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Matt Farrell: Then why you doing this?
John McClane: Because there's no body else to do it right now, that's why. Believe me, if there were somebody else to do it, I'd let them do it, but there's not. So we're doing it.
Matt Farrell: Ah. That's what makes you that guy. "

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Obama’s Latest Marxist Usurpation

July 17th, 2014

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism…..

No one is willing to look at the reasons why a business is leaving the US. Instead Obama is trying to claim ownership of private property. AKA: Confiscate it. That’s what a Marxist would do. Via Minnpost

“Retroactive,” no less.Jim Spencer in the Strib reports, “The Obama administration wants to stop corporate deals like a proposed Medtronic acquisition that could enable the company to save millions in U.S. taxes by shifting its headquarters to Ireland. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew this week urged the finance committees of both chambers of Congress to push legislation that restricts the ability of U.S. corporations to move their headquarters abroad to lower their tax bills. Lew wants the law made retroactive to May, a move that could scuttle Medtronic’s proposed $42.9 billion acquisition of Dublin-based Covidien.” It’ll be fascinating to see who opposes that one.

I’m pretty sure its unConstitutional to pass a law aimed specifically at a person or designated persons, but the Constitution is treated like a sneeze guard, not barrier to out of control Government in the United States of America.

The only people that can do wrong in Obama’s America are businesses and corporations.

This Republic is in serious trouble if these long train of abuses and usurpations continue.

Vote Early Minnesota!

June 24th, 2014

Now that we have “no excuse absentee voting” anyone can vote in the Primary or General election with out the nuisance of going to your poll and actually interacting with the world around you…..

I just requested my absentee ballots and you should too. Please go here and find out how and share with your friends, family, and co-workers.

We can win back this state if we can get people to go back to voting. Its up to each and every one of us!

No seriously, don’t wait, don’t do it later. Request your absentee ballot and fill it out and send it back the day it arrives. No more excuses!
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Every vote counts and is needed to defeat Dayton, Franken, and retake the Minnesota house! 

(PS: Don’t be an idiot and waste your vote on some 3rd party protest thing. Remember Al Franken won by just 312 votes and Mark Dayton won by only 8000.)

Voting like a teenage prankster has consequences and we are all paying for it. 

$2.1 Billion a month – Where Does the Obamacare Bribe Money Come From?

June 18th, 2014

The same people who refuse to repair that crumbling bridge your kid’s school bus crosses everyday because they say they just don’t have enough revenue coming in yet, wants to run your health care. Many of us pointed out the flawed funding formulas and unsustainability of unicorn farts and happy thoughts fueling the drive before and after the law was rushed through Congress without anyone even reading the bill, but we were scoffed at and told we were just mean bad people.

Well, it looks like the mean bad people were the ones lying to implement the hoax that is now Obamacare.

The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up some 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates.

Nearly 9 in 10 Americans who bought health coverage on the federal government’s healthcare marketplaces received government assistance to offset their premiums.

90% of the signups had to be bribed into doing so. Where does that bribe money come from people?

Premiums that normally would have cost $346 a month on average instead cost consumers just $82, with the federal government picking up the balance of the bill.

8 million Obamacare enrollees X $264 subsidized monthly premium (aka bribe) = $2,112,000,000  A MONTH

Oh the math gets far worse….

That total does not count the additional cost of providing coverage to millions of additional consumers who bought coverage in states that ran their own marketplaces, including California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York. About a third of the 8 million people who signed up for coverage this year used a state-run marketplace.

The fact is no one really knows.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in April that the annual cost of subsidies will rise to $23 billion next year and $95 billion in 2024, although the budget office continued to project that all the law’s costs will be offset by additional revenue it raises and by cuts in other federal healthcare spending.

But hey, don’t worry, we’ll make up for it in other areas….

Which gets me back to that crumbling bridge they say they don’t have the money to fix.

Folks, someday, you will be that bridge that they can’t afford to fix if you allow Government to take over your health care system.

Emmer Hits Ground Running With Key New Endorsements

June 6th, 2014

Tom Emmer earns more key Legislative endorsements in his campaign to replace Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

The Emmer for Congress campaign released several more legislative endorsements today. Senator Roger Chamberlain, Representative Tim Sanders, Representative Matt Dean, Representative Tim O’Driscoll and Minority Leader Kurt Daudt all gave their full support and endorsement to Tom Emmer’s campaign in the Sixth District. In total, 22 legislators who represent Sixth District constituents have endorsed Emmer.

Emmer said, “I’m so grateful for the support from Senator Chamberlain, and Representatives Sanders, Dean, O’Driscoll and Daudt. Our campaign only continues to grow in support from local leaders like these, and I’m honored to call them part of my team.”

A full list of state legislators follows:

Senator Dave Brown (15)
Representative Tama Theis (14A)
Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (30)
Senator Michelle Benson (31)
Representative Ernie Leidiger (47A)
Representative Bob Dettmer (39A)
Representative Tom Hackbarth (31B)
Representative David FitzSimmons (30B)
Representative Nick Zerwas (30A)
Representative Marion O’Neill (29B)
Representative Joe McDonald (29A)
Representative Jim Newberger (15B)
Representative Jeff Howe (13A)
Senator Karin Housley (39)
Senator Scott Newman (18)
Senator Branden Petersen (35)
Senator Bruce Anderson (29)
Senator Roger Chamberlain (38)
Representative Tim Sanders (37B)
Representative Matt Dean (38B)
Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (31A)
Representative Tim O’Driscoll (13B)

Major new endorsements if you look into their past and geographical base. I’m so proud to see Emmer bringing Republicans together to win. A strong unified force in the 6th District plays a key role to supporting Republicans in the General election and to defeating Democrats on the ballot, which should be any Republican’s primary objective. 

Despicable Marty

June 2nd, 2014

Despicable-Me-2Its no secret that I can’t stand Marty Seifert and his antics. I haven’t tried to hide it because I think he displays everything that is wrong with politicians and is not worthy of holding let alone seeking public office. Before the convention in Rochester, I thought he was one of the most selfish candidates around who was willing to do and say anything to help himself no matter the effects on the Republican Party. After Rochester, I feel 150% proven right that Marty Seifert is a Despicable Republican.

After his 2010 endorsement loss, Seifert disappeared for the next 3 years. He only popped up again when his 2014 campaign needed to get started. His dishonest entry into the 2013 State Central Committee straw poll was just the beginning. He organized a write in campaign but claimed he had nothing to do with it. The hints of the same old Marty were clear to people like me.

As the 2014 endorsing campaign dragged out, the same old Seifert was back. Sure he claimed he was a new man and his old tactics were behind him. He blamed his 2010 negative campaign tactics on consultants and his absence from Party politics was due to his job. But he was still spreading lies and misleading Delegates about his opponents and his absence was clearly more about not bothering to help since his name wasn’t on the ballot in 2010 or 2012. His selfishness consumes him.

After witnessing Seifert’s 2014 campaign up to this convention, all of my reservations towards Seifert were confirmed and I still couldn’t stand him or imagine him as the endorsed Republican candidate for Governor. But somehow Seifert managed to make me hate him even more with what he did at the end of the convention.

I went into the convention a supporter of Dave Thompson and Michelle Benson. We fought a long and hard race over the last year. After the 3rd ballot it was clear that it could be a long day and we could have dragged it out so that there wouldn’t be an endorsement. But Team Thompson knew that was not going to be good for the party. We needed an endorsement and Jeff Johnson was worthy of it.

If you heard Sen. Osmek describe the back room happenings while waiting for the 3rd ballot results on Up and At ‘Em this morning, there was a roar in the Thompson War Room, and then Dave emerged with tears in his eyes. I was in that room. We cheered and thanked Dave, Michelle, and their families for fighting a good fight, but for also doing what was right for the party.

I immediately went up to a friend of mine on the Johnson campaign and said, “OK, get me a red shirt.” His eyes nearly popped out of his head and he barged into their war room and dug through boxes to find one for me. I threw it on and went out onto the floor as Dave Thompson took the stage. My headset off, tears in my eyes, it was now time for us to unite behind Johnson. It was time to do what was right for the party.

Dave Thompson gave a concession speech that made me realize that I had been helping the right guy to this point because in the end of the day it was never about Dave or Michelle, it was about us as a party. Thompson withdrew and endorsed Jeff Johnson.

But then Marty Seifert did something despicable.

 

From MPR’s Catherine Richert:

On the third ballot, Seifert had about 27 percent of the vote. Instead of withdrawing as Thompson did, Seifert told the crowd he would be competing in the primary.

He also said his delegates were free to go home.

“Instead of dragging things out, taking your time, keeping you here, I am going to decide that my delegates can be released to go home and go get your sleep,” Seifert said.

Critics said the tactic was meant to shut down the convention without an endorsement.

“Out of respect for you, the delegates, I’m here to say, ‘that was uncalled for,’” said party chair Keith Downey minutes after Seifert made his speech.

Seifert did try to block the endorsement by telling his people to leave. I has Seifert staffers pass by me telling their supporters not to vote and to leave. You see, if the total number of ballots cast fell short of a certain number, even if Johnson did get 60% on the vote, it may have meant the endorsement wouldn’t stand.

Marty Seifert showed his true colors this weekend. Unlike the selfishness of Kurt Zellers and Scott Honour who didn’t even try to run an endorsement campaign and participate in the convention, Seifert did. For reasons I can’t imagine, some Delegates and local party leaders like him and remain loyal to him. Seifert’s ego and self absorption were at war with the Republican Party of Minnesota. Marty Seifert embodies everything that is wrong with politicians.

The selfish act of telling his supporters to leave and dragging out his speech to give them time to depart in an attempt to block the endorsement of Johnson was one of the most selfish and destructive things I’ve seen in my decade of party activity.

Well, Marty Seifert you lost and proved all of your critics right. Jeff Johnson is endorsed. All resources of the Party are now at his disposal, and in my opinion that includes local officers and events.  Seifert’s selfish act raises serious concerns and problems that could result in divisions that could cost us Legislative and CD elections. Will he continue his selfish drive to make it all about himself risking the CD7 Race, picking up State House seats, and electing Mike McFadden over Franken by telling his supporters not to help the party? I’ve already heard he made a threat before the convention that if he didn’t win, he was going to prevent his volunteers from helping the party locally.

I shot this video of Sefiert at a BPOU meeting in April. Seifert tells local Party leaders what to do should he not receive the endorsement. Was he being honest or saying what they wanted to hear?

 

 

Team Thompson Lands Big Player As Finance Chair

May 23rd, 2014

Big news from Dave Thompson’s Gubernatorial campaign.

With a week to go before the Republican Party of Minnesota endorsing convention, GOP Sen. Dave Thompson has announced Brenton Hayden, founder of Renter’s Warehouse, as finance chair of his gubernatorial campaign.

Thompson, a state senator from Lakeville, also announced on Friday morning that Ryan Marvin, co-owner of Renter’s Warehouse, has agreed to take on an “active role” in his campaign for governor. Thompson is currently in a six-way race for the GOP nomination to take on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton this fall, but he’s one of only two major candidates promising to abide by the party’s decision next week.

“The competition in the Republican Party is fierce, however Dave has shown he has the sort of backbone and conservative values entrepreneurs like myself really appreciate,” Hayden said in a statement. “Dave has my full support.”

Honour’s New PAC Ad – Less Than “Honest”

May 19th, 2014

Scott Honour’s new PAC “Compete MN” came out with an ad that recycles an Honour attack that he’s been using on his Republican opponents. It recycles the cheap shot Honour has been using on the convention trail regarding MNSure. Honour has been claiming that he is the only candidate who wants to get rid of MN Sure.

If a glowing endorsement of the Honour PAC from Michael Brodkorb wasn’t enough to make you gag…. how about it being pegged by MPR for not being accurate? I know, both are less then credible sources in GOP circles, but even a stopped watch is right twice a day.

Honour isn’t the only GOP gubernatorial hopeful that wants to scrap MNsure.

In fact, it appears the biggest difference between him and most of the candidates is that he would opt to move candidates into the federal exchange over fixing MNsure. To be fair, that would be the state’s only option unless it got special permission from the federal government not to participate in an exchange at all.

The ad touting his campaign gets this one wrong.

Honour’s campaign worked very hard to try to nail down all his opponents as pro-MNSure and even said that his opponents wanted to give Dayton a blank check for MNSure. This of course scored some cheap political points, but was … also lacking in the truthiness department.

I have a saying about political candidates… A candidate willing to say anything necessary to get elected, will do anything once they are elected.

I also know that anyone can give a speech to a room full of Republicans. Its easy to craft a speech to hit all the talking points that they want to hear. Its another thing entirely to have a plan to accomplish something.

 

Who Is Alec Gores And Why Is He Starting A PAC In MN

May 13th, 2014

Who is Alex Gores? 

http://www.gores.com/pressreleases/the-gores-group-closes-1-3-billion-private-equity-fund/

Seifert Fishing For Free Press By Trying To Buy Their Lodging & Food

May 8th, 2014

From today’s Star Tribune Morning Hotdish email:

Free hotel room for Seifert fishing opener

Political watchers scoffed when GOP gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert announced his own fishing opener outing this year to rival the governor’s annual fishing season kickoff. Traditionally, political reporters steer clear of the governor’s fishing opener extravaganza. But Seifert’s campaign is offering some unusual bait to get journalists to Thumper Pond Resort in Otter Tail County: a free hotel room and reception Friday night. “We know it’s a long drive,” said Seifert spokesman Andy Post. (Most political reporters would not accept free lodging from a campaign.) – Baird Helgeson

 

I’m guessing that Republican Delegates are not lining up to go fish with a candidate who isn’t going to respect their decision on the endorsement on the fishing opener.

 

Liberal Advice Republicans Would Be Wise To Accept

May 8th, 2014

From Blois Olson’s Morning Take.

THURSDAYTAKE:  While the focus of Minnesota politics is wrapping up the legislative session, behind the scenes GOP candidates for Senate and Governor are feverishly working to prepare for the May 30th state convention in Rochester.  In the gubernatorial race, the overly crowded GOP field presents the potential for very divisive and expensive August primary.  Sen. Dave Thompson and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson have the edge for the endorsement, and with so many candidates there is a potential for “no endorsement” however that could be worse for Republicans chances against Dayton.  Winning crowded primaries is exhausting, it wears out the volunteers, it takes time to re-unite the party and it drains the checkbook.  While Marty Siefert starts TV ads tomorrow, and Rep. Kurt Zellers and businessman Scott Honour look for running mates, incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton raises money and has a long summer of ads and organizing to prepare for whoever his GOP opponent will be.  Dayton and the DFL are savoring this as an unexpected treat that will keep them focused on touting Dayton’s record rather than responding to a Republican opponent until August.

The strategy of Seifert, Zellers, and Honour of going to the Primary is the number one thing that will aid Dayton’s reelection chances.

Selfishly pushing off the focus on Dayton and the DFL’s record of failure and incompetence until mid August and instead trying to inflate their own egos is exactly the type of thing Democrats need to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The key to Republicans winning statewide is focusing voters’ attention on the DFL’s record and radical agenda, not allowing them to see a messy food fight between Republicans. The arrogance of some Republican candidates thus far to mislead and distort fellow Republicans’ records to gain an upper hand is going to spill over into a Primary contest and alienate critical swing voters from considering it a two party race.

My hope is that the Republicans assemble in Rochester and endorse a candidate so overwhelmingly that anyone selfish enough to run in the Primary is ignored sees their supporters abandon them because the real opponent is Dayton and his legions of leftwing political special interests and deep pocketed Progressives who are trying to destroy this state.

Go Team Thompson!