Civic responsibility on display during Nov. 6 election
To the editor:
The election is over and my run for the State Senate in SD 47 was unsuccessful. I would like to offer my congratulations to Sen. Ortman on her successful campaign. I think both of us ran good campaigns about issues rather than the negative campaigns seen in many areas.
We should all show appreciation to all those who voted as we again had a large turn out. It is honor to live in a community and state that takes its civic responsibility to heart. Let me add that I appreciated the polite treatment that I received from residents whether they supported me or not. I enjoyed the many opportunities to discuss issues with those who had questions or concerns.
Let me close with some comments about candidate forums. One of the toughest jobs as a candidate is communicating your ideas and views to the voters. Candidate forums provide one tool for communicating with voters. Sen. Ortman and I participated in four candidate forums, and I would like to thank the following groups for their efforts running the forums: Deer Run Homeowners Group, League of Women Voters of Eastern Carver County, Waconia Rotary, Waconia Chamber of Commerce, Waconia Patriot, and the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Election signals state of ‘producers’ and ‘takers’
To the editor:
The crushing defeat by the Democrats nationwide serves to highlight our current state of affairs. Pundits, pollsters and politicians will analyze the results for a long time. However, for me one aspect is very clear.
I have written many times that this would be a battle between the “producers and takers.” It is clear a “tipping point” has been reached whereby the producers are outnumbered by those who prefer to sit in the wagon. They have come to expect that re-distribution policies will continue unabated. What was once a “safety net” to aid those in temporary need now has become a generational way of life. The “takers” have re-elected a president, a party and a philosophy to ensure their comforts while occupying the wagon. It remains to be seen how long the “producers” will be willing to work for the unproductive class.
It is also very apparent that the “wagon people” have little understanding or appreciation as to what economic potential exists in this country. They have no desire to engage in a vigorous attempt to improve their economic standing and self worth. Rather they seem reticent to be supervised by a willing “nanny state” government. The sources for this “class warfare” view must be identified and changed!
The country now faces many dire economic realities. I expect the politicians to water down their approach to the coming “fiscal cliff.” I look for some taxes to rise and others to be delayed, a paltry financial reform effort and the debt ceiling to rise. The Fed will continue to print fiat dollars in order to feed the Wall Street addiction. Governmental policies will continue to add to the depth of the impending train wreck with continued spending. All this while we all wait for the next nightmare: the full implementation of Obamacare. Look for inflation to rear up at some point as well.
In fact, while writing this piece, it was announced that Sen. Reid (D) is willing to raise the debt ceiling another $2.4T to a whopping $18.79T in a few months. This on top of a previous increase of $2.4T in Aug. 2011, just 15 months ago! And so it goes.
In Minnesota, the Democrats took back control of the House and Senate. Add a socialist Governor and you have a recipe for higher taxes, more regulations and a negative business climate. Minnesotans will be on the bubble for the next two years as the Dems work their “magic.” I also expect them to use this time in an attempt to codify same sex marriage. You can bet that a euphoric legislature will play the “bipartisanship” game to their advantage.
From school boards to Congress, many difficult decisions must be made. Elections matter and I am not optimistic we can work through this. The next generation has a difficult life ahead of them as the crisis unfolds.
For me, there appears to be little value in continuing to post any more comments in this format. The effort was made but a different course has been charted. One can only sit back and watch as the American Experiment unfolds into a Euro-style socialist morass.
I pray that God will continue to bestow his blessings on this country as we struggle to re-define our values and place in the world. I hope you will do the same.