Went to the 3rd CD Debate between Erik Paulsen, David Dillion and Ashwin Madia at Bet Shalom in Minnetonka. Overall the debate was a re-hash of the previous ones with a bit of abortion thrown in along with some "we must regulate Wall Street" talk from Madia and Dillion. Dillion continues to be funny and engaging. Erik continues to be knowledgeable on the issues and strong in his viewpoints- happy to hear him soundly reject any "cap and trade" legislation in regards to Climate Change- Dillion and Madia both called for it even in light of the certain economic downturn we are facing.
When I got home and started to type up something for this blog, I put on the the Reagan biography on PBS. There was some irony as they played the Gipper saying this line (from his 1980 Republican nomination acceptance speech):
The major issue of this campaign is the direct political, personal and moral responsibility of Democratic Party leadership --i n the White House and in Congress -- for this unprecedented calamity which has befallen us. They tell us they have done the most that humanly could be done. They say that the United States has had its day in the sun; that our nation has passed its zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems; that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities.
My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view.
Ashwin Madia is all about telling us we need to sacrifice more. Although he certainly sacrificed during his 6 months in Iraq as a lawyer in the Marines, I can't really see how he's sacrificed at any other time. His life story is a good one, he's had every opportunity that this great country has to offer. He- just like Obama- has had educational advantages that many in this country dream of. Heck, he's unemployed and running for Congress- sounds like a good life to me. But Madia still thinks that sacrifice is necessary- for some. He follows the Biden logic that paying more taxes is patriotic and if you question raising taxes in a time of economic slowdown, then you're unpatriotic. He uses his military service to do this.
His best line of the night? "Hey, I could use a tax cut myself."
But Ashwin you DON'T WORK and you haven't worked for ONE YEAR now. What kind of tax cut would you like exactly? He also was introduced last night as having "come back to work for Robbins Kaplan Miller & Ceresi"-- conveniently leaving out the fact he only worked there for one year and is currently unemployed. He continues to mislead people about his employment. Why?
I grow really tired of people explaining why certain families need to pay more taxes, when they pay none themselves. I grow tired of the assumption that some aren't paying their fair share, when they're paying almost the entire share and 40%+ of their income in taxes. I grow tired of the lectures on sacrifice by Democrats like Obama and Madia which assume Americans haven't sacrificed by the choices they've made in their own lives to achieve success that EVERY American can achieve. Madia believes the same thing that all liberals do- that equal opportunity isn't good enough - that the government must ensure equal outcomes and it's their job to level the playing field.
Mr. Madia won't file a Federal Income Tax return for 2008, he won't file a Minnesota State Income Tax Return for 2008 and he won't pay any property taxes for 2008 (in fact he's never paid a property tax bill in his life). He's unemployed which raises the question...who's paying his rent? He's not married-- so are mommy and daddy paying his rent? How about utilities, gas and groceries? Did he magically save enough money in your ONE year of employment to pay for the last 12 months since he's been unemployed? Really, how does this work? And he wants to represent the families of the 3rd CD? I don't think so.
I got out of there quick and didn't stay around for the reception- but I finally accomplished an answer (well sort of answer) to my long-time, simple question of the Madia campaign: What month and year did Ashwin move to his 58th Ave Plymouth apartment? Meaning-When did he move to the district? I chatted with his Policy Director after the debate and although he couldn't/wouldn't answer the question directly he said "yeah that sounds right", when I offered October 2007. So Madia quit his job and moved to the 3rd less than 12 months ago.
What a knave.