Ken Johnson

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JOHNSON: Sour grapes? Maybe


It was over at 9:13 p.m. Colorado time.

Shoot, the "swing" state didn't even have time to be counted before the TV heads ruled Obama had been re-elected.

Just like he and his very smart, talented and organized election team planned. And pursued so hard for two years.

The glorious state of Colorado DID swing to dark blue, maybe part of it a gift from the pot amendment. Who's to know?

The GOP might just as well have stayed home. It isn't really a "party" anymore. The factions - pro-life, Tea Party, religious fundamentalists and even the mainstream that just wants America to pay its bills - act like warring tribes.

The terms are "self-destruct" or at least "self-inflicted wounds."

But aren't you glad it's DONE?

Here's a morning-after sampling from a few folks who are, mostly, both realistic and disappointed. They were sure hoping for change.

"America has become a nation of parasites and victims. And the Democrats will keep power forever. They have managed to get more people at the public trough, or getting a handout - food stamps, welfare, extended unemployment benefits, etc. - than there are people working in the real world."

"As Democrat Senator from Minnesota Hubert Humphrey used to say 'The great thing about this program is that it won't cost you a dime! The federal government will pay for everything'!"

"I put more stock in what Maggie Thatcher said: 'The trouble with socialism, is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money.'"

All too true, of course. Vive le France.

Sour grapes? Maybe.

It DOES seem to ignore the bad job the Republicans did in campaigning. They were out-thought, out-strategized and out-acted.

Warning from the West: In the Democrat sweep in California, which is a place not far from America, there's a new tax law in effect. It is RETROACTIVE for all of 2012. It continues for seven years unless increased and extended. Like Colorado, the Dems hold both houses in California.

More like America than Colorado, California is so broke it's nearly bankrupt. Pension liabilities alone (with no funds to pay them) are more than Colorado's entire budget. They are REALLY nice pensions, though.

So the current shortfall will be covered by - voila! - more tax on the rich. And businesses.

And an increased sales tax so that even visitors can help out.

The folks who pay NO income tax don't see an increase.

Everyone else pays 1, 2, or 3% more for seven years, and of course, one can expect other tax increases during THAT length of time.

There's good news in all this mischief: The California Franchise Tax Board says the additional income tax is imposed on the top 3% of California taxpayers. Like Hollywood stars. That's not the really good news.

Rather, it's a free test for the rest of the nation to see what will happen IF we follow the plan that "taxing the rich" means the rest of us will pay less. Today, the stock market voted that it signals trouble; the market dropped over 300 points.

A couple of quick comments from the far West.

"Isn't it astonishing to anyone, that so much of what the politicians do, would get anyone in the private sector thrown in jail?"

"The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world and California has the highest personal rates and wants to raise the rate. Why would any successful person stay around?"

Whoeee... are we going to the rodeo now!

Oh, and by the way, every living human in America, whether they voted or not, whether they pay income tax or get "free" stuff, owes $55,600-plus, which is your part of the national debt.

If everything is going to be free, will someone please pay my share?

Ken is founder of the Grand Junction Free Press and former publisher of The Daily Sentinel. He spends his time between the Grand Valley and California. This weekend, he's in the Grand Valley, where he'll be feted, along with some others, at the Powderhorn Racing Club's Snowball 2012 gala at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom.

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