Friday, October 15, 2010

Buck for Senate

EDITORIAL, Pueblo Chieftain, October 15, 2010

THE NATION has lurched to the left under the troika of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. This is not the kind of change a majority of Americans were hoping for two years ago.

In Colorado’s race for the United States Senate, voters have a clear choice this year as appointed Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet is being challenged by Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, a Republican. We sincerely believe Mr. Buck deserves to be elected.

On the issue of health care, Mr. Buck told a forum in Pueblo last week he does not believe the federal government should control one-seventh of the nation’s economy. Neither do we, and that’s why we support Colorado Attorney General John Suthers in joining a federal lawsuit over the health care law’s constitutionality. New taxes to pay for ObamaCare are just over the horizon, this at a time when the economy is struggling to recover from one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression.

Mr. Buck realizes that the Social Security system is headed for a train wreck and so he favors allowing younger workers to invest some of their payroll tax in a private account. The retirement funds would be protected, he said.

He also said he never would have voted for the $787 billion “stimulus” spending bill which has not stimulated the economy but has added to the national debt. Nationwide, unemployment officially stands at nearly 10 percent, and there are many more who have dropped out of the job market.

Mr. Bennet has admitted that the stimulus had increased the national debt to $13 trillion “with nothing to show for it.” To us, that’s an admission that reckless federal spending is no answer to what ails the economy.

What does ail the economy is the uncertainty created by Congress’ failure to extend the current tax rates, the looming costs of ObamaCare and the continued upward spiral of federal spending. Ken Buck would work with like-minded Republicans — and no doubt some conservative Democrats — to right this ship of state.

That’s why we wholeheartedly urge our readers to vote for Ken Buck for the United States Senate.