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Vaccine Bribery from Walz

Friday, October 22, 2021

Vaccine Bribery from Walz

On Monday, Governor Walz unrolled a new plan to bribe children into getting a COVID-19 vaccine. His scheme would use your tax money to give a $200 gift card to children between the ages of 12 and 17 if they get the vaccine by November 30th. Additionally, a drawing will be held to give five of those children a $100,000 college scholarship.

Why does Governor Walz want to interfere with your family’s medical decisions? The answer is simple. He thinks he can parent your children better than you can. Instead of informing people about the vaccine and then stepping away to let people make their own decisions, he continues to shame and bribe people into living the way he wants them to live. Blatantly inserting himself into the private medical decisions of children is beyond disgusting.

When it comes to COVID-19, children are the safest people on the planet from the disease. They have some of the most resilient immune systems out there, and they beat this virus overwhelmingly. However, Governor Walz has never been one to let science get in his way. He wants to bribe your child into getting a vaccine that could have unfortunate consequences.

As a matter of fact, President Joe Biden set up a vaccine injury fund for federal employees who are injured or killed due to the COVID-19 vaccine. If the president is setting up a vaccine injury fund for federal workers, then we know the vaccine isn’t 100% safe. Nevertheless, Governor Walz and his administration continue to play their games. 

If a parent does not want their child to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, then that is their business. Every family makes decisions that are unique to them. By unveiling this bribery scheme, Governor Walz is pitting children who want $200 against their parents. Tim Walz wants these kids to ignore their parents and follow him. These pied piper tactics are shameful to their core.

Governor Walz’s actions demonstrate that he wants state government to act as an all-encompassing super parent whose authority overrules everyone. Instead of supporting Minnesota parents, he is subverting their role as the leaders of their families. 

Eagle Scouts in Minnesota

Last weekend, I was honored to be a part of an Eagle Scout Court of Honor in Zumbrota, Minnesota. At this ceremony, we recognized four outstanding individuals for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Additionally, Sen. Mike Goggin and I presented these remarkable young men with a Minnesota House Resolution congratulating them on their outstanding achievement.

Once again, I want to congratulate Griffin Hinrichs, Dylan Hoffman, Logan Jasperson, and Quinten Mulder on this terrific accomplishment.


Each of these Scouts completed an Eagle Scout Project to attain the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America. These projects included multiple building and renovation projects at a local park, church, and cemetery. In total, over 650 hours were put into these four projects. Furthermore, each Eagle Scout assembled teams of youth and adult volunteers to make each project a reality.

Eagle Scouts represent the very best of America. Hard work, ingenuity, community service, character, and leadership are attributes that make up the core of every Eagle Scout. Becoming an Eagle Scout is not easy task. Years of commitment and tireless effort go into achieving this high honor. We should all aspire to be as dedicated as they are.

In the end, we are so lucky to have people like Griffin, Dylan, Logan, and Quinten as a part of our communities. Our neighborhoods are richer for it, and our future is bright because of this next generation of leaders. I hope fine young people like these Eagle Scouts decide to pursue leadership roles for many years to come. Our country needs more of the values that define what it means to be an Eagle Scout.

Steve Drazkowski