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Trickle Down Jason

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 12/10/17 16:24

by Alan Anderson

Jason Lewis, our representative from CD 2, has received a lot of praise and criticism these last weeks. Looks like a rocky road ahead. Some of the concern has been the way he has been voting......not quite the independent voice he ran on. And now with the Trump administration under fire with the Russia investigation, looks like his vote to shield Mr. Trump from exposing his taxes will be a controversial stand. Seems like he doesn't really want the truth to come out. Many suspect Trump is trying to hide something horrible by refusing to share his tax return (which every other presidential candidate has done for the past 50 years). But Mr. Lewis seems afraid of the truth...with good reason and refuses to share it with the American public.

Now Mr. Lewis is supporting the new Republican effort at tax reform. It includes huge tax breaks for wealthy individuals (like eliminating the estate tax....which would save Mr. Trump billions and provide the wealthiest 1% with a giant benefit) and a potential gift to corporations with more great deductions and lower tax rates.

We've seen this Republican ploy before. President Reagan did it in the 1980s and President Bush did it in the early 2000s. It's the old trickle-down economics....give big breaks to the top earners and they will spend their savings to create more jobs and stimulate the economy. All the funds lost through the tax breaks will be made up by the expanding, growing economy. Except, in those two instances of big cuts to the wealthy, the economy grew at a sluggish rate, there wasn't great job growth, and there were great additions to the national debt. Hardly a strong recommendation, but Mr. Lewis and his colleagues want it again.

So, here we go again. Give huge benefits to the wealthy and screw the middle and poor classes. Wasn't fair then and isn't fair now. And our income gap keeps growing, with the top 5% getting the bulk of the benefits from our recent economic improvement. So, thanks Mr. Lewis. Hope your votes trickles down, as well, next time.
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Very Sad Day

Category: Al Franken
Posted: 12/07/17 13:24

by Dave Mindeman

Al Franken has always been a hero of mine. No one reminded me more of Paul Wellstone than Franken. He has been a progressive, a fighter, and an advocate for so many of us. It is sad that he leaves the Senate. I understand the reasoning. It would be impossible to be effective with this cloud over his head. I am confident that the man accused of these inappropriate behaviors is not a complete picture of him by any means. If anyone chooses to gloat over this resignation, you have my disdain. This has been a rough time for him - his advocacy for women's issues should not be minimized because of his past misdeeds. Since he has been a Senator - his comportment has been exemplary.

Even now, he does what is best for Minnesota and for us by resigning his position. I won't litigate these accusations and innuendos. That is no longer relevant. My main hope is that this purge does not become a one sided issue. These stains are not limited to one Party. We have prime Republican examples, at this very moment, thumbing their noses at how women should be treated - and with the full support of their party as well.

I feel great disappointment that many women in the Democratic Party who called (justifiably) for Franken's resignation, did not support the ultimate female goal of making Hillary Clinton President. The opportunity passed because of unnecessary party bickering and false equivalence on standards.

This is a deeply sad day for Minnesota. I am sure the MN GOP will gloat and taunt this event. It is what they do. But looking only within our own party is not good enough. This is a national issue. The silence has been broken but effective advocacy must be taken to the ballot box as well. 2018 MUST be the year of the woman. This has been said before in elections past - but this time there are real stakes. Real consequences. The Democratic Party listens to women. It advocates for women. And it is the only path to real protection and change for women.

You may agree that Al Franken's resignation is the right thing. But fighting for what he advocated for is still our responsibility.
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LTE Writer Thinks A Story On Sexual Harassment Is Just Politics

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 12/05/17 13:18, Edited: 12/05/17 13:19

by Dave Mindeman

Well, this was inevitable...

To the Editor (SunThisWeek):

For two out of the last three weeks, state Rep. Erin Maye Quade has received front page above the fold stories. This past week, the story was regarding sexual harassment at the Minnesota Capitol. I don't dispute that what happened to Maye Quade was wrong and inappropriate, nor do I dispute that it deserves front page above the fold coverage. However, I do draw some conclusions from the story. Conclusions not about Maye Quade, but about the pro-DFL slanted reporting by the new newspaper staff. Maye Quade appears to have been the only person interviewed for the story on sexual harassment. In the article, Maye Quade is quoted various times with critical opinions and remarks regarding GOP handling of the allegations, as well as, her view of Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt's reaction to reports of sexual harassment. Yet, the article never mentions even trying to obtain a statement from Speaker Daudt or any other local GOP legislators. What kind of journalism is that? It was a politically charged article by including Maye Quade's comments, yet only presented her opinion of how the two parties are handling the situation. It seems that the new staff at the newspaper is just another biased, voice piece for the DFL. While I don't expect much from a free newspaper, advertisers are paying for it. If this kind of "journalism" continues, I guess advertisers will have to consider if it is wise to spend their advertising dollars in one-sided political newspaper.

This particular letter writer seems to have missed the entire point - and obviously assumes that everything is just a partisan political stunt.

It is like this letter writer (and believe it or not, the writer is a "she" ), is thinking the local paper is some kind of Maye Quade/DFL mouthpiece to get some articles written about her in regard to the harassment issue.

I guess Maye Quade is a glutton for punishment that wants all these details of her personal life to be shouted out in megaphone style so all of her friends and neighbors will know about it.

The letter writer admits that what happened was wrong - she just doesn't like all the publicity about our representative (as if this is somehow like a "campaign ad"? Really?) Erin has no control over how the local paper is going to treat the article. I would say it probably is more newsworthy than the local fish market having a shortage on shrimp.

The letter writer believes that the article should have "more balance". What is not balanced? It is a story about what happened to Erin - not a political statement. The initial confrontation was with a Democratic Senator. Maye Quade responed to questions from the paper about what happened in regards to these incidents involving the House leadership - which is Republican at present. Maye Quade naturally would like more attention to these matters in the future and said as much.

The only thing involving Republicans (outside of the growing revelations about Tony Cornish that developed) was really about the "no action taken. Not that they necessarily had good options - but a "not aware of it" from Kurt Daudt would have added nothing to the story. And Daudt isn't exactly publicity happy about the subject.

And what is with the "politically charged" comment. Sure there is a political aspect to this because Maye Quade is a sitting legislator. But the story can be just as relevant in any work place, any where. The only thing politically charged about this issue is the letter writer's reaction to the article. When someone assumes a political motivation, especially in regards to how a woman was treated in the work place, then the letter writer should be examining her own motives - rather than the motives of anyone else.
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