Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 11/10/13 01:22
by Dave Mindeman
I was kind of going to just let this slide by, but nawww...can't do that.
Re: The "pillar" candidate for the GOP 8th District nomination..Stuart Mills
Mills did an interview with Minnpost and outlined the 4 Pillars of his campaign. It's worth noting.
. Hmmm...are you for it or against it? No explanation because I guess he assumes it is obvious to us. Maybe it would be more accurate to say that the first pillar is "Criticism of Obamacare"....because #1, he obviously isn't supporting the legislation and #2, he obviously has no other healthplan to offer. So....criticism it is.
2. Main Street Tax Policy From Ground Up
. It is always amusing that income money is a trickle down type thing, but tax policy is "from ground, up". Funny how Republicans work that...because its true. Tax policy means taxes should affect the poor first and income should go to the rich first. Only fair - Mills gets that one....he started at the top and can watch that flow from the right vantage point.
3. Respect For The Constitution
. And, of course, by respect for the Constitution, we mean GUNS. It's worth quoting him....Certainly I'm a hunter, I'm somebody who uses firearms recreationally, I'm a shooter, I shoot competitively, that is my golf. I know how guns work.
It takes some chutzpah to use golf as a gun analogy. Golf = quiet, peaceful, serene. GUNS = Blam, blam, blam. Real similar stuff. And it is comforting to hear him say that he "knows how guns work". I suppose he would - his company sells enough of them.
Really, I still do not understand how guns are in any kind of "jeopardy". Certainly not threatened enough to make them a campaign issue. Nolan isn't discussing gun control and doesn't intend to put it on the table. But then Mills is like a lot of gun rights egotists....you make it an issue anyway.
4. National Debt
. I wonder if Mills will discuss how the deficit has been decreasing....in fact, it is on track to be the lowest in 5 years. And yes, I know that is different from the national debt. But no Republican ever talks about the real fact that Clinton had us positioned to eliminate the national debt - yes eliminate it- within 5 to 10 years if we had stayed with the policies in place. Unfortunately, "W" had to roll in a massive tax cut that started us down the path of debt once more. Mills can talk about it, but as for solutions, he really doesn't have one. Spending cuts alone will never fix it - never.
Then the interview asked him about the government shutdown.....MP: How would you have voted on the final bill ending the government shutdown?
SM: I'm not in Washington and I'm not privy to their conversations. I can neither commend nor condemn the votes that they've made because I just don't have access to the strategies or the back-end.
There is such a divisive culture in Washington DC that it would have not been necessary to shut down the government if people were able to come together, put their cards on the table. When you take a look at what the Republicans were asking for, some of this, in hindsight, wasn't unreasonable.
What a gutless cop out.
Oh...he wan't privy to their conversations? You didn't have to hear the behind the doors talk to see the full picture. C'mon Mills - you want the Tea Party people to stick with you, but you know that shutdown strategy was a waste. Pick a side, dude.
Then he was asked about the debt ceiling....MP: Would you attach any conditions to voting to raise the federal debt limit?
Here we go.First of all, the United States of America has to pay its bills. As we go forward, we have to tie the increases of the debt limit to solid spending cuts, things that are unnecessary.....So, in a nutshell, yes, anything that we do, budget-wise, has to be tied to spending cuts because our current trajectory is not sustainable.
So, in a nutshell....YES.
When asked about the FARM Bill and the SNAP program, he said....As far as food stamps or SNAP is concerned, we have to make sure we preserve our social safety net and we wring out any fraud, waste or abuse that is in the program.
Translation - More cuts to SNAP in the Mills world.
They went back to the ACA and asked the all important question - What's the alternative?I wouldn't scrap health reform altogether. As a matter of fact, I'm for health reform, but I'm for health reform that is going to take us in a different direction that's going to increase the supply of medical services, that's going to reduce the demand through prevention and making our population healthier and that's actually going to make the delivery more efficient.
In other words, I haven't got a clue - I'm anti-Obamacare.
Then there's his position on climate change.....I really don't (have one). I'm open-minded on climate change, but I'm open-minded to both sides of the debate.
Sorry - there isn't two sides here. You either believe science or you ignore it. If you are open to ignoring it....then you ignore it.
Mills hasn't got much of a plan. He's just regurgitating the national talking points and trying to rally the fringe elements.
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of this type of politics. Fringe politics. Single interest politics. Mills is going to dump some of his own money to push yet another extreme agenda that taxes our patience rather than our money.
How about a plan to really fix things - not just rile up up discontent.