The Denver Post took an ill-fired shot at U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner for voting in favor of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

They likened it to Gardner’s opposition to Obama’s 2009 stimulus spending wasteland — the so-called shovel-ready projects and other pork-barrel spending that poured $831 billion down the drain.

As we correctly recall, the recession was not caused by a government shutdown of private businesses to stop the spread of a pandemic.

We’re not saying there’s no pork in the coronavirus package (we’re looking at you, Democrats), but Obama’s 2009 package contained nine different appropriation bills the second most earmarks in history, and more than 9,000 pork projects for a grand total of $831 billion.

Coronavirus aid is also outrageously expensive, yet it contains hundreds of billions in stimulus checks, emergency unemployment benefits and small business loans to cover payrolls. 

To compare pork to a pandemic is beyond cynical, even for the Denver Post.

And no one has forgotten former Gov. John Hickenlooper’s alleged ethics violations and his continued misuse of the September 11 stimulus funds to cover his legal bill that has already totaled more than $80,000.