I wan't to give you something to think about for the week that I'm gone.
A lot of the political speak these days, pits inner-city Minnesotans against rural Minnesotans. Folks in the country lament LGA payments that go to benefit city folks, who some feel are under achievers, or just plain lazy. While anybody that spends any amount of time in the city knows that there are a few folks that fit that stereotype, most of us know a majority of inner-city residents work two, sometimes three minimum wage jobs, in order to feed their families.
Thing is, there are many people in outstate Minnesota, that are in the same boat. Have you ever thought about those people that work at their local Pamida or Ben Franklin? I have to believe their making even less than their inner-city counterparts that work at Wal-Mart or McDonalds.
My question is, why is nobody from Minnesota's DFL party reaching out to these people? Their bound to have the same concerns as city folks, when it comes to affordable health care, and housing. Yet this demographic is responsible, either directly, or through apathy, for big business Republicans sweeping into office, both in statewide and Congressional elections.
In order to take back the majority, and give Governor Dayton and President Obama the tools they need to forward their agendas, without the obstructionism that is prevalent at this time, the DFL needs the support of the working poor in rural Minnesota.
Question is, are we up to it?
Apparently, this post drew the ire of Sally Jo Sorensen, writer of Bluestem Prairie, a blog dedicated to outstate Minnesota politics. I really didn't mean to step on her toes, but I guess I'll always be some blowhard city slicker, in her eyes.
Look folks, I'm just a guy with an opinion, Sometimes I'm right, sometimes not. I only call things as I see them. Without knowing where Sally Jo lives, I can only point out that Republicans made huge gains in the state legislature, and Congress in 2010. Those gains did not come in inner city districts.
Ms. Sorensen, blasting me on Twitter will not reverse these gains. But if it will make you feel better, rock on.