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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Have you been listening to our politicians lately?

Our Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s State of the State Address, the confirmation hearings, President George Bush’s Farewell Speech, and President-elect Barack Obama’s speeches leading up to his inauguration this coming week – all are so inspiring, so hopeful, so positive, and gracious. I am motivated by these events.
At the same time, I refuse to be blindly led down a path of fluffy pretentiousness. I expect my politicians to be honorable and accountable. Some may say that’s a ridiculous expectation. But it’s our job to keep them accountable. If they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, it’s in large part, our fault.
For instance, concerning the extremely immeasurable “Bail Out”, ask questions. Where’s the money coming from? Where is it going? Ask your city, county, and state politicians. Is it going to your local lending institution, automobile manufacturer, or neighbors business? You have a right to know. We need to know how much our children and grandchildren will be forced to repay. You have a right to know how the folks getting the bailout money are using it. Write a letter, make a phone call, send an e-mail – to anyone getting the money, to anyone giving the money, to anyone who knows where the money’s coming from and where it’s going. Find out what’s going on.
And don’t let the bailout be the only subject that you seek answers for. This is a big world and we need to educate ourselves on what’s happening around us. Ask, and keep asking until the answers are clear to you.

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