"Common sense" seems to have taken on new meaning as I listen and read some of the DFL's campaign rhetoric.
According to Collin Peterson, common sense is voting for a "Cap and Tax" bill that would, in Barack Obama's own words, have this result: "Under my plan ... electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket."
Is that common sense? He has voted with ultra liberal Nancy Pelosi 93.3 percent of the time. Does that represent your conservative Minnesota values?
Two of the three candidates for governor are trying to convince you that we can go along just as we have before, with more big government, higher taxes, and somehow we will grow business and create jobs in the private sector. Does that really make sense to you? Dayton and Horner have the same goals, but Horner would have you believe that he can tax and spend "smarter". (DFL Lite).
None of this is new.
Henry Morganthau Jr., FDR's Secretary of the Treasury, speaking to Democrats on May 9, 1939, said: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. ... I want to see people get a job. We have never made good on our promises. I say after eight years of this administration, we have just as much unemployment as when we started. And enormous debt to boot."
When you and I sit at the kitchen table, dealing with less income or more bills, common sense dictates that we find places to cut spending. Common sense tells us that we can't spend more than we take in and we can't borrow more than we can pay back. Only Tom Emmer has the will to reduce the size of government by defining its proper role and then prioritizing what is most important.
There is a clear choice on Nov. 2 at every level, local, state and federal. We can vote for more tax and spend, deficit expanding, nanny state liberalism, or we can vote for the common sense message of limited government, reduced spending and fiscal responsibility. Vote Republican.
Roland A. Nissen
Kandiyohi County Republicans Co-Chair