanted to go outside the box with a “fresh face”, youthfulness, strong credentials, and a liberty-loving backbone, Ryan Frazier would fit the bill. But judging by the Dead Governors’ mathematically-challenged “Big Line”, Colorado’s Left-leaning political establishment doesn’t see Frazier coming. And maybe he won’t. But at this point, the Republican Party could do a lot worse.
More speculation on this topic later.
Update II: El Presidente has posted an excellent video produced by Catholic Votes, which makes the case against abortion using Barack Obama’s own story.
Updates: Gateway Pundit notes that Obama is using the occasion to expand American taxpayer funding of abortions overseas. Kyle-Anne Shiver appreciates taking on intellectually honest, pro-abortion atheists in debates. And LaShawn Barber points us to a sad account of a woman who deeply regrets her abortion.
Lest all the pomp and circumstance accompanying the 44th President’s bold new Leftward agenda drown it out, we should pause to remember that today is the 36th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision. The devastating consequences of this terribly rendered Supreme Court ruling rest with us still.
As long as I have been aware of this issue, I have always been on the pro-life side of the spectrum. But the position became less theoretical and more personal and poignant with each of the births of my two daughters. I am committed to the issue intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally – though these days it can seem demoralizing to be pro-life.
For those living around Washington, DC, today brings the annual March for Life – well-attended but regularly neglected by the establishment media – as well as the Blogs for Life conference. (more…)
Update, 2/9, Noon MST: Here is a wonderful, brief article by Dr. Paul Prentice explaining the fallacy of the name “stimulus” for this bill and why it’s a terrible economic prescription.
Update, 2/9, 11:30 AM MST: Many, many visitors report difficulty getting to Americans for Prosperity’s No Stimulus petition. Thanks to one commenter for pointing out another No Stimulus petition you can sign (from John McCain’s Country First PAC). Keep up the good fight, everyone!
Update, 2/2, 2 PM MST: Numerous commenters have pointed out they’ve had problems getting on the site linked below to sign the No Stimulus petition. Site hosts confirmed to me that a sudden and dramatic increase in traffic occurred after a mention on Rush Limbaugh’s show, causing a temporary crash. Please check back again shortly.
Opposed to the Obama-Democrat trillion dollar pork bill? Outraged by the idea of further mortgaging you and future generations of Americans on a spate of government boondoggles? Want to vent about it but at least increase the chance your voice might be heard by someone out there?
Then I invite you to take two minutes and join me in signing Americans for Prosperity’s “No Stimulus!” online petition.
Don’t waste any time. Please do it now. At least let it be known where you stand before our nation takes a big leap down the road to socialism.
This may be the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. (Tell me again why Iowahawk wasn’t even nominated for Best Humor Blog?) I triple dog dare you to read through it without breaking out into uproarious, teary-eyed laughter. And that’s saying a lot, as I also have been perusing through this book recently.
I don’t have time to put down much original thought this morning, so here are three pieces I commend to readers on the Morning After the inauguration.
First, the Denver Post‘s David Harsanyi eloquently asks the rhetorical question many of us have wanted to ask:
Do all Americans truly have a yearning to fundamentally “remake” our nation? There must be a subversive minority out there that still believes the United States â€” even with its imperfections and sporadic recessions â€” is, in context, still a wildly prosperous and free country worth preserving.
Some of you must still believe that politicians are meant to serve rather than be worshiped. And there must be someone out there who considers partisanship a healthy, organic reflection of our differences rather than something to be surrendered in the name of so- called unity â€” which is, after all, untenable, subjective and utterly counterproductive.
How about those who praised dissent for the past eight years?
David, consider me part of this subversive minority. (more…)
Oftentimes big, misleading headlines can circumnavigate the globe many times over before the much more nuanced truth gets a chance to catch up. Well, here’s a terrific case in point that figures to pop up in Colorado policy debates.
Last June the Colorado Children’s Campaign released its annual Kids Count report. Latching on to that report, newspapers from the Denver Post to the New York Times climbed on board the claim that Colorado leads the nation with a 73 percent rise in child poverty from 2000 to 2006.
In case you were confused, and wondered why you weren’t seeing scenes like this one in and around our great state, the Independence Institute’s Linda Gorman cleared up the picture a bit for you in last Friday’s Denver Daily News:
The problem is that this isnâ€™t true. The Campaignâ€™s numbers seem to be based on limited Census Bureau data provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundationâ€™s Kids Count program.
Tune in starting at 8:30 PM local Mountain Time this evening for the 10th edition of Rocky Mountain Alliance Blog Talk Radio, the third of 2009. Tonight’s guests are my Independence Institute colleague Todd Shepherd and Republican National Committeeman and former state legislative leader Mark Hillman.
Topics are likely to include the probable demise of the Rocky Mountain News, the local media scene, the inauguration, the contest for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, the unfolding state legislative session, and more.
Don’t forget. If you miss the live broadcast of tonightâ€™s show, you can go back and download the podcast, or just use the handy widget on my sidebar to listen directly from Mount Virtus.
More information on past and future episodes is posted at Slapstick Politics.
More than once I’ve discussed the $632 million or so in state budget cuts being proposed in these rough economic times. But it’s important to note what this figure represents (the drop-off from projected spending) and what it does not (the amount of actual reduction in spending from the previous year).
On this iVoices podcast, the Independence Institute‘s Penn Pfiffner explains with host Jon Caldara: