Saturday, October 15, 2016

Voting Recommendations for November 8, 2016


My recommendations on the upcoming voting issues

Whenever one analyzes ballot issues it should be done with some degree of understanding as to what he/she expects from the Government.  We all know that Government seldom passes any law that doesn't remove removing hard-earned dollars from the citizens, or favoring one class of persons over another..  While some degree of government is certainly essential, it should be constrained to only those functions that citizens cannot do for themselves. Government is all about power;  the more power we, as citizens give it, the more it wants and the less freedoms we have to live our lives as we desire.

Also important to keep in mind as you decide your votes is that it is most-often less "risky"to vote for changes to the Colorado Statutes than to vote to change the Colorado Constitution, since the Constitution should remain as stable as possible (similar to the U.S. Constitution).  It should be difficult to change, whereas Statutes are more-easily modified by the legislature once they have been passed by the voters, should unforeseen consequences result.

With that in mind, here are my suggestions for the upcoming ballot this November 8th.  For brevity, I will be voting NO on each of the Amendments and Propositions.  Nearly all would move Colorado towards a more socialized form of government and further limit citizens' liberties.

Trump/Pence -- YES
While I am disheartened with the manner and approach that Trump campaigns, as well as the recent "locker-room" talk recently exposed after 12 years,  I have been a supporter of Trump since the onset of his campaign.  Many of you will at first seem aghast at my position, so let me explain. 

While serving in the Legislature for ten years, and building a very conservative track record, I decided, in 2005, to become the "tip of the spear" with respect to fighting illegal immigration because I became profoundly aware of the damage throughout society that our lax immigration policy was causing.  Increased crime, lower wages, over-taxed healthcare, increased welfare, over-burdened education, risks to national security and to the environment...virtually every aspect of our society was being negatively affected. Furthermore, our American culture was beginning to change as a result of a virtually open-door immigration policy.  Now, with the growing numbers of Muslim immigrants pouring in from Syria, pushed by President Obama and agreed to by Hillary Clinton, it won't be long before extreme conflicts significantly arise between the believers in Sharia Law (Islam) and the U.S. Constitution. Should "extreme vetting" as Trump proposes not be in place, we can expect both continued influence of third-world cultures as well as Islamic terrorist-inspired events.

Finally, as our culture moves further and further away from our roots, we can forget a having a Supreme Court that adheres to the Constitution, but rather focuses on social change.

If you need any other reasons to vote for Trump/Pence, consider these:
  • Trump allowed key organizations to fashion the most conservative Republican Platform ever.
  • Trump is not hostile to Religious freedom
  • Trump is strongly Pro-Life
  • Trump is committed to upholding strong immigration laws.  See Ten-point plan here.
  • Trump has committed to using a group of committed religious leaders to provide advice on moral/ethical issues
  • Trump has committed to removing the "Johnson Amendment" which pastors have used as an excuse to muffle themselves from any "politically-related" speech 
  • Trump has committed to appointing Supreme Court Justices that will uphold the Constitution
  • Trump is a strong advocate for 2nd Amendment 
  • Trump is committed to strengthening our National Defense
  • Trump is committed to reversing Obamacare and to major healthcare reform
  • Trump is committed to School Choice
  • Trump is committed to "Extreme vetting" of new entrants to our country
  • Trump will dramatically increase our armed forces
  • Trump is a solid supporter of Israel
  • Trump will "upset" the status quo and put America first when dealing with other countries
  • Be sure to read this article: America's Most Honorable Men Stand With Trump 
  • A powerful three-minute video by John Voight,"Plea to Save America."
So...let's not let comments made a decade or two ago, or allegations unverified dictate our vote.  Hillary has jeopardized our country by her lies and total disregard for National Security.
There is too much at stake in this election that will affect the future of the U.S for good or bad.

For those who consider yourselves Christians, there is NO reason for you to stay home.  As a citizen, we must engage in our country's selection of its leaders. There should be no alternative.


Darryl Glenn for U.S. Congress
I've observed Darryl for many years as he served us as Colorado Springs' City Councilman and then El Paso County Commissioner.


Colorado State Senate
Highly recommend voting for ALL Senate Republicans.  These past two years Republicans only held the Senate by ONE vote.  Because of that majority, albeit slim, it was able to kill numerous progressive bills.  Senate Committees controlled by Republicans held the line against bills advocating more government and advocating, with some bills what many citizens would consider immorality.

NO on Amendment T: No Exception to Involuntary Servitude Prohibition
A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution
Seems to be being driven by those wanting to eventually classify prison labor as "slave labor" in order for those in Dept. of Corrections to be paid higher wages for work done during incarceration or when performing community service.  Has potential for increased state spending. 

NO on Amendment U: Exempt Certain Possessory Interests from Property Taxes
A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution
This minor reform would cost government more to administer than taxpayers would save.
 
 NO on Amendment 69: State-wide Health-Care System
 A proposed an Amendment to the State Constitution
 MASSIVE new taxes will result if Amendment 69 is passed.  There are numerous reasons why this should not pass.

First, the ballot title calls it a $25 billion tax, for the first year alone. It is a 10% tax on ALL income, with few exceptions. Conservative estimates anticipate the cost to taxpayer to balloon by tens of billions of dollars in the first ten years, requiring higher taxes, higher co-pays and eventually rationing of care.
Click here if you need a more comprehensive analysis.

 No on Amendment 70: State Minimum Wage
 A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution
 This measure proposes increasing the hourly wages to be increased from $9.30 per hour, at the rate of $0.90 per year until the year 2020, bringing the minimum wage up to $12 per hour.

This will significantly hurt businesses who hire unskilled employees.  Many of these businesses will take other measures, such as automating repetitive jobs in order to avoid higher wages.  Fewer obs will mean more welfare costs.  Mandating higher wages favors labor unions and higher-skilled workers at the expense of minorities and youth.  These higher wages are simply passed on to the purchasers of goods and services including those workers themselves.

No on Amendment 71: Requirements for Constitutional Amendments
A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution
This Amendment is a TROJAN HORSE.  For years, the Establishment has tried to come up with a way to remove Colorado's TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS, known as the TABOR Amendment.  At first glance, for the uninformed, this Amendment seems justified in keeping changes to Colorado's Constitution to a minimum, however, the amendment language has a clause that states that the new rules requiring a 55% majority "shall not apply to an initiated constitutional amendment that is limited to repealing, in whole or in part, any any provision of this Constitution."  Many believe that this small sentence will be the undoing of TABOR in a future election.  While that sentence will remain unchanged, once the increased 55% threshold is in place, there will be a major push to defeat TABOR.  If successful, it will be nearly impossible to put a similar tax-restricting issue on the ballot. Click here to learn about TABOR. Click here to hear words from Congressman Tom Tancredo.

No on Amendment 72: Increase Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes
A proposed Amendment to the State Constitution
Another Tax increase? Amendment 72 would add a a significant tax on a pack of twenty cigarettes 
Should not be an issue in the Constitution. This will increase government's regulatory power and create a black market in cigarettes as it has for Marijuana.


NO on Proposition 106: Access to Medical Aid-in-Dying Medication
A proposed Amendment tot the State Statutes
Compassionate-sounding BUT would endanger elderly and disabled persons while subverting the medical profession from its high calling of saving lives, not ending them.   Colorado has already addressed this issue in legislation several years ago by allowing physicians the latitude of prescribing enough pain medication to relieve pain and suffering for the terminally ill, except when its use becomes an intentional ending of life.

This Amendment would legalize physician assisted suicide, but also does not have enough exemptions in place for rights of conscience when a physician or pharmacist cannot, due to deeply held beliefs, prescribe or fill a prescription for the lethal drug. Providers are given some opportunity to opt out, but are also forced to participate in part of the process (such as turning medical records over to another doctor to prescribe the drug.)


No on Proposition 107: Presidential Primary Elections
A proposed Amendment to the State Statutes
Proposition 107  diminishes the value of the caucus system, a goal by Progressives by adding a potentially contentious election right in the middle of the caucus and assembly season. It would also be a recipe for significant political mischief.  Letting individuals from outside a political party help pick that party's nominee is an a terrible idea.

Proposition 108: Unaffiliated Voter Participation in Primary Elections
A proposed Amendment to the State Statutes 
This is not necessary, and will cause unnecessary confusion. Unaffiliated voter can choose to affiliate on the same day as voting, and there is nothing to keep that voter from switching back to unaffiliated after casting the ballot. 

MY THOUGHTS ON LOCAL BALLOT ISSUES:

Town of Palmer Lake -NO on 2A
Destroys the purpose of TABOR's tax-limitation restraints
It misstates that there will be no tax increase.  In reality, when the two current tax increases voted on in 2006 and 2007 expire, taxes should automatically reduce.  INSTEAD, 2A proposes to keep those prior tax increases.  It is a lie that it is not a tax increase!
Finally, the proposed uses of the new tax increase are too general.

Town of Palmer Lake - NO on 2B
Like 2A, 2B removes TABOR's tax-limitation restraints. It also removes future decisions related to this new excise tax from citizens and places them with the town Board.  Taxing marijuana will increase the size of government as well as foster black-market conditions.  If you do not want your town to be beholding to the marijuana industry for its revenue, you must vote NO.

Town of Palmer Lake - NO on 2C
One more effort to circumvent the tax-limitation purpose of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).  If you want to vote on future tax increases, you must vote NO. 

Town of Palmer Lake - NO on 300
One more tax on marijuana.  This will certainly lead to a greater black-market condition.  Also, if the Town Council needs more money for roads, etc.  they should request the residents for a specifically-related tax increase, not a specific business.  Receipt of money from taxes on marijuana will make it nearly impossible to not desire increasing marijuana sales to increase those taxes.

Town of Green Mountain Falls - NO on 2E
One more attempt to do an end-run on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).
"If you want less of it, tax it."  If you want less tourism then tax it.  Since tourism is good for Green Mountain Falls, vote NO. If you want beautification of Gazebo Lake Park, drainage issues, etc.,  vote specifically on those items at a future time.  Always easy to force others to pay, but is it right?

El Paso County School District No. 20 (Academy).  3A
Our education system continues to be co-opted by Teachers' Unions as well as Federal Government Regulations and Directives requiring implementation of immoral standards (bathrooms, and curriculum, viz. Common Core).  Until School Boards, including D20 refuse these "mandates" and reassess the true role of K-12 Education, no additional tax dollars should be forthcoming.

Falcon School District 49 -  3B
No recommendation
Colorado Springs School District No. 11 - 3C
No recommendation
Colorado Springs School District No. 11 - 3D
No recommendation
Hanover School District 28 - 3E 
No recommendation
Green Mountain Falls-Chipita Park Fire Protection District 4A 
No recommendation
Triview Metropolitan District - 5A 
No recommendation
Paintbrush Hills Metropolitan District - NO on 5B 
This appears to provide the unlimited ability to totally disregard the TAXPAYER BILL OF RIGHTS (TABOR) in the future.  The taxpayers would be giving the Establishment the right to keep funds from any source regardless of whether or not it exceeded TABOR
Stratmoor Hills Fire Protection District - NO on 5C
This ballot item IS a tax increase because it allows the Fire Protection District to keep funds that would, under TABOR, be returned to the citizen.  It is impossible for any government agency to want to live within any tax restraints.  The taxing district should allow the tax to lapse and then request a new tax to the voters.
El Paso County 1A Allows County to Invest in Broadband
Vote NO!!!
Don't you just love the words used to make it sound like it is free?  That it is fair?  That voters "value" public/private partnerships?  That it is good to extend (government) services to everyone, including the "underserved?" That there is an "opt-out" provision (instead of an opt-in)?  Let's understand that government's job is not to make everyone equal in all respects by forcing those that "have" in order to "give" to those who don't.  Cities and counties can assess their voters to provide funds for whatever service is desired without asking other communities to "chip in" for their benefit.
Much could be said about this socialist-leaning ballot initiative.  Please VOTE NO.

JUDGES

Vote NO on Appellate Judge Berger, who voted to retain the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's ruling against Masterpiece Cakeshop owner for electing not to frost a wedding cake for two men. 
Vote NO on Judge Hood, the Colorado Supreme Court justice who voted to uphold Berger's decision. The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is an example of the "antidiscriminationism ideology" that has ravaged American society.
Clear The Bench Colorado has a great analysis of the decisions by each of the Judges up for retention.  I consider the analyses by CTB to be well worth reviewing before determining your vote.  Click here for that info.