LEADERSHIP - OP ED IN DULUTH TRIBUNE
Candidate's view: Anderson: We need to fix weak leadership
We are in need of a strong governor who is willing, able and unafraid to protect and advocate for individual Minnesotans and their rights and freedoms as guaranteed under the U.S. and Minnesota constitutions. That kind of positioning would, of course, put him or her directly at odds with our current governor’s stands, which are built around blind obedience to the Democratic Party line propagated by political hacks out of Washington.
Consequently, we have damaged our health care and insurance systems (a sixteenth of our nation’s economy) with the complex, cumbersome, expensive and failing Obamacare and MNsure apparatuses. We have the slowest recovery from a recession and the lowest labor participation rate nationally since the Great Depression.
Minnesota government figures may paint a rosy picture, but it is belied by pockets of structural unemployment as high as 15 percent in our urban cores; among minorities, college graduates and Iron Rangers; and in the lumber, mining, agriculture and recreation industries.
Unprecedented high taxes nationally and in Minnesota have lost us 50 major corporate employers in the past decade. Medtronic was the most recent. The health, welfare, safety and prosperity of Minnesotans are inextricably tied to our national and international policies.
Standing for the state of Minnesota and its citizens’ interest requires the governor to speak out on key issues such as immigration, the Keystone XL pipeline, and the performances of not only the Minnesota Legislature but the national administration and its adjunct agencies, including the EPA, IRS, NSA and BLM.
Like our president, I have community-organizing experience. But mine was dedicated to building on historical positives rather than on tearing down a functioning society to replace it with an unproven, centrally planned and controlled government that reaches into the lives and the pocketbooks of every citizen.
We’re Americans. We fix things. Help me fix this. Vote for Merrill Anderson for governor and Mark Anderson for lieutenant governor on Aug. 12. We are the father-and-son military-veteran team who knows how to get things done.
Merrill Anderson is a Republican candidate for governor in the Aug. 12 primary election. Learn more at merrillanderson1.com.
Minnesota has high numbers of H. S. graduates plus top scores on ollege and Military entrance exams but a deep differential exists in core city school results.
Americans are not easily fooled. Right now, the only ones saying the economy is in good shape are people connected to the Obama administration and the Democrat Party.
Minnesota's municipal police and fire staffing do not meet national standards.
HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES, INFRASTURCTURE
Minnesota, and the nation, have an infrasturcture badly in need of update and repair. Sewer, water and gas pipelines are in need of replacement after well more than 100 years of use under high pressures and the effects of geological shifts. We are using bridges beyond the designed lifetimes. We are using rail systems to transport crude oil trains hauling over a hndred tankars each, endangering large urban centers with the close passage of explosive pollutants in outdated questionably safe containers. ( The XL pipeline and similar oil and gas transit systems are cleaner and safer. ) These problems present us with tremendous opportunity for federal, state and local governments to issue Amerian owned companies contracts to bring us up to date in these critical areas, simultaneously employing thousands of workers and generating hundreds of business opportunities across the nation. My thinking is that it should be an operant credo to contract with American contractors, workers and unions to get the country back in shape. Currently we are diverting large bridge contracts to the Chinesee,, we have a huge solar plant in the desert SW being built and maintained by Spanish interests ( who are importing laborers from Spain to do jobs we could do ) and recently another candidate for Governor of Minnesota suggested that we could buy steel for the XL pipeline from China " if it was cheaper " . ( Bad thinking, we have the capacity to produce higher quality pipes in the U.S. with our own steel. Even if the price were slightly higher, the recirculation of the production dollars through U.S. wages and through our own economic system instead of creating a cash flow back to China would improve our economy more in the long view. ) I would like the Governor's office to act as a catalyst to get these kind of projects moving, both at the state and the national level. It might provide the boost we need to shake us loose from our current ecomonic stagflation
Federal, State, County & Municipal treasuries nationwide are easy pickings due to loose controls & corrupt politicians.
FREE SPEECH AND FREE ASSOCIATION
Increasingly, as our bureaucracy grows, free speech and free association and assembly by those who are critical of government overgrowth and overcontrol are looked at as nuisances by certain sectors of both major political parties.
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