Posted on March 9th, 2009 in clean government, Colorado Politics, Fiscal Policy, General, PPC, transportation | Written by Ben | No Comments »
Yes, I pointed out to you the Democrat shell game (with your tax dollars, transportation projects, and social welfare spending) taking place at the State Capitol. But leave it to Mark Hillman to explain it more eloquently, and with greater depth and context.
Here’s the key section:
If it sounds like Democrats are talking out of both sides of their mouths, itâ€™s because they are – at least, so far. One day, they say our roads and bridges are unsafe and demand more money from Colorado drivers. The next day, they take a hatchet to transportation funding.
Any sane person can be excused for wondering what theyâ€™re drinking or smoking at the state capitol.
Sadly this is nothing new. Dating back to former Gov. Roy Romer, Democratsâ€™ favorite tactic has been to grow social welfare spending and leave transportation with scraps. Romerâ€™s approach was to tell voters that if they wanted more money for transportation, they should vote for higher taxes.
In 1997, Romer and Republicans reached a compromise that guaranteed the aforementioned bonus source of highway funding and limited general fund spending increases to no more than six percent per year.
Republican Gov. Bill Owens staunchly defended that compromise and worked out a similar agreement with Democrats in 2002.
Now that Democrats hold a monopoly at the state capitol, they seem intent upon smashing those agreements in order to boost social welfare spending.
This is what Colorado gets when we have one-party rule under the Golden Dome, and that party is the Democrats: a disregard for the taxpayer, a willingness to play fast and loose with your money.
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