The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 28, 2013

Mankato area hits another economic high


Cruz wastes taxpayer time, money

While there’s a certain market feeding the antics of Texas tea party-induced Sen. Ted Cruz, his recent filibuster-like attempt to defund the Affordable Care Act was nothing but a waste of taxpayer time and money.

Cruz knew what he was doing would have no impact on Democrats or Republicans, but he did it anyway. In fact, many of his Senate Republican colleagues excoriated his 21-hour diatribe, with particular aim at Cruz’s motivation at personal aggrandizement. Sen. John McCain called Cruz’s comparing ACA proponents to Nazi appeasers out of hand and objectionable.

Nobody is saying we can’t debate the ACA, but Cruz doesn’t really want people to know that. He has become practiced at the political mantra that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe you. Cruz will soon be a golden boy for the conflict industry that uses fighting words of politicians to highlight in news stories that grab ratings.

In fact, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., pointed out that Cruz’ use of 21-hours of Senate time likely prevented the Senate Republicans from working to get the bill back to the House on time and prevent a government shutdown. He also noted how Cruz voted for the bill he was filibustering when it came down to the final count.

Register to vote in your slippers

Thumbs up to the state implementing online voter registration. Minnesotans can now use their computers or other remote devices to register to vote or update their existing registration. It’s accessible at

People using the system must present verifiable identification data and they’ll have their applications checked in similar fashion as before. Successful applicants will be notified of their polling place.

Minnesota is the 15th state to allow online registration and it’s good to be on board.

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