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by John Stossel

"Devastating!" shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending "conservative" congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts "draconian, careless and counterproductive."

But Trump's cuts are good! Why do politicians always assume that government spending helps people? It always has unintended consequences.

Foreign aid is attached to idealistic notions like ending global poverty and making friends abroad. Politicians also thought that by rewarding countries that behave well, America could steer the whole world toward responsible practices like holding elections and allowing companies (especially U.S. companies) to operate without interference. The young nation of Israel could be propped up with money for its military defense and infrastructure projects.

But today, the U.S. sends money to friends and foes alike, and it's hard to know what those countries do with it. Israel gets billions of dollars -- but we give even more money to Israel's enemies.

Money we give to impoverished nations seldom reaches the poor people we want to help. The funds routinely go to the kleptocrat governments that made those countries such horrible places to live in the first place. Our gifts prop up authoritarians, making it easier for them to avoid free market reforms.

We're just as dumb about spending at home.

The Department of Education doesn't teach any kids. It imposes standards on local schools that make it harder for them to experiment. It hires bureaucrats who do endless studies -- instead of letting competition show us what teaching methods get the best results.

The Department of Education also promotes government-subsidized student loans that trick students into thinking that no matter which school they pick, no matter their major, they will graduate with useful, marketable skills. Many go deeply into debt just when they should be getting a start in life.

The Department of Agriculture tips American elections. Presidential candidates promise farm subsidies to try to win the early Iowa primary. Politicians say the subsidies will rescue struggling small farms, but they rarely do. Most of the money goes to big, well-connected agribusiness. They shouldn't get subsidies any more than other businesses should.

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by Walter E. Williams

Determining one's own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter. First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person's birth certificate. If appearance and a birth certificate produced uncertainties, the ultimate, absolute proof of sex was a person's chromosomes; XX marked a female, and XY marked a male. Case closed.

But those old-fashioned simple methods of identifying sex have changed. In fact, relying on those old tried-and-true methods of sex identification qualifies one for opprobrium, with the charge of being homophobic. Today -- independent of appearance, genitalia, birth certificate and chromosomes -- one is a male or female based on how one labels oneself.

This new liberty applies to not only sex but also race. Rachel Dolezal, born Caucasian, chose to be a black person. By becoming a black person, she became the president of the Spokane, Washington, office of the NAACP and an instructor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University. As far as she is concerned, she's still a black person now, and she has a new legal name, Nkechi Amare Diallo, which means "gift of God" in Ibo. A notable beneficiary of racial fakery is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who claimed that she was of Cherokee Indian ancestry. That helped her land a $430,000 job for a year at diversity-hungry Harvard University as a professor of law. If Diallo and Warren were not leftist, learned college professors and students would condemn their behavior as racial appropriation.   

But let's explore further the idea of freeing oneself from the oppression of biological determinism. There is no better testing ground than America's colleges, which are at the forefront of transgenderism, for seeing how this might work. How tolerant would college administrators be of conservative male students, if they said that they feel womanish, going into the ladies' bathroom and showering facilities? Would these men, claiming to be women, be eligible for tryouts for the women's basketball or field hockey team?

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Live bands, onsite tattooing, ecclectic vendors, and an ink competition!

Press Release (Revolution Services, Ltd.)

Rocky Mountain Inkers & Jammers LLC team is excited to announce the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Ink Jam at Colorado Springs City Auditorium, on Saturday, April 1st, 2017. This family friendly event is sure to keep you busy all day with hours from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and even an after party to celebrate. This event will become known for live rock music, onsite tattooing, tattoo competition, eclectic vendors and so much more! This year’s featured non-profit is The Long Run Home/Veterans Forum for the Dysfunctional Veterans Farm as part of their 3 month long series of events in Colorado Springs focused on raising money for the veterans of DVFARM.ORG.

This event was created for those in the community who really love, value and are inspired by live music; there will be live music all day! Attendees can enjoy VIP/$20 entry from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm where they can take part in special photo ops and explore the expo before it gets super crowded. Plus, the first 100 people through the door will get a swag bag of goodies. General admission/$10.00 starts at noon and the event goes until 10:00 pm. Kids 12 years old and under are FREE! If you are up for the after party, you can join in on the festivities hosted by Peak 31 at 10:00 pm. Buy tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines and if you are military, buy your tickets ahead to get a discount (it will not be available at the door). You can purchase tickets at EventBrite.com: “Rocky Mountain Ink Jam”

For the tattoo enthusiasts, there is an ink/tattoo competition in the Lon Cheney Theatre. Registration starts at 9:30 am and goes until 12:00 pm. The judging and awards will happen at 1:00 pm with each category being judged runway style and awards to follow right after each category. For all the information, please visit the website. Plus, if you are looking to add some ink, Fallen Heroes Tattoo is sponsoring the onsite tattoo station.

“We are truly overwhelmed at the community's response to yet another themed all-day event,” said Amanda Gentile, Owner of Revolution Services and Co-Owner of Rockabilly Expo Events. “Its all so exciting, from the moment you walk in the door at the City Auditorium, in fact the 12 hour event will fly by! Be sure not to miss it, we are so excited to see everyone!”

It is NOT too late to be a part of this event. If you are interested in being a vendor, a sponsor, receive cash-free advertising, or even volunteering, contact Rocky Mountain Inkers & Jammers today so they can get you on board. They are especially in need of businesses to donate prizes and goodies for all the contests and door prizes. The quickest way to contact them is through email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For
complete information about this event, please visit www.InkJamCO.com or find them on Facebook at @Rocky Mountain Inkers & Jammers

“This event is wonderful because of the amazing people that help to make this event happen and bring it all together,” said Nohea March of One Love Resolutions /Co-Owner of Rockabilly Expo Events. "Thousands of people may show up for the event, but it really feels like a large family when we are all together having a great time!”

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C.B.& Potts Restaurant and Brewery, an employee owned company which is part of The RAM Restaurant Group, is proud to announce that brewing operations will soon be expanding in Englewood at their Denver Tech Center (DTC) location. The company is moving their Fort Collins brewing operation, where the majority of equipment will be repurposed and used in the Denver expansion project. The brewhouse will remain in Fort Collins for future endeavors. The current C.B.& Potts Fort Collins Campus West brewery property is now owned by Core Spectrum Development Group and is slated for redevelopment this spring. 

The expansion of the C.B.& Potts DTC brewery will create the largest company production facility in the state and includes the addition of a new bottling and packaging line. By centrally locating their beer distribution at DTC, C.B & Potts will increase production to meet growing demand and expand the reach beyond their own restaurants. Later this year, Potts beer will be available in liquor stores and bars with 22 oz. bomber bottles and at draft accounts throughout the area.

C.B.& Potts has eight Colorado locations including Westminster, Broomfield, Highlands Ranch, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, DTC and two in Fort Collins. The four Denver metro area C.B.& Potts restaurants have onsite breweries. C.B.& Potts has been handcrafting a variety of seasonal beers, as well as their six flagship beers, at their multiple brewery locations throughout Colorado for 20 years. Regional Brewery Leader, Dennis O’Harrow says, “This expansion and move proves our dedication to the beer savvy patrons of Colorado. Please join us in lifting a pint to our next 20 years of brewing in Colorado!"

 
ABOUT C.B. & POTTS
 
C.B. & Potts is a Colorado tradition! Opening the first location in Fort Collins in 1974, there are now nine C.B. & Potts in the state, including Westminster, Broomfield, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and two locations in Fort Collins. C.B. & Potts is team member owned by The RAM Restaurant Group.
 

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Shaun and Rosemary O'Laughlin kicked off the home improvement season by once again hosting the public at an open house/customer appreciation day. There was lots of food and refreshments as well as great deals on windows and siding. Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steak Burgers helped provide fun and games (and food and treats). Freddy's has two locations on the north side of Colorado Springs and intends to open a location in or around Fountain by the end of this year.

You'll find Peakview Windows and Siding in the Fountain Valley Shopping Center (Main Street and Hwy 85/87) in Fountain. You can reach them at 719-393-PEAK (7325) or visit them on the web at www.peakviewwindows.com. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PeakviewWindowsAndSiding