Is it OK to lie in a campaign for public office? A number of Republican legislators and their PAC supporters seem to think so. The big lie is their claim that they turned around the state's economy with a deal requiring the state to borrow billions of dollars from Minnesota schools.
Let's be clear. No self-respecting economist supports these claims. Last year's state budget compromise had little to do with improvements in Minnesota's economy. The billions of dollars Minnesota received from President Obama's stimulus package and actions by the Federal Reserve had far greater impact.
So what should Minnesotans think about these claims from Republican legislators? Do the lies matter? If we as a community don't show that we care, today, what will our democracy look like tomorrow?
JOHN WELLS, EAGAN
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