Rocky Mountain Follies

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLLIES….Colorado just passed a stringent immigration bill that denies public assistance to anyone who isn’t in Colorado legally. However, it still allows children to get food and healthcare, and some Republicans find that outrageous:

Rep. Debbie Stafford, R-Aurora, said at the caucus that she was upset that the bill exempted children under 18. “We’re helping create the next generation of terrorists,” she said.

The next generation of terrorists! That’s telling it like it is, Debbie. Other Republicans were upset that Republican Governor Bill Owens backed down on his support for a bill that would have required all prospective employees to have a Colorado ID card:

Republican Rep. Al White, the sponsor of House Bill 1018, told his Republican colleagues that Owens was supportive of the bill until business leaders told him that the price of a house might go up by 5 percent because some homebuilders could lose illegal-immigrant labor.

“That tells me that business in Colorado is really not serious about doing away with illegal immigration in this state,” White said. “And if that is the case, this whole special session is nothing but bull.”

Rep. Lynn Hefley, R-Colorado Springs, said it bothered her “when businesspeople come and talk to the governor and tell him what needs to be done.”….”We know, and names were named here, who came and who gives big bucks to the party. It’s my party too, and I came here for us to do a job, and I’m ashamed of us,” Hefley said.

That’s a shocker, isn’t it? A Republican governor caving in to business interests. Who would have seen that coming?

However, there’s a serious discrepancy between the news reports on this dustup. According to the Denver Post, White said “this whole special session is nothing but bull.” But according to the Rocky Mountain News, he said “this whole special session has been b—s—.” Which was it? Inquiring minds want to know.