Anoka County’s Love Affair With Rail About Redevelopment Not Commuters – Update

Update to clear up a couple points of contention some have raised.

1) I do not have any evidence that makes me believe that the Anoka County Board is interested in killing Northstar. That doesn’t sit well with some supporters of certain Anoka County Commissioners, but they could take steps to do what so many conservatives in Anoka County want – a) repeal the transit sales tax AND b) kill Northstar all together. But they haven’t and some commissioners have told me that they can’t and won’t. I am not :”attacking the Commissioners, I am disappointed they haven’t done what we all want.

2) The piece of land purchased by the city was not a council member’s, but he does own a parcel in the area. There have been many instances in the rail transit development recent history in Minnesota that politicians (or their close personal acquaintances) happen to own the land that will eventually be required for construction of stops OR future redevelopment once property values go up. My hunch is that this is likely the case. Commuter rail in Minnesota is just not profitable with out local cities and counties ponying up all the money to add the bells and whistles to make the areas around the stops look and seem like “progress’.   You see, just imagine how valuable a single parcel of land near a slated redevelopment corridor will be after all the other pieces are put in place. I don’t know any of the principles in the city of Anoka, but this is how Government and developing works everywhere else, why wouldn’t it possibly be the case in Anoka?

 

Oh look, a politicians who just happened to own land near a Northstar Rail stop sells his “vacant” parcel to the City of Anoka for redevelopment.

There really should be term limits for all levels of Government. Read to the end. they just want to prevent someone from buying the property and, brace yourself, not just doing exactly what the city wants with the land. The city is buying up land in order to sell large swaths off to developers.

Get taxpayers to spend a billion on a train that is unsustainable and requires massive subsidies and diverts attention from the aging and crumbling and dangerous highway system. Then start buying up all the land around the stops for said train. Get tens of millions to build overpasses along train route due to shortsighted planning by local government simply trying to help local landowners get rich off their prospect buying years ago. And if they just can’t swindle enough people to buy along the route, get the city to buy up the land….

In financial realms this is almost like insider trading or something people go to jail for. In government its just called, waste fraud and abuse but no one cares because its the status quo and everyone has skin in the game.

 

The Crazy Bureau Update: If You Regulate This Blog, You Will Make Me An Outlaw

I am an American citizen, this is still America, I have my Constitutional Rights, and no I will not shut up. I’ve been regulated enough and I just can’t stand no more.

Rearrange the letters in  Bureaucracy with a little twist and you can spell: Crazy Bureau.

 

The FEC is going to try to regulate free speech on blogs like this very one you are reading. You see, I personally believe they are worried freedom of speech is too widely used and full blown censorship and licensing of who can and cannot speak their minds would be seen as way too totalitarian.

Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech

Well if it happens, I will not change and they can throw me in jail. I know the President and Congress don’t really pay attention to the Constitution much anymore, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t have the rights afforded to me by that document.

I will not go silently into the tyrannical night. I will not simply allow this despotic form of government to continue to usurp power and unveil a long trail of abuses….

Over 200 years ago, a couple of cent tax on our tea and the inability to speak your mind and assemble as you saw fit was grounds for a revolution.

 

Of Course Dayton Will Fire State Employees To Pay His Advisors

You know how the left always claims that rich executives get that way by refusing to pay lower tier employees?

Or how when liberals demand employers double the pay of their employees the money just appears on trees with out any adjustments to prices or staffing levels to accommodate the massive payroll burdens of the mandates.

Well, liberal Democrat Governor Mark Dayton has promised his advisors a million in pay raises. Maybe its time all these department heads and cabinet officials understand what its like to run a business (dealing with all the red tape these very same people throw at them every day).

The Commissioners and Dayton Cabinet/advisors should be forced to find savings in their respective areas of responsibility in order to off set their massive pay hikes.

After all, if they are worth it, surely they will find a little waste, fraud, or abuse to earn their pay. Or they could just fire a few janitors or secretaries, another thing liberals claim happens for “exorbitant executive compensation”.

That is what the claim executives do, after all.

Hold them to their own words.

Democrats: Only Government Can Make People Rich

Liberal Logic: When a corporation pays big salaries its greedy and evil and stealing money from poor people, but when state Government pays huge salaries its perfectly OK because they need to retain top talent and that money for that huge bloated salary for a political appointee magically appears. .

I think we all just need to let this stew a bit so the absolute hypocrisy and do as I say not as I do of the Democrat Party of Minnesota is on full display.

 

Commander In Nerf: Obama To Request Military Action Against JV Team

I didn’t know NERF made sabers.

Source: President Obama is expected to formally ask Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State terror group in the coming days, even as lawmakers said crafting and passing such a measure would be a challenge.

Let’s not forget that before the 2014 elections, President Obama and Democrats downplayed the nature of ISIS. Could it be because when Obama hastily abandoned the war against terror, it allowed ISIS to flourish in the vacuum Obama created?

Now he wants authority to go deal with the threat?

Maybe he could have listened to his critics and experts before making a promise to his adoring anti-war supporters. Imagine if the media bothered to cover the facts anymore. Home many hostages would have avoided capture and death….

Sickens me that my country has a President like this.

Get Your Pitch Forks: Dayton Hands Out A Million In Pay Raises To His Staff

Are you getting an $88,000 raise this year, because Democrat Mark Dayton just gave an unelected bureaucrat with the power of taxation an $88,000 raise. Dayton just handed out close to a million dollars in raises to his staff and cabinet.

While the public sector wages are stagnate at best, taxes are skyrocketing, and the costs of everyday necessities are getting higher and higher Democrats believe such exorbitant pay raises for state employees are ok.

Two words: Pitch Forks.

Can We Finally Put That Whole ‘The GOP Is The Party Of The Rich’ Meme To Bed Yet?

Democrats outspend Republicans 2 to 1 in the 2014 elections. Folks, and members of the media, that money has to come from somewhere. Source: PiPress

The party, in the midst of a decadelong shutout from statewide offices, spent $8.6 million to end the state and federal election drought last year. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party spent $15 million and kept the GOP from picking off any statewide or congressional incumbents. State campaign finance reports were made public Tuesday.

The DFL slush fund, Alliance for a Better Minnesota alone spent $5.3 million.

Here’s another fun little benefit to being a DFLer running for office. Source: MN CFB AFSCME 2014 Year End

AFSME CFB revenue report 2014 screencap

 

Your DFL supporting attack groups get to claim $1 million in unitemized contributions and no one blinks.

The party of the rich and shadow money is the Democrat Party, not the Republicans. Its time for the press to stop repeating the DFL lies.

Can Dayton Prevent MNSure’s Failure Before Public Is Fully Addicted To Government Run Health Insurance

The Democrat policy that was supposed to fix expensive health insurance needs another bailout proving once again that the whole program is not only a scam, but unsustainable.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lackluster enrollment in private plans and shrinking federal funds may force the state to cover a greater share of Minnesota’s healthinsurance exchange.

MNsure stands to get another $11.7 million in state money from Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal for technological improvements. The state has to chip in more because public plan signups have far outpaced private plan enrollments.

The governor also wants to assume costs for staff that review insurance rates and investigate complaints. Those changes would bring the state’s running tab for the exchange to at least $23 million.

Don’t forget, the people who Dayton put in charge to run this thing already got performance bonuses. They were only held accountable for a failed launch after it was too late. There was no oversight of MNSure, “The Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange”.

I have been saying that Obamacare was a trojan horse for single-payer government run insurance since before it was hastily rushed through a Democrat Congress. It was clear to most sane people that Obamacare was a tourniquet for Health Insurance problems, not a cure. It was not designed to fix the high cost of health insurance and health care. I believe it was specifically designed to destroy the existing system.

You see, Obamacare was designed to bankrupt insurance companies. Mandating coverage of everyone, no matter how expensive their preexisting condition is, is going to have ramifications.  Democrats who passed Obamacare & MNSure must have known that this would hurt everyone else. Oh yeah, they call that fairness.

The fact is Democrats never intended insurance exchanges like MNSure and Healthcare.gov to be the solution. But the problem is, that their placebo has failed too soon. The question is, do we have the stomach for actually repealing a failed and unsustainable entitlement before people get addicted to “free” expensive stuff that ends up ruining entire sectors of our economy?

You see, if Mark Dayton can bandaid MNSure together for a few more years, more people will get addicted to government run, very poorly, health insurance they will be too afraid to go back to a free market solution.

#bias “Reporter” Kisses NYC Mayor Before Interview

Watch the very beginning of this clip. A CNN “reporter” kisses the socialist NYC Mayor on the cheek on air before the interview.
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I think there was a bit of a longing glare in that Monica and Slick Willy in the rope line gaze…..

But the bigger point is, how can you expect fair and unbiased news coverage when that happens?

Is the reporter worshipping the subject? Is the reporter a fan of the Mayor’s radical policies? How can you tell if anyone is being told the truth?

Just because a city, state, or region votes like Marxists doesn’t mean all journalism and factual coverage can be lost. I’m a firm believer that if most people knew the truth about socialism and marxism, they’d reject it.

Common sense, reason, and logic will lead people away from liberalism but only if the media does their job to report the truth.

Like, there is no free lunch. That government isn’t an expert at everything. That Government often gets it wrong.

If Megan Kelly had kissed George Bush on the cheek before an interview, the left would go insane. Heck, when former Congresswoman Bachmann kissed Bush on the cheek at the SOTU the media went nuts.

What I am saying is that the media, like big Government, can’t be trusted. They are playing to their own self interests, and in many cases, helping their friends.

Another excuse is that the Minnesota media refused once again to educate the voters of Minnesota as to just how far left and radical the Democrat leaders in Minnesota are. No one knows the truth. No one knows that no matter the problem, the solution is new taxes, more regulation, and if that doesn’t work, blame Republicans for ignoring the problem even though they didn’t have the power to do anything.