Is Gov. Dayton Retiring Already?

During the 2014 campaign, Republicans were shunned for stating that Mark Dayton was not going to be able to finish his term and that Tina Smith was going to be Governor so the media should do some… you know… reporting on just how radical she is. Some of us were wagering on how long after the swearing in that Dayton would resign.

Anyone have less than a month?

Via today’s Morning Take from Blois Olson

TODAY:  Lt. Governor Tina Smith will attend a regularly-scheduled meeting of the Governor’s Cabinet…Lt. Governor Smith also will meet with Governor Dayton, commissioners and staff throughout the day. At 10:00am, Lt. Governor Smith will attend a meeting of the Capitol Preservation Commission. At 12:30pm, the Lt. Governor will provide remarks at the Economic Development Association of Minnesota Winter Meeting  In the evening, Lt. Governor Smith will attend a reception at the Governor’s Residence for members of the Minnesota Legislature.

She was acting Governor for the first term of Dayton, now she is just taking over it appears.

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.

Once Bitten Twice Bakk’ed

Why Build One SLOB When You Could Have 2 At Twice The Price

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The taxpayers of Minnesota are still reeling from the effects of total Democrat control of State Government. One of the things they railroaded through was the Senate Legislative Office Building or SLOB. This was the $90 Million new office building that Sen. Majority Leader Tom Bakk, a Democrat, claimed was needed because there wasn’t going to be enough room in the Capitol for Senators after the needed restoration.

Governor Dayton called the SLOB “unMinnesotan” yet he signed it into law. It was hastily passed. And Democrats actually spent more on their own extravagant new offices than they did on roads and bridges last session via the bonding bill.

Well, the bill was passed without any input or transparency and surprise surprise, we are now finding out the Democrats are quickly changing their plans because it was incredibly flawed. Democrats are now trying to force an agreement that allows them to keep office space in the Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said a tentative agreement on space allocation had been reached with former DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen. With Republicans now in charge of the House, Bakk said the new speaker needed to get up to speed on those earlier decisions.

Oh you mean Bakk and House Majority Democrats were making plans on carving up the extra Capitol space last session with out informing the Republicans that there was going to be extra space left in the Capitol?

Why did we need to spend $90 million on an extravagant new office building again?

You can find the blue prints and more details on the duplicitous nature of how the Democrats have been double billing taxpayers for the privilege to have an office at or near the Capitol.

MNSRC: CAPITOL BLUEPRINTS: Duplicate Offices for Senators

And because I think you need to remember that when a Democrat politicians’ lips are moving chances are they are trying to distract you from what they are doing. These are the same Democrats in the Senate who now want to raise taxes on you by hundreds of millions of dollars a year to pay for the road and bridge repairs they have been ignoring for years.

They have been planning for their own posh accommodations, but not our roads.

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Bakk wants taxpayers to get soaked so his fellow Senators can have 2 offices and Dayton agrees. They are now trying to force Speaker Daudt into just signing the agreement he and fellow House or Senate Republicans were not even informed or included in.

Oh and don’t forget,the horse traded to get the House to sign on to the $90 million office building, the Senate had to agree to the House’s minimum wage increase that will cost employers in Minnesota a billion and/or Minnesotans their jobs.

Obama’s Cyber Security Push – What Could Go Wrong?

Don’t Worry, Only The Government Will Be Able To Use The Internet To Steal Your Private Data If Obama & The Federal Government Has Its Way. Of course they will never use that against you. Trust them.

The proposal would shield companies from liability if they share information about cyber threats with the Department of Homeland Security, which has been setting up special units for threat analysis and sharing.

If its illegal for someone to gather date online, why should the Federal Government be allowed to?

Never mind that we still don’t fully understand what actually happened in recent high profile ‘hack attacks”. Was it online terror or disgruntled employees and whistleblowers?

But hey, why figure out the facts before we surrender our rights and privacy for the greater good of Government and bureaucrats?

Do you know how many jobs politicians can say they created if they get to create a whole new Bureau to investigate cyber crimes, scour through data looking for unpaid online sales tax – er I mean online threats, and…. well you get the picture. Let your mind run wild about all the dangers of having an all knowing Government who gets to spy on your private conversations, use that information against you, and gather it in a way that no one else can.

Its a tyranny. Imagine if organizing politically against a ruling government that resembled more of an occupying force would some day become illegal.

After all, the Federal Government is full of people who would love to disarm us just like the British.

The 1st & 2nd Amendments were the cornerstones of our country’s founding based on the experiences learned from a tyrannical force in Great Britain. They were specifically inserted into the Constitution to prevent any such squashing of dissent from taking place on US soil ever again.

The cure for cyber warfare is worse than the disease in my opinion. Like much of what Government wants to fix for that matter.

Fear a Government demanding you surrender freedom and liberty all for the promise of being protected by it. Because maybe the very tools of freedom and liberty they are taking away are exactly what could be used by you to prevent them from stealing all your freedom and liberty.

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.

My Congressman Voted For Boehner Today, Now What Do I Do?

So brand new Congressman Tom Emmer voted for John Boehner for Speaker of the House and I wouldn’t have done the same.

Now what?

My choices are,

1) Stay on in CD6 and hope to earn Congressman Emmer’s trust and pass along some wisdom from the inside. Yes, I could run for reelection as CD6 Treasurer and State Executive Committee member and try to change the Congressman’s mind on issues. The truth is there is so much else to fight for in party politics for me. In 2016 we must hold the MN House and retake the MN Senate. Anyone wasting any time on other pursuits in 2016 is a fool and best friend of the DFL. In 2018 we have another statewide war for Guv, US Senate, and such. There’s so much work to rebuild the part from the base up and strengthen it at the CD & State level, surely I could set difference  aside for the greater good…. But should I?

2) Take my ball and go home. Yes, I could walk away from politics altogether because try and try as I might, there is always another person or group that causes you headaches and makes the volunteer work even harder. Meanwhile other people doing the same thing as me (only worse) have figured out how to profit lucratively from it. Why bother? Yes the party work work needs to be done, but why do I continue to bang my head against the wall when some fanboy activist demands the world revolve around them one day and the next your Congressman votes exactly opposite of how you would. Another day a group will siphon off all the volunteers and teach them that listening to a couple guys tell jokes every week or so is doing something. I have better things to do. And frankly this little bit of venting is likely to have already earned me the distinguished status of enemy of a whole list of people and groups.

3) Put my money where my mouth is. Yes, if I am so let down by the people who represent me in Government, maybe its time for me to run. I’m no fan of personal grudge match endorsement battles or primaries, but I’ve had about all I can take. Maybe its time to run for something. And frankly if Congressman Emmer is going to be Boehner’s most reliable vote while compromising with Obama on the destruction of our Country, he is unworthy to represent me. There was no good alternative. I am too busy to know anything about the others who ran. But I do know that had I been sworn in to the 114th Congress, I would have voted for myself.

Sure, the insiders and people who get invited to all those fancy dancy parties  think Boehner is a great and masterful Speaker. Meanwhile the country is in Constitutional and fiscal crisis. The citizen is deemed the security threat. Taxes and regulation are an every day but necessary obstacle to the pursuit of happiness that is so drummed into us Americans that we don’t even bat an eye anymore. We’re at that now or never point.

What does this mean?

I don’t know. I’m open for advice.

Is it worth being just a lowly activist that operatives and politicians take advantage of anymore?

Is it time for me to run for State or Federal office?

Maybe a higher office with in the Republican Party?

Or maybe I should just go be a blissful uninformed voter and no longer care that this country and state are falling apart at the seems under the crushing force of Government?

Obama Proves His Marxist Heart With Net Neutrality

The Federal Government taking over the internet and making it a public utility is yet another example of President Obama’s (and Senator Al Franken’s)  lust for a perfect Marxist utopia. Where someone else pays for what you want. But don’t let any of your Minnesota friends know that Al Franken is a left wing nutjob.

Internet is a service. You are buying a service, you do not have a right to it. If you use more than someone else, you should pay more. If your usage is causing a slowdown for everyone else, why shouldn’t the company protect other customers?

yes, there is room for debate about the tactics and ethics of all internet providers and key companies in the internet – Google for example. They’ve been censoring search results and promoting others in a pay to play scheme for years, but they don’t get punished.

Friends, Net Neutrality sounds so wonderful, but this is classic Marxism. Someone built a product (the internet and its wonderous way it gets to your home, work, or mobile device) and the Progressive left wants to steal their product and spread the wealth around.

Set aside your dislike for Comcast, Verizon, ATT, etc and think about it. Don’t use Government to punish someone or something you don’t like.

In a free society, you have to assume risk. In a free society, competition will drive better and cheaper goods and services.

This is another reach of Government. Once they control the internet, what makes you think they won’t tell you what you can and cannot see on it? They ruined health insurance. They ruined school lunches.

Wake up people. You’re being played by a Marxist. Think don’t feel.

There is no such thing as a free lunch.

Obama’s Election Day Message: You Can’t Possibly Run Your Own Life

Via the DNC, President Obama sends out this GOTV email this election day morning.

If you don’t vote today, you’re letting someone else decide the future for you.

You’re letting someone else pick a reality that will shape your life for two years. Today is just that simple.

So don’t let it happen, Andy.

Confirm your polling place, and make sure you and your friends and family are the ones deciding the future:

http://my.democrats.org/Lookup

Barack Obama

The President of the United States used to be known as the leader of the free world, but President Obama’s message to his supporters is one of dependence and a lack of faith that these Americans can possibly manage their own lives with out the tethers of the nanny state.