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Secession and Tax Hikes

By 11.6.13

Much of the out-of-state attention paid to Colorado in Tuesday night’s elections was in regard to the fundamentally unserious ballot measures in 11 counties to secede from the state and createNorth Colorado. To be more precise: The fact that the votes are happening represents a most serious message from the citizens of rural and oil-rich parts of the state to the petty tyrants in Denver and their mindless supporters in Boulder and Aspen. But there was and is no way that the 51st state will come into creation this way.

Still, let’s mention the results:

With most of the votes counted in the relevant counties, five of the 11 counties supported secession. However, all that really matters in this discussion is that Weld County, home to what would be over 70 percent of the population of the proposed new state, gave the measure a resounding “no” vote, with approximately 58 percent voting against secession versus 42 percent supporting.

So now we can move on to the important elections.

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Venezuela Rumbles

By 10.10.13

Among the happiest people in Venezuela after President Maduroexpelled the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires and two other diplomats was Henrique Capriles, the principal opponent in the presidential election last April. The White House had put out public “feelers” toward improving relations just before Hugo Chavez’s death. The victory of Nicolas Maduro, hand picked by Chavez, made the earlier American move appear to be an unnecessary advantage to the new president in the eyes of his former opponent, Capriles.

From Henrique Capriles’s view Maduro benefited by the Americans’ short-sighted action even though there clearly was to be no change in the previous Chavista anti-U.S. policy. Maduro officials stepped up their charges that Capriles maintained regular communications with the U.S. and other Western embassy representatives. There was nothing new in these complaints that previously had been a staple of the Venezuelan government while Chavez was alive. What was new was that they had been pressed forward at all by the new Maduro regime.