Colorado Congressman Out of Touch and ethlically challenged.

Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, Democrat of Boulder, once again shows just how out of touch with the voters

English: Jared Polis, Colorado politician.

English: Jared Polis, Colorado politician. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in his district he is.

What is plainly missing is any citation by Polis of his assertion. Simply a blanket statement that we’re suppose to take as fact. I’m curious if the voters of Colorado congressional district 2 are aware of their lack of interest?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Colorado’s current unemployment is at 7.1%. Colorado’s unemployment rate reached a high of 9.1% in Oct/Nov of 2010. So according to Polis, a two percent drop in the unemployment renders his constituents uninterested in jobs and especially jobs in the energy economy.

The energy, oil shale deposits of the Green River Formation in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, are among the richest oil shale deposits in the world. The potential for jobs and making a mark towards energy independence and the congressman’s lack of awareness for the benefits for Coloradans and the rest of the country is amazing.

Of course back in June of 2012 the congressman was in hot water with the House Ethics committee. The problem revolved around his visit to the High Park Fire.

Clearly the congressman is living in his own reality.


OUT OF TOUCH: 7th Richest Member of Congress Says His District Doesn’t Want Energy Jobs: ”

Boulder Congressman Jared Polis, the 7th richest member of Congress, told a Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry panel today that residents in his district are not interested in jobs in the energy economy.

As reported by the Denver Business Journal‘s estimable Ed Sealover on Twitter:

Polis has been feuding with the oil and gas industry recently, after a neighbor to one of his vacation properties sold their mineral rights to an oil company that began drilling. The Congressman sued to stop the drilling from occurring because he claimed it, among other things, ‘caus[ed] mental suffering, annoyance and the loss of use and enjoyment’ of his vacation property.

He even went so far as to claim his family were turned into ‘refugees’ due to his neighbor exercising their mineral rights.

What makes this latest statement from the spoiled Congressman even more tone deaf is the fact that Polis has had millions of his own money invested in the oil and gas industry.

Apparently it’s okay for him to make money off of fracking, but not his constituents?

UPDATE: Congressman Polis weighs in, saying he wants oil and gas money in his district, just not the jobs. Oh, and he incorrectly thinks Broomfield doesn’t have fracking going on.



But, as Denver Post reporter Jeremy Meyer noted, fracking is going on in Broomfield County.

UPDATE 2: It’s worth noting Polis’s position puts him to the left of even the extreme left-wing Congresswoman Diana DeGette:


(Via Colorado Peak Politics.)

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HAT IN HAND: Polis Begs Indulgence From Fracking Industry

Can you say flip-flopping here in Colorado? Once again, just how out of touch is Polis from his constituents is shown for all to see.

HAT IN HAND: Polis Begs Indulgence From Fracking Industry: ”

Denver Post editorial board editor Vincent Carroll annihilated Obamacare con man Congressman Jared Polis in a column today.

In the column, Carroll hits Polis for his ‘melodramatic overstatement,’ ‘conflating drilling and fracking,’ and ‘rhetoric [that]…has too often been the sort you hear from the most strident drilling opponents.’

Noteworthy in Carroll’s conversation with Polis is the Congressman’s attempt to backpedal from the strident positions he took with more liberal audiences.

And it’s not only with Carroll that Polis is trying to shift his stance with.

Numerous sources emailed the Peak this morning saying that Polis dropped by an oil and gas industry event in Denver, hat in hand, tail between his legs, begging the indulgence of the same industry that ‘fracked’ him.

Could it be that Polis had a change of heart? Someone better tell Pete Maysmith.

Or is Polis trying to have it both ways, pandering to the fracking lunatics in public while making nice in one of John Hickenlooper’s back rooms?

The second scenario seems possible. This is the guy that, at the end of the day, is making big bucks off of the same industry he publicly claims to fracking hate.

(Via Colorado Peak Politics.)

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Jared Polis, you’re wrong: Obamacare is a government takeover

This is one of the Best and Brightest elected from Colorado? Please, Coloradans, we can certainly do better than this as one of our elected officials.

Jared Polis, you’re wrong: Obamacare is a government takeover: “

With Colorado Rep. Jared Polis (D) facing reelection for District 2 against either Republican Eric Weissmann or Kevin Lundberg (& those from other parties), it’s worth examining Polis’s record on health care policy.

Polis claims that ObamaCare is not “a government takeover of the health care industry.  He’s wrong. The only way he could be correct is that if he argued that, even before ObamaCare, government had already taken over the industry.
Polis writes:

One of the biggest misunderstandings about this law is that it is actually a government takeover of the health care industry. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, instead of creating a new government program, the new law works within our current system of private health insurance by expanding opportunities for individuals to purchase private health insurance and increasing competition among private insurers.

He called insurance companies private insurers. This is absurd. First, they are so controlled by politicians and bureaucrats that a customer’s transactions with them are not at all private.  Second, government essentially prohibits “insurers” from selling real medical insurance.

As for how ObamaCare is a government takeover, Charles Krauthammer summarizes it well:

Under Obamacare, the state treats private insurers the way it does government-regulated monopolies and utilities. It determines everything of importance. Insurers, by definition, set premiums according to risk. Not anymore. The risk ratios (for age, gender, smoking, etc.) are decreed by Washington. This is nationalization in all but name. The insurer is turned into a middleman, subject to state control — and presidential whim.

Third, the assault on individual autonomy. Every citizen without insurance is ordered to buy it, again under penalty of law. This so-called individual mandate is now before the Supreme Court — because never before has the already inflated Commerce Clause been used to compel a citizen to enter into a private contract with a private company by mere fact of his existence.

This constitutional trifecta — the state invading the autonomy of religious institutions, private companies and the individual citizen — should not surprise. It is what happens when the state takes over one-sixth of the economy.

Cato‘s Michael Cannon destroys Polis’s denial that ObamaCare is a government takeover:

“It is irrelevant,” I wrote, “whether we describe medical resources (e.g., hospitals, employees) as ‘public’ or ‘private.’ What matters – what determines real as opposed to nominal ownership – is who controls the resources.” I detailed how making private health insurance compulsory – as ObamaCare does – “would give government as much control over the nation’s health care sector as a compulsory government program.”

I even quoted President Obama’s health adviser Jeanne Lambrew, who acknowledges, “the government role in socialized medicine systems ranges from complete government ownership and salaried facilities and providers to public financing of private insurance and providers” (emphasis added) – which is exactly how ObamaCare operates.

… Left-leaning columnist Michael Kinsley wrote of ObamaCare: “If the government requires insurers to accept all customers and charge all the same price, regulates all aspects of their marketing to make sure they aren’t discriminating, and then redistributes the profits to make sure that no company gets penalized unfairly, in what sense is the industry still ‘private’?”

Read Cannon’s whole article at Kaiser Health News: Just Call Me Liar Of The Year.

See also: Jared Polis (D-Boulder) wrong about Constitution & mandatory health coverage.

(Via Peoples Press Collective.)

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Colorado Political Recess.

With the August recess in full swing, our Colorado elected officials are back in their home districts, and some are even holding town meetings. Colorado Here Us Now!, has a current list of the meetings to be held by, Colorado District 1 representative Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, CD 2, and Ed Perlmutter . Their site will also update any future meetings by these as well as Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.

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