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Dick Palmer commentary

If you are a Democrat, especially a DFLer from this area, I need your help and your wisdom. I am having a problem with my family budget, and I am wondering if some of you are going through similar withdrawals?...

If you are a Democrat, especially a DFLer from this area, I need your help and your wisdom. I am having a problem with my family budget, and I am wondering if some of you are going through similar withdrawals?
If you are a Republican, a Conservative or an independent thinker, you might be interested in my dilemma as well. Either way, I am greatly puzzled by the so-called reasoning of too many politicians who are putting politics ahead of logic in their quest to cover up reality and sensibility.
The daily headlines are screaming with venom as national Democratic leaders are focusing on an apparent slowdown on our tax surpluses. They are blaming George "Dubya" for this by challenging the reasoning of his recent effort to return some of the tax surpluses to Americans who paid too much. We are wondering how many of these objectors refused to accept the rebate checks and returned them to the Federal Treasury? Are you kidding?
So what's the point of all this?
Democrats are concerned that the tax "surplus" is dwindling, and they, with tearful candor, are worried about Social Security and Medicare surpluses. Such attacks on George "Dubya" seem emotional and self-serving, but, unfortunately, the average American taxpayer is only reading the headlines and not digesting the meat and potatoes of the issue. This is where the dilemma exists in my budget effort. I am confused and need some help sorting all this out. Here is the way I am looking at it, good, bad or indifferent:
Minnesotans just received a rebate from the state from the surplus sales tax fund. Couples received, on average, $330. Many have already received a federal rebate of $600 for couples, and between the two, we are looking at pennies from heaven totaling near $1,000. How many Democrats have refused those checks and returned them to the senders? To continue here, this money was given back to the people from surplus funds. Not dedicated funds, but extra money that was not earmarked for specific issues and programs.
As I see this, the Democrats, historically, will spend all the tax money available, regardless of logic or need. This philosophy has never changed through the years. So, naturally, excess tax surpluses have been reduced because a portion of the overpayment of taxes has been returned to the people who were charged too much in the first place, and the Democrats are blaming "Dubya" and Jesse the Mind for this tragedy.
I have been able to spend those checks for goods and services, and this effort has returned more taxes into the treasury. I'm happy, local merchants and service providers are happy, everyone is happy except the Democrats, because they have been snookered by sensible disbursement of excess tax dollars. My question is this: Am I wrong?
Responses are welcome.
Send an e-mail to: rpalmer@duluth.com

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