Bailey wants the spending to stop |

Bailey wants the spending to stop

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Stephen Bailey

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Republican Stephen Bailey might be running for a seat that hasn’t been anything other than Democratic in more than 40 years, but that’s not slowing down his will to win.

Bailey, of Niwot, just outside of Boulder, is focusing his campaign for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on jobs and the economy.

Bailey said government has been too busy with an agenda that doesn’t serve the rights of the American people, and it’s time for a change.

While Bailey is running against U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the sixth richest member of Congress who is willing to spend plenty of his own money on his campaign, there’s more to a campaign than just money, Bailey said.

“Money is one type of resource for a campaign, but human power and resources is another,” Bailey said. “Dollar bills don’t walk into the voting booths, people do, and they’re paying attention and they’re not happy with what’s going on.”

Bailey said Polis and the rest of Congress have been fiscally irresponsible and he thinks constituents in the 2nd Congressional District agree.

“It’s time to stop the insanity and the people responsible for this spending orgy need to be held accountable,” Bailey said. “We need people willing to be leaders and stand up and say what we’re doing is wrong, even if the party is in disagreement.”

Bailey is an opponent of the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal, as well as the Eagle and Summit County Wilderness Preservation Act, which Polis submitted in September.

“I’ve yet to hear anyone say there’s a problem being solved by this,” Bailey said. “The Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service have the discretion to manage the lands up there – we don’t need an act of Congress.”

Bailey hopes to fight the mountain pine beetle epidemic by giving private business the incentives to clear out the dead trees. He said that’s the best solution with the least amount of cost to the taxpayer.

Outside of just the 2nd Congressional District, Bailey feels corruption is a huge problem in Congress, and Republicans need to address it immediately or else they’ll risk earning back the trust of the American people.

Bailey said one way to start is by eliminating earmarks and massive legislative bills that include “everything but the kitchen sink,” he said.

“Legislation needs to stand on its own – it needs to be a single subject. There’s no reason to ram something through quickly,” Bailey said.

Bailey said he would also advocate for rational immigration policy if elected. He’s sick of illegal immigration and the burden it puts on the rest of America.

“There is no screening of people coming into our country,” he said.

The people that make it through seem to be getting things for free, too, he said. It becomes an economic burden on the rest of society, whether directly or indirectly, he said.

“It should be their responsibility to make sure their children get educated. It’s not our responsibility to take care of that – you’re coming to our country, you shouldn’t get free health care, or Section 8 housing,” Bailey said.

Bailey doesn’t believe it’s government’s responsibility to provide “a whole bunch of different services for different people, and give out various favors to people.”

He said government’s role is to protect individual rights.

“It’s very clear that our government is very busy violating our rights,” Bailey said.

While Bailey said he has spent some time in the mountain region of the district, he’s focusing his campaign from here forward on the Front Range areas, where Democrats make up so much of the population.

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