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Surreal Spending
The House is poised to take a final vote on the compromise $800-billion spending bill on, appropriately, Friday the 13th, with the Senate likely to follow soon after.

In my 36 years in Washington, I have never seen such a surreal environment, with hundreds of billions of dollars in borrowed taxpayer money being spent without committee hearings or even meaningful public debate over the thousands of new and expanded programs the bill funds. [Read more…]


In Colorado, employees who refuse to adhere to policies announced by senior management get shown the door.

The Elbert County Planning Commission, however, made up of people appointed by the BOCC and who serve at the pleasure of the BOCC are hell bent to regulate land owners in Elbert County using the Master Plan, contrary to the expressed intent of the BOCC and contrary to the expression of the voters on November 4th who chose against pro-regulatory Democrats.

Planning Commission members Grant Thayer, Richard Carlson, Paul Crisan, David Hoos, Mike Kelley, Anthony Osborn, and Lisa Shipman and their complicit facilitator Richard L. Miller, Director – Community & Development Services, should all be shown the door.  These planning commission members should NOT be re-appointed to the planning commission by the new BOCC in January.  And in so far as Mr. Miller has facilitated their insubordination, he should also be excused from the county payroll.

The majority of Elbert County citizens who do not favor regulatory planning deserve a planning commission and a planning department that respects their majority view.  This insidious and incessant leftist push back against the majority of Elbert County voters through regulatory planning should be unequivocally shut down.

The voters at large gave their consent to be governed in county matters by electing commissioners to the BOCC.  Those elected commissioners are expected to represent the majority of voters who elected them.  A minority of voters, however, have taken over the planning commission and imposed their minority view that the master plan is regulatory in Elbert County.  This is the same minority who lost at the polls last November 4th.  Planning commissioners and the planning department have aided and abetted this minority in the takeover.  This minority of voters and their enablers do not represent anything close to a majority view on regulatory planning, yet, they parse every bit of official language from every related subject into the assumption that regulatory planning already exists, in order to create the false impression that the majority desires it when it fact the majority does not.  And after doing so, they applaud themselves.

The majority of voters are unaware of the charade of the planning commission and don’t even know their rights are being swept out from underneath them by a minority of pro-regulation leftists.  Meanwhile these leftist experts at judicial and bureaucratic manipulation, who can’t win at the ballot box, work tirelessly to control your private property in Elbert County.  They think that because they care so much about what you do with your property, that their caring confers upon them the right to order you to dispose of your property in the manner they dictate.

Go to any planning commission meeting.  Watch these usurpers toy with your rights.  Watch them laugh out loud and congratulate themselves after a particularly onerous session.  Watch them wield the power of dictatorship.

If our next BOCC does not put a stop to this farce in January and appoint planning commissioners who respect the historical advisory nature of the master plan, and who respect the wishes of the majority of Elbert County voters for a non-regulatory master plan, then the majority of voters should vote them out of office at the first opportunity to do so.

Listen to the applause in the link above.  Listen to this dictatorial bunch ride roughshod over the 5th Amendment and your property rights.  Listen to them take your rights with impunity.  Listen to them publicly insult the BOCC members who appointed them to the planning commission.  Then do something about it dammit.  This is an important battle folks.  Don’t let them steal our rights.