I’m no Math Genius
By Lone Front Ranger
July 7, 2009
Multiple Choice Question:
The legitimate purpose of government is to:
A. Stay out of my way so I can live my life and run my business
B. Figure out ways to extract more and more money from my pocket to spend on things I neither want nor need
This is the case with the onerous new fees being forced on citizens of Colorado by the Ritter Administration. If you have not been following Colorado legislation this year, this will knock you off your chair.
Start first with the increase in car registration fees. Increased by hundreds depending on the car. And if you are late with your registration, up to $100 in new fees.
Next, take your pick – Increase in hospital bed fees, eliminating the Senior Homestead Exemption, increases in marriage licensing fees, the list goes on and on.
But the Governor is at least using our money responsibly, right? Yeah, right. He has just hired a new COO. He has also hired a “Minority Outreach Coordinator” to ensure all businesses are getting a fair shake in bidding on Recovery Act projects. Isn’t it his job to be the Chief Operating Officer of our state and ensure contracts are administered fairly?? The State’s payroll has swelled, as Colorado businesses have had to downsize, cut costs or close.
As households and private businesses are tightening their belts to make ends meet, Governor Ritter is spending our tax dollars – YOUR tax dollars – against the better judgment of many Coloradoans. And as the final nail in the coffin, signed the repeal of the 6% spending cap that has kept at least a modicum of a lid on spending.
Families in Colorado will now have less money to invest in their businesses, pay for soccer for the kids, give to their church, take a vacation, etc. You do the math. I’m no math genius, but taking money from citizens for new spending is harmful to the economy. And keeping citizens from putting that money into the economy makes no sense either.
Really Governor Ritter, that is the best you can do?