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…..

 

Point by Point “Progressive” Mark Dayton Aligned With Socialist & Communist Party Agenda

progressive agenda logo The Progressive Agenda has a list of demands. Those who follow Minnesota politics may  find it sounds familiar. (Note Pre-K is in there among other demands from Dayton and  Minnesota DFLers) [ Governor Mark Dayton is a signers of the agenda. ]

Lift the Floor for Working People »

  • Raise the federal minimum wage, so that it reaches $15/hour, while indexing it to inflation.
  • Reform the National Labor Relations Act, to enhance workers’ right to organize and rebuild the middle class.
  • Pass comprehensive immigration reform to grow the economy and protect against exploitation of low-wage workers.
  • Oppose trade deals that hand more power to corporations at the expense of American jobs, workers’ rights, and the environment.

2Support Working Families »

  • Pass national paid sick leave.
  • Pass national paid family leave.
  • Make Pre-K, after-school programs and childcare universal.
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Allow students to refinance student loan debt to take advantage of lower interest rates.

3Tax Fairness »

  • Close the carried interest loophole.
  • End tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
  • Implement the “Buffett Rule” so millionaires pay their fair share.
  • Close the CEO tax loophole that allows corporations to take advantage of “performance pay” write-offs.

This article compares the Progressive Agenda of Mark Dayton to the Socialist and Communist Parties’ platforms and surprise surprise they pretty much match up point by point.

The Republican Party of Minnesota gets attacked for being right wing and “fringe” all the time by DFLers and the media in this state. Well here we have proof that the agenda of Dayton and the DFL is as fringe left as you can get in America. Its time to start waking up Minnesotans to just exactly what Dayton’s vision of a “better Minnesota” really would look like.

 

Dayton Trying To Pay Off Union’s Debt With E-12 Shutdown

Education Minnesota, the Minnesota Teachers’ Union umbrella organization, is carrying $798,275.24 in debt on its State Political Account following the 2014 elections.  I say umbrella because the spider web of left wing PACs and committees in Minnesota is dizzying.

Education Minnesota just happens to be the largest beneficiary of Governor Dayton’s ultimatum on adding statewide Pre-K to the State Budget. The new teacher positions would all be forced to pay union dues to ED MN. So by Dayton’s forcing the issue to add Pre-K to the normal mandated schooling, he is forcing new union dues paying positions.

Coincidence? Me thinks not.

Dayton is willing to shut down State Government again over this one single issue.

Gov. Mark Dayton stood by his threat Sunday to veto the public schools funding bill, saying he has made his priority of enhanced prekindergarten spending clear for months, and vowing that House Republicans would pay the biggest political cost if it results in a long, messy special session.

You see, the DFL has done polling on if there is a shutdown, who will the voters hold accountable. Not who is accountable, but who Dayton and the DFL can blame.

“I will, again, I will veto” an education bill if it only includes $400 million in new money for schools, Dayton said in a Sunday afternoon press conference.

Shameful.

Non-Passive Progressives Spew Hate Blame Amtrak Crash On GOP – Update

Another example of left wing progressive politics getting down right nasty.

The Agenda Project has a series of Youtube videos called, Republican Cuts Kill Again.

People try to blame the right for nastiness in politics. they claim its the rich right wingers who have soiled the discourse in America.

But here we have yet another left wing organization aimed solely at spewing hate, blame, and breed anger funded by left wing millionaires.

The deep pockets that fund hate in American politics are found on the left. They will politicize anything to mislead the public about how disastrous their progressive politics are.

REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL . . . AGAIN 

Ad buy planned against Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee

 

Washington, DC – Today, the Agenda Project Action Fund released a NEW ADconnecting GOP budget cuts to the tragic Amtrak crash that killed 7 people and injured 200 more.  See the ad HERE

Republican Cuts Kill . . . Again features graphic images from Tuesday’s Amtrak crash including bloody victims, the twisted body of a train car, mangled equipment and injured passengers.  These visuals are interspersed with facts and figures about GOP cuts to Amtrak’s budget and video of dozens of GOP leaders demanding “cuts” to Amtrak and other critical projects.

The ad includes Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and dozens of other GOP leaders who have called for slashing crucial funding to Amtrak and other programs.

Erica Payne, President of the Agenda Project Action Fund, said “Year after year, Republicans have run for office almost exclusively on cutting spending.  Many of the cuts they demand are utterly reckless.  It is high time someone points to the real human costs of this kind of irresponsible governance.  Cutsto the Amtrak budget prevented vital upgrades that could have prevented this tragedy.  Republican budget cuts crippled a system that transports more than 30 million American citizens each year. Shame on them.

The ad comes the morning after GOP leaders – who are still not sure of the cause of the crash – voted to cut Amtrak’s budget by more than $250 million.  According to officials who operate the Northeast Corridor, the route faces a $1 billion annual shortfall in capital needs.  The company’s most traveled train line has a “state-of-good-repair backlog” of 11,100 major projects and 4,800 basic infrastructure repairs.

Republican Cuts Kill . . .  Again is Part II of a planned multi-ad, multi-year attack on reckless GOP budget cuts.

Part I of Republican Cuts Kill was released in October, 2014 in the wake of the Ebola crisis. You can see that ad and the subsequent media coverage HERE.  That ad blamed GOP of budget cuts to National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control for hampering efforts to fight the Ebola crisis.  Senate testimony from the leaders of the two agencies affirmed this accusation. 

The original Republican Cuts Kill infuriated GOP leaders. This latest chapter promises to do the same.

UPDATE

These hate filled Progressives are really proud of themselves. I just got another email today showing them bragging about this politicization of the tragedy.

Dear Andy,

In the wake of the tragic Amtrak crash that killed 7 people and injured 200 more, today, the Agenda Project Action Fund released a new ad demanding an answer to a critical question: Did Republican Cuts Kill . . . Again? 

You can see the ad HERE.  Before clicking on the ad, please know that the content is very graphic.

While the details are still emerging about the central cause of the crash, it is clear that additional funding could likely have prevented the tragedy.  The New York Times reported that the crash could have been prevented with the installation of a safety system known as Positive Train Control. The Association of American Railroads says that it would require an additional $5 billion to complete the installations throughout the country by the end of this year. Instead of considering a strong investment in our nation’s rail system – which would not only benefit millions of Americans but also contribute countless millions in the form of new economic development and employment opportunities – Republicans have slashed Amtrak’s funding every year.

The ad targets Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chair of Appropriations Chair, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and dozens of other GOP leaders who have called for slashing crucial funding to Amtrak and other programs.

Republican Cuts Kill . . .  Again is Part II in a planned multi-ad, multi-year attack on GOP reckless budget cuts. 

Click here to watch the video

The video comes one day after GOP leaders – before learning the cause of the crash – voted to cut Amtrak’s budget by more than $250 million.  According to officials who operate the Northeast Corridor, the route faces a $1 billion annual shortfall in capital needs—and has a “state-of-good-repair backlog” of 11,100 major projects and 4,800 basic infrastructure repairs needed on the company’s most travelled train line. 

Year after year, Republicans have run for office almost exclusively on cutting spending.  Many of those cuts have been utterly reckless.  It is high time someone points to the real human costs of this kind of irresponsible governance.  The egregious and utterly unnecessary cuts to Amtrak prevented vital upgrades to our aging railways and crippled the system that transports more than 30 million American citizens each year.

We plan to run this ad in Kentucky against Chair of the Appropriations Committee Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY).  If you would like to contribute to PUT THIS AD ON TV, please click here.

Thanks for all you do,

Erica

Lost Decade – Wynn Asks What Recovery?

I’ve been saying that we have never really recovered from the 2007 recession. There has been no real corrections to our economy or markets. No return of jobs lost. No one really learned a lesson. In fact, people were simply bailed out. Add to that all the new regulations and mandates, and things are worse, not better than before.

Well, I’m no economist or super duper successful person who can sound and is smart or something. Steve Wynn also says its a sham recovery.

“Well, the idea that America is in the midst of a great recovery is pure fiction. It’s a lie. It’s a jobless recovery,” Wynn said. “Because recoveries are marked by the level of real employment. And if you count the people who have left the work force, real unemployment is 15 to 20 percent.”

Not only is unemployment much higher than the “official” rate of 5.5 percent, but Wynn said the Consumer Price Index, used to measure inflation, is also rigged in such a way that it doesn’t accurately reflect what real Americans experience on a daily basis. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. had -0.1 percent inflation for the 12 months ended in March 2015. Inflation doesn’t exist.

Wynn says that’s a sham.

“If you take real inflation, and you’ve got to count energy and food and all that stuff, real inflation is much higher than they say it is,” Wynn said. “My employees’ take home pay, in spite of the increases we give them, their paychecks are 90-cent paychecks, 90 cents on the dollar. It’s very difficult for the middle class in America to keep up because of the inflationary pressure and the devaluation of the dollar.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/steve-wynn-economic-recovery-pure-fiction/#VAs0Fsp53PvBxi1X.99

Read the rest.

Here We Go Again – Housing Bubble Round 2

Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. 

I have been saying “What recovery” for years, yet people keep pointing to “numbers” that say RECOVERY! No. we still haven’t recovered fully from the great recession. We have band-aided and bailed out economic sectors, industries, and companies with greased politicians and great lobbyists, but we have not had market corrections and a real recovery.

Housing was the final straw that led to the collapse in 2007. With the low interest rates and rising home prices, not to mention new homes still being built, you may be saying, yeah, we are recovered… but take another look.

Homeownership rate lowest in 25 years
Home prices are rising, and homeownership is falling. How can that be?

If prices are rising, it must be because there is increasing demand for homes, but if there is increasing demand, then why are there fewer homeowners?

It has to do with this: math. The homeownership rate in the first quarter of this year fell to 63.7 percent, the lowest since 1990, according to the U.S. Census. The homeownership rate is the ratio of households that own to overall households—the remaining being rental households.

As with “the unemployment rate” the numbers politicians and the media hacks like to report is massaged and manipulated to tell you what they want you to know, not what the truth is.

Having said all that, we should also note that there was actually a slight decline in the total, real number of homeowners. It wasn’t enough alone to push the homeownership rate down as far as it did, but it should be noted. As investors continue to buy single-family homes, and first-time buyers remain unable to afford today’s prices, real homeownership takes a hit.

Ah. Investors are buying homes now.

Like investors bought all that land in the early 2000’s and built homes driving up the prices….. and investors bought mortgage portfolios and swapped them back and forth……

We have not recovered. Due to bailouts and continued cheap/free low interest rate and downpayment mortgages, no one involved in the housing bubble learned a lesson.

Investors are now just buying up the homes low to sell high later OR to rent them out rather than buy the mortgages and make interest like they did 10 years ago.

We are headed to another economic recession. Washington has been pumping up the economy and eventually the chickens are going to come home to roost.

Neither Republicans or Democrats can claim they didn’t know. Both parties bailed out those banks – but in truth they did so for different reasons. That’s for another rant.

Point is: Obama has not lead us out of the recession. He prolonged. He kicked the reforms and adjustments down the road. The next few years are going to be very bumpy. We’re heading for another full blown recession again.

MN Media Rushing To Democrat’s Aid On Budget Bloat

If this MinnPost headline doesn’t expose the bias in Minnesota political reporting, I don’t know what does.

Senate budget seeks to bridge gulf between Dayton and GOP
By Briana Bierschbach | 03/27/15

 

Bias?

Yes.

In the negotiations to craft Minnesota’s next two-year budget, Democrats in control of the state Senate are casting themselves as the wise old sages of state government.

That was the dominant theme of a Friday morning press conference revealing the DFLers blueprint for a $42.7 billion budget, which will cut taxes less than Republicans in control of the House want and spend less than Gov. Mark Dayton wants. With a nearly $1.9 billion budget surplus to spend, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said the key ingredient in their budget is pumping $250 million into the state’s budget reserve to help provide a buffer from future budget deficits.

It is true there is a large gap between what Governor Dayton has proposed and what House Republicans have proposed. The problem is that the Senate Democrat proposal is not a compromise as implied.

House GOP: $39.95 Billion

Senate Dem: $42.27 Billion

Dem Dayton: $42.79 Billion

Are the Senate Democrats really being reasonable? I mean does their offer that is almost as much as Dayton’s really a grand compromise?

I mean MinnPost even included a graphic from MMB that clearly shows the Senate Democrats’ proposal is almost exactly the same as Dayton’s. And the image is an interactive one on MinnPost’s site that displays the proposed budget amount for each one if clicked on.

chart

 

People on the right often complain why Republicans can’t win and why Minnesotans are so likely to vote Democrats. I contend that they don’t know any better. The way the news in Minnesota is presented is biased towards supporting the liberal policies of Democrats.

The facts of the matter is spending is growing at out of control increases every budget cycle. Democrats are actually trying to claim that the proposed Republican tax cuts could lead to future budget deficits…. But they ignore how the massive spending increases would do exactly that same thing.

Democrats want to spend the surplus. That’s the headline. That’s the story here. But instead, the media in Minnesota is devoted to spinning the Democrat lies and misleading voters.

Obamanomics In Practice – The New Normal

You keep hearing about how great the economy is doing. How jobs are being created and everything is back to normal. But the new normal is not like the old normal.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise in “refund anticipation checks,” a type of cash advance especially popular among low-income families who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, the government’s $65 billion cash benefit program. The advances are being marketed as a way to get fast refunds or defer payment of tax preparation costs.

It also happens to be a glaring example of irony. The same Government that is confiscating so much money from us that we are forced to scratch and claw and borrow to make ends meet, is worried that we are borrowing from high risk fraudsters to make ends meet.

There’s a solution to this whole problem, that will never be considered. Smaller Government.

Oh I know, without the nanny state, how will everyone get free E-14 schooling (notice I did’t say an E-14 education) and all those other entitlements?

We cannot afford the Government that has been forced upon us. That’s a factual, emotion free statement.

Job creation is now controlled by Government. They have made good paying full time, reliable jobs, a rarity. You can scream outsourcing and blame corporate America, but the fact is if Government hadn’t created the red tape, they’d happily allow people to work more than 30 hours a week as one example of the new normal of Obama’s Economy.

The American economy looks nothing like it did 8 years ago. Through the ashes of the recession, Marxism took root. A centrally planned and controlled destruction of the free markets is in effect.

This new, fundamentally transformed America, sure seems to have created more people screaming for more free stuff. Then again, socialism is not supposed to solve problem, its designed to identify and shine the spot light on them.

Creating a dependent is far more important than solving the problem. Because if you solve the economic effects that made someone need help and get that person a job, you can’t continue to run government for the sole purpose of maintaining power. You’d eventually be able to cut taxes to the point where there is enough capital out in the markets to create jobs for those in need. If someone did fall through the cracks and need additional help, people would have plenty of money left over from low taxes and low product costs to be true good samaritans and help their fellow man.

Instead, the definition of compassion in Obama’s America is now demanding Government confiscate other people’s property to give others what you think will make them happy.

This new normal of liberal economics sure seems to have a whole lot of unhappy people who complain about all the things they don’t have or can’t afford.

How is higher taxes and more regulation going to lower the cost of raising a family or provide a good paying job?

If we are now going to be a society based on always needing another bailout, another credit card to max out, a windfall of tax refunds, lottery, etc etc. we are screwed. Then again, if we need those things, we also need politicians to provide us with more and more entitlements and handouts.

Welcome to the new normal. Where your choices are determined for you.