Must-Read: Why We Seriously Need to Re-Think American Health Reform

If you are a concerned citizen (Left, Right, or anywhere in between), and you only get the opportunity to read one article this week, I highly recommend David Goldhill's new piece in The Atlantic titled "How American Health Care Killed My Father" (H/T We Stand FIRM). It's lengthy, but very insightful and thought-provoking. If you or any of your loved ones ever has had to make use of American medical services (or paid for them in many cases without thinking about it), then you are the intended audience. Do I agree with every conclusion and proposal the author offers? No. Most of them? Yes. … [Read more...]

National GOP, Don’t Be the Pandering Stupid Party in Health Care Debate

I've been a member of the Stupid Party for most of my adult life. And when I say the Stupid Party, I mean the Republican Party. Has the Republican National Committee learned anything from the recent election disasters? If anything, the wrong lessons. I'm talking about today's Washington Post op-ed by RNC chairman Michael Steele that actually pits the GOP as the pandering "Party of the Entitlement Status Quo" (H/T Jon Henke). The tide has turned against Obama Care's government health care takeover, and what do we get? The Democrat-light "seniors' health care bill of rights," rather than a serious proposal that injects more freedom and portability into the debate. … [Read more...]

Jumping to Conclusions on Colorado Democratic Party HQ Vandalism

Colorado Democratic State Party headquarters on 8th and Santa Fe in Denver was vandalized last night. Windows broken out, etc. Not good. Obviously the work of someone without respect for private property, and without respect for an honest, healthy debate. A criminal act that should be dealt with appropriately. However, initial reports quoted the Democratic state party chair trying to frame the incident as the responsibility of opponents of the Obama Care government health care takeover:"We ought to be having a serious, conscientious debate about what's best for the country," [state Democratic party chairwoman Pat] Waak said. "Clearly there's been an effort on the other side to stir up hate. I think this is the consequence of it." The … [Read more...]

Why is Scott McInnis Making So Much Hay of Early Obvious Poll Results?

What does it say about a primary candidate that his two primary messages seem to be: The incumbent is wrong; and I'm ahead in the polls. Well, those are the messages I'm getting from the Scott McInnis for governor campaign. The first message is obvious: no complaints there. The point to ponder is why #2 is one of the primary messages . It isn't surprising to any serious political observer that the former 3rd District Congressman has greater name recognition than his rivals. So why keep touting two polls -- at least one of them commissioned by the McInnis campaign -- that say exactly that? … [Read more...]

Source: Bob Beauprez NOT Running

Update II, 6:10 PM: Within the past hour Bob Beauprez has sent out and posted an official announcement:Not every opportunity is the right one though, and having been presented with the potential to serve in the United States Senate, Claudia and I considered it very carefully. However after significant reflection, I will not be a candidate for the Senate in 2010. Recently, we started a new family business, raising buffalo on a ranch in Colorado’s mountains. I’m enjoying working with our son, Jim, who is managing the ranch, much as I worked side-by-side with my own father in the dairy business. And most personally, Claudia and I love being grandparents as well as spending more time than we’ve ever had with our grown … [Read more...]

Time of Year to Remember Colorado Teachers Have Membership Options

Are you a teacher or other employee in a Colorado public school? Is your friend or loved one? Then this post is especially for you.... Most Colorado public schools are back in session now. And with the school year underway, it's time for teachers to be reminded of their professional membership options -- in many cases, while they still have time to decide whether and how to spend their hard-earned money on dues. Check out the new post on Ed Is Watching about the Professional Association of Colorado Educators (PACE) and, of course, the Independent Teachers website for all the information you need. … [Read more...]

Denver Post Editorial Sunday: The Good, The Good, and The Far-Fetched

I can only imagine very few readers of Sunday's Denver Post opinion page shrugged their shoulders with a ho-hum. All stacked together on good old page 3D of the Perspective section, the collection of pieces had to evoke some wholehearted assent, some serious disagreement, or both. Let's go with the bad news first, the lead fantasy-ridden editorial "Public option is critical to reform":Opponents also say the public option is a ruse meant to facilitate a government takeover of health care. On the contrary, we think it will give the insurance industry every incentive to innovate and find efficiencies, best treatment practices and ways to make their rates more attractive to businesses and policy holders. Based on what, the wishful … [Read more...]

The Continuing Scott McInnis Interview Chronicles: Statesman Edition

First there was Caplis & Silverman. Then there was Colorado's Morning News. Now we have a couple of strange Scott McInnis gems in writing (no transcripts, no audio) from his recent "InnerView" with the Colorado Statesman. First, in regards to closing the budget gap:You need to say, “Okay, here’s what we have.” The state Senator up there, Dan Marostica. He’s got some ideas, and he’s a numbers guy. That’s what you need. Frankly, the governor should have hired that guy the first day he was in office. Those are the kind of people that I’m going to put in place. No doubt gubernatorial candidate McInnis meant Representative (until recently) Don Marostica. Hey, mistakes on details like title and first name happen. But why … [Read more...]

Sources: Jane Norton Is In

Yes, it appears that Colorado's former lieutenant governor won't need the full 30 days to make up her mind. I have received word from a reliable source or two that Jane Norton is definitely going to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate. My guess is this will mean Bob Beauprez opts to stay out of a crowded phone booth field. Initial reactions? Norton doesn't bring Beauprez's baggage of the disastrous 2006 campaign or firsthand experience with the fiscally profligate Republican Congress of the early-to-mid 2000s. She brings administrative experience in state government, whereas the current two frontrunners in the race Ryan Frazier and Ken Buck have experience in municipal or other local government. … [Read more...]

MSNBC’s Phony Racial Controversy; Gun-Toting Not Most Sensible Tactic

Everything is out of whack with the story about the nameless black man toting a semi-automatic weapon around at an Arizona townhall meeting. Just everything. One of the driving Lefty narratives about the nature of the townhall protests and the general popular opposition to Obama Care's proposed government health care takeover is exemplified in this comment to the local Fox TV news affiliate:"All the claims of Nazism and socialism are really racist attacks," said David Sirota, one of many liberal columnists who define the growing conservative uprising as a "white backlash" -- that of a dwindling white non urban America, aflame with grievances and awash in self-pity as the country hurtles into the 21st century and leaves it behind. No … [Read more...]