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There is a very strong annoying truth about Minnesota transportation. Fixing roads and bridges cost money. Republicans and Democrats tend to agree on that, but where the money comes from has a divergence from reality. At least with one of the parties.
Governor Dayton proposed a very reasonable and overdue transportation package yesterday. It had a huge spending component - which we need - and it had a method to pay for it - increased user taxes (I could use the word fees, but we all know it is the same . . .
Here we are. It's still only January (over 21 months away from the 2016 election) and Congressman John Kline already has TWO challengers to his re-election campaign.
One comes from within his own party - David Gerson. This isn't something new; Gerson has already run twice to wrestle the GOP endorsement away from Kline. The only thing notable about this time around is that he is making his intentions known much earlier than before. Worth some observation, but otherwise not really . . .
I saw the movie "Selma" last night - powerful movie, I recommend it to all. In the opening scene, Oprah Winfrey plays a middle age black woman sitting in an empty waiting room. A white clerk calls her name and she steps forward with her paper work. She is going to register to vote. She hands the clerk the papers and says - "I have it right this time" - to which the clerk sneers and replies that he will be the "judge" of that.
I am sure no one is shocked by this - Congressman John Kline opposes the President's plan for free community college.
Kline called the idea too lofty and rhetorically questioned why the president stopped at community colleges. "Why not say all college is free?" he said, in a press gathering in his office Wednesday morning.
Actually I'd like to hear a serious answer to that question - but I guarantee you, Kline is the wrong person to ask.
But Kline gives his usual excuses....he doesn't like the way it is paid for . . .
Right now I am having trouble controlling my anger. I am fed up with the representation that Minnesota gets in Congress - FED UP - with both Democrats and Republicans. The outrage is more than I can bear.
What has me in this state is the "newest" version of the Medical Device Tax repeal and the accompanying corporate greed and manipulation that is so evident in how Erik Paulsen and his cohorts (on both sides of the aisle) are approaching this.
I have talked about this many times. The Device . . .