Whelan Completely Dodges The Question

When asked about her lack of support for an amendment concerning offshore tax haven loopholes, Rep. Abigail Whelan of the Minnesota House of Representatives had a curious response:

It might be because it’s late and I’m really tired, but I’m going to take this opportunity to share with the body something I have been grappling with over the past several months, and that is, the games that we play here. I just want you to know, Representative Thissen and the DFL caucus ; I forgive you, it is okay, because I have an eternal perspective about this.

She would continue, completely omitting the original question completely:

I have an eternal perspective and I want to share that with you and 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, you’re listening at home, here in this room, please email, call me, would love to talk to you about Jesus, he is the hope of this state and this country.

What To Make Of This

This is one of the most curious ways to avoid speaking about a subject. Rep. Whelan hopes her constituents do not look past her speech about Christianity and Jesus Christ. In doing so, they may find that her policies on offshore tax havens are questionable. Especially when it could cause those she represents to pay even more taxes, instead of supporting legislation that would lead to wealthy individuals to pay their fair share.

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