Dave Balmer Doesn’t Want You to Know

An amusing example of the sort of dumb partisan “gotchas” we’ll be seeing an unfortunate lot of in this election year’s legislative session, check out Rep. Dave “The Resume” Balmer’s HB10-1079.

The bill prohibits the use of public moneys for any physical signage indicating that a project is being funded by the federal “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.”

That’s a hell of a thing, isn’t it? Makes sense, though: key to the GOP’s 2010 electoral strategy is the ceaseless effort to portray the stimulus as “a failure,” an amorphous wasteful expenditure that helps somebody else, not you. And yeah, a sign down the street saying the road repairs you’ve been complaining about for years are finally being done thanks to “teh stimulus” inspires a personal recognition of value that Republicans won’t find convenient at all.

Solution: ban those signs! See, it’s not helping you!


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  1. allyncooper says:

    The state’s totally broke, but instead of working on that problem, we waste time and legislative resources on crap like this.

    Well at least it doesn’t need a fiscal note…..

  2. Froward69 says:

    misleading and fooling the Electorate,

    to believe their lies.

    Shameful really.

    • Gecko says:

      democrats are ALL about

      misleading and fooling the Electorate,

      to believe their lies.

      Shameful really.

      Reality is a foreign concept to liberals

        • BlueCat says:

          Both sides are equally prone to lies stemming from ethics challenged behavior and backroom dealing but that’s not the same as, oh, pretending that 9/11 wasn’t on Bush’s watch, the Shoe Bomber incident or anthrax attacks, among others, are not examples of post-9/11 attacks on Bush’s watch or that trying terrorists in civilian courts is a new practice introduced by the Obama administration.  

          Tossing so much well documented history so blatantly so you can say we’ve been attacked on Obama’s watch but never on Bush’s is  more in line with the old Soviet Union’s habit of re-writing history than anything Dems have ever attempted.

          Then there’s all the little historically inaccurate stuff too, such as blaming Dems for kicking Trent Lott out of his leadership position (an impossibility according to the rules since the Rs had the majority at the time) instead of his own party so you can say Dems should do to Reid what they, Dems, did to Lott.  

          Stuff like that is a Rush-led GOP specialty with no comparable counterpart on the Dem side. And I’m talking not about bloggers, who can say anything, but the GOP and Dem establishments. When it comes to just changing the inconvenient but easily checked historic events of the reality based world, Dems don’t  have anywhere near as much nerve as Rs. I guess Rs have more confidence that their base will never remember or check.  

  3. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    I would think that the GOP with its push for “transparency” would want to insist that all sites show who is funding it.

  4. MADCO says:

    that most anyone who cares will read, than nothing and than anyone who cares is going to call CDOT and ask who/how that funding is coming from in this bleak budget cycle.

    It’s almost like Rep Blamer would prefer Coloradoans would prefer to think the state is burning money it doesn’t have on roads and bridges that could maybe wait.  That way the frustated voters in Highlands Ranch can drive C470 and think- CDOT budget can’t be that bad, cause C470 wasn’t that bad and they are resurfacing it.”

    • MADCO says:

      he’s proposing a website that shows all the construction, budgets and who  is paying how much. With an app for my iPhone that snags that data by GPS when I’m out and about,  then he’s right: that would be better than a sign.

    • Rainidog says:

      that Balmer’s thought processes are as sophisticated as yours.  This effort seems more like that of a 5-year-old kicking the dirt and whining “He’s got the ball and I want it back! I’m gonna hold my breath until I die!”

  5. Middle of the Road says:

    and forget all about his own bill. There’s always hope.

  6. divad says:

    The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.

    How exactly does this preserve the “public peace, health and safety” in an immediate manner?

    I also noticed the co-sponsors are lining up by the zero’s.

  7. Leonard Smalls says:

    When I read the headline I assumed that Pols was referring to David Balmer not wanting us to know about his “other” political career in NC and his mysterious disappearance in the swamps.

  8. Gray in the mountains says:

    that said “We are not allowed to say this work was paid for by ARRA”?

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