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Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 08/02/05 00:12

by Dave Mindeman

I have never been a fan of Gil Gutknecht but one thing is certain-- his votes reflect a true desire to represent his constituents. CAFTA is not in the best interest of Minnesota; ask a sugar beet farmer. Yet, when the vote comes down, Gutknecht stands alone against the Republican party bosses in Minnesota. John Kline and Mark Kennedy, again, follow their marching orders and even Jim Ramstad succumbs to the arm twisting. Only Rep. Gutknecht seems to understand that he represents Minnesotans and not Tom Delay's thugs. It may be easy for Rep. Kline and Rep. Kennedy to simply wait to be told how to vote on most House issues, but when Minnesota's economy is on the line, you would think that the term Representative would mean something. Gil Gutknecht deserves his title -- Kline and Kennedy need to revisit the definition.
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Washington & MN Wusses

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 08/01/05 22:05

by PDW58

So Norm Coleman thinks he needs to keep pushing the UN. Really now, Norm has the authority to launch a broad range of investigations in his committee. Isn't it odd that he can't seem to find anything to work on besides the UN? We had a leak that outed a CIA agent, but nobody did anything about that till the CIA issued its own referral. We have billions missing in Iraq. Tom Delay is getting kick backs from lobbyists. Guantanomo continues to be a black eye on American prestige. Yet, Norm keeps going back to Kofi Anann... in between votes for CAFTA and the Energy bill that is..

Anybody else getting sick of hearing the MN Republicans yammer about the Education budget increase and Health care maintenance, as if it was their idea all along???

Is there anybody in Congress more clueless than John Kline? He visits Guantanomo and proclaims it in great shape; he goes to Iraq and raves about the progress. He votes for CAFTA seemingly oblivious that he lives in Minnesota. What gives with that guy? Is there a more reliable "no think" vote out there?

Today Bush makes a recess appointment of Bolton. How arrogant is that?... Bolton is such an pathetic choice (for anything). Why appoint someone to be the ambassador to an organization that the appointee doesn't think should exist? That would be like appointing Rumsfeld chair of the Kucinich for President campaign.

Here is another lesson in stupid. We announced that 582 "alleged" gang members have been rounded up. The stupid thing is that it is Homeland Security head Chertoff making the announcement. The gangs represent "a threat to our homeland security", he says... They must be hurting for positive announcements in DHS. Now they get to announce Justice Dept items. Guess they want Chertoff to sound busy with Europe on pins and needles. What the hell are we accomplishing?

Hang in there!

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On Pollution and Science...

Posted: 07/31/05 13:19

by PDW58

There is an eye-opening article that leads the Trib this morning about the MN Pollution Control Agency. It would seem that they are following the lead of Big Brother in DC and letting industry dictate the pollution standards in this state. There is a law on the books that requires states to submit plans for reductions in mercury emissions from in-state sources. The MPCA plan consulted industry about the plan but denied input from environmental groups saying they could establish their case during the comment period. Sound familiar?

The new energy bill running through Congress is going to take us back to the "China Syndrome" days of yesteryear, as nuclear power gets the preferred "alternative" status. Why the heck can't the Midwest reps get together and force some of those porky billions to build transmission lines that utilize wind energy? Minnesota and other prairie states could make billions on it and it how many countries do you have to invade to import wind?

We seem to be getting another round of letters in the paper debunking evolution. You know, there is a fundamental philosophy difference between science and creationism. With creationism, confilicts are dismissed with "accept it on faith" while in science, they aren't afraid to say "I don't know, let me investigate". Progress ceases when faith is interjected as your only explanation-- so I'll take the "I don't knows" any day.

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