Boehner’s Oligarchy Lashes Out

ol·i·gar·chy:

a country, business, etc., that is controlled by a small group of people

: the people that control a country, business, etc.

: government or control by a small group of people

Sounds pretty much like what is going on in Congress. You send someone there thinking they will vote a certain way, but they end up voting against you. Its maddening.

Three Booted From GOP Whip Team as Leaders Crack Down

House Republican leaders are cracking down on rebellious members after a near-disaster on a trade vote last week.

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“In the beginning of the year,” Scalise spokesman Chris Bond said, “Whip Scalise reaffirmed the long-standing policy, also held by his predecessors, that while whip team members are free to vote their conscience on underlying bills, they are expected to vote as a team on procedural matters such as last week’s rule vote.”

Look, I get it, this is “just how it works in Washington.” BUT to that I would say, “This is how you end up with $18 Trillion in debt and a Government so invasive into our daily lives and freedom that it is more concerned about losing control over us, than controlling our own borders. Good people are sent to Washington to stop the insanity and save this country. Unfortunately, they bow to the king (status quo) and lose their spines.

Or as I recently put it via email to someone….

I’m sorry, overall I have just lost faith in the Federal Government and am one who thinks its time to start stripping power from all of the branches not expanding their powers. Every time someone tells me “don’t worry, this is good for you”, it turns out not to be. Federalizing TSA, Homeland Security, The Fed, Dodd Frank, Obamacare, Autobailouts, TARP, Dep of Ed. Moratorium on nuke plants, wind power, solar power, CAFE standards, clean diesels. 

I’m one who thinks its about time patriots in Congress just start voting no on principle and return the powers not explicitly described as belonging to the Federal Government in the Constitution back to the people and states. 

Oh, I forgot Ethanol. We were told just a few years back how great Ethanol is. We poured billions into it, consumed un measurable amounts of water going corn and making it, dumped unmeasurable amounts of chemicals on farm fields, while all along people out here on main street were saying but that doesn’t make sense. Congress, under control of either party, forced renewables like Ethanol on us. All a waste and now we have Government demanding buffer strips along farms to prevent runoff pollution. They bribe people to grow something, then punish them for doing it.

Its just maddening. The more I think about the idiocy of Washingtonians, the madder I get. Its appears like it doesn’t matter who we send there because the system will prevent anyone from changing it.

Not exactly sure why I thought of it, but this song came to mind. Maybe its that there is still hope to save this country from its Government. Maybe. But we have to start doing something now. Right now.

Blaine – A Legal Conflict Of Interest

The City of Blaine’s recent attorney change stinks of cronyism. Mark Dayton may even blush at this decision.

Anoka’s father-son law firm Berg­lund & Berglund has a long personal history with several members of the Blaine City Council and their families. It has defended them in drunken-driving cases, represented them in civil cases, provided business advice and served as campaign treasurer and donor.

Now a divided council has awarded the firm the city’s $818,000 three-year prosecutor’s contract.

Mayor Tom Ryan objected, saying the agreement looks “dirty,” but he was overruled by a 5-2 vote on June 4.

“People think politics are dirty, and they are right,” Ryan said. “It’s an ethics thing and a perception thing.”

The perception is that a law firm has some good friends on the council and managed to under bid everyone else.

Council Member Dave Clark, the other “no” vote, said he’s found nine criminal and civil court cases where the Berglunds represented either a council member or one of their family members. “It’s not illegal, but it stinks,” said Clark, who returned campaign donations from the Berglunds.

It does stink.

Council members who voted for the Berglunds’ firm argue that the father-son team of John and Mark Berglund came in with the lowest bid and was the only Anoka County firm among the five finalists.

“There were at the very beginning close to nine different firms that submitted bids,” said Council Member Wes Hovland. “They were the lowest bid, first and foremost. That put them up on the radar right away. … I know the quality of their work and their integrity. That is the plus side of it.”

Hovland said he disclosed at a public City Council workshop that he’d had personal dealings with the Berglunds, but didn’t go into specifics. “Quite frankly, I am a public servant, but there are still some things you would prefer not to openly discuss,” he said.

Hovland said he didn’t recuse himself from the vote because he has no pending business with the firm.

However, records show Mark Berglund filed Hovland’s campaign disclosure on Oct. 24, 2014 — the same day his firm submitted its proposal to be city attorney. Now that the Berg­lunds will be the city’s prosecutors, those personal dealings are over, Hovland said.

One has to wonder if the Berglund law firm knew what the lowest bid was. The council members sure seem to be clinging to that lowest bidder angle.

According to court and campaign records, the Berglunds’ firm:

• Defended Wes Hovland in a 2004 drunken-driving case, which was pleaded down to a careless-driving offense.

• Represented Hovland in two civil guardianship cases in 2004 involving his parents.

• Defended Hovland’s adult son in a June 2013 Blaine drunken-driving case.

• Defended Council Member Russ Herbst’s adult son in two drunken-driving cases in 2007 and 2012 and handled a related civil case where the truck the defendant was driving was seized.

• Has done extensive work for Herbst’s family business, Central Sandblasting Co. of New Brighton, which wrote an endorsement on the law firm’s website: “We at Central have been continually satisfied with how Berglund & Berglund Ltd. prioritizes our business needs as well as personal concerns in their representation of our business and in the fielding of our business-related questions.”

• Served as treasurer for Hovland’s 2014 re-election campaign and City Council Member Mike Bourke’s 2012 campaign. The law firm filed required financial disclosures for both candidates.

• Donated money or services to Hovland’s, Bourke’s and Council Member Jason King’s campaigns.

It is one thing to have represented individuals and family of council members, its another entirely to be actively involved in their elections.

This deal stinks to high heaven.

Mark Dayton Hates Democracy – Thuggin Hypocrite

Dayton opposes all grandstanding except his own.

“These bills have to pass. They have to pass,” Dayton said. “Do they have to pass unanimously? No. But if somebody is going to start to disrupt this whole process at this point by offering a self-serving amendment, I’m going to be very strongly opposed, and I’m going to be not bashful about going around to their respective districts and telling people in those districts that this kid of grandstanding is just not acceptable.”

A decry from upon high atop the autocratic castle mount, Dayton demands these bills pass without nary a whisper of dissent or disagreement.

U – N – B – E – L – I – E – V – A – B – L – E.

How this man is not rhetorically ripped limb from limb by the press and pundits in this state and country is beyond me. This man is ordering duly elected Legsilators on how they should vote and telling them that they may not carry out their elective duties and rights to write the laws. That its his way or the highway. (or light rail….)

 

Greek Bank Run Continues, But In US Politicians Push “Recovered +”

Economists say to predict what will happen to the world economy, just watch the PIIGS. Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain. They say that their economies are a precursor to what will happen to everyone else’s. As I have been saying, we are not headed back to normal, we are still falling into full blown economic collapse.

Anxious Greeks pull money from banks amid fears of capital controls

Two weeks after Greece’s leftwing Syriza party won power at a general election in January, Panayotis Fotiades pulled his deposits from an Athens bank.

“I felt certain there’d be a confrontation before long with the troika [of bailout monitors],” said the 55-year-old businessman.

Like other Greek owners of small and medium-sized companies in Greece, Mr Fotiades feared a radical government would resort to capital controls if relations with the country’s creditors deteriorated sharply.

The media and politicians in America are pretending the economy is fully recovered PLUS.

They are pretending everything is just fine and cherry picking economic indicators to make themselves seem like they are doing a good job. But we are not recovered. And we are about to see the effects of some of the most radical policy ever attempted such as Obamacare and massive minimum wage hikes.

Buckle up America if you don’t wake up first. We are headed toward….

Special Session Deal In ‘Daudt’ – VOTE NO REPUBLICANS!

Why wouldn’t Speaker Daudt be including Senate Republicans in the special behind closed doors deal law making process? [Via MPR]

Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, says both of those measures would have failed without Republican support. He said Senate Democrats should not expect the same level of support during the special session.

“No one is talking to us about where our members are and whether they’re going to vote for this thing or not,” Hann said. “If it depends on our votes, they may not be there.”

The question is when Governor Smith calls a special session to get her list of demands, will Republicans support the privately brokered deal between Daudt & Smith?

I encourage every Republican in both the House and Senate to vote no on the principle that this is NOT how laws are supposed to be made and NOT how Government is supposed to work.

ObamaTrade Another Trojan Horse – VOTE NO TOM!

More dirty little secrets are in this “Trade” deal Obama is demanding and Republicans are helping push for.

But in an interview on NPR’s Marketplace yesterday (June 3), President Obama said that enforcing climate change regulations will indeed be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Obamatrade pact that he is currently negotiating with Malaysia and 10 other countries.

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Of course, climate change regulations can only be enforced if done outside normal (dare I say, Constitutional) processes.

My Congressman Tom Emmer has been supportive of the plan so far, I hope he changes his mind and votes no.

Breaking The Tenth

I saw PJ O’Rourke speak last night at the Center of the American Experiment dinner. One of his points stuck with me and may be the most profound example of the left and ever growing government in America.

The Tenth Commandment.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Covet: yearn to possess or have (something)

The left covets everything of other people’s. They use Government to redistribute these things to people in exchange for power. They encourage people to covet other people’s property and use the power of force to confiscate and redistribute that property.

Maybe that’s why the left fears religion so much. If people followed all 10 Commandments, there wouldn’t be a need for the massive government at the local, state, and federal level.

I have a bumper sticker on my truck that catches eyes at each stop light. I can see people reading it in my rearview mirror and you can tell if the person is on the left or right by whether they nod or shake their heads.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenagers. – PJ O’Rourke

The power we are giving Government is the power to take away what we covet so it can be redistributed to us.

Thou shalt not covet. I’m not sure why that stuck in my head last night, but it truly is the perfect example for what is happening in America today. Everything is someone else’s fault. If you don’t have it, someone else is to blame. Can’t afford it, blame your boss. No job, no education, no health insurance, no car, etc etc blame someone else. But we never blame Government when it has a role in every single facet of our life nowadays.

Imagine getting back to an America where people didn’t covet their neighbor’s property and feel emboldened to demand their politicians give them their neighbor’s property, but rather were inspired to work hard and get their own.

I say imagine that, because we have lost that American spirit. We have grown soft. We have fallen prey to the politicians and special interests who find it easier to convince the less fortunate to empower them to redistribute those coveted things, than to teach those people how to achieve on their own.

Imagine an America where the Ten Commandments were not controversial…..

The 10 Commandments List, Short Form

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

Dayton v. Dayton – Last Minute Ultimatum

Governor Mark Dayton is unhinged when it comes to his last minute ultimatum on mandating schools add all day Pre-K (read new union dues paying teachers). He has decided his plan, that was never introduced in the Legislature because it had no support. He has lashed out saying Republicans hate kids, even doubled down on that, saying th only way he would think differently is if they just pass exactly what he wanted.

But Dayton is not backing down — he’s doubling down. He says he won’t apologize, and he says it is Republicans who should say they’re sorry for hurting schoolchildren.

“I looked it up in the dictionary. It says ‘hate’ means to intensely dislike,” Dayton said. “That’s just for some of them as far as I know. If they want to prove me wrong, they should vote for universal Pre-K. Then I’ll apologize.” (Source: WCCO)

But when it comes to other bills, like environmental bill, Dayton is much more reasonable and aware of the political reality voters have decided on.

But it’s not to say, well it’s not our version of a very good or perfect bill, therefore veto, because it’s not going to come back better. …That’s something we’re going to have to live with for another year and a half and through another legislative session. People want divided government, this is one of the consequences of it.

Some people say that’s good, some people say otherwise, but that’s what the voters of Minnesota decided we would have, and we’re going to do the best we can.” (Source: MPR)

You can’t have it both ways Dayton.  Which is it? Ultimatums or compromise?

MN Taxpayers Paying $240,000 per New Capitol Parking Spot To Improve The “View”

facepalm4crI feel sick. $7.2 Million to replace a surface lot with an underground ramp, with only 30 spaces…..

At that meeting, Bakk advocated for the underground garage, saying continued use of the surface parking lot at the northwest corner of the Capitol would mar the view from both the Capitol and the new Senate Office Building.

Bakk on Wednesday said that “I want to landscape up to the building. If we do not build (the underground garage), we will have a surface parking lot there. That is not the visual I want.”

But they can’t afford to pay for road and bridge repairs.

Capitol renovations, plus the new state of the art Senate Office building, plus this surprise las minute binding bill’s new parking ramp, is a half a billion dollars for part time legislators….

As I said, I feel sick.

MN Taxpayers Building China An Aircraft Factory In Duluth

facepalm4crYou read that right.

Cirrus Aircraft was sold to China in 2011.

During the dizzying frenzy of last minute budget deals, a mysterious mini-bonding $100 million bonding bill appeared and deep down in it was a $4 million request from the city of Duluth to help build a new factory for Cirrus Aircraft. Duluth taxpayers are on the hook for $6 million already. 

Oh but don’t worry, “its just a loan”… Actually, yes, do worry.

Cirrus will not need to repay some of the loan if Cirrus hits goals set by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

That’s $10 million in taxpayer money for a Chinese owned company’s factory that sells planes with a starting price just under half a million dollars. 

Guess who happens to be the State Senator who represents the Duluth Airport. None other than DFL Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk….

But we can’t find money to fix our roads and bridges…..