Senator Klobuchar vs. Minnesotans

Dear Editor:

Last November, America’s middle-class voters sent a message to the federal and state governments across the country. Responsible citizens changed out numerous statehouses and the U.S. House of Representatives in what can only be described as a historic election. Our friends and neighbors in Minnesota did likewise, voting a majority of conservatives into both the state House and Senate – for the first time in 38 years. The message: limited government, greatly reduced spending, and lower taxes.

The Federal government is careening towards fiscal disaster at the rate of $130 billion per month. This government has put us on the hook for $15 trillion in debt obligations without any viable means of paying it back, and will add $1.7 trillion in new debt this year, trying to delay the day of reckoning in a losing race with insolvency. The government will eventually default – repudiating its debt outright or its future commitments such as Social Security and Medicare. Compounding irresponsibility is the Federal Reserve, creating money to purchase U.S. Treasury debt from profiteering dealers on Wall Street, leaving us holding the bag.  Ponzi schemes can last a long time, but eventually the public will connect $4 gasoline, collapse of the bond market, more unemployment, more food stamps, and insurance company and pension fund failures, realizing that they have been had, once again.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are fiddling around. The U.S. House of Representatives, including our 8th District Congressman Chip Cravaack, passed a bill on February 21, 2011 to slice a modest $61 billion from fiscal year 2011 spending.   But according to, the U.S. Senate, including Minnesota’s Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar, defeated the House bill on March 9, 2011, instead proposing to cut only $6 billion out of $3.7 trillion in spending. Wow.

Lacking any semblance of institutional courage, the U.S. Senate just sent a memo, signed by 64 senators, to President Obama asking him to take the lead on deficit reduction. This is like asking U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel to take the lead on tax collections.

Senator Klobuchar is ignoring Minnesotans’ demands for limited government. We do not need more government programs as proposed in the Innovate America Act, which demonstrates the Senator’s naiveté in the area of small businesses, research and development, and global competition. We also reject squandering more debt on biofuels subsidies via Senator Klobuchar’s proposed Securing America’s Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies Act. Given the dubious benefits of ethanol and the unquestionable impacts on groundwater supplies, world-wide food prices causing social unrest, and federal debt, this act is something we can do without.

It seems impossible for progressive liberals to do anything other than add legislation and spending. Must be a genetic condition. But Minnesota households know that excessive spending and debt can end very badly. That’s why we voted as we did. We are tired of elitist public officials dishing out borrowed money without even a thought about the ethics of not paying it back. A second wave of conservatives is needed. Conservatives with principles, ethics and respect for the U.S. dollar. Conservatives who can downsize government and strengthen the middle-class, creating self-reliant households based on work, savings and income-producing investments – making sure that the people who make this country run are never made dependent and defenseless again. Send a conservative wave in November 2012.

Michael Chopp
North Branch


  • jonz

    I sure do miss the eight years of Republican rule that just ended when we had balanced budgets, booming economy, record job creation nearly every month, low inflation, affordable gas, and record low unemployment. Oh wait, my mistake, that was the Clinton administration.

  • Ma

    I respectfully choose to disagree with the poster above. I choose to base my opinion on the facts placed before me. In 2008 Federal Legislation was pushed through by the GW Bush administration to “save” the banks, financial company’s and Wall Street by their self-imposed disaster. Taxpayers stepped up and “borrowed” Wall Street and banks mega funds only to find out that within three months of our ‘saving’ Wall Street, banks, big companies and investors were given multi-million dollar bonus’ while the working people that Sen. Klobachar represents lost their homes, were laid off, saw property taxes increase in the double digits, gas prices soared and many lost their 401K’s due to poor investing, fraud by the “conservative” management. With the lay-offs they also lost their pension – a very good plan to hide the fact the workers were defrauded in the first place. Sen. Klobachar has stepped up to the plate as asked by her constituients (not her party) to defend their rights. I for one pulled all my money, yes at a penalty out of my 401K and other accounts on the advice of my accountant (wise woman) and placed my money in a savings account at my local credit union. Sure I only receive a 2.9% return on my money, however, I did not lose all my money to bad investment/speculation. No way will I feed the draconian Wall Streeters by investing my hard earned money in their speculations or contribute to their multi-million dollar bonus’ when I have had to struggle to make ends meet because of their gross fraud and taking advantage of the taxpayers of America.

    Sen. Klobachar also went to bat for working American’s when speculators once again began driving gas prices up to the former levels witnessed during the GW Bush administration. It brought to our attention just exactly what the costly deregulation of Wall Street has done. We the taxpayers bailed out Wall Street to avoid the atrocity that Wall Street had subjected American’s to in the 1920’s with the First Great Depression. I believe in being fiscally conservative- but also realistic. I choose to follow the advice of my accountant and not a “party affiliation”. My accountant is looking out for me – I pay her for a job well done – a political party does not look out for me – political parties only look out for their campaign investers.

    American’s need to take a realistic look at their life-styles and get rid of the credit card mentality. Since Ronnie Reagan’s administration pushed and pushed and pushed people to start using “credit” to make purchases , beginning the instant gratification menality and moving away from time honored traditions of American’s – living within our means and depending upon their own hard work rather than an ‘invester’ or shareholder. Now you cannot turn on a television without seeing a credit card commercial and the instant gratification mentality at work.

    I will keep my money in my local credit union, live within my means. I plan to use the brain that I was given to grow my own fresh veggies – which will serve two purposes, good fresh food as well as get me outdoors with some needed exercise. American’s have been coerced in the past 40 years to believe that you had to put on a front of wealth; one way was to get rid of your garden and buy your food from the store. The size of a city lot was reduced making it impossible to have a garden; once again making the citizen dependent upon manufacturer’s of food rather than their own skills and abilities.

    No, American’s need not buy into the conservative cult rhetoric, they need to buy into investing in themselves and for themselves and stop the corporate take over of America. Just my opinion. The beauty part of being an American – is that we have the freedom of speech and the freedom to work and provide for ourselves and think for ourselves. Article I of the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees that American’s are not taxed without representation…it is my opinion that Sen.Klobachar is doing her duty when she represents the working people and not a business or corporate interests. Our Constitution states clearly that America is to be a government Of the People, By the People and For the People…no where does it proclaim the government is to be run by businesses, corporations or one party ideology.

  • Aaron

    I just don’t buy the argument that “America has spoken” in the last election demanding curtailment of government and the adoption of conservative principles. (Nor do I think that the 2008 election that ushered in Obama was America speaking and demanding a liberal government.) The fact is that America does not currently have–and has never had–a unified voice. We are a pluralistic society that contains a multitude of opinions, believes, values, etc. This diversity is part of what makes us strong. And in terms of the liberal/conservative split, it seems clear to me that we are split pretty much down the middle as a nation and even as a state. How many of our state and federal elections have been so close as to require hand recounts? Public sentiment may swing slightly one way or the other at any given point in time, and this may be enough to tip the scale in an election, but it is not a definitive sign of a solidified public opinion. To say that Sen. Klobuchar is “ignoring Minnesotan’s demand for limited government” as the writer contends is just silly. Did not Minnesotans elect her in the first place based on her publicly-documented principles?

    I really worry about the growing trend in our society for people to insulate themselves from other points of view and to become so certain that their way of thinking is the only reasonable way. We have to recognize that there is a wide range of opinions in our communities. We have to learn to be tolerant of each other and to work together. The partisan rhetoric evidenced in this editorial is counterproductive and shows a real lack of sophistication.