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States redistribute the wealth

IN 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama was lambasted for supposedly endorsing policies of wealth redistribution. The right feared that under an Obama presidency, Washington would use federal power to take money from some Americans and give it to others. Yet, only a few years later, the most explicit examples of such redistribution are happening in the states, and often at the urging of Republicans.

The most illustrative example began in 2012, when Kansas’ Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed a landmark bill that delivered big tax cuts to high-income earners and businesses. Less than two years after that tax cut, the state’s income tax revenues plummeted by a quarter-billion dollars — and now Brownback is pushing to use money for public employees’ pensions to cover the state’s ensuing budget shortfalls.

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View from Central Park

Cops

“PEOPLE ONLY care about us after we are dead,” were the words a NY cop said to me over 20 years ago after helping me out in a difficult situation. As I expressed my gratitude to him, we somehow got into an extensive conversation about a cop’s duties. Lately, with all the current tension, his words have been echoing in my ears. After 9/11, America loved our cops. Heroically, they sacrificed their lives for us, and we as a nation authentically grieved for them and with them, as a community...
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Conservative Lens

PhDs and other false gods

I have been devoting my recent columns to the Ten Commandments because we need a fixed moral anchor to solve the problem of evil. Nothing is as effective as the Ten Commandments. Everything needed to make a good world is contained in these Ten Commandments. Here is my commentary on the second commandment as enumerated in the oldest, that is, the Jewish, tradition. In Christian tradition, it is the first commandment. The most common translation begins: “You shall have no other gods before me...
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View From Denver

CU vs. aches and pains

Like many people, I have benefitted from physical therapists. They make the aches and pains go away. That’s why I was receptive when Pat Grant, a former Colorado state legislator and president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show, told me his story — and what it inspired him to do. He went to a “PT” (physical therapist) who was a CU faculty member. “My physical therapy was so successful that I became committed to the program,” Grant, the perennial activist, told me. The pro...
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View from Central Park

It’s Chanukah and Purim

Is this Chanukah or Purim? After many years of Hamas petitioning the EU to remove the terror appellation from Hamas, the EU has voted to honor the request and has reversed Hamas’ status as terror organization. Officially and legally, according to the EU, Hamas is no longer a terrorist organization. On the very same day, however, at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, the irrational obsession with Israel continues unabated, this time in investigation for war crimes. You can’t make this stuff up....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:13 )

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