Archive for February, 2015

2015 Founders’ Night VIDEO Invitation

Posted by on Feb 27 2015 | Events, Video

Julie Mallon cordially invites you to attend our 30th anniversary Founders’ Night dinner on Thursday, April 9th! Our keynote this year is comedian, actor, author, magician, and Cato Institute H.L. Mencken Fellow Penn Jillette! To purchase your ticket on the phone, call us at 303-279-6536. If you’d like to purchase them online, visit our webpage here.

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Urban Renewal and Littleton’s Ballot Measure 300

Posted by on Feb 13 2015 | debt, Economics, Regulation, Taxes, Video

Mike Krause intro’s former Littleton mayor Doug Clark’s explanation of why gambling with taxpayer money on real estate is almost always a bad idea in this short 1 minute video.

Littleton voters will be able to have a say on whether government uses their money to get into the land speculation business with Ballot Measure 300.

To learn more about tax increment financing (TIFs), urban renewal authorities (URAs), and Littleton Ballot Measure 300, watch the full Devils Advocate episode below.

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Freedom Minute | Obamacare and the Rule of Law

Posted by on Feb 04 2015 | Health Care, health control law, obama, obamacare, Video

In our latest Freedom Minute, Health Care Policy Center Director Linda Gorman questions whether government officials in charge of implementing are attempting to follow the law or just making it up as they go along.

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“Progressive” States Have the Greatest Income Inequality

Posted by on Feb 03 2015 | Economic LIberties, Economics, Politics

The percentage of total income received by the top one percent of income earners is a commonly-used measure of income inequality.

The Wall Street Journal recently published a list showing how each state, together with the District of Columbia ranks on this index.

Funny thing: Deep blue states—those dominated by Democrats and liberal Republicans—make up a disproportionate share of the states with the greatest inequality.

In order, the top “income inequality” jurisdictions are:

Connecticut
New York
Wyoming
Florida
Nevada
Massachusetts
D.C.
Illinois
California
New Jersey.

It’s easy to explain why Wyoming, Florida, and Nevada are on the list: Those three are among the relatively few states without a personal income tax, so the wealthy might be expected to shelter income there.

But all the rest are solidly “progressive” jurisdictions.

If “progressives” have the answer to income inequality, then how come there is so much income inequality where they are in charge?

The answer, of course, is that “progressive” policies really don’t cure inequality. They aggravate inequality. Policies of government control and and crony capitalism benefit those rich enough to buy influence in the political system and use it to smother the rest of us.

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Freedom Minute: Obamacare helps the poor?

Posted by on Feb 02 2015 | Health Care, health control law, obamacare, Video

In our latest Freedom Minute, Health Care Policy Center Director Linda Gorman questions the idea that Obamacare is actually helping the poor – on net.

To see all the Freedom Minutes we have online, visit our IITV YouTube page here.

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