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Open Forum: Oberstar's legacy: Wasteful spending

Posted: December 16, 2010 - 8:42pm

You've got to be kidding! Oberstar brought home the bacon? He produced all right! He was part of the reason why our country is in debt up to our eyeballs. We can't measure what he did for us. We have to measure what he did to us. His legacy is wasteful spending of the people's money.

Mr. Oberstar said he had "no regrets." Half of the people in District 8 had regrets and that is why we voted the way we did. We regret that he voted for cap and trade. We regret that he voted for the health care bill. We regret that he voted for the bailout of GM and Chrysler. We regret that he voted for the stimulus bill and the list goes on. People are waking up.

 We need congressmen in Washington to protect our rights and keep the country safe. Not to be our big sugar daddy. As Ronald Reagan once said: "Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem. We've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule; that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by and of the people."

We agree, Oberstar thought he was part of the "elite" group. And now we hear that he apparently is too elite to congratulate the winner and help in the transition.

Peggy Tautges

Fort Ripley