1. They don't understand numbers and they discourage work ethic. In their rush to provide universal or single-payer health care, Democrats in Minnesota subsidized health care premiums that created some unintended results. I know a family here in the Park Rapids area who has found that the Minnesota program does not make financial sense. The husband receives Social Security and Medicare benefits and takes a minimum distribution from his IRAs. The wife, who is not eligible for Social Security and Medicare, must provide for her own health care insurance.
With yet another Minnesota winter fast-approaching, the Forest Riders Snowmobile Club would like to remind all snowmobilers in the area to make sure they operate their machine safely once the trails open.
In his March 22, 2017 commentary on the Enterprise Opinion Page, Steve Green points out that the State of Minnesota has increased the land it owns by 2.9 million acres since 2011, when it owned 5.6 million acres. That is an increase of over 50 percent in 6 years. Now the State of Minnesota owns about 17 percent of the state and the federal government owns another 8 percent. Think about the fact that our state and federal government own about 25 percent of our state.
In his Feb. 1, 2017 letter, "Back to the Future," Mr. Purrier in his fifth paragraph makes the premise of his argument that "since the basic necessities for life are food, shelter and health care" that "the words (from the Declaration of Independence) 'inalienable rights and life' clearly state that health care is a right." Mr. Purrier goes on to say at the end of his letter, "It's time to collapse the widely scattered participants into a unified network with a common funding source, the federal government, through taxes not premiums. Everyone pays everyone benefits."
The First Amendment to the Constitution reads: "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 right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
The process of selecting who to vote for has become a beauty contest in our country. Because most citizens of the United States pay so little attention to the facts, they only hear the two candidates slinging mud at each other each hoping to get your vote because you think the other is despicable. Three quotes from Winston Churchill can help us decide who should be our next president. "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."