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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Ed Matthews - Looking to Line Item Veto McCollum this Fall

The Ed Matthews For Congress campaign issued the following press release in support of Governor Pawlenty's paring down of the bloated bonding bill:
I applaud Governor Pawlenty on his commitment to fiscal discipline and project prioritization. Leadership is not about doing what is popular, but about doing what is right. In this case, doing the right thing was vetoing expensive projects that would benefit the few at the expense of all Minnesota taxpayers, many of whom are facing challenging economic circumstances. The DFL argument that we should spend state money in order to receive federal funds is parochial and short-sighted. Taxpayers in other states should not be expected to fund Minnesota light rail, just like Minnesotans should not be expected to fund the Woodstock museum in New York. We need to change our mindset. Local projects should analyzed and funded locally. If we followed that model, we could reduce the bloated federal bureaucracy and cut federal taxes. That would free up more resources for critical state needs like roads and bridges.
Contrast Mr. Matthew's statement of support for limited government with the whining of ultra-liberal Betty McCollum, the dim-witted incumbent he is trying to oust, who claimed that the Governor "killed the Central Corridor project with his veto pen". Yeah, right.

This is a rare instance where I wish Ms. McCollum's assessment was correct (I don't think this boondoggle can be killed so easily, but we can hope). In addition to McCollum's pouting over the small victory for taxpayers, other big spending liberal office holders showed their true tax-and-spend colors and denounced the Governor's defense of the taxpayers.

Nearly sixty years of tax and spend liberalism in the Fourth District has been too long by about sixty years. If those of us who value liberty and small government get behind the Matthews campaign we have a chance to finally break this terrible streak and elect a representative who will act in our interests rather than blindly advancing the liberal big government agenda.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! Go Matthews! Glad to have you next in cue to take the Congressional seat!!

4/10/2008 5:56 PM  
Blogger Mark Heuring said...

Good post, RH. The contrast is pretty striking, isn't it?

4/11/2008 8:39 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

Also interesting that the mainstream media is giving space to every lib who wants to vent about Pawlenty's action (including Betty) but won't publish the press release of the endorsed GOP candidate for Betty's office.

4/11/2008 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

right hook, that's one reason we need to work hard to help this guy. Some of us are meeting this morning to organize our support for him.

5/03/2008 7:51 AM  

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