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Good riddance, Pawlenty

We are finally rid of your power grab governorship during which you favored the wealthy and stepped on the lower classes.

Your bid for president will be hampered because you could not govern this state fairly due to your refusal to cooperate/compromise. Instead you played slick word games with voters:  Remember — fees instead of taxes? Remember — your dismantling the infrastructure by not wanting to tax — result: bridge collapse. You thought the people of this sate were so dumb they would never catch on. You refused to let those making the most income be taxed fairly because they’re your friends and supporters — especially the chambers of commerce lobby. As a result of your “no,” future Minnesotans will have to pay for the “trick” budget balancing you shifted. You wanted to let others raise taxes. Why did you do that? In fact, your actions raised future property taxes for many. The property tax is the most regressive, but you did not care. You just want to be a no president. Your policy of no helped only Republicans.

Many of us think that you personally never faced any hardships: you could always afford to live where you did, you can send your kids to private schools and colleges, have good healthcare, and have a job. All the time you mean-mouthed nearly everything Obama was trying to do for the lower classes. Do you really want to undo Social Security, the New health care, Medicare? We suspect your close and personal friends would not be hurt by such dismantling and obstructionism.

Throughout your terms you hated unions especially teachers in this state.  Are these public servants, who get paid a fraction of your income, people really worthy of being stepped on?

My advice: Run with another GOP flake like you — Michelle Bachman.

M. Fritz Bertelt


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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