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Random Thoughts 12/3/13

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Here’s a few quick links and some random thoughts.

  • This one is very disappointing.

    6th District candidate Krinkie avoids debates that aren’t free, public

    Disparaging the hard work of party activists and conservative groups is never a good idea or sign of strength. Despite claims to the contrary, I am not helping any one in this race. I want to see a fair endorsement where the best candidate wins. After that, its war and I feel if our battlefield is focused on a primary fight instead of voter outreach, ID, and aiming our rhetorical guns at the DFL its harming the cause. Do I have a preference  sure, maybe its colored by how the other candidates have treated me and fellow hard working volunteers over the years. You have to remember that running a bus over someone tends to leave a lasting impression. Is it influencing my duties at CD6? Nope, I’m trying to raise money and build up the organization to be a fully functioning Death Star. All I have said is that I hope rather than tear apart our own side for a race the DFL won’t even compete in this year, we should focus efforts in competitive areas or districts we have completely ignored for decades. The 6th District is the most successful CD in the state, outpacing every other district when it comes to sending Republicans to St. Paul, turnout for statewide races, and making calls into other CDs who either are not willing to or able to mount a ground game or grassroots movement to elect their own candidates. Yes I am biased due to being part of CD6 leadership, BUT I have worked side by side with people from every coalition who understand that work needs to be done while everyone else is pointing fingers. If not for the work of hundreds of CD6 activists and volunteers in 2012, Dayton and the DFL would have had larger Majorities in St. Paul. We won 31 of the 33 Legislative races touching CD6 and made GOTV calls into dozens of Legislative Districts across the state. CD6 is not the District others should be pointing fingers at, they should be emulating our success. But frankly, that means putting down the keyboard and showing up to work rather than sitting back and bitching. The 6th District is the key to winning statewide. If people from the 7 other CDs spend all their time pouring gasoline on this race to divide and conquer our army of volunteers, its going to harm the statewide candidates.

  • Not gonna lie, this one has me seriously considering my options.
    House candidate Fenton leaving state GOP postBut after you read this post, you and I will both agree, that I will never be able to stop the blog and be happy, let alone simply be the second fiddle who only plays during the chorus. But a boy can dream, can’t he? The facts I strongly believe the party needs a nuts and bolts operations person very badly. there are lots of well intentioned and capable people at HQ, but they lack experience and knowledge. The whole BPOU / CD convention window debacle is all the proof you need that stupid mistakes easily happen when no one understands why its a stupid idea. Money and fineness are better now, but the party  side of things is …. Maybe I’m wrong but we need a worker not a thinker or person looking to climb the ladder on their way to running for something else. Party first minded people. Not me first minded people are who should be considered to replace Kelly.
  • I am still shocked at the cover up of the Obamacare disaster among the laundry list of other scandals Obama has perpetrated. If this were a private company every socialist in the administration and Congress would be demanding public tarring and feathering of the people who were behind it. Nixon spied on the DNC and destroyed the tapes. For that he was demonized. Obama’s administration is spying on the American public, using the IRS to penalize right leaning groups, and he’s trampling on the Constitution like its a bag fun of spiders. How there is not serious impeachment demands being brought forth is beyond me. He is breaking his oath of office and lies on a daily basis, yet the media just …..
  • Paul Walker’s death in a fiery car crash should be used as a lesson on Hollywood and our society in general. No one thinks about their actions anymore. Walker’s main claim to fame, the Fast & Furious movie franchise, has glorified the very same behavior that caused his own death. Illegal street racing and reckless driving. Every day on the roads, I see people texting & driving, pretending they are on a nascar track weaving in and out of traffic like they will win  a cash prize if they make it home first, or just plain not paying attention on the roads. People die daily due to careless driving. Everyone is so damn selfish that they don’t really care that having a text conversation while driving could end up killing some poor family or ruin someone’s life. Nope, that conversation matters. Nope, so what if they cut you off or swerve into your lane clipping your fender, its your problem to get your car fixed. There is no sense of common decency amongst us anymore. Nope, 2 rich people who could afford to go rent out a real race track and see how fast their car can really go, end up doing it on a real street and luckily only taking their own lives. Do I enjoy watching the F&F movies, most of them. But I understand the difference between the silver screen and the real world and have to drive along side people I think believed they really could drag around a giant vault with 2 cars……
  • And lastly, ah, the Vikings Stadium ground breaking is today. The deal is done and the iron is in place to begin the work, but we still don’t really know who is paying for it or how. The public contribution to the Wilf’s new palace is a mystery and riddle wrapped in a carefully botched series of statements from Mark Dayton. I get misguided crap for “being pro-stadium”. Look, I wish billionaires would build their own damn stadiums, but they don’t and this thing was going to happen. I supported having the stadium in Arden Hills, Heck, I thought as long as the voters got to vote on the sales tax increase, I supported the Anoka County plan way back when. I saw the stadium as a way of breaking the Minneapolis mafia’s monopoly. We are a metro area with several distinct destinations and attractions, not a monolithic hub urban utopia. We are funneling billions of dollars into a failed city experimenting with neo-socialist theology while people are being gunned down in gang wars and kids are failing out of schools at the worst rate in the nation. Yet Minnesota keeps rewarding these sham politicians with billions in new trains, stadiums, municipal welfare cloaked as LGA, and bailing them out on failed policy and promise one after the other. I supported building the Stadium in Arden Hills to hurt Minneapolis and force MNDOT and other leaders to understand their is life and growing populations north of Hwy 36. The key to killing off the LRT mass transit car hating tree hugging hippie utopian unicorn dream centrally planned society is to allow growth to expand outward, not force it inward where they rip up perfectly good parking lots to build subsidized restaurants and hotels that no one wants to go to because you can’t park or will get mugged trying to get there. The stadium was going to happen. There was no way to stop it. There wasn’t. Allowing it to happen in the absolute possible place politically with the absolute worst funding was foolish and certain politicians running for statewide office will soon realize having a few high profile lobbyists on speed dial amounts to about 1% approval ratings in GOP straw polls and such. People’s careers deserve to be destroyed for forcing this thing through so hastily and with out long term vision and seizing the opportunity to use this as a way of getting left leaning urbanites to support suburban growth and expansions.

Fraknen On Obamacare 2012: Can we not all agree to talk about this law in a factual matter?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Fraknen Hearts Obamacare March 2012 via his official webpage.

I bet this quickly disappears. Fact check this media.

 

I tried to download before it does, but encountered an error. Someone may want to do so before Franken’s record runs into the fact is was all a lie.

Al Franken was the only reason Democrats forced this flawed law through.

“Can we not all agree to talk about this law in a factual matter?”

Oh Al, some of us have been talking about the facts and truth of this law all along.

Welcome to The Lunacracy – Roads And Bridges Decades Behind But Met Council Focusing On Century Ago Solutions

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The Met Council has devolved from a regional infrastructure planning board, to a social engineering utopian’s dream where happy thoughts and totalitarian socialist theory thrives, and common sense, practical solutions, and fact based logic are deemed evil.

Every day, I like millions of other Minnesotans, sit in a see of tail lights from a transportation system that is decades behind, yet we see million dollar buses and billion dollar trains racing past us with more empty seats than occupied ones. Yet planners continue to divert money from roads and bridges to “transit”.

There have been 3 significant tax increases or adjustments that were dedicated to transportation in the last 10 years in Minnesota. But the impacts can only be seen, not felt.

In 2006, the MVST Amendment was passed thanks to Tim Pawlenty’s Vote Yes arm. This was the one that took an existing tax on vehicle sales and funneled “At least 60% to transit and no more than 40% to roads and bridges”. It was supposed to be all we needed to fix things.

In 2008, Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a gas tax hike was overridden with the help of 8 Republicans in the House and Senate. Democrats and their special interest groups who stood to benefit used the 35W bridge collapse to bully and intimidate Legislators and public opinion that this would also solve everything.

Also in 2008, the Legislature overrode the Constitution to allow Metro Counties to increase their local sales tax with out voter approval. Five of the 7 Counties did so, including my own Anoka County. (Which oddly has not repealed the tax increases despite having flipped the board’s political majority). This increased sales tax is used almost exclusively for mass transit.

During this same time, billions have gone in to commuter and light rail projects no one really needed, but a handful of social engineers really wanted. They aim to control people’s lives. They aim to remove choice from our daily lives. They hate the fact that 95% of Minnesotans don’t NEED them and their trains and their buses. They hate the fact that we can and will do what we want, go where we want, when we want and how we want to. Because, they know what is best for us. Its all about control.

Let me remind you again, our state highways and bridges are decades behind in design, capacity, and are in dangerously in neglect.  A bridge I drive on or under every single day is being held up by wood.

MNDOT Bridge / Cnty Rd. E2

MNDOT Bridge / Cnty Rd. E2

 

Billions of money have been spent over the last decade on transit. Some through direct visible tax increases and the construction of choo choo trains, but the social engineers have also been spending at will behind the scenes discarding perfectly good conventional diesel buses for new hybrid or clean diesel buses. All those park and ride expansions across the metro, and planning for BRT Bus Rapid Transit have all siphoned off perfectly good money that could have been used to repair bridges and expand clogged up highways.

But nope, the social engineers have determined cars are ‘so 20th Century’ and the future runs right back through the 19th Century or something. Rail and hamster habitat buses. Yes, that is our future in the vast and expanding metro area. A centralized urban hub that rejects market forces, and removes choice.

Met Council Eyes Half Cent Sales Tax Hike For Transit

The head of the Metropolitan Council supports a half-cent sales tax hike in the seven-county metro to help fund transportation needs.

Met Council Chair Susan Haigh says the increase would help fund much-needed transportation needs as the State struggles to keep up with transportation demands. Haigh, and other transportation officials, say the gas tax is not enough to keep transportation projects properly funded over the next several decades.

This all comes at a time when the Met Council is expanding bus rapid transit (BRT) across the Twin Cities.

It is maddening to have unelected bureaucrats with zero accountability propose tax increases for the sole purpose of pleasing their Orwellian dreams which are neither based in reality or the Constitution. Every damn day I am forced to drive through bottlenecks and on crumbling bridges, all the while dodging half empty buses racing up the shoulders like maniacs.

I frequently pass by boondoggles like the Hiawatha LRT & Northstar Commuter rail. Failed experiments only propped up by hundreds of millions in operating subsidies. Traffic is worse from these to projects, and the next version of rats in the maze MNDOT/Met Council is building – Central Corridor – has destroyed a historic artery that used to connect Minneapolis and St. Paul downtowns.

I am taxed, I am regulated, but I am not being served. Its infuriating. Its depressing. Its unAmerican.

I am being ruled over by my Government, whether elected or not. Its almost like the redcoats won and someone from a different society and country and continent is deciding what is best for me and all against my will.

 

Dayton & DFL’s $4.7 Billion Tax Increase

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

He’s the MMB’s document taking a look into the crystal ball in future budget forecasts.

Mind you, this is all predicated on the notion that nothing in the economy changes. Such as, there are no massive lawoffs and business relocations due to Obamacare, a Billion minimum wage (aka employee tax hike), or the other anti-business taxes like the warehouse tax or Worker’s comp tax Democrats have imposed.

It’s time to ramp up the effort to retake the MN House and win every statewide office folks, because if we don’t do something to stop the Democrats, no one will be able to afford living in Minnesota.

Nolan: Obamacare Is Just The First Step…..

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Democrat Congressman Rick “I hate Washington” Nolan of CD8 must be feeling the heat of being out raised by Republican Stewart Mills. He is making media waves for saying President Obama needs to fire someone for the Obamacare disaster.

The local media of course is lapping it up. But what did Nolan do to help prevent the disaster? He took out his pom poms.

On March 23rd, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, providing coverage to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, allowing students to stay on their parents’ plans a little longer, saving senior citizens money by addressing the donut hole in Medicare, and guaranteeing that women pay the same as men for health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act – or “ObamaCare” – is the first step, not the last, in our nation’s quest for providing Americans with the assurance, security, and the peace of mind that accompanies quality, low-cost health care.

Enrollment for individuals and small businesses in the MNsure marketplace began October 1st.

So here’s what you need to know:

1. On October 1st, Minnesota launched MNsure, a health insurance marketplace for individuals who are uninsured or who need to find new coverage. MNsure is a one-stop shop where both individuals and small businesses can browse through health care plans to find the right coverage for themselves or for their employees.

2. You will get to choose your coverage by browsing through plans and costs side-by-side from health care providers that are now competing for your business. You can search for plans with specific features that match the health needs of both yourself and your family.

3. If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. And in fact, you’ll get a host of other built-in new consumer protections.

[Source http://nolan.house.gov/the-affordable-care-act Accessed 10/24/13]

If this disaster is just the first step, could it be that I was right and Obamacare wasn’t designed to work, but rather destroy the insurance industry requiring a complete government takeover AKA single-payer?

Weekend Depressing News – MN Is 47th Worst State On Taxes

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Oh yeah, Democrat policies are no obstacle to business. If the taxes don’t kill your desire to run a business in Minnesota, there is also the ever growing mountain of red tape and mandates that will make you wonder why you bother.

2014 State Business Tax Climate Index 

The 10 lowest ranked, or worst, states in this year’s Index are:

41. Maryland
42. Connecticut
43. Wisconsin
44. North Carolina
45. Vermont
46. Rhode Island
47. Minnesota
48. California
49. New Jersey
50. New York

If this doesn’t ruin your weekend, you must work for the Government.

Every day I learn of another tax or mandate that my business has to now deal with. This state is in for some serious problems if Dayton and Democrats aren’t run out of office once and for all.

 

MNSure’s Unreasonable Search and Seizure – I Plead The 4th

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

There is a new trend in Government, data is collected and shared with law enforcement and the IRS. Don’t worry though, its “just in case” you break the law. Of course this runs amuck of the Constitution, but that document is completely ignored now by politicians and agents of Government.

4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

At the Federal level, the SAFE Act does a similar thing, including sending your finger prints and an FBI background check to the Department of Justice where it will be stored – just in case.

I saw a story on Drudge this morning about Maryland’s “marketplace” and how personal data is “protected” – more properly put – used to implicate you in a crime.

Maryland’s Health Connection, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment.  If users are able to endure long page-loading delays, they are presented with the website’s privacy policy, a ubiquitous fine-print feature on websites that often go unread. Nevertheless, users are asked to check off a box that they agree to the terms.

The policy contains many standard statements about information automatically collected regarding Internet browsers and IP addresses, temporary “cookies” used by the site, and website accessibility.  However, at least two conditions may give some users pause before proceeding.

The first is regarding personal information submitted with an application for those users who follow through on the sign up process all the way to the end.  The policy states that all information to help in applying for coverage and even for making a payment will be kept strictly confidential and only be used to carry out the function of the marketplace.  There is, however, an exception: “[W]e may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities.”

Obamacare is a Federal law requiring ‘marketplaces’ so chances are every state will be the same….. MNSure is Mark Dayton’s version of Obamacare, I wonder what it does with data. Via MNSure’s terms and conditions page (aka what you must agree with to comply with this federal mandate. (AKA involuntary search and seizure)

With whom may we share information?

We will only share information about you as needed and as allowed or required by law. We may share your information with agencies or persons who need the information to do their jobs, such as MNsure employees, investigators and auditors, community assistance partners you are working with, law enforcement officials, other state, federal and local governmental agencies, your health care insurer, agency, managed care organization or others who pay for your care, and anyone else authorized by law to receive the information

What happened to the 4th Amendment?

I know defenders of Obama will quickly point out that most websites include similar language, but Obamacare is a mandate. Its involuntary (unless you helped elect Obama and Democrats and are owed a political favor so are granted a waver).

I guess Nancy Pelosi was right, we Congress did have to pass the bill before we could read the bill.

Just a reminder to everyone: Senator Al Franken was the deciding vote in passing Obamacare. Upon completion of his successful theft of the 2008 election recount, he became the 60th vote in the US Senate giving Democrats the ability to break a GOP filibuster on this disastrous law.

Dear Liberals, I Feel Your Pain

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

This is how conservatives felt late 2005 and into 2006.

When even your side sees the ponzi scheme known as Obamacare and the influence of special interests over your policies, you’re failing.

As the Obama admin unravels, hopefully the masses of people dragged to the polls to elect this boob will realize there is no free lunch, that socialism sucks, and make a wise choice come 2014.

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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