Sen. David Hann calls Archbishop Nienstedt a socialist for caring about the poor

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Eden Prairie GOP Sen. David Hann is on a tear because Archbishop John Nienstedt is following Catholic social teaching and sticking up for poor people.

In a vitriolic letter, he's accusing Nienstedt of endorsing "the socialist fiction that it is a moral necessity to take the property of the 'wealthy' under the assumption that those resources are better used by politicians and bureaucrats than by the individuals who earn them."

Nienstedt's offense? A letter of his own to Gov. Mark Dayton, asking him to avoid making the lives of poor people even worse by gutting services to the poor during budget-cutting negotiations related to the looming shutdown.

"I pray for you daily that you will find common the common ground that will protect the common good," Nienstedt wrote. "Increasing the depth and breadth of poverty is bad fiscal policy and bad economic policy."

Hann, who last got our attention because he thinks parents need more control over children who are victims of incest, blames the poor for their own predicament. He thinks they lack the moral and cultural goodness of folks with more money in their pockets.

We're assuming he's OK with it when "resources are better used by politicians and bureaucrats" when they pay for the roads, police, parks and other amenities in his wealthy suburban Twin Cities district.

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Augustinian
Augustinian

The title of this post was slanted and dishonest.Lyndon Johnson declared "war on poverty" and initiated the expendiure of > $ Trillion. He lost that war too. Do you suppose there might be a better way?   “The hallmark of modern American liberalism is that there is no limit to the amount of other people’s money they are willing to spend in the fight to do good; and there is no inconvenience so great that they won’t foist it on everyone else in the cause of social justice.”  –Michael Graham in the Boston Herald

Archspm Society
Archspm Society

When it comes to activities at the capital, Archbishop Nienstedt represents another constituency working to gain the ear of government. He’s appealing to the government on behalf of the human services that he represents to ensure that their state dollars aren’t taken away. No problem it’s politics. However, when the Archbishop writes his appeal to a democratic governor, ignores a republican held congress, and adds comments like “spending reductions, program delivery reform and increased revenue should all be on the table” he begins to walk, talk, and act like a Democrat. However, Senator Hann isn’t clean as the proverbial bishop’s robe either.  In his response to the Archbishop he reacted as any politician would react to a letter favoring the other side of the political aisle. He went over the top and started spouting off platitudes about “socialist fiction” and “moral claims on someone else’s property.” However, whatever the normal political banter that occurs at the capital between Senators and Representatives, he should never treat any citizenry the way that he treated the Archbishop, regardless of how much he deserved it. They both stepped over the line and got what they deserved. We should just recognize the situation and not make this out to be something bigger than it is: two clashing agendas in the world of politics. For me, it reaffirms my belief in the separation of church and state.

Nathan Hunstad
Nathan Hunstad

Sounds like Sen. Hann would have a problem with another Archbishop:

 "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why are they poor, they call me a Communist."

-- Archbishop Hélder Câmara

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You know who is a real socialist, that Jesus guy.  Long haired hippie freak.   He didn't say the word tax cut or America one time in the Sermon on the Mount. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Here we go again-

Lets see, per the democrats, and their past records of government cuts:

Feeding the poor - unessentialHealthcare for the disabled - unessentialPolice and Fire - unessential

Watering the plants in the street medians and boulevards -  essentialFunding for art fairs - essentialGovernment building improvements - essential

Watch and wait, and you will see!  What party, does your mayor belong to?  What will they threaten to cut first?  What did they decide to keep?

Remember when Rybak was cutting police and fire, but installing 6 planters at $50,000 a piece?  Drinking fountains on the hydrants?They will tell to cut your water usage during drought, but their grass never looked greener.Watch and learn, the true evil is going to expose itself.

This is the first Governor in 40 years who has not allowed a special session.  Without a deal the government will shutdown, and the poor/disabled/elderly will suffer.  Again; first governor to do this in 40 years!Why does Dayton want to hold the poor "hostage"Why does Dayton want to hold the elderly "hostage"Why does Dayton want to hold the disabled "hostage"Why Dayton, why?What does he want?Political leverage to get his tax increases?Dayton the "hostage" taker.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

And Obama said: Let me spend a trillion and unemployment will stay below 8% because we will fund the shovel ready jobs. Now, a year after his "summer of recovery" we learn he is idiot and a liar. 9.1% unemployment, the stimulus was given to his cronies who are funding his next campaign. He hopes we all forget!

Julie
Julie

HA!Liberals are now standing up for a religious figure?

Keith Ellisen
Keith Ellisen

Jesus also didn't say anything about CFL bulbs, low flow toilets, mass transit, kindergarteners putting condoms on cucumbers, global warming, banning guns... what a right-wing reactionary...

majii
majii

You watch Fox News, don't you?

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