Health funds spark GOP ire

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 15, 2011 - 8:53 PM

Republican legislators demand details on $24.8 million in federal grants for health and human service programs.

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gop4darkagesNov. 15, 11 9:14 PM

"Hann and other Republicans have been sharply critical of Gov. Mark Dayton's willingness to expand health programs."

That's right, Republicans, Dayton's obviously got it backwards. If there isn't as much to go around, maybe a few more old folks in nursing homes check out a little sooner, cutting down that population and reducing the costs that go with them. Republicans KNOW (or at least claim to know) how to manage that bottom line, don't they?

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regexpNov. 15, 11 9:22 PM

Sen. David Hann needs to take a basic economics class. As of last year China only holds roughly 12% of US Debt (the largest holder of debt is actually the US itself). Stop with the scare tactics and the GOP talking points and actually address the issue at hand.

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upthecreekNov. 15, 11 9:41 PM

Lets cut the state payed medical insurance for all legislators and that fun money called perdiem so we don't have to borrow from the schools

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thatisright1Nov. 16, 11 3:41 PM

Thank god the republicans actually "think" as opposed to "feel"; democrats are in the midst of flushing this country down the toilet because they "feel" so much that it detracts from any logical thoughts they might have. I would love it if the government could give everybody one million dollars (especially the poor), but that's just not reasonable and many of these programs are akin to spending money that we don't have in a similar manner. I don't mind higher taxes on the rich either, but only if we simultaneously stymie the growth of government and allocate the increased revenue to paying down our debts!

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thatisright1Nov. 16, 11 3:49 PM

Let me ask you something lefties, do you think it's worthwhile to continue spending more and more to help the poor, environment, etc without considering the effects it will have on the fiscal and economic stability of our country? Yes/No? Early, I gave the obvious extreme of distributing one million dollars to all citizens. Clearly we haven't reached that point, but we're rapidly going in that direction.

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privateeyeNov. 16, 11 4:12 PM

Let me ask you something lefties, do you think it's worthwhile to continue spending more and more to help the poor, environment, etc without considering the effects it will have on the fiscal and economic stability of our country?----that is a question for a federal official. Last time I checked, rep Hann was a state official. He is charged with doing what is best for the STATE, not country.

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Jakein08Nov. 16, 11 5:01 PM

Yes Mr Hann, do your grandstanding even though you are well aware that if you block this 25 mil from coming to MN, it will then be allocated to another state. It will not reduce our debt in any way, it will harm MN. I guess grandstanding is more important to you, Mr. Hann. You are a disgrace!

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rockanatreeNov. 16, 11 8:11 PM

How can the Republicans be so opposed to this, but yet two of their "finest" are leading the charge to give money to Wilf for his playground?? It boggles the mind.

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markeyboyNov. 16, 11 9:39 PM

Block the 25M,...this must be the death panel tactic that Sarah Palin accused Obama of promoting. Ooops, its a Republican intentionally shorting MN on healthcare not a Democrat. Falling on your sword is very painful and lasting, especially when you're in the minority of opinion and seeking symbolic, political dignity.

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zekefaxNov. 16, 1111:37 PM

@thatisright1 ----- Well it seems like the GOP doesn't give a darn about the sick, the poor, the environment or the elderly and want to especially protect the wealthy. Meanwhile their "logical" thinking deems it more important to do what they can to block gays from having some of the same rights that heterosexuals have, stop stem cell research, defund and destroy planned parenthood, pull all environmental and financial regulation and give any tax break they can think of to the rich while claiming that they (the GOP) are the family values people and that the GOP and rich make jobs, jobs, jobs. I would appreciate it if someone from the Republican side of the aisle would tell me how much in tax relief creates 1 job. If we cut spending and give the wealthy $50000 in tax relief does that create a job and if so where? We have all read reports of the number of lobbyists that some of the wealthy employ, is this the type of job that they are creating? Lobbyists to buy more gifts for the wealthy from the government Santas in the GOP. Please enlighten us all with GOP thoughts so we can learn to become as unfeeling and logical as the GOP.

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