MN01 Jim Hagedorn supports reining in Trump (and other misleading statements)

My mailbox brought my family another taxpayer-funded mailer from Congressman Jim Hagedorn … the second in just a few weeks (Fun Fact : On September 4, 2019 Congressman Hagedorn paid $41,088.00 to INVOCQ TECHNOLOGIES LLC for printing and reproductions, so you can only imagine how much the latest mailings will cost.)

This one, like the previous one, informs Minnesota’s First District residents how Congressman Hagedorn is fighting for us.

And it’s all good news … no mention of increasing healthcare and pharmaceutical costs, Trump’s tariffs, infrastructure needs, foreign interference in our elections, the border wall that Mexico is not paying for, or additional troops being sent to the Middle East … just good news.

Congressman Hagedorn boasts the low unemployment numbers … Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained steady at 3.3% in December 2019 (the last data available) but UP from December 2018 when it was 2.9%. Of course, that is the state, not Minnesota’s First District where Rochester and Mankato are doing great however, Murray county reports 5.2%, Faribault county at 5.2%, Lincoln county at 5.1%, Waseca county at 5.0% are just a few that are above state average. Without any data cited, you will just have to trust Congressman Hagedorn assertion that there is “record-low unemployment in southern Minnesota” — just don’t ask people in Murray, Faribault, Lincoln, Waseca, etc.

Congressman Hagedorn calls himself a “champion” for the USMCA trade deal … which Canada still has not approved and are balking at the dairy provisions — and never mentioning that the agreement will not take place for at least 90 days after all countries have signed it … and once the Trump Administration makes all the policy changes means that this likely to be implemented in 2021. Read more

Congressman Hagedorn touts a bill that he has authored … H.R.4469 – American Workforce Empowerment Act offered last September … at present there are six Republicans that have co-sponsored it …. why no more ??? Well, because it is more hype than substance (and as anticipated its purpose is for campaign literature – read who will benefit from this legislation [people who have the financial resources to set-up tax preference 529 accounts]

Congressman Hagedorn touts his support for “protecting the child care tax credit” … sounds good right ? Yet, once again, a little history is needed … as part of the Trump Tax Cuts made families with incomes of as much as $400,000 eligible for a child tax credit of $2,000 per child — including members of Congress themselves. [Fun Fact : The House of Representatives Child Care Center will incur costs exceeding $2 million in 2019.]

Lastly, Congressman Hagedorn wants everyone to know that he cosponsored H.R. 3972 the “REINS Act to protect farmers, small businesses, and medical providers from costly unfair federal regulations.” Hmmm …. protect from whom??? Well, President Trump ! Well, maybe not President Trump, but instead President Obama. Once again, a little history here … Republicans began pursuing REINS after the election of Barack Obama in 2008. In October 2009, Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Kentucky) introduced the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act and it has been introduced every session since. Actually, the Republican-controlled House approved Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 on January 5, 2017 … but the Mitch McConnell and the Senate never allowed a vote … after all, who could not trust President Trump ? Let’s remember that on March 15, 2017 President Trump issued his first veto when Congress had passed a joint resolution of disapproval of his declaration of a national emergency at the southern border — do you really think that a REINS Act would ever be signed by any president ? Hagedorn’s sponsored bill has 15 Republican sponsors — yet, his mailer cites his “Bipartisan” efforts. So this is just another example of a legislative proposal that is meant to dupe voters into thinking that Republican legislators want to exercise responsibility. If you thought that USMCA took time to get Congressional approval, do you think that Republicans and Democrats could work together to write regulations that a majority of both chambers could approve ?

There it is … five bullet points that are simply #HagedornHype … and at our expense … and the benefits are clearly aimed at wealthy.