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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 the former 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.

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|

Walter Mitty at the Negotiating Table

Every administration seeks a legacy, and as Obama Administration legacy items go, it’s doesn’t get much more legacy than the Iran deal. It was supposed to be the great realignment, the beginning of the transformation of Iran from implacable adversary to strategic partner. In return for what amounted to paper promises, the murderous

By | 2018-09-16T08:51:57-07:00 September 16th, 2018|

When Competition Causes an Industry to Collapse

Last week’s New York Times carried a story about a taxi-cab driver named Doug Schifter who committed suicide. The Times wanted to dramatize the despair and depression many in Schifter’s industry are suffering as a result of from the bottom dropping out of it with the rise of ride-sharing companies. There’s no question

By | 2018-02-13T21:27:20-07:00 February 13th, 2018|

The Coming Threat of Chinese Censorship

In recent weeks have been dominated, as they have been for much of the past year , with talk of Russian social engineering to influence the 2016 presidential election and to damage our political culture as a whole. Lost in the clamor to discover who was behind some sad looking Facebook ads, however,

By | 2017-11-07T13:48:59-07:00 November 7th, 2017|

What Was Sean Spicer Doing?

Spicer wants to remind Trump voters that they do matter. Almost from the moment White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer came out Saturday to argue with reporters about the attendance at President Trump’s inauguration, people were trying to figure out what he was doing. Beginning with the obvious fact that he was acting

By | 2017-01-24T15:44:27-07:00 January 24th, 2017|Tags: |

The Feds and the Pension Pit

Over the last several years, the public has become increasingly aware of a fiscal Sword of Damocles hanging over it—state and local public pensions that have promised far more than they will ever likely be able to deliver. Often under the political influence of public employee unions, state and local governments, including school boards, have

By | 2016-12-12T22:30:27-07:00 December 12th, 2016|