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VP Biden has no doubts on stimulus, but you should

Vice President Joe Biden, in Colorado on Friday, called for all aboard the stimulus-spending hype train.

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"It is unquestionable that the economic program... contained in the Recovery Act has in fact been a success," said Biden at UQM Technologies. "You notice everybody the beginning it was a terrible thing. No one doubts now that it saved or produced 2.5 million jobs."

Hmmm. Politifact's fact-check of a similar statement from Pres. Obama rates it "half-true" and notes, "As anyone with a passing familiarity with economics might expect, economists are far from unified on their estimates of how big an effect the stimulus has had on jobs."

Politifact also notes...
"Some scholars, including many conservatives, believe that the multiplier effect from the stimulus is small or nonexistent. 'Every dollar Congress injects into the economy must first be taxed or borrowed out of the economy,' writes economist Brian Riedl of the conservative Heritage Foundation."

Biden also headed a fundraiser in Denver for U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, praising her for "supporting three policies that likely will frame Republican attempts to oust her in the fall - economic stimulus spending, changing the nation's energy policy and health-care reform," wrote Robert Moore of the The Coloradoan.

On all three, the Democrats' numbers don't add up.

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Rep. Joe Miklosi haunted by the specter of Karl Rove

When debating congressional redistricting this week in the Colorado House State Affairs Committee, Democratic Rep. Joe Miklosi goes on RED ALERT. He quotes 7-year-old newspaper columns, Scripture, and the specter of Republican strategist Karl Rove.

REP. MIKLOSI: Karl Rove had a vision all right, he wanted to realign politics. But it's so true, that our plans of men are waylaid because they cannot come to fruition when such arrogance is dominated in the thoughts of men. This bill reduces [those] handcuffs, allows the courts to do their job, and I'll ensure that this bill passes.

REP. TODD: Thank you, and Representative Miklosi, I was pretty lenient with that, but I would ask that in the future you wouldn't reference someone who is not here.

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Sen. Bennet: everybody in the insurance pool! JUMP!

The most infuriating aspect of Pres. Obama's health care reform, and one that may not withstand a court challenge, is the government mandate to buy insurance.

That mandate may hit young, and relatively healthy, people the hardest in the wallet. The response, at least from collectivist-minded lawmakers like U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, is that it's for their (and society's) own good, even while acknowledging that "people that are 17 to roughly 26 in this country, as a group, are making an economically rational decision not to buy health insurance."

Bennet made his remarks on Saturday at an event in Denver hosted by New Era Colorado, a Boulder-based non-profit with the self-described mission of "reinventing politics for our generation through innovative social and political action."

"Steve was talking earlier about, how, well, maybe you guys are disadvantaged in this bill because young people, are on average, healthier than older people," said Bennet. "My observation about that is sort of twofold. One, young people hopefully become older people themselves, at some point, so you want to have a system that actually works for everybody.

"And the other is that, you know, as a group, the people that are 17 to roughly 26 in this country, as a group, are making an economically rational decision not to buy health insurance. Again, as a group. That's why the insurance rates among young people, among other things, are so much lower than they are for the rest of the population.

"But the reason it was very important to us to say, among other things, that we wanted to keep people on their folks' insurance until they were 26, if they wanted to do it, was that, first of all: even though as a group it's economically rational for you not to buy insurance; as individuals, it is irrational, because if one of you gets sick or if you have a car accident or if something befalls you and you're not insured, it could ruin the rest of your life. And, so that's why we wanted to get folks insured.

"But the other reason is, frankly, 'cause you're cheaper, because you are generally healthier. And what it does is net out the expense of adding people to the pool that have pre-existing conditions that are today being denied insurance. So, that's why we're all in this together. And, there are people that are opposed to health-care reform that say, 'Well, you shouldn't require everybody to have insurance but we should still cover people with pre-existing conditions.' The result of that would simply be to drive the insurance rates up to unaffordable levels."

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Hickenlooper can't answer the tough questions

A Facebook page titled Mayor Teflon John Hickenlooper's Glass Jaw appeared today...

The Denver mayor needs to figure out soon how to answer tough questions because many more are coming his way as he runs for governor of Colorado.

As highlighted on Complete Colorado and blogged about by Rossputin and Ben DeGrow, Hickenlooper seemed to get hot under the collar on the Caplis and Silverman show yesterday. Caplis and Silverman had Hickenlooper on to discuss his failure to disclose to the media the non-profit organizations to which he had donated.

We are starting to see a trend of Hickenlooper dancing around straightforward questions. On April 15, Hickenlooper went on the Mike Rosen Show on 850 KOA and got defensive when asked about his praise of Van Jones, first reported by WhoSaidYouSaid. Denver Post columnist Vincent Carroll analyzed his explanation two days later.

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Treasury Secretary: "I never had a real job."

Kind of speaks for itself, doesn't it?

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Teacher: Some Denver teachers would "vote Republican" before voting for Bennet

Listen to the interview below with two teachers at the recent Colorado Education Association delegate assembly (held at the Marriott Tech Center), conducted by Wade Norris, who supports Andrew Romanoff, Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. At the end of the video, a teacher identified as Barbara says that "lifelong Democrats, who said they will . . . teachers in Denver, have said they will not vote for Michael Bennet, they will vote for a Republican before they will vote for Michael Bennet."

Best political threat ever. I'll take it.

BARBARA: I was actually on the committee of teachers that participated in interviewing Michael Bennet, and at that time during his interviews he was committed to staying as superintendent in Denver Public Schools for five years. As we know, he did not stay five years. And when he began his career as superintendent in Denver, he really did make the effort to go out and start talking to teachers, something that was sort of unheard of. And I have to say that I noticed over the years that that dwindled significantly as soon as he started getting pushback from teachers; he didn't spend the time talking to teachers as much as he had when he first started. And I kind of feel like he used the superintendent's job to create a name for himself as a stepping stone to move on into politics, and that's exactly what happened. So, that's how I perceive Michael Bennet.

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NORRIS: Let's ask a hypothetical question, if Andrew Romanoff loses to Bennet, to Michael Bennet in the primary, what do you think of that? What have you heard?

MELISSA: I have heard that some, I've heard from many people that they will not vote in that race.

BARBARA: Or that they'll vote Republican, lifelong Democrats, who said they will . . . teachers in Denver, have said they will not vote for Michael Bennet, they will vote for a Republican before they will vote for Michael Bennet.

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The November election in an epic drama movie trailer

I saw an ad yesterday from the "Remember November" campaign of the Republican Governors Association. It looked more like the trailer to a major James Cameron blockbuster than an ad to get voters to the polls in November.

A nice thing about watching a movie trailer is when you get goosebumps from fear you can say to yourself, "It's just a movie, it's just pretend." When watching this ad, at the end the goosebumps get worse when you realize this is real life.

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