Al Franken supported a program that uses taxpayer money to give foreign companies a leg up in the market over US companies…
…until someone whispered “Hey, Al – this directly harms Minnesota business, and uses Minnesotans’ tax dollars to do it…”.
But in politics, policy must become parochial for a politician before they see the error of their ways. In July of 2013, the Bank’s activities became a threat to Minnesotans and for Franken, who voted to reauthorize the Bank just months earlier.
Half a billion worth of business (provided you’re a crony of Franken and his clique). Good, right?
Apparently Franken needed reminding that Minnesotans are his constituents; he reversed his vote when someone apparently reminded him of this factoid:
But when the citizens of Minnesota were in danger of being directly and substantially harmed, Mr. Franken suddenly became “concerned.”…
U.S. iron ore production is concentrated in Michigan and Minnesota…
Australia is in the midst of an economic boom right now, due in significant part to the expansion of its mining industry.
And how’s the Iron Range doing these days?
Now – let’s place some odds on whether MPR, the Strib or the MinnPost ever cover this story.