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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
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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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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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Gov. Sanford got a B.

South Carolina Ping

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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...





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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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