Monthly Archives: March 2014

Obama Care is hurting Colorado

By Bob Cox

March 31, 2014

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

Today is the day that we will all know just how well the Affordable Health Care Act is doing; or will we?

 

There have been more adjustments and delays in this ambiguous piece of garbage legislation than in anything the government has ever done. We have witnessed out-and-out unconstitutional rewrites of a law by the executive branch of the government without any objections from the legislative branch. We have witnessed precedents that will likely haunt our system of government for years, if not forever.

 

Colorado is not exempt from the corruption caused by AHCA. Last week the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in the Colorado Legislature voted to kill HB 1257, a bill that would have permitted the state auditor to conduct a performance audit of Connect for Health Colorado, which is our state health insurance exchange.

 

I cannot help but think that this rejection is little more than another political ploy to distract our citizens from the fact that AHCA (Obama Care) is a complete and total failure.

 

To her credit, CHC board member Ellen Daehnick questioned the committee vote, but then turned around and explained why she questioned it, by saying that she was a lifelong Democrat and business owner and was concerned that the vote will harm Democrats in their efforts to seek re-election. That, folks, is what this is really all about.

 

After all why would a quasi-government non-profit organization that takes federal grant dollars need a state audit? Why would we want to audit anyone who spent $7.2 million on advertising? Why should there be any scrutiny into the fact that $46,000 of that went to buy exchange-branded packets of lip balm? Why should we question the need for an RV rental with an advertising wrap that cost us nearly $10,000? Why, oh why, should an arm of our government be audited when they pay outside lawyers up to $575 per hour? Were the proposers of HB 1257 getting just a little nit-picky over such trivial things?

 

Lastly, should we be just a little concerned about an organization that hired Christa McClure? McClure was recently placed on paid leave, after it was determined that an indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in Billings, Mont. alleges that, while serving as the executive director of the federally funded Housing Montana, she paid herself a potful of money for “consulting services” while she was already on the payroll under the designation of being a full time employee. The indictment alleges many other violations. Do we not need to take a closer look at an organization that failed to vet someone to that degree?

 

This all boils down to protecting those who support the AFCA. It is nothing less than corruption, and we need to take note of who is involved. The members of the committee are: Irene Aguilar, Chair; Linda Newell, Vice-Chair; Larry Crowder, Owen Hill, John Kefalas, Kevin Lundberg and Jeanne Nicholson.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2014

 

Advertisements

Let the warden do his job

 

March 17, 2014

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

To all my friends who are of Irish descent, have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day.

 

I truly believe that our prison system is screwed up. I think we have filled the cells with a lot of people who really do not need to be there, but I also believe that we need to put a little trust in the people who run the system.

 

In the real world, if someone does not do their job, we send them down the road. That has to happen, maybe more often than it does within the prison system, but if we have placed people there that we trust, then we must let them make decisions without the extra burdens placed on them with frivolous legislation.

 

I have always had a problem with the strings attached to so-called “sentence reductions.” I do not have a problem of putting a limit on how many days a prisoner can have removed from his or her sentence for behaving. That is called incentive. However, if the sheriff or warden has given, then the sheriff or warden should be able to “taketh away.”

 

For example, in the Colorado prison system, a person whose conduct is such that it can be demonstrated that he or she has obeyed all the rules of the institution or facility, in short, been a good prisoner, the person will receive as a reward for good behavior fifteen days per month removed from the sentence. The problem is that, once that fifteen days is given it cannot be taken away, no matter how stupid the prisoner decides to be. If it could be taken away it would only add more incentive for the prisoner to behave. That seems like a no-brainer to me.

 

So, a look at the facts surrounding last year’s murder of DOC Director Tom Clements, we learned that the suspect, Evan Ebel, had a total of 115 days of earned time during about eight years he spent behind bars. He was evidently good for a month, then bad for another few months, but the authorities could not take away his accrued time as punishment for the bad behavior. His bad behavior included several violent offenses. Then, he gets out early and is suspected, with what I see as a pretty strong case against him, of killing Clements. He should have still been behind bars at the time.

 

But the Democrats in the Colorado State Senate, as they often do, see things quite differently from how I see them. That famous “Senate Committee” that I often rant about decided on a 3 – 2 vote to reject a bill that the House had already and overwhelmingly approved. The bill allowed for the removal of some of the reduction time if an inmate did not follow the rules. By rejecting the bill, the committee did little else than make the job of the persons at the prisons harder to do.

 

There are some people who need to be released from the jails and prisons, but there are a lot more that need to be held there as long as possible.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2014

 

Don’t be vewwy, vewwy quiet

 

By Bob Cox

March 10, 2014

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

Don’t be vewwy, vewwy quiet – we are not hunting rabbits

 

If we sit on our butts and listen to the national news media, we will be made to think that the next important election cycle is the 2016 presidential election. The news media in general pays little attention to the Republicans, unless they have something bad to say, and they have found every little bad thing they can that relates to the various speakers at the recent CPAC conference.

 

I listened to at least parts of most of the speeches that were given at CPAC, but we must me cautious about letting ourselves be led into thinking that we have to focus on 2016 before 2014 is over.

 

This mid-term election cycle is, in my opinion, one of the most important in recent history and the Grand Old Party Republicans have some great chances to show their stuff and prove (if they can) that they have better ideas. In order to do that, they must take back the Senate. To do so they need six seats. There are 33 seats up for grabs and 20 of them are Democrats vying to defend the Affordable Care Act. By 2016 that problem may well be overshadowed by other problems, but now, in 2014 it is the topic and it must be referred to at every opportunity.

 

Many of the strategist view Colorado as being one of the most important states in this mid-term and I think they are right. Kentucky, Alaska, Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana have all been focused on too, but we in Colorado have a job to do and that job as far as I am concerned it to replace Sen. Mark Udall and follow up by replacing Governor Hickenlooper.

 

The ACA is as unpopular in Colorado as it is in any state and you are about to see a plethora of campaign ads directed mostly at our youth and designed to make this monstrosity appear to be something great and wonderful. We must stay focused and not let more lies be told without challenges.

 

Gov. Hickenlooper, according to a recent Quinnipac poll, is beginning to struggle. Of the 1,139 registered voters polled, he received a 47 percent favorability rating. That may not sound too bad, and the national news media is already rounding that up to 50 percent, but the straw polls at the caucuses last Tuesday suggest that the Colorado GOP is not going to play around with a gang of weak candidates. As soon as Cory Gardner threw his hat in the ring he pulled a whopping 83 percent of the straw votes. I am not a great supporter of Gardner in a lot of ways, but that kind of unity is just what we need to get someone in the governor’s mansion that believes in the Second Amendment and in following the law.

 

As for Udall, he is also on the brink. Depending on what happens at the assemblies on March 22, we could also end up with a strong candidate to make history by being the first person in a decade to be a non-democratic Senator in Colorado.

 

It may be advisable to be quiet and tiptoe around when it comes to rabbit hunting, but when it comes to taking back this state and saying that we want to be heard for more than violating gun owner rights and smoking dope, we have to let our voices be heard. You may be surprised at what comes running out of the bushes if you start yelling a little.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2014

 

 

 

Colorado needs a drastic change – Now

 

By Bob Cox

March 3, 2014

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

Tomorrow marks the first in a series of very important dates for the state of Colorado.

 

I am a big supporter of the grass-roots method of precinct caucus but it only works if people participate. I also understand why some cannot participate directly because I have been in that situation more times than I like to think about.

 

When I worked for a Democrat sheriff whom I admired and supported, my support did not reach to the extent of becoming a Democrat and going to caucus to help the Republicans support someone to run against him made me uncomfortable. As the editor of a newspaper, I felt it improper for me to be directly involved in that part of the political process, but I never hesitated giving my opinions.

 

Now that has changed and I will be occupying one of the chairs at my precinct caucus. The people that know me also know that it will not be a chair of silence that supports my ample behind. They can plan on hearing my thoughts, and my thoughts on this election cycle are that Colorado needs some drastic change and it has to start happening during the caucuses.

 

I took the time, as I hope many did, to sit and listen to the Republican debate sponsored by the Colorado GOP on FOX 31 yesterday morning. Four of the five Republicans now vying for the gubernatorial race showed up for the debate. Tom Trancredo chose not to do so and consequently will not even get a “maybe” from me tomorrow night. The other four, Greg Brophy, Scott Gessler, Steve House and Mike Kopp did a nice job in my opinion of presenting their agendas to the public.

 

The one thing that impressed me the most was that all four of these gentlemen made it clear that they were running against Governor Hickenlooper. They all refrained from attacking each other and framed their comments and responses in the light of being a viable candidate that can defeat John Hickenlooper. That, in my mind, is the most important thing because that must happen before all the other ideas can be implemented.

 

Frankly, I can live with any of the four when compared to another four years of a disappointing statehouse agenda backed by Gov. Hickenlooper. I disagree with just about everything he has done in the past three years. I found myself almost applauding at my computer screen (I had to watch through a streaming video) when Mike Kopp referred to the Colorado gun control bills as “a disaster.” I also like the analogy he used when he said that Gov. Hickenlooper “picked at the scab.”

 

I have not settled on just which of these men will get my vote tomorrow night. What I have settled on is the fact that I will not sit in the background and watch when I can walk (or drive my big diesel pickup for that matter) to my local caucus and let them know what I think. I encourage each of you to do the same thing. If you cannot go, talk to someone who is going. Tell them how important it is that we start now in the long process of getting Colorado back on track. Then make a vow, just as all four of the candidates made yesterday, to support whomever the final candidate is. You may not agree with everything he has to say, but if you think like a conservative as I do, you will certainly agree that any one of these men is better than what we have now.

 

Stand up and say something!

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2014