Republican congressional candidate Allen Quist has found a masterful way to illustrate the problem of the nation's debt. You've probably seen the commercials.
Quist's granddaughter, Martha, is seen climbing a red staircase, representing the ever-increasing federal debt. It's Martha's inheritance as a citizen, a crushing burden that has grown extraordinarily worse under the Obama adminstration.
Quist has made the federal deficit - annually $1 trillion - and the federal debt, now at $16 trillion, a priority in his campaign to unseat incumbent Tim Walz, D-Minn. We believe Quist is right on target.
As we have noted previously, Quist argues that tax increases are not a good idea, given troubling economic times. He also opposes Obamacare, and has exposed its costly mandates - especially for married couples - while he is doubtful of its ability to bring down costs. Quist also wants a clean Farm Bill, separating ag policy from the more controversial food stamp program.
Walz is on the opposite side of these issues pertinent to southern Minnesotans.
We understand that Walz has been a stalwart supporter of veterans and their issues, and that is certainly good for veterans here and across the country. But Allen Quist supports our nation's veterans too. Who doesn't? A congressman must be able to see beyond a small realm of expertise and address the broader issues that affect every citizen. The nation's fiscal challenges threaten our way of life and our ability to deal with a whole host of issues, including those involving veterans.
We believe a new president is going to need all the help he can get in Congress to make the changes necessary to shore up the federal budget. Quist is the kind of leader who sees the right problems and is ready to act to make a difference.