Beauprez tries to “manufacture” economic issue

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“Both Ways” Bob Beauprez (right).

According to the Denver Post this morning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said one thing during the primary campaign and is just now attempting to verify his unfounded statements. In spite of Colorado's booming economy, like 2006, Beauprez has launched his campaign based on a message that rules and regulations promulgated by state agencies plus state taxes have held back Colorado's economy. Last week the reporter on Colorado Public Radio asked him which regulations he is talking about. His responded by saying Utah's governor had reduced the number of state regulations by 300+. Of course that didn't answer the question which Colorado regulations is he talking about. For taxes he doesn't have any better answer except he would eliminate the personal property tax which of course will be a financial disaster for county governments in places like Routt (Steamboat Springs) and Moffat (Craig) counties.

Now this morning,via the Post it is clear Beauprez doesn't have a clue about which tax policy or regulations to repeal. He's made these statements about both before having any evidence to back them up. Do we really want someone as our governor who paints himself into a corner before having the facts.

Beauprez told the Post his meetings with entrepreneurs and captains of industry will be private.In other words, after the meetings, he will craft a general statement about all the bad regulations and taxes we have but he'd better be ready to talk about the consequences of cutting taxes, especially on higher education tuition and transportation projects, both of which are key drivers of our long term economic health. Also, and just as importantly, he'd better be ready to speak to the consequences and trade-offs if a regulation is repealed. So far his campaign boils down to this: He shoots off his mouth first and then tries to find evidence to support his unfounded statements. An inauspicious beginning for his general election campaign. 

Coffman flip-flops on Obamacare

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Rep. Mike Coffman.

Rep. Mike Coffman.

As everyone knows, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is locked in a very competitive race with former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff. Coffman's ultra conservative record includes scores of votes to repeal and defund Obamacare. In other words he wants to destroy the President's signature policy accomplishment. As late as March 26, 2014, less than a month ago, Kurtis Lee of the Denver Post reported that Coffman had joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in demanding Speaker Romanoff join them in calling for the repeal of Obamacare.

A lot has happened in the past twenty-seven days. Over eight (8) million people have found health insurance on the state and federal exchanges thanks to Obamacare. Millions of uninsured people now have basic health care under Medicaid and healthcare costs are rising at the slowest rate in over fifty (50) years and, as fr those skyrocketing premiums predicted by the hard right – it isn't happening. Where does that leave Mike Coffman and his insistence on repealing Obamacare because in his opinion it is a disaster? he facts and public opinion are now running against him and as usual he has now flip-flopped on the issue less than a month after he demanded that his opponent call for the repeal of Obamacare.

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Douglas County School Board Should Be Shown The Classroom Door

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Well the evidence is in and for all the upheaval over the past four years in the Douglas County schools because of the 2009 election of so called conservatives to the board of education and the subsequent implementation of their policies to terminate the ever evil teachers union and to send public money to private sectarian schools, they have nothing (repeat nothing) to show for it. The scores below represent the percentage of children in the Douglas County school district proficient in the three primary areas of learning:

                   2009        2013

Math            69%        70%

Reading        81%        82%

Writing         68%        69%

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Abraham Lincoln and the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare)

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This evening the Democrats won a great victory in Congress and upheld the principle that budgets and more importantly, the credit of our country, should never be held hostage by a relatively small minority of members who don't like a particular law (in our case the Affordable Healthcare Act – AHA) or the individual who proposed it and saw it through to become the law of our land. Although a great victory has been won, this is not a time to gloat or rub noses in the dirt.

Senator Cruz, as late as this evening, from the floor of the Senate addressed his colleagues and harangued the AHA as the cause of great misery for the average American. He alleged it was costing average Americans a great deal of money, that their health insurance coverage has been canceled by the AHA and that businesses are cutting the hours of their employees across the country to avoid providing health insurance under the AHA. He offered no proof but it wasn't a moment where a detailed analysis or documentary evidence is expected. On the House side, Speaker Boehner acknowledged defeat, but again asserted he will continue the battle to repeal the AHA and he cited many of the assertions attributed Senator Cruz in the preceding sentence.

Let that debate begin but let it be based on facts and experience rather than unfounded theory or worse. And they should keep in mind the words of the the greatest Republican:

Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed.

A. Lincoln

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Words from a “Real” Republican

With the Washington "shutdown" in progress, it is time for Republicans to reflect on what one Republican said many decades ago at the end of his long and distinguished career of service to the citizens of our country. He didn't make harsh demands on the opposing political party, he didn't tell them it was his way or else. He found a way to work things out and when he took his final leave, he left us with words that ring true to this day and will forever more as long as free people establish and nurture republics. This is what he said:

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the nation. My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and finally to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years. In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the nations good, rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling — on my part — of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together. 

President Dwight David Eisenhower. Farewell to the Nation, January 17, 1960.

Written from his perspective in the executive branch, it applies to the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives today. Laws and the policy they are based upon cannot be crafted or made effective by demanding repeal of whole programs already enacted and implemented. Such jarring shocks as proposed by the House for repeal or one year delay or a shutdown of the federal government serve no ultimate purpose other than partisan advantage. If the Republicans are sincere, they will vote to reopen the government and present amendments to the Affordable Health Care Act (AHA) that insures health insurance for Americans. 

No one can argue that people with pre-existing conditions could not purchase health insurance or that medical costs, as a percentage of GDP, was skyrocketing toward 20% of our economy. President Obama and the Congress addressed those problems and others when the AHA was enacted almost four years ago. Whether it was precisely the correct response to those issues is really beside the point. These issues created real problems, not only macro economically, but also very personal ones for individuals left without insurance. Undoing the AHA and forming a line back to the past does not advance the well being of the American people.

The Republicans in the House have demonized the AHA from almost every angle one can imagine, but they have not answered the practical questions about how they would insure Americans health care. They have not "cooperated well, to serve the nations good." 

It is one thing to criticize, but it is hard work to solve these kind of problems. Once the public sees through the facade of the shutdown, they will ask Republicans, if we repeal the AHA, what do you propose, we as a people should do to insure adequate health care for our citizens? I hope they have the answer. 

  

Republican War on Women Continues Unabated

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).

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Today, in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Franks (R-AZ) stated in committee the chances a woman will become pregnant from a rape is rare and therefore his bill banning all abortions after 20 weeks doesn't need a rape exception. He went on to say that rapes must be reported within 48 hours so someone who is 20 or more weeks pregnant couldn't use a rape exception anyway. Of course, his comments seem to reflect the Todd Akin view of women and their rights to control their bodies.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/06/12/trent-franks-rape-pregnancy-akin/2415405/

Franks, a social conservative first elected in 2002, objected to a Democratic amendment that would make exceptions in cases of rape and incest.

"The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low," Franks said, according to The Post…

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, said the bigger issue is the intent of Franks' bill and not just his comments Wednesday.

"The Republican assault on women's rights and opportunities never seems to end," Schriock said in a statement. "They're supporting the same anti-woman policies that led voters to reject them during the last election, and trying to rebrand themselves with the hope that nobody will notice."

This is just the latest example of the Republican Party's never ending assault on women and their rights. The Republicans have blown two chances in the past two election cycles to take control of the U.S. Senate and the White House in 2012 based in large part on their blunt and politically damaging views about women. It looks like they are going to make the 2014 election cycle the third one in a row. Many people have commented that someone should take the shovel out of their hands but the Republican Party seems to be digging the hole with a backhoe.

Gov. Romney throws the Tea Party under the bus!

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Yesterday, I received a campaign flyer from Gov. Romney’s campaign. In part he said:

Repeal Obamacare

On Day One, Mitt Romney will begin his efforts to repeal President Obama’s costly takeover of the health care system that costs nearly $1.7 trillion in new spending and intervenes in a matter that should be left to the states.

That was yesterday. Today, he said he will keep parts of the President’s health care law, including allowing children to stay on their parents insurance until they’re 26 and the law that prevents insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com…

In short and contrary to yesterday’s brochure and the wishes of the Tea Party, he is endorsing federal government intervention in health care. You can’t put these two together and make sense of them. He is either for the federal government involvement in health care or he isn’t but he can’t say on Saturday he is for leaving health care policy to the states and twenty-four hours later he endorses federal intervention in the same policy area. I wonder what the Tea Party and Republican right is saying tonight.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09…

On top of that he, in essence, rips Ryan, his running mate, for voting for sequestration and by some odd arithmetic he said he will cut taxes across the board but will make up the revenues by taking away exemptions and deductions from the rich but, according to Mr. Romney, that isn’t a tax hike on the rich. I guess he agrees with President Obama that the rich should pay more but he just doesn’t want to say so.

He may be imploding.

Mr. Gessler’s vote fraud case is dissolving before our eyes

(No matter how you feel about Scott Gessler’s quest to purge the voter rolls of a comparatively tiny number of “problem” registrations, it’s not worth the disproportionate damage he’s doing to the GOP brand. This fool’s errand will have electoral consequences, and not the way Gessler had hoped. – promoted by Colorado Pols)



POLS UPDATE: AP’s Ivan Moreno:

State officials were able to run 1,400 of those names through a federal immigration database and found that more than 1,200 were U.S. citizens. So far, they’ve found none who are non-citizens and registered to vote.

Martha Tierney, an attorney for the Colorado Democratic Party, told election officials during a meeting Wednesday that they were wasting their time on a small group of voters instead of focusing on ensuring a fair and accurate fall election. [Pols emphasis]

“This is a witch hunt and you should be embarrassed that you’re going down this road,” she said.

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The Denver paper is reporting that SOS Gessler ran 1,400 of 3,900 people he sent lettters to demanding they prove their citizenship through the Homeland Security database and guess what: All but 168 of the individuals turned out to be United States citizens and the SOS staff admitted many of the remaining 168 may very well be citizens.

The first question is why didn’t he run their names through the Homeland Security database before he sent the letters? He could have saved the taxpayers $570.60 in postage. You’d think a good penny pinching conservative Republican would think of that.

The second question and far more important is could it be the remaining 2,500 people who received letters and couldn’t be run through the Homeland Security database because they don’t have alien registration numbers are United States citizens?

Mr. Gessler’s investigation is a farce, at least for the 1,400 people he has investigated so far. This investigation, including checking the Homeland Security database, should have been conducted before any letters were sent to registered voters. His investigation is akin to a prosecutor claiming a murder has been committed but there isn’t a dead body, there aren’t any missing citizens, but he or she goes forward and sends letters to 3,900 people accussing each one of having something to do with the phantom homicide.

If the remaining 2,500 people turn out to be citizens and he didn’t have any evidence before he sent the letter, then we can only conclude that Mr. Gessler is a threat to our consitutional rights.

Is Gov. Romney endorsing creationism? It seems so.

Gov. Jindal (R-LA) has been Romney’s education surrogate on the campaign trail this summer but there now appears to be a really big problem with his choice and perhaps his own views on science.

http://www.slate.com/articles/…

Gov. Jindal is a creationist even though he holds a degree in biology from Brown University. More importantly, he signed into law a voucher bill that allows Louisiana to spend public education dollars at private religious schools that specifically teach students creationism is science and evolution is nonsense.

Gov. Jindal didn’t make the ticket. Instead Romney chose an extreme supply side tax and budget conservative whose budget would increase the deficit and now Romney has chosen a creationist governor to lead the charge in the campaign on education issues.

Romney endorses the war on women, silly supply side economics (which failed under Reagan and Bush II to reign in the deficits) and now he puts Jindal, a creationist, front and center to speak for him on education. Romney is moving farther and farther to the extreme right, to positions, like creationism, that are dangerous to our childrens education and intellectual development. Romney needs to tell the public where he stands on creationism. If he is one, then he is a threat to scientific inquiry in the United States and frankly a threat to our economic future which is absolutely dependent on the freedom of our scientists to inquire wherever the facts lead them.  

Romney heads to Tampa but his money stays in the Cayman Islands avoiding U.S. income taxes

It now turns out Gov. Romney has been avoiding U.S. income taxes by investing through Bain in offshore accounts utilizing what are known as “blocker” entities which are specifically set-up to avoid paying income taxes.

http://news.yahoo.com/bain-doc…

The Romney campaign asserts the tax consequences would be the same if his money was domiciled domestically but that’s hard to believe because the specific purpose of the “blocker” eintities is to avoid paying U.S. income taxes.

He also has amassed a huge sum in his IRA, somewhere between $20.7 million and $101 million, far more money than an American can deposit in our IRA’s and all tax free, because he utilized “blocker” erntities in the Cayman Islands. Ther isn’t any way the Romney campaign can claim his IRA holding would be treated as tax free if the money was domesticated onshore here in the U.S. More importantly, if my memory is correct, American citizens have to pay taxes on their IRA funds as they withdraw funds from them after they retire.

No wonder Romney is prepared to go along with the Ryan budget on programs like Medicare, he simply doesn’t have the same concerns as average Americans and can’t fathom what each one of us is facing.

Its time for Mr. Romney to release his tax returns. We need to know who and what we are dealing with.  

Aren’t we glad this guy isn’t a judge in Colorado

Another example of the what the Republican Party has come to in the United States. County Court Judge Tom Head (R-Lubbock, TX) is campaigning for a local tax hike, in part, to win the coming  civil war if President Obama is reelected. Watch the video!

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lo…

He believes President Obama will turn over our sovereignty to the United Nations if he is reelected and the Judge proclaims he will stand in front of the armored personnel carriers sent in by the UN with the county sheriff backing him up with his seven new deputies. He is going to lead the civil war against the President and the UN next year.

This isn’t political philosophy, ideology or policy. When I started in Republican politics years ago these kind of people were literally laughed out of the room. Now they lead the Republican Party – Judge Head, Rep. Akin, Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan – four peas in a pod.

Another Akin: Glad he’s not running in Colorado

Michael Baumgartner, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the state of Washington, told a reporter “to go f _ _ _ himself” when he compared Baumgartner’s views on abortion to Rep. Akin’s.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…

Although he apologized to the reporter for his harsh remarks, more significantly, he admitted his views and Rep. Akin’s on abortion are almost identical. Baumgartner, like Akin, and like the Republican Party naitonal platform believes there are no circumstances where an aboriton should be allowed, including rape and incest.  

Another example of the the absolute litmus test and unbending position imposed by the Republican Party on its candidates.

Even more so this year than in the past, the Republicans have shown their true colors regarding women. In the Republican world, women are second class citizens who are imcompetent to to have control over their health and decisions about their own bodies.  As Mr. Silver ask about Rep. Akin today, how can Akin (or any other Republican candidate) win with 0% of the women’s vote.  

Republican Platform drops support for home mortgage interest deduction

Today, in another startling vote (politically unbelievable) and what will soon become a huge problem for Gov. Romney, the Republican Platform Committee voted to withdraw the national party’s support for the home mortgage interest deduction:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/…

The Bloomberg story specifically points out this was done to give Gov. Romney room to give corporations and the wealthiest people additional tax cuts.

You’ve got to wonder what these people are thinking.

Colorado Women Should Ask: Where does Gov. Romney stand on a woman’s right to choose????

In light of the fact Colorado will most likely be one of the key states in the November election and in the shadow of Rep. Akin’s comments in Missouri, it is time to ask Gov. Romney where he stands on a woman’s right to make her own choices about her health, especially medical procedures she may someday be faced with.

We all know that Gov. Romney was strongly pro choice when he ran against Senator Edward Kennedy for the U.S. Senate in 1994 and remained so until at least sometime during the first decade of this century. In fact, when he was governor of Massachusetts he said:

Let me make this very clear: I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose.

newshounds.us/2011/11/06/megyn_kelly_thinks_romney_support_for_personhood_is_no_big_deal.php

But now, with the firestorm over Rep. Akin’s comments, Gov. Romney is shifting his position again. Even though he told Mike Huckabee last November he would “absolutely” have signed a bill defining life begins at conception and even though the draft of the Republican National Convention’s platform calls for a complete ban on abortion without exceptions for rape or incest, today he began running away from his previous position:

Earlier today, Romney’s campaign issued a statement saying the former Massachusetts governor and his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin,support abortion rights for rape victims.

http://www.sfgate.com/business…

This isn’t just philosophically inconsistent (which it is), but it reflects a less than thoughtful response to this issue and the storm initiated by Rep. Akin. Since Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan now support a woman’s right to have an abortion in a case of rape, why aren’t women fully competent to make that decision under any circumstances? Why are women incompetent to make this decision except when some outside force has imposed a pregnancy upon them? What is the distinction that makes abortion alright in the case of rape but not in any other circumstances? And what right do the two of you have to make that decision for any woman in Colorado or anywhere else?

It is time for Gov. Romney to give us a straight answer and if he won’t, can we trust him on any other issue?

Only he can clear this up with a straight answer. Colorado women deserve to know what he intends to use the office of the President for with regard to their health care. At the moment, under a Romney administration, it appears women could only abort a child if they are raped. Standing alone, his policy is ridiculous.

 

VP nominee renounces his herione

Well Rep. Paul Ryan continues to try and reshape his image to attract undecided voters. He is now renouncing his heroine Ayn Rand, the same Ayn Rand who Ryan has previously said motivated him to go into public service and who nurtured his ideas about public policy.

http://www.nydailynews.com/blo…

Instead, he now thinks St. Thomas Aquinas is his hero. This is going to be a hard sell since Ryan has praised Rand over and over during his career and described her as one of the primary sources of his political and policy views. It will be even harder when the undecided voters learn that Rep. Ryan requires that each member of his staff read Rand’s novels. But of course, when affiliation with someone becomes politically toxic, a principled politician like Rep. Ryan throws her under the bus.