Governor Dayton Touts Budget Plan in Rochester Townhall

From Jeremy Griffith
Creator of The American Millennium Online

Hey gang. Jeremy Griffith here. Creator of American Millennium Online. I have a few comments on Governor Mark Dayton’s town hall meeting here in Rochester at Rochester Community and Technical College’s Heintz Center.

You know I’ve had a couple of opportunities to view this governor in action and I believe he is sincere about wanting to help Minnesotans. But like most garden variety liberals or progressives, they just don’t understand economics. Dayton comes from the Dayton Store wealth and I understand that he wants to give back, but there is no end to the kind of tax and spend policies these politicians dish out. What they can’t get in their budgets, they get in taxes and bonding issues over and above what they’ve already budgeted. And still people want more.

There was no one at this meeting to really challenge the Governor on anything he said. It was all like, “Governor, thanks for coming. We love you. My issue is blah blah blah.” And everyone’s issue involved some kind of monetary handout from the government.

If it wasn’t more funds for education, it was deregulation of certain industries, such as adult day care. One lady complained that the so called green energy initiative is creating a health crisis because of all the wind mills? Really, where was that study done? On Mars? Who is being harmed by windmills. I mean yes, if you mean it’s hurting our pocket book because none of these windmills produce enough energy or revenue to make a difference were it not for government funding, but come on. Health risks. These are the same people who complain they’ve been abducted by aliens.

Then there’s the anti-fracking people. We’re looking for ways to boost the economy and meanwhile we’re literally sitting on a gold mine of oil and gas that we can use to fuel the economy and create jobs. And the nut jobs on the left want all that to go away because, “it’ll hurt the Earth”. We know there’s no evidence of that, but that doesn’t stop the libs. I don’t know what’s wrong with these people, they’re all so mental.

I’ll give it to the governor, he’s personable. But you give him a blank check and he’ll write anything into it he can get away with. At least he passed a budget, which is more than congress or the president has done in the last five years.

The State of Minnesota passed a $39 billion dollar balanced budget last year, the largest in history, and till this governor wanted to spend more. There is no end to how much the libs will tax and spend, and whatever they tax, they’ll spend more than they’ll take in.

The Republicans and especially conservatives are so awful at getting out their message about good old conservative fiscal and social values that these F’tards are crushing them on the political arena. Our friend Kira Davis is right, we have to work on getting our story told and doing it in such a way that we don’t look like a we’re not compassionate. The gay marriage fight is just a smoke screen. The real battle is about economic and personal freedom against the nanny state. The libs will continue to buy votes with cash we don’t have. We have to “Buy” votes with common sense fiscally conservative principles that will preserve our Republic for our children and not break the bank. If we want to save our country as we know it, we can’t just sit on the sidelines and let these people have their way, otherwise, we’ll have nothing to pass on to our children except a mountain of debt they can’t pay and chaos.

And that’s my view on the Governor’s budget.

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Faithful Catholics mark the death of Christ with a Silent March

Father Gerald Mahon and Music Director Sebastian Modarelli - photo by Jeremy Griffith

by Jeremy Griffith

Faithful Christians all over the world marked the anniversary of the death of Jesus Christ this Good Friday, as they do every year, in their own way. This year Rochester area Catholics silently marched through the city’s main streets, led by a contingent of priests bearing a cross.

Margaret Kelsey, Parish Administrator of St. John the Evangelist Church in Rochester, spoke about the importance of the event.

“This is our thirteen year participating in this event. We first began in 2000,” said Kelsey. “We observe four of the 14 stations of the cross in a silent march through the city, remembering the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus.” The march is an annual event organized by local members of Communion and Liberation, a worldwide Catholic organization begun in Italy in 1954.

The march began in front of the Government Center in Rochester and from there traveled to the Peace Plaza, Statuary Park and then the church itself. Often parishioners, numbering in the hundreds, marched two by two down the center of Rochester’s main streets, escorted by city police. At four separate times, at the locations mentioned above, the parishioners gathered to sing songs and hear a litany read. Father Gerald Mahon, pastor of the church, made comments at each of these stops.

At the government center Mahon recognized the importance of good government in protecting the rights of citizens, including the right to practice one’s faith and one’s right to freedom of expression.

With the Government Center as a backdrop Mahon said, “Good government is necessary for the preservation of the freedom of the American people. I hope and pray that our government always continues to protect our religious liberties.”

Standing at the Peace Plaza in the triangle of the Kahler Hotel, and the Mayo Clinic’s Siebens and Gonda Buildings, Mahon praised the compassion and service of the Mayo Clinic, comparing it with the compassion of Christ in healing the sick. “We recognize the service of the many doctors and nurses and other health care professionals who serve this community,” said Mahon. “We recognize in them the compassion of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the great physician.”

At the third location, Mahon spoke at Statuary park next to statues of William and Charles Mayo, the Founding Brothers of the Mayo Clinic where they sit opposite the Gonda Buiding across from the church. He again praised the Clinic, saying. “Our health care professionals do so much for us to keep us well. But sometimes things get confused, because as people they do not know us. Our Lord knows us and accepts us as we are, where we are.”

The people participating in the procession were a diverse but silent group. African American families joined Hispanic and white families. The group was as diverse as their clergy and leaders. Efforts to engage them in conversation during the march were in vain. When a reporter approached a senior citizen marching at the rear of the crowd, the woman commented only, “We’re not out for a walk, we are in procession and aren’t supposed to talk.”

There was an undercurrent to the event that reflected the national tone. Several of the parishioners marched in hoodies in remembrance of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. None would speak to reporters who approached them but only disappeared in the crowd when the procession began to march again.

Other church leaders joined in the somber event, including Father John Lashuba, Parochial Vicar of St. John’s from South Sudan, Deacon Adam McMillan, Music Director Sebastian Modarelli, Dr. Sidna Scheitel, and Margaret Kelsey.

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