Joe Meglen

Joe Meglen 2 weeks, 2 days ago on New winter tire legislation clears initial hurdle

We need yet another law to add to the tens of thousands already on the books. Every new ordinance, law, tax and regulation of the private sector by government erodes liberty thorough incrementalism.

“In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant” … Charles de Gaulle

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Joe Meglen 3 weeks, 4 days ago on Airline board readying to take general sales tax back to voters in Steamboat Springs

Didn’t Ski Corp’s parent company just do a $50 million stock buy back reducing shares outstanding increasing earnings per share? Didn’t the cost of season ski passes increase for 2015/2016? Why are the people subsidizing a private for profit company?

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Joe Meglen 4 weeks ago on Melanie Sturm: The Trump tower that Obama built

Tom,

An important clarification: you state; “…that right was provided to me in the U.S. Constitution (2nd Amendment FYI)”. This implies that those drafting the Constitution and Bill of Rights granted you this right. Government doesn’t grant rights. Your right to be armed in unalienable

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Joe Meglen 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Ski Corp. parent company buying back stock

Stock buybacks inflate share prices and increase earnings per share while producing nothing of tangible value. Rather than investing in products and services to grow earnings corporate executives simply reduce the number of shares outstanding in order to increase earnings per share.

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Joe Meglen 1 month, 1 week ago on Bennet: Break in gridlock for highway bill

Mark,

You are correct. It is the combination of the Warfare/Welfare State that has bankrupted America. A permanent war economy along with a Welfare State funded by debt, taxes and inflation is destructive to a free market economy. Every dollar spent on war or welfare is a dollar not spent in the private sector. Every person employed in the Military Industrial Congressional Complex, or who lives on welfare, is a person not employed in the civilian economy. Welfare includes corporate welfare, a form of fascism, which plunders the people for the benefit for those that control the government. America’s war economy and Welfare State exist at the expense of, and are destructive to a free market capitalist system. Both are responsible for the bankruptcy of America.

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Joe Meglen 1 month, 1 week ago on Bennet: Break in gridlock for highway bill

The people can’t afford to maintain the infrastructure and pay for the Military Industrial Congressional Complex that has bankrupted the country.

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Joe Meglen 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Bill Wallace: Setting record straight

Agenda 21 is the rabid environmentalist’s scheme to control every aspect of human existence under the banner of “sustainability”, all of course controlled by an “enlightened” ruling elite. The Constitution, and the State Sovereignty it documents, is a troublesome obstacle to this goal. Agenda 21 is a Globalist Trojan Horse to bypass the Constitution that recognizes individual liberty.

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Joe Meglen 2 months, 1 week ago on Sen. Michael Bennet: Working together in 2015

What hypocrisy from a partisan hack that votes precisely as ordered by his big government bosses in DC. “Under every rock lurks a politician "…Aristophanes

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Joe Meglen 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Our view: Ethical approach to mass shootings

Steve,

Individual rights were not an afterthought for the United States were founded upon the idea of self ownership and freedom. King George thought of the people in the Colonies as subjects while the people thought of themselves as free. The Revolutionary War was about freedom and individual liberty. When the Framers drafted the Constitution the majority understood that individual rights were implied. Anti-Federalists insisted later that the Bill of Rights be included so that the ordinary person could understand that individual rights are an innate and fundamental part of the Constitution.

The misnamed “Civil War”, Lincoln’s unconstitutional War of Northern Aggression, was an unlawful act of the federal government. Gun control advocates should pay particular attention to the fact that the federal government has waged total war against Americans, including civilians, resulting in the slaughter of, at last count, more than 700,000 Americans, 50,000 of which were women and slaves. It can be argued that any Constitutional Amendments done at the point of a bayonet following Lincoln’s unconstitutional war are therefore illegitimate.

“We the People” are the operative words. The power and authority come from the people who then granted limited powers to the government. When the government usurps the enumerated strictly limited powers these unconstitutional actions are unlawful by definition. It then follows that most of what the federal government does is beyond the enumerated powers and is therefore unlawful.

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Joe Meglen 2 months, 4 weeks ago on Our view: Ethical approach to mass shootings

Steve,

Yes, a good and hopefully productive conversation.

The words used in the Constitution, the document which grants government its strictly limited authority, were thoroughly debated and carefully chosen by the founders. The founders expected the Constitution to be interpreted according to its original intent.

The document superior to the Constitution is the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence acknowledges individual liberty and the right to be free. The Constitution specifies the limited authority granted government by the people which is why it is so short. The sole purpose of government is to protect individual rights and provide for the defense of the United States. That’s all. All functions that are performed by government outside the limited authority granted are unlawful. It doesn’t matter how fair the motivation or noble the intent, no matter how complex the society, when government exceeds its authority it becomes illegitimate.

This subject is elaborated on in the following article published in the PILOT: http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2014/oct/18/joe-meglen-constitution-relevant/

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