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Ethics and Coleen Rowley

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 07/06/05 14:35, Edited: 07/06/05 14:36

by Dave Mindeman

Coleen Rowley announced her candidacy for Congress today. Watch out Mr. Kline!

I would guess that we are about to hear a lot about ethical decision making. Coleen Rowley understands it... John Kline and Tom Delay are still looking for definitions.

Ethics is a commodity in short supply these days. We have oil and gas companies writing energy bills and drug companies dictating terms for Medicare. We have a President withholding the facts on reasons for war and we have Senate majority leadership changing rules that hinder their agenda.

I wonder if ethics really could change things? What if we decided who the next Supreme Court justice would be, based on ethical decision making rather than ideology? What if the House Ethics Committee was made up of impartial non-Congressional lay persons really concerned about true ethical conduct? And what if our Minnesota legislature was concerned about ethics in their decision making rather than special interest demands?

It is worth a discussion.... it is worth a debate.

I am sure it is a lot to ask of one Congressional candidate to change the way Washington is run, but it could be a beginning....
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The GOP Solution? SHUT IT DOWN!

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 07/02/05 14:06

by Dave Mindeman

Shutdown. Not operational. The State of Minnesota is not working.

Here we sit but maybe we can fix it. No, the Republicans are going to play the blame game -- even though it was their votes against the Democratic "lights on" proposal that ultimately stopped state government. They think it is more important to place blame than even allow a stopgap measure.

It is like we are in a giant sandbox -- you know, you have that one kid who insists on having control. If he can't bully everybody to get his way, he picks up his toys and goes home. Then he cries to his mommy that nobody will play fair.

What is so stupid (or should I say profoundly stupid?) about it all, is that it is completely avoidable. Democrats made proposal after proposal and each time it was dissed, criticized, and ignored. Republicans came back with different wording for the same things. It wasn't negotiation at all, it was extortion.

The apparent strategy for the GOP is to keep telling everybody it's the Democrats fault.... the usual ridiculous idea of constantly saying a lie until they start believing it. The ironic thing is that the Democrats have a lousy negotiating position. The Republicans have the Governor's office, they control the House, and the Democratic majority in the Senate is so narrow that you have to coax some Republican votes to get a bonding bill passed. Yet, with all of those advantages, the Republicans feel justified to blame Democrats for this lousy version of government.

It is hard to explain to the electorate the reality of what happens at the capitol. Not too many who are there, are sure themselves. There is certainly no mystery about where we are headed -- nowheresville!
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The Texas Values of John Kline

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 06/26/05 19:22, Edited: 06/26/05 19:24

by Paul Bartlett

John Kline purports to represent the people and best interests of the second congressional district. He's a phony. Every fiber of Kline's being is antithetical to the history and values of our area, of Minnesota and of the upper Midwest.

As a reverse carpetbagger from Corpus Christi, Texas, Kline takes his marching orders from fellow Texan, the infamous and corrupt Tom DeLay. He also takes money from DeLay.

Many of us cherish our progressive history. The American progressive movement has roots throughout the upper Midwest. Progressives are deeply concerned with the welfare of our communities, our schools, civil rights for all of our citizens, conserving our natural resources and national assets, protecting our environment, not bullying those who disagree with us, and not passing hopeless debt and environmental degradation to future generations.

We are not naive tree-hugging idealists. To the contrary. We recognize that good government cost money, and unlike Kline and his crowd, we believe that taxes must cover the cost of government. Kline, Bush and DeLay love to spend money .... somebody else's money. We believe that the debt policies that Kline supports are immoral, that it is unconscionable to stick our kids and grandkids with the GOP's runaway borrow and spend binge.

Ask yourself, do you want Minnesota to look like Texas? Do you want Minnesota to function like a third world country? Do you want a broken school system, dilapidated communities, unpaved roads, littered highways, and extreme poverty? Well, John Kline does.

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