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Kurt Daudt Becomes House Minority Leader

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 11/10/12 17:45

by Dave Mindeman

The Republican House has chosen Rep. Kurt Daudt as its minority leader going forward. Daudt was a member of the 2010 freshman class and was also Marty Seifert's campaign manager for governor.

The possibilities weren't exactly stellar.... potential House GOP leaders included Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska), Sarah Anderson (R-Plymouth), Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) and Kurt Daudt (R-Crown).

Drazkowski? Yikes.

But Daudt won out. He has been listed as an assistant majority leader but it seemed more of a token position to get representation for the 2010 freshman class.... a lot of them are gone already.

One thing about Daudt that worries me....this quote:

Last year, Daudt pushed a change to forbid welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit cards to buy tobacco or alcohol. This year, he's pushing proposals to restrict how long families can collect benefits and to forbid people from using their benefit cards in far-away states. Daudt also wants to change the income requirements, so someone earning $10.90 an hour would no longer qualify for assistance.

$10.90 an hour? Lazy "rich" moochers at $10.90 an hour?

If Mary Franson survives her 1 vote recount, they should get along just fine.
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Things I Wonder About....

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 11/10/12 13:53

by Dave Mindeman

Things I wonder about....

How does a CIA director keep a secret in a place where its their job to expose secrets????

If Texas wants to secede, can we just let it?

Do Florida's SOS and election officials need a remedial voting education?

When the Romney campaign named their GOTV system ORCA, were they thinking of a killer whale or a beached whale?

Does John Kline know he can come out now?

Should conservative bloggers be forced to give one massive apology to Nate Silver?

In what universe would self-deportation have been considered to be a good thing?

Legitimate rape. (Nothing more to say...just still wondering where that can possibly come from.)

When GOP does its debriefing, will they find anything they did right?

When a State Party bankrupts itself, has a major sex scandal, holds no state wide office, loses both Houses of the Legislature, loses a Congressional seat and nearly a second, nominates a US Senate candidate that loses by 30+ percent, and loses the electoral votes by 8 points....how does that Party have the gall to tell us what the voters said?

Just wondering....
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Abortion Politics Needs More Of "I Don't Know"

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 11/10/12 11:56

by Dave Mindeman

For me, the abortion debate is a constant frustration. Republicans elevated the rhetoric during this campaign cycle to the point of true absurdity. They even took this to the ultimate oxymoron - legitimate rape.

There are only three words in the abortion debate that have any relevancy. Those words are....

I don't know.

No matter how matter of factly you say it, the statement that life begins at conception is just not factual. You can believe what you want to believe about it, but the definition of life is still an "I don't know" rationalization.

People in the "pro-life" movement have skipped over "I don't know" and have begun to believe that whatever they say is fact. This belief system allows a natural move to "rape is God's will" and "women can shut their bodies down during rape" type statements which are needed to explain an untenable position.

We don't know if the union of a sperm and an egg actually represents a "person". If that is absolutely true then we probably have enough "humans" in in-vitro clinics to populate another planet.

We have got to get back to "I don't know". We have to return to focusing on reductions in abortions and not on criminalizing them.

The belief system that pronounces what is life and what is not will continue to produce men like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. These type of leaders keep moving the point of the argument. They have to justify a position of abortion as an illegal and morally wrong act. Since they believe that life absolutely occurs at conception, then they have to find a rational way to explain putting the mother's life in danger and justifying a pregnancy in rape.

The more reasonable answer still is...."I don't know."

An abortion is a medical procedure. It is a part of reproductive health. Republicans constantly remark that government cannot make decisions for people...that such decisions constitute a loss of individual freedom. Then why in the world should we allow the government to make an intimately personal decision about a woman and her pregnancy?

Our only job as a society is to produce societal conditions that will make it easier for a woman to decide to go through with her pregnancy if she wishes. We need to make sure she has access to birth control. That she gets prenatal care. That economics will be the least negative part of the decision. And that societal judgments are left out of how we view her own personal decision.

I would prefer that abortion be a last resort. But I also believe that I have no right to make that decision for anyone else.

My hope is that someday abortion politics will cease to be. That our only role as a society is to support a woman's personal decision whatever that may be. That our discussion derives more from "I don't know" than "I demand".

"I don't know" is not a profession of ignorance. It is the gateway to real compassion.
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