The other day someone wrote a letter to the editor implying that the Republican Party and our newly-elected Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach didn’t care about Minnesotans.

He tried to prove his point by essentially trying to put lipstick on a pig called American Rescue Plan, a bill Fischbach is rallying against because it is nothing more than a wish list of provisions unrelated to COVID and will keep schools closed, bailout blue states and pay people not to work.

Rather than waiting for the remaining one trillion from past bipartisan COVID legislation to be spent, Democrats are recklessly spending another $1.9 trillion, bringing the total price tag for all coronavirus legislation to almost $6 trillion — more than the GDP of all countries except the U.S. and China.

Democrats rejected all efforts to advance bipartisan solutions that are targeted, temporary, and tied to COVID relief and are instead using reconciliation as a vehicle to pass the most progressive domestic legislation in generations.

More specifically, ARP made a nearly $2 trillion dollar pay-off to progressives that funnel over 90 percent of the money to programs that have nothing to do with COVID relief.

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More specifically, ARP would have saddled future generations with the burden of paying off the massive debt created by the nearly $2 trillion price tag — at a cost of $17,000 per American.

It also would have prioritized teachers’ unions ahead of students by ignoring the science that shows schools can safely reopen.

It not only would have allowed inmates to receive stimulus checks but also would have made illegals eligible for taxpayer-funded health care subsidies.

And on top of all that, it would have given state bureaucrats a $25,000 bonus while banning tax cuts for hardworking Americans.

So, the next time you see a Democrat slamming Michelle Fischbach for her hard work on your behalf, remember they are not telling you, as Paul Harvey used to say, ‘the rest of the story.’

Gary L. Swenson