Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute in Colorado has a few words in the Institute's weekly e-mail about the Left's victories in his home state this election. Republicans and conservatives were happy all over the nation Nov. 3 with the notable exception of Colorado, where Democrats took the U.S. Senate seat, the 3rd Congressional District, regained the state House and Senate and passed a ton of taxes.
So how did Democrats orchestrate such an incredible coup? Colorado's Amendment 27 (campaign finance reform) was supposed to eliminate big money from concentrated interests in elections. Didn't happen. As the Rocky Mountain News reported, a handful of very wealthy and very liberal individuals outspent Republicans three to one. We call them the Axis of Ego. It's interesting that the Left worked so hard to keep big money out of elections yet was the beneficiary of four very wealthy individuals who used campaign finance law to purchase power under the gold dome.
But Caldara's not giving up:
Keep in mind that in our twenty years, Independence has worked mostly with gridlocked state government due to a Republican controlled legislature along with Democrats in the governor's office. Even with that combination, our ideas of flat tax rates, charter schools, open enrollment, and privatizing governmental services like RTD have become reality. We are looking forward to working with the new leadership as we take on new challenges. Any way you look at it, it's going to be fun!
It's a whole new ballgame and we are ready to play.