I’ve never doubted that politics is a contact sport. People seeking political office should expect their opponents taking shots at them from time to time. The higher the office, the more candidates should expect to be a target.
That said, I’ve noticed that the unions aren’t even slightly concerned with telling the truth about Tom Emmer. Their latest post at Tom Emmer’s Minnesota is no more in touch with reality than any of the others but it’s a perfect example of what the unions are willing to say about Tom Emmer:
Settle in high flying corporate executives, because Tom Emmer’s Minnesota is going to be more fun than your last trip in a golden parachute. Here in Tom Emmer’s Minnesota, we believe that paying for good schools and hospitals is the job of the unwashed masses. That’s why the slightly regressive taxes of the past have been replaced by a massively regressive tax code in Tom Emmer’s Minnesota.
In Tom Emmer’s Minnesota, we don’t even care if you have your interns set up post office boxes all over the world to avoid paying your taxes. Even if those funds would go to fund nursing homes and other medical facilities, in Tom Emmer’s Minnesota we want nothing to get in the way of the gobs and gobs of money coming your way, not even fair play.
Rest assured, my very rich friend. This isn’t just a one-time deal. You can trust that in Tom Emmer’s Minnesota, solid investment in good schools, nursing home facilities, clean lakes, fixing roads or health care for “regular folk” will never get in the way of your extreme wealth and stealthy tax maneuvering.
That these unions are that hostile towards the people who write the checks isn’t surprising. It’s just sickening.
It isn’t surprising because we’ve already learned that the NEA opposed the DC Opportunity Scholarship program and got the program killed:
House and Senate Appropriators this week ignored the wishes of D.C.’s mayor, D.C.’s public schools chancellor, a majority of D.C.’s city council, and more than 70 percent of D.C. residents and have mandated the slow death of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. This successful school voucher program “for D.C.’s poorest familie” has allowed more than 3,300 children to attend the best schools they have ever known.
The decision to end the program, a decision buried in a thousand-page spending bill and announced right before the holidays, destroys the hopes and dreams of thousands of D.C. families. Parents and children have rallied countless times over the past year in support of reauthorization and in favor of strengthening the OSP.
Here’s what the NEA had said previously about the OSP:
The Opportunity Scholarship Program was established as a five-year pilot under the Bush Administration. It was imposed on the residents of the District of Columbia over the objections of numerous pro-public education Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle and the residents of the District of Columbia. Congress has never imposed a federal voucher program on any other jurisdiction in the nation, but chose to implement this experiment in the District of Columbia, whose residents have no vote in Congress, despite opposition from a majority of the City Council.
This is important to know because the NEA is one of the organizations included in ABM’s ‘family of organizations’. The Alliance for a Better Minnesota isn’t a stranger to outrageous accusations. Here’s one of their golden oldies:
What do I mean? I mean drastic cuts to school budgets, essentials services like road plowing in the winter, and Minnesotans having to hold out their tin cup begging for a charity check-up from their doctor.
This is the first set of dishonest accusations I read that Alliance for a Better Minnesota made against Tom Emmer.
The fact that Tom wants to reform government that’s more responsive to the people scares the unions because they’ve taken decades to build a system of resisting change. The fact that Tom wants to upset their racket is forcing them to respond. Their responses have been erratic, over the top and not even loosely associated with the truth.
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota isn’t building a reputation for telling the truth. Frankly, their scare tactics aren’t working in defining Tom Emmer. Anyone with half a brain knows that their accusations are either dishonest or the rantings of a paranoid person. And I’m fairly certain that few voters think that paranoid people get the funding for this type of website.
It’s time to expose the Alliance for a Better Minnesota for what it is: an organization created to distort and destroy candidates it doesn’t agree with. I haven’t seen proof that they hesitate in making things up.
Based on their organizational pedigree, I’m not holding my breath on that happening.