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Letter: The definition of partisanship

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In response to the letter from the Kandiyohi County Republican Party Co-Chair Roland Nissen, published June 30:

Roland Nissen stated that I claimed "The Republicans would jeopardize people's lives if they don't give in to Gov. Dayton's budget proposals."

This is not what I said in my letter from June 28. What I said was, "The Republicans seem to have no problems shutting down Minnesota government, jeopardizing the lives, health, and jobs of thousands of Minnesotans."

I didn't mention Gov. Dayton's fair budget proposal of cuts along with increased tax revenue in my June 28 letter.

Mr. Nissen also didn't dispute any of the partisan cuts the Republicans are proposing that I did write about. He failed to mention them at all.

As far as the Republican legislation proposed being called partisan, Webster defines partisan as "a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause or person; especially one exhibiting blind, prejudiced and unreasoning allegiance."

Hiding behind the Republican phrase "no new taxes" fits that definition exactly. Gov. Pawlenty did this his whole term and look where we are now.

A fair and balanced budget approach of cuts and increased taxes on the richest 2 percent of Minnesotans as Gov. Dayton proposed would have prevented a costly disruptive state shutdown.

It's high time that Minnesota-elected Republicans quit being Republicans first, and started being Minnesotan representatives and senators.

Michael Thompson

Willmar

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