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Looking California, But Feeling Minnesota: “Miss Me Yet” Billboard Sponsors Revealed

Posted on February 16 2010 9:08 pm
Liz Blaine is a financial analyst, author and freelance writer on finance, economics and politics. Follow her on Twitter and her blog Liz Blaine.
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It’s been one of those years.  You know the type.  The kind where no matter what you do, it seems as if every elected representative is hell bent on putting a stranglehold on your freedom and prosperity as they turn the nation into California on steroids. And then about two weeks ago news spread about a “Miss me yet?” billboard with a photo of George W. Bush mysteriously appearing along I-35 in Wyoming, Minnesota.

As word of the sign spread, speculation abounded about its sponsors and their intent. The Left knew it was those rascally, racist Republican haters of Obama. And the Right… well, the Right just seemed to smile with an inner solace that someone had dared ask what we had all been feeling.

Tuesday the mystery was solved. A political blog, Minessota Democrats Exposed, revealed the names of two of the mystery billboard’s seven sponsors, Mike Rivard and Randy Nugent. Guess what? They weren’t all Republicans. But not a single one would call themselves Democrats, choosing instead Independents. It looks like that hope and change is beginning to hurt. According to the sponsors, the photo of Bush waving and the “Miss me yet?” text originated as part of a chain e-mail sent among friends. When asked why they chose to post the image, Rivard and Nugent said,

“We’re sick of the blame game and (Bush) isn’t so bad compared with what we have now.”

“It is not fair to blame everything on (George W. Bush) just like it is not fair to expect Obama to have a magic solution.”

The billboard image will remain up for another month, although the group has received “hundreds” of donation offers to continue funding its placement. After the first year of President Obama’s failed policies and opposition bashing, many Americans have been “feeling Minnesota,” but thanks to a small group of business owners we’re now feeling satisfaction.

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