Ken Buck: Reining in government

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Ken Buck

Principles are the most important thing to me. One of the things my dad taught me is that there are people who accept the world they live in and there are people who change the world they live in.

I am in this race because I want to change what is happening to our country. The mishandling of taxpayers’ money by those we elected to represent us in Washington is criminal. With our country raking up debt by the hour, $13.5 trillion as of this writing, we can’t afford more of the same runaway spending.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, “the nation’s debt was $6.3 trillion when Barack Obama became president — $56,000 per household — and is headed toward $20.3 trillion (more than $170,000 per household) in 2020.” (Washington Times, Feb. 25, 2010)

Colorado residents have suffered wage cuts and job losses that we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. The Denver Post is reporting that a record number of Coloradans are returning to school because they are out of work and need to obtain more skills to compete in the work force. “Median income, median property values and work hours all declined nationwide.” (The Denver Post, Sept. 29, 2010)

As our educational establishments are seeing a spike in enrollment, Coloradans are seeing a decline in job opportunities. The job market will not sustain government takeovers. Our government shouldn’t be involved in owning banks and giant automotive companies or setting executive salaries. We need to let Americans do what they do best — create jobs and innovate.

My grandparents came to America from Norway when they were teenagers with not a dime to their name. They wanted to make a better life for themselves. Can we tell our children that we have done everything we could possibly do, or have we squandered our opportunity?

It is small-business owners and entrepreneurs who create jobs and wealth, not big government takeovers that only saddle our children and grandchildren with debt. Unlike Colorado’s currently appointed senator, I will not rubber-stamp every bill that comes out of Washington.

We need a constitutional amendment process that requires a balanced budget with a two-thirds majority needed for any tax hike. Taxpayers deserve no less. A constitutional requirement for a balanced federal budget was a hot issue in the 2008 presidential campaigns. We need to implement fiscal restraints in order to maintain a more balanced budget in the future. Imposing a statutory cap limiting the annual growth in total federal spending to the sum of the inflation rate plus the percentage of population growth is a good way to rein in the nation’s debt.

This is an exceptional country — the land of opportunity.

Hardworking folks such as my grandparents are what built this country, not government bureaucrats who just want to keep spending our money without anything to show for it. I will be a voice for all of Coloradans and fight for the values we hold dear here in the West.

Ken Buck is a Republican running for one of Colorado’s U.S. Senate seats.

Comments

freerider 4 years, 2 months ago

So Ken , which crime family do you represent the Gambino's or the Capone's ??

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beentheredonethat 4 years, 2 months ago

Dear Ken, Michael Bennett, not you, better represent the values we hold dear here in the West. Sorry.......... Sincerely, Voter

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beentheredonethat 4 years, 2 months ago

Since becoming the GOP nominee Aug. 10, his campaign has weathered a public-relations war on two fronts: Buck has departed from what he said during the primary on positions ranging from the "Personhood Amendment" to education to endorsing the consumption tax. Buck has also, particularly in recent weeks, consistently stumbled on social-issues questions. He compared the roots of homosexuality with alcoholism during a national television debate and reiterated to reporters that a date-rape victim whose case he turned down in 2006 could have had "buyer's remorse."

Read more: Buck clarifies comments on global warming "hoax" - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/election2010/ci_16402655#ixzz135S6QYA3

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beentheredonethat 4 years, 2 months ago

Since becoming the GOP nominee Aug. 10, his campaign has weathered a public-relations war on two fronts: Buck has departed from what he said during the primary on positions ranging from the "Personhood Amendment" to education to endorsing the consumption tax. Buck has also, particularly in recent weeks, consistently stumbled on social-issues questions. He compared the roots of homosexuality with alcoholism during a national television debate and reiterated to reporters that a date-rape victim whose case he turned down in 2006 could have had "buyer's remorse."

Read more: Buck clarifies comments on global warming "hoax" - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/election2010/ci_16402655#ixzz135S6QYA3

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Dave McClure 4 years, 2 months ago

Ken Buck is a liar and a fool. Is it reigning in government or raining in government. If he is elected, it will be raining. Raining down our backs. It is part of the republican trickle down economic theory. Yellow and warm.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 2 months ago

"According to the Congressional Budget Office, “the nation’s debt was $6.3 trillion when Barack Obama became president"

Nope, flat out wrong. National debt was $6.3 trillion in 2002 when Bush was President. It was already $10.9 trillion BEFORE Obama was elected.

09/30/2010 13,561,623,030,891.79 09/30/2009 11,909,829,003,511.75 09/30/2008 10,024,724,896,912.49 09/30/2007 9,007,653,372,262.48 09/30/2006 8,506,973,899,215.23 09/30/2005 7,932,709,661,723.50 09/30/2004 7,379,052,696,330.32 09/30/2003 6,783,231,062,743.62 09/30/2002 6,228,235,965,597.16 09/30/2001 5,807,463,412,200.06 09/30/2000 5,674,178,209,886.86

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 2 months ago

oops, typo $10.0 trillion before Obama elected, not $10.9 trillion.

Note that national debt would have been $6.3 trillion before Obama announced he was running for Senate in Illinois.

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sledneck 4 years, 2 months ago

It's higher now and rising faster tomorrow. So spare me the childish "but Buuuuussssshhhhh started it" crap. YOUR favorite crook is still a crook. Do bank robbers who steal 4 million get lighter sentances than those who steal 5?

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snoman 4 years, 2 months ago

No! Only bankers under GOP deregulation get to steal 4-5 Billion dollars and get off with lighter ( i.e. NO) sentences.

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Scott Wedel 4 years, 2 months ago

I didn't say "but Bush started it".

I said that Ken Buck made claims of what Obama has done to the budget that are easily shown to be flat out wrong and not wrong by a little, but by $4 trillion and 6 years.

If that is the sort of competence and knowledge expected of elected officials when they are saying why we should elect them then so be it. This was not some question asked in a debate on a topic that the candidate may have limited knowledge, this is flat out wrong data in a letter written by the candidate for his campaign.

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sledneck 4 years, 2 months ago

Scott, I am willing to acknowledge the possibility, no probability that Buck is a liar. However, it is my policy to recycle liars and the ones in Washington need to go. "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Snoman, Here is a very partial list you are not gonna like. I am HAPPY to share it with all: From 2007-2010, Wall street firms contrubutions: 1. AIG to Republicans $432,824 to Democrats $783,574 2.Bank of America R $1,903,861 D $2,083,740 3. Citigruop R $2,191,040 D $3,431,508 4.Lehman R $13,000 D $38,400 5.Goldman Sachs R $1,821,563 D $5,047,913

Total for 34 biggest firms and individuals on Wall st.: Republican contributions: $13,977,384 Democrat contributions: $20,115,587

So who is in whoms pocket snoman?

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ybul 4 years, 1 month ago

When are you going to realize the dems are not much different than the repugs today. WE need to clean house and regain some sanity. Bennett is a politician through and through and Buck might be the same.

They both from the corporatist party. That needs to stop, Bennett on the Ag committee is pushing legislation that will essentially make it more difficult for the family farmer to compete versus the corporate ones.

Government is the problem and both sides like how big it is. Washington needs to be downsized. You want social programs have them in Steamboat Springs.

Wiggins campaign is a perfect example of what is wrong with government. DC gives handouts or allows people to win back the tax dollars for education, this that or the other. We do not need grants from DC to run our sheriffs office. Those grants come with strings that force us to do things we do not want to.

On The repugs deregulating banking, CLINTON is the one who signed the law, so do not blame only them, the Dems can take some of the blame.

Bennett has show how he is the Presidents puppy, we need people who will take a stand for what is right and just. Not more BS from DC.

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seeuski 4 years, 1 month ago

So then ybul I guess you won't be voting for the democrapper and you will vote for the fiscally conservative limited government minded Buck? Hey, where can I buy some of your beef?

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ybul 4 years, 1 month ago

bamboo. yep, though there are concerns as many lay those claims and don't follow through.

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NamVet 4 years, 1 month ago

I believe we had a fiscally Conservative gov't from 2001 to 2006 or 2009 depending on your definition. What did the Conservatives do during that time? Increased gov't spending from $1.8 trillion with a $200 billion surplus to $3.2 trillion with a $1.3 trillion deficit. Started 2 grossly mismanaged unfunded wars that continue today that wasted $1 trillion of borrowed money plus wasted the lives of over 35,000(killed and wounded) of our military.. Increased defense spending by 100% with borrowed money. Passed the largest tax cut during a time of war that cost over $2.4 trillion in borrowed money. Had to bailout the Big Banks(TARP)in order to prevent another Great Depression with borrowed money. Now Mr. Buck tells us he does not believe in the separation of church and state(Thomas Jefferson must love that one), he believes people choose to be gay, birth control and abortion should be decided by politicians etc. So individual rights and freedom should be defined by his religious beliefs. If this is Conservatism I want no part of it.

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ybul 4 years, 1 month ago

The problem is a choice of the lesser evil.

If he were a libertarian all of those issues would be decided by the individual. The Gay thing is an odd one, in that below the waste water treatment plant in Boulder there is a much larger proportion of female fish than male and numerous ones where the sex can not be determined having both. Where above the plant the numbers are more normal.

So while the issue of gay might be determined at birth, endocrine disruptors exist in pte bottles, legumes (as cattle that eat too much clover fail to breed), the problem might be an environmental one. So maybe the politicians should be determining birth control issues as those birth control pills are causing wide environmental harm and possibly disrupting the normal hormonal patterns in people.

Unfortunately the world is not black and white and to paint it as such is silly.

As I stated above the Demopublicans are all one party, who seem to be pushing largely the same agenda. Very little difference is there, when one actually looks under the surface. The "elite" think we are incapable of making decisions on our own. The real political battle should be between the individualist and the collectivist. The individualist wanting to choose for themselves how to live their lives and the collectivist want to push an agenda to legislate what we should and shouldn't do.

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