Yesterday I wrote about a 2009 email from Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington. In the email, Pat chastised the DFL members of the legislature for passing a bill to lower the amount of interest that can be claimed as a tax deduction. The bill capped the interest that could be claimed, meaning the higher the value of your home, the less you could deduct in taxes. Seems like a pretty progressive tax solution to me. The poorest people tend to own the least valuable houses, so the impact would be minimal. The million dollar home in Wayzata might be impacted a little more. Seems fair to me.
That bill was vetoed by Governor Pawlenty. Pat was happy because in his words it “would increase the cost of home ownership.” Those are Pat Garofalo’s exact words. Fast forward from 2009 to 2012, and Pat Garofalo tweets “Remember when Democrats tried to repeal the home mortgage interest deduction and raise taxes on the middle class? I do.” Ignoring his lie implying that DFLers tried to get rid of it, it is odd that he remembers 2009, but seems to forget that he just voted to eliminate the Homestead Credit for Minnesota Homeowners. Didn’t that vote “increase the cost of home ownership?” His vote not only increased taxes on the middle class, but it impacted the poorest Minnesotans as well. It is a true regressive tax that impacts the richest Minnesotans the least.
Pat Garofalo must be considering running for Vice President. Because like the current Republican Vice Presidential candidate, he can only focus on events and votes in a narrowly viewed and skewed way that make everything positive for him, and nothing bad happens in his Republican world. Is it delusion? Has he forgotten his vote? Is the word ‘hypocrite’ even in his lexicon?
Pat is truly an embarrassment to rational, principled and cordial voters in Farmington and the surrounding townships. His opponent Jim Arlt is a truly caring Christian, with a big heart, the integrity of a career cop serving the people in the most honorable way, and he has a great sense of humor that does not include insulting one-third of his neighbors on a regular basis.
When you vote on November 6, vote for Jim Arlt. If enough people vote for Jim, maybe Pat Garofalo who loves Las Vegas might move there, where the integrity and values he has shown as a Representative are much more common.