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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Try Again?

Today’s America is seemingly looking and feeling much more like the Colonies that were once ruled by a King.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Andy Aplikowski – January 16, 2013

The Numbers Don’t Support Taxing The Rich As A Fiscal Cliff Solution

The narrative being used against Republicans is: “They are the party of the rich and won’t make them pay their fair share.” The Republican party, officials, and candidates have done a terrible job fighting back against that lie.

I’m going to leave the whole how much is fair and I think 1% of the population paying for 40% of Government argument alone for today and focus on the heart of the matter that Republicans need to spread far and wide.

The reason the national debt is sky rocketing and the deficits are growing is not low taxes, its high spending. Now Democrats are seeking a return to the Clinton era tax rates on the “wealthy”. They claim that was the last time we have a surplus.

There are 2 big problems with that argument.

  1. The Republican House lead by Aremy & Gingrich forced Clinton to cut spending.
  2. The 2000’s ended with the dot com bubble. Scores of shell companies were cooking their books in the infancy of the internet boom to get rich quick. Tax revenues were sky high from companies that produced nothing. Similar to the Housing market collapse at the end of the Bush years, the revenue was booked, but it was a mirage not a trend.

Here’s a chart that I made to compare the actual numbers of Revenue and Expenditures from Clinton thru Obama.

Federal Spending vs Revenue Chart Clinton Bush Obama Dec 4, 2012 by: Andy Aplikowski

(Click to enlarge)

 

The peak of Clinton Revenue (taxes) was in 2000 at $2.025 trillion. Again, that includes the dotcom bubble revenues. You can see that it was a 1 year $200 Billion increase from the previous year.

Just look at the numbers. Obama’s estimates for his next term are pipe dreams.

So what’s the point? Some conservatives and Republicans are throwing up their hands, saying its too late. The point is that Republicans have done a terrible job pointing out the course of the deficit problem, SPENDING.

Look no further than Europe to see that what Obama wants to do won’t work.

Ever expanding government through entitlements and rationed freedoms and a central planned economy where winners are picked based on feeling, emotion and willingness to help enact the political agenda of the left, not free markets – Societies like these eventually run their course. Growth stops, dependency skyrockets, and society is torn apart. Class warfare ensues, and civil unrest takes place.

Stalin was the key to creating the socialist Soviet Union. He tweaked Marxism to create a need for Government, a dependency on Government, that the only hope for everyone to have a shot of having basic necessities was if Government gave it to you.

We are at a fork in the road of America and Obama and his minions on the left know, they have the public convinced that it is not ok for you to go take what your neighbor worked hard to buy themselves, but don’t worry, the IRS will take their money away and Government will give you what you want.

Its like that old saying, “As soon as people realize they can just vote themselves more money, the Republic is lost.”

Of course the media is absent in reporting what is really going on. My suspicion is that because they like it.

This  fiscal cliff in America is not coming on January 1st. Its not a crisis of just getting Republicans to cave on taxes. Grover Norquist’s demise will not mark the avoiding of the fiscal calamity.

It will be if we as a free people do fall for the ponzi scheme and promises of the socialist left and pretend that raising taxes on a few rich people will solve a budget crisis created entirely by skyrocketing spending. Spending that was promised decades ago by the first wave of socialist sympathizers in America.

It feels so good to just think that this is a one time rip the bandaid off and everything will be just fine fix. A one time bailout of the Federal Treasury and shazam! everything will be just fine. Government spending can continue to grow at will, and there will always be a 1% to take more away from to redistribute to the other 99%.

 

 

Spending is the thing that is going up at unsustainable rates. The only way to balance the budget with out serious spending reductions is huge tax increases.

You could take away every dime of income that the 1% have and it won’t even solve the budget deficit for one single year. In doing so you will have eliminated some of that 1% by bankrupting them and removing their ability to operate their businesses. Which means there will be less of the 1% to get that revenue from next year. Meaning the deficit will grow again and you are right back where you started, but now there are more people dependent on Government.

Obama wants $1.6 Trillion in new tax revenue over 10 years as his answer to the spending crisis. He and his core supporters like Keith Ellison refuse to even consider much needed reforms to the growing federal spending programs creating the deficits in the first place: entitlements.

Somehow taxing Peter to pay Paul is going to balance the budget?

But its for the public good. There is just so much good Friedman material…..

How did we get into the Big Government mess? Liberal do-gooders!

The fiscal cliff debates are about spending.

There is no Santa Claus coming with a big old sack of permanent revenue to bail out America. We spend too much bloody money. Senator Klobuchar is the new queen of do-gooders. She’s an ambulance chasing former County Attorney who is becoming the next Ralph Nader. For every economic action there is a reaction. Ban lead toys for kids, Polaris gets hurt. Require drain covers on pools, public pools close.

There’s always a reason to expand Government…

You can also always find someone you can make people hate and take away what they have to give to someone else. The problem is you eventually run out of other groups of people.

There is no free lunch.

I know some of you out there are saying, ok ok, there aren’t enough rich to make it work but we just can’t even think about cutting anything … and then you think: What about going after businesses for more revenue? Yeah, yeah, that’s got to be the ticket.

I have some bad new for you, there is no Santa Claus.

This is a long post/ Point it

Its the spending stupid. Spending is the reason our debt is so high. You can’t tax your way out of a spending problem.

Ask Europe.

Road Rage

They’ve already taxed billions away from us, each time saying, this time its going to solve the problem, but now they are going to go for the jugular.

Plan calls for $20 billion in Minnesota transit tax hikes

Key word: Transit. This isn’t a transportation plan, this is social engineering.

Also worthy of note: Raising driver’s license fees when they used that as a barrier to pass Voter ID.

Sadly,  imbeciles allowed Republicans to lose to Dayton a second time, allowing him to buy the Legislature. And now he is going to tax our asses off. Way to go lobbyists and strategists who suck but still get paid.

But of course, the same people who leveraged Republicans into the mistakes in legislation, amendments, and messaging are not being turned away….

As I said, road rage.

Rat Hole Pointing Fingers While Wasting Taxpayer Money

According to Metro Transit, Northstar ridership is failing due to the suckiness of the Minnesota Twins.

Metro Transit officials attribute much of this year’s losses in passenger traffic to the dismal performance of the Minnesota Twins. Ridership to games at Target Field was down 16 percent from last year.

Hundreds of millions to run a train on existing tracks….

But good news, Mark Dayton bought the Legislature so we going to pay for more and more of this boondoggles so that we don’t accidentally upgrade our highway system to meet that demand….

Its insane to think choo choo trains will solve congestion in our vast metro area, then again, the inmates are running the asylum here. They use Europe as the model despite its laundry list of failures.

Today In The Idiocracy

The very things Obama and the media had to claim were not happening are now being used to make the case for Obama’s push for Stalinism.

JOBLESS 
INFLATION
RECESSION

We have no other choice but to surrender our liberty, freedoms, choice, but most importantly property to the Government so they alone can save this nation.

When Government controls the media, and the media agrees with Government… you get the idea but for 4 years we heard that Obama inherited this mess. the truth is that he maintained the mess, made it worse, all so he could get reelected then use it to force socialism upon the American people.

More Bad News On Obama’s Foreign Policy Priorities

Its too bad to check.

In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country.

The subject line of the email, on which slain Ambassador Chris Stevens was copied, read: “Termination of Tripoli DC-3 Support.”

Four days later, on May 7, the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool’s new Chevrolet Volts. The purchase was a part of the State Department’s “Energy Efficiency Sweep of Europe” initiative, which included hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on green program expenditures at various U.S. Embassies.

Read more: KELLY: Libya security cut while Vienna embassy gained Chevy Volts – Washington Timeshttp://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/10/kelly-libya-security-cut-while-vienna-embassy-gain/#ixzz291B4gBjr
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This is the insanity of Obama. He refused to send reinforcements to keep American diplomats safe and instead money keeping others green.

I’m almost speechless, and for me, that’s bad.

Exactly how does this happen? Well I know its what happens when liberals are put in charge, but still how can sane humans with functioning brains allow it to happen when they had to know that lives were at risk? Was their cult worship of environmentalism blinding them from their duty to keep Americans safe? Again, I know the answer to that one.

If Amy Klobuchar wants to politicize a tragedy for her campaign she should go kick in the door of the State Department and demand answers.

Must walk away from keyboard….

 

Obama: Dear Comrades In Arms, Now More Than Ever

Whenever I see an Obama or Klobuchar sign as I am driving, rare btw, I say “Der Comerade” in a Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV kind of accent.

Well today Obama’s Comrades in Arms are going on the offensive by putting on their rose colored glasses and regurgitating the White House spin on the jobs report. Which of course doesn’t add up, but the loyal lapdogs in Congress like Senator Klobuchar and their left wing allies in the media are counting on Americans’ short attention spans and hoping they don’t bother to fact check the o-called Government watchdogs and truth meters in the media.

You see, everything these radical Communists… I’m sorry…. progressives…  have been fighting for for the last 50 years is on the line, can they drive the final nail in the coffin of what once was the greatest nation on the planet by killing its economy once and for all by sending Obama back for a second term to finish the job? Or as some Hollywood folks say….”In the second term, its on”

Obamacare isn’t the solution to Health Care, its the trojan horse that destroys private health systems and requires the Government to step in.

As is the case in most industries, free markets are overruled by the Government picking the winners.

According to Obama in his debate this week, its wrong to allow Exxon and oil companies to get a “subsidy” or tax break while still actually producing a product Americans need, but its ok to spend ten times that on green energy non-science (as opposed to non-sense) like Solyndra and the countless other Democrat donating green energy companies who took taxpayer money but are belly up and not producing a single watt of energy.

I could go on, the point is do not let the headlines get to you, they are being crafted by the enemy of America as we know it.

Friends don’t let friends listen to the MSM. Now more than ever we need to make sure Americans know the truth. We can’t afford four more years of Obama and Democrats in control.

I could go on, point is folks, its crunch time. If you care about America you can’t sit back and complain. You need to affect the change. You need to step forward and show Obama and Democrats that you don’t agree that Government is the solution. You need to help convince others how bad things really are.

Obama and Democrats have multi billion dollar media empires who get to broadcast his version of reality 24 hours a day…

 

UH OH….. The 6 Am to 10PM daily grind of a full time job and every other waking moment being volunteered to stop Obama is unleashing the AAARF in me…..

Is it something that we cannot overcome? Maybe, but does that mean we just lay down and let America die a slow death at the hands of socialists and nanny state bureaucrats and aristocrats?

No, stand up America and let your voices be heard, stand up and join together with others working to change the course of history. Stand up and make sure Obama is a one term President.

Join the fight, we can overcome all odds, but we need your help.

We are outnumbered in the GOTV trenches by the unions and special interests of the left but we stand on the right side of the battle, where liberty and freedom reside. If we all work together we can stop Obama and Democrats.

We truly need your help. We have 33 days to save America.

I beg of you to volunteer your time or donate to good groups like, say… CD6 where we are the tip of the spear going toe to toe with the people trying to destroy America.

We will keep working, with or with out you because America is too important to just lie down and do nothing because we are too busy or you don’t like to make calls or…..

 

This is it. Now or never. Come help us make calls, lit drop, door knock, donate, lawnsigns.

This is it. 33 days until the election. 33 days to see if we can save America from another mistake.

I need you, America needs you.

At 8PM on November 6th, I will know that I did everything with in my power to do something. Do you think I enjoy burning up my own fuel driving around the 6th District? No, but it needed to be done.

What are you doing?

Grab Your Carbon Neutral Sporks

It worked, I accidently took some night time sinus/allergy meds last night and slept through the DNC speeches, but I’m still physically ill to know that some of my fellow Americans are working to erase what makes America America.

The desire and rewards for striving for and achieving success.

Being handed something isn’t what makes Americans do something. The sound bites, clips, and reactions I have been hearing this morning make me sick. Its what you would expect to hear coming out of the Soviet Union, Europe, or some other failed socialist part of the world.

Why is it that Democrats get to call people unpatriotic and unAmerican, but Republicans can’t?

Oh yeah, because the media are a bunch of sympathetic socialists themselves and are eating up this closet communism with a spork.

I expect class envy, demands for redistribution, and caps on the standard of living coming out of the Communist Party, but not from a once great party that also believed in freedom and liberty.

Its just sad to know that some people in the Democrat party who claim to be opposed to socialism, can’t bring themselves to realize that they don’t have to leave the Democrat party, the party has left them.

Full blown fringe left extremism is on display in Charlotte.

The Democratic vision for America under a second term of Obama is taking us further away from what made America great, where there are no longer rewards for success, risk, and entrepreneurship.

Predefined outcomes and unequal lifting. The United Communes of America is the goal for Democrats. Where the have nots no longer have to worry or try because the haves will have theirs taken away and redistributed.

From each according to the means to each according to their needs.

An early name  that was being considered for this blog was: For needs not wants.

Everyone wants to be fat and happy, figuratively. But what happens to a society when everyone that wants a Lamborgini gets one? Oh, here’s the dirty little secret, not everyone will live like Bill Gates, Barbara Streissand, & Tom Hanks under Obama’s vision of America. Not everyone will have to shop at the grocery store that Michelle Obama would approve of.

You see, in the Soviet Union while the huddled masses stood in lines for their rationed loaves of bread, the elite aristocracy of Communist power were relieving themselves in solid gold toilets. John Edwards was right on mark with his phrase of 2 Americas the only problem is that its “Progressives” who have that vision. One for the leaders and one for them.

Rich people shouldn’t be rich anymore in Obama’s America. They shouldn’t buy fancy cars, yachts, take trips to posh resorts, or eat and uber fancy restaurants. The very same things and places that Americans make  good money working at or making, nope, in Obama’s America that guy or gal who can afford to buy that 6 figure care or stay at that 5 star hotel penthouse should have that money taken away. CEOs should be punished and have their pay tied to that of the workers. Don’t base Executive pay by performance or success, but rather worker satisfaction.

Ugh, its sickening to think about what Democrats have planned for America. Oh and if you are a Democrat who thinks I am wrong, please point out how your President and Congressional leaders aren’t pushing full throated socialism.

They want to tell me what car to drive, where to live,m what to eat, what light bulb to use, what to watch, what to read, what to think, and who to like.

 

More On MNDOT’s Dangerous Cnty Rd E2 Bridge Over 35W

As promised, I snapped a couple of better pictures last night on the way home of the County Rd. E2 Bridge over 35W in New Brighton / Arden Hills.

I’m quite shocked this bridge is still open and they are allowing people to drive under it. (Mind you they shut down a highway because a bike path bridge was damaged but this one has crumbling concrete braced up by regular lumber and there’s not even a warning or weight restriction.

Folks big semis drive onto of this bridge supported by wood. There are a number of trucking companies, a post office distribution center, and telephone pole company that are located immediately off of this freeway bridge.

MNDOT Bridge / Cnty Rd. E2

MNDOT Bridge / Cnty Rd. E2

MNDOT Bridge / Cnty Rd. E2

It appears this is on the docket to replace in 2016. Question is, can we risk waiting this long?

We’ve spent billions on building trains, performing studies for future trains,  hybrid buses, bike paths, but for some reason we just don’t have any to replace dangerous bridges.