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About Joshua Sharf

Joshua Sharf has headed the Independence Institute’s PERA Project for three years. In that time he has authored a number of Backgrounders and Issue papers on Colorado’s Public Pensions, contributed to the Institute’s weekly newspaper column, and spoken to political and civic groups across the state on the subject. He routinely testifies before the state legislature on proposed pension reform bills. He is Vice Chairman of the Denver Republican Party and has also done original reporting on PERA for Watchdog.org and I2I’s Complete Colorado news site and is a regular guest on local talk radio, discussing this and other state and national political issues. He has an MBA and an MS in Finance from the University of Denver’s Daniels School of Business, and has also worked as a sell-side equities research analyst.

Forgetting Our Story

Each week on the Sabbath, Jews read a section of the Five Books of Moses, completing the entire cycle each year. Recently, the portion included the “Bringing of the First Fruits.” When the Temple was standing, Jews from all over Israel brought the first produce of the year as an offering to God. Jonathan Sacks,

By | 2019-09-25T19:48:17-07:00 September 25th, 2019|Tags: |

Slicing Through the Federal Spaghetti Code

I write computer programs for a living. One of the worst things you can do when programming is to produce something called “spaghetti code.” Spaghetti code is logic so tortured and convoluted that it becomes unstable and unpredictable. Not only can’t you figure out why it’s doing what it’s doing, but any changes become fraught

By | 2019-09-04T22:36:49-07:00 September 4th, 2019|Tags: |

Hell No! We Won’t Go (to Kansas City)!

On Thursday, a gaggle of civil servants protested the proposed relocation of a couple of Agriculture Department bureaus from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City, Missouri by boldly turning their backs on a speech delivered by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Perdue announced that the Economic Research Service, which provides research and statistical analysis for

By | 2019-06-17T14:57:09-07:00 June 17th, 2019|

Hickenlooper Does NPR

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is back in the news for the first time since his “Am I A Capitalist?” tour on the late-night talk shows right he announced his presidential candidacy in March. His latest re-emergence is based on his interview with NPR’s Morning Edition, as part of its “Opening Arguments” series

By | 2019-06-07T15:08:44-07:00 June 7th, 2019|

The Problem With Amash

Many Republicans and Trump supporters are furious right now with Representative Justin Amash. The Michigan congressman is the only Republican in either house of Congress to call for President Trump’s impeachment in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The announcement simultaneously made him the most sought-after Republican for interviews, and gave

By | 2019-06-02T15:36:52-07:00 June 2nd, 2019|

Student Council

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants your teenager to vote for president. That’s right. They seriously want kids to go to the polls. Of course, they’ll have to go alone, because they’re not allowed to drive their friends. These are pupils who, as even their teachers admit, have a terrible education in civics.

By | 2019-03-19T18:37:41-07:00 March 19th, 2019|

Illin’ Omar

Minnesota anti-Semite Ilhan Omar (D) has been on a tear. Late last month, at a political event at a Washington, D.C. bookstore, the freshman Democrat said she wanted “to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” When her fellow

By | 2019-03-10T17:35:39-07:00 March 10th, 2019|

The Electoral College Power Grab

Colorado, along with several other states, is considering a measure to join what is known as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Billed by its proponents as a means of improving the fairness of presidential elections, it’s actually little more than a Democratic power-grab designed to ensure that the president is elected by

By | 2019-03-17T13:27:47-07:00 February 1st, 2019|

The Way Back for Urban Republicans

Democrats run almost all of the country’s big cities, in many cases virtually unopposed. Right now, they’re in the process of repeating almost all of the mistakes of the 1960s and ’70s, plus a few new ones. The resulting decay and discontent will be extremely unpleasant, but it may offer savvy Republicans an

By | 2019-01-26T22:01:31-07:00 January 25th, 2019|

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