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A Win For the Federalists

10:56 AM, Nov 7, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Their betters from both coasts spent big to enlighten the people of Colorado which, east of the Hudson, is considered one of those square states full of primitives who don’t know what is good for them.

So Michael Bloomberg, who makes a habit of sticking his money in that state’s business, spent a million to push a referendum that would have increased taxes in Colorado by a billion dollars with the money going to “improve education.” Which is to say, to raise the salaries of teachers and educrats and hire more of them. Bloomberg was joined by Bill and Melinda Gates, among others, to include, of course, the teachers’ union. With that kind of backing, the forces of progress and goodness amassed a war chest of some $10 million. Enough, surely, to prevail over the rubes and provincials who managed to scratch together barely $40 thousand. Yes, thousand

The voters, however, proved to be too stupid to cut their own throats and defeated the measure in a nail biter, 66 percent to 34 percent.

One can almost taste the salt in the tears dripping off Jack Healy's New York Times story:

The outcome, a warning to Democrats nationally, was a drubbing for teachers unions as well as wealthy philanthropists like Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and Bill and Melinda Gates, who pumped millions of dollars into the measure, and it offered a sharp rebuke to Gov. John W. Hickenlooper and the Democratically led legislature, who have recently tugged Colorado to the left with laws on gun control and clean energy.

The predictable Times take (from the mouths of unnamed “opponents” of the tax) is that selfishness "prevailed because Coloradans simply did not want a tax increase that would have cost an average household $133 a year.”

Imagine. For less than the price of a decent meal in Manhattan, the primitives could have had an education system approved by Michael Bloomberg and Melinda Gates.  

Of course, it is possible, that the voters of Colorado are wise and informed enough to know that throwing money at an education system run by teachers,  their union, and the educrats merely buys you more of the same.  

And, by the way, it should be noted that those same voters approved a 25 percent sales tax on marijuana and rejected one on sugary drinks, proving that they are smart enough to make distinctions without any help from busybody billionaires.

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