The national media and much of America is watching the Colorado wildfire drama in rapt, apocalyptic fascination. For those who are just now recognizing the scope of the disaster, S&R has been writing about this (and predicting it) for some time now. If you’d like to better understand the causes of the explosion of wildfires in the summer of 2012, here’s a quick set of links to get you caught up.
You know, sometimes you get your Christmas gift early, like when someone you despise gets their karmic comeuppance. Which is why I’m pleased to report that yesterday, the Colorado anti-tax extremist and term limit hypocrite Douglas Bruce was convicted on multiple counts of tax evasion, filing false tax returns, and attempting to influence a public figure for the years 2005 through 2010. The Colorado Springs Gazette has more detail here.
I realize that this might not really fit with the spirit of the season – forgiveness and all that. But I’m OK with it.
Back in February I authored a look at the implications of Colorado’s infamous Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) on the state, and in particular on the city of Colorado Springs, which has been forced to cut services that most would regard as essential in order to comply with one of the most foolish bits of legislation in the nation. Teabagger Paradise, I called it, and it must be admitted that my tone was on the snarky side in spots, and I accept that those who don’t share my take might have been a little put off. Sorry about. Still, I stand by my conclusions.
When all is said and done, the most satisfying course of action will be to grab some popcorn, pull up a chair and enjoy the show. Read more
Colorado is a beautiful place and it always ranks right at the top of those most desirable places to live rankings (heck, a new poll says the People’s Republic of Boulder is the happiest place in America), but be clear about one thing before you pack up the family to head this way: a consistent voting majority of our citizens are butt-stupid when it comes to taxes. We’re the ones who blazed the trail for the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” (TABOR) movement, and we’ve been paying a steep price for it ever since. For instance:
- Under TABOR, Colorado declined from 35th to 49th in the nation in K-12 spending as a percentage of personal income.
- Colorado’s average per-pupil funding fell by more than $400 relative to the national average. Read more