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toddgrotenhuis
toddgrotenhuis

Just curious state senator candidate, how are you proposing to cut taxes while wasting money on fraudulent claims and witch hunts?

Also what about boys’ sports? I wonder why you aren’t “concerned” about those, too? 🤔

odd
odd

@toddgrotenhuis And doesn’t strengthened election security cost money? If not from taxes, then how?

JMaxB
JMaxB

@odd The republican tax-cut obsession goes back to a weird misapplication of "supply side economics," whereby cutting taxes will supposedly increase revenues. It never works out that way, but they keep trying.

ReaderJohn
ReaderJohn

@toddgrotenhuis I hope your last question is disingenuous. It's hard for me to imagine that you're unaware of trans women bringing male muscle and cardiovascular capacity into women's sports where those endowments really matter.

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odd
odd

@JMaxB Yes, it’s unfortunate. I’m so happy that I live in Norway, where this philosophy still haven’t taken root. USA is such a great federation, with so many good founding principles, but in the end, it’s the welfare of all it’s inhabitants that matter, and it seems that there are a number of people willing to waste it all, for their personal well-being.

rcrackley
rcrackley

@odd Very well said.

toddgrotenhuis
toddgrotenhuis

@ReaderJohn disingenous response to disingenuous concern, yes.

Gay men are more "concerning" than gay women. Transwomen are more "concerning" than transmen.

The strength of the attacks against gay men and transwomen (vs. the other situations) continue to reveal that is rarely about the stated issues, but rather that these are shields against deep sociological and psychological fears concerning conceptions of manhood and the fear of being treated like men have treated women.

ReaderJohn
ReaderJohn

@toddgrotenhuis Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigar

toddgrotenhuis
toddgrotenhuis

@ReaderJohn Indeed! And sometimes one should wonder why "fairness" in children's sports is even remotely in the top 3 political-economy challenges facing a Hoosier.

ReaderJohn
ReaderJohn

@toddgrotenhuis True, 'dat. But please don't try to psychoanalyze people who wrongthink or suspiciously skew their stated priorities.

toddgrotenhuis
toddgrotenhuis

@ReaderJohn one of our important jobs as political animals is to discern the spirits and see through bullshit. If we can’t do that, then we can’t do much at all.

ReaderJohn
ReaderJohn

@toddgrotenhuis Ironically, that’s what I thought I was doing. Oh well.

toddgrotenhuis
toddgrotenhuis

@ReaderJohn I get it. I would just ask you to consider why you skipped over the primary bullshit to go after (what you saw as / secondary) bullshit.

toddgrotenhuis
toddgrotenhuis

@toddgrotenhuis My overall point here is that these are not serious policy positions. They are banners, signposts, or dogwhistles pointing to team alignment. We need to demand better of candidates, especially local ones.

(and yes, if they actually think these are serious policy positions then they're even worse off, but I'm trying to give the benefit of the doubt.)