National & Minnesota Report
When Governor Tim Walz (DFL-MN) announced his 2024-25 he declared his goal for Minnesota to be the best place to raise a kid. As time has moved forward, he has elevated his profile in the national media by criticizing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) anti-education laws Parental Rights in Education or the “Don’t Say Gay” law, or the Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees (WOKE) Act “Stop Woke Act” which bans Critical Race Theory.
We will not be surprised if the next target for bad public policy laws will be Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR) who signed the Youth Hiring Act of 2023 earlier this month, which allows for the hiring of children under the age of 16, without prior approval from State Division of Labor. She like DeSantis, has her own experimental lab for testing different approaches, in this case anti-child labor law as social policy. Its ironic, how the Republicans are so anti-immigration believing it will take jobs away from Americans and are willing to sacrifice their children do prove it.
When these pieces of legislation arise, we are reminded of the Clear Skies Initiative, proposed by the George W Bush (R) Administration, but orchestrated by Vice-President Dick Cheney (R) and crafted by the oil and gas company executives and a reduction to the regulation on their industries but touted as a benefit to the nation.
As Walz, continues to become a voice for a rational response to extreme Republicans we believe, his experience in Congress, where he served with DeSantis, his experience as a Social Studies teacher and football coach, and the different approaches offered here in our state, create a significant juxtaposition and contrast for people to witness.
When measured by a fair and unbiased standard, Walz is the rational voice, who seeks to protect and defend people, and children as they are and allow them to develop as they will with the support of their family, friends, and community. Where a person is not assaulted, derided, or discriminated against and allowed to be the person they are or will become.
This is in the purest form, individual rights.