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2/27/10

Speaker Pelosi's four-million jobs claim a laugh riot

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is coming to Colorado for an event Monday.

Too bad it's invite-only. We'd love to pop in and find out what she thinks of this video about her claim about health-care reform: "In its life it will create 4 million jobs - 400,000 jobs almost immediately."



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFWdiS55_j8



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2/26/10

Hickenlooper: Billions of bucks to beat climate change

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has made enough public statements about his views on climate change that a pattern emerges: 1) give a nod to the skeptics 2) say that if there's even a chance it's true, we need to do something and 3) tout solutions.

All three were evident in a podcast interview recently posted by U.S. News & World Report.

PLUS, Hickenlooper calculated a price tag: up to $80 billion a year "on more sustainable energy sources and making sure that we're not putting the planet at risk."

[It's not clear if the interview was conducted before or after Hickenlooper announced Jan. 12 that he would run for governor of Colorado.]

"Many - maybe not all - but a significant majority of our top scientists, believe this is a very, very serious issue," Hickenlooper said about 3:12 into the podcast. "This could change the world as we know it in very profound and negative ways. If there's even a two-percent chance that they're right, we're fools not to be making significant investments to begin to prepare, as we get more data, if they are exactly correct."

What type of things? Incandescent street lights and traffic signals, insulating buildings, green construction, high-efficiency and high-mileage vehicles, he gave as examples. "All these things cost us almost nothing and they can have dramatic effects."

Then came the clincher, making a parallel to personal safety in the home.

"Ask people what they think the chance of their house burning on fire is. And most people will tell you, 'My house is never going to burn on fire,' right? And yet we all buy fire insurance. We pay between .2 [percent] and .5 percent of the value of our home, every year, just to have that insurance. Well, by that measure, we should be spending $60 [billion] to $80 billion a year on more sustainable energy sources and making sure that we're not putting the planet at risk."

Comparing home fire insurance to "global warming insurance" is a talking point of some progressives. See this video...



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCfhF8fZ9NQ



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2/25/10

"No Nukes," "Health Care" and other Democratic myths

What's going on behind the scenes as President Obama hashes out health care policy at Blair House today during a live webcast?

"After a brief period of consultation following the White House health reform summit, congressional Democrats plan to begin making the case next week for a massive, Democrats-only health-care plan, party strategists told POLITICO," Mike Allen reported.

Ahhh, "bipartisanship."

What will happen on the floor of the Senate if Democrats maneuver to pass elements of a $950 billion health care plan through a "reconciliation" process that defuses a potential Republican filibuster?

Five years ago, when the Republicans controlled the Senate and tried, as described by The Washington Post, "to disallow the use of filibusters" it was a very different story - and termed the "nuclear option."

See for yourself!




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2/24/10

Mayor Hickenlooper, FasTracks and the taxpayers

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was and is a BIG cheerleader for FasTracks, the 122-mile commuter rail and light rail project. Now running for governor of Colorado, he continues to emphasize that FasTracks is a model of regional cooperation.

But at what price?

The Economist magazine recently noted "a $2.4 billion shortfall and a scramble for alternative sources of finance."



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oubeKAJpFT0

The $4.7 billion funding from increased sales taxes approved by Denver metro voters in 2004 isn't going to get it built and operating by 2017.

Boosters may have to GO BACK to the ballot and convince voters that ANOTHER sales tax hike is needed.

Randal O'Toole, author of the book "Gridlock" and a Cato Institute senior fellow, has been a longtime critic of the project, including this analysis from 2004.



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2/23/10

"DEWmocracy" a la Colo. Senate Majority Leader John Morse

State Sen. John Morse, Democrat of Colorado Springs, says he drinks up to a case each day of Diet Mountain Dew - but this player shouldn't look for a spokesguy-endorsement deal; by day he's an advocate for the higher soda-and-candy tax in Colorado. DEW drinkers and makers and the folks they employ aren't fans!

Do you 'spose John knows that tax means his DEWaddiction will cost more? Or maybe that just doesn't matter to Democrats.

And the high life for Morse doesn't stop there, as shown by this curious report from his rockin' pad by Eli Stokols of Fox 31...

And boy I hope he recycles!


 

http://www.kdvr.com/videobeta/?watchId=51d7d868-4006-44d7-b745-a065cbe990be


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2/22/10

Sen. Udall: "Who knew that Sen. Mitch McConnell was a Marxist?"

We'll defer to Sen. Udall on defining all things Marx - Groucho, Karl and otherwise...




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVN7t1OXWZU





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2/21/10

Sen. Bennet and Pres. Obama: they know what's best for us, right?

President Obama is trying to pilot a tattered health care reform through Congress and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado is his wingman.

Watch two clips from their recent Denver fundraising rally (part of a day that raised $675,000 for Bennet's campaign) to gain insight into their dubious strategy.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5vWkOy1kMs


In the first segment, Bennet critiques Washington, specifically the cloture rule that calls for 60 votes in the Senate to end debate and vote on legislation. (Democrats have only 59 votes, meaning the ever-present possibility of a Republican filibuster.)

"But since going to Washington I've discovered that career politicians learn to live in an entirely different world, an echo chamber cut off from the reality of life in America that defies common sense at every turn and uses something called the cloture rule to defy the rule of reason," said Bennet.

Bennet, in the Senate all of one year via coronation by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, is eager to flex his own brand of reason.

Bennet was one of four Democratic senators (now numbering 20) pushing the Senate to bypass cloture and use "reconciliation" (which requires a simple majority of 51 votes) to pass health care reform INCLUDING a public option.

The Wall Street Journal noted
that such a "reconciliation gambit really would be unprecedented for social legislation of this cost and scale."

The Denver Post editorialized that, "Most Americans want Congress to start over on health care reform, but it seems Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet would rather jam it down our throats."

The second video segment is of the President, with Bennet by his side, telling us why health care reform is a must, building to this crescendo: "And that's why we're not going to walk away from it!"


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