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Today is Sunday, September 21, 2014

Economics


Mark Udall anti-energy, anti-Colorado; votes to kill jobs

Sen. Mark Udall "has supported policies harmful to American energy that could cripple entire industries, destroy jobs and hurt workers in Colorado," says the latest email from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Rep. Cory Gardner is challenging Udall in next November's election. Here's the NRSC email for oppositon research fans:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 04/02/14 at 10:31 AM
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Mark Udall votes for ObamaCare and with Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi 99% of the time

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) is notorious for voting against Colorado and with the hardest left Democrats, Obama, Sen. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, 99% of the time, according to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which, of course, is backing Rep. Cory Gardner's attempt to unseat Udall in next November's election. Here's the NRSC's latest opposition research against Udall:


John Hickenlooper tells Durango he hates the legalization of pot in Colorado; says he’s pro business

Governor John Hickenlooper is working the state for his re-election as hard or harder than Republican challengers are working the state to win their party's nomination to take him on.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 01/12/14 at 10:35 PM
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Colorado economy is holding its own

Alison Felix, economist and branch executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Denver Branch offers a slide presentation on the Colorado economy vs. the rest of the country. It's a good overview.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 05/09/13 at 01:03 PM
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Why the Denver Post’s call for higher taxes will hurt Colorado

The Denver Post, Democrats and Gov. Hickenlooper are showing their true colors. They  are spend and tax liberals who are willing to destroy private sector jobs in Colorado in an effort to preserve the jobs of ineffective teachers, unneeded school administrators and state employes who have little useful work to do. The Post endorsed higher taxes in an editorial this morning.

 
Instead of raising taxes, rewrite education laws and other regulations that give politicians excuses to hire union workers. Streamline government by making it less necessary. End all tax credits that politicians create for their favored few at the expense of the rest of us. Stop new infrastructure spending and focus on maintaining what we have. 
 
Stop catering to government contractors who are slopping at the trough of the state government at the expense of taxpayers and people who need private sector jobs. RTD's Fastrack is a boondoggle for contractors and will be another entitlement that will cost taxpayers millions over the next 20 years.
 
Go back over all of the new spending programs that have been created since 2000. Eliminate them.
 
Rollie Heath is not courageous. He represents a hard left spend and tax district whose residents work for the University of Colorado and other government agencies. He wants to tax Colorado so that spoiled brats in Boulder can maintain their lifestyles. It makes no sense.
 
Of course, the liberals on the Denver Post editorial board want higher taxes and more spending. They have nothing to lose, and they know their liberal friends will approve. The Post itself wants more taxes and spending, because it thinks that it too will profit from the approval of its real estate advertisers even though it is alienating auto dealers and retailers who will see their sales drop in the face of higher sales and income taxes.
 
What the Post and Heath are risking is convincing potential employers that Colorado's Democrats and Chambers of Commerce are Californiating Colorado. They're determined to turn Colorado into another high-tax state. That sure will create a lot of jobs---for other states.
Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 03/06/11 at 09:53 AM
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Denver Post’s spend and tax Big Government Republicans, Democrats want higher taxes

 

The Denver Post editorial page writer, Alicia Caldwell, continues to hype the findings of its panel of former members of the Colorado General Assembly. I posted the following in the comment section that follows the Post's defense of the panel's feckless findings:

 

With all due respect, the Big Government spend and tax Republicans and Democrats on the Panel fufilled the mission that the Big Government Denver Post editorial board gave them. 

 

The mission was to justify higher taxes, protect bloated government programs, call for increased spending on K-12 education and try to stop spending cuts in higher education, subsidies and tax credits for special interests and cuts in spending on transportation. 

 

Mission accomplished. The panel's report is credible only in the eyes of its members, a few Denver Post editorial writers, public employee unions, the Denver Metro Chamber and contractors and academics who slop at the public trough.

 

Even the Republicans on the General Assembly Joint Budget Committee appear to be protecting their contributors in the gimme community of government contractors. Frank McNulty, the Speaker of the House, a GOP lawyer, refuses to restructure and cut K-12 education spending and delay new spending on roads, bridges and infrastructure. He's even protecting the increase in the car tax, which the transportation lobby loves. However, Speaker McNulty said last week that higher education will take a spending cut this year.

 

Colorado continues to look like an Illinois wannabe.

 

Politicians have neither the skills nor the credibility to fix the state budget in ways that will encourage consumers to spend and businesses to grow in Colorado. 

 

What Hick and the legislature should do is hire Bain or some other strong management consulting company (not the big accounting firms) that doesn't work for state or federal governmental agencies to put together a turnaround plan. 

 

What the Post should do is hire two or three strong private sector economists, budget analysts and strategists to write a series of articles that show the public and the politicians how Colorado's laws and regulations can be changed. 

 

Show how the laws and budgets can be fixed so that Colorado won't follow Illinois, NY, California and other states into some form of default or bankruptcy. It is clear that the current editorial page staff doesn't have a clue.

 

Frankly, if you haven't figured it out already, I think the Post's panel did a tremendous disservice to Colorado. It was disingenuous and dishonest about what can and should be done. Maybe the panel's members just don't know any better.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 01/23/11 at 12:49 PM
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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.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 11/22/10 at 09:58 AM
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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.


Air passenger who refused TSA molestation will be persecuted; where are Colo. Senators, Congressmen?

John Tyner, the passenger who refused to let TSA agents sexually molest him, will be investigated and may be fined $11,000 for refusing to complete the pat down process at the San Diego Airport. Where are Colorado's Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet on this case? Where are Congressmen Doug Lamborn, Mike Coffman, Diana DeGette, Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter? So far, none of them have posted any comments about the TSA's abuse of passengers on their web pages.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 11/16/10 at 08:36 AM
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No tax increases; restructure Colorado’s government, says Tom Tancredo

During the last six years, Democrats in Colorado's legislature and Democrat Governor Bill Ritter have sharply increased taxes and expanded the costly Medicaid program. Tom Tancredo today promised about 200 supporters in Littleton that he will not increase taxes to fix the state's budget deficit. He called for restructuring Medicaid and other Colorado governmental programs. New Direction Colorado is doing robo calls today promoting Tancredo's promise to not cut taxes.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 11/01/10 at 04:03 PM
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Colorado Senate Republicans promise to modernize, streamline, reduce size of state’s government

Chances are growing that Republicans will take over Colorado's House and Senate. Here's the agenda of the Senate Republicans:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 11/01/10 at 02:28 PM
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John Hickenlooper’s ‘voluntary tax’ on oil and gas industry would be ‘extortion,’ Tom Tancredo says

During last Friday's debate, John Hickenlooper said that he would fund higher education in Colorado with a "voluntary tax" on the highly regulated oil and gas exploration and production industries in the state.

That would be "extortion", charged Tom Tancredo, who has promised to not raise any taxes or fees if he is elected governor. Tancredo pointed out that because if Hickenlooper becomes governor and asks the oil and gas industry to accept a voluntary tax, they would have no choice to but to agree. If they didn't agree to the voluntary tax, Hickenlooper would impose even tougher regulations on them than Gov. Bill Ritter has. The Ritter regulations on Colorado's oil and gas producers has cost the state thousands of jobs, according to Repubicans. Democrats say the jobs have been lost because of sharply depressed natural gas prices. There's some truth in both arguments. Tancredo spoke to a rally in Littleton Saturday evening.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/31/10 at 10:25 PM
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Obama Democrats run Denver Post; back spend & tax nanny staters, John Hickenlooper, Michael Bennet

The Denver Post is proud to be Colorado's liberal paper, and it's not the only paper controlled by the Left in the state. Under the pretense of backing the best men (which is debatable), John Hickenlooper for governor and Michael Bennet for the U.S. Senate, the Post is showing that Obama Democrats are in charge of the Post's editorial page. This is even though there are three conservatives on its editorial board.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/28/10 at 09:21 AM
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Colo. ballot initiatives failing; 57% want Arizona law; economy top issue; voters split on tea party

Colorado ballot initiatives 60, 61, 62, 63 and 101 appear to be headed for crushing defeats, according to a Denver Post/ 9News polls conducted by Suvreys USA. 

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/25/10 at 05:52 AM
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Gubernatorial candidates still don’t know how to cut Colorado’s budget, stimulate its economy

The most remarkable thing about this year's gubernatorial campaign in Colorado is that the candidates talk about cutting the state's budget and stimulating jobs, but they don't know how they will get either job done. At least they're not communicating their approaches very well.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 10/13/10 at 10:13 AM
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