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Hard left in Colorado: time for Hickenlooper “to get a backbone”

Posted by Kelly Maher on February 27th, 2011
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At the end of the MoveOn.org rally on the steps of the Colorado Capitol on Saturday, an organizer said this…

“You know, something that I’d like to point out is that we have a Democratic governor in this state and our Democratic governor hasn’t said a word to those people in Wisconsin. And it’s time. It’s time for our governor to get a backbone and stand up for labor, stand up for the working class. So make sure you take that message to him.”

Meanwhile, The Denver Post on Sunday called for that same Gov. John Hickenlooper to rescind the 2007 Executive Order that allowed Colorado’s public sector workers to organize, writing, “How is it possible the politically savvy governor has suddenly gone so tone deaf?”

And where was Hickenlooper?

The governor was “a little giddy” in the presence of Pres. Obama in Washington, D.C., according to Politico, while also telling the publication that only a “centrist” Republican could beat Obama in Colorado in the 2012 presidential election.

Hickenlooper [who said admiringly in 2006 that then-Sen. Obama was "100 percent community activist"] is trying hard as governor to play politics down the middle. His proposed budget cuts were surprisingly tough and are getting pushback from his fellow Democrats in the legislature.

But at some point on union issues in Colorado, a reckoning will come (backbone or tone deaf?) and Hickenlooper will have to take a stand.

For more from the MoveOn.org rally, see my personal commentary below…



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  • Post by Kelly Maher on February 27th, 2011

3 Responses to “Hard left in Colorado: time for Hickenlooper “to get a backbone””

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  2. Bruce Baker says:

    Public employee unions are a direct conflict of interest. Even F.D.R. knew that.

    In the private sector, if, say, an airline’s workers strike and get a fantastic contract, that’s their right. I am not harmed.

    If the airline then raises its prices to pay for that new contract, it’s their right. It’s my right to take my business elsewhere. I am not harmed. If that union eventually drives the airline out of business, it’s sad for all concerned, but everyones rights were respected.

    I have to pay taxes, by law. I can’t take my business elsewhere.

    Public employees work for the government. My taxes pay their salary. In a non “Right to Work” state, those public employees pay dues out of that salary to a union by law. If that union then uses those dues to support candidates or legal positions that I disagree with, then I have no choice on whom or for what a portion of my tax dollars is used for.

    That is taxation without representation. If I recall my history correctly, there was some trouble about that back East, about 235 years ago (1776).

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  3. [...] tracks with WhoSaidYouSaid’s previous coverage of Hickenlooper being called out at a rally in February: “It’s time for our governor to get a backbone and stand up for labor, stand up [...]

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