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October 10, 2013

Obama, liberals aim for pain on shutdown

— The liberals in Washington certainly know how to shut government down and earn points from swing voters by implementing “Maximum Pain for Political Gain.”

President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took a lesson from the playbook of Gov. Mark Dayton right here in Minnesota. Or did Mark Dayton take his orders directly from the national democratic party in Washington?

As we now know Gov. Dayton didn’t seem to bother to read the bills put before vetoing them in 2010 with evidence of this in: Dayton proclaimed the Vikings snuck in the Personal Seat License into the stadium bill. Sorry governor, as a senator who was there, I can say this was talked about in almost every committee hearing on this bill.

Dayton blamed the Republicans for the school shift. Had the governor gotten his way the shift would have been a 50-50 shift. As a senator, I was there. Despite a Legislature that passed bills that balanced the budget and put Minnesota back on track for taxpayers, families and businesses in Minnesota — the governor vetoed the bills and shut down government.

The point is I believe Dayton didn’t bother to read the bills because he knew he was going to shut the state down; no matter what, and just blame the Republicans; with no negotiation.

Now we are faced with a federal government shutdown and both President Obama and Harry Reid are counting on you to stay uninformed so they win the battle of information. Here are a few tidbits that you may not have read in your local newspaper or heard on the 6 o’clock news.

According to a report in the Washington Times an anonymous Park Service Ranger said they were ordered to make Americans suffer as much as possible. The National Park Service barricaded the WWII Memorial and kept veterans on Honor Flights out. This is not the government’s memorial; it is the WWII veterans' memorial and we the people’s memorial. They also closed a parking area alongside a state highway near Mt. Rushmore to stop visitors from taking pictures. (This area wasn’t even on park property)! [1]

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