A few weeks ago, I went to a fundraiser for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who is running for Colorado Governor. I doubt I will vote for him due to my general belief that a Republican governor will be much less hospitable to public employees’ unions, and my conviction that the public employees’ unions are actively destroying the economic viability of the states in which they have established a beachhead.
But who knows? John is a decent guy who has been a good mayor, and in most respects I think he would be a fine governor. He has a small business background and is no liberal firebrand as far as I can tell. And best of all, he made his money running one of the earliest brewpubs to grace our fair city. If he comes out against the unions he may very well get my vote. (Full disclosure, The Wife and I visit his old brewpub, the Wynkoop, most Sundays for a pint or two.)
I should have expected the deluge of Democrat party emails that my modest contribution would generate, since my contributions to John McCain during the ’08 presidential election (unenthusiastic though they were) have resulted in an onslaught of mail, robocalls, and emails asking for more money for various candidates. But I didn’t.
Anyway, all that is by way of background. Sorry (or I would be if anyone actually read this crap).
The point of this post is that this morning, I received the latest installment of email money-begging on behalf of Senator Michael Bennet. Who the hell is that, you ask? My point exactly. Sen. Bennet was appointed in January 2009 to fill the seat vacated by now-Interior Secretary John Salazar. He came out of nowhere, surprised everyone, and since then, I don’t think he has accomplished much in the intervening 16 months.
So today, I get an email from former Governor Roy Romer asking for my support (not a chance) for Bennett, and making the following statement:
My life has taken me in many directions, but no honor has meant more to me than the privilege of serving as Colorado’s governor, and no matter where my journey leads, that trust — to fight for Colorado — will always be my guide.
That’s exactly why I’m so proud to support a fighter for Colorado unlike any I’ve seen before: Michael Bennet.
Really? What, exactly, has Sen. Bennet fought for? If anything, I certainly haven’t heard of it. Here are the most recent entries from the In the News section of Sen. Bennet’s website:
» 06.28.10 Denver Post – Kid gardeners take produce to buyers, diners
» 06.22.10 Brush News-Tribune – Regional director to hold conversations in Brush
» 06.18.10 CBS 4 – Bennet Installing Solar Panels To Promote Jobs
» 06.11.10 Denver Post – Colorado’s delegation seeks to save Lockheed jobs
» 06.09.10 Denver Post – Bennet plans bill to replicate Denver principal training nationally
» 06.04.10 Denver Business Journal – Export-Import Bank deal to boost Stolle Machinery
» 06.04.10 The Colorado Statesman – Fort Logan honors fallen soldiers
» 06.02.10 Bennet seeks expansion of “Troops to Teachers”
» 05.29.10 Greeley Tribune – Bill for rural home loan program passes
» 05.28.10 35 veterans in valley receive rent vouchers
» 05.26.10 Senate passes bill to name west Greeley post office for W.D. Farr
Pretty thin gruel. And the only real substance is bad stuff. “Bennet plans bill to replicate Denver principal training nationally.” Why? It might work; it might not. But there is no reason to try to impose principal training on a nation-wide basis. Maybe Illinois or New Mexico have slightly different priorities.
Or how about this one: “Bennet Installing Solar Panels To Promote Jobs.” Don’t get me started. Great. He is off promoting stupid “green jobs” initiatives that will distort the market in alternative energy, waste billions, and lose jobs. Think I am overstating things? Ask Spain how it has worked out. A study of Spain’s green jobs program found the following, among other key points:
1. As President Obama correctly remarked, Spain provides a reference for the establishment of government aid to renewable energy. No other country has given such broad support to the construction and production of electricity through renewable sources. The arguments for Spain’s and Europe’s “green jobs” schemes are the same arguments now made in the U.S., principally that massive public support would produce large numbers of green jobs. The question that this paper answers is “at what price?”
2. Optimistically treating European Commission partially funded data, we find that for every renewable energy job that the State manages to finance, Spain’s experience cited by President Obama as a model reveals with high confidence, by two different methods, that the U.S. should expect a loss of at least 2.2 jobs on average, or about 9 jobs lost for every 4 created, to which we have to add those jobs that non-subsidized investments with the same resources would have created.
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7. The study calculates that since 2000 Spain spent €571,138 [$701,000] to create each “green job”, including subsidies of more than €1 million per wind industry job.
Please don’t fight for us, Sen. Bennet. We can’t afford it.