Heating up for the summer … and the political insanity

Craig Hall, Publisher
Craig Hall, Publisher

One thing guaranteed to make things hotter in an even-numbered-year summer is that politics adds its heat to the atmosphere. Maybe we’ve found the real reason for man-made global warming — and no, I’m not endorsing that fairy tale. Because, as this column will hopefully show, the best way to cool things off is for the government and politicians to stop solving problems and fighting for us.

With these thoughts in mind, I can tell you filling out my primary ballot might have been the easiest ever. I simply eliminated voting for any candidate who said they’d “fight for me,” voted against incumbents at the national level, ignored any candidate who said they’d create jobs or get the government and regulation off the backs of businesses to create jobs or clean up Washington so it “works for me” (hint: they can’t and it never will), ignored the University of Colorado regent position (that’s a lost cause) and as always, did nothing about the state board of education — I have no idea what the state board of education does anyway. The only thing I know is that my kids do better in school when I’m involved as their father.
So basically I filled in ovals for people I know, like and actually have experience trusting and then wrote myself in to be the next senator from the great state of Colorado.

Now before you go all “your vote is your most important right” and “if you don’t vote you have no right to complain” or any other little voter axiom on me, allow me to explain my thinking. As I do, kindly realize I do this in the interest of the only freedom that truly matters to me: MINE. Oh, I care about yours. I really do. I want you to be as free as we all were in 1787. But I vote the way I do for one reason: We’re not. And that goes from Washington, D.C., to Denver to right here in River City.

I also realize I might be doing this at the expense of some political advertising revenue in coming months. Then again, it’s rare indeed to find anyone who understands the difference between editorial versus content and knows that what I write in my columns has nothing to do with the quality of the stories in this paper, the readers who read it and in reaching them for their votes. I’d like to fully thank the mainstream media for its “all the agenda wrapped up in what we call news coverage that we see fit to print” attitude over the years, but I digress.

So quick and dirty, here we go.

I don’t think the federal government is going to solve any problem the people have. It’s rarely, if ever, happened in more than 200 years. Government makes things worse. And government at its best has now come to offer up the worst in candidates. One has only to look at the national ballot to understand this. And yes, this includes the only representative doing a “good job,” which too many think is “our guy.” Because simply put, if everyone’s guy (or gal) did a great job, none of this would be happening in D.C. If you’d like an example, just look at health care. Since the day private health care began (as the result of government wage controls) the government has made it worse and is only now one step away from its ultimate goal: single payer. And “our guys” did nothing to stop this unconstitutional taking over of private industry all those years.

In looking at Denver, with more than 650 pieces of legislation introduced during the session this year alone, you can see the problem is spreading rapidly. Let’s face it, there are all too many folks willing to be elevated to the level of know-it-all by virtue of being elected and more than willing to do the bidding of the select few who’ve paid or bullied their way into getting laws passed for their benefit. When I cast my votes, I vote for people who’ll do their best to stop these things, not promote them — even though they know it’s a losing endeavor. While I might have several things wrong with me that I need to fix, it’s certainly not more than 600 that they need to.

Worse yet, Colorado could get its own version of Obamacare along with the huge cost overruns our legislators can do nothing about because it’s a constitutional amendment. So if enough folks vote for it, we have to pay their medical insurance and our Legislature will have to write it up and enforce it on us. If I had to guess, I’d say this law has already been written by insiders who were too cheap to take their own risk and go into the insurance business (maybe because it’s expensive and over-regulated?) and decided they’d “help” the people and the children while helping themselves to taxpayers dollars at the same time. That’s how business is done anymore, even in Denver. For more proof, see “Jump Start Colorado” to understand these decisions are best left to the experts, not you or me.

As for the city, I have two examples: the Avalon Theater and public safety complex. Both done without the approval of the voters.

So tell me again about how important my vote is?