January 2012 Blog Posts (35)

American Laws for American Courts

I am posting this article by Frank Gaffney for your consideration. Not only do we need to be vigilant with our local school boards, and municipal, county, state and federal elected representatives, but we must also keep a ready eye for the creeping introduction of a parallel set of laws through our trial-level and appellate-level courts. Yes, we are a country of laws, but, that means ONE set of laws. The laws our courts should be applying are those drafted in our legislative bodies and…

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Added by Lisa G Spear on January 28, 2012 at 5:53am — 1 Comment

My review of Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny"

    I went hiking on the Big Dry Creek Trail in Westminster recently with Mark Levin.  Actually, I was listening to his audio-book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.  Levin is a radio talk show host and an out-spoken Constitutional Conservative and Originalist.    He covers a range of important issues that are facing our country today. These include the Free Market, the Environment, Immigration, and the Welfare State to name a few. Each chapter focuses on his conservative…

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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 24, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments

The REAL Reason for the 1st Amendment Religion Clause

All this huff and puff about separation of church and state is topsy-turvy. The concern of the Founders about not having a state-sanctioned, state-operate single religion was to protect the churches, not to protect the state. Just another corruption of the issue b the self-serving progressive utopians.

American Minute with Bill Federer Jan. 24 - James Madison & Religious Freedom

Added by Lisa G Spear on January 23, 2012 at 5:58pm — No Comments

My Letter to the Denver Post YourHub Editor

Re:  Jack Van Ens column, “Disengage from snarky war of words”

    I enjoyed reading Jack Van Ens latest column, and I am pleased that he is asking all of us to make a new year’s resolution to emulate statesmen rather than political hacks.   I trust that his columns in 2012 will reflect this call for “cogent arguments about the issues” and not character assassination.
    It’s admirable that Van Ens calls out those who make ad hominem attacks and those who caricature…
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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 20, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Are the rich really not paying their fair share?

    In his recent Denver Post YourHub article, “The economics of Christmas trees,” Jack Van Ens calls for higher tax rates on the top 1% so that the added revenue will provide tax relief for the poor and middle class.   Van Ens also plays the class warfare game by accusing the wealthy of greed and graft and comparing them to pine beetles boring into Christmas trees.   Such comments not only call for a closer look at the facts, but they also call for a comment of “Good Grief!”

   Isn’t it…

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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 20, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Was the Reagan Era a Decade of Greed?

    In a recent Denver Post YourHub column,“Strengthen sacrificial Thanksgiving spirit,” Jack Van Ens bemoans a perceived lack of civic virtue and attacks the late President Ronald Reagan for being blind to “the plight of those shivering in the shadows” during his administration. Van Ens also accuses Reagan of discouraging citizens from personal sacrifice while seeking their own self-fulfillment. Such a biased and ad hominem attack requires a closer look at the facts.

    Van Ens…
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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 20, 2012 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Is there really a wall of separation between church and state?

    In a recent Denver Post YourHub article, Jack Van Ens warned in his article, “Heed Jefferson’s church-state warning” that school vouchers will collapse what Van Ens calls “the high, impregnable wall” of separation between church and state that he claims Thomas Jefferson and James Madison erected.  However, this supposition requires closer scrutiny to provide a balanced perspective.

    Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘separation of church and state’ called for in the…
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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 20, 2012 at 2:10pm — No Comments

A Letter of Warning to America

     I was out hiking this week on the Big Dry Creek Trail in Westminster while listening to an audio book by Daniel Hannan.  The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America is a timely warning to America of how the embracing of socialism and communism threatens to pull democracy and freedom back into a condition of serf and master. Hannan argues forcefully and passionately that Americans must not go down the road to European Union–style social democracy.  He warns that the…

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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 20, 2012 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Are the Tea Parties spreading half-truths?

    In a recent article in the Denver Post YourHub edition, Jack Van Ens accused the Tea Party patriots of slanting history, spreading half-truths, having a cloudy visage, shading the truth, and having a one-sided view of history because he claims they equate small government with limited government.  These charges certainly require a rebuttal to obtain a fair hearing.

    First, there is no entity that is the “Tea Party.”  There are a number of groups which call themselves by that…
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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 20, 2012 at 1:42pm — No Comments

On the trail with Governor Mitch Daniels

    I was out hiking on the Big Dry Creek Trail this week while listening to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniel’s audio book, Keeping the Republic: Saving America By Trusting Americans.   Daniels was a staffer in the Reagan Administration and a budget director for George W. Bush.  In 2004, Daniels was elected governor of Indianawhere he eked out a victory.  He is now in his second term as governor.  This year he considered a run as a Republican candidate for President but decided against…

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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 20, 2012 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Let's stop playing the blame game

After reading Jack Van Ens’ column “A fiscal diet for Wall Street’s fat cats” which was published in the October 21 Denver Post YourHub, I had to write a few words in response.  Van Ens presents the leftist view of the causes of the current economic disaster and lays the blame on Wall Street and the so called wealthy 1%.   Van Ens echoes the progressive belief that the current economic down turn is all the fault of greedy bankers and Wall Street.  Van Ens engages in the blame game.  We love…

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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 20, 2012 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Constitutional Interpretation the old fashioned way

    After reading Jack Van Ens recent column, “Constitution’s meaning evolves,” I had to write a few comments in response.  Van Ens starts his article with a gratuitous swipe at Sarah Palin and then proceeds to attack those who subscribe to the philosophy of constitutional originalism.     

    Originalism is a means of interpretation that tries to discover the original meaning or intent of the constitution.   It is based on the belief that the judiciary is not supposed to create,…

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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 20, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Letter from the State Capitol - "We need help to slow down the tsunami of ridiculous bills"!

As I spend more time working with the Legislative process at the Colorado State House, I am getting sick to my tummy.     Many of the bills that are in the hopper are ridiculous.
 
The Department of health is proposing Mandatory vaccinations for health care workers.  There are bills going forward in the legislature to create regulatory bodies and licensing bodies for Musical Therapists and Dieticians.  
 
So far, the "Lets regulate it" supporters…
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Added by Monty C. McCurry on January 19, 2012 at 6:18pm — No Comments

After America: Get Ready for Armaggedon by Mark Steyn

    I was out hiking on the Big Dry Creek Trail this week with Mark Steyn.   Actually, I was listening to his newest book, After America: Get Ready for Armaggedon.  

    Steyn is a Canadian-born writer, conservative political commentator, cultural critic, and resident of New Hampshire who has written five books including the 2008 bestseller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It in which he predicted the collapse of Europe.  Now, he believes…
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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 16, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Does Federal Government Have A Role In Job Creation?

Letter to the Editor – Denver Post YourHub
 
I have a few comments regarding Jack Van Ens recent column, “Federal government has role in job creation:”


    President Obama and progressives such as Jack appear to believe that big government can create jobs in the public and private sectors.  Such Keynesian theory sounds good, and it would be nice if it made sense, but it has a rather glaring logical fallacy. It overlooks the fact that, in the real…
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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 16, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Entitlements

    Remember, Not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500.   If you calculate the future value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less than what the govt. pays on…

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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 16, 2012 at 12:22pm — No Comments

The Road to Prosperity by US Senator Patrick Toomey

    I was hiking the trail this week with Pennsylvania Senator Patrick J. Toomey.  Actually, I listened to his audio book while I hiked on the Big Dry Creek Trail.  You may not be familiar with him, but he was a Pennsylvania congressman, then the president of the Club for Growth, and has been a US Senator since 2010.  With all that going on, he still found time to write the book, The Road to Prosperity: How to Grow Our Economy and Revive the American…
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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 16, 2012 at 12:19pm — No Comments

On the Trail with Two Economists

    It was a little crowded on the trail this week.  I went hiking with Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore.   Actually, I was out hiking while listening to their book, Return to Prosperity: How America Can Regain Economic Superpower Status.  That sounds like something that we could sure use about now.  So, I was glad to have them along and eagerly listened to their story. 
    First, I should introduce them in case you haven’t met them yet.   Moore is an economist who writes…
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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 16, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Economic Analysis

    The folks who are getting the free stuff, don't like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can  no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff, And, the folks who are paying for the free stuff, want the free stuff to stop.

    The folks who are getting the free stuff, want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already…

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Added by Mark Helgeson on January 16, 2012 at 12:05pm — No Comments

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