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A Call For Puerto Rican Statehood

Category: GOP Politics
Posted: 09/26/17 05:34, Edited: 09/26/17 05:35

by Dave Mindeman

Puerto Rico is being abandoned.

There are 3.5 million US citizens on the island of Puerto Rico. It has been a tropical paradise and an excellent vacation destination for mainland citizens. But Puerto Rico has been devastated by a hurricane...and devastated is not even the proper vocabulary for this. All of this comes on top of a financial crisis that Puerto Rico was already trying to deal with...massive, unpayable debt.

How are they ever going to recover from all of that?

The debt load would have a solution for citizenry on the mainland. There would be a bankruptcy declaration and a restructuring of the debt. But Puerto Rico cannot do that - only STATES can do that. Thus, Puerto Rico is at the mercy of the US banking system.

Now, after Maria, Puerto Rico not only faces a financial disaster, but their very survival. People are suffering right now. No power. Minimal shelter. Even food and water are in doubt.

Unlike the devastation in Houston and Florida, the governmental response has been muted. Yes, the logistics of an island make things more difficult...but that is why the response should be the same as if we had American citizens trapped anywhere else in the world - every piece of military hardware and civilian medical and emergency efforts should be brought together in crisis mode.

The idea that 3.5 million American citizens can be left in such circumstances cannot be acceptable. Trump seems to be too busy chastising football players to get his attention diverted to the island devastation - but once again the American people must force him to listen.

We have taken Puerto Rico for granted for far too long. They are US citizens but with no representation in our government.

That is flat out wrong. Maybe instead of tea being thrown in the harbor, we can change it to rum - because this is every bit of a "taxation without representation" problem that we fought a revolution over, 250 years ago.

Listen to our citizens in the Caribbean. They need our help immediately for their current situation and our support for granting them statehood later.
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There Is One Problem In MN Governing - Kurt Daudt

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/26/17 05:11, Edited: 09/26/17 05:35

by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt has been demonstrating in a very public way, what people absolutely hate about the current political partisanship.

Daudt obstructs on everything...compromising on nothing. And uses political gimmicks to force his will or hide budgetary chicanery.

Daudt is an obstacle, a barrier, a stumbling block, a hurdle, a block, an impediment, and a hindrance. Think that is enough of a description? Well, Daudt is all of that and more. And he is the prime reason why the legislature cannot function and he has cost the state thousands, if not millions, in unnecessary legal fees.

Of course, Daudt never takes any responsibility for any of it. It is always Dayton who is at fault - even though.....

a) Dayton refused to shut the government down and used a line item veto to try to get the legislature to resume talks on remaining issues..

b) Dayton did not opt for his own court suit over the Revenue Department fund denial that Daudt used as an unconstitutional poison pill in the tax bill.

c) Dayton, time after time, tried to move forward on hand shake agreements and the word of a very untrustworthy Kurt Daudt. I doubt Dayton can ever do that again.

Daudt has been constantly attacking the executive branch of government. Not only did he try to unconstitutionally tie the hands of the Governor in the tax bill, but it is Daudt who pushed through that dead of night provision that tries to gut the Constitutional office of State Auditor. Both "ideas" have cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Daudt's methods are not ideas of negotiation, rather they are provocative confrontational methods that lead to showdown. And he attempts to get a clear advantage in those showdowns with gimmicks and trickery.

This is truly no way to operate a government.

People have been saying that they are tired of this type of governance. They want fixes to their health care. Fixes to Medicaid. Fixes to transportation. Fixes to environmental threats. They want government to find bipartisan agreement. But Daudt would rather obstruct the governor and force issues on a "my way or the highway" attitude.

And when he succeeds in his obstruction, he smirks to the press how it is Dayton that has caused the impasse.

Our problem in state government is not Mark Dayton...it is not even Paul Gazelka, GOP Majority Leader in the Senate...and it is not a majority of current legislators.

Our problem is one person - Kurt Daudt.

And the very idea that he might run for Governor and win and start that process all over again from an executive vantage point....well, it is sickening to think about.
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