As a Boulder customer of Public Service Company of Colorado since June, 1977,
I have found their service to be reliable, economical and apolitical. On the contrary,
in my nearly 40 years in Boulder, I have never known the City of Boulder to do
anything reliably, economically and apolitically. Instead, I have witnessed
massive waste of taxpayer dollars on one boondoggle after another – from
moving prairie dogs hither and thither, to awarding subsidized housing to speculators
and profiteers, to aimlessly destroying the Crossroads Mall.
None of their prior boondoggles, however, can compare to the one they want to saddle
us with now – the purchase of Xcel’s infrastructure and the takeover of Xcel’s electric
service will be Colorado’s boondoggle of the century.
A boondoggle is a project that wastes time and money, but that is continued anyway
for ulterior motives. It often refers to protracted government projects involving numerous
people, wasteful expenditures, overpaid researchers and bureaucratic executives,
dishonest or incomplete cost estimates, cost overruns, political patronage, corruption
and, ultimately, failed projects. Boulder’s municipalization project will become exactly that.
The term boondoggle arose in 1935 when New York appropriated $3,187,000.00 to teach
the jobless to play, to dance and to make little doodads called “boon doggles”.
Boulder’s boondoggle could cost more than half a billion for infrastructure they don’t
know how to maintain or use.
We must stop these haughty bureaucrats in their tracks. Maybe we can use the U.S.
Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 – known as the interstate “commerce clause”.
One of the most far-reaching grants of power to Congress, it covers all movement of people
and things across state lines, including every form of communication and transportation.
Can we nail these haughty bureaucrats for interfering with interstate, or even intrastate,
commerce, in violation of the Federal Constitution’s “commerce clause”?
We all better hope so.