Because I wasn't able to get into Sen. Mark Udall's town-hall meeting last week, I will pose my two-part question here:
1) With policies such as the stimulus bill, health-care and energy bills, it appears the current administration desires to take this country from abundance to shortages. In light of the bounty of Colorado's, not to mention the entire country's, natural resources, how does Udall rationalize the president handing over $2 billion of American taxpayer money to the Brazilian government so its state-owned Petrobras can drill for offshore oil off their coast and off the coast of Havana, Cuba? What is the thought process where, through cap-and-trade policies, companies within our own borders will be taxed for carbon emissions - which the administration believes will limit production and consumption of oil - but will hand over taxpayer dollars to another country to extract that which is in abundance in the United States?
2) I believe the current administration has performed a "sleight of hand" against the intent of the cap-and-trade bill, as clearly this handout produces the opposite effect in the scheme of limiting man-made global warming. Does Udall think it is a coincidence that George Soros, who has donated millions to Democratic candidates and progressive causes through multiple 527s, repositioned himself in Petrobras to receive dividends just days before Obama's commitment of the $2 billion? And how will he - our representative - protect hard-earned American taxpayer dollars from enriching foreigners from here on out?
The lack of foresight as to where to hold a town-hall meeting prompts a third question: If one senator in one state cannot diligently accommodate 300 to 400 constituents who RSVP and show up at a scheduled town-hall meeting and staff can't get two speakers to work properly, how can we put our health-care and energy needs into their hands?
Sharon Camarca, Durango