Sen. Mark Udall bloats Defense Dept. spending with green energy mandates
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) is a leading spend and tax environmental extremist who is bragging about inflating the Defense Dept.'s budget with an amendment that will force it to waste billions on uneconomic green energy.
In a letter to constituents, he wrote:
Last week, the U.S. Senate voted 62-37 in favor of my amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, authorizing the Defense Department to continue its efforts to develop and use alternative fuels. I worked across the aisle to secure this bipartisan victory. Passage of this amendment, when signed into law, will ensure that our military has the resources it needs to develop and use advanced alternative fuels that bring down costs, improve mission capabilities and reduce the strategic vulnerabilities associated with a reliance on foreign fossil fuels.
Udall's up for re-election in 2014. Sadly, the GOP doesn't seem to have a strong challenger in the wings. So Udall can safely promote unwise government spending and higher taxes to pay for that spending.
Colorado • Elections '14 • Energy • Legislation • Politics • Congress 112th • Taxes • Permalink
Filibuster: Mark Udall, Mike Bennet for Chicago-style corrupt government
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the incompetent and extremely partisan majority leader, will try next month to eliminate or sharply curtail the power of the minority Republicans to filibuster against bills and presidential appointees.
Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are all for this power grab, which would allow the majority Democrats to pass bills with 51 instead of 60 votes. As long as the GOP controlled the House as it does now, nothing passed by the Democrats in the Senate and opposed by the House Republican majority would be enacted. But if Democrats or Republicans get control of both houses and the White House, party discipline would allow the majority party the power to totally change the country's laws on behalf of their favored few campaign contributors.
As Coloradans have seen when we've had one-party GOP or Democratic rule, bad, corrupt things happen fast. And that's what we face in 2013 and 2014 with Democrats in charge of the state Senate and House and governor's mansion.
It takes extremists like Udall and Bennet to back Reid's grab for power. They are showing a total disrespect for Republican and independent voters in Colorado, not just in the U.S. Senate. America's political history of compromise in Washington means nothing to them.
They want Washington to operate like Chicago, New York, California and Illinois. In Chicago and those states, Big Government breeds corruption, and single-party rule makes corruption accpetable.
That's where Udall and Bennet are. Can Colorado Republicans do anything about it in future elections? Given the fact that the Colorado GOP is ruled by Rick Santorum, Bill Armstrong, Bob Schaffer and Ken Buck Republicans, I doubt it.
GOP warns of shutdown over filibuster, Politico.com, 11.25.2012
What should Republicans be for?
What should Republicans be for, I've been asked by a prominent Colorado Republican. In addition to sending him the reply below, I posted it on my Facebook page.
I think Republicans lost in 2008 and 2012 because the Rick Santorum social issues folks scared independents, young men and women and Hispanics to death. It's time to reassure, not scare voters.
Here's what's practical, if not politically possible: GOP governors, legislators and other officials should take social issues such as abortion and marriage off their political agendas. Small government's stay out of our personal lives. They enforce fair tax laws. They encourage private investment and job creation and they ensure national security and a safe and healthy environment.
Small Government Republicans should make sure that laws and regulations apply to all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual preferences or citizenship (other than voting). Anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage laws violate the civil rights of women and men alike.
Eliminate crony capitalism and government tax credits, subsidies, grants and contracts for the favored few industries, companies, universities, hospitals, charities, unions and other contributors to political campaigns.
Messages for voters that Republicans should be using include:
!. Women, young and old: We will invest in teaching school board members and school administrators how to run better schools. We want schools that will help you and help you help your kids be more academically successful and prosperous.
We respect your ability to make decisions about you and your family that are best for you and everyone you love. A small government's job is to make your environment, you and what you consume as safe and comfortable as possible, not to tell you what to buy, do or believe. Everyone is entitled to her or his beliefs, but no one should have the power to use the government to impose her or his beliefs or values on others.
2. Hispanics. Republicans want to help all Hispanics and all Americans educate their kids, get good jobs, enjoy being Americans and prosper. We do this by limiting governmental interferences in your lives, jobs and businesses and by making sure that you enjoy the best infrastructure, safety, schools and health insurance markets in the world.
Republicans want Hispanics—immigrants as well as American born—to feel at home in the United States. We support applying to everyone all laws and regulations regardless of ethnicity, place of birth, race, income, wealth, or spiritual beliefs.
We will ensure that tax credits, tax incentives, government subsidies and government grants are available to all citizens and to those who have applied for citizenship.
A path to citizenship should be available to everyone who is in the country upon the date of the enactment of an immigration reform law. That law must ensure our border security and create a fair immigration system and a fair path to citizenship for future legal immigrants.
3. Gays and Lesbians. We will make sure that government enforces the civil rights of all Americans and keeps politicians out of your bedrooms and weddings. Whether you're married or not and whom you marry is none of the government's business. Limited government means equal treatment in tax and welfare laws, employment and education laws and regulations of all Americans regardless of whether they're married, single, straight or gay.
4. Non Christians and non religious. Republicans believe Americans should learn to respect and live with their neighbors, co-workers, employers, educators, health care providers, insurers and competitors regardless of their religious beliefs and practices.
5. Young people. Republicans want equal opportunities for all to make the most of their talents and ambitions as cost effectively as possible. We want you to have big dreams and to live your dreams.
Republicans believe schools should be reformed to ensure that they graduate students who are functionally literate in the basics—reading, writing, math, risk taking and learning. Once students have proved their mastery of the basics, they should be taught civics, history, science and healthy living.
We want school reforms that give children more high-quality learning hours in school, more small class time for students who find one of the basics difficult and the best educational materials available in all schools.
Upon graduation from high school, we want young people to feel that if they want, they can and should be helped to afford to get advanced educations in colleges, trade schools, the military and in other training environments. All schools should be for the students.
Anti-abortionists will re-elect Obama and give him the power to turn Supreme Court hard left, By Donald E. L. Johnson, 6.19.2011
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Attempt to persecute Gale Norton hits dead end
Former Interior Secretary and Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton no longer faces ethics charges by Obama Democrats, the U.S. Justice Dept. announced. The announcement deserves more attention than it will get from the media. LINK: Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton won't face charges, by Dan Berman.
Democrats continue to demand more spending in deal to avert Obama tax hikes
President Obama and Colorado's Democrats in Congress apparently will agree to extend the Bush tax cuts and avert more Obama tax hikes only if Republicans agree to higher spending on extended unemployment benefits.
Extending the unemployment benefits will ensure high levels of unemployment for years to come. Too many of the unemployed make more by avoiding low-paying jobs and staying on the dole. If the benefits were cut, unemployment rates would soon dip. How much they would drop if benefits weren't extended is hard to predict. At least I haven't seen any predictions on what would happen if benefits weren't extended.
Both Democrats and Republicans are playing to their bases in the deal that Obama announced last night, which is subject to approval by hard left Democrats who control Congress until next year.
Republicans are reasonably assuming that averting the Obama Democrats' tax hikes and new tax cuts that will be part of the deal will help the economy more than the additional spending will hurt it.
The tentative agreement to exempt estate, or death taxes, on the first $5 million in an estate and then tax the balance at 35% looks like a pretty good compromise, too. Of course, it would be smarter to completely eliminate estate taxes, but the redistributionists make that politically impossible.
Compromise has made America the wealthiest country in the world, and it's good to see a little compromise after two years of Obama's way or the highway.
Colorado • Politics • Congress 112th • Economy • Taxes • Permalink
Mark Udall, Michael Bennet vote for Obama tax hikes; Republicans and 5 Dems kill the bill
Mark Udall and Michael Bennet voted for higher income taxes for those who make over $250,000, putting their belief in wealth redistribution out there for all to see. The two Colorado Democrats joined 51 other Senate Dems in voting for a prolonged recession when they voted on a bill that would extend tax cuts only for those who earn less than $250,000 a year. 60 votes were needed to pass the bill. Now the Dems and President Obama are settling down to wring as many concessions out of Republicans as they can before they vote to extend the tax cuts for everyone as demanded by voters on Nov. 2. Top priority for the Dems is extending unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed. Distasteful as that will be for conservatives, they'll cave on the unemployment benefits to prevent the Obama tax hikes. That's politics, and if extending unemployment benefits will preserve the Bush tax cuts, so be it.
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Dick Wadhams 50/50 on running for re-election as Colorado GOP state chair
Colorado Republicans should read the Colorado Statesman's strong interview with Dick Wadhams, chair of the Colorado Republican Party. He says he's 50/50 on running for a third term. This interview looks like the beginning of his campaign for re-election, but it also could be the beginning of his a 2012 campaign manager's job search. InnerView with Dick Wadhams, by Ernest Luning and Jody Hope Strogoff.
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Tom Tancredo wants Dick Wadhams to try to unite Republicans, fringe liberty groups
Tom Tancredo says in a note posted on Facebook that he would be happy to register as a Republican in an effort to bring the Colorado GOP and fringe liberty groups together.
He suggests that Dick Wadhams, the chair of the Colorado GOP, and leaders of the liberty groups meet and try to seek common grounds. This strikes me as an exercise in futility. There always will be fringe groups, the major parties' candidates always will try to appeal to them up to a point, and both parties already are led and governed by politicians whose views are on the fringes of the mainstream voting public.
Rather than appeal to the small fringe groups, the parties are seeking to bring in the much large groups of independents. In 2010, the GOP won back a majority of independents after losing them in 2008. In 2012 both parties will fight over the independents, not the extremists.
Al Gore admits corn ethanol a big mistake; will Mark Udall, Michael Bennet vote accordingly?
Some $7 billion in wasted corn ethanol subsidies will expire Dec. 31, and one of the chief supporters of those subsidies, Al Gore, says those subsidies are a huge mistake that will be politically difficult to fix. Because there are corn ethanol plants in Colorado, its Congressional delegation has voted to impose ethanol subsidies and taxes on voters and force drivers to buy gasoline that is 10% ethanol. This reduces milelage by 12% to 15%. Will Senators Mark Udall, Michael Bennet and the rest of the state's delegation do the fiscally and ethically responsible thing and vote against extending the subsidies and forcing drivers to buy ethanol? Don't bet your farm on it. LINK: U.S. corn ethanol was not a good policy—Gore, by Gerard Wynn.
Colorado • Economics • Energy • Politics • Congress 112th • Permalink
Mark Udall, Michael Bennet still AWOL on TSA groping, molestation, dangerous body scanners
We're still waiting for Colorado's Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet to speak out against the TSA's sexual molestation and use of dangerous body scanners at the nation's airports. The TSA's scanning and molestation scandal is turning into a war that is pitting the Left's insistence on political correctness and universal screening against Americans' demands for profiling, personal privacy and liberty.
In addition to the AWOL Udall and Bennet, we have yet to hear from Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, Jared Polis, John Salazar, Mike Coffman and Doug Lamborn. I just checked the web sites of the incumbents who will be in the 112th Congress. None have issued press releases on the TSA scandal. They're hunkering down. These big government types appear to be hoping the controversy will just go away.
It won't. It will only grow as more Americans experience what cya politicians and bureaucrats have dreamed up for them. What the Obama administration is telling us that more terrorists' attacks are expected.
If they aren't stopped, it won't be because the politicians didn't try to stop them. If you're worried about being blown out of the air, don't fly. If you object to Big Brother And Big Sister getting in your pants, don't fly. If you think it will happen to someone else, fly.
Getting touchy at the airport, by Tobin Harshaw. Biochemist says 'naked" X-ray scanner may be unsafe, by Declan McCullagh. Researchers: TSA misleads public on scanner safety, by AVweb staff. Don't touch my junk, by Charles Krauthammer. The T S of A takes control, by George Will. Enduring the bare necessities in airport screening, by Kathleen Parker. How to think about the tiny cancer risks posed by airport scanners, by Michael C. Dorf. TSA terrifies, too, by Al Lewis. $11,000 fine, arrest possible for some who refuse airport scans and pat downs, by John Lantigua. TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine, by Harriet Baskas.
Colorado • Politics • Congress 112th • Ethics • Trust • Permalink
Where is the Denver Post’s ‘new Michael Bennet’ on earmarks, spending?
When the Denver Post endorsed Michael Bennet for the U.S. Senate over Ken Buck, it said that not only is he a friend of the Post's, but he's not really the Obama Democrat that his votes showed he was before the election.
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Mark Udall wants to put Colorado coal and petroleum industries out of business
Sen. Mark Udall wants to put Colorado's coal and petroleum producers out of business. He wants to send consumers' utility bill even higher. And he wants to pick winners and losers among developers of new businesses in the energy and other industries.
He thinks he knows what's best for Colorado, and he won't listen to anybody who disagrees, including voters who almost defeated Sen. Michael Bennet and sent three Colorado Obama Democrat members of the U.S.House packing.
Just how out-of-touch with Colorado economics and economic reality in general Udall is can be seen in this article that he recently co-authored with a couple of other Obama Democrats in the Senate. LINK: Clean energy: Economic key to 21st Century, by Debbie Stabenow, Kay Hagan & Mark Udall.
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Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn vote no on budget deficit, 5 Dems vote to extend unemployment benefits
Both of Colorado's House Republicans voted for fiscal responsibility on the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Continuation Act (HR 6419). All five Colorado House Democreats continued to vote for spend and tax Obama Democratic policies when they voted for the bill, which failed 258 to 154. A two-thirds super majority was needed to pass the bill.
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Diana DeGette didn’t hear Colorado’s voters; she thinks independents are stupid
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette writes that the Nancy Pelosi and Obama Democrats' problem is that independents didn't get the memo. She thinks that if she screams louder, more often and more repetitively, voters will buy her big lies. No, Diana, you can't sell today's very well informed independent voters your bad policies on health care, climate, energy, education, financial reforms and amnesty for illegal immigrants. You have to listen to voters and change your policies. But you won't do that, so you'll be in the minority in the U.S. House for a very long time.
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Ken Buck’s anti-female principles and beliefs made him unelectable in 2010
As long as Colorado Republicans nominate candidates who don't believe in women's rights or small government when it comes to social issues, they will lose to Big Government Democrats who will spend and tax them into poverty. People have a right to believe what they believe, but they don't have a right to impose immoral restrictions on women, gays or anyone else, and they should and will be defeated as Ken Buck was in 2010. Yes, I voted for him because other issues are more important to me this year, but I have been a single-issue voter in previous elections. Buck's loss of the women's votes to Sen. Michael Bennet by a 56% to 40% margin shows that a lot of other people still are single-issue voters, and that issue is women's rights. While Buck won the men's vote, he lost a lot of men who voted with their loved ones. Richard Stacy makes the point in his op-ed piece, The Ken Buck Lesson. And, Was abortion a wave stopper for Democrats in 2010? By Alexander Burns.