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Owens given D for fiscal policy ( Cato Institute )
The Daily Sentinel ^ | October 24, 2006 | ERIK LINCOLN

Posted on 10/24/2006 3:19:38 PM PDT by george76

The Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. gave Gov. Bill Owens a D grade for his fiscal performance during his last year in office in a report released this week.

The Libertarian-leaning think tank releases a report card every two years for all 50 governors based on 23 criteria gathered from various sources, such as the U.S. census and budget data provided by state governments.

According to the report, Owens “engineered one of the biggest falls from grace in this report card’s 16-year history.”

The institute blasted Owens for his support of Referendum C, which was passed by voters last November and allows the state to retain surplus tax revenues for the next four years.

Instead of asking voters to fix Amendment 23, which requires increased spending on K-12 education every year, and defending the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights budget cap, the report said Owens “chose to team up with the Democrats to lift the cap and endorse a $3 billion tax increase.”

Owens’ final year in office lowered his overall Cato-given grade for fiscal performance to a C.

The report said Owens was “once on every conservative’s short list of possible candidates for higher office,” but will now be remembered as a “turncoat” by conservatives.

Steven Slivinski, Cato’s Director of Budget Studies, said the institute’s criticism of Owens was harsh but not needlessly harsh.

“I used language that I thought was appropriate to depict the fall in the grade,” said Slivinski, who has compiled the report for Cato since 1999.

Owens received an A from Cato in 2002 and 2004. The high marks are mentioned in the biography on Owens’ Web site.

Owens’ office could not be reached for comment.

The institute gave only one A, to Gov. Matt Blunt, R-Mo.

The next two highest-scoring Republicans were Rick Perry of Texas and Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who got B grades.

The highest-scoring Democratic governors were John Lynch of New Hampshire and Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, who also got Bs.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: Missouri; US: South Carolina; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: billowens; blunt; cato; catoinstitute; gop; marksanford; mattblunt; owens; perry2ndhighestgov; rickperry; sanford; vote; votegop
From A to D.

Could have been somebody...President ?

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1 posted on 10/24/2006 3:19:40 PM PDT by george76
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To: jan in Colorado; Morgan in Denver; Clintonfatigued

Gov. Bill Owens drops to a D grade


2 posted on 10/24/2006 3:21:44 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

He was/is a wuss. I'm surprised he got a D. He deserved an F, or F-.

Way too high, considering he pushed through the largest tax increase in state history.

He's the reason we are most likely going to have a RAT for Governor after the election. Why elect another Republican after seeing a limp noodle Republican?

He never was Presidential material.


3 posted on 10/24/2006 3:25:00 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who are going senile.)
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The institute gave only one A, to Gov. Matt Blunt, R-Mo. The next two highest-scoring Republicans were Rick Perry of Texas and Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who got B grades.
4 posted on 10/24/2006 3:27:22 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Balding_Eagle

Owens was a bad party leader, too.

We lost two federal seats to the Salazar brothers.

plus the state houses, plus...


GRRRR


5 posted on 10/24/2006 3:29:16 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: shield

Rick Perry of Texas got B grades.


6 posted on 10/24/2006 3:36:41 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: upchuck

Mark Sanford of South Carolina got B grades.


7 posted on 10/24/2006 3:37:40 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I wonder how the Public Employee Retirement Association is doing today? It was $12 billion in the red. I have a feeling that if this was included the grade would drop.


8 posted on 10/24/2006 3:42:37 PM PDT by mpreston
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To: Just another Joe

The institute gave only one A, to Gov. Matt Blunt, R-Mo...


9 posted on 10/24/2006 3:44:15 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Not surprised...Perry put the NG on the border and those dem sheriffs have said crime has dropped 60% in those counties up against the border due to what Perry's new border policy.
10 posted on 10/24/2006 3:45:35 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield

How is Perry doing on the election ?


11 posted on 10/24/2006 3:46:52 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Just fine...he'll win easily...geezzz...we've got 4 running for governor...those other 3 are toast cause of each other.


12 posted on 10/24/2006 3:53:18 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: george76

Colorado is becoming the "Massachusetts of the west".


13 posted on 10/24/2006 4:17:03 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: george76
Gov. Owens really hurt The Republican Party in Colorado and lost all credibility with his support of Referendum C.

The Cato Institute was too kind...I give him an "F"
14 posted on 10/24/2006 4:31:31 PM PDT by jan in Colorado (Don't be a "Cut and Run" Republican. INCREASE the Republican majority! VOTE 'R')
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To: 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; acf2906; ...
Gov. Sanford got a B.

South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. / Remove me from the list.

15 posted on 10/24/2006 7:22:14 PM PDT by upchuck (Eventually the Islamofascists must be destroyed. The longer we wait, the bloodier it is going to be.)
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To: george76

Thanks for the ping.


16 posted on 10/24/2006 7:27:14 PM PDT by upchuck (Eventually the Islamofascists must be destroyed. The longer we wait, the bloodier it is going to be.)
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To: upchuck

Thank you.

Your governor beats our governor.

We thought that Owens was good the first few years, then he went wobbly.

Hillary must have gotten Owen's FBI files, too.


17 posted on 10/24/2006 7:30:37 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Proof that Do-Goodery will lead to our country's downfall.


18 posted on 10/24/2006 7:48:19 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Somebody important make....THE CALL!)
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To: george76; Abram; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; Americanwolf; ...
"The institute gave only one A, to Gov. Matt Blunt, R-Mo."

The sorry state of our nation's governors...





Libertarian ping! To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here.
19 posted on 10/24/2006 7:57:59 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Amnesty_From_Government.htm)
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To: george76
From A to D. Could have been somebody...President ?

Nope. Has no control over his personal life. Big-time skeletons that he put there made it impossible for him to be President, even before his ill-considered gutting of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

Not only that, he has presided over the destruction of the Republican party in Colorado. We went from controlling both houses of the legislature and the governorship to, in all probability, none of them, after this election. Much of the blame for that lies on Owens shoulders.

20 posted on 10/24/2006 11:12:03 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: upchuck

Thanks for the ping.

I wonder if it was Sanford's initial support for the gas tax rollback scheme that cost him an A?


21 posted on 10/25/2006 1:24:42 AM PDT by VRWCtaz ("Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness." - Thomas Paine)
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To: ModelBreaker

Many thought that Owens could have gone on to DC after his first years.

We did not know about his personal problems then.

Owens could have been Senator instead of Salazar.

IMO

But now he is toast... My guess : his next career is on cable tv.


22 posted on 10/25/2006 7:48:50 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: VRWCtaz

Why would it? I would think that it would help him, he was trying to give back money to the people that it belongs to...the citizens. The assembly would not ok a refund, so he took another option instead of keeping the money in the government pockets.


23 posted on 10/25/2006 8:37:05 AM PDT by looscnnn ("Olestra (Olean) applications causes memory leaks" PC Confusious)
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To: george76

The lowest Current Term Republican governers are:

Bob Riley (Alabama) F
Mike Huckabee (Arkansas) F
Kenny Guinn (Nevada) F
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Cali) D
Linda Lingle (Hawaii) D
Jodi Rell (Connecticut) D
Mitch Daniels (Indiana) D - midterm grade
Bill Owens (Colorado) D
George Pataki (NY) D

Final overall grade for outgoing governers:
Bob Taft (Ohio) F
Mike Huckabee (Arkansas) D
Kenny Guinn (Nevada) D


Out of 26 Republican governers there were 1 A, 4 B's, 12 C's, 6 D's,3 F's. This is far too many below a B.


24 posted on 10/25/2006 9:01:21 AM PDT by looscnnn ("Olestra (Olean) applications causes memory leaks" PC Confusious)
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To: looscnnn
It was nothing but a political stunt that Sanford was willing to go along with to prevent the Dems from being able to use it against him in November. As it would have indeed put tax dollars back into the pockets of the taxpayer he felt the positives outweighed the negatives so he could support it.

(The above is from my memory of an interview with the Governor by Ralph Bristol on WORD AM950 when it was first proposed.)

It fell though when the legislature wanted the three month tax relief during Aug-Sep-Oct vs Jun-Jul-Aug. (I can't imagine why the legislature would want the cut close to an election.) Governor Sanford said no - it would be peak usage time or nothing. Although he did say that if they would make it a permanent cut they could start it whenever they wanted.

The only reason I wondered if it was used against Mark for Cato's "B" grade was that market manipulation by government is viewed poorly by them. Especially as this one would have most probably resulted in spot shortages due to an artificial price structure.
25 posted on 10/25/2006 9:35:16 AM PDT by VRWCtaz ("Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness." - Thomas Paine)
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To: looscnnn

"Out of 26 Republican governers there were 1 A, 4 B's, 12 C's, 6 D's, 3 F's. This is far too many below a B."

I doubt it's an unusual curve. Once in power, too many R's become RINOs. Go figure so many have grown tired of voting R.


26 posted on 10/25/2006 3:33:55 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (When personal character isn't relevant to voters or party leaders, Foley happens.)
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To: XeniaSt

Bill Owens. No one in our party — not even President Bush through his overspending and support of amnesty — has done more damage to our chances in Colorado, which is why this post fits into so many categories.

Attorney general? Guilty as charged. Owens, through a combination of indifference and ineptitude, let Ken Salazar stay in office and emerge as a moderate Democrat, thereby allowing the now-U.S. senator to build a bipartisan following that has taken him to his current office.

Third Congressional District? As sure as water runs downhill. Greg Walcher, with his support of Referendum A and mismanagement of the state Department of Natural Resources, never stood a chance in the general election — and Owens knew it.

Fifth Congressional District? Amen. As in the 3rd Congressional District, Owens stepped into an already messy primary, one he should have learned from 2004 is not a place to be meddling when the Republican Party faithful hate you.

Seventh Congressional District? As sure as Colfax is populated by prostitutes and pushers. Encouraging Beauprez to leave a competitive seat in a bad year for Republicans was beyond irresponsible.

Governor? You can bank on it. In a year when illegal immigration was sure to be the centerpiece conservative issue, Beauprez was the worst possible choice, given his dismal record on the subject.

Homeland security? Granted. Mike “Office Space” Beasley, anyone? Illegal immigration? Si, senor.

By calling a special session he let the Democrats control, Owens killed all chances of bringing back the ballot measure that would have been our party’s saving grace.

Issue campaigns? Let us list the ways: Amendment 23, Referendum A, referendums C and D. Redistricting? Census says yes.

When he and Beauprez lost us the majority, we lost the ability to responsibly redistrict.

Secretary of state? All signs of foul play point to yes. His appointment, Gigi Dennis, and her shenanigans have made the party look unfair.

State house? Like any man, his home is his castle, and he’s responsible for what happens in it. It’s the one chamber of the Legislature we should never have had to worry about, but Owens lost it in a landslide.

State senate? Snake eyes. He lost it twice.

http://www.totheright.org/?p=227


27 posted on 10/30/2006 10:00:36 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

You have nailed it


28 posted on 10/31/2006 7:09:24 AM PST by Uriel-2012 (Psalm 144:1 Praise be to YHvH, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.)
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