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Colorado Democrats don’t get it

February 2, 2010

Much like their counterparts in Washington DC, Colorado House Democrats just don’t seem to be getting the message.  Just yesterday they passed all twelve of their “Dirty Dozen” tax bills on a straight party line vote, raising an additional $430 million dollars in tax revenues.  Rep Joel Judd of Denver thinks Coloradans aren’t being taxed enough.  Do you think this will satisfy him?

These Democrats are marching in lockstep over a cliff to their and their party’s destruction.  I don’t get it.  The conference rooms were filled to overflowing with ordinary citizens testifying against the tax increases.  Their base is being told the people testifying are lobbyists and agents of big business; surely the politicians know the truth.  Ironically, in more normal times lobbyists are exactly who do show up.  Not now.

The Democrats are going to spin this as not raising taxes but rather “closing loopholes.”  There is  something wrong with that:  they’re not “loopholes” in the sense that someone forgot to close a gap; they’re “exemptions” purposely made for a specific reason, perhaps for a specific constituency or because the tax might be difficult to collect or even unconstitutional.  In eliminating the exemptions, more voters are going to be angry.

Are they also going to brand the Republicans as the Party of No because the Republican representatives voted against the bills?  I suspect that’s a title the GOP will welcome.

Rep Judd isn’t running for re-election: that’s probably why he feels he can let his inner statist come out of the closet.  Others are in gerrymandered safe districts without a challenger on the horizon.  But more are being challenged: in House District 13 Robert Houdeshell has just declared to run against Claire Levy, who co-sponsored two of the bills and voted for all twelve.  The people of House District 13 are going to be able to choose whether they want to be represented by a tax-and-spent liberal socialist or not.

Does Claire think they’ll forget by November?  I’m betting they’ll remember every time they buy a soda or a candy bar.

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One Comment
  1. February 3, 2010 1:35 am

    From my sources these were just ordinary business owners. It would be easy to verify… look up the tax status on the IRS or Colorado tax rolls to see if they indeed did own a business and testified.

    However, I firmly believe that these Democrats did indeed know that these people were not big business and they are deceptive to the Colorado Voter so they can be spared a loss of votes in the 2010 elections.

    I just shake my head at the inability for these Progressives to balance a budget, abide by state law (TABOR), and reduce the size of government. It is like they are stuck on stupid and in their delusional thinking they actually think they can spend their way out of this. They cannot and the voters know it.

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