Legislators gone wild: Minnesota still cutting off nose

I wrote about this when it happened. Now, five days in, the New York Times editorializes about the disgraceful government shut-down in Minnesota.

Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, campaigned for office last year promising to raise taxes on high earners, so it was no surprise when he proposed a tax increase on families making more than $150,000 a year to help close a $5 billion budget gap. In negotiations with the Republican majority in the Legislature, he compromised and reduced the increase to those making $1 million or more, but Republicans are refusing to consider any income tax increase.

The shut down is going to cost the State millions. It’s going to cost jobs. It’s going to hurt the people of Minnesota.

Their [Republican extremists] antitax radicalism, maintained at any cost, is doing enormous damage at all levels . . . and may soon engulf the economy if the standoff in Washington does not end. In Minnesota, there is now a chance to draw a line and say, no further.

But meanwhile those 7700 Minnesotans earning over a million a year won’t have to give up a single day of summer vacation.

Phew! That must be a great relief.

8 responses to “Legislators gone wild: Minnesota still cutting off nose

  1. As long as the rich keep having their way, the Republicans keep acting the way they have been acting, nothing will get done, and the country will keep sliding into hell.


    • I guess that obscene campaign donations are giving the rich what the rich want.


      • I guess that obscene campaign donations are giving the rich what the rich want.

        The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is now the biggest outside spender of the 2010 elections, thanks to an 11th-hour effort to boost Democrats that has vaulted the public-sector union ahead of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and a flock of new Republican groups in campaign spending.

        The 1.6 million-member AFSCME is spending a total of $87.5 million on the elections after tapping into a $16 million emergency account to help fortify the Democrats’ hold on Congress. Last week, AFSCME dug deeper, taking out a $2 million loan to fund its push. The group is spending money on television advertisements, phone calls, campaign mailings and other political efforts, helped by a Supreme Court decision that loosened restrictions on campaign spending.

        “We’re the big dog,” said Larry Scanlon, the head of AFSCME’s political operations. “But we don’t like to brag.”

        The 2010 election could be pivotal for public-sector unions, whose clout helped shield members from the worst of the economic downturn. In the 2009 stimulus and other legislation, Democratic lawmakers sent more than $160 billion in federal cash to states, aimed in large part at preventing public-sector layoffs. If Republicans running under the banner of limited government win in November, they aren’t likely to support extending such aid to states.

        Yup. I agree with ya!





  3. The shut down is going to cost the State millions. It’s going to cost jobs. It’s going to hurt the people of Minnesota.

    So….if Clinton balanced the budget in the 90’s, that meant he shut down the government in the 90’s. According to the Left, that worked wonderfully.

    Similarly, Dayton, the Dem Governor of Minnesota, isn’t listening to his Republican congress and is pitching a pissy hissy fit and shut down the government. When he relents, and he will, Dayton will get credit for balancing the budget for the Great State of Minnesota.

    The pattern is as obvious as it is painful.

    Kids have to eat vegetables. Teens need a curfew. Lawns need mowing. Dishes need washing. And governments need to quit spending money. The fact that our parents made us do the un-fun things doesn’t mean they were any more wrong, or less, than the Republicans doing the un-fun things now.

    And just like our children, the Dems are pouting. In the end, they’ll do their homework, come home on time and mow the lawn; even do a dish. And they’ll be better off for it.


  4. pino, your comments are directed entirely at the spending side of the argument. And it is a valid argument. But half the country opposes tax increases at any cost and half the country disagrees, so it’s going to have to go both ways.

    And wasn’t that $87 million spent in ’10 by AFSME spread across national, state and municipal elections in 50 states and hundred and hundreds of cities? Not exactly big bucks. I’m not denying they’re an interest group; I’m saying however that they’re a legitimate interest group representing the interests of tens of millions of Americans.

    So what say you about protecting the 7700 earning over $1mil? A Minnestoa “interest group” of a sort to be sure, but a mightly small one.

    UPDATED for clarity and really bad grammar and misspellings. Guess I was off my meds when I posted this comment.


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