Archive for September, 2009

Wednesday Wrap-Up

Posted by on Sep 30 2009 | Government Largess, Health Care, PPC

    ***Feels great to be back in the States! Our Canadian Health Care Fact Finding Trip was a resounding success. We were able to get coverage on the Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier and a whole slew of local Fox affiliates (including our Fox 31), in addition to being published in The Washington Times, L.A. Times, and The Wall Street Journal. John Fund, who joined us for our Canadian adventure, wrote the latest piece printed just today in the Journal, Escape to Montana. Gateway Pundit also did a fantastic job live blogging the event for us. Check his coverage here for analysis and videos.
    ***Wait, so why were we in Canada getting a closer look at their “public option?” Check out this earlier post I wrote outlining our mission.
    ***Obama’s “stimulus” package has brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to Colorado in order to create jobs. (as if government can create a job without destroying private sector jobs). Our Colorado Spending Transparency (COST) director Amy Oliver uncovered just how costly it is to “create” jobs with tax dollars. After reading it, you’ll likely ask yourself, “am I in the wrong business?”
    ***Washington state is in the middle of debating whether to bring a TABOR like amendment to their neck of the woods. Economist and senior fellow Barry Poulson could not be more clear: do it!

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More Coverage and Stories

Posted by on Sep 29 2009 | Health Care, PPC

Wow, we must be doing something right if even the L.A. Times writes such a favorable article on the southward escape routes that exist in Canada. Medical “brokers” arrange these routes south to us in the States as a last ditch effort to relieve someone of chronic pain or keep them alive. The author Kim Murphy uses a couple of the stories in her piece that we’ve heard up here in Vancouver.

Below are a couple of the health care horror stories that are all too common up here. These folks share what they did when faced with rationing from their “public option:”

Thanks to Gateway Pundit for his continuing coverage of our trip.

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Greetings from Vancouver!

Posted by on Sep 28 2009 | Events, Health Care, PPC

Wondering where I was were ya? Well, I’m hanging out with our neighbors to the north in Vancouver, Canada (eh?) on a mission to get a closer look at the Canadian health care system. We’ve got 6 Canadians who were denied treatment under their “public option,” and are willing to share their stories.
We will also be meeting with a medical broker who helps Canadians escape south to the states to get the care they need – in time – so they can live. The overall theme of the trip thus far has been, “don’t do what we did, then we won’t have any place to escape to!”

Here is some of the media coverage of our trip so far: Gateway Pundit has been live blogging the event on site here. The Washington Times wrote a piece focusing on the medical brokers necessary to keep average Canadians alive.

I’ll keep linking to new coverage as it appears. Keep checking back!

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For politicians, “green” means “power”

Posted by on Sep 27 2009 | Uncategorized

“The words ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ are everywhere,” writes reporter Betsy Cohen in a Montana daily paper. “Used casually and broadly, they seem to have become attached to nearly every facet of daily life. . . ”

Although the story details how businesses are using “green” and “sustainable” in their marketing, it doesn’t take much investigation to learn that most of the talk along that line is fueled by government agencies (such as the university I work at) and by people who benefit from government.

Of course, the words “green” and “sustainable” actions are proffered alternatives to what is supposed to be a global environmental crisis — a crisis requiring massive expansion of national governments and international regulations.

But one of the most prominent recurring themes in American history is the federal government’s resort to crises – whether real, exaggerated, or wholly imaginary – to expand its power. This is true even when the crisis, if any, was created by government itself.

The Civil War was used to justify suspending the writ of habeas corpus in states where no fighting was taking place. World War I and the “Red scare” supposedly justified throwing dissenters in jail. The Great Depression was an excuse for a vast expansion of federal control over the economy, even though the Depression was largely the federal government’s own fault. World War II was used as a reason to expand that federal control further, and to herd tens of thousands of innocent American citizens of Japanese ancestry into concentration camps. Continue Reading »

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Come Meet Me! (and act like you’re impressed damn it)

Posted by on Sep 25 2009 | Events, Idiot Box (TV Show), PPC

KBDI Channel 12 is hosting a meet and greet for me on Thursday, October 8th, from 6-9pm at the Golden Hotel in downtown Golden.
This is your chance to not only meet yours truly, but to meet the good folks behind our TV show Independent Thinking – including KBDI president and CEO Wick Rowland. This is your chance to ask Wick the tough questions, like why I don’t have my own dressing room, why they keep giving me plain M&M’s when my contract clearly states Peanut! (You could also ask him if he really thinks “Frontline” isn’t biased.)

But seriously, come on out; I’d love to meet you and hear what you have to say about the show. Besides, a $10 donation to KBDI gets you the chance to buy me a drink.  What a win-win!  Space is limited, so call Channel 12 at 303.991.5038 to reserve your spot.

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One on One with Bill Owens

Posted by on Sep 25 2009 | Idiot Box (TV Show)

What is former Colorado Governor Bill Owens up to these days? Find out tonight on Independent Thinking as Bill Owens joins me for a one on one conversation. Tune in tonight at 8:30 pm to KBDI Channel 12; repeated the following Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

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Oh Yeah? What Would You Do?

Posted by on Sep 24 2009 | Health Care

Ari Armstrong has a reply to the ever present response to criticizing Obama Care: ok Mr. Smarty Pants, what’s your solution?

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Wednesday Wrap-Up

Posted by on Sep 23 2009 | Government Largess, Health Care, PPC

    ***The center-right is justly opposing Obama Care; the tremendously successful tea party movement is evidence of this, as they have been overwhelmingly anti-government takeover of health care. However, I suspect that there is a percentage of protesters and opposition who would be less fervently against Obama Care if it weren’t Obama and the Democrats pushing it. What if, instead, Obama was merely pushing old Republican ideas? Ari Armstrong’s new op-ed in the Colorado Springs Gazette points this fact out. Much of the planks that make up Obama Care are equally backed by prominent Republicans. Granted, there are many elected Republicans who have given great free market solutions to our health care problems, we have to admit that Obama and the Democrats are not alone in their quest to crush what little freedom is left in medicine.
    ***Yet another hat tip to the profound Ari Armstrong: Obama has stated that forcing everyone to have health insurance (like Massachusetts currently does – with disastrous consequences) is just like forcing all drivers to carry car insurance. Sounds plausible right? Wrong. Ari points out why via Brian Schwartz at Patient Power.
    ***The late, great Milton Friedman proposed that we cease all medical licensing. This was a pretty extreme statement back then, just as it is today. However, extreme does not mean without merit.
    ***Justice Policy Initiative director Mike Krause has the gall to write about how the drug war is a massive failure. Thankfully, we taxpayers funding this massive disaster have a logical and coherent voice on our behalf. Thanks Mike.

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Denver Post finally admits I was right! (okay not the Post, but some guy who reads the Post)

Posted by on Sep 18 2009 | Economics, Government Largess, Media

Let’s see, the Denver Post endorsed Amendment 23, which I campaigned against.  It busted the state budget.  The Post endorsed and worked double time for the RTD Fastracks 67% tax increase, which I campaigned against.  Fastracks is so over-budget RTD needs to double the tax just to get close to what they promised.  The Post endorsed and worked triple-sooper-dooper time to pass Referendum C (including a front-page editorial), which I campaigned against.  My prediction that its cost would double came true within two years.

I’ve been waiting for the Post to admit they were wrong on any of these crushing failures of big government growth they advocated.  I finally got it today!  Well not from the Post but from a Post letter writer, but I’ll take what little I can get:

Turns out Jon Caldara was right about light rail

by on September 17, 2009

Re: “RTD to rework forecast of costs,” Sept. 13 news story.

Credit where credit is due. I believe Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute was correct in asserting that FasTracks was a huge tax hike, and that it would not be built for the amount on the ballot. While light rail is a viable option in a perfect world, what a waste of time and resources — all that money spent by the bonding companies, law firms and construction companies to convince voters to build it. Now we have no money to build what the voters approved, and fighting between the various jurisdictions. Hindsight is 20/20, I suppose.

Dave Sprecace, Denver

Dave Sprecace, I have no idea who you are but thanks!  Could you maybe talk to the Pest editorial board and ask them to just listen to me for ten minutes before blindly follow the Denver Chamber of Commerce and carry the water for the next tax increase.

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End of Summer Political / Budget Wrap-Up

Posted by on Sep 18 2009 | Idiot Box (TV Show)

Want to know who’s up and who’s down in Colorado’s political races? Or how about the status of Colorado’s efforts to close budget gap? Denver Post reporters Lynn Bartels and Tim Hoover join host Jon Caldara for an end of summer wrap up of Colorado’s political races and ongoing state budget debate. Tune in tonight at 8:30 pm to KBDI Channel 12; repeated the following Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

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