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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Liberalism in a Knuth Shell

The recent I-35W bridge collapse and weather related difficulties have provided politicians with the excuse to grandstand about how much they care as a means of advancing their political and social agendas while bolstering and consolidating their political power. The governor's unfortunate decision to call a special session provided these parasite-ticians, many of whom were already shamelessly taking advantage of the situation, a forum to bash the governor and promote their nanny state nonsense.

Representative Kate Knuth, the wide-eyed-with-wonder legislatorette from District 50B, showed even though she is young, naive, and inexperienced, that she is also a fast learner when it comes to political grandstanding. Her guest "viewpoint" (you know, the space in the local papers that appears to be reserved primarily for liberal politicians and activists) in both the Bulletin and the Sun Focus reflected her "government is the solution to all problems" nanny state mentality so common among modern liberals and socialists.

Knuth's piece is nothing more than the latest local promotion in the DFL (and unfortunately RINO Republican) campaign to establish a nanny state regulatory utopia with, naturally, liberal politicians in charge of determining how to "fairly" redistribute the wealth of society and regulate how the producers of the wealth live their lives.

Here is Representative Knuth's pitch in its entirety, with my commentary/translation/clarification inserted within brackets (for those of you libs out there who view such annotation as "mean-spirited" or "divisive", the literary technique is known as "sarcasm", and is often quite effective at driving home the point when calling attention to stupidity):
I'm hopeful that by the time you read this, Gov. Tim Pawlenty will have called a special session to provide flood relief for residents of southeastern Minnesota. A brief special session would provide immediate state assistance on the ground to help those communities begin what promises to be a long and arduous recovery process. [Some obligatory introductory verbiage with the appropriate buzzwords and phrases to show her empathy for the people impacted by the bridge collapse and severe weather before transitioning into the business at hand: convincing you that you do not pay enough taxes, Republican leadership is largely responsible for the hardships faced by the "victims" of tragedy, and that your friendly socialists in the DFL are the answer to all of your problems.]

[Warning: heart tugging hyperbole and buzzwords oozing with compassion ahead...] The month of August presented challenges to Minnesotans unlike few others we've faced in our history. From the catastrophic collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge, extreme drought in northern Minnesota and now devastating floods, our state has been called to react in unprecedented ways. The incredible work of dedicated first responders and hundreds of volunteers surely prevented additional loss of life and injury, and their heroic actions set the stage to move forward to rebuild. [Feel free to get yourself a tissue (or an air-sickness bag) if you need to before going on.]

A special session is a necessary element [the easiest way for politicians to insert themselves into the situation as an essential commodity] of the state response to address the overwhelming [good, powerful word] needs of southeastern Minnesota and the recovery efforts of the I-35W bridge. We've been inspired by the resiliency and strength of our fellow Minnesotans in the face of disaster, and as elected leader's [oops! even highly educated uber-geniuses make grammatical error's] we should honor those qualities [shows humility and admiration] and assist that recovery [spend the taxpayers money and take the credit for our compassion] by passing comprehensive disaster relief legislation [more regulations, more bureaucracy and, of course, more taxes].

In order to expedite agreement on a date for a special session, legislative leaders set aside important critical issues. Their compromise does not mean a diminished commitment to a comprehensive transportation package [more choo-choos, busses, bike trails, ethanol subsidies, transportaion regulations, and a hike in the gas and/or other motor vehicle related taxes and fees] or to property tax relief and aid to local communities [give political cover to our liberal/socialist brethren in local government so they can spend copious amounts of tax revenue without taking the heat for raising taxes]. Rather it demonstrates an assurance by DFL lawmakers [your saviors, given that Republicans care only for the rich and for big business] that we're ready to pass a reliable and responsible [expensive] recovery package, swiftly and cooperatively [pressuring the Republicans through political "correctness" to cave to liberal demands].

At the same time, we have an unparalleled opportunity [more hyperbole to give the sense of urgency and how essential the politicians are] to engage in real dialogue about our state's priorities [ram through the liberal/socialist agenda]. Since the bridge collapsed, discussions about infrastructure have taken on heightened urgency [told you so!]. Some conversations [DFL talking points delivered via the friendly liberal mainstream media] center on the need to reprioritize funding decisions [spend tax money on DFL priorities while defunding conservative causes], others on the call to bring new revenues into the existing funding stream [raise your taxes]. But one thing everyone [anyone who matters, i.e. those with a liberal or socialist viewpoint] agrees on is that it is no longer possible to ignore our long-neglected [it's the fault of those damned Republicans] transportation and infrastructure system [choo-choos, busses, bike trails, and just enough usable roads for the people who pay for all of it to get to work] and the need to address critical projects [the DFL agenda].

The events of August have caused us to question whether we've been good stewards of Minnesota's resources [for you to feel guilty for not paying your "fair share"], or whether years of "no new taxes" has diminished the quality of life [low taxes = low quality of life, high taxes = high quality of life; why can't those silly conservatives see the obvious?] for which Minnesota has long been known. For the past decade, nearly every budget debate at the Capitol has been focused on taxes [you don't pay enough], no matter what the issue or how clear the need [as defined by liberals]. As we've lurched [another powerful word] from one budget crisis [the DFL didn't get to spend as much as they wanted to] to the next, the debate - whether about improving our schools [Education Minnesota is demanding more money] or addressing the deteriorating conditions of our roads - always seemed to end up about whether we should raise taxes [never mind that billions of dollars get diverted to DFL endorsed financial rat holes].

What we haven't talked about enough is whether we've adequately invested [spent tax dollars to advance our agenda and consolidate our political standing] in things such as our roads or transit or our schools. We haven't talked truthfully [she is, after all, an admirer of Bill Clinton] about the real cost of doing things on the cheap [you have not paid enough in taxes and you should feel guilty about it]. And we haven't paid enough attention to the economic indicators [liberal supporters are demanding more tax money] or the human costs [the opportunity to parlay the hardship of disaster "victims" into votes bought and paid for with government give-aways] that inevitably result when we stop investing [spending without restraint] in infrastructure, education or health care [three big liberal agenda items].

Rarely have we had such a convergence of events that call for swift and bold action [justification for the financial beating you will take if the liberals get their way]. Once we've provided disaster relief in a special session [spend lots of your money while taking full credit for our compassion while bashing the governor and Republicans], our reordered priorities could set a framework for the 2008 legislative agenda [this is your cue to hang on to your wallet], starting with a capital investment bill [massive tax increases across the board] for infrastructure desperately in need of repair, a package of property tax relief [a bail-out and/or a means of political CYA for our B-squaders in local government] and a comprehensive transportation package [I really don't need to go through the laundry list again, do I?] to unlock years of literal and figurative gridlock [those damned Republicans have restrained some of our spending orgy]. State leaders on both sides [liberals and RINOs] who have long disagreed [on how best to get away with wild spending without personally paying the political cost] are now finding common ground [they want to find new and creative ways to raise taxes and build bureaucracy without taking political heat] and are in agreement about the necessity to move forward [with the liberal agenda].

The question is whether we can do this work [Knuth, the life-long academic, doesn't know the meaning of "work" in the context of the real world] in a way that reconciles the need for additional funding [more taxes] with thoughtfully redefined priorities [the DFL's latest campaign to promote their agenda] that will leave Minnesota stronger [with increasing numbers of the citizens dependent on the nanny state] for generations to come [our youngsters will be paying taxes at an even higher rate than we are when they grow up]. I believe we can [we have the majority and the voters are gullible] and we must [a socialist, regulatory utopia is our goal]. A swiftly called [before those nasty conservative bloggers and talk radio hosts expose our scam] special session and a regular session thoughtfully conducted [the DFL majority steam-rollering the minority at every opportunity] can pave the way to rebuild communities [not that a community could possibly rebuild itself, or that the private sector can do it much more efficiently in many cases], reconstruct bridges [so what if federal funding is already in place] and secure a vision [the liberal/socialist agenda] for Minnesota's future.

Rep. Kate Knuth can be reached at rep.kate.knuth@house.mn or at 651-296-0141.
Clearly we as conservatives have a lot of work to do with getting the word out on how poor a job Kate Knuth is doing in representing our interests. We have to endure the unabashed nanny state socialist agenda Representative Knuth is promoting in our name for at least one more session before the voters get a chance to correct the mistake they made in the last election.

Keep the heat on Representative Knuth and her ilk at the legislature and spread the word about the need for a responsible replacement.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is refreshing to see someone who doesn't cave to PC and tell it like it is. The local papers do not provide an adequate forum to to counter the likes of Knuth's editorial which is really just campaign literature. Plus she got to deliver it for free. So much for equal time or fair and balanced coverage of local politics.

Right on Boots On!

9/18/2007 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Gail S. said...

The commentary is side splitting funny and exactly right, especially the part about the obvious bias in the local papers. But what is not addressed is that the voters didn't have much of a choice in the last election. Even though the school board member would have probably made a better representative than Knuth but as the other candidate she didn't really create a lot of enthusiasm for those of us on the conservative side of the fence.

Is a background in the world of the school board really any less liberal than one in academia? Who hires and oversees the liberals that have made such a mess of the education system at all levels? While Knuth had little life and practical experience on top of being a liberal, any school board member has a huge negative of being part of such an entrenched and inept bureacracy to over come regardless of their personal politics.

I am hopeful that the GOP will field a better qualified candidate the next time around so us silent majority consevatives will come out in droves and run Knuth out of office.

9/19/2007 8:16 AM  
Blogger Thrifty Scot said...

Gail S.,

It would be refreshing to see a full-throated conservative campaign, one that doesn't fear the education gestapo but takes them head on, for example.

Good comments.

9/19/2007 10:32 PM  

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