Archive for September, 2008

“Let This Be a First.” -Denver Post

Posted by on Sep 30 2008 | Amendment 49

Word is, there are a number of pigs flying into an icy dome that has formed on the outskirts of hell. The Denver Post came out in favor of Amendment 49 in an editorial yesterday and I couldn’t be happier. And much like the Rocky endorsement, the Post identified the opponents’ misleading arguments against Amendment 49:

Amendment 49 has been lumped together with two other ballot measures being targeted by unions, and lots of money is being spent to convince voters its something it’s not. Don’t be fooled. Amendment 49 is simply a straightforward “good government” measure.

And there you have it folks. The strategy being used by big labor is to continually lump 49 with two other amendments that have absolutely nothing to do with it. Thankfully, the two big print media publications have both recognized and exposed this false argument.

The Post centers its argument in favor of Amendment 49 by focusing on the conflict of interest created by Governor Ritter’s executive order. They beautifully conclude,

…Amendment 49 will stop the blatant conflict of interest that now allows politicians to collect dues that are used to elect and re-elect those very same politicians. Vote “yes” on Amendment 49.

Take a look at our endorsement list. We’ve got seven major newspaper endorsements and not a single newspaper has come out against us. Not to mention the very large, and still growing, list of organizational endorsements. …It certainly has been a great week for Amendment 49.

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I Debated an Empty Chair and Lost

Posted by on Sep 30 2008 | Amendment 49

When Jess Knox decided to cop out at the last minute, I was forced to duel with an empty chair, Raj Chohan, and Kevin Flynn on KBDI Channel 12′s “Colorado Decides Ballot Issue Debate.” I basically sat there and instead of having just one person (Jess Knox), I had two people peppering me with their concerns about Colorado Amendment 49, Ethical Standards. I think I did very well, especially against the chair’s hardball questions, but here is the debate footage so you can decide.

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Monday’s Friday Funny

Posted by on Sep 29 2008 | Friday's Funny

© 2008, Benjamin Hummel. To see more cartoons like this go to

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Hear Both Sides of the Personhood Amendment

Posted by on Sep 25 2008 | Idiot Box (TV Show)

With just 43 words, Coloradans will decide if the term “person” should mean any “human being” from the moment of fertilization entitled to due process and equality of justice.  If passed, will Amendment 48 outlaw abortion and make criminals of women who have miscarriages as opponents have suggested?  What will be the legal consequences?  For a spirited debate over the Personhood Amendment, tune in to Independent Thinking when Amendment 48 sponsor Kristi Burton and opponent Fofi Mendez join me to discuss this controversial ballot measure.  That’s tonight at 8:30 p.m. on KBDI Channel 12; repeated the following Tuesday evening at 5 p.m.

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A Gentleman’s Offer to Holster Weapons

Posted by on Sep 24 2008 | Amendment 49

By now you probably have heard I made the Governor an offer he could refuse. Simply put, I offered the Governor a chance to make good on his plea for all sides to holster their weapons. I offered to pull Amendment 49, Ethical Standards, off the ballot if he would rescind his executive order that brought collective bargaining to Colorado. I made the mistake in taking Governor Ritter at his word. His call to “holster weapons” as it turns out was a stunt. My offer still stands Governor. If you think my offer is a stunt – call me on it and find out.

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One Night of Freedom

Posted by on Sep 23 2008 | Economics, Events

You’ve heard about our Free People, Free Markets class that takes place over five Saturdays, but here is one that delivers the goods all in one night, courtesy of the Limited Government Forum:

You have a strong love of freedom. It’s a natural part of being human. Yet too few Americans, of all ages, truly understand the fundamentals of a free society. “Free People, Free Markets,” an evening seminar taught by Dr. Paul Prentice, provides a concise and stimulating primer on the subject, whether you’re a young American who didn’t get the basics in school or an older American who just needs a refresher course. The seminar is sponsored by The Limited Government Forum, in keeping with our mission to advance civic and economic literacy in the Pikes Peak Region.

It takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Woodford Foundation offices: 205 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

In less time than it would take to watch Monday Night Football, Dr. Prentice pulls together the basic principles of liberty and a free market, using materials from the great thinkers and achievers who shaped America. He presents the moral and philosophic case for free-market capitalism, emphasizes the critical role played by property rights and explains why economic and political freedom are interconnected. Free People, Free Markets will broaden and deepen your understanding of freedom, whether you’re a student, teacher, businessperson or just an interested citizens.

It costs a nominal $25, payable by check, through the mail or at the door. But please reserve your seat now, since space is limited, by contacting Sean Paige at or 719-576-9055. Make checks payable to Limited Government Forum and mail them to: 205 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906

I’m available by phone if you have questions. And if you have friends or associates who might enjoy the seminar, please let them know about it.

We look forward to your participation,

Sean Paige

The Limited Government Forum

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Can You Blame the Guy?

Posted by on Sep 22 2008 | Amendment 49

Newly minted Coloradan, Jess Knox, executive director of the union backed and funded Protect Colorado’s Future, agreed to two televised debates on Amendment 47 (aka Right to Work) and Amendment 49 (aka Ethical Standards), which was to be hosted by KBDI channel 12. As Face the State reports, despite his previous confirmation, Jess did not show up, stating a crummy reason for his withdrawal at the zero hour. My first thought upon hearing the news was, ‘can you blame the guy?’ He was scheduled to debate two formidable opponents (Kelley Harp and I), on two 30 minute shows, all while being asked to defend two completely irrational, economy killing amendments in Amendments 53 and 55, corporate fraud and just cause respectively. As far as I can tell, Jess had three options when faced with the debate challenge. I will rank them in order from best idea to worst idea:

    1. Decline the invitation from the start, citing just mildly ridiculous reasons.
    2. Accept the invitation, then cop out at the last minute citing extremely ridiculous reasons.
    3. Accept the invitation, go on the shows, and get completely crushed trying to defend the undefendable.

Our friend Jess Knox didn’t choose the worst approach, but he definitely could have chosen better. The sad thing is, this is par for the course for Jess and his organization. They claim that these amendments take away First Amendment rights and leave firefighters, nurses, policemen and the like without a voice. But when given the opportunity to provide the voice, Jess cops out at the last minute. What are you afraid of Jess?

If you are willing to reconsider, the offer is still on the table. Let’s talk Jess. You pick the time and place and I’ll be there.

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Penn Pfiffner on Colorado Amendment 59

Posted by on Sep 19 2008 | Amendment 59

Fiscal Policy Center director, and past President of the Colorado Union of Taxpayers Penn Pfiffner has been out and about talking with anyone who will listen about his concerns with Colorado Amendment 59.
Here he is giving the Rocky Mountain News his concerns:

Then Penn found himself being interviewed by Brad Jones of Face the State on 600 KCOL’s morning show.

Finally, Penn stepped into the booth with me to discuss the financial impact of Amendment 59, otherwise known as TABOR’s deathblow. Either click here or visit the webpage.

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Friday’s Funny

Posted by on Sep 19 2008 | Friday's Funny

© 2008, Benjamin Hummel. To see more cartoons like this go to

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The Rocky Endorses Colorado Amendment 49

Posted by on Sep 18 2008 | Amendment 49

We can proudly add the Rocky Mountain News to the growing list of endorsements for Amendment 49, Ethical Standards. The Rocky decided that 49 is just plain good, ethical government. In other words, government that does not use taxpayer money to funnel member dues to special interests:

Should Amendment 49 pass, unions and other organizations benefiting from free collections would simply share the same fundraising challenges that other groups successfully confront all the time.

This is the 21st century right? We’ve got computers capable of processing automatic bank deductions with just a few clicks of the mouse. I’ve had online banking for years now despite my age. But even if you hate computers and want nothing to do with them, people still use checks don’t they? And as far as the opponents coming out against 49, and lumping it together with Amendments 47 and 54, the Rocky again hits the nail square on the head:

We don’t know at what point Amendment 49 got thrown into the mix – or why it should even be there, since it appears to us to be a benign good-government measure.

Makes me wonder…. what are they so scared of? 49 limits government, not individuals. Seems the opponents have taken a page out of the Ritter playbook, but instead of using children as props, they are using policemen, firefighters, and nurses to employ their scare tactics. That a whiff. Either that smell is desperation or I’ve got an old sandwich under my desk I forgot to throw away.

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