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An on line journal sharing my views. The content reflects my background as a rural person employed in agriculture and as a retired elected official of local government.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Governor's Race presents extremes

I have tried to analyze the governor candidates with an open mind. I have done the best that any one person can do, because we all have our biases. We are being served up with two of the most extreme choices (Emmer and Dayton) and an Independent Candidate who falls somewhere in the middle.

Frankly, I was surprised that Emmer got the Republican nomination. It appeared that some of his own party were not happy eithter. Following the convention, a former Republican Minnesota House member stated, "it is hard for rural Minnesota to support Emmer when he is against local government aid, ethanol and jobz.

Recently he has dug himself into a deeper hole by downplaying the importance of high speed internet. For many years, anytime the subject of economic development for rural Minnesota has come up. the availability of reliable high speed internet for ALL of Minnesota has been the number one issue. I just wonder, "what is this guy thinking?" He seems to continuously give us reasons to not vote for him.

I have never been impressed with Mark Dayton. He has so much baggage that he is almost like Emmer in that I can find no good reason to support him. The fact that he has joined a number of wealthy candidates from all over the nation and spent their own money to buy the election is very bothersome. This is another example of how the middle class that has built this country is losing strength.

Tom Horner is increasingly looking like the best candidate. While, I did not vote for Jesse Ventura, I have voted for the Independent candidate a couple of times. Voting for the person who is best for the job, sometimes results in electing the person who is worst for the job. This is disturbing, but the decisions made in the voting booth are hard to explain. So far, Tom Horner is the only candidate that has explained what he will do to balance the budget and how he will do it. This is a plus for him and his campaign. He needs to ramp up his positive plans, explain them in more detail and cool down the negative slams at the other two candidates. He has the stuff that voters need to hear, now he must articulate it in a manner that will compel voters to listen and then act. END


At Friday, August 27, 2010 8:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. Tom Horner is really the best choice in this race, and when people really look into this race they will all agree Tom Horner is the only one that will move our state forward.

Great post.

At Saturday, September 04, 2010 11:16:00 AM, Blogger Grace said...

I think that Emmer's main problem is that he is much to principled. He has a strong theory about the role of government, and it seems like any issue he approaches, he's going to use that lenses, rather than thinking about what is good for the state.

I also think he is optimistic about how much he can save by redesigning government. Redesign and reform should be a constant process so I think it's good he keeps bringing it up. But the types of changes he's talking about are going to have a huge impact on the services and benefits citizen receive.


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