The Third Congressional District Is Fed Up With Erik Paulsen

A couple of recent letters to local publications illustrate how Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District is losing faith in its Representative, Erik Paulsen (R).

Earlier this month, Heidi Strommen took Paulsen to task in a letter published in the Lakeshore Weekly News. Strommen criticizes the way in which Paulsen has long positioned himself as a champion of fiscal responsibility and encouraged the government to operate within its means.

And yet, Strommen points out, the GOP tax-cutting legislation currently making its way through Congress–the bill that Paulsen had a personal hand in crafting–“would add over $1 trillion to the deficit over the next decade” according to the nonpartisan Joint Committee of Taxation. She added that “the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center concluded [the bill] will add $1.3 trillion to the deficit after factoring in economic growth.”

Strommen argues forcefully that “Paulsen’s willingness to throw future generations under the bus to provide a huge tax cut to large corporations and the super wealthy is not only a disgrace but it is completely inconsistent with his own past statements and policy positions.”

Strommen ends her missive with a challenge, asking “What do you really stand for, Erik Paulsen? Residents of Minnesota’s Third Congressional District deserve to know.”

John Mallo, another concerned citizen, wrote a similar letter to the editor of the Eden Prairie News. Paulsen has represented the GOP tax bill as an opportunity to strengthen the middle class. In a recent statement, Paulsen said, “Tax reform for me is about one thing: Restoring the hope for a prosperous future for ourselves, our parents, and – most importantly – our children.”

But Mallo argues that Paulsen’s posturing is just another example of the GOP’s penchant for dabbling in “alternative facts.” The entire tax plan is built on trickle-down theory – the idea that slashing the tax rate for corporations and one-percenters will translate to pay raises, more jobs, and increased economic activity that will benefit the middle class. But, as Mallo correctly points out, “The notion of wealth trickling down has been discredited time and again over the past 40 years, going back to Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cuts.”

Mallo suggests that the tax bill is only one example of Rep. Paulsen’s troubled relationship with the truth. He argues that Paulsen’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act – the medical insurance expansion that slashed the percentage of Americans without health coverage by about 50 percent – is also based on an illogical (and ideological) hostility to the truth. “Facts,” Mallo sadly concludes, “no longer seem to carry the same weight thay they once did.”

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