Monthly Archives: August 2016

Michael Bennet aid and abets liars

August 29, 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 see by the recent polls that incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet has a substantial lead over his Republican challenger, Daryl Glenn. What a shame that we may have to suffer through another senatorial term with Bennet. He has proven to me that he is nothing more than a partisan and does little to actually represent the state he was elected to serve. Of course he was elected by the people who have decided to lean to the left as far as they can without falling off of the free-ride wagon.

 

Every time that I send Sen. Bennet an email I do get a response. I have no idea if he is actually writing the response or not, but the good news is that he responds. The bad news is that his responses are always canned Democrat talking points. He never disagrees with anything the Democrats are doing. Even if one agrees with basic policy, it seems that at least once in awhile one would disagree with specifics.

 

As the Clinton e-mail thing became hot and heated, at least for us truth seekers, I sent an email to Bennet asking him how he could support someone who constantly tells lies, and then lies about the lies she tells. Bennet responded by telling me that, on July 6, 2016 the FBI effectively Oked Clinton’s actions when they concluded that there was not sufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

 

Bennet evidently did not read FBI Director Comey’s statement, nor did he listen to his testimony. Comey said that she lied. Over and over again he said she was not truthful. It is plain and simple: she is a liar and that is what I asked Bennet about. He will not even admit that she lied. He only sends me a canned answer about there being no criminal prosecution.

 

This behavior is typical of what Bennet does and as far as I am concerned anyone who aids and abets a thief is guilty of theft; anyone who aids and abets a killer is a killer, and anyone who aids and abets a liar is a liar.

 

We all need to get behind Daryl Glenn in one way or another. We cannot afford to let this partisan senator continue to misrepresent us at every turn.

 

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

 

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Amendment 69 – a potential disaster

August 22, 2016

 

By Bob Cox

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

Colorado is flirting with going down another socialistic path that can only lead to financial disaster.

Somehow, and I can tell you my theory sometime, over 150,000 of our fair citizens became signatories on petitions that placed another proposed amendment on the Colorado ballot. Amendment 69 is potentially one of the worst amendments added to the Colorado Constitution, and there are plenty bad ones to go around.

In effect, Amendment 69 would create a single-payer heath system in Colorado. That system would likely cause patients to suffer through long waiting periods and even reduce the quality of health care for Colorado citizens. And it would definitely cost a lot of money – money that must come from the pockets of those waiting in line.

You will likely hear more of the pros than the cons on this, because it seems that the Denver news media is all about covering the pros and leaving the cons to be labeled as op-eds and letters to editors.

Vermont tried this very thing just a few years back. Vermont is not a huge conservative state, quite the contrary, but they looked at this proposal closely and defeated it. The same thing needs to happen here.

This amendment could easily double the state’s budget. It is a $25 billion tax increase that citizens will pay into from two directions. First they would pay a 10 percent employment tax. Secondly, the cost to business owners and sole proprietors will go up significantly. Those costs will be passed on to consumers and patients and their pockets will be picked while they wait for a Canadian-style health care system to decide when, and if, they will get treated.

Interestingly, one of the organizations that would normally be all on board for this type of thing has come out against it. NARAL ProChoice Colorado is opposing the amendment because it fears it will limit access to abortions. I never thought I would be on the same page with these people, but I find myself there now. There are some arguments whether or not the amendment would replace the current ban on using public funds for abortions. I think it is possible that Amendment 69 could supersede Article V, section 50 in that regard.

The bottom line is that Colorado cannot afford this and health care will suffer because of it. I can just hear the flower children and the drugs, sex and rock and roll people of my generation lamenting the fact that this socialistic, big government push for power has not taken place much earlier, so they could have been under a system run by the government long before they signed up for Medicare, which is what many of them are doing right now.

If this thing passes, all Colorado citizens will lose their current benefits plans and those plans will be replaced by benefits that comply with regulations made by some entity that has yet to be identified or defined. We cannot let this happen.

One of the worst things about this whole proposal is the fact that, by the time all those give-it-to-me-free advocates figure out that it is not working, it will have been embedded into the Constitution and will be very difficult to remove or even amend. This is as good a reason as there can be to get your ballot counted.

Remember, I only send out these missives by email 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

 

 

Grow Government, Grow

August 15, 2016

By Bob Cox

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

 

 

We all know how I feel about the crazy proliferation of governmental regulations over the past several years. My concerns seem to be given credence in a recently released analysis conducted by Susan Dudley and Melinda Warren on behalf of the George Washington University and the Weidenbaum Center on Economy, Government and Public Policy. The study has been referred to by some of my favorite commentators, including Matthew Andrews and James Gattuso, both affiliated with the Heritage Foundation.

 

The analysis, in the world of government at least, is not long; only 26 pages, but some of the findings are staggering and I think show how much damage the big government politicians have done to this country.

 

The study focuses only on regulatory agencies that impact the private sector. The analysis does not include Social Security, IRS and similar regulatory agencies.   Throw those in and things would look even worse.

 

Now, not all this started with the Obama administration, but the 2016 budget shows that he and his supporters are all-in on this massive government expansion. From 1960 to 2015, the money pumped into regulation increased 1,800 percent. One of my favorite goofball agencies, the EPA, was established during the Nixon era in 1970. Its primary purpose was to respond to the ever increasing and highly visible onslaught of air pollution and what people like Rachel Carson (author of Silent Spring) viewed as indiscriminate use of pesticides. It has since expanded at a rate that is almost unbelievable. The employment numbers of the EPA have increased, according to the analysis, by well over 10,000.

 

From 2014 to 2015 the economy grew by a dismal 2.6 percent. The powers-that-be have manipulated the unemployment numbers, and to some extent the economic numbers, to make things look much better than they are, but the 2.6 percent number is dwarfed by the 4.3 percent that the regulatory agencies grew. And remember that the 277,000 employees referred to in this analysis do not include those put to work in the IRS, Social Security Administration, Defense Department or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Those agencies actually amount to about 33 percent of the money we send to Washington for abuse each year.

 

And, just so you know that I am not leaving out Obama, his administration has added more than $100 billion to this problem. To make things even worse, we now have a candidate for the presidency that thinks Obama has not done enough. Hillary Clinton quite literally seems to want to double down on what Obama has done. That means that the number of economy busting regulatory employees could well meet the number of employees employed year around by McDonalds franchises. Maybe that is a good comparison because it would not surprise me if the future holds a drive-up window for obtaining citizenship financed under the guise of “immigration reform.”

 

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