In an op-ed piece in today's Springfield News-Leader, Rep. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, responds to a recent editorial which criticized Governor Matt Blunt's "my way or the highway" approach to politics.
Dixon notes increased funding for education, creation of new jobs (though he doesn't get into the quality and lower pay of many of those new jobs), bringing the Medicaid structure under control, and the state's having a budget surplus as examples of positive changes brought about Blunt and Republican legislators.
He concludes the essay by saying:
My personal experience with our current governor has always been marked by his accessibility and willingness to listen. Even when we have disagreed, he has always been willing to listen.
On more than one occasion, I have been impressed by his commitment to stand by tough decisions in the face of unrestrained criticism. You recently wrote about this governor, it's a "my way or the highway approach." That's not been my experience, but it does give me an opportunity to point out that even Missouri highways are smoother and safer since Gov. Blunt and the Republican majority took office.