My oldest son and I were returning home from a quick four store Christmas shopping trip around 4:30 Sunday afternoon. As we drove up Pilot Knob Rd toward Farmington, we approached a mini-traffic jam. After numerous cars ahead of us moved into the right lane to pass a slow driver, we were left following a white Ranger pickup going about 45 mph, and slowly swerving from side-to-side across the lane. My assumption is that he had been cheering on the Vikings or Packers with a libation or two.
I don’t know if there had been any alcohol ingested, but when I approach a driver who seems to be showing signs of intoxication, I like to stay back, not in front of them, so I didn’t pass. I made it the next couple miles safely home, and assume the driver of the white Ranger made it unsafely home.
I thought about that driver again this afternoon when I read a story that Dakota County is among the deadliest counties in Minnesota for alcohol related crashes. The next article I read was about earmarks requested by the each congressional representative. Among the requests was a $100,000 DUI court request for Koochiching County. It made me mad.
I know you are wondering what the maddening connection is. I got mad because Koochiching County is going to get $100,000 for an issue that is important, and that we, including our children, have a danger every day of coming into contact with, yet John Kline didn’t request any funds for the 2nd Congressional District (CD2). No funds! No transportation infrastructure improvements. No startup business funds. No hospital funds. No state trooper funds. Not even a frickin’ 100K for anything DUI related, when four of the seven counties he represents: Dakota, Rice, Washington and Scott, all make the list of the deadliest DUI counties!
John Kline’s communications director said this of earmarks:
“In January 2007, he decided not to participate in earmarks. He does not support the corrupt and corrupting process of earmarks.”
Too bad he doesn’t feel that way about the corrupt and corrupting influence of the lobbying process! Really? There is nothing worth compromising to improve in CD2? There is no way of participating in the system and attempting to change it?
I think it is important to point out that GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen requested 1.6 million dollars for improved and safer highways in his district. Michelle Bachmann and John Kline are equals in that she does not “believe in earmarks.” Her spokesperson said “that the earmark process is broken and in need of reform. It’s not transparent or open enough, and too often jumps politics above merit.”
So the final view: John Kline = Michelle Bachmann
Keep that in mind.