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In his “State of the City” address today, Mayor Lionel Rivera called upon Colorado Springs residents to suspend the city’s TABOR law for this year and through 2012 and urged the legislature to reform the pension plan for state and local government workers.
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There’s a wonderful, if likely apocryphal, anecdote describing Winston Churchill’s reaction to the post-World War II takeover of Yugoslavia by Marshall Tito’s communist “partizans.”
As the story goes, a young intelligence officer burst into Churchill’s office to inform him, in agitated tones, that Yugoslavia was about to fall into communist hands. Continue Reading Sing along with me as we merrily follow each other to the slaughter

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“The General Assembly shall, as soon as practicable, provide for the establishment and maintenance of a thorough and uniform system of free public schools throughout the state, wherein all residents of the state, between the ages of 6 and 21 years, may be educated gratuitously.” — Article IX, Section 2, Constitution of the State of Colorado.
The Constitution’s authors sought to build, in the clear Colorado air, a new and better society — educated, humane, fair and free. Continue Reading D-11’s dilemma brings free public school education debate to forefront

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Detroit! Home of the greedy, mismanaged, incompetent dinosaurs of the American automobile industry!
After decades of building giant gas guzzlers, of failing to anticipate a predictable future of sky-high gas prices and collapsing demand for their antiquated SUVs and pickups, not to mention coddling their unionized, over-entitled and overpaid work force, The Big Three have the effrontery to beg for a government handout??!! Continue Reading We’re all about to buy a bunch of big, shiny new cars

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In the antediluvian days when socialists and communists still roamed the earth, they engaged each other in powerfully irrelevant debates about economic policy.
Communists opposed all private enterprise, while socialists were less doctrinaire, believing that government need only control the “commanding heights” of the economy. Continue Reading Don’t expect the suits who got us into this mess to get us out of it

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During the 16 years between 1952 and 1968, the Dow Jones Industrial Average quadrupled. Standing at 250 during 1952, the Dow increased by 50 percent in less than 20 months, moving above 380.33 on Nov. 23, 1954. It was a significant milestone, marking the first time in 25 years that the Dow had reached its 1929 high. Continue Reading Perhaps if prosperity returns, we’ll appreciate it more

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Many decades ago, as a college junior, I contemplated a career in the banking industry.
My knowledge of banking was roughly comparable to, say, Sarah Palin’s knowledge of foreign policy. I knew that bankers wore suits, that they went to the office every day and that there was money involved. Continue Reading Financial system could learn a lot from some enterprising Nigerians

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On Nov. 4, Democrats in Colorado Springs — and, I guess, everywhere in America — were partying as if it were 1964, leaving Republicans the dazed and demoralized denizens of a new political dystopia.
Forty-four years after another Arizona Republican was crushed by his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama completed his unlikely ascent to the presidency.
And how unlikely was it? Continue Reading Are we witnessing long-term change, or just a brief flash?

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So who won the election?
Barack Obama became president-elect and John McCain got the consolation prize — a seat in the U.S. Senate! And thousands of other pols and wannabe-pols spent Tuesday night celebrating or mourning.
But there were other winners and losers, non-politicians who either profited mightily or slunk away broke and disgraced. And here are some of them — shining examples of American entrepreneurship, and equally shining examples of “what were they thinking?” Continue Reading Sifting through the ‘other’ election winners and losers of 2008

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<em>“I view derivatives as time bombs, both for the parties that deal in them and the economic system.”
Warren Buffett, letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, 2004.</em>
During 1997, Blythe Masters, a 34-year-old British-born Cambridge graduate, whose degree is in mathematics, conceived and created a new financial product at J.P. Morgan in New York. It was designed to separate the default risk on loans from the loans themselves. Continue Reading Just in case you really do want to know who got us into this mess

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