Kurt Bills: It’s time to take our country back

Kurt Bills speaks to members of the Mille Lacs County Tea Party on Thursday, July 19 at Steven’s Restaurant in Princeton. A sign on the podium references the U.S. Senate’s days without a budget. Bills takes offense with that fact.

U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills is getting to know Minnesota’s main streets.

Bills, the Republican challenger to incumbent Amy Klobuchar, has been going up and down main streets to see how businesses are doing.

Last Thursday, Bills enjoyed a salad bar dinner at Coborn’s and then made his way up Main Street, Princeton before a meeting at Steven’s with the Mille Lacs County Tea Party.

“It doesn’t matter if its Gilbert to the north, Cottonwood to the south, the cities along the Mississippi River near Red Wing or in Princeton,” Bills said.

“Something is out of equilibrium. Something is out of balance,” he said.

Bills, who is eyeing a seat in Washington with a win in the November election, is pledging to fight more entitlements at the hands of government.

“Especially when the ones we have already aren’t working,” he told the 30 or so people gathered at the Tea Party meeting.

Bills, elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2010 to represent Rosemount and Apple Valley, says Washington doesn’t have leaders who want to face the giants.

“By giants I mean deficits, debt, entitlements and trade deficits,” he said.

Bills takes exception to the fact that his opponent is a member of a Senate body that is operating without a budget.

As a matter of fact, the podium at which he spoke highlighted that fact with a poster that read, “Hey, Amy K., ever heard of a budget?”

Bills told his Mille Lacs County supporters that it has now been 1,175 days since there has been a budget.

“That’s absolute negligence,” Bills said. “A budget is a basic tool in government, whether its a school board, county board or city council.”

A budget should be a simple tool for the U.S. Senate, too, Bills said.

Bills believes its time to send an ordinary guy like himself to Washington. Bills is a school teacher from the suburbs, not a career politician.

“Now we have no plan. No budget. We just have debt.”

“I would push hard for a budget,” Bills said.

Bills said he would also join an effort of new lawmakers, willing to rise up and get back to the basics in this country.

“In this country, we’re at a tipping point,” Bills said.

Government is mortgaging our children’s futures to pay its obligations today.

“It’s generational theft. It’s morally wrong,” Bills said. “It’s time to take this country back for our children.”