Frank Watts: Of course bureaucrats don’t want their funds cut
November 2, 2010
To the Editor,
The letter to the editor titled Politicians of all stripes agree: Vote no on the Ugly 3, should read Politicians and Bureaucrats of all stripes agree … ” Of course politicians and bureaucrats largely don’t want their taxing and debt power reduced or taken away. They make a living off our tax money and enjoy deciding how to spend it. Since 1984 the politicians have increased state spending 476 percent according to the Colorado Legislative Council.
The writer asserts that more than 73,000 jobs would be lost if we enact 60, 61 and 101 – based upon what analysis or study? If any jobs are lost it will be government jobs that are funded by we, the private sector taxpayers. Jobs that are now paid more than their private counterparts and have fantastic retirement payments at early ages.
The writer also asserts that the savings in vehicle registration fees would be “about 17 cents per day” … but the “losses” would be “emergency medical services, road maintenance, bridge maintenance, public school funding and more.” WOW look what we get for 17 cents per day. Now if you believe that you will also believe that I will grow a fine head of hair. If the tax reduction is only $.17 per citizen, it adds up to about $250 per year for a family of four – that’s for 101 alone. (Per a state report, all savings will total $1,800 per year for the average family).
The writer then asserts that a total of $6.3 billion would be “ripped from the state and local governments in Colorado.” It is their money and we would be “ripping” it from them? Perhaps we should ask where the money comes from that will be ripped from the politicians and bureaucrats. Perhaps we should ask whether or not the taxpayers keeping that $6.3 billion would create more private sector jobs – which pay for the government jobs. Perhaps we should insist that the money be spent to pay off the liberal’s current debt of $35.7 billion (Yes, billion with a B – per Colorado budget).
One of the things that these amendments will do is to prevent politicians and bureaucrats from extending our government debt without a vote of the people. Gosh that is really ripping the big bucks from them.
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Since the result of these amendments is to reduce government spending and debt, let’s do it.
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