January is right around the corner, but the tension is heating up in December around the looming budget battle in the Colorado statehouse. The lawmakers don't have enough money to fund everything and cuts must be made. Hickenlooper and the Demoncrats want to eliminate the senior exemptions (such as the mortgage exemption after age 65), and make cuts to medicaid as well. Of course the children will be held hostage once again (how convenient), and blame will be spread all around.
So in times when money isn't available, why not look in the obvious realms? Why not tighten up enforcement of laws pertaining to illegals, and begin to let them know this is not a friendly place for them? Senator Renfroe and others discovered one, single expenditure a couple sessions ago that was giving them more than $19 million out of the Colorado budget! Couldn't that money go toward the education of legal students instead? That could help the elderly in the state, people that have paid taxes their entire lives. Instead, someone that did not pay into the system robs it, and you are held hostage.
The real fact is this. Our system has been lazy, and let everything happen in helter-skelter fashion. It's more fun to say yes, than no. However now tough choices must be made. Hopefully the conservatives in the Colorado Senate will step up and dictate some terms to Hickenlooper and the Dems. It's an opportunity to exercise leadership and let the liberals disclose their true colors. Colorado doesn't print money, so it has to make a budget that is realistic. If the illegals, lazy, welfare-recipients, and liberals win, you lose. Make sure your senator and representative understand how they must vote and direct their energies in 2012.