Skip to comments.Owens given ‘D’ for fiscal policy ( Cato Institute )
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 cards 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 Taxpayers 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 conservatives short list of possible candidates for higher office, but will now be remembered as a turncoat by conservatives.
Steven Slivinski, Catos Director of Budget Studies, said the institutes 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.
Could have been somebody...President ?
Gov. Bill Owens drops to a D grade
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.
Owens was a bad party leader, too.
We lost two federal seats to the Salazar brothers.
plus the state houses, plus...
Rick Perry of Texas got B grades.
Mark Sanford of South Carolina got B grades.
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.
The institute gave only one A, to Gov. Matt Blunt, R-Mo...
How is Perry doing on the election ?
Just fine...he'll win easily...geezzz...we've got 4 running for governor...those other 3 are toast cause of each other.
Colorado is becoming the "Massachusetts of the west".
Thanks for the ping.
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.
Proof that Do-Goodery will lead to our country's downfall.
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.
Thanks for the ping.
I wonder if it was Sanford's initial support for the gas tax rollback scheme that cost him an A?
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.
But now he is toast... My guess : his next career is on cable tv.
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.
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.
"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.
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 partys 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 hes responsible for what happens in it. Its 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.
You have nailed it
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