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More Proof You Can’t Tax Your Way To Prosperity – This Isn’t Sim City

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Republicans tried to convince Governor Dayton & DFL Legislative Leaders to include repealing the Warehousing & Farm Equipment repair taxes during the Special Disaster Special Session. Al though Dayton agreed the Farm equipment tax was a mistake, he refused to consider this DFL caused disaster in the agenda. On the notion of the disastrous ware house tax – Minnesota is the only state in the nation to implement such a tax – he challenged Republicans with finding the offsetting spending cuts.

Dayton said he remains unfriendly to the idea, pushed hard by Republicans, of repealing the new warehouse tax during the special session. He said he has invited the GOP to come up with a new source of income to replace that tax but none have come forward.

Let’s recap the Dayton & DFL budget, shall we? They had a surplus (that could have paid back Dayton’s school shift) and still raised taxes by over $2 Billion to satisfy their spending appetite. Minnesota is required to have a balanced budget, meaning you have to rely on forecasts on tax collections to match spending.

Well what happens when – as common sense predicts as well as experts – you raise a tax on something specific and people stop buying it? The “investment” revenue from those products don’t come in to the state and there is a donut in the budget.

Minnesota’s tax increase on cigarettes has dampened sales since taking effect on July 1, just as tobacco sellers and anti-smoking groups predicted would happen.

Early state Department of Revenue figures show a sharp drop in demand for the stamps affixed to each pack of cigarettes, Minnesota Public Radio reported Thursday. The stamps are proof that state taxes have been paid. Wholesalers and retailers pin the dip on the extra $1.60 per pack tax, especially in border towns.

For July, stamp sales fell more than 35 percent over the same month a year ago. For August, the drop was 12 percent.

The department reports that tax collections are up by more than 56 percent anyway, though that figure slightly lags projections used when lawmakers built the tax increase into their newly enacted state budget. Tax collections on other-than-cigarette tobacco products such as ‘roll-your-own’ tobacco also are up.

So what will Dayton & DFL leaders propose to cut to offset the predicted shortfall in revenue? You see, they need ALL the predicted revenue to have a balanced budget.

Of course we all know that they will simply look for someone or something else to tax. They are addicted to spending. They are addicted to growing Government. They can’t fathom the idea of a Minnesota economy that doesn’t revolve around state bureaucrats and isn’t held hostage by the elected politicians who like to play Sim City with real lives and businesses.

#makeDClisten No Training Included In Daytoncare – Killing Obamacare Is The Only Way To Protect Americans

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

What happens when a single party is allowed to exercise its ideology with out criticism, examination, or media scrutiny? Its called Obamacare and its crazy uncle Daytoncare (MNSure).

On October 1st, every Minnesotan will be required to participate in the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange that was mandated by Obamacare. What is the exchange and how will it affect the millions of existing contracts Minnesotans have with insurance providers is unclear just a week out from the launch.

What should really scare all Minnesotans is this from the Pioneer Press:

A week before the launch of Minnesota’s health exchange, no insurance agents, county workers or “navigators” have been fully trained and certified to help consumers enroll in coverage through the new system, state officials told legislators Tuesday.

In a week 6 million Minnesotans need to know just what the law passed thanks to Al Franken’s stolen election means to them and their family. Hundreds of thousands of employers have to know what this means to their business. Thousands of state and county employees are being forced to impliment the Federal mandate, yet none of them have even received information or training as to explain what Minnesotans can expect.

A lot of Republican strategists are scared of taking a bold stand and “risking” a shutdown over defunding Obamacare, but the fact is no one knows what Obamacare really is. Heck, Nancy Pelosi said the only way to know what was in the bill was to pass it. Three years later, even the bureaucrats tasked with carrying out the Federal mandate don’t know what was in the bill.

Well the law is supposed to be enacted in a week and no one knows what the law really does or what it means. No one has yet been trained to explain to Americans what it means to American families.

Not stopping Obamacare’s unknown affects on Americans’ health care is immoral, unAmerican, and unDemocratic.

Repeal the provision in Obamacare that allows for the Obama appointed Secretary of Health & Human Services to grant a waiver to groups or businesses and force mandate every single state, federal, county, and municipal employee to participate in the same laws that other Americans will be forced to.

If Obamacare is so dang good, then every single American should be mandated to participate. No one should be excluded. No one should be granted a waiver. And no one should be forced to participate in a government policy that no one has been trained to even explain to citizens.

Common sense says this was a mistake. Logic says this is insanity and political marksmanship and overreach. Honesty says this was the mother of all political mistakes ever made in Washington and something that at the very least needs more time to be examined and tested.

To allow Obamacare to be implemented at this point, with no proof of readiness, benefits, or affordability is grounds for recall, impeachment, and a psych eval for anyone unwilling to be honest and admit that its one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people.

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Daytoncare Has Its 1st Major Security Failure

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Obamacare will go down in history as the worst piece of legislation ever. It was due to the ability of President Obama and Congressional Democrats to railroad the law through Congress with their 60th vote Al Franken that there was never any scrutiny, debate, or vetting of the practicality of the law. The same Government that can’t figure out how to maintain a transportation network, or realize the usefulness of the post office is somehow going to ‘fix” health insurance?

Well, in Minnesota progressives purchased similar majorities and the Governor’s office in 2012 and they not only agreed to rush a Minnesota exchange into place, they raised the bar on mandates and government intervention. That’s why I call the MNSure (Obamacare mandates state run exchange as opposed to Federal takeover) = Daytoncare.

He demanded it. He rushed it into place. He could have bothered reading this bill and realized that it was ripe with problems and shortcomings. But he doesn’t seem to read a lot of the bills he signs into law, so Minnesota citizens are now subject to human error that could expose their financial and private information to identity theft.

Republicans have warned about the chance for this, and here in Minnesota, we have our first case. 

An employee for the state’s new online health insurance exchange accidentally released confidential information on hundreds of insurance agents.

According to the Star Tribune, MNsure officials say the employee sent an email to an Apple Valley insurance broker’s office Thursday that contained Social Security numbers, addresses and other private information of more than 2,400 insurance agents.

An MNsure security manager called the insurance broker, Jim Koester, and had him delete the file from his computer hard drive. Koester tells the Star Tribune the incident raises questions about the security of MNsure client information.

Users of the exchange will need to provide confidential information to a federal hub where eligibility for public health programs or tax credits will be reviewed.

You hear ever week about how some government or financial network is breached and private data is stolen. We also have the news this week in Minnesota that other state databases are being abused and private information of Minnesotans is being misused by state workers.

Everything that an identity thief needs to destroy someone’s life is neatly packaged in a single database that was raced into operation with out any predecessors to at least improve upon. October 1st is the deadline for insurance companies to inform their existing customers about changes to their existing plans and the new rates. But here we are, 2 weeks from that deadline, and it seems that most insurance companies still don’t really know how the new health care mandates are really going to affect their operations.

If a private company was doing something like Daytoncare to their members or customers, Attorney General Lori Swanson would be slapping lawsuits on them and the local media would have choppers hovering over the Capital.

The Other September 11th We Must Never Forget

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The Obama administration has blood on its hands over the Benghazzi attacks. Don’t forget that the same people demanding we bomb Syria today, did nothing when American lives were at risk. What’s worse is that they tried to blame the deaths on an American who made a stupid video on the internet rather than accept responsibility and admit the truth.

They did nothing when Americans were under attack in that Embassy. Ever since September 11, 2012, they have done what ever they could to cover up the facts that show how inept and derelict they are.

While I normally repost my Never Forget on this day, I chose to post this little video of the lady who was responsible for the security of the American lives lost. They were under her watch and supervision and died on the job. She’s a power hungry career politician who will do and say whatever she has to to achieve power for her egomaniacal quest to change America into a socialist utopia.

Democrats used to be upset at Republicans for remembering what happened in New York, Pennsylvania, and to the Pentagon in 2001. They would accuse us of politicizing it, and replaying the video of the Towers falling to drum up the public support for wars that they opposed. But now they are the ones waving flags trying to ramp up the Patriotism to support a war with no calculable benefit for America.

You see, I’m tired of people who used to slam Bush and Republicans for being war mongers waging those same wars, starting new ones, spying on Americans, and fucking up the world and America in their little quest to play Sim City with America. Like Foreign Policy is a burden when they really just want to control us little ants in the farm.

The Obama administration has spent more time and resources trying to undermine the American people, to divide and conquer us, in his (and don’t forget Hillary’s) quest to have a chicken in every pot. They are waging a political war on American soil trying to fundamentally transform the once greatest nation in the world, into a centrally planned bureaucratic nightmare where freedom, liberty, and personal responsibility are illegal. They didn’t start it, its been going on for decades, but they are the ones finally pulling the trigger on policies designed to undo America’s exceptionalism.

Where is Dennis Kucinich when you need him to introduce an impeachment bill on Obama?

He’s waging wars and getting people killed around the globe all to distract us from the progressive domestic agenda to destroy this country.

I’m sick of seeing Obama’s face everywhere. I’m sick of him politicizing everything to suit his unAmerican agenda. I’m sure by the weekend he will be speaking to a crowd of political drones with that with the usual rhythmic cadence that sways emotions instead of logic and reason, not to mention that goll darn pesky obstacle known as the Constitution. He’ll be blaming Republicans for something, making them the bad guy for his policies failing, or beating them up over some issue to mislead the American public in to supporting policies that are bad for them. And if the polls are really against him, he’ll probably go back to having someone faint in the front of the crowd at each and every rally.

An example would be “immigration reform”. Good reform to Obama is to just allow citizens from other countries to magically become American citizens with all of our rights and benefits (aka: Government handouts to make them dependent on Democrat policies). Its a goll darn election tactic folks. These are people that have likely been breaking laws for decades in some instances that we are now being morally challenged to show compassion to because their home country sucks so bad they have no choice but to sneak into America and steal our jobs, entitlements, and educations. Rather than use the power of his Presidency to help Mexico become a place people can find a good job, be safe, education, and such, we’re going to change or ignore our own laws because its compassionate? No it would be compassionate and the right thing to do to help change Mexico for the better. 

Yes, I said Obama has an unAmerican agenda.

May God bless the families of all those who have senselessly lost their lives under Obama and Clinton’s watch, and may God bless the American people that we take elections seriously from now on and never make such a colossal series of mistakes in the voting booths that puts people that really hate the things that made America so great for over 200 years into office.

I’m tired of people being taken seriously who want to legalize theft and criminalize success.

Redistribution of wealth is theft. You don’t have a right to be lazy but still get everything handed to you. Eventually you will run out of other people to tax in order to get your free stuff.

America has no moral authority to pick sides in a civil war where one side is a murderous dictator and the other side is who tried to kill 150,000 Americans 12 years ago. Al Qaeda is the rebels in Syria folks.

Frankly Obama and the Democrats have done more damage to America in the last 5 years than the terrorists did in the last 12. That is something that I will never forget and I hope my fellow Americans wake the fuck up.

We are being manipulated. We are being used to install Marxism in America. These people lie on a daily basis and manipulate the news to suit their deceitful and dangerous agenda.

They lie and people die. But why? So you will surrender another freedom, another choice, and allow them to impose their will on you, your neighbors, and the people who employ you because they don’t think its fair that some people are more successful than others (unless of course they write a big enough check to the campaign.

Fucking commies.

Yes, I am really angry. You should be too. These people are doing everything they accused Bush of doing, but they are doubling down and actually making the world a more dangerous place. Bush destabilized the Middle East, but Obama has set in on fire. Who the hell are the good guys? Everyone kills everyone just because….

I’ve come to realize that our attempts at defeating terror was a mistake. Maybe we shouldn’t have gone into Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe we could have done things differently, taken a different approach or not at all. Fought the wars differently, or not at all. But what I don’t understand is why we are still fighting Bush’s war when the people who opposed it from the beginning are now in charge of giving the go codes to those drone strikes?

It makes no sense. What the American government is doing under Obama’s administration on our soil to our own people, not abroad, makes no damn sense. Why would they be doing exactly what they opposed for a foreign policy so vehemently after September 11, 2001? What are we or the world to gain by lobbing a few missiles and bombs into Syria? Dare I say, to blow up an Aspirin factory or something? A distraction? Another Cold war to make the American people galvanize around the party in power? Maybe we can get a 3rd term for Obama….

Sure, it could be this is the last chance to establish the perception of us being a serious world power before Russia rebuilds its a Soviet era world alliance. But that ship has sailed folks. We’d better wake the fuck up quick here at home and repeal these progressive laws and environmental bullshit because we have a cruel world coming where countries will be forced to choose between dealing with little old America desperate for fuel, food, and resources or the mighty Putin Axis of evil. We are going to need to be self dependent on resources, food, and fuel or we’re going to be begging from China and Russia. That’s their play in the Middle East. Control of the resources.

Rambling rant as usual, but I’m angry. I’m angry and you should be too. We’re being lied to and manipulated. There’s no logic as to why Obama is doing anything he is. Why Obamacare? Why the domestic spying? Why blame that movie for the murders in Benghazzi? Why bomb Assad? Why is his Treasury reporting $0 added to the national debt when we are running deficits over a hundred billion dollars? Why are federal agents being killed by guns that Obama bought illegally, smuggled to Mexico, and gave to drug cartels? Meanwhile they are trying to take them away from law abiding Americans?

What the fuck is this administration really up to? If you compare their past statements and intentions *if* they get elected, to what they are actually doing, there seems to be a design, a plan. Its not going to happen overnight. It will take quite a while, years, decades, but they will eventually succeed. It took them 50 years to get to the doorstep of socialized medicine. Obamacare isn’t the end goal, its the trojan horse that will destroy the current health care market we have, requiring a total Government take over.

“What difference does it make?” she screams when her incompetence is exposed and people are murdered.  You saw how angry Clinton was when being questioned about Benghazzi. I get that angry every damn time I hear about what Obama is going to do *to* the country I love so much. Not *for* it, but *to* America. His acceptance speak in Chicago on Election night in 2008 still gives me chills (bad ones). Fundamentally transform America….

I believe it is all by design. America is dying the death of a thousand cuts at the hands of its own President with the aid of the Democrat party. The ideas they hold dear for how to run a country are not founded in our Constitution, they are founded in the polices of Marxism. They don’t want to just run the country better than Republicans, they want to rule over the country and its people.

We must remove any politician who supports the policies of progressives from office electorally. Peacefully. We must take our country back from those who clearly hate it. We must educate the public into understanding that free markets, freedom, liberty, and Capitalism is why we have what we have. Marxism first requires the creation of wealth. Why? Because socialism doesn’t allow growth, it levels the playing field equally. Equal misery if you will. Not everyone is going to get to live in a penthouse if we just eliminate the 1%. Nope, the end result of the goal of the Democrats is a crappy life for everyone, but hey, everyone has the saem crappy life so there won’t be any envy. They don’t hate the Red, White, and Blue, but they hate the way we got here and they want to make sure they decide what’s best for you from now on.

So why are we waging wars around the world again when we were lead to believe they were wars of choice by Senators Obama, Clinton, and Kerry?  Wag the dog my friends. Wag the dog.

“If you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” – Spock

Freeloader Society – The Attempt To Steal Walmart’s Property For The Collective

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

RF Flashback: Why Walmart?

You may or may not like Walmart, but you have to admire their success. They have taken the American dream and run with it by building the largest employer in the world that offers products people want at a good price.

The neo-socialist left hates Walmart for this success and has been trying for years to unionize their 1.3 million “workers”. Just think of how much union dues can be collected from 1.3 million slaves to the union brass who pull the levers of organized labor.

“Organized labor” is not made up entirely of the people who work for companies. There is a growing imbalance between the people who work exclusively for the union and the people the union represents that supplies the union with its revenue. Unions have staff and their own overhead that get paid for by the union dues that are confiscated from the other members. We really should start calling union dues – union taxes – since it not a voluntary paid fee. Its mandatory and automatically deducted in many cases before the employee ever receives their pay check, just like taxes are.

There’s a common thought among conservatives that if people actually had to mail a check to the IRS every month instead of having their taxes withheld, people would realize just how much the government siphons off the top of their hard work, and reject Democrat politicians and government in general.

The same would be true for unions I believe. If union members had to actually write a check each month for their union dues, they’d realize the return on their investment is not worth it and more importantly, that they could probably find a better way to spend or save “their” money themselves.

The notion of people deciding if they would voluntarily “pay their predetermined fair share” scares the crap out of the Democrats and their pals in Big Labor because they know people, if given free will to decide on their own, would not do it.

And back to Walmart…..

What the left in America wants to do is to steal the accumulated property (aka Walmart’s profits and wealth) and redistribute it, of course not without first taking their percentage off the top, to pay the union brass and bureaucracy, not to forget, or course elect more Democrats.    Big labor is intent on starting something akin to the Communist Revolution in America. Their goal is for the employees of companies to own and control the companies they work for. So instead of the company being designed to provide a product or service people will buy, its merely supposed to supply a person with a “sustainable wage” no matter the impacts of the marketability of what the company makes or sells.

Walmart is so successful because it brings goods to market cheaper than anyone else. But if they no longer have low wages (I promise not to go on a minimum wage rant too), they will have to raise their prices. And if you are givent he choice of paying $8.99 for a case of Coke at Walmart or $8.99 at Target or Cub, which would you do? I know I wouldn’t.

There are 2 ways to be successful in business in a free market. Produce a better product than your competitors. Or produce a lower priced product. Quality and savings will affect consumer choice.

While the word Communist may offend you, the fact that Big Labor is trying to steal ownership stakes in companies is what should really piss you off.

Remember the auto bailouts? Shares of GM & Chrysler were taken away from private individuals who bought them. Those shares were then given to the unions. That’s stealing folks.  Walmart is the golden goose for unions.

Walmart has been very reactive to political pressures. They are huge on Green policies. They mandate environmentally friendly packaging to their suppliers. They are one of if not the largest open space owner in America if memory serves. I heard that for every acre of parking lot, they set aside 2 acres of open space or wetland – or something along those lines. Its a popular tactic in corporate America to engage in activities that people would like to raise the company’s public image.

The amount of money wasted on the pipe dream of environmentalism in America is sickening. But that’s for a different rant.

So why would Big Labor and the socialist left in America want to destroy Walmart when it is doing things – of their own free will mind you – that the left wants everyone to be forced to do?

Because Walmart has accumulated a mountain of wealth, something the left can’t do. You see, the key to Marxism is that first you have to create the wealth before it can be redistributed evenly to the people according to their needs. Welfare is not an economic model. I’ve touched this subject many times as well.

While some may find the desire to get rich as evil, its what makes for a successful economy. You can’t have a successful growing economy if everything is centrally planned.

You see, if you get everything handed to you and don’t have to earn it, you don’t have the drive to go do something productive. Yes, it makes people lazy. People end up discovering its easier to complain to a politician, the media, or a government bureaucrat social worker who will then give them what they want, then it is to go find a job and earn the ability to be self sustainable.

The old Reagan saying about Welfare’s number one goal should be to eliminate the need for it, is a great example of what I mean.

If the socialist left can destroy the biggest company in America, guess what. The rest of the companies will easily cave to their demands too. If the political left in America can force companies to require liberal behavior, they will remove the need to do it through government. I’ve written about this before and explained it better, but let me get back to my inspiration for this particular rant against the big labor lefties.

A planned post-Thanksgiving action largely fizzled due to poor turnout. Many of the protesters at the events were not actually Walmart employees and in some cases were bussed in from outside.  [Source]

Organized labor manipulates the stories by bussing people in to make a contract dispute between a few dozen workers and their employer look like a protest with hundreds of people. You’ve seen the giant Teamsters semi that rolls around the Twin Cities from time to time. That truck probably cost several hundred thousand dollars. That comes out of union member dues. The SEIU has a fleet of purple busses and standing army of professional protesters who can make even the most minuscule situation seem like a full blown crisis. Remember the Wisconsin Capital occupation? Largely people not affected by the policies in Wisconsin, but ‘rent a mob’. They pay people to go protest.

I am very rusty at writing so this is all over the place. Sorry folks. 

Here’s the take away. Be prepared to see protesters at Walmarts today, but remember that there is a very good chance that most of the people waving signs and screaming those rhythmic chants don’t actually work at Walmart and may not even be from Minnesota.  Big labor has gotten very savvy, they have to, because in an honest free market economy they would quickly become unneeded.

Why does it cost $125 to have an electrician come fix a light switch that costs 99 cents?  Same goes for plumbers and a whole host of other service industries. The recent Dayton unionization of daycare providers and personal care attendants is another test case for the theory of mandated union membership raising prices and the key to unions – eliminating the legality of the competition. There will likely be a reduction of choice in daycare along with rising prices.

If you want a better explanation of what I am trying to say here, go watch Idiocracy. That’s what we will look like if we turn into a free loader society.

Wow this post is a rambling roller coaster. But hey, at least I got through the writer’s block. :D

Non-Compostable Waste: Minimum Wage Increase v2.0

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Gov. Dayton and the DFL failed to pass another economy crippling part of the left wing Neo-Communist agenda last Legislative Session: a $1.3 Billion employer tax increase. But, they aren’t taking it lying down. You are hearing story after story about pushes to pass a massive mandated wage increase in the news.

What you are not hearing about, is the impact on employers and the economy. I wrote about this back in May during the Session.

RF Flashback: Winkler & DFL To Push $1.3 Billion Minimum Wage Tax Hike

Further Proof Of MN Media Bias

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

In 2011/12: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann goes to Iowa, and the Minnesota media instantly declares she’s abandoning her District.

In 2013/14: Senator Amy Klobuchar goes to Iowa, and the Minnesota media gushes over it.

The narrative for the next 2 years to avoid covering Senator Franken and his leftwing agenda will be how great Amy Klobuchar’s hot dish recipe’s are received at Iowa backyard BBQs.

Meanwhile, in Congress, serious problems facing the country are being debated, but the constituents back here in Minnesota are being left out in the dark about what is really happening and the consequences of the Obama administration’s reckless domestic and foreign policies.

Its Called Voting With Our Feet You Morons

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Check out the “quotes” from Government bureaucrats AKA liberals we are trying to get the heck away from out here in the hinterlands.

Census report on commuting doesn’t have good news for Twin Cities exurbs

The real truth is the fact that people are willing to have long commutes just to get some privacy and safety in the suburbs even though they know that the bureaucrats are just going to build more trains for those already living in the hamster cage, is further proof the people running government are obtuse to our society and instead trying to change it.

The headline should read: Census report on commuting bad news for downtowns & inner ring suburbs counting on property taxes

 

Unicorn Farts & Happy Thoughts Agenda

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Well the House DFL is leaving little to the imagination of what it looks like inside the mind of a utopian. That is, what does the agenda look like from someone who has no basis of using practical real world cause and effect and instead relies entirely on feelings to govern.

Its always a good indicator that a policy is flawed when, in order to get enough support to pass legislation, you have to insert exclusions for special interests who would be harmed upon implementation…. (emphasis mine)

The Minnesota House and Senate have agreed to an energy bill that includes a 1.5 percent solar energy standard for investor-owned utilities.

[...]

The conference committee working out differences between the two bills decided on a 1.5 percent solar energy standard that will take effect sooner. Investor-owned utilities, such as Xcel Energy, must meet the standard by the end of 2020. Iron mining facilities and paper mills are exempt, as are electricity co-ops and municipal utilities.

Here’s a response from House Republicans on the issue.

St. Paul- Reps. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) and Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) issued the following statements upon passage of the conference committee report for the Jobs, Commerce, Housing, and Energy Omnibus bill. HF 729 passed by a vote of 73-59 and the conference committee report now heads to the Senate for final passage.

“I was disappointed to find excessive wasteful spending for inefficient government programs in this bill which is inaccurately titled a ‘jobs’ bill. HF 729 is a hodgepodge of state programs and initiatives that will spend millions in taxpayer dollars and only kill jobs or drive them elsewhere through higher taxes, fees and energy rates. The special interests that benefit from this bill will result in others losing out, including a special group of employees that will receive much higher unemployment benefits than the average Minnesotan,” said Rep. O’Driscoll.

“Democrats passed energy mandates tonight that will result in higher energy costs for hardworking Minnesotans. Democrats are forcing consumers to use energy that nobody wants, everyone will pay for, and no one can afford,” added Rep. Garofalo.

Meanwhile, on the real energy crisis that affects Minnesotans TODAY….

Prices around the metro and across Minnesota jumped well above $4 a gallon Wednesday. Prices at some stations around the metro were listed at $4.19 a gallon, while other stations were reported to be slightly higher.

According to AAA, the highest average price on record for the state is $3.98, that was in 2008. Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Michigan, Illinois and the West Coast are holding the highest gas prices in the country right now.

AAA says higher crude oil prices are partly to blame for the price hike, but refinery maintenance both planned and unplanned in the Midwest and West Coast caused those prices to go up.

AAA says we might not get relief at the pump until July 4.

This is not on the list of things the DFL is worried about. In fact, they are proposing a gas tax increase as well as driving related fee increases to pad their special interest slush funds and bailout packages.

Is this what you voted for Minnesota?

 

A President Against His People

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The non-stop campaign from Barrack Obama is sickening. His election campaign has been morphed into Organizing for Action. If there was a shred of honesty in his soul, he’d call it Organizing Against America. Because that’s what it really is. Its on a obsessive non-stop mission to fundamentally transform America. Which means change America, but not for the better, to take away freedoms, liberties, and the very foundation that made this country great.

Its pathetic that the President of the United States will negotiate with our enemies, while trying to cull the opposition politically, here in America.

History will remember the 44th President as…. well I guess the next election will decide exactly how future generations will look back at this time.

Will America survive the Obama administration? As in, will his  quest for absolute power and installation of radical leftist theology be successful to the point where America as we know it ceases to exist?