In 2008, Al Franken told Minnesotans what he'd do in the Senate.
In 2014, it's clear that he's let them down in at least five different ways:
1. INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT
: "I think the job of a senator from Minnesota is to exercise independent judgment, and that's what I'm going to do."
: Franken has voted with President Obama a staggering 97 percent of the time.
: "If you want to put an end to this war, and make sure that when our veterans come home they are honored with the proper health care and benefits, then I ask for your vote."
: Six years later, the VA scandal exploded. Just last week, the Merced (California) Sun-Star reported a tragic Minnesota example
of this scandal:
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it will investigate allegations that the appointment records of a retired Marine who died after having seizures were falsified to cover up delays in patient care at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.3. HEALTH CARE
: Franken said that he supports Obama's health care program.
: Franken voted for Obamacare, which forced 146,000 Minnesotans to purchase new — and often more expensive — health care plans.
4. NATIONAL DEBT
: Franken said that he didn't want to leave his kids "an enormous burden of debt."
: Since Franken became a senator, unsustainable federal budgets have caused the national debt to soar
— it's up more than $7 trillion
under him and President Obama.
5. TAX DOLLARS
: "I will work to make sure that the taxpayers' dollars are taken care of, and that there's good stewardship in Washington."
: Franken voted for the stimulus, billions of dollars in wasteful earmarks, and hundreds of billions more in discretionary spending.