5-23-13 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor

Declaration, Constitution form foundation of USA

To the editor:

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, two documents that are foundational to our Representative Republic form of government (we are not a Democracy), are the two most misunderstood documents in our land. Schools teach that the colonists separated from Britain due to taxation, this is not the case. The Declaration lists 27 grievances: two on taxes, six dealing with the military, and 19 dealing with unlawful regulation over the colonists. Taxes were not the pressing issue. The government intervening and controlling the lives of the colonists was.
The Constitution is an extension of the Declaration. It was written to limit the power of the Government. The Legislative Branch was originally the House, represented the people and is the only branch that can introduce a tax bill, and the Senate, originally represented the Sovereign State. The Executive Branch was given the power to enact and enforce bills that were passed by the Legislature. The Judiciary Branch was to interpret the laws through the lens of the Declaration and Constitution.
The simplicity is amazing and yet produced the most productive and free nation in the last 2,000 or more years. John Adams stated that a moral people were necessary for it work.
Are we?

Jennifer Barrett

At this point, only in-fighting can slow Dems

To the editor:

If you haven’t been paying attention, be forewarned that the Minnesota Legislature is increasing your daily expenses.
With one party rule, this “winner take all” attitude is spending more money and increasing a wide variety of taxes. Having spent quite a few hours watching the House and Senate, raw unabated power is on display. The taxpayer will pay dearly as increases in goods and services will trickle down to the consumer. Republicans can only push back with opposition amendments that continue to fail.
For those who are critical of gridlock in government, rejoice. You will soon see what unbridled socialism is capable of. The only limitation is how much in-fighting the Democrats engage in as they try to outspend each other! The majority party has absolutely no interest in efficient government, only expanding the ranks of full time employees. They do so while treating businesses as their revenue producing cash machine.
As of this writing, the final vote for the “daycare and personal care attendant” bill, that will allow unionization, has not been taken. However it appears that it will pass and certainly have a significant impact on Minnesota families. A gift to the unions was more important than holding down the cost of this important business service.
In the ultimate pay-back to the ill fated “marriage amendment,” the Democrats made certain they closed the loop. With the legalization of “gay marriage,” they have for the moment, appeased that special interest group. Be advised this issue is not over as other traditional family values will be pressured.
The Democrats are putting on a legislative seminar as to how governmental affairs should be conducted when you have total control. Rewarding their voters, special interest groups and unions will secure their voter base.
Democrats are not concerned with “overreach” as they believe the Republicans will do little to reverse course. The Democrats are willing to suffer future losses for present gains in moving their agenda forward.
Never again can Democrats, with a straight face, demand that Republicans engage in bipartisan legislation. After what I have witnessed, their disdain and vitriol has been nothing short of breathtaking. It will certainly continue in the 2014 session as well. In a struggling economy, historic gas prices and a Democrat party drunk with power, maybe the voter will begin to pay attention.
I submit to you that we would be better off expanding background checks to those who seek elected office than those exercising their Second Amendment rights. If not, we certainly deserve the government we get.

Joe Polunc

Bachmann’s ads suggest she is spinning her wheels

To the editor:

Albert Einstein defined insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different result. I bring up this quote because I heard a Michele Bachmann ad on TV.
Rep. Bachmann was bragging about her Bill in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare. This is the 37th House bill to repeal Obamacare, and like the previous 36 will go nowhere. Either Rep. Bachmann is exhibiting signs of insanity or she is willing to waste Congress’s time and energy just so she can make an election ad. This is particularly disappointing now when we need a working Congress to deal with the nation’s problems.
Maybe if you do not have any original ideas this is the best you can come up with.
I guess that this is no different than Rep. Bachmann’s many press conferences where she makes outlandish claims that are never backed by facts, and she is unwilling to answer reporter’s questions. It is worthy of note that the example given of budget hawk Bachmann’s workhorse efforts is one of the most expensive highway projects in the state’s history.
I guess political ideals fade when a few votes might be on the line. If this is your example of a workhorse, I hope you do not depend on horses to get you work done.

Jim Weygand

Grandparents Day event was priceless event for attendees

To the editor:

We would like to thank the first grade teachers and Waconia School Dist. 110 for hosting Grandparents Day. We had a wonderful day at school with our grandchild. Seeing and experiencing the enthusiasm and pride the children have in their school was a joy. The first graders were so excited to show their respected grandparents their various classrooms and projects. The lunch was delicious and the music program was energetic and entertaining. Seeing the smiles of the children was priceless.
We, as grandparents, appreciate the warm, smiling welcome from the teaching staff. Congratulations on a jov well done.

Mary and George Boll
(Carson Mattson’s Nana and Papa)

Commissioner Workman thanks hard work by officials

To the editor:

With our legislature wrapping up the people’s business this week at the Capitol in St. Paul I wanted to take a moment to thank Rep. Joe Hoppe, Rep. Ernie Leidiger, Rep. Cindy Pugh and Sen. David Osmek.
These legislators have shown they understand it is us; the citizens of Carver County; for whom they have toiled since Jan. 8.
Rep. Hoppe is a tireless veteran of the House and a valuable leader in St. Paul. He gets the big picture. Second term member Rep. Leidiger is a wisdom-filled political pugilist unafraid to to speak out when your pocketbook and liberties are threatened.
And new to the legislature this year Rep. Pugh and Senator Osmek have had an immediate impact in St. Paul. These two wasted no time digging in to honorably and proudly represent our interests.
Call or email these fine folks and tell them all their late nights in St. Paul are greatly appreciated by us in Carver County.

Tom Workman
Carver County Commissioner