The Independence Institute is proud to announce its fourth of five nominations for 2018’s Californian of the Year. This coveted recognition goes to the Coloradan who best exemplifies the effort to change our once liberty-loving Colorado into the command-and-control state of California.
We believe in the Colorado Culture where we crave the freedom to make our own decisions. Those who vie for Californian of the Year believe in the Californian Control of demanding to make decisions for others.
Our fourth nomination for Californian of the Year is Corrine Fowler, sponsor of Proposition 111, for taking away choice from poor people. Prop 111 basically ends the payday loan industry in Colorado by limiting the interest they can charge.
It is always important to remember the Californian value that states: people with money might be able to make their own decisions but poor people should never be empowered in the same way. It’s why rich people can send their kids to a private school but we should never give poor families educational vouchers to do the same. They might make the wrong decision. That’s why a good Californian never lets poor people make their own decisions – because they care about the poor. Duh.
In the same way, Corrine knows poor people should be barred from making decisions she would never make – like getting an expensive payday loan.
The California value of tolerance is simple – we celebrate tolerance and diversity but only things of which we approve. Tolerating things we might never do ourselves, well, that’s an old Coloradan value, a relic of a bygone era.
Congratulations to Corrine Fowler, our fourth Californian of the Year nomination. She earned it fair and square for her “live as I live” and “don’t do what I don’t do” intolerance of taking away choices some poor people may need as a last resort.
We will announce our 2018 Californian of the Year winner on January 2nd. Stay tuned and welcome to the New California!