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Letter to edittor: Why I don't vote for Democratic candidates

1. They don't understand numbers and they discourage work ethic. In their rush to provide universal or single-payer health care, Democrats in Minnesota subsidized health care premiums that created some unintended results. I know a family here in the Park Rapids area who has found that the Minnesota program does not make financial sense. The husband receives Social Security and Medicare benefits and takes a minimum distribution from his IRAs. The wife, who is not eligible for Social Security and Medicare, must provide for her own health care insurance. In 2017, she worked part-time and earned $5,000. In calculating health care insurance subsidies, she found that if she had not worked she would have received premium savings of $6,000. So the family would receive a benefit of about $1,000 more spendable money due to the health care law if she chooses not to work. So in their well-intentioned efforts to try to help those who can't or won't provide for themselves, Democrats have incentivized people to avoid work for financial gain at the expense of those who are willing to work as many hours as it takes to provide for their families.

2. They don't respect the lives of the unborn. The Democrat party platform continues to promote that unborn children can be put to death if the mother decides she doesn't want to be burdened with the responsibility of the life inside her.

3. They are more concerned with their power than the welfare of common people. The Democratic Party has deliberately voted on a party-line basis at the national level against Republican initiatives, including tax reform which is putting more money in the pockets of the working people.

So think about why you vote for Democrat candidates and decide if they will make your life better as opposed to changing out the Democrat governor and senators and Congressional representatives with Republican candidates who will fight for the unborn, those of us who are overtaxed and those who have been discouraged from working and contributing to Minnesota's economic well-being by unintended consequences of well-meaning people who don't understand numbers.

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