Colorado Democrats are leading our state into a huge financial crisis and maybe purposely so. Last year our nation was given a huge setback when the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare was constitutional. However, the Court also ruled that states are not required to expand Medicaid benefits. This was a salvation for Colorado, but under the leadership of Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper and a Democrat House and Senate the decision has been made to expand Medicaid coverage to an additional 160,000 people. The total cost to Colorado for the Obamacare mandate is estimated to be close to one billion dollars. How are we going to pay for this? According to the Colorado Democrats, the federal government will pay for it in the beginning and then Colorado will take over in 2017. Wait just one minute! I thought the federal government is broke so how are they going to pay for Colorado's Medicaid expansion? The federal government is borrowing 46 cents of every dollar that it spends amounting to 16 ½ trillion dollars and growing, debt that our children and grandchildren are saddled with. This is immoral! Eventually the federal government will no longer be able to borrow more money and will be unable to pay the interest on the debt, so they will start printing money. This will result in inflation and the dollar that you have today will lose its value. This also is immoral!
Now, why do I say that Colorado Democrats may be purposely setting up a crisis? There is no way that Colorado can pay for the Medicaid expansion and continue to fund K-12 education at the present level. After these 160,000 folks are on Medicaid, it will be unlikely they will stop needing it in the future. This will create a budgetary crisis like Colorado has never seen and that is when the Democrats will either ask Colorado citizens for a huge tax increase or attempt to abolish TABOR (the taxpayer bill of rights) so that they can raise taxes without a vote of the people. In addition, the Democrats will have successfully bought additional 160,000 votes in the 2014 and 2016 elections.
I have not heard one word from the Democrats about how to address our deteriorating highway system. The last figures that I heard was the highways have gone from 40% poor condition in 2002 to 50+% poor condition in 2012 and getting worse daily. This is another ongoing crisis and every day that we do not address this issue the more expensive the fix becomes. Potholes are another crisis that the Democrats can use to get voters to raise taxes.
I know that Republicans would tackle these issues head on and would not be playing politics with crises. Elections have consequences!
Representative Michael McLachlan will attend a legislative forum this coming Saturday, February 23rd , 9:30am, at the Durango Public Library. This might be a good time to ask Mr. McLachlan about his votes in favor for all 4 of the Democrat anti-gun bills that were passed out of the Colorado House. It might also be a good time to ask him about his comments that the 2nd Amendment is not "absolute". Does that mean that all of the Constitution is not "absolute" or that we can pick and choose what constitutional rights we like or don't like any time we want? Elections have consequences!
Please continue to pray for our County, our State, our Country, and our leaders. We really need God's help!