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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Seifert Scores Direct Hit On Democrat Hypocrisy

Rep. Marty Seifert (R-Marshall) closed Friday's (April 27th) debate on the 2007 House Tax Bill with a blistering attack on Democrat leaders who are trying to impose gigantic tax increases on Minnesota citizens.

Rep. Seifert persuaded 11 Democrats to join the unanimous House Republicans
in opposing the House bill. But HF 2362 by Rep. Ann Lenczewski
(D-Bloomington) passed by a 74-59 margin. The bill was vetoed by the Governor.

Perhaps this is one of the most emotional and accurate attacks on Democrat hypocrisy in Minnesota history.

The text of Rep. Seifert's speech follows:

"Madame Speaker:

"If you didn't get the message today, I will repeat it one last time.

"A $2.2 billion surplus ought to be enough. A 9.8% increase in spending
ought to be enough.

"The average person out there has figured it out. But the Democrats in this
chamber have not.

"And we are trying to figure out if this bill is shameful or shameless in
all of its tax increases.

"Madam Speaker, we have a Certificate of Death for this bill before us
today. It is frankly a waste of our time, as Rep. Pelowski has said, in
marking up a bill that is going to meet the fate of a veto.

"Every single member of this Caucus will sustain it, and I would suspect
that some folks on the other side of the aisle, in the Democratic Caucus,
would be very uncomfortable in voting for an override as well.

"You are asking for $784 million in new taxes while we have a budget
surplus.

"You are asking for a new gift tax to go after dead people. Thank you, Rep.
Joe Mullery of Minneapolis.

"You are raising taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars on job providers.
You get less of what you tax and more of what you subsidize. You are going
to tax job providers more, so you will have fewer of them in this state . .
. and fewer jobs.

"You have people on the Democrats' side of the aisle who say they are
pro-jobs, but they are going to vote against job providers today. That is
like saying you are pro-egg, while you are voting against the chicken.
Where in the world do you think jobs come from? They come from
job-providers, from growing markets.

"You are asking for $18 million more in tobacco taxes.

"You are asking for $4 million more in taxes on contractors.

"You are asking for millions more in a tax on snowbirds, as I call them.

"And of course, you put back in the tax on hockey tickets after we debated
that for hours the other night and found another way to fund the hockey
museum. You just couldn't help yourselves, could you? We shamed you into
removing the tax the other day, and you snuck it back in. Congratulations.
The 10-year-olds who are going to hockey games get to pay higher taxes
because the Democrats need more of your money. I didn't know all those 10-
and 15-year-olds around the State of Minnesota who are going to hockey games
were "rich" people.

"Don't try to fool the people of this State, riding into town with your
square wheeled wagons and trying to sell the elixir of high taxes.

"The elixir of high taxes is not selling. If it was, you would see 90 plus
votes on the board for this bill. You will be lucky to get 72 votes,
because people are not buying the elixir of high taxes.

"Where are the DFL moderates? Where are the people who campaigned as fiscal
moderates last year? Was it just rhetoric, or was it reality? Let's look
at some quotes, shall we?

"Rep. Paul Gardner of Shoreview was quoted as saying "I don't envision
suburban Democrats going for an income tax or sales tax increase." Indeed,
he won't be in office two years from now if such tax increases take place.
It was a pleasure to serve with you, Rep. Gardner. Your Caucus is going to
throw you under the bus wheel of tax increases.

"Speaker Kelliher, you were quoted at the Chamber dinner as saying "we can
do it with what we have."

"Mike Hatch was quoted at the State Convention as saying "we can do this
without raising taxes."

"Rep. Tony Sertich said the $530 million in additional money the new DFL
programs would need "is well within the growth of the state."

"At the State Fair, Rep. Sertich and then-Minority Leader Kelliher said no
tax increases would be needed, although they promised to push for collecting
currently-unpaid taxes.

"Gary Eichten on Minnesota Public Radio asked the Speaker "other than a
possible gas tax increase, do you see any need to raise taxes in the next
couple of years?" Madam Speaker, you answered "No."

"Madam Speaker, at another event, you said "increasing taxes is not a top
priority." You also said "I don't foresee any major changes in our taxing
structure on business."

"Two days after the election, Speaker Kelliher also said that she did not
expect Democrats to try to raise the state income tax, which House
Republicans succeeded in cutting twice shortly after they took control of
the House in 1998. Madam Speaker, you said "we are a fiscally moderate
caucus."

"Oh, really? What's the definition of "fiscal moderates" these days?

"We get $1 billion of tax increases proposed by the Speaker and the House
Democrats.

"The voters of the state voted for one thing last fall, and now we're being
sold a bill of goods, and they're not buying it.

"Here is the language of the new DFL tax form: "How much money did you make
last year? Now please send it in."

"You are offering unsustainable spending increases.

"You are offering unsustainable tails, or spending in future years.

"You are offering unsustainable budgets.

"And now you are offering unsustainable tax increases.

"You are living in a fantasy land. You are living on Gilligan's Island, and
you are trying to figure how to get off. And it is not working. The people
are not buying it.

"Our positive agenda in saying no to the tax increases today will result in
more good-paying jobs, growing our economy, and letting people keep more of
their hard-earned money.

"I know that he who promises to rob Peter to pay Paul will always have the
support of Paul. The robbers are here today.

"But you are robbing people from throughout the state to make government
bigger. You are robbing St. Peter to pay St. Paul.

"But you are also robbing Minnetonka, Rep. Maria Ruud and Rep. John Benson.

"You are also robbing Woodbury, Representatives Julie Bunn and Marsha
Swails.

"You are also robbing Rochester, Representatives Kim Norton, Andy Welti, and
Tina Liebling.

"I think all of you Representatives are good people and wonderful
personalities. But at the end of the day, you are empowering liberal
leaders to take more money out of your constituents' pockets.

"At the end of the day, you are empowering liberal leaders who said one
thing last November, but are doing something terribly different today.

"It is not fair to the voters.

"You are simply taking the tax ax to the golden goose that lays the golden
eggs of jobs in this state.

"You are going to have one big feast of property tax reductions . . . not in
this year . . . but surprise, surprise, in 2008, the election year.

"You're going to have a nice big feast at the expense of the taxpayers while
jobs continue to move out, while people hide income, while people hide from
the tax collectors. Unfortunately, many of the people who create jobs are
frankly just going to move out of the state because of the policies that you
people are setting up today.

"Madam Speaker, we heard a lot about bipartisanship last year. There is no
bipartisanship in or for this Tax Bill. There is not one Member of the
Republican Caucus who is going to vote for it. And the Governor is going to
veto it.

"Madam Speaker, recently you and I spoke to the Citizens League at the
Allianz facility in Golden Valley. Rep. Winkler was there, and so was Rep.
Garofalo. We were asked on tape in front of the Citizens League "will there
be more income taxes." There were lots of people there who make more than
you or me. And the answer from the Speaker was "No."

"Madam Speaker, you were right when you said that there will not be income
tax increases this year. But the reason is not because of the Democrats.
The reason is in spite of the Democrats. The reason there will be no more
income taxes this year is because of the Governor and the House Republicans.
That is the second part of the answer.

"And I think everyone in this Chamber knows that. Rep. Pelowski knows that
and he was wise enough to tell everyone.

"Don't waste your time. The Legislative session is over three weeks from
Monday, and we are arguing about a tax increase that is not going to happen.
It is not going to happen.

"Madam Speaker, we did not offer amendments to this terrible tax bill, and I
will tell you why. You and I grew up on farms. I grew up on a hog farm and
you grew up on a dairy farm. We know that you do not pay a veterinarian to
come out to the farm to save a hog that is already dead. This tax bill is a
dead hog. The Senate will push through one that is even worse, and the
Governor will veto it.

"Members, this hog is dead. It is dead on arrival. Vote Red."

1 Comments:

Anonymous daisy said...

Wow! Awesome speech! Thanks for sharing it.

5/04/2007 12:26 PM  

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