Panel, Gessler face showdown over budget

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Kudos to the Sentinel for Charles Ashby’s timely report: “Panel, Gessler face showdown over budget”, which affords added insight into Republicans’ (including Secretary of State and would-be governor Scott Gessler’s) hypocritically self-serving version of responsible governance.

Gessler turned a $7 million budget surplus into a budgetary shortfall loss by unilaterally cutting business taxes – defying the legislature’s request.

In 2001 and 2002, Republican President George Bush abandoned Democratic President Bill Clinton’s balanced budgets and national-debt-reducing budgetary surplus to enact exorbitant tax cuts – the latter, after starting unfunded wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – which disproportionately benefited the already wealthiest taxpayers.

After thereby squandering the federal government’s revenues, in 2009 Bush bequeathed to Democratic President Obama the largest annual deficits and national debt in history.  In 2011, Republicans threatened to welch on the nation’s “full faith and credit” – causing the largest one-day increase in our national debt in our history – and are doing it again. 

In June 2012, Gessler had an unlawful $7 million surplus in his budget.  Rather than turn that surplus back to the General Fund (where it might have benefited public education), Gessler unilaterally cut business registration fees – most significantly, from $125 to $1—costing his budget $1 million per month into 2013 and resulting in a $3.3 million shortfall. Now, Gessler disingenuously blames House Bill 1303 – The Voter Access & Modernized Elections Act (sponsored by Democrats and supported by the Colorado County Clerks Association).

In light of New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie’s burgeoning “Bridge-gate” scandal, Sentinel readers should reasonably question what kind of Colorado governor the ethically-challenged Gessler would be.

Meanwhile, the FEC found Idaho’s former Republican Senator Larry Craig guilty of knowingly misusing campaign funds to fight his 2007 conviction in the infamous airport bathroom sex sting, and ordered to pay $360,000 in fines and restitution.

I thought he was running on a platform of careful spending.

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