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Letter: Democrats Should Stop Meddling and Save Us Some Money

Woodbury resident Linda Stanton outlines why people should cast their votes for Republicans.

A look at the facts:

1. We had a $5.6 billion projected deficit in 2010, when the Democrats were running the show. The fiscal conservatives elected have turned that around dramatically so that in 2012 we have a $1.2 billion surplus.

2. Democrats vehemently oppose constitutional amendments, or so they say, when it comes to bills like voter ID and the marriage amendment. They lament, staunchly "defending" the integrity of our constitution, yet they pushed and got the Legacy amendment, which guarantees spending in our constitution. So, it’s only OK to have a constitutional amendment when it suits the Democrat spending obsession?

3. A proposed health insurance exchange creates another government program that competes with our private market—the same private markets that work for cars, homes, groceries, Lasik eye surgery, etc. Are Democrats really that blind to the fact that free markets work, and that expanding private market competition in healthcare will force healthcare costs downward, while keeping quality high?

It just makes good fiscal sense that during these tough economic times, we should stick with the winning Republican team of Ted Lillie, Andrea Kieffer, Pam Cunningham and Kathy Lohmer.

—Linda Stanton, Woodbury

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Eric Berg April 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Kris, I wish I could remember exactly how my poli sci profs explained it, but he proposed that it initially had something to do with the structure of the elected branches of government being more conducive to majority/minority rule versus coalition rule. Minnesota was a three party state for a period of time until the 1940's. Power would swing between the Republicans and the Farmer-Laborites until the unification led by HHH. The Democrats were a weak 3rd party until then. I think if you also look at how the Tea Party was sort of absorbed by the Republicans (not a value judgment), that proves how difficult it can be to create and maintain a viable independent 3rd party (see also the Reform Party of Ross Perot). To become a strong 3rd party, you've got to be different enough from the other two to not be absorbed, but mainstream enough to get on the ballot nationwide. Not an easy task. The Republicans of the 1840s/50's emerged as a major party only after the Whigs imploded (if my memory serves me...but it's been 20 years.)
Mark Wackerfuss April 22, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Eric, Interesting book I read years ago related to what you and the other bloggers are writing about .Look it up for a good read : Author: Walter Karp called ''Liberty Under Siege: American Politics, 1976-1988'' (Henry Holt, 1988)....You'all gave me a good idea for a blog story. :0)
Kris Janisch April 22, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Nice!
PauliNtheWood May 04, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Linda Stanton Wrote this: 3. A proposed health insurance exchange creates another government program that competes with our private market—the same private markets that work for cars, homes, groceries, Lasik eye surgery, etc. Are Democrats really that blind to the fact that free markets work, and that expanding private market competition in healthcare will force healthcare costs downward, while keeping quality high? REPLY FOR COMMON SENSE Hey, Linda, tell this to someone dying of cancer who can't get health insurance, or someone with a pre-existing condition who can't renew his insurance. This analogy you're making is simply wrong. Comparing health care to cars, houses and Lasik surgery just shows your ideological leanings, and are clearly not common sense.
PauliNtheWood May 08, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Linda Stanton wrote this: It just makes good fiscal sense that during these tough economic times, we should stick with the winning Republican team of Ted Lillie, Andrea Kieffer, Pam Cunningham and Kathy Lohmer. REPLY FROM COMMON SENSE These people aren't winners. They have to go. We're going to defeat all 4 at the polls in November. All 4 will be defeated.

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