• Americans Turned to Trump to Roll Back the Progressive Tide

    To understand his appeal, look at the excesses of liberals in recent years. He’s a wall against the wave.

    President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Cleveland, Nov. 5.
    President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Cleveland, Nov. 5. PHOTO: JIM WATSON/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

    At lunch the other day, a friend and strong anti-Trumper wondered aloud what brought all those thousands of people out to Donald Trump’s rallies. “After all,” he said “they’re pretty much the same show.” Mr. Trump on stage, in his usual bragging mode, attacking the press, settling scores with people he feels have betrayed him, while the audience in their red hats applaud uproariously, yelling approval for 90 or so minutes. “What’s the attraction? I don’t get it.”

    Not a bad question, really. As I thought it over, it occurred to me that what genuinely excites Mr. Trump’s crowds and draws them to him is their shared antiliberalism. By liberalism I do not mean liberalism of the kind that was at the center of our fathers’ Democratic Party—which supported labor unions, civil liberties, racial integration, involvement in international affairs. I refer to the liberalism now metamorphisized into progressivism, at the heart of the thinking of such Democrats as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others.

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  • An amazing letter from a fellow American – former Adams County Commissioner Alice Nichol on her decision to Walk Away.

    #walkawaycampaign

  • Admin’s note: Vote NO on 73. It’s not “for the kids” as supporters of this TAX INCREASE say. This ballot question is a liberals spending dream and an end run around TABOR. Education already gets a funding increase every year since Amendment 23 passed in 2000. It’s too bad that student’s achievement results didn’t rise. More money does not equal better outcomes. TABOR will survive this misguided attempt.

    Ballot initiative seeks to increase taxes by $1.6 billion; could end Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    A controversial ballot initiative would raise taxes on Coloradans by $1.6 billion to increase funding for public schools if approved. Opponents argue it also would make the constitutionally protected Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) impotent.

    Amendment 73, the Establish Income Tax Brackets and Raise Taxes for Education Initiative, seeks to amend the state constitution to replace Colorado’s flat rate income tax with a progressive income tax. Individuals earning more than $150,000 would be taxed more and the corporate income tax rate would increase. The revenue collected from the tax hikes would go into a newly created Quality Public Education Fund.

    The state constitution requires a 55 percent supermajority vote for the initiative to become law.

    “‘Take your success elsewhere’ should be the signs erected if Colorado approves Amendment 73,” Penn Pfiffner, former state legislator and chairman of the board of the TABOR Foundation, told Watchdog.org. “The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights properly treats everyone equally, requiring the same income tax rate be applied to everyone. Currently, if you make more money, you pay more, but only at the rate that everyone else pays. This proposal would change that, bringing an attitude that the upper middle class and wealthy should be attacked and made to pay increasing amounts. It is the worst concept in raising taxes.”

    A group of opponents of the measure launched a “Blank Check. Blatant Deception. Vote No on 73,” campaign, arguing the ballot language is deceptive. It tried to have the question removed after the required deadline and Colorado’s secretary of state rejected its complaint. Read more …

  • How I will vote on Colorado ballot questions

    In BlogCapitol Review by Mark Hillman

    CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS (need 55% to pass) 

    Amendment V: Lower Age Requirement for State Legislature

    NO.  Would lower the minimum age for state lawmakers from 25 to 21. I was 31 when first elected to the Colorado Senate.  I’m now 51 and recognize what I didn’t know 20 years ago.  The last thing we need is laws made by inexperienced kids freshly indoctrinated by college professors.

    Amendment W: Ballot Format for Judges

    YES.  This is a simple change that will make the ballot more readable and save money for counties when printing ballots.

    Amendment X: Industrial Hemp Definition

    YES.  Corrects yet another unintended consequence of Colorado’s legalization of marijuana and makes our definition consistent with federal law which will eliminate needless red-tape for growers of industrial hemp.

    Amendments Y&Z: Congressional & Legislative Redistricting

    YES ON BOTH.  The current system is broken.  These initiatives replace the current system with a balanced process that includes equal numbers of Republicans, Democrats and independent voters.  It has adequate checks and balances to ensure fairness and to prevent manipulation by a single political party.

    Amendment A: Language Prohibiting Involuntary Servitude as Punishment

    YES.  Clarifies our state constitution’s prohibition on slavery and involuntary servitude to state that they are also not allowed as punishment for a crime.

    Amendment 73: Tax Increase for Education

    NO.  The problem with school funding in Colorado is that legislators have expanded social welfare programs at the expense of education. If public schools still received the same share of the budget as they did 10 years ago, our schools would receive an extra $800 per student.  We don’t need a $1.6 BILLION tax increase written into our state constitution.

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  • Mike Rosen: My picks for the 2018 Colorado ballot measures

    Amendment V – Lower Age Requirement for Members of the State Legislature

    Recommendation: No.

    Objective:  Lower the age requirement for serving in the state legislature from 25 to 21.

    Comments:  There are certainly plenty of smart 21 year-olds with high IQs and 4.0 grade point averages.  But smarts are not enough.  Experience and wisdom come later in life.  I’ll concede that not all older legislators are wise or possess impressive experience but we’re stuck with them.  Why add to the problem?  Additionally, most young people these days are still under the spell of the liberal indoctrination inflicted upon them in K-12 and higher education.  Let’s give them a few more years to overcome that in the real world.

     

    Amendment W – Election Ballot Format for Judicial Elections

    Recommendation: Yes

    Objective:  Streamline the wording on the ballot to eliminate unnecessary repetitions.

    Comments:  This one is just housekeeping and a slam dunk.  Anyone who would be confused by the change doesn’t have the wits to cast a vote.

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  • Does Adams 12 have a Priority Problem or a Funding Problem?

    Vote NO on the 5C Mill Levy Override Ballot Question

    I serve on the Adams 12 Board of Education.  I’m not writing this letter as a board representative but rather as a well-informed community member.

    I have one big question for the voters in Adams 12 to consider – Does the school district have a funding problem or a priority problem?

    I’ve been involved as a parent leader and as a board member for the last 15 years.  During this time one particular budget item has aroused my particular hostility because it helps relatively few and harms our students.  This budget item is the Longevity Stipend that we pay out to retirees.

    Keeping the Longevity Stipends over mission critical budget items is the reason I voted “NO” as a board member for putting the Adams 12 Mill Levy Override Ballot Question 5C on this year’s ballot.

    The Longevity Stipends pay retired staff additional funds above and beyond their state retirement pension from PERA.  These stipend payouts max out at over $85,000 per retiree and are exceedingly generous when the revenue is healthy.  However it is difficult to justify during budget cuts like those of the last 8 years.  At first blush this may sound like an argument for more funding but let’s take a closer look. Read more …

  • Who’s Attacking Political Norms Now?

    Democrats target the ‘legitimacy’ of the Supreme Court.

    Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris at a Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Sept. 28.
    Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris at a Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Sept. 28. PHOTO: AARON P. BERNSTEIN/BLOOMBERG NEWS
    After the extraordinary tumult of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings ended, three normal things happened that are embedded in this country’s Constitution and traditions.
     
    The full Senate voted on the nomination, and Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed. Then Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Mr. Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice. Last Tuesday Justice Kavanaugh, sitting as the most junior Justice next to Justice Elena Kagan, participated in oral arguments in two cases involving the Armed Career Criminal Act.
     
    For Democrats, this return to normalcy is intolerable. They are doubling down on their war against the new Justice.
     
    They have several related goals: Undermine Justice Kavanaugh’s authority on the Court, argue that his presence undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court itself, drive Justice Kavanaugh off the Court through impeachment if they win control of the House of Representatives, and, most fantastic of all, consider expanding the size of the Court if they regain control of the government.
     
    At his political rallies, President Trump has taken to calling out “the radical Democrats.” Democrats are appalled at the President’s rhetoric. We can’t imagine why. If the party’s post-confirmation campaign against Justice Kavanaugh isn’t a radical departure from the norms of American politics, we can’t imagine what is.
     
    Dianne Feinstein, speaking from her Senatorial platform on Twitter , wrote that Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation “undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.” Possibly Twitter’s character limitations prevented Senator Feinstein from explaining exactly how the legitimacy of the Court was being undermined, but the idea has taken hold among Democrats.

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