PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH

In 1954, the famous Democrat Adlai Stevenson offered a deal to Republicans: “If they’ll stop lying about us, then we’ll stop telling the truth about them.”  Pity, they did not take the deal.

If they had, I could not now expose the absurd inconsistency of Republican politics and politicians in Colorado.

Republican politicians in our State government, who complain constantly about excessive government spending, voted recently to give themselves an $8,000 per year raise.  Senate Bill 288.  I believe a life of public service should not be lucrative, but should be livable.  I have no objections to raising the pay of public servants.  But Republican leaders should object, being fiscal conservatives.  Despite this, however, they have violated their own principles to give themselves a significant raise.

At the same time, Republican politicians in our State government, who claim to be champions for local governments, opposing higher governments, voted recently to prohibit local governments from independently controlling their local minimum wage.  House Bill 15-1300.  I believe cities and counties should be able to control their own local minimum wage offerings, in order to stay competitive for newer and better workers.  And Republican leaders should believe it, too.  Despite this, however, they have violated their own principles to suppress the powers of local governments.

Also, Republican politicians in our State government, who claim to be doing the will of the people, keep introducing personhood bills, like Senate Bill 268, which the people of Colorado have repeatedly voted against by large margins.  As recently as last year, personhood lost in this State by a 2 to 1 margin: 36% For, 64% Against.  It even lost in El Paso County, by more than 3,000 votes.  Despite this, however, Republican leaders, still citing “the will of the people,” keep violating their own principles by trying to ignore and overrule the real will of the people.

And again, Republican politicians in our State government, who loudly proclaim themselves to be pro-life, against all abortions, voted recently to retire a program which helped women avoid unwanted pregnancies, a program which measurably reduced the number of abortions performed in Colorado.  House Bill 1194.  Read more, here.  I strongly support reducing the number of abortions, by reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies.  And Republican leaders should want this, too.  Despite that, however, they have violated their own principles to increase the number of abortions performed in Colorado.

This is the pattern and practice of Republican politics in El Paso County: saying one thing and then doing another, doing the opposite.  Claiming to oppose excessive government spending, Republican leaders have given themselves a significant raise.  Claiming to support local governments, Republican leaders have suppressed the powers of local governments.   Claiming to do the will of the people, Republican leaders have repeatedly ignored the real will of the people.  Claiming to be pro-life, Republican leaders have allowed for more abortions to be performed.  And these actions are, at best, inconsistent.

Which is merely the polite way of saying hypocritical.

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