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Letter: Message to government: We can take care of ourselves

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If "the government" crashed tomorrow, I'd be willing to bet that southwest Minnesota would survive. There are obviously parts of the country that would crash and burn, but I think we'd be O.K. I believe that for several reasons.

I think that our part of the country still knows how to take care of themselves, and the ones that need little help. I also believe that in our part of the country we still have enough common sense to get the job done. I don't think we look after our neighbors like we used to, but I think we would if someone else hadn't taken that job.

Quite a few years ago I was driving truck and I don't remember where, probably somewhere out west, I saw one of those little poster things at a truck stop that caught my attention. I'll have to paraphrase it since I don't remember it exactly, and some of it was inappropriate. "When you're up to your butt in alligators, it's sometimes difficult to remember that your primary objective was to drain the swamp." When I run for the Senate seat in our district, that's going to be one of my mottos.

Why does the discussion always seem to center around how much money an elected official brings home to his/her district? I live down here in a holler, but I think I'm pretty representative of the people in southwest Minnesota.

Once in a while we need some help with some major issue, but for the most part we take care of each other. Wouldn't it make more sense to focus on keeping our money here to do what we know needs done, instead of fighting to try and see how much we can get back from people 200 or 1,800 miles away?

Shouldn't we be focusing on keeping our money instead of fighting to get it back? I know a mess of people in southwest Minnesota that I trust to know the right things to do for southwest Minnesota. I can't say the same about St. Paul or Washington.

I'd have to look over an atlas and comb through a myriad of trip sheets to see for sure if it's five or six states I haven't been to. I'm not going to do it because I've seen enough. I'm in southwest Minnesota because of the people. We take care of each other and, if left alone, we always will. The fight shouldn't be about trying to bring our money back home. The fight needs to be about keeping our money here, where we know what needs to be done with it.

When I run for the Senate seat in our district, I'll be running with the belief that in southwest Minnesota we don't need government to step in and help us survive. We need government to get out of our way so we can thrive. The current situation means taking all you can get. The goal needs to be keeping our tax dollars at home, not fighting to get them back. A long-time senator may be able to bring a lot of pork home. A fresh face may be able to keep our money here. It's food for thought.

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