David Anderson 
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Re: “UPDATE: Lamborn's very important debate

At noon today, Colorado Representative Cory Gardner (House District 4), was managing debate. H.R. 1229 was indeed on the floor, but Congressman Lamborn did not appear on camera during the time between noon and the vote, which passed on party lines.

Opposing arguments have strength, as oil interests are not developing existing lease opportunities. Revelations about the effectiveness of regulatory management should lead to more careful consideration for who does what exploration, where and how. As Bob Powell's Your Turn article on April 28 documents, additional oil exploration will not produce more supply in the U.S. or lower prices. Self-reliance is not the message here.

As to jobs, our Congressman's only mention of job creation in his personal State of the Union message to the Chamber of Commerce this year was in connection with eliminating regulation of the energy industry. The Congressman's district has lost more than half of its manufacturing base and more than half of its information technology employment in the last ten years. There are many opportunities to create high-paying new technology jobs in the energy sector, and to create a fair number of them in-district by pursuing alternatives to exploration.

The U.S. will not become self-reliant with an energy strategy that emphasizes a resource in which we are consuming nearly 25% of the world supply, and possess less than 5% of that resource base. See our blog at www.VoteForDaveA.com and watch for policy papers to be released in coming weeks.
Dave Anderson
2012 Candidate - U.S. House of Representatives - Colorado District 5

Posted by David Anderson on 05/12/2011 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Voters ready to tweak TABOR

As Sean Paige notes, “The economy sucks. People are feeling anxious.” Raising taxes will not restore the economy. While spending may balance the budget, people have begun to understand how services and community income will be affected. It’s de-stimulus all around. This place is less viable and what’s being done is not seen as a way out.

We shouldn’t be surprised that people are anxious. Those leading the national economic rehab aren’t exactly stirring confidence either, and for good reason. We’ll all know that times are changing when we see primary jobs added to the economic base – jobs that will multiply and support retail and tourism revenue. To achieve change, we need to do something different. One step, included in Jan Martin’s pending proposal, is to eliminate the onerous Business and Personal Property Tax, a serious impediment to primary employer investment here. A more dramatic step would be to lead the movement away from all taxes on production (and jobs and property) and onto consumption, one of two tools used by foreign governments in attracting those good jobs that once were here.

It should be clear that to continue doing what we have been doing fits the definition of insanity.

Posted by David Anderson on 07/26/2009 at 6:44 PM

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