When you go, pack your sense of humor. Politically, the owner and I would agree on the necessity of breathing, but that's about it. That being said, he has always treated me and my family, even my two year-old, who can be handful, well.
"Why do we tease? Because we love."
As long as I have lived in Colorado Springs -- 25 years -- John Daly called for the sale of Memorial Hospital. His persistence was rewarded with its sale -- a transaction with which I am still not comfortable, especially as the city bait-and-switched PERA to make the sale more digestible.
Utilities is a far different asset to this community. All you have to do is watch "The Smartest Guys in the Room" to see how a corrupt entity like Enron manipulates energy markets.
And, yes, it can happen here.
"Anybody else want to be enlightened?"
Gosh, Reverend Pedigo, count me in. But only if I get to sit at your feet.
"I lived in Colorado most of my life and one of the nicest things about it was that government couldn't just keep raising taxes so they could spend the thievery on their pet projects. "
Then don't expect a statute to do your work for you. If you elect people who do not do what you want, get off your backside and vote.
Similarly, I do not like initiative and referendum because it provides a trapdoor for politicians to duck responsibility. Rather than take heat over some issue that is worthy of public debate, real debate, let them vote in the public record. Handing it over to voters can be dangerous, depending upon the issue. Take "gay marriage," as an example. Why should a right be bestowed or taken from a group by simple majority vote? No.
Term limits are much the same thing in my mind. If we do our jobs as voters, they are unnecessary. Otherwise, we see politicians jump from one lily pad to the next -- the legislature to the statehouse back to the legislature.
If you think you are electing thieves, then do something about it rather than letting a "system" do it for you.
Let me see if I have this right: demonizing "developer" is bad, but trashing "liberals" is
almost an article of faith, a community service. I am old enough and skeptical enough to realize that the L-word is toxic in El Paso County. Got that. But given the track record of the "conservatives" and "small government" libertarians at the local, state, and national levels, the abject failure of supply-side economics, and the social conservatives who want the government to intervene in the bedrooms of "them," how much credence can you give to their views?
"Rather, liberal thinking is dominated by an obsession with power . . . " That makes Dick Cheney, advocate of the imperial presidency and the "So what?" distaste for opposing viewpoints, a wild-eyed liberal of the first order. Come on -- this isn't close to reasoned discourse. Just tell me why it's bad to "demonize" developers but excoriating liberals is just.
"It clearly works and led to the decade of prosperity that Clinton presided over."
Since B follows A, A caused B. No, no, no, Supply-siders have had four shots -- Herbert Hoover, Reagan, and Bushes Elder and Younger, and for the last time: it does not work. Tax cuts do not create jobs -- not one economic study has shown it. What we see today is that small businesses, big businesses do not create jobs -- entrepreneurs do: with $2 trillion on banks' balance sheets, the banksters would rather lend money to each other to turn a profit. Entrepreneurs are being locked out -- they were the secret to Clinton's dot.com boom.
Another truth: $331 billion in unpaid taxes are floating around out there. How much sense does it make that the right wants to defund/underfund the IRS's hiring of new agents? Spend money to recover taxes that are legitimately levied.
Do I love paying taxes? No. But if I have to so does everybody else, whether they're Warren Buffett, Doug Bruce, or Clarence Thomas. You may be wealthy, but you ain't special.
Heavily bummed that I didn't win the Lewis Black tickets, I am spending the afternoon rigorously potty-training my three year-old. Or the other way around.
I am continually amazed at the occasional letter here or comments in the Geezer that lament the drift of The Springs into lefty paradise. MMJ is the x-factor in the discourse; it must be. Does Lionel the Lily-Hearted lament passing on $64 million in stimulus money to jump start the economy? That's doubtful, but his way does not look like it's working.
It is tired argument that "government doesn't create jobs." Okay, but healthy public policy creates opportunity for those willing to work. The $10,000 that the feds and state of Minnesota invested in my college education in the 1970s was a god-send; I would not be in a public classroom for 32+ years without it. And for that ten grand, my students and I have grown tremendously. It was money on the cheap put to good use.
Mitch, "a rank amateur in the White House"? Were you paying attention from 2001-2009?
Please tell me you were in a coma.
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