Now that Buzzfeed placed Mike Parry (#4) and Allen Quist (#5) on list of "8 Craziest Candidates Of 2012" and Minnesota 2020 compared State Worker Contract Hearings to the Fringe Festival theater, people everywhere are waking up to the Thrilla in Vanilla as Mike Parry and Allen Quist make their final drive toward Tuesday's finish line.
A 12 minute taped radio debate will air across the district. Allen Quist's website states:
The two parts of the MNN show will be:
- The Farm Bill;
- What would each candidate like the listeners to know about the other candidate.
Check with your local stations to find out when they will air this show.
Albert Lea, KATE
Mankato KTOE, KRRW
New Ulm, KNUJ
Rochester, KOLM, KLCX
In the first of paired articles on the candidates, the Mankato Free Press reports in Quist sees red when it comes to country's financial management that Quist plans to make Romney's veep choice Paul Ryan look like a tax-and-spend liberal:
Quist said he’s ready to join the Republican Study Committee, a group of the House’s most conservative members. A subset of that committee totaling about 85 members is committed to eliminating the deficit in five years, according to Quist, who is promising on the campaign trail to meet that ambitious timeline. . . .
Compare that schedule to the House Republican budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Ryan’s controversial plan makes steep cuts even to popular spending categories, such as veterans benefits and transportation. Opponents have said it would disproportionately harm the elderly, the poor and the middle class and would turn Medicare into a voucher system.
Even with the tough medicine, the Ryan plan doesn’t balance the budget until 2040.
Quist’s philosophy differs from Ryan’s in a couple of respects. Ryan protects military spending from cuts. Quist wouldn’t.
“The military is not sacred,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of waste in the military.”
And Ryan attempts to reduce the deficit while simultaneously cutting taxes. Quist strongly opposes tax increases, but he said he wouldn’t support tax cuts either — unless he were persuaded they would increase federal revenue by spurring economic growth.
“Reducing spending is my priority,” he said.
In March, the Daily Caller reported in House Republican Study Committee: We can balance budget in 5 years:
In a conference call previewing the plan with reporters on Monday, the committee’s leadership said the proposal builds on the budget released last week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan but gets the country to a balanced budget quicker with deeper spending cuts.
The committee says its plan balances the budget by fiscal year 2017. It’s been estimated that Ryan’s plan wouldn’t balance the budget until about 2040. (RELATED: Paul Ryan admits he would ‘have to consider’ a VP nod) . .
Among other highlights, the proposed budget freezes the country’s discretionary spending at $931 billion until it becomes balanced in 2017.
The plan also includes repealing ObamaCare and adopting the same Medicare reforms and spending levels in this year’s House Budget Committee proposal.
As for Social Security, the eligibility threshold would eventually be raised to 70 years, though anyone who is 55 years old or older wouldn’t be affected.
The plan also cuts spending by eliminating programs like the National Labor Relations Board, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that the Draconian Republican Study Committee Budget Would Cut Federal Medicaid Funding Nearly in Half by 2022, ending Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) while replacing them with block grants to the states.
Read the document, Cut, Cap, and Balance: A Budget for Fiscal Year 2013, here.
Both Quist and Parry are criss-crossing the district, with a parade in Chatfield today and county fairs to attend. The Albert Lea paper notes that Parry to visit A.L. Sunday.
Friday, August 105:00 PM, Owatona [sic] (Owatonna Chamber of Commerce After Hours event)Saturday, August 118:00 AM, Winona (Hy-Vee Restaurant Area)10:00 AM, La Crescent (American Legion)1:30 PM, Chatfield (Western Days Parade)4:45 PM, St. Peter (Nicollet County Fair)6:00 PM, New Ulm (Brown County Fair)8:15PM, Worthington (Nobles County Fair)Sunday, August 128:00 AM, Luverne (Glen's Food Center)10:00 AM, Jackson (Ember's)1:30 PM, Kasson (Festival in the Park Parade)3:15 PM, Austin (Mower County Fair)4:30 PM, Albert Lea (Trumble's)5:30 PM, Wells (Location TBD)7:00 PM, Waseca (Godfather's Pizza)Monday, August 137:30AM, Mankato (Location TBD)10:30AM, St. James (Location TBD)11:30AM, Mountain Lake (Location TBD)1:00PM, Fairmont (Location TBD)3:15PM, Montgomery (Location TBD)4:30PM, Faribault (Location TBD)6:30PM, Rochester (Location TBD)Please call Doug Gardner (507-382-8447) with any questions about the schedule. The campaign will send out emails each day with additional information.