Monthly Archives: March 2016

Kids? Education? Health? – Fund it!

By Bob Cox

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

 

Well, here I go again, taking off on what some might call a monomania regarding our state legislature.

 

Only when the people finally realize that electing tax-and-spend bumbledoms creates the need to find more resources to satisfy their liberal ideas will they realize that they need to change their rationale behind their votes.

 

Only when the people finally realize that we have funded just about everything that has had the words “children” “education” and “health” to the point that our children are in perpetual debt, our education system is a joke and our heath care is dependent upon a quasi-insurance plan that does not work, will they also realize that they need to take the emotions out of their visit to the polls.

 

You can bet that, if there is a pot of money resting anywhere in the government, someone will figure out a way to dip into it until it, like everything else is broke. Our state legislators have consistently passed legislation, or gone along with federal mandates that create these pockets of money. Then, when the funds are in place and doing what they are intended to do, and when they have some surplus, these same people can’t wait to get their greedy hands on the money. They have tried it with the Hospital Provider funds and have tried, and in many cases, succeeded with the Severance Tax Fund.

 

A recent bill authored by Se. Ray Scott is yet another example of the need to pass another law to ensure that one already on the books is complied with. The severance tax is a very expensive mandate on extraction companies to help mitigate losses and impacts upon local jurisdictions. Half of the money collected goes to the Department of Natural Resources. The other half is designed to local governments to help with those losses and impacts that occur within their boundaries. When things are going well and the extraction companies are active, the money flows in. It is there like a huge bowl of chocolate that causes the tax-and-spend crowd’ saliva to drip off their chins. They cannot keep their hands out of the bowl. And their favorite way of getting at it is to start throwing those same words, “children,” “education” and “health” at us in a feeble attempt to make us believe they are really going to accomplish something if we just let them have more money to do it. What they really want is to take money away from the cities and counties that it was intended for and give it to some pet project in their respective areas.

 

After some extensive modification of the bill (SB97), Scott finally got it before the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee. It passed through that committee with on an 8-2 vote. Now it heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it will be debated further.

 

It will be interesting to see what happens to this bill and we should keep track of it. If the jurisdictions that the money was intended for really don’t need it, then the taxes should be cut. If they do need it, then leave it alone and let it do what it was intended to do.

 

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 2016

 

 

Pretty (crazy) in Pink

March 14, 2016

By Bob Cox

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

 

I have commented several times over the past few weeks about things that I think are a waste of time on the part of our lawmakers. Today, I will probably get myself in a little trouble with some people that I have always had the utmost respect for, but things are getting out of hand.

 

I am getting real tired of just about everything being seen by some as being sexist, racist, anti-gay or improper assertion of religious freedoms.

 

Back in the decades before 1970 Colorado had literally gained a reputation of killing each other more so than killing big game during the fall hunting seasons. Hunters numbering in the double digits each year were being killed by their fellow hunters or by accidents on their own part.

 

Then, Colorado passed two very important laws. First they began requiring that hunters attend a hunter education class (back then called hunter safety class) and that all big game hunters were daylight fluorescent orange garments. When the law regarding fluorescent orange was first passed it required each hunter to wear 300 square inches of the color. There were those who so opposed the new safety requirement that they actually cut patches equaling the 300 square inches and pinned them under their armpits to comply without the color being seen. The law was then changed requiring that the color be 500 square inches, be worn in a garment above the waist and include head cover.

 

The result of those two laws was that we went from and average of 10 or more fatalities each year to an average of less than one. It worked, and it worked well.

 

I have been involved in the hunter education program for over 40 years. I have had numerous young people and adults in my classes. Not once can I remember anyone claiming that the wearing of daylight fluorescent orange had anything to do with being sexist. It had everything to do with being safe and I believe that, for the most part, my fellow instructors and I made that clear.

 

But then comes our esteemed left-wing lawmakers. A couple of months ago, when I first heard about Senate Bill 16-068, I doubted that it would progress beyond some discussion. I actually believed that the legislators and the public in general would chuckle and let it go as a colossal waste of time.

 

SB-68, introduced by Vail Democrat Kerry Donovan allows hunters to choose to wear fluorescent pink rather than the orange. Yep, she claims it is sexist; that wearing orange promoted the myth that hunting was a man’s sport and women were just not welcome into the camp.

 

My jaw literally dropped open when I found out that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced support for the bill. Then I shook the curls out of my hair when I heard that the bill passed in the Republican controlled Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee. I almost went into shock, last Saturday, as I sat among hundreds of Republicans, when Rep. Don Coram told me that the bill was destined to become law.

 

I have a suggestion for Sen. Donovan and the rest of those wasting their time on these things. Maybe you should propose a bill that would stop the sexual discrimination of hunting so many male animals. Maybe we should be hunting more females to make it more “fair.” Or maybe you could get the biologists at CPW to start capturing elk and performing sex-change operations on them. Or how about this: We could stop hunting all together and give people tours in Pope-mobile-style jeeps through our government owned lands to observe the wildlife. Of course we would have to have a pink jeep and a blue jeep so as not to appear to be sexist. Then we probably better arrange for a black jeep and a brown jeep for obvious reasons and we could not use the older jeeps manufactured by American Motors, that might send the wrong message to our Mid-Eastern friends.

 

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 2016