May 26, 2017 by 30 Comments
Inviting everyone to “accept Christ,” a Minnesota lawmaker uses Jesus to dodge questions from Democrats about her support for questionable offshore tax havens.
ThinkProgress reports Minnesota Rep. Abigail Whelan refused to respond to a question from Democratic Rep. Paul Thissen early this week about her opposition to an amendment that would close loopholes for offshore tax havens.
Rep. Thissen asked a simple and straightforward question:
Do you think benefiting people who are hiding money in Liberia is worth raising taxes on your own constituents.
Instead of answering the legitimate if embarrassing question, Whelan went off on a wild tangent, and delivered an impromptu sermon on the House floor. Informing Democrats that she forgives them for asking hard questions, the lawmaker opined:
It might be because it’s late and I’m really tired, but I’m going to take this opportunity to just share with the body something I have been grappling with over the past several months, and that is, the games that we play here.
And I just want you to know, Representative Thissen and the [Democratic] caucus – I forgive you. It is okay, because I have an eternal perspective about this.
Whelan continued, explaining to all that “there is actual joy to be found in Jesus Christ”:
I have an eternal perspective and I want to share that with you and with the people listening at home, that at the end of the day, when we try to reach an agreement with divided government, we win some, we lose some, nobody is really happy, but you know what? Happiness and circumstances – not what it’s about. There is actual joy to be found in Jesus Christ. Jesus loves you all.
If you would like to get to know him, [if] you’re listening at home, [or] here in this room, please email me, call me. Would love to talk to you about Jesus. He is the hope of this state and of this country.
What a self-righteous imbecile. She “forgives” the Democrats for holding her accountable? She won’t talk about the tax code, but she will promote the “joy to be found in Jesus Christ”?
What a train wreck.
In short, Whelan’s remarks were completely inappropriate. The lawmaker wasted everybody’s time by dodging legitimate questions. Instead of discussing public policy, she chose to pander to the weak minded by invoking her silly religious superstition.
Bottom line: The eternal love of Jesus is never going to fix the tax code.