“A billion here, a billion there — and pretty soon you’re talking real money.”
That infamous remark, usually attributed to the late Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) has long symbolized the spendthrift ways of Washington politicians.
Alas, it’s as outdated as 1970s home prices in Aspen. Continue Reading Fixing the budget is easy, but nobody’s willing to do it
The end of an era. The passing of a titan. A remarkable man who shaped the history of the city, for good or for ill.
All true, but none of it does justice to the man himself.
I had the privilege of serving on city council with Bob Isaac from 1991 until his unexpected resignation in early 1997. Bob was by turns inspiring, infuriating, cantankerous, loyal, Machiavellian, tough as nails and deeply compassionate — sometimes in a single council meeting. Continue Reading Springs’ Mayor Bob was everything, and also everyman
<em>Many years ago, there was a man in Bathsheba who went to market. Among the throng he saw Death, dressed in black and as pale as the moon that grows thin. Death made a gesture, and the man fled, and rode his horse to Samarra. Another man approached Death, whose dress was dark as the sea at night and his face was as pale as a grave on a frosty night.</em> Continue Reading The real reason behind declining newspaper circulation numbersContinue reading …
A group that might be kindly characterized as a “liberal watchdog,” the Colorado Ethics Watch, has released a list of “Colorado’s most corrupt public officials in 2008.” And who do you suppose was at the top of the list?
You guessed it — the oft-maligned former county commissioner and current state Rep. Douglas Bruce.
And why, you might ask, did the Dougster receive this dubious honor? Continue Reading The Dougster is many things, but corrupt ain’t one of them
When FDR’s slacker son, Elliott Roosevelt, was mayor of Miami Beach during the 1960s, he was asked whether the mob ran the town. His often-quoted reply: “The mob doesn’t run Miami Beach — they just own it.”
You might say the same about the U.S. Congress, as well as the present administration. They have proven to be notably inept in actually running the country, but they’ve been remarkably successful in grabbing their own piece of the American dream. Continue Reading Do we really want politicians who haven’t struck it rich?
Ours is a nation whose prosperity has many foundations.
We’re a capitalist democracy with universal, free public primary and secondary education. We have the best system of higher education in the world. We enjoy freedoms that most countries do not — of the press, of assembly, of worship, of speech and of association. Continue Reading Tough to apply the scientific method to irrational beliefs
As a journalist, you live for “hot tips.” So imagine my delight when an anonymous informant passed along this incendiary news: Ed Anger is alive and well and living right here in Colorado Springs.
Anger, for those of you who are so deeply stuck in the morass of modern liberal thought that you’ve never heard about his bracing, common-sensical columns for the Weekly World News, is possibly America’s Most Decorated Columnist — the recipient of every major award that our profession can dole out. Continue Reading The world according to Ed, at least for one day this week
<em>Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means.
— Charles Dickens, “Bleak House”
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of dispriz’d love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’unworthy takes…
— Shakespeare, “Hamlet”</em> Continue Reading Losing faith in amicable resolution to saving Grace
American politics resembles its counterpart in Iraq in at least one respect — some regions win, and some regions lose.
In Iraq, The Shiite south and the Kurdish north were historically shortchanged (to put it very mildly) by the minority Sunnis, who made sure that their co-religionists were the chief beneficiaries of whatever prosperity the country’s oil wells could generate. Post-Saddam, the tables were turned — and now the Kurds keep their oil and the Shiites keep theirs, leaving the rest of the country to freeze (or bake, depending on the season) in the dark. Continue Reading Colorado’s destiny might be slipping through our fingers
Dropped by the bank this morning, and picked up a little cash for the weekend. Since I’m planning a trip to Cripple Creek, I withdrew several hundred bucks, which will, I hope, not be too seriously diminished by the one-armed bandits.
There’s something about having a few crisp hundred-dollar bills in your wallet, isn’t there? It’s real, it’s tangible, it’s actual money. If I lose it, I’ll be acutely conscious of the loss; if I add a few more hundreds to my stash, I’ll be happy. Continue Reading Maybe being the leader of the free world isn’t the best investment