Amending the Constitution by Convention: Practical Guidance for Citizens and Policymakers

May 26th, 2012 by admin Categories: Issue Papers, Publications, constitution No Responses

This third Issue Paper offers guidance and recommendations for those seeking to implement the state application and convention process. The guidance and recommendations are based on the findings of the two earlier Papers, additional Founding-Era evidence unearthed since the first Paper was published, and on authoritative court cases issued at all stages of our history.

Boulder’s proposed grocery bag fee is garbage. It trashes our liberties

May 25th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications No Responses

In The Daily Camera: By Boulder’s standard of “zero waste,” the City Council’s plan to restrict plastic bag use is garbage. Regardless, such restrictions are foul rubbish. They empower bag bullies to self-righteously trash our liberties.

“Free” parking isn’t free, and the benefits of charging for it

May 19th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications No Responses

We pay a lot for “free” parking – in time, frustration, and as the video here shows, a missed opportunity to revitalize a shopping district.

Why college costs so much: government financial “aid” is more harm than “aid”

April 13th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, education, spending No Responses

Tax-funded financial aid “results in increased tuition, leading to political pressure to further increase aid. This in turn leads to higher tuitions

Telecommunications Modernization Act of 2012: Is the Cost of Deregulation Worth the Cost of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians?”

April 9th, 2012 by admin Categories: Issue Papers, Publications, telecommunications No Responses

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced Senate Bill 157, titled the “Telecommunications Modernization Act of 2012.” The 71-page bill deregulates some local phone service and makes new assumptions about public policy. It redefines service providers and eliminates some corporate subsidies. It also repurposes an existing funding mechanism to achieve newly assumed public policy goals, and reshuffles winners and losers in the telecommunications industry. While the deregulation of some local
phone service may be tempting and long overdue, the cost of SB 157 as it is currently written is quite high. This well-meaning bill has some troubling unintended consequences.

Your health care: Don’t trust the Colorado Trust

April 3rd, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications, health No Responses

In the Boulder Daily Camera: Mandatory insurance isn’t about personal responsibility or reducing cost-shifting. It’s about using politically-controlled health plans to advance political control of your medical care.

How Peyton Manning could increase your income

March 24th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications No Responses

Economist finds a positive correlation between an NFL team’s winning percentage and local per-capita income.

Concealed carry allowed at Colorado’s public universities

March 15th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications, firearms No Responses

Like the fictional Dirty Harry who popularized “make my day,” arguments against self-defense rights fit in Hollywood scripts, but not in reality.

Is a Balanced Budget Amendment “Delusional?”

March 15th, 2012 by admin Categories: Barry Poulson, Opinion Editorials, Publications, spending No Responses

By Barry Poulson, PhD, Representative Spencer Swalm and Representative Ed Casso
During the past year both the House and Senate failed to pass a resolution calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Resolutions proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment have failed numerous times in Congress over the past half century; in 1995 the Amendment passed [...]

Economic indicators that best correlate with presidential election results

February 28th, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz Categories: Opinion Editorials, Publications No Responses

For the 16 presidential elections since World War II, Nate Silver computed the correlation between the incumbent party’s margin of victory & the value of 43 indicators in the first 9 months of the election year. Change in employment rates matter. Market indexes and oil prices don’t