Notes from all over

by GDA


It took our huge Minnesota Legislature of 67 senators controlled by the Republicans and 130 representatives made up of 75 Dems and 55 Republicans plus our new governor, Tim Walz, four months to finally come to an agreement on the state's budget for the next two years. They barely made it in time last Sunday, agreeing to a $48 billion two-year budget which was a 6 percent raise from the present budget.
They still have to hold a special session to approve it and I hope they don't ask for pay for that session. They have enough perks for their part-time job.
The big push by Walz and the DFLers was to get an increase in the gas tax of 20 cents a gallon over two years. That was pitched. Schools will get an additional 2 percent raise per student, though.
If these so-called representatives of the people did their job, this should have been passed a long time ago. The trouble is, they were bluffing each other, trying to come out ahead and, of course, the people came out behind.
Aren't you glad you don't have to be a legislator?
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The biggest freedom we enjoy in this country is the First Amendment guaranteeing Freedom of Speech. The trouble is, too many people are now living by being so-called "Politically Correct." With the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) looking for any reason to file lawsuits, we are rapidly losing our Freedom of Speech.
First, we are losing our Religious Freedom. Yes, you keep hearing the liberals saying the Constitution says there will be separation of church and state. Of course, the First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the rights of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Doesn't sound to me like it says "separation of Church and State." Maybe the ACLU people can't read.
Of course, it seems they apply the rules differently to different people. Out in the state of Washington, school districts have been told to allow Muslims to miss school to allow for prayers in schools, etc. I don't see any problem with prayers in schools or before games, whatever. That is Freedom of Speech.
Then we have lawsuits over saying certain words, but it does seem that the ethnic groups, or some of them, can use words that are degrading to them and it is OK. I don't like to hear those words even if they are in a song.
Of course, you have to be careful about jokes for certain nationalities, even though those nationalities bring them up. The trouble is, we seem to take ourselves too seriously. Some people just look for something to raise up against or complain about. Every time one of our courts rules, or these splinter groups, they take a bite out of our Constitution and our freedoms.
It would seem that we have enough real problems in this country. We have to quit using the word "racism" when we want to put someone down. Heck, our Congress is probably one of the most racist groups around. They use that word whenever they want to put someone down and that makes them racist. Heck, former Pres. Obama did more racist things than any president. If an incident arose involving someone of color, he immediately declared the lighter skin person wrong or so it seems.
Let's forget that garbage from our so-called leaders and have them tackle the problems of this country such as a border that allows gangsters, rapists, murderers, crooks, etc. in. I know some of our legislators like them because they feel these people will sometime vote for them. If our legislators, including the president, just worked on our problems and not on staying in office, this country would be even greater than it is now.
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Well, the Democrats now have something like 22 or 23 candidates for president and they are all "losers." Face it, the invisible vice president, Joe Biden, is leading this bunch of nobodies. They also have Bernie the Commie Sanders who has never accomplished a thing in Congress, "Pocahontas" Warren, even Amy Klobuchar. There isn't a true candidate in the bunch.
Now it seems they are all heading to Jimmy Carter for advice. Yeah, he is recognized by many as the worst president we have had, though Obama is close. Jimmy was a nice guy, though.
Then we have Nancy Pelosi and she is having trouble saying a clear sentence. They ought to launch an investigation of her husband and all the government contracts he has received to make them multi-millionaires.
It would seem to me that the Democrats should clean out their party and get some true representatives of the people. Of course, we should also take Trump's "Tweet" account away.
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Aren't you glad we live up here in God's Country? Enjoy it while you can. Have a good week and remember those who served our country and passed on, and those who helped build this country.