Dayton v. Dayton – Last Minute Ultimatum

Governor Mark Dayton is unhinged when it comes to his last minute ultimatum on mandating schools add all day Pre-K (read new union dues paying teachers). He has decided his plan, that was never introduced in the Legislature because it had no support. He has lashed out saying Republicans hate kids, even doubled down on that, saying th only way he would think differently is if they just pass exactly what he wanted.

But Dayton is not backing down — he’s doubling down. He says he won’t apologize, and he says it is Republicans who should say they’re sorry for hurting schoolchildren.

“I looked it up in the dictionary. It says ‘hate’ means to intensely dislike,” Dayton said. “That’s just for some of them as far as I know. If they want to prove me wrong, they should vote for universal Pre-K. Then I’ll apologize.” (Source: WCCO)

But when it comes to other bills, like environmental bill, Dayton is much more reasonable and aware of the political reality voters have decided on.

But it’s not to say, well it’s not our version of a very good or perfect bill, therefore veto, because it’s not going to come back better. …That’s something we’re going to have to live with for another year and a half and through another legislative session. People want divided government, this is one of the consequences of it.

Some people say that’s good, some people say otherwise, but that’s what the voters of Minnesota decided we would have, and we’re going to do the best we can.” (Source: MPR)

You can’t have it both ways Dayton.  Which is it? Ultimatums or compromise?

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.

Negotiating 101: Never Demand Something You Don’t Have The Votes For

Well we Minnesota taxpayers and business owners have just days left to know how much more its going to cost us to pay for Mark Dayton’s version of a better Minnesota. The Legislature must come to a budget agreement and adjourn this weekend, otherwise we have another SHUTDOWN!

I believe Dayton and DFLers want another shutdown. They won the PR blame game on the last shutdown and plan to do so again. Why wouldn’t they think they can win another one with the media in Minnesota?

Here’s the thing I want my fellow conservative and center right friends and allies to remember. Republicans are going to lose the budget debate in terms of our principles, and we can’t disown them because we think they caved.

No seriously. Some people are expecting, nay, DEMANDING across the board cuts in spending, reduction in the size of government, and ground breaking reforms OR ELSE. (shakes fist)

Civics 101: How a bill becomes law, is a four letter word among those peoples meetings. Republicans lost the Governor’s race. That means, any desire to repeal MNSure, cut tax rates, and freeze Government spending (yes, I know, even a freeze is not good enough for some) would be impossible as Mark Dayton was reelected. I’m not talking about him “having a mandate”. I’m saying Dayton can either sign a bill into law or veto it so demanding he sign something he opposes is unrealistic. We lost the battle on election day last year. (well actually it was already over that day, but that’s a whole different story)

Add to that the fact that the Minnesota Senate was not up for election last election. That means that no matter what happened in the House and Governor, Tom Commie Bakk was going to maintain the ability to kill any center right reforms and cuts being demanded by “the right’.

We actually lost the ability to win the budget negotiations on election day last year. Had we won the House and Governor, then Senate DFLers would have to think twice about voting party line or saving their own tails. But Jeff Johnson lost and Mark Dayton won.

We have to adjust our definition of success to match the reality of the political framework of the Capitol.

I grabbed a beer last week with someone who said that I hate activists. That’s not true. I love activists. I dislike people who mislead center right crowds in order to gain their own power or who take someone’s words as scripture and fact when often times it is misconstrued and distorted for effect. Its just so disappointing when people meet you for the first time and they claim they know everything about you…..

So friends on the right. Please measure your expectations this week and don’t lash out at our friends on the right for not passing laws in line with our principles because it was never possible. It wasn’t the second Dayton won reelection.

And frankly if your plans for 2016 are to purify the party and NOT winning at least 68 House seats and 34 Senate seats, do me a favor and stop talking to people. Why is it that someone people who demand conservative results from Republicans ignore the fact that a minority can’t pass a law?

It takes 68 and 34 votes in the House & Senate respectively to pass a law in Minnesota. That still requires a Governor’s signature. In 2016, how are we going to hold the House & retake the Minnesota Senate if we only care about making sure every Republican elected agrees with me 100%?

Oh and before you say you don’t care, and so and so hates freedom or something….. 90 House & 45 Senate votes are required to override a veto.

I mean no disrespect to anyone who preaches principle and advocates on specific center right issues. Same goes to the big donors. No disrespect to any. Just scratching my head how you expect everything on your terms or you take your ball and stay ….

I just get frustrated that come donation and volunteer time (when we can actually elect people who would more likely vote how we want), all those donors, thought leaders, and crowds they have influence over are awol. Of course this is often because their candidate lost the endorsement/primary, but of course they still demand that other candidate that they trashed pander to them…..

I’m really not looking forward to this week. On a number of fronts.

 

DFL Senator Kicked Off Committee By Her Own Party?

Via Blois Olson’s Morning Take

SENATE:  Chatter at capital about discord within the Senate DFL caucus. Assistant Maj. Ldr. Katie Sieben voted against the senate education bill because she was unhappy with funding levels for education. Sieben served as a staffer when Mark Dayton was in the U.S. Senate. It raised eyebrows when a member of the DFL leadership team voted against an important omnibus bill. Additionally, Sen. Barb Goodwin was recently replaced on the finance committee by Sen. Alice Johnson. Goodwin was unhappy w the lack of funding for mental health programs – insiders believe she was forced off the finance committee and replaced with Johnson who is a close ally to Bakk and DFL leadership.

Does this mean the DFL is also going to force her to retire?

 

Remember That Time Dayton Threw A Tantrum Over The Bakkstabbing?

So only 3 men apparently hold the fate of Minnesota in their hands. Governor Dayton has invited DFL Senate Leader Tom Bakk & Republican Speaker Kurt Daudt to take a fishing trip this weekend.

Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt plan to share a boat Saturday on Lake Vermilion for the annual fishing opener. The outing comes at a critical time in state budget negotiations, so there could be some business combined with the recreation.

I think its incredibly important to remember when Governor Dayton lost his cool with Bakk because boats are small and Dayton once said he didn’t trust him and refused to be alone with him.

Source: STRIB “I’m very disappointed because I thought my relationship with Senator Bakk has always been positive and professional,” Dayton said. “I certainly learned a brutal lesson today that I can’t trust him, can’t believe what he says to me, and that he connives behind my back.”

“I’m not going to meet with Sen. Bakk anymore without others present because I don’t trust his word,” Dayton said.

Dayton trashed fellow DFLer over his staff not getting massive pay raises. Somehow that little temper tantrum got swept under the rug. Much like the other emotionally charged partisan attacks he’s thrown at Republicans for not sharing his leftwing view of the world. Yet somehow he gets away with it.

I have to remember to be a Democrat in my next life. They can say and do anything in this state and get away with it.

Why Is Parenting a 4 Letter Word Nowadays?

Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase Uncle Sam…..

When I was a boy, they called it parenting. In today’s America, we apparently need the Federal Government to take care of families and more to the point, raise kids. Well, I use families loosely as in far too many cases, there is only one parent. And by raise, its more indoctrinate and warehouse. But you get the point. The “family” is no longer part of the equation.

[Source: MPR] ecoming a Promise Zone doesn’t involve any up-front money, but it will give north Minneapolis a competitive advantage when applying for federal grants.

[…]

Duncan could not guarantee that Minneapolis will qualify for any federal grants, but said it opens the door to dozens of government funding sources.

That could mean more money to fund increased educational opportunities for students, find housing for families, improve job prospects for the unemployed and lower crime rates in the neighborhood, he said.

Its a tragedy that any kid doesn’t have the chance to receive a decent education. A parent is homeless or jobless. Yes we should help them however reasonably possible. But we also can’t sweep any and all bad decisions and choices that got our society in Minnesota to this point.

But don’t be fooled. What Duncan showed up in Minnesota for was not to highlight the Federal grants to the Northside Achievement zone, it was to help bully the Legislature into passing Dayton’s all day Pre-K. That’s just state funded day care by union  dues paying teachers.

Takeaways:

Why is good parenting no longer the solution? Why are we refusing to start by highlighting the things being promised by the Federal Government as what would help kids learn, could/should be part of the nuclear family?

This all day pre-K push is simply to grow unions, make kids dependent on government run day care, and provide more union resources to help elect Democrats.

Who was the only protesters actually afraid of the consequences of rioting in Baltimore? The one whose mom caught him. Folks, America’s kids needs more of this. Role models and learning right from wrong.