"John McClane: You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.
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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"The era of small government is over ... government has to be more proactive, more aggressive." ( Tim Pawlenty 2006)

"You're just petty politicians, who'd sooner sign onto the wisdom of a tyrant in another country, than the demands of ticked off voters in your own." (Neil Cavuto June 2008)

“I didn’t question her patriotism. I questioned her judgment.” Mr. Cheney went on: “The point I made and I’ll make it again is that Al Qaeda functions on the basis that they think they can break our will. That’s their fundamental underlying strategy, that if they can kill enough Americans or cause enough havoc, create enough chaos in Iraq, then we’ll quit and go home. And my statement was that if we adopt the Pelosi policy, that then we will validate the strategy of Al Qaeda. I said it, and I meant it.” (Vice President Cheney NYT Feb. 2007)

"A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers. (Ronald Reagan March 1, 1975)

"Oh, no! First of all, if I took one vote away from a serious candidate, it would be a sin." (Al Franken Time Magazine, 9/1/03)

Minneapolis Next Stop – Empty Tanks & Broke Citizen Station

The City of Minneapolis is a fiscal disaster. They are facing the same budget woes as the rest of Minnesotans, public and private are, but only they have manufactured a worse case scenario. 

In the face of a hurting economy and a projected $38 million in new costs for employee pensions over the next five years, the City Council proposed to increase Mayor R.T. Rybak’s suggested 6.86 percent property tax levy for 2009 to 8 percent, the ceiling amount set in 2007.

That’s right folks while you’re getting laid off, foreclosed upon, or dealing with your own debt responsibly, the city of Minneapolis is going to sock it to you. And why? Because of their bloated pensions. Yep, I guess RT Rybak’s Minneapolis has more in common with the evil Big 3 than they would like to admit. Unsustainable feel good policies that force citizens to work for Government. 

Rybak, who was at the Friday meeting, said he hoped to keep property taxes below 8 percent in his 2009 budget. However, recent months have made it clear that the city has issues with its pension funds, he said.

“I can’t tell you how disappointed I am,” Rybak said. “But I do think the most responsible thing to do is to apply this immediately.”

Responsible? Responsible? Putting millions of dollars of debt onto the taxpayers is responsible? I’m sorry, but the people paying for the former workers are watching their private 401K’s and savings evaporate. Would it be responsible for Minneapolis citizens to not pay their taxes so they can buy more stocks while the market is in the tank? 

And here is where you can see the unrealistic priorities that has bankrupted this once great city. 

About $500,000 will also be reallocated from a public works fuel reserve to fund Central Corridor planning and engineering.

Yep, that’s right, their siphoning fuel out of the city vehicles to build another boondoggle that the city will have to spend millions to maintain. Oh sure, they say it is due to low fuel prices, and the problem isn’t reprioritizing money, that’s good. the problem is where they are diverting it to. There are scores of other city programs that could use that money.

For some reason I think using it to create a new boondoggle project and then still raise taxes a ton during a recession is further proof that this city is committing governmental suicide. 

You get the government you vote for folks. I hope the people in Minneapolis wake up real soon before their government ends up garnishing all of their wages in order to build the socialist utopia. 

Raising taxes in a recession. Brilliant! Not really. 

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