"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Stealing from the Collection Plate

by Jeff Crank

In an August 13, 2015 article in the Gazette entitled Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers takes exception to group’s no-tax claim, Mayor Suthers and many members of the Colorado Springs city council argued erroneously that a city budget study — commissioned by an outside group which I helped arrange—called for taxing Colorado Spring’s churches and nonprofits. Mayor Suthers said in the article, “Do you think the citizens of Colorado Springs would vote to tax churches and nonprofits? We’d be the only jurisdiction in Colorado that did that.”...

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jeff Crank's 2017 Ballot Recommendations

I would never try to tell you how to vote, but I am often asked how I am going to vote.  I've put quite a bit of research and thought into several of the candidates and ballot issues in 2017. 

When it comes to school board elections, there are many people who are personally very nice and well intentioned.  However, I only support candidates that I feel will be champions of free-market reforms in K-12 education.  While almost every candidate now says they support school choice, they often only support public school choice – and don’t empower parents to make the decisions that are right for their children.  True school choice is about putting parents in the drivers’ seat and allowing them the full range of options – public, charter or private schools – and removing all barriers to parents making those decisions.

On El Paso County Issue 1A, I oppose it.  While there is no question that the widening of Interstate 25 is critical, I think 1A misses the boat.  If widening of I-25 was so critical, they could have applied all $14 million to that project.  Instead, they chose to put some towards widening I-25 and some towards parks, trails and open space.  To me, we ought to put all our additional resources towards widening I-25.  It is critical and more important than additional parks and trails- but it seems as if they added in funding for trails and open spaces to get additional votes from left-leaning voters.  Fix the roads with the money you have.

On Colorado Springs Issue 2A, I also oppose.  There is no doubt that there is a storm water problem in Colorado Springs and one that needs to be addressed.  I oppose 2A for a couple of reasons.  First, while there are some legal requirements for the wording, I find the ballot language somewhat misleading.  The language starts by saying “Without imposing any new taxes or increasing any existing taxes”.  They are simply calling it a fee rather than a tax – but it still comes out of your pocket.  Second, while imposing a high monthly “fee” on churches and non-profits in our community, Issue 2A largely exempts local developers from the storm water fee by not imposing the fee on undeveloped land – and those developers are putting up the money, by and large, to get this issue passed.  In addition, Colorado Springs city government has simply come to the tax well too many times in the last few years.  Tax (or fee) increases seem to be the preference of current city leadership.

While I do not have recommendations in all school districts, below are the ones on which I feel confident enough to make suggestions.  If I haven’t made a recommendation in your school district, it is because I don’t feel confident enough that there are any real champions of true school choice on the ballot.

I don't choose my elected officials based on my feelings but rather their views on the issues and how they will either advance or inhibit my freedoms and liberties.  I hope you use that same criteria - and not personality - to make your determinations.  These recommendations are my personal recommendations and do not reflect the position of my employer.  Please make sure you vote.  If you have any questions about your ballot, please call the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's office at (719)575-VOTE (8683) or click here to learn more information.

Here are my recommendations:

Harrison School District 2 – Linda M. Pugh
Academy School District 20 – Thomas LaValley, William H. Temby, Eric S. Davis
Lewis Palmer School District 38 – District 1: Chris G. Taylor
Lewis Palmer School District 38 – District 3: Tiffiney Upchurch
El Paso County Issue 1A – No

Colorado Springs Issue 2A - No

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Climate Change Facts

Posted with permission of Joe Lechtanski:

Climate change activists like to point to 5, 10 or sometimes 20 year temperature graphs as "evidence" of manmade climate change.

J Storr Halls of the Foresight Institute looks at some Greenland Ice core data going back 8,000 years and comes up with some interesting graphs:

The first graph is pretty scary in that it appears to show a dramatic "Hockey stick" warming trend:

First, note that the rise begins around 1850, long before the first car, truck or airplane was ever invented.

However if you extend the timeline of the graph back  a little bit, this is what you see:

Wow, look how much warmer it was during the well documented "Medieval warming period from 900 AD to 1100 AD, far warmer than the most dire global warming predictions for the year 2100 predictions.  But wait, there's more!

Go back even further and you find this:

The warming periods that occurred around the  time of the birth of Christ and a thousand years prior make the Medieval warming period look like a cool spell by comparison.

Jobs in the Energy Sector

Why are there so many jobs in the solar industry and why does solar need government (taxpayer) subsidies to be cost competitive?

These figures from the May 2017 US Energy Information Administration (EIA)  "Monthly Energy Review"  https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/mer.pdf

US Solar industry employment = 373.8 thousand
US Natural Gas employment = 362.2 thousand
US Coal production employment = 160.1 thousand

Electricity production by energy source:

Solar =                33.75 Billion KW-HR
Natural Gas =  1,380 Billion KW-HR
Coal =             1,280 Billion KW-HR

Dividing production my employment yields the following production efficiencies per 1,000 employees:

Solar:            = 0.09 Billion KW-HR per 1,000 employees
Natural gas    = 3.81 Billion KW-HR per 1,000 (42.3 X more labor efficient than solar)
Coal        = 8.0 Billion KW-HR per 1,000 employees   (89X more labor efficient than solar