Frequent guest and co-founder of Liberty Toastmasters Brad Beck is in the studio to comment on his recent op-ed, Somnambulant, No More. Somnambulant is French for sleep walking as in someone is awake but not aware of their surroundings. Kim and Brad analyze the differences between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. We live in a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. Involvement in local government is extremely important. We must make the federal government smaller and have policies decided at the local level where the people are most impacted.
Ben Murrey, Director of Fiscal Policy at the Independence Institute, joins Kim to discuss his article, Murrey: Governor Polis crippled small business, now offers crutches. The Institute, under the guidance of Paul Prentice, published a report regarding the disruption from government policies during the COVID-19/Wuhan-China virus reaction disruption in the state of Colorado. Some of the findings include: Colorado definitively suffered economically due to the lockdowns in comparison to less restrictive states; small businesses declined by 43% from Pre-COVID-19/Wuhan-China virus levels to now; the leisure and hospitality industry was hit the hardest economically, and as a result the largest minority group, Hispanics, suffered the most financially and; the Fortune 500/box stores saw a 61.4% increase in profits while the mom and pop stores were deemed “unessential” and closed. Polis, through policies, created the destruction of small businesses and now has a token offering by giving a waiver, in his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2022-23, on fees for those starting a new business.
Marlin Kirsch, owner of Kirsch Insurance Group, explains the importance of reviewing your Medicare plan for 2022. Anyone over 65 years of age who is part of this program, has until December 7th to make changes to coverage for 2022. Kirsch Insurance Group works with most insurance carriers in Colorado and has proprietary software to analyze what policy works best for your individual prescriptions and needs.
Kim and Brad continue their conversation regarding people who are waking up to the damages being done to our schools and our communities by leftist, activist policies. Parents were extremely engaged in this last election. Policies implemented during the COVID-19/Wuhan-China virus were destructive to their children. When parents advocated for their children, they were shut down by arrogant school board members, which increased tensions. Education cannot be handed to the radical left. Instead, parents must insist on their students’ learning fundamentals like reading, writing and math along with civil knowledge. It is taxpayers’ money being spent and school board directors must be held accountable. Much of the “new” money that flowed in due to COVID-19 policies was spent on programs that were ineffective or administration costs, not to aid in the success of the students. Masks and vaccinations are other divisive issues, with most parents believing that it is a choice that must be made by parents and families, not school boards. We definitely do not want to be like Austria where lockdowns have been imposed on all unvaccinated people. It is very concerning that we should “show papers,” similar to Germany in the late 1930’s, to go places. We must all be active in our communities, including joining service organizations, presenting on a topic to students that we are knowledgeable about, attending board meetings, or becoming a member of a local board. We must be informed and involved, and hold each other accountable for what happens in our community.