Letter From The Chair – A Lot To Be Thankful For

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving, Libertarians!  

 

” Here’s something to be thankful for: we’ve broken 26,000 registered Libertarians in Colorado!  That’s an increase of 24% since January 1st, an incredible accomplishment for an off-year for legislative and gubernatorial elections. And how exactly did we do on the propositions in this year’s election?

  Modo vincis, modo vinceris :- 

  Amendment 66 failed by 2 to 1, and that’s a very, very good thing.  It’s kinda hard not to notice a billion-dollar juggernaut rumbling down towards you, so it’s hard to miss when it crumbles to dust just short of impact. $10 Million was spent by special interests out-of-state on this tax hike. That’s $33.00 per vote. This is money that could have been donated to the very schools they claim to be helping.

  But we know they’ll be back again in another couple of years, and Referendum AA – the municipal version of the Tax-the-Hell-Out-of Demon-Weed proposition – did pass 2 to 1 in many cities. So the question we all have to ponder is: Has the “Great Recession” made enough of a lasting impression that this generation will resist not just this wave of money grabs, but the next one as well?  Or do we need to give some serious thought to what we ought to be saying to our friends and family to fully educate them about the hollow promises of government shell games?

  We may have put a partial end to the drug war in exchange for some degree of regulation, but with taxes approaching 50% – the lion’s share of which is going into more bureaucracy, not education – the cities that passed this law have effectively killed their markets for marijuana retailers by pushing the business both underground and out of town.  It’s one big shell game on every level, and we need to keep pointing that out.”