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.

Does DFL’s New Senatorial Palace Have Bird Safe Glass?

There’s nothing but headlines about the Vikings stadium construction and its SEEK AND DESTROY BIRD ERADICATION glass, but has anyone bothered to ask the DFL Senate of their new glassy exterior Senatorial Taj Ma Baak going to use bird friendly glass?

Here’s a KARE 11 story w/ video of the renderings which look really dangerous to birds. 

Up next on the liberal hypocrisy watch, how many birds are killed by taxpayer funded windmills?

If we could save just one bird’s life…..

Check Your Objectiveness At The Door

If anyone in the media or DFL ever complain about a Republican Governor giving a campaign speech anywhere in the Capital or in the State of the Union again, I’m going to blow a gasket after this piece of work from Mark Dayton last night. This was a campaign speech and Republicans should demand equal time from all media outlets who dutifully covered the DFL’s campaign agenda.

The State of the State speech is meant to lay out the goals for the session. Dayton could have submitted his goals for the 2014 session in writing or maybe that lady he doesn’t talk to could have read it for him. But no, he waited until the session was over. Til it was too late to actually accomplish anything, to lay out what exactly he does want.

And oh, forget the fact that the things that Minnesotans really want, like mining jobs, less red tape, and less camel’s nose under the tent Government intrusion, no, he left that out.

Its maddening that the media in this state attacks any Republican standing up for the shared principles of the hard working men and women of Minnesota, but allows these blunder head radicals to walk around preaching socialism with a straight face.

Hmmm: Video Of Seifert Praising Cap & Trade Now “Private”

I heard Jack & Ben talking about Marty Seifert today on Up and At ‘em and remembered how much I had written about Seifert during the 2010 campaign. Oh the memories. :( Like The Midwest Cap & Trade bill Seifert said was “a good bill” and urged his colleagues to support.

RF Flashback: Team Seifert Misleads – He Did Vote Green When It Was Cool

Seems someone has possibly done a little internet clean up of past digressions that would sink a Republican candidate in 2014 now that we have a much more informed and far less gullible Republican party electorate than we did in 2002 & 2006. The video of his passionate House floor speech is now marked “private”.

Possibly another indicator that Mr. Seifert didn’t make the decision to get into the race AFTER the recent straw poll and maybe, just maybe, he isn’t being entirely truthful.

BREAKING: Strib Confirms AAARF Was Right On Ethanol

Take that cob and shove it.

CORYDON, Iowa — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.

Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”

But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.

As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.

The dirty little secret of the “Green energy movement” is that the only green it creates is money in the pockets of the people and companies. Its actually bad for the environment when it comes to ethanol.

Its funny, as long as its not for ethanol or to win votes for Congress and President, agriculture is considered bad for the environment. For decades politicians have lied about ethanol to influence elections. They may have done more environmental damage than even the biggest oil spills.

 

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

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.

 

Ruff Morning Tomorrow – UPDATE

The Twin City’s North Chamber is hosting its monthly Legislative Breakfast tomorrow. Topic: Transportation. We will have someone there who believes this kind of poppycock.

What is the future of transit in MN?

Panelists
Annette Meeks, Freedom Foundation
Dave Van Hattum, Transit for Livable Communities

I encourage everyone to engage in their local chambers even if they aren’t owners as the lobbyists leeches from the Capital have begun infesting local Chambers as low hanging fruit. Its also the farm team for Capital leeches who invite their left wing nanny state friends to come shill for Socialism. After all anyone who can honestly defend the nanny state one size fits all Government that Dayton & Obama are pushing while repeating the talking points that with Government so big there is no way to keep track of every little detail….

You get the idea. Lunacrats are on the march!

FInd your local chamber and make sure you don’t let the left wing and advocates for hire high jack your community!

(Yes a leech is what you call someone who wants to do something really expensive and force people who will never use their thing to pay for it)

UPDATE:

To clarify, Twin Cities North is not one of the one’s being entirely overrun by lobbyists and left wing non-profit types. Twin West, Metro North and other PAC Chambers have a tendency to resemble the MN Chamber who will…. meddle for their own special pet projects.

That being said, we have a few people and groups from outside our geographic area who have pushed very controversial or selfish agendas at teh Capital who show their faces….

Flood your Chambers with limited Government conservatives and prevent bleeding hearts from highjacking a business group to push their non-profit feel good stuff…..

 

Unicorn Farts & Happy Thoughts Agenda

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?

 

Dayton – Cutting Your Taxes, Expanding Them, Then Raising Them

RF Flashback circa 2007: Lunacracy In Action – Absence Matters – Destructive Energy Bill Stalled, “Less” Destructive One Passes

Lunacracy – A form of Government where reality and common sense are excluded from the debate, where special interest groups have more clout than the average citizens being governed. The Constitution is not to be considered a binding blueprint for the role and powers of such Government.

Lunacrat – An elected official who is more concerned with special interest support than doing what is right for the people they were elected to represent.

Oh look, unelected bureaucrat demands more of your money to be used against your best interests.

Met Council chairwoman supports proposed transit sales tax hike during State of Region

Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh reiterated her support for Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed transit tax on Monday, Feb. 11 during her “State of the Region” address at the St. Paul Union Depot on Kellogg Boulevard.

Appearing before hundreds of onlookers,

And there were just a dozen or so who showed up to defend their 2nd Amendment rights from Dayton’s allies in the Legislature, but hey, they are professional journalists, they just count differently. When its a liberal action item, they count fingers and toes.

Haigh said that the recently-renovated train depot, first completed in 1923, represented the kind of long-term commitment to transportation infrastructure that the region is once again contemplating.

The “region” Dayton and his minions in the shadow government of Met Council focus on is downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Their only plans for the broader Metro area is taxation….. OK fine, and to make it nearly impossible to drive your own car so you will finally surrender to their 19th century plan of trains trains trains.

“The generation that invested in this building did us a great favor in constructing this kind of lasting investment,” she said.

It probably cost a few hundred thousand dollars to build, and these lunatics just dumped over $250 million into it in order to explain why they needed to tear up a main thoroughfare between Minneapolis and St. Paul and disrupt thousands of peoples’ lives and put a bunch of business out of business. Ribbon cutting ceremony trumps jobs and the economy.

But hey, let’s scrape off the lipstick ad get to the hog suckling at the teet of the Twin City taxpayers.

Dayton has said he will push for a .25 percent sales tax, equivalent to a nickel on every $20 purchase, within the seven county metro. If approved by the state Legislature, the funds could help launch up to 15 passenger rail and Bus Rapid Transit lines within the next 20 years.

Record high gas prices. Stagnant economic growth. Tax increases hitting every Minnesotan. Uncertain cost of health insurance and the looming possibility of employers cutting hours to avoid the Government overreach in Dayton’s dream of Obamacare.

And here we have Dayton’s unelected shadow government trying to dig into our wallets for even more money to spend on their social engineering.

Maybe in heaven the news media will inform voters just how much disdain these bureaucrats have for free will and free markets.

While rome is burning, this lady is building a taj ma hall to rekindle that love affair Americans gladly made obsolete a century ago.

The locomotive.

Lunacrats:

 

Best Frenemies?

I don’t understand how one could so quickly switch teams.

Let the past stay past

In 2010, Brian McClung, a former Gov. Tim Pawlenty staffer, was leading Minnesota Forward, a group that spent $1.6 million largely to make sure that Dayton was not elected governor. And Chris Tiedeman was chair of Minnesota’s Future, which spent millions with the same aim. But now, McClung and Tiedeman are sending out releases on behalf of public relations clients offering Dayton some support for his budget. McClung, on behalf of three metro area chambers of commerce, shared his clients’ praise for Dayton’s focus on transit investment. And Tiedeman, on behalf of AARP, the SEIU health care union and the Long Term Care Imperative, sent out some praise for Dayton making senior care a “priority.” Asked about the switch both seemed to recognize the irony of the situation — and continued to pitch their clients’ stories.

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