Open Forum for week of Feb. 28

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Not Complicated

The public reaction to Governor Dayton’s budget seems to have again left Republicans frustrated and puzzled about why their ideas, actions, and statements do not generate greater political traction. The answer is straightforward: A growing majority of voters find them unappealing.

There are too many to list but they include:

Stating incessantly that our national debt was $0 when President Obama took office and not $11,000,000,000 as claimed by the Congressional Budget Office.

Arguing that evidence of global warming in fact all scientific evidence supporting evolution, an improving economy, and the polls last summer and fall showing President Obama ahead represent conspiracies by, well, lots of people.

Claiming that our $17,000,000,000 debt can be eliminated in one year (Rep. Bachmann). Republicans from the Gulf Coast (and Minnesota) claiming that their vote for Gulf Coast relief for hurricanes and tornadoes but against Hurricane Sandy relief was based on principle.

Providing a sympathetic ear to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s argument that 18-year-old high school students should be allowed to carry loaded guns to school.

Arguing that it’s not constitutional cherry-picking to treat the Second Amendment as sacrosanct but to want to change the 10th, 12th, 14th, and 17th Amendments.

In Minnesota these include the recent legislative focus of Republicans on amendments requiring Voter ID and banning gay marriage, the “shift” of money away from public schools, and of course the Amy Koch/Michael Brodkorb saga which apparently has already cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It’s not complicated.

Michael Harwell
Forest Lake