Bluestem's favorite Minnesota Republican Basic Party Operating Unit (BPOU) is at it again, promoting an informational town hall against the court-delayed organizing of home-based daycare providers, while simultaneously asking the readers of the New Ulm Journal to dream of a future where moms can stay home and care for their own kids.
Yes, indeedie: Emily Gruenhagen and her fellow executive board members are here to save daycare so they can destroy it. They're also out to stop the organizing of personal care attendants, although they don't share their reasons why.
It's consistent with the party unit's views on energy policy. Earlier this year, the Sibley County Republicans railed against wind energy, pipelines and transmission lines, all in the same letter, as we noted in Do Glenn Gruenhagen's wife & the Sibley Co GOP executive board really hate gas pipelines?
The more recent epistle, Childcare Unionization Town Hall Meeting, repeats standard talking points against the organizing drive by AFSCME, before asserting this vision for a better Minnesota:
Imagine a society with taxes and utility rates so low that mothers have the economic freedom to choose to stay home with their children, again. We know there are liberals (some are even Republicans) at City, County, State, and National levels, however, with the involvement of common sense Americans we can stop their radical agenda and get them un-elected. Imagine that!
Yes, indeedie. Those days of women staying home in the glory days of the 1950s and 1960s (or 1850s and 1860s) had absolutely nothing to do with wages, and everything to do with low taxes and utility rates.
Certainly rooting out all Liberals--including moderate Republicans--will restore the Edenic splendor that Sibley County once enjoyed before big government brought rural electrification to the countryside. Utility rates were a lot lower then. Imagine that.
And we mustn't forget that Emily Gruenhagen helped promote the McLeod County Republicans' event at which South Dakota Eagles Forum President Kitty Werthmann equated President Obama with Adolf Hitler. Werthmann claims that Hitler promoted equal rights for women and daycare. Or that Gruenhagen's husband believes "welfare" tells men to "impregnate as many women as they want" who can then stay home with their kids.
Representatives Glenn Gruenhagen and Dean Urdahl, along with Senator Scott Newman and anti-daycare union advocate Hollie Saville, who shares the belief that allowing daycare providers to vote to choose or reject representation amounts to "forced unionization," will speak at the meeting, the letter notes.
According to the Sibley County Republicans, "the lying DFL" isn't concerned about low income people, just "more money for unions, which everyone knows their leaders run the DFL."
Photo: Johanna Hayes (Revier) sitting in wagon. Faxon Township, Sibley County. Undated, but Bluestem is pretty sure her utility bills were low. Swiped from the MSHS.
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