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.

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….

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.

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…..

 

Dayton’s Unsustainable Budgeting

The Minnesota budget has increased 200% over the last 20 years. I created this chart that shows the growth is Minnesota’s general fund spending since 1992. I included the percent increase because its shocking. (Budget numbers are from MMB)

MN budget 20 yr chart

Governor Dayton is proposing 2 different spending numbers.

Proposed budget: $42,497,000

Transportation plan: 10 year spending: $8.731 / 10 = $0.8731 per year making his budget actually: $43,370,000

 

His budget, and the extra taxes on top of his budget for his transportation plan which is the only way he will fix our crumbling roads and bridges, would add either a 7% increase or a 10% spending increase.

Oh I know. a $10 billion increase in State Spending since Dayton took office “sounds” like a lot of money……..

Take a look at what Minnesota’s budget since 1992 would look like with just cost of living adjustments.

3% COLA Growth
1992-93 (Actual) $14,496,834.00
1994-95 $14,931,739.02
1996-97 $15,379,691.19
1998-99 $15,841,081.93
2000-01 $16,316,314.38
2002-03 $16,805,803.82
2004-05 $17,309,977.93
2006-07 $17,829,277.27
2008-09 $18,364,155.59
2010-11 $18,915,080.25
2012-13 $19,482,532.66
2014-15 $20,067,008.64

 

Bi-Partisan Taxation Without Representation – et tu Housley?

This one has smoke billowing out of my ears.

Bill would extend Minn. school district power to tax for repairs, avoid voter approval

Because less accountability in education administration and management will solve the problem of a system designed a century ago that is refusing to adapt to the times…. or something.

FOREST LAKE, Minn. — Opening a hatch in the gym floor at Forest Lake Elementary, Brandon Perry looked down at the web of heating pipes below. Any issue with the school’s more than 60-year-old heating system, and Perry or another custodian has to climb down and wriggle through the maze to search out the problem.

Didn’t the state just spend billions a few years ago to green up school buildings or something?

A longstanding school funding law allows 25 Minnesota school districts to raise residents’ property taxes for maintenance funds without direct voter approval. The rest of the districts, including Forest Lake, don’t have that luxury. That’s led to a big gap in funding among districts for things like carpet replacement, security upgrades and heating and cooling modernization.

State Sen. Kevin Dahle wants to change that arrangement, extending the taxation power to districts statewide. He and other bill proponents call it a matter of fairness. Most of the 25 districts on the list are in the metro area. Some didn’t meet the list’s criteria but were added simply because legislators got them on.

But you could just remove the preferential treatment of the 25 to make it fair. After all, equality is akin to fairness we are often told in the media.

“It’s not fair. A building ages the same across the state,” said state Sen. Karin Housley, a Republican who represents Forest Lake and co-authored the Dahle bill.

I think Karin Housley is one of the most tone deaf Republican politicians I have seen. It was why a certain Republican Governor candidate was dead last on my list of choices. Probably a very nice person, but not a statewide ticket asset nor someone I would want speaking for me, when it comes to the left right debate in Minnesota.

Yes, Democrats like Sen. Dahle are going to come up with really bad ideas and find some emotional tear jerking way to make it sound like a good idea. Those that fall for the gimmick and remove accountability and strengthen the bureaucracy of the nanny state should be ashamed of themselves.

I know, rather pointed attack at Sen. Housley, but I would consider removing the right to be self governed an insult.  

State Of The Marxist Redistributionist In Chief

Barrack Obama is finally being honest with the American people and it is time for the media to stop protecting this Marxist.

[Source: MPR] President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday will call for higher taxes on wealthy Americans and tax credits for the middle class, The Associated Press reports, citing anonymous senior administration officials.

This is wealth redistribution plain and simple. This is exactly what the Soviet Union and other Communist nations are based on. Taking money (property) away from people and businesses in order to ration it back out to the poor “working class”.

I wonder if Minnesota’s Congressional Democrats are going to continue to cozy up to Obama. After all, most of them pretend to be moderates while at home in the State. What the President is proposing is radical left wing policies.

A $28 Million Playground Trumps Roads n Bridges

$14 Million in state bonding funds that could have been used for roads and bridges.

The money to renovate and expand it is mostly raised. The preliminary drawings of fancy new exhibits and play space are cool and plentiful. But what begins this weekend at the Children’s Museum of Minnesota may be the most important piece of its $28 million reinvention.

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On Friday, museum officials will provide a sneak peek of those prototypes and announce that they are 82 percent of the way to their $28 million fundraising goal; $14 million has come from state bonding and about $9 million more from donors such as 3M, Best Buy and the city of St. Paul.

You can’t tell me there is no money for roads and bridges when you are spending money to add playground equipment to a museum.

Another Hastily Passed DFL Must Have Ends Up Biting The Hands That Feed

The minimum wage increased passed by the DFL last session was a $1.3 Billion tax hike on employers. Shocker, its starting to pinch people and even Democrats are admitting it.

Shocker, over a billion dollar increase on employers is doing harm? If only the DFL hadn’t have rushed to pass it with out listening to anyone outside their chorus of special interests.

Minnesota restaurant owners want break on tipped workers

Several restaurant owners said the proposal by the Minnesota Restaurant Association would allow them to boost pay for kitchen staff and other workers who don’t earn tips, but organized labor is wary.

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When the Legislature boosted the state minimum wage last year, a proposal to add the so-called “tipped employee tier” nearly became part of the package. The idea had bipartisan support, but failed by one vote in the DFL-controlled House. Then Dayton, who strongly backed the minimum wage law, said shortly after signing it that he saw the logic behind an exemption for restaurants.

“I’m willing to discuss anything, but I’m not looking to change the minimum wage,” Dayton said in a recent interview with the Star Tribune. “I’m not going to open that door. If someone else wants to knock on it, they can put the proposal through the mail slot.”

If only the public had a media that did more than regurgitate the left wing talking points voters would realize what the DFL is doing. That is paying off special interest allies and securing life long voting blocks by people who think the only way to to succeed is by Government decree.

Stop Pissing On My Leg And Telling Me Its Raining

crankybear.jpgPoliticians in St. Paul have finally figured out something that millions of Minnesotans have known for years. That our roads, bridges, and highway systems are a mess. The average Minnesotans has a better grasp of what is wrong with our transportation network than most Legislators – even the ones who have been serving for decades.

But sadly, these politicians don’t see a service that only the Government can provide, as a priority. Roads and bridges are something only Government can do. Its a core function of Government, but for some reason – now that politicians are finally taking the issue seriously – they claim they just can’t afford it unless us peasants who use the roads, bridges, and highways surrender more of our hard earned money in the forms of taxes and user fees.

The State of Minnesota has a $40 Billion budget this last cycle. More money than has ever been confiscated from Minnesotans and spent on our so called behalf. But apparently none of that money can or should be used for roads, bridges, and highways.

You see, politicians are terrified that if we start to spend existing state money on a core function of Government, people will start to see how much wasteful and mis-prioritized – spending already takes place. That’s why they are all clamoring for new taxes – aka: “revenue streams” – to fix what they have been ignoring for decades.

The dishonesty from the protectors of the nanny state is simply mesmerizing. They race out to the camera spotlights and spew talking points about how they need more money. Meanwhile they just blew through $40 Billion and never bothered to even think about our troubled roads and bridges.

The fact is that Governor Dayton, former Speaker of the House Rep. Thissen, and Majority Leader Tom Bakk – ALL DEMOCRATS  who had complete control of the State Government last year and could do anything they wanted, mind you – spent more money on the new Senate Office building than they did in the bonding bill for roads and bridges.

Minnesotans not only need better governance, they need honest politicians with better priorities than what we have now. For pete’s sake, they are going to hold road and bridge money hostage to a few billion more wasted on damn light rail boondoggles. Adding operating expenses to our already strained budget fight.

Every day when I sit in a known bottle neck with no plans for fixing, on that bridge held up by wood, or at a stop light so that empty choo choo can run on time, I feel betrayed. Minnesotans are being betrayed on a daily basis by the politicians we elect to serve us. But for some reason we just keep sending them back and the media keeps spinning the yarns that knit the narrative that we just can’t possibly fund a core function of government out of the general fund. Because that would mean the $40 Billion we have already spent is potentially not a priority.

These people spend their careers carving out pots of money for their friends, political allies, and buddies while shirking one of the core responsibilities of Government – a safe and reliable transportation network. There are people who have lost their lives in accidents over the years due to the direction of duty, but it appears no one cares.

When I see politicians and bureaucrats on camera telling me they just need more money to fix my problem the phrase ‘stop pissing on my leg and telling me its raining’ comes to mind.