Recently on Sean Hannity‘s TV show, I heard Ann Coulter say that “There are a lot of bad Republicans, but there are no good Democrats.” I definitely agree when it comes to elected officials or candidates.
Even though a lot of municipal and county elections are “non-partisan” and candidates’ party affiliation is not included on the ballot, we should find out which of them are Democrats and which are Republicans. Some people run for office at the local level to use that office as a springboard to statewide or national offices–we have way to many Democrats in Congress and the White House already–or as an opportunity to grow local government.
In Jefferson County, Colorado, voters can learn what candidates’ party affiliation is at JeffcoRepublicans.com by the voter’s street address or by the races and ballot initiatives. From checking candidates for Wheat Ridge mayor and city council, I learned to my dismay that the current mayor is a Democrat. As I recall, the first time I met him, soon after he was first elected, it was at a Republican breakfast meeting.
Information on school board candidates and Amendment 66 is available on the home page of the site.
According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, in September Colorado’s unemployment rate was 8.2% compared to the national rate of 9.6%. In the 2010 ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitive Index, Colorado ranks 15th in economic performance and 2nd in economic outlook. I think this is due in large part to the limitations TABOR (Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights) has put on taxes and government spending.
Since voters in Colorado aren’t hurting as much as voters in most other states, they weren’t as angry with Democrats and didn’t turn to Republicans in as large numbers.
In The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care (Golden, CO: Speaker’s Corner Books, 2010), Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer explain how “In four short years, Colorado Republicans experienced one of the most stunning reversals of political fortune in American history” (back cover).
Republican leaders, candidates, and campaign managers should probably take time to read the book, but they shouldn’t try to imitate the liberals’ strategy. Liberal union members will follow orders, but conservatives won’t. The best conservative response to the attempts by filthy rich Democrats to buy political offices is grassroots efforts like the tea party movement. We must counter liberal high-tech data collection to spread lies with “high-touch” interactions with family, friends, and neighbors to tell them the truth.
I was disappointed that two people who should know better, a journalist and a lawyer, didn’t bother to properly document the sources of their information. In addition, they overlooked the rift in the Republican Party that coincided with Democrats’ efforts: when Republican elites like Bill Owens and Jane Norton supported Referenda C and D. During that campaign, Owens lied to Colorado voters and about conservative opponents.
The following Democratic Senators’ terms expire next year (“Class III“)*:
- Bayh, Evan (D-IN) – (202) 224-5623
- Bennet, Michael F. (D-CO) – (202) 224-5852
- Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) – (202) 224-3553
- Burris, Roland W. (D-IL) – (202) 224-2854
- Dodd, Christopher J. (D-CT) – (202) 224-2823
- Dorgan, Byron L. (D-ND) – (202) 224-2551
- Feingold, Russell D. (D-WI) – (202) 224-5323
- Inouye, Daniel K. (D-HI) – (202) 224-3934
- Leahy, Patrick J. (D-VT) – (202) 224-4242
- Lincoln, Blanche L. (D-AR) – (202) 224-4843
- Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-MD) – (202) 224-4654
- Murray, Patty (D-WA) – (202) 224-2621
- Reid, Harry (D-NV) – (202) 224-3542
- Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY) – (202) 224-6542
- Specter, Arlen (D-PA) – (202) 224-4254
- Wyden, Ron (D-OR) – (202) 224-5244
* Links are to the contact pages on their websites.
Human Events has posted a copy of a letter from Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership to Democratic members of Congress outlining a “Strategic Communications Plan for August: Health Insurance Reform” for them “to use this month to build support and momentum so [they] can return in September well-positioned to pass a health reform bill in the House.”
The letter includes the following talking points that are “in sync with the White House” and counter “the Republican ‘government takeover’ message”:
- Hold the insurance companies accountable.
- Remove them from between you and your doctor.
- No discrimination for pre-existing conditions.
- No dropping your coverage because you get sick.
- No more job or life decisions made based on loss of coverage.
- No need to change doctors or plans.
- No co-pays for preventive care.
- No excessive out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles, or co-pays.
- No yearly or lifetime cost caps on what insurance companies cover.
How will you respond to these points if your senator or representative raises them?
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Happy to be back in Colorado for the week, meeting with the Partnership for a Healthy Colorado Roundtable this morning.
Back in December I started, but didn’t continue, a project to watch Ed Perlmutter, who is my congressman. I suggested in a post on Dec. 5 that it would be a good idea to “keep an ‘eagle eye’ on what the Democrats in the state, and from the state in Washington, are doing.” I resurrected this idea in the Colorado SGP group and hope to get some help with this kind of project. I’ve been doing some research to find sites that we could use to watch the Democrats in Colorado’s Congressional Delegation.
First, for general information on legislation and votes, these are the official government sites:
I found several other sites that track what U.S. Senators and Representatives do and have provided links to the appropriate pages:
Cost of the Bill: $819,000,000,000 (spending) + $347,000,000,000 (interest) = $1,166,000,000,000
U.S. Population: 306,000,000 (rounding up)
Cost per Person: $1,166,000,000,000/306,000,000 = $3810
Single Person: $3810
Married Couple: $7620
Family of Three: $11,430
Family of Four: $15,240
Family of Five: $19,050
Family of Six: $22,860*
If you don’t want to pay for the Democrats’ wish list and payback to their supporters, call your senators. You can find their individual web pages by going to the U.S. Senate’s home page. Here are the phone numbers for Colorado’s senators:
Sen. Mark Udall: 202-224-5941
Sen. Michael Bennet: 202-224-5852
*I went up to a family of six because I have a brother and sister-in-law with four children still living at home.