Reagan coming to Steamboat

Son of late president scheduled to speak at August conference


If you go

What: Meeting of the 1773 Club, supporting conservative principles including smaller government, less federal spending and lower taxes

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. today

Where: Steamboat Smokehouse restaurant, 912 Lincoln Ave.

For more: Visit www.steamboatinst... for details and more information

— Michael Reagan, conservative talk radio host and son of the late President Ronald Reagan, will speak in Steamboat Springs at an August conference.

The Steamboat Institute has confirmed Reagan as a headlining speaker for its inaugural Freedom Conference, slated for Aug. 28 and 29 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel. The Steamboat Institute and its affiliated 1773 Club espouse principles including limited government, decreased federal spending and strong national defense. The club has hosted two "tea party" rallies in Steamboat Springs, most recently after the Fourth of July Parade, to raise local interest in its ideals.

Institute chairwoman Jennifer Schubert-Akin said Reagan fits in well with the institute and club's message.

"I like his values. I like the fact that he focuses on the principles this country was founded on. He's a lower taxes, limited government kind of guy," she said. "His philosophies are similar to his father's."

On his Web site,, Reagan says his nationally syndicated "The Michael Reagan Show" reaches more than 5 million listeners daily and can be heard on His most recent book, "Twice Adopted," is his second autobiography. Ronald Reagan is his adoptive father.

Schubert-Akin is a former chairwoman of the Routt County Republican Central Committee. She said the appeal of the 1773 Club is that the group is nonpartisan, and she acknowledged that she has some disagreements with the Republican Party today.

"I'm still a registered Republican, and I don't plan to change that, but if I see a Republican who's not taking a hard-line stance on lower taxes and limited government ... if I see a Republican vote for the stimulus plan again : I would actively campaign against them," she said last week.

The 1773 Club meets tonight at the Steamboat Smokehouse restaurant. Other confirmed speakers for the Freedom Conference include Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform; Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal's Editorial Board; Dan Mitchell, who examines fiscal policy for the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute; and Peter Brookes, senior fellow for national security affairs with The Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy research group.

More information about August's conference can be found on the Web at The cost of registration is $250. Schubert-Akin said lower rates exist for individual sessions and professionals younger than 30.

Schubert-Akin said interest in the club and the institute is building.

"We've had tremendous grassroots support to get this going," she said about the Freedom Conference. "This is an all-volunteer army that's putting this on."


JLM 7 years, 9 months ago

Hmmm, the values really are:

Personal responsibility --- not spread the wealth, go earn some yourself.

A social safety net which provides for graduation not institutionalizatin

Self reliance --- limited government

Personal freedom to excell and to keep what you earn

Allowing a man or woman to keep the fruits of their own labor --- not sending it to Washington to be redistributed

Strong defense --- so that we never really have to fight another war

Physical security against terrorist attacks on our populace

Sure there are petty differences among political philosophies but the real bedrock principles provide exceedingly different choices and governing philosphies. The differences have never been more dramatic than right now.

This conference sounds like a real winner! Good luck!


playa46 7 years, 9 months ago

Sorry JLM, the values actually are:

  1. Kill the other person so we can feel safe
  2. Steal resources from the other person so we can feel safe.
  3. Keep the rich getting richer, sorry for all of you who are not as lucky, we'll just make you earn your own money so our economy will stabalize and we can feel safe.
  4. Keep doing what the country has done for eight years, because we all know it worked out well and we can all feel safe!

You righties are all the same.


seeuski 7 years, 9 months ago

Those who voted for change should wonder why their President has well over 30 czars that answer to no one but the President. Why did the President fire several Investigator Generals who had uncovered theft of tax money? Our money! We were told if his stimulus package was not passed then the Country would hit 8.5% unemployment and since we were frightened into that pork spending program the rate is soaring past 10% with little or no benefit to the man on the street just the fatcats on Wallstreet including Goldman Sachs which is doling out $millions$ of bonus money. The Tea Party movement includes Americans from all parties who have become aware of the scary reality of what is being done to this Country under this new Administration and we are peacefully exercising our rights to free speech and assembly in the protest of the abuse of power which is taking place now. We advocate no war or activism or violence but we are about awareness and making our voices heard by our elected leaders so they will not vote for unread House Bills that will do irreparable damage to our economy and defense along with the protection of the laws under the Constitution that have been abused already. The GM bailout and removal of the Bondholders in place of the Unions was Unconstitutional along with the forced closure of some 1600 dealers for no other reason than they contributed to the GOP in the recent elections.

But meeting Michael Reagan will be an honor.


flyguyrye 7 years, 9 months ago

We are a two party system and that is only one better than the socialism that keeps being fear mongered onto the American populous. Unfortunately the republican party is in disarray because of: Destroying theocracy abroad and creating one at home Creating big brother under the guise of protection from terrorism Xenophobia Destruction of the environment for energy "Drill baby Drill" was a huge mistake when the rest of the national conversation was green baby green. Plus isn't conservation a conservative idea


seeuski 7 years, 9 months ago

9/11...............xenophobia?????????????? WOW! Must be some smoke in that room.

I guess you don't mind then Obama continuing the xenophobic activity by increasing the war in Afghanistan and continuing the Bush wiretap programs? Oops.

P.S. maybe look at the Constitution where it calls for the President to protect the American people from its enemies, foreign and domestic.


Fred Duckels 7 years, 9 months ago

Millie, Can you think of a quicker wqy to destroy our economy than weining us off workable solutions, in favor of wind and solar. This farce is good at forcing your will on others, but for future energy needs it is Mickey Mouse at best. Nuclear is not acceptable because it would provide too much clean energy and you want to tamp down our consumption. So I don't see how our program is going to ruin the economy, I think that you and Barney Frank have already done an admirable job of this.


flyguyrye 7 years, 9 months ago

Our domestic enemies were removed in the last election. Please do not reference 9/11 as your call to action. I lost life long friends in the tower 1. Protecting the American people was nowhere near accomplished by the last administration. They created more problems for the world .


seeuski 7 years, 9 months ago

fly I have every sympathy for your loss but you don't have the market cornered on connections to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I will leave it there. I won't be responding to your other comments as there will be no reasonable discussion from your starting point.


trump_suit 7 years, 9 months ago

JLM, I count 7 values in your response above. Three of them say you don't want to pay taxes, two of them call for a strong Military which requires taxation, and two of them refer to personal responsibility.

Where are the values of the Bill of Rights?

Freedom of Speech Right to Bear Arms Right to Privacy Freedom of Worship and all the rest........

I agree with your stances about fiscal conservation, but you cannot call yourself a new party when you use the complete Republican Agenda with an add on to balance the budget. If you truly want to change Washington, you have to incorporate a wider viewpoint.


bandmama 7 years, 9 months ago

If only Zappa were still around..... ZAPPA 2012!!!!!


JLM 7 years, 9 months ago

@ trump ---

Not to put too fine a point on it, but I think you are talking about "rights" --- with which I heartily and fully agree --- and I was trying to sketch out something different which I called "values". In some ways the values are intended to make the exercise of the rights possible. Again, maybe too fine a point.

I cannot agree more with you as it relates to the character of the future --- it is necessary to abandon quite a bit of what defines both the Democrat and Republican parties as well as to acknowledge that the fiscal governance of the US under George W Bush was not a thing of beauty. That is why the Tea Party effort is not, in fact, an arm of the Republican Party.

The Republicans had control of the government and while they did a superb job in keeping the country safe, they did a miserable job of fiscal governance. Simply miserable. Worse still, they spoke of being fiscally conservative and were not only not fiscal conservatives but were wanton and profligate spenders.

At least President Obama never mislead us to suggest he was a fiscal conservative.

The thing which has gotten the economy into trouble was the governing fiscal philosophy whether the hand on the tiller was a R or D --- the outcome will be the same. Unfortunately, President Obama is, in effect, doubling/tripling/trillioning down on the lost hand.

I suspect the Tea Party movement in America will find much to bring folks from both parties to the party but I am not certain it is a "new" party rather than a common sense philosophy of governing, a return to fiscal prudence, a recognition that the American taxpayer does not have unlimited resources, the refocusing of service on the voter rather than the legislator and the removal of all forms of over and covert corruption in government. That's a good start.

Getting rid of politicians whose allegiance is to donors and lobbyists and whose primary focus is re-election is not a "party" problem. Let's get rid of all who fit the bill.


JLM 7 years, 9 months ago

@playa --- who took a whiz in your Wheaties?

How about some intelligent debate, if you are up to it, that is?


seeuski 7 years, 9 months ago

JLM, Gotta disagree with you on Obama's claims during the Campaign. He promised to take a scalpel to the budget, lower taxes for 95% of Americans, create millions of new jobs and cut the inherited deficit by the end of his first term. He sounded like a fiscally conscience guy to me but he did promise to "spread the wealth" so he was honest on that account.


seeuski 7 years, 9 months ago

Oh, Did anyone see the girly throw he made with the first pitch last night?Bwaahaa. Couldn't stop laughing.


seeuski 7 years, 9 months ago

Government Health Care nightmares in the UK and Canada due to come in the form of ObamaCare in the USA.

So efficient!


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