Is Governor leading by example?
From Harold W. Rippe,
Aren’t we Minnesotans fortunate, even blessed to have such compassionate, charitable, understanding, caregivers, such as DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, leading, controlling, both Democratic-owned houses in St. Paul?
This group of people keeps preaching that wealth should be shared, one way (taxes, charity, giving, etc.) or another with those who aren’t as well off. What a wonderful idea or thought. With that thinking in mind, wouldn’t we expect this Democratic leader of Minnesota, Gov. Dayton, to lead by personal example, rather than have both Democratic Houses spending Minnesota residents’ income tax money doing so?
Just recently, only because a statute requires it, Gov. Dayton let his income tax information become public. We’re told his income was around $330,000 for the year. One item that caught my eye was that he donated to charity just $1,000. For a person with an estimated net worth of a third of a billion dollars ($333,000,000), it appears to me that he is a little LIGHT with his thousand-dollar gift for those in need. Then again, who am I to judge what he does with his millions and millions of dollars. He and his party shouldn’t lay the guilt rap on others–sharing of one’s wealth. Minnesota’s Democrats and surely our leader should lead the way, by passing statutes that say, don’t do as I do, but do what I don’t do.
Only one other GOP member seeking the governor’s office, Dave Thompson, reported his tax form so far. He and wife (two earners) earned $198,322 for the year. They gave $20,465 to charity. In my opinion, this is more like it. Just let Minnesotans and Americans (people, churches, and private organizations) do the best toward charity that they can. If that doesn’t cover it, then state and federal government can pitch in.