Friday, August 21, 2009

"Steal the Mona Lisa?You might as well pretend that one could steal the towers of the Cathedral of Notre Dame." Théophile Homolle, director of The Louvre art museum in Paris in 1910, a year before the Mona Lisa was stolen.
After speaking and voting against the resolution for "single pay" at the Denver Democrats Executive Committee (it passed 43 to 4) I got this email this morning from one of my friends who was in attendance:

Hey John -

Looking to understand your viewpoint.

If government can do something as efficiently, or better, than private enterprise, where is the downside in government performing that service? We have studies that show that single payer can cover everyone, for less money. That sounds good to me. Tell me what you see as the downside?

This is my response:

Basic principle is that government should only do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Government can't do the job as well (in terms of quality, price and service) as the butcher, the baker, and the candle stick maker. Or Realtors. :)

Yes, there are some services that the government must provide because it is much more efficient than all of us doing it individually, from snow removal on our streets to the universal education of our children.

But that doesn't mean there isn't a place for private providers. Private snow removal and education providers suppliment government services.

Seems to me that's the way it should be with health care. Government provides the basic safety net so we have good health care for all Americans. But the private system is vital and should be preserved. Improved with better oversight, yes. But preserved.

To see how government handles health care, look at the outrageous decision to close Ft. Logan. Some imagine that if government is the only health care provider, things will somehow improve. Seems to me things will immediately get much, much worse.

So to me "single-pay" is the mantra of the socialists, those who would like to see government ownership of all means of production, and of the stupid.

Where am I wrong?

What do you think? Should we exchange the health care system we have now for a system run like the old post office? Should Uncle Sam be our only doctor?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I just made this media release about upcoming IDEA Cafe speakers. To make sure you get a seat this week, RSVP now at

August 18, 2009

Contact: John Wren cell (720)495-4949

Since 1994, free help for people starting a new career, new project or campaign or new business.

DENVER—The Denver IDEA Cafe startup workshop meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 13th and Grant in Denver. More information and RSVP at or (303)861-1447.

Upcoming speakers:

This Friday, August 21: Entrepreneur Mary Manka, a retired police officer and creator of Push Ups n Paws , a fitness bootcamp that includes your dog; and Julie Rekart, CPA, who has helped her startup clients take a proactive approach since 2002.

August 28: David Miller, President of the Denver Foundation; Fr. Eustace Sequeira, SJ, new pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Church; and Liz Stelloh, Executive Director, Discovery Job Network

Since 1994, the Denver IDEA Cafe has been helping people who are starting in a new direction by providing a free forum where successful people share their startup experience and then brainstorm specific questions or problems.

“We help people find their own path,” says entrepreneur and long time community-activist John Wren, the founder of the group.

Wren says the name IDEA Cafe comes from a four-step business creativity model he developed when he was Mountain Bell in the 70's. "I had the great privilege of spending 6 months researching business creativity and we did a seminar called, 'Creative Marketing in a Recession' that was featured in AT&T's Long Lines Magazine," said Wren.

IDEA is an acronym for: I= Inspiration or Identify the Problem; D= Develop Alternatives; E= Evaluate the Alternatives; and A= take Action. The meeting is free and open to anyone who is starting a new career, a new campaign or project, or a new business.

Why does he do it? Wren explained, “Dan Brogan, publisher of 5280 Magazine, says the group has infused Denver with a spirit of entrepreneurship over the past decade. I hope that is true, for the sake of my grand kids.”


John S. Wren, MBA is the founder of the Denver IDEA Café and Franklin Circles. He is a business consultant and adult educator. He is the father of 4 grown children, and the grandfather of 4.