We write here and elsewhere on Colorado Politics. Of late, not by design, but simply because they are in the news, we have been writing about Democrat politician's willingness to lie routinely about their record, their promises, and the impact of their promises on the public.
One of our concerns about pointing out so many lies in so short a time is that we might get the same reputation that Colorado media matters has. They claim to see everything a Republican says as a lie. They came on this site once to claim that someone expressing an opinion was lying. Good Grief!
We don't put up with that kind of guff. We handed Bill Menezes a rhetorical paper bag and told him to stop hyperventilating. Of course, he didn't stop, he just turned his attention elsewhere, most recently to Christmas! He is part of and is paid handsomely to promote the Big Blue Lie Machine.
Today, we see that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is exposing another recent lie by Mark Udall's campaign manager. Politicians like Mark Udall should learn one thing in this Internet age. They can lie about the weather (err, global warming), and maybe about which direction the sun comes up, but it is impossible to lie about one's record and not get caught. Once a politician develops a reputation as willing to lie routinely, it is hard to shake.
The most blatant lies of the past week were told by Bill Ritter in his address to the nation. Two paragraphs are quoted here, and both are full of lies:
"In Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain West, Democrats are succeeding because we provide moderate, common sense leadership on issues most important to American families," Ritter said. "Where Washington has failed to act, we are moving ahead on issues such as immigration, domestic-energy development, education and creating new jobs for hard-working Americans."
Immigration: It is no secret that when Bill Ritter ran for Governor his record was as a Denver prosecutor who was willing to plea bargain illegal immigrant's felonies into "agricultural trespass" so that they could stay in the country. Who knew that the city of Denver had so much agricultural land?
Domestic-Energy Development: Bill Ritter has publicly opposed drilling on the Roan Plateau and in the Vermillion Basin here in Colorado. We know of no domestic oil and gas production that he supports. We know that he hates nuclear energy. He promoted a splashy project to see that ethanol was being sold in gas stations throughout the state without admitting that the production of corn ethanol might damage Colorado's water supply.
Education: Colorado has been a leader in the Charter School movement but once in power, the Democrats began to systematically dismantle Charter Schools. Democrat Representative Michael Merrifield, the chairman of the Colorado House Education Committee went so far as to opine that there was a special place in hell for Charterizers. Ritter loves education unions more than education to the detriment of Colorado children.
Creating New Jobs: ???????????? Bill Ritter is a big taxer. Taxes strip private enterprise of the ability to grow new jobs and help government to grow jobs that produce nothing but red tape. A recent study (pdf) by CRA International shows that the energy bill that Bill Ritter went to Washington to promote would cut regional Gross Domestic Product and job creation dramaticly. They even provide a state by state analysis with the Colorado impact on page 7.
"Democrats have put forward substantive policies that address our nation's broken health-care system," Ritter said. "At a time when concern about our economy is growing and American families are struggling with high energy costs, Democrats have proposed policies that will take advantage of renewable energy resources."
Health Care: Bill Ritter and the Democrat legislature have proved to be really good at creating study groups on issues. They fill these "blue ribbon panels" with stakeholders who want to grow Colorado government 10% at a time, a solution regular Colorado citizens won't buy and Ritter knows it. The only thing "substantive" that Ritter has produced so far is a big stack of paper.
Renewable Energy: This last sentence is so deceptive that it may be the biggest lie of all. Renewable energy is much more expensive, at least in the short run, than oil and gas. It is also much less flexible. There may be reasons to "take advantage of renewable energy resources," but cost to the consumer is not one of them. If he wants to control costs, let him freeze the price consumers pay for wind and solar to that which they pay for coal derived energy and take away their giant subsidies.
The Big Blue Lie Machine in Colorado is blowing so much smoke out so many vents that it is hard not to notice.