A grandstand for Gessler

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Kudos to the Sentinel for editorially opining – “A grandstand for Gessler – on Charles Ashby’s timely report: “Panel, Gessler face showdown over budget”, which afforded added insight into Republican would-be governor Gessler’s hypocritically self-serving version of responsible governance.  Apparently, Republicans can’t be trusted with large sums of money.

As Ashby reported in January, Gessler turned a $7 million budget surplus into a shortfall by unilaterally cutting business taxes – defying the legislature’s request.

By June 2012, Gessler had accrued 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 arbitrarily cut business registration fees – most significantly, from $125 to $1—costing his budget $1 million per month into 2013 and resulting now in a $3.3 million shortfall.  Now, Gessler disingenuously blames the unanticipated expenses associated with House Bill 1303 – The Voter Access & Modernized Elections Act (sponsored by Democrats and supported by the Colorado County Clerks Association).

In 2001 and 2002, Republican President George Bush abandoned Democratic President Bill Clinton’s balanced budgets and national-debt-reducing budgetary surplus to enact two 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 history.  Now, in 2014, they are coyly threatening to do that again.

In light of New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie’s burgeoning “Bridge-gate” and Sandy relief money scandals, Sentinel readers should reasonably question what kind of Colorado governor Gessler and/or other ethically-challenged Republicans would be.

Are there any fiscally responsible “conservatives” left?

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