Joey Bunch, the author of the piece, wrote that, "a group of Colorado political leaders and recyclers want some government help in turning garbage into jobs and profits in an environmentally conscious state with a lousy track record of reusing its waste." I might as well begin by interpreting that batch of gobbledygook first. Here is what the first sentence in the article is telling us:
- Some career politicians are seeking votes by promoting a program that the state coffers cannot afford but that will buy them career politician status.
- Shock of shocks, some Eco-businesses that specialize in the money losing game of recycling want to be granted taxpayer subsidized wealth transfers in order to promote their scam. They attempt to justify their request by lying to the citizens of the state and telling them that the new subsidies will create "jobs and profits." What is not explained is that those jobs and profits are created at the expense of existing jobs and profits in the private sector.
- Joey believes that at least 51% of the citizens of Colorado are "environmentally conscious," whatever that means, and he can therefore pander to their interests and overrule the will of the minority which is not "environmentally conscious," whatever that means.
- Joey is upset that the career politicians who rule over the wishes of the 49% of the citizens of the state who do not want to subsidize money losing Eco-businesses are responsible for the fact that, in his opinion, the state has a "lousy track record of reusing its waste." How the "state" came to produce "waste" is not described. How the "state" came to become an owner of the "waste" I produce is not defined.
Joey goes on to explain the political problem associated with Eco-Cycle's request. Apparently nobody believes that is is immoral to take money from taxpayers and give it to money losing businesses with government granted monopoly powers. The issue, from Joey's perspective, is that "the shape of next year's state budget doesn't portend an easy road for state money flowing to local recycling programs. The state is facing a potential $160 million budget deficit next session, caused by refunds mandated by The Taxpayer's Bill of Rights and slowing revenues." For those of you who live outside of Colorado, the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, or TABOR, is a citizens initiative that passed several years ago which requires the state to give back money to the taxpayers when state revenues exceed state expenditures. In recent years state revenues have been high, in a large part due to the oil boom, and the state is required to return some of that money in 2016.
It is fascinating that Joey, who knows better than the rest of us, believes that TABOR is responsible for the anticipated $160 million shortfall in the state budget next year. It does not even occur to him that career politicians who spend money they do not have in search of votes could be responsible for our present state of affairs. No, it is always those greedy taxpayers, unwilling to pay their "fair share" no doubt, who are responsible for every fiscal crisis. The fact that taxpayers want the career politicians who rule over us to follow the law and return some of our money bothers Joey no end.
One career politician, a Republican no less, stated that "there is no question it is something that needs to be done, but I don't think anything is going to get through the appropriations committee this session." Why is it that there is "no question" that stealing taxpayer funds to subsidize money losing business enterprises is "something that needs to be done?" I would really like an answer to that question but, of course, I will never get one. How can a Republican, who ostensibly believes in a balanced budget, promote a unnecessary and useless program that will exceed spending limits? How can any state legislator, given the fact the Colorado Constitution requires a balanced budget, ever even consider spending money it does not have on money losing environmental business activities? The answer to all of these questions is easy...politicians do what is in their best interest, whether it is legal or not.
So I find myself, a citizen of Colorado who wants my money back as TABOR requires and who opposes all state sponsored subsidies of money losing businesses, on the dirty end of the stick. If these subsidies do not pass this year, they will probably pass next year. As one of those who pays a significant portion of the state of Colorado's total income tax bill I end up being the loser. But nobody cares about me because I am in the minority when it comes to paying taxes. The minority exists to be fleeced to finance boondoggles with politically connected businesses and that is exactly what is going to happen. It is all political insanity, but that does not matter. It is all environmental insanity, but that does not matter either. All that matters is that career politicians retain their jobs and the people who vote for them get their fair share of the stolen funds.