Archive for December, 2008

Merry Christmas from Liberty on the Rocks

Posted by on Dec 19 2008 | Media

These guys are a great group to drink with. Check them out here.

If you look real closely, you can see me singing my heart out.

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Friday’s Funny

Posted by on Dec 19 2008 | Friday's Funny


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

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Infrastructure Policy and Corduroy Jackets

Posted by on Dec 18 2008 | Transportation

Senior fellow Dennis Polhill is a rockstar.  Everyone knows this.  So when the National Review Online wanted some conservative experts to weigh in on infrastructure policy, they called Dennis.  Of course I don’t understand a single word of Dennis’ response to their question, “What is a conservative infrastructure strategy and how realistic is it in Obama’s Washington?”  With words like “interim,” “summarily,” and “capital-intensive” littered throughout who can blame me?  Dennis is on another level, which is part of the reason I hired him.  The other part has a lot to do with the amusing corduroy jackets he wears everyday, of which he has about a dozen in a dozen different colors.  Indeed, truly historic pieces of Americana.

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Free People, Free Markets – The One Night Stand

Posted by on Dec 17 2008 | Economics, Events, PPC

Let me get this straight. You’ve wanted to take our 5 week course Free People, Free Markets for some time now, but something always comes up.  (Next one starts January 24th, don’t forget).  Perhaps Saturdays just don’t work or maybe you live too far from Golden to make it up each week. That’s fine, senior fellow Paul Prentice has the solution: Free People, Free Markets – the mini version! That’s right, in one 3 hour session, Paul will teach the fundamentals of a free society and explore how it relates to America’s founding. It’s going down Tuesday, January 13th, from 6:30 to 9:30pm at the Vanguard School in Colorado Springs. Do not miss this incredible opportunity!

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Parents, I Urge You to Get SARs

Posted by on Dec 16 2008 | Uncategorized


Between his nap time and playing with Legos, little Eddie alerted me to a fantastic Rocky Mountain News Speakout piece, written by senior fellow Krista Kafer. In it, she urges parents to do their homework before enrolling their kids into school. For example, one resource is the School Accountability Reports (aka SARs) – which provides a profile for each public school in Colorado.  Another great resource is our School Choice for Kids website, which gives parents a chance to search for nearby schools that fit the educational criteria they prefer for their kids.  Point being, there’s a lot of valuable information out there for parents and Krista’s right, with a little due diligence, parents can make the best choice for their kids.

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Important PSA Courtesy of Detroit

Posted by on Dec 15 2008 | Uncategorized

You thought it was safe to buy that Toyota right? Wrong. A special message from the American auto industry:

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You Know You Want to Tweet Me

Posted by on Dec 12 2008 | PPC, Purely Personal

I’ve decided to enter the ranks of cool kids who like to “tweet” the day away on Twitter. What better way to alert the world I’m eating a hamburger or teaching my kids how to properly fire off bottle rockets in the backyard? So, if having a Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, Flickr, and Ning account was just not enough and you indulged in Twitter as well, follow me and my daily exploits.

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Friday’s Funny

Posted by on Dec 12 2008 | Friday's Funny


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

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Not Your Typical Boulder Lefty

Posted by on Dec 11 2008 | Economics, PPC

I was perusing my favorite Colorado news source, CompleteColorado.com, and came across this Jared Polis article in the Wall Street Journal of all places.  The piece titled, Let’s Cut Cap-Gains Taxes on Auto Investments, might be shocking to the untrained eye, but it came as little surprise to us at the Independence Institute.  You see, Jared is a closet free market advocate.  Really, I’m not kidding.  His dirty little secret rests in a cubby hole here in our Golden offices.  He makes sure never to mention it and to never reference it anywhere online.  So what’s his dirty little secret?  Well, it’s called Privatizing and Eliminating the Monopoly of the United States Postal Service. He wrote that for us back in 2001 and it calls for exactly what the title insinuates:  a market solution to the clunky USPS monopoly.  Consequently, Polis arguing for a market solution to the Big 3 bailout in his latest WSJ piece is, in this context, a lot less suprising.  But I’m keeping my mouth shut on this one and so should you.  I’d hate to ruin Jared’s Liberal street cred in Boulder.

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Transparency in Government

Posted by on Dec 11 2008 | Idiot Box (TV Show), Transparency

Taxpayers have a right to know how government is spending their money but in Colorado they often have to pay to find out.  Across the country, many states, local governments, school districts and even the federal government have embraced transparency.  These governments provide — free of charge —  online, searchable databases of expenditures and in some cases contracts.  When will Colorado do the same? Tune in to Independent Thinking as guests State Senator Mike Kopp and Amy Oliver Cooke of the Independence Institute discuss transparency in Colorado with me. Tune in Friday night at 8:30 p.m. to KBDI Channel 12; repeated the following Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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