Jim Graves is a portrait of someone who says one thing, then thinks the opposite. Graves told me that he’s pro free market. Then he told me that he thinks the ACA is “built on free market principles.” The free market doesn’t tell a person they have to buy something, then tell them what bells and whistles that something has to have.

To quote Andy Aplikowski, free markets don’t need thousands of IRS agents to make sure you do what you’re told to do:

The Government does’t need to hire an army of tax agents to enforce a free market based reform. And the Government doesn’t expressly lay out the parameters and scope of a free market plan.

Mr. Graves told Jack and Ben that he isn’t really a Democrat. He’s just running as one so he has a chance at winning. That’s BS. He’s a hard core liberal who made lots of money.

What other explanation is there for a man who thinks that global warming is manmade? If he believes that global warming is manmade and that it’s a problem worth solving, what’s his solution? The only conclusion is that he’s for cap and trade. That’s a hardline liberal position.

When Tarryl ran against Michele in 2010, one of her first visits was to Netroots Nation, the gathering of left wing kooks. Daily Kos published this letter from Jim Graves.

One of the things Graves continues harping on is Michele Bachmann’s ‘witch hunt’:

Watching Michele Bachmann’s McCarthy-like witch-hunt unfold over the past few weeks has been truly disturbing. Her baseless attacks upon honorable, hard-working Americans is not only designed to divide us through hate and fear, it weakens our ability to take on the real challenges facing our nation today.

Mr. Graves’ witch hunt meme is getting tiresome. It’s been discredited by terrorist expert Andrew McCarthy and former Muslim Brotherhood terrorist Walid Shoebat. Newt Gingrich discredited DC elites with impeccable logic and a relentless dose of reality:

This desperate avoidance of reality is not new. After Maj. Nidal Hasan shouted, “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) in Fort Hood, Texas, and killed 12 soldiers and one Army civilian while wounding 29 others, there was pressure to avoid confronting his acts as inspired by his support for radical Islamism.

An American of Palestinian descent, Hasan had been in touch with a radical American cleric in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki. He declared Hasan a hero. Al-Awlaki was himself declared a “specially designated global terrorist” and, with presidential approval, was killed by a predator missile.

Yet, despite the evidence, Wikipedia reports, “One year after the Fort Hood shooting, the motivations of the perpetrator were not yet established.”

In short, Jim Graves might know how to build and run hotels but he’s oblivious to facts, especially as it relates to free markets, terrorism and science.

Simply put, Jim Graves isn’t qualified to be a congressman. I’d want him on an economic development commission but I wouldn’t want him as a congressman.

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7 Responses to “Jim Graves’ conflicts”

  • Chad Q says:

    Mr. Graves is another rich liberal who believes he can tell us what to do and think.

    Mammade global warming is a hoax perpetrated on us by a fail presidential candidate to re-distribute wealth. Funny how it has made Al Gore richer and most everyone else poorer. The earth has been changing temps and climates long before man was burning coal and driving evil SUV’s and will continue to do so with or without us.

    How exactly is the ACA a free market program?

    The free market does not force you to buy ANYTHING you do not want to buy. A free market would allow me to buy a major medical plan from the lowest price company no matter where they are located instead of just from a MN company. It would also allow me to buy a policy that only covers the thngs I want covered as opposed to the hundreds of mandated things some politicians have forced to be covered.

    As for the whole Muslim Brotherhood thing, liberals will continue to bury their heads in the sand not wanting to offend anyone or group until it is too late, again. Better to start asking the questions now as to who may be associated than asking how did XXX happen after it is too late. McCarthy was found out to be right in the end too and look how many commies are in congress now.

    Also, is Mr. Graves going to condemn Harry Reid for his baseless attacks on Mitt?

  • eric z says:

    Gary, Gary, Gary. Graves is a job creator.

    From things you’ve written I thought that meant something to you. He is the exact opposite of a buy-them-and-fold-them Wall Street tycoon. Do you suppose the tax returns Romney will not release document job destruction and overseas outsourcing, and that’s the cause of the man’s tenacity?

  • indy jones says:

    Does he get his money like Solyndra? They were job creaters until they weren’t and then they were “contributors” with tax dollars. Graves would do well to understand that manmade global warming, to borrow a phrase from Theo’s website, is a manmade issue, manmade data, manmade crises, and a manmade consensus.

  • Crimson Tide says:

    Graves is a nice, cordial businessman with a weak campaign message that meanders to and fro like the Snake River. Spending a lot of time beating up Bachmann on the Muslim Brotherhood while being silent on specific details regarding jobs, healthcare, and the economy will not convince voters that change is needed. Graves would be better served on an economic development committee. Verso is now closed and the next economic disaster on a smaller scale will most likely be the St. Cloud airport.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, The things Graves has done in the private sector are praiseworthy. I’ve repeatedly said that.

    That said, his public policies would kill jobs, starting with the ACA, then including Cap & Trade. President Obama’s EPA is almost as big disaster as the ACA.

    What part of that didn’t you understand? This isn’t that complicated.

  • Gary Gross says:

    First, what we have is an accomplished businessman whose policies are as liberal as the failed policies of this administration. He thinks that the ACA is built on free market principles. When did free markets tell a person to buy something? Better yet, when did free market principles tell the person to buy something they didn’t want, then tell them what features this thing they didn’t want must have? Best yet, when did free markets rely on mandates to force people to buy something they didn’t want and possibly didn’t need?

    Second, Jim Graves is just the male version of Tarryl Clark, except he can afford to wear expensive suits. He’s a first class bullshitter who’s too afraid to put an issues page together. That’s what we here in the Sixth District call gutless.

    It’ll break your heart to know that support for Michele hasn’t wavered. She’s still above 50%, which means she wins. Enjoy.

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