Fourth of July. No matter where they live, Americans forgot their cares and just have a good time.
Everywhere except Minnesota. Hard to forget your cares there. Because the state government’s shut down – and a lot of people are hurting even more. Especially the poor, who depend more on government services.
In many ways, Minnesota’s a microcosm of what’s happening on the national level. In Washington, Republican freshmen Tea Partiers took over the house and demanded draconian budget cuts, with no tax increases. In Minnesota, Republican freshmen Tea Partiers took over the State Senate and made the same demand.
In Washington, they threaten to shut down the government. In Minnesota, they already have.
So, in Minnesota, there’s no more reading services for the blind, no more help line for the elderly, no more child care subsidies for the poor. You can’t get a fishing license. And Boy Scouts and families were thrown out of state parks.
All because Republicans refuse to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires.
Funny. I thought politicians were elected to represent all the people. Republicans think they’re only elected to represent the top two percent.
That’s my parting shot for today.