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Fiscal Cliff “Fix” is a Raw Deal for Taxpayers

By James Volvo The last-minute deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff suffers from some of  the worst ailments of Washington’s backroom deals.  Primarily, it does not  address the nation’s fiscal imbalance because it allows taxes to go up but fails  to tackle the true driver of our economic woes: runaway government  spending.  Not surprisingly, [...]


Headlines Lie

January 03, 2012 J

Americans who don't read past the headlines can sometimes be led astray, or only get part of the story. That's why legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey delighted his legion of loyal listeners by taking the time to clue them into "the rest of the story."

This news story provides an excellent case in point. The headline will be seized-on by some to argue that there's no demand for more domestic drilling, because the U.S. is now, suddenly, an exporter of certain fuels. But a look beyond the headline tells a more complicated story.

Keeping the Presidency in Perspective

December 29, 2011 J

It's election season, in the midst of a prolonged economic meltdown, so it's not surprising to hear presidential candidates making superhuman claims about the miracles they can do for the economy. But in a truly free market system, and under the Republican form of government Americans inherited, in which the president's powers are limited, a chief executive's real influence over the economy should fall somewhere between modest and minimal.

It’s a bit disconcerting, therefore, to see self-styled conservatives playing a game of Job Creation Derby with the President, given that the Right has traditionally been far less interventionist, and far more laissez faire, than the command- and-control, pump-priming Keynesians on the other side.

Judicial Activism Strikes Close to Home

December 14, 2011 J

By now you’ve probably heard about last Friday’s outrageous court ruling in the Lobato school finance case, a ruling that could have a devastating impact on Colorado taxpayers and state services. You can help make sure that Gov. John Hickenlooper and Attorney General John Suthers do the right thing by appealing this terrible ruling.

Celebrate Free People, Free Markets this Saturday

November 30, 2011 J

I’m not sure about you but I’ve grown tired of hearing the obnoxious, misinformed, unruly left-wingers of Occupy Wall Street arrogantly presuming to speak for the “99 percent,” since they sure don’t speak for me or most Americans I know. Now, however, we don’t have to just take this verbal (and sometimes physical) assault in silence, thanks to a rally this Saturday, Dec. 3, on the West steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., rain, snow or sunshine, and will feature a variety of liberty-minded, solutions-oriented speakers.

It’s there that the voices of America’s real 99 percent will be raised above the OWS din, in defense of limited government, fiscal responsibility, regulatory restraint, free enterprise and other ideas rarely heard inside OWS camps.

The Disgrace in D.C.

November 09, 2011 J

The Washington D.C. Police Department this week vowed to actually begin enforcing the law, including laws against assault, menacing and disturbing the peace – but only after Occupy Washington goons roughed-up AFP supporters attending a Ronald Reagan tribute dinner on Friday evening. The dinner was part of AFP’s “Defending the American Dream Summit.”

Friday’s donnybrook outside the D.C. Convention Center was anything but a peaceful protest: rabid Occupiers pushed and shoved and verbally assaulted attendees, knocking down several senior citizens in the process. They blocked traffic. They ganged on windows like animals at the zoo. They provoked one young mother, fearing for the safety of her child, to go on the attack against the mob. All this while “D.C.’s finest -- the few of them that were there -- stood around as if on a donut break, passively letting the mayhem and abuse occur.

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