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March 23, 2014 11:38 PM UTC

Monday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

"We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction."

–Aesop

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    1. His posts are the jelly to our burger, the knife to our soup, the glitter to our sushi, and the ketchup to our ice cream.  The point? They're worthless….

  1. A fairly rounded article on global water challenges which are applicable to Colorado and the western United States.  That said, I continue to be amazed by the repitition of the narrative by journalists that farmers are irrigating crops for biofuels production.  Only 11% of our nation's corn crop is irrigated – and of that 11%, the biofuels are a co-product of the crop.  American farmers were growing corn long before the advent of biofuel, and it's a better argument that in the case where corn is being grown for animal feed (nearly 43% of the total) that any kernel of corn not processed for biofuel first (the process only extracts the starches) is a wasted resource. 

    We can argue the overall value of corn production – that's a fair debate – and whether we should transition to crops, like industrial hemp, that consume far less resources and provide a myriad of valuable co-products.  We can (and should) argue the focus of our federal farm policy.  Fair debate.  It's not that we don't have options (and good ones, at that).  The real drought, the challenge to our problem, is a policitical drought on Capitol Hill – fueled by the money, not Mother Nature.

  2. The good news?  Colorado has the fourth-best performing economy in the US.  The bad news? We are one of 17 states where the entirety of our economic growth went to the top one-percent.  And that isn't the worst part of the story: childhood poverty rates in the state exceed prerecession levels.  In many parts of rural Colorado the rates exceed 200% of the state average

    Some of the most challenged are in Colorado's CD4.  So while my Congressman is feverently trying to convince me he's "pro-life", I'll continue to summarily dismiss his hollow words.

    While he collects his six-figure salary (compliments of the American taxpayer), dings the federal treasury to the tune of $26 billion while attempting to defund ACA, defends continued subsidies to the oil industry while proposing $40 billion in cuts to the SNAP program and takes all-expense paid junkets to Ireland – a population of children in his district (109,326 which would populate his hometown of Yuma 31 times over) – go unnoticed.

    He's lost his soul.

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