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June 06, 2022 2:23 pm MST

With Ballots on the Way, Republicans Ramp Up the Crazy Talk

  • by: Colorado Pols

Ridiculous rhetoric. This is the best way to win a Republican Primary in Colorado these days, so with mail ballots on the way to voters, candidates are turning up the crazy to maximum volume.

As Colorado Newsline reports from last weekend’s Western Conservative Summit, the Republican candidates for Governor are sounding increasingly unhinged. Here’s topline candidate Greg Lopez talking about the evil incumbent Democrat Jared Polis:

“Colorado has seen some of the most extreme, most harmful and most oppressive legislation and executive orders in recent history. A dark agenda of government overreach and elitist control is destroying our Colorado way of life.”

Say what?

While Lopez may be trying to turn the Governor’s race into a Star Wars plot, fellow Republican Hiedi Heidi Ganahl is making promises that are patently absurd. From Colorado Newsline:

Ganahl said her plans as governor include reducing the state income tax to zero, cutting the gas tax in half and an effort to “reduce bureaucracy” by 40% in her first term. But as she invoked grim visions of Colorado’s rural areas “decimated” and of a Denver “filthy and filled with needles and crime,” Ganahl distilled much of her agenda into a reversal of many of the policies pursued by Polis and Democrats in the General Assembly over the last four years.

“As your governor, the most important thing I can do is undo as much of the damage as possible,” she said. “On day one, I will undo as much I can.”

Anyone who spends even a few moments considering what Ganahl is proposing would understand the sheer impossibility of her ideas. Repealing the income tax and halving the gas tax would likely cost the State of Colorado BILLIONS of dollars. Ganahl would save some money in the budget by completely gutting the state workforce; perhaps that is part of her plan to cut the income tax, since depriving thousands of people of an income altogether would definitely reduce the amount of income tax they are paying.

Ganahl’s not-so-inspiring message appears to be all about the things she won’t do if elected Governor, but maybe she’s reading the room correctly; Ganahl did win a straw poll victory over Lopez.


14 thoughts on “With Ballots on the Way, Republicans Ramp Up the Crazy Talk

    1. Although not a long-time Republican, I agree.

      I watched a clip from the Brauchler moderated debate/forum/whatever broadcast last night on the news.

      Both were asked the gun question. Hiedi Heidi sounds like a blithering idiot. Lopez doesn't sound any better. (I did notice that Heidi was wearing her cowboy boots which is probably her attempt to avoid the fate to which Ken Buck consigned Jane Norton 12 years ago.)

      I'm probably going undervote on the gubernatorial race and leave that race blank.

  1. Arguably, the biggest "new" agenda item from Polis is pre-K education.  Hard to see that as "A dark agenda of government overreach and elitist control is destroying our Colorado way of life." 

    The program described by a news source on the day it was signed into law quoted Polis:

    “With this bill, families in Colorado with 4-year-olds will have access to free preschool in the fall of 2023, saving them money and preparing kids for success,” said Polis, noting the benefits his own children experienced from preschool. 

    The program promises 4-year-olds 10 hours a week of tuition-free preschool in public school classrooms or private settings, such as child care centers, churches, or homes licensed to provide preschool."

    mandatory attendance?  nope.  limited to public schools?  nope.  unified elitist curriculum?  nope. mandatory testing program?  nope. 

    I'm not certain what sort of "Colorado way of life" will be destroyed.  Maybe Mr. Lopez could enlighten us.

    1. Hard to see that as "A dark agenda of government overreach and elitist control is destroying our Colorado way of life." 

      From your perspective or mine, pre-K education is not government overreach. But for the people who want to abolish all public education (i.e., if you want to educate your children, pay for it yourself), it is government overreach.

      Besides, if everyone were to be educated, no one would work at Walmart. 

  2. Ganahl’s statements remind me of Bob Beauprez’s 2006 campaign for governor. Beauprez promised to repeal Referendum C which would have gutted the state budget. Gov. Owens (R) and Bruce Benson met with Beauprez several times and showed him how ruinious his position was for education – K-12 and higher education – and our highways to no avail. If Beauprez was elected and “C” was repealed college tuition for instate students would have skyrockedted to that of private universities like Notre Dame, Duke, and Stanford. There would be no state funding to maintain our existing highways and new ones would be out of the the question. Beauprez refused to back off his position and that November Gov. Ritter beat him by 17 points.

    We have also witnessed this scenario play out in real life. After Brownback was elected governor of Kansas, he and the Republican legislature went on a tax cutting spree which gutted the state government. It was “supply side economics” in action. The theory being that if a government is collecting $100 in taxes and taxes are cut by 20% to $80 dollars, you actually end up with more than $100 in revenue. Needless to say, simple addition and subtraction undermined that silliness even before the Kansas Republicans cut the taxes. In the end, local governments had to raise local taxes just to keep the schools open. To this day, Brownback claims his tax policy would have worked if only the legislature had cut state taxes even more. Blind ideology in the face of reality.

    Ganahl is proceeding down the same path as Beauprez and Brownback and the results will not be any different. She needs to answer a few questions:

    1. How is she going to keep tuition at our colleges and universities affordable for in-state students when over the last 15 years the old ratio of the state paying for two thirds of an in-state students education has flipped so that the student now pays two thirds?

    If it wasn’t for the efforts of governors Ritter, Hickenlooper, and Polis the ratio would be even worse.

    2. How is she going to maintain our highways, let alone build the new ones we will require with population growth? In the 1990’s CDOT spent $125 per person on our roads. Today its down to $69.

    3. How will Ganahl pay for anything if she cuts state income tax to “zero” when in the last fiscal year (2020-21) the state collected $9.5 billion in income taxes and $1.3 billion in corporate income taxes to help fund the state budget?

    She describes our rural communities as “decimated.” If she cuts taxes the way she has openly described, our rural friends, just like our neighbors in Kansas, will have to raise local property taxes to unheard of levels just to keep the schools open. She proposes to decimate rural Colorado herself.

    The Republican (and candidates like Ganahl’s) fetish that all government is evil and must be destroyed is not conservative. It simply is not a credible position. It is based on unfounded conspiracy theories dating back to at least the founding of the John Birch Society in the late 1950’s.

    What we need we already have in Colorado and that is Governor Jared Polis. He represents and fulfills Edmund Burke’s definition of a statesman:

    “A disposition to preserve and an ability to improve, taken together, is my standard of a statesman.”

    1. Thanks for the thoughts 36 but Republicans have decided not to answer questions this year.  Their answers are usually rediculous so they prefer to make crazy allegations and trust the media to do a both sides are the same slant on it.

      What I like about Polis is that he will take questions from anyone and give his best answer.  He isn't intimidated by anyone.  I voted for him to get on the primary ballot instead of Joan Fitzgerald and am glad I did.  Joan would have been a good House Representative but Polis has been better.  He also has long coattails.

      1. We will see what sort of coattails are developed from the Polis campaign "tailoring." 

        The "backlash" theory of legislators losing seats due to the agenda of the majority wasn't a thing.  COVID campaigning could also have created a problem for Democrats, and didn't. So, Democrats didn't LOSE in the state during 2020.

        2022 will show the appeal of Democratic incumbents in executive offices, state House and half the state Senate. With Republicans in Revolt, there is a chance to add.  I wish there was a more evident combined campaign, with incumbent likely winners campaigning hard to expand Democratic success to additional state House and Senate seats, making a bigger run at Boebert, and boosting organizations for long-term success in future county offices.

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