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Monday, May 19, 2008

The Disastrous 2008 Legislative Session Ends

The so-called deal reached to "solve" the budget problem will cause Minnesotans to dig deeper into their pockets and give up yet more freedoms. This assessment is based on a cursory look at what was reported and may get even worse once the details come out.

More government health insurance, the boondoggle Central Corridor choo-choo, municipal welfare, a property tax shell game where your property taxes will allegedly be lowered, and even a critically needed state park were part of the "deal". Looks like the only group that didn't "get" anything is the taxpayer.

My question: Where were the spending cuts? The state has taken in record revenues in the last few years, yet we went from over a $2 billon surplus to a $1 billion deficit in one year! And how did that happen? Politicians spent like they were buying votes with other people's money, which is exactly what happened.
"You have to mark it down as one of the more successful sessions in a while," Pawlenty said in announcing the agreement.
Any questions concerning why the Republican base is not energized?

Off to work, people! Those of us who work for a living have to go and earn enough to finance the waste and give-aways while the hard(ly) working public self-servants responsible for it sleep off the self-congratulatory celebration that undoubtedly occurred afterward at many venues.

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Blogger Force50 said...

A smiling Tim Pawlenty appears with smiling Larry Pogemiller to announce deal on the front page of Star & Sickle.

Arnie Schwarzenegger vows to fight Marriage Amendment in aftermath of California Supreme Court case allowing gay marriage.

No it is not any wonder why the conservative Republican base is not energized.

5/19/2008 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Adios said...

What a bunch of losers!

Maybe the grand plan is to get people conditioned not to care and accept that these idiots will do anything they can get away with to line their pockets or secure power. Then at election time they will promise the people anything and everything it takes to get elected and repeat the cycle. And you know what? It's working! I don't have the time or energy to fight anymore.

Where is the GOP or conservative alternative? Pawlenty and the GOP certainly is not showing any leadership or hope to change things. Our only choices with few exceptions is bad and worse.

I'm out of here. See you in South Dakota!

Last one out turn off the lights.

5/19/2008 11:48 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

How does the alleged GOP Governor define "successful"? Lets see...

- A gas tax increase at a time of record gas prices and an economic downturn, made possible by the Dirty Half-dozen RINOs who voted with the socialists to override his half-hearted veto.

- Sales (and other) tax increases via some of the metro counties due to the legislature opening the door with a nod and a wink.

- Possibly getting a sales tax hike set into constitutional concrete

- Additional onerous environmental mandates and regulations

- Inaction on real problems like illegal alien abatement, defense of marriage, welfare reform, education spending reform, etc.

- A property tax "reduction" scam that will raise local spending and aid the DFL re-election effort

These are just off the top of my head. An complete itemized list of the economic and social carnage caused by this legislative session would be long and possibly in violation of obscenity standards.

Just what would Pawlenty consider an "unsuccessful" or "disappointing" session?

It's clearly time for a thorough House (and Senate and Chief Executive) cleaning in this state.

5/19/2008 12:56 PM  
Blogger Daria said...

AAA over at Residual Forces has a much more detailed inventory of the actual carnage.

I don't think Andy will be flagged for obscenity code violations, but the actions of the legislature that he reports on comes close.

I need a barf bag.

- D

5/19/2008 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

adios,

..."they will promise the people anything and everything it takes to get elected and repeat the cycle. And you know what? It's working."

Agree!

The GOP Grass roots movements must quit putting up these false reflections of Republican values.

5/19/2008 8:23 PM  
Blogger Brent said...

Conservatives may not be happy with the way the DFL controlled legislature ended up, but leaving the legislature in DFL control for another term will not improve the situation.

Conservatives have 2 choices this fall. Let the DFL control the legislature again or vote for the Republican challenger in their district and hope for the best.

If you believe the session was successful, go ahead and leave the DFL in control. But, if you don't believe it was successful, I don't know what more conservatives need to be energised.

5/20/2008 10:38 AM  
Blogger G-Man said...

Ditto Brent!

Government is run by those who show up. As bad as this session was, it can get worse and it will get worse if conservatives don't show up in November and vote for the most “conservative” candidate available.

Mr. Anonymous has it partially wrong. The grass roots movement put up lots of good candidates for the Minnesota House and Senate in 2006. But, too many “fair weather” Republican supporters abstained from voting to send a message. Unfortunately, in doing so, they gift-wrapped the keys of government for the DFL and we are stuck with more taxes and more toy trains.

More to the point, we are in this mess today because too many conservative supporters got fed up with Republicans (and rightfully so) in 2006 and chose to react by not voting.

There's a lesson here. If you want to move government to the right, you must always vote for the most conservative candidate available.

It is a misconception to think that you can punish a wayward Republican politician by "letting" the Democrat win. The wayward politician will adjust and shift his/her position more to the left for the next election (are you reading this Senator Coleman?). By abstaining from the vote, you don't punish the politician, you punish the rest of us!!!

5/21/2008 12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again...

Put up crap (to run)...then you give us the same line (it's the only competion)...and we get crap!

I'm fed up!

5/21/2008 10:48 PM  
Blogger G-Man said...

Nymo, who do you think is "putting up crap"?

I'm a citizen who chose to get involved to advance a more conservative government. But, I and other conservative voices within the party have no magic power to give us more Ronald Reagans. I wish we did.

Understand that two things need to come together for conservative candidates to get on the ballot.

First, we need conservative volunteers willing to seek the candidacy. Given the enormity of media ridicule that befalls those who espouse conservative ideas, this is a tall order. But, this is one reason why BootsOn exists – to help mitigate the liberal mass that dominate media and conventional wisdom with the facts, the logic, and the reasoning behind conservative ideas. You can help by commenting on blogs (as you do), writing letters to the editor (local papers readily publish them), and communicating your concerns with anyone you can reach – including current Republican candidates and office holders.

Remember that those who hold office and those who seek to hold office are often pulled in the direction of the squeakiest wheels. The liberal side is very squeaky! If you're not (and I don't mean to single you out) hounding candidates to represent YOUR concerns, consider doing so.

Second, we need citizens – like you and me – to get involved in the process. We are the ones who "put up" the candidates that we get. If you haven't attended your caucus and tried to become a delegate, I would urge you to do so. And, bring like minded neighbors. We need your voice as a delegate – it gives volume to ours. Sometimes it's better to do things yourself rather than leaving it to others. This is one of those times.

Believe me, I'm fed up too. That's why I urge persistence and practical political strategy to return government to one that more closely resembles the vision of our Founding Fathers.

In the long run, we will get more conservative candidates if we create an environment that readily entertains conservative ideas. But, I have gathered from your comments that your vote is dependent upon others to give you candidates that you like. If that doesn't happen, you'll stay home. If this is the case, I urge that you support the most conservative candidates on the ballot even if they often disappoint us because staying home and forfeiting the election to liberals elevates the illusion that "we" want a more liberal government. This doesn't help us create a more conservative friendly environment – and it doesn't encourage potential conservative candidates to come forward.

Government is steered by squeaky wheels in public discourse and at the ballot box.

Still, the November is five months away. While I encourage every conservative to vote in November, I also encourage conservatives to hound moderate Republican candidates when they go astray.

5/22/2008 1:54 PM  

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