Four examples of Polis actions contradicting his words

By Lloyd Benes

Now is a good time to look at Governor Jared Polis’ actions versus words to assess his past 10 years of “service.” Unfortunately, these four examples show a politician demanding transparency and integrity from others, but displaying the opposite behavior himself.

1. Release of tax returns: “Jared Polis was one of the most vocal Democrats demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns.” In 2017, Polis introduced a resolution to force the president to release the documents, “calling them an ‘important background disclosure.’ But during Polis’ successful run for governor of Colorado in 2018, his calls for transparency faded. …and (he) refused to divulge his statements. Example four below reveals another instance where Governor Polis lacks transparency.

2. Tax Loopholes: “Colorado Governor Jared Polis, a wealthy tech entrepreneur worth hundreds of millions of dollars, paid little to no federal income tax in the nine years leading up to the election. from the Democrat to the governorship, taking advantage of loopholes that aren’t available to most taxpayers…. Polis paid an effective rate of 8.2% from 2010 to 2018, significantly lower than the 19% paid by any taxpayer having earned $45,000 in 2018,” according to 9News coverage of ProPublica reports. And yet, on August 3, 2022, “(Polis) spoke about his increased TABOR refund amount due to tax bills he signed in 2021.” According to 9News, Polis said, “The legislature has moved to close tax loopholes that have benefited well-connected people.” The ProPublica report found that very few other politicians have used tax loopholes as aggressively as Polis did for the years 2013 to 2018. Integrity is lacking here.

3. Death Penalty: Governor Polis signed SB20-100, repealing the death penalty in Colorado. He then commuted the sentences of the three men on death row to life in prison, saying “the commutations of these despicable and guilty individuals are consistent with the abolition of the death penalty in the State of Colorado,” according to the Death Penalty. Penalty Information Center.. Contrast that with Polis’ support for killing thousands of pre-born lives each year through abortions once fertilization has taken place. Governor Polis (and Colorado General Assembly Democrats) passed and signed HB22-1279 which states that “a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus has no independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state”. However, more than 5,300 biologists claim that human life begins at fertilization, according to an article by Quillette. Where is your integrity if three “despicable and guilty” men have their death sentences commuted to life in prison, but you ensure that thousands of innocent pre-born lives are ended?

4. The first $750 TABOR rebate checks have been sent: TABOR, the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights,” is a Colorado constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1992, limiting the growth of government spending to an adjusted ceiling in depending on inflation and population growth. Governor Polis and Democratic lawmakers have spent decades trying to end TABOR. As recently as 2019, Polis signed a bill to put the CC proposal on the ballot, which would have nullified TABOR. Voters killed CC, so TABOR stays. Suddenly this year, Governor Polis found a way to love TABOR. He signed SB22-233 decreeing that taxpayers would receive $750 as a TABOR refund and would receive it in August, almost a year ahead of the normal cycle. Presumably, Democrats were worried about incurring losses in the November 2022 election due to inflation and the state of the economy. Governor Polis’ letter accompanying the checks never calls the $750 a TABOR-mandated tax refund, but rather “Colorado Cashback.” Perhaps this lack of transparency about TABOR was born out of fear that voters might consider it hypocritical that the governor and Democratic lawmakers keep trying to eliminate TABOR, and now they’re using TABOR to have a fighting chance. be viewed favorably.

These four examples, comparing Governor Polis’ words to his actions, reveal a politician who lacks transparency and integrity. My $750 TABOR refund will be used for donations to oppose him and the Democrats’ abortion actions. Please review the behaviors and words in these four examples and consider similar responses.

Lloyd Benes is a retired engineer. Benes lives in Loveland.

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