The race for governor of Colorado is proving to be a challenge for me. I am a Libertarian who ends up voting Republican 99% of the time. While I would much rather vote for a Libertarian, I also don’t want to see a Democrat in power. So, I consider my Republican vote a pre-emptory strike against ‘Democratic style liberalism’. However, I long to have Libertarians in office across the state and the nation.
In the Colorado gubernatorial race, we have 3 main players. The mayor of Denver, John Hickenlooper is running for the Democrats, former Senator Tom Tancredo is running on the American Constitution party ticket with businessman Mr. Don Maes is running on the Republican ticket.
With Maes, there have been integrity and experience issues dogging his campaign run. Ironically, he earned the Republican crown after primary candidate Scott McInnis lost the primary race due to plagiarism accusations. Tancredo seems to be running a lackluster campaign without much enthusiasm. His bolting from the Republican party after dropping from the 2008 presidential race and consequently decided not to run for Congress again adds to the perception that he is aimless in trying to find where he fits on the political stage. And, Hickenlooper is a typical Democrat who will invariably support the expanding of entitlement programs and increasing of taxes on the citizens of this state.
Adding to all of that confusion, Propositions 60, 61 and 101 are proposed amendments that would dramatically lower taxes. While the Libertarian in me certainly wants lower taxes, the pragmatist in me knows that if all of them passed the state would be crippled. According to http://limitpropertytax.com/, Proposition 60 would make the property tax system far simpler and fairer to property owners. Proposition 61 would reign in state debt which according to http://limitcodebt.com/ has tripled in the last 10 years. And, http://www.cotaxreform.com/ relates that Proposition 101 would lower license plate fees to a flat $10 fee rather than the often times several hundred dollars that citizens pay for newer vehicles.
Needless to say, I am not thrilled with any of the 3 gubernatorial candidates. I don’t know which of the 3 propositions I should vote for. I struggle with a “political schizophrenia” between my Libertarian beliefs and my Republican voting practices. That first Tuesday in November will be my decision point. But, until this I will continue to “keep my ears to the railroad tracks” and hope that in the end the noise I hear isn’t two trains coming from opposite directions on the Colorado political tracks.