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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 (Which oddly has not repealed the tax increases despite having flipped the board’s political majority).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.

Saturday’s Straw Poll Was A Distraction

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Jeff Johnson and Jullianne Ortman won Saturday’s MNGOP State Central Committee straw polls for Governor and US Senate. They both put money and resources into getting a plurality of support from a captive audience which is one of the most issue ID’ed groups of people our there. But it was also a group that is 99.9% likely to show up and vote GOP next November. While being “the winner” doesn’t mean anything, poor showings must seriously be considered by those placing in the single digits.

There was somewhere just over 1000 potential votes, but only about 400 ballots were cast in each race. That’s dreadful turnout from a candidate’s perspective, for this specific group. The Delegates and Alternates to State Central are some of the most well known and active people in the party. Meaning they are easy to gauge on issues and very easy to have effortless campaign contact at normal BPOU meetings and events. AKA: It shouldn’t take ten of thousands of dollars to win a poll when they are the only ones who can vote in.

Here are the results. [ Name Actual votes – % of votes (% of potential votes)

Governor:

Johnson 143 votes – 35% (14.3%)

Thompson 111 votes – 27% (11.1%)

Seifert 75 votes 18% (0.75%)

Farnsworth 31 votes – 18% (0.31%)

Honour 16 votes – 4% (0.16%)

US Senate:

Ortman 146 votes – 37% (14.6%)

McFadden 85 votes – 22% (0.85%)

Shudlick 50 votes – 13% (0.50%)

Dahlberg 49 votes – 12% (0.49)

Abeler 44 votes – 11% (0.44%)

Moreno 10 votes – 3% (0.1%)

The only surprising thing in the polling was that Marty Seifert is lying about not running a campaign. He is still delusional in thinking that Democrats wouldn’t have spent $20 million hammering away on him if he would have went on to challenge and beat Tom Emmer in a Primary. Sadly, many activists have been drinking that Seifert kool aid and share his that belief too.

This straw poll was a distraction.

Not for the broader party per say, but for the candidates. If they deviated from their plan for more than some speech prep and calling their supporters to show up, it was a waste of resources. I’m guessing a few campaigns spent several thousand dollars on signage and materials for this. Some probably also did some paid calling and polling. Glitzy ads, expensive signs, and massive turnout operations for a meaningless straw poll.

Any candidate who put a lot into this, in as much as it either kept them off the fundraising trail or they chose to spend a lot of money on this event, is a candidate who should be removed from serious consideration because they will easily make stupid decisions with their campaign.

The only number that a candidate should hang their hat on in 2013 is the end of the year fundraising report and most importantly – the cash on hand line.

Because both Franken and Dayton will crush their previous fundraising totals if needed. They have an endless supply of liberal elite and special interest money to pull from. Republicans have neither the war chest flood gates nor the election army that blinks on and off regardless of the name on the ballot. Democrats may slug it out in a primary, but their shots are aimed at whoever is the Republican. We are really good at tearing each other apart. So good that we dislike candidates and their supporters.

There are candidates from 2010 & 2012 who had the food fight for the sake of a food fight to prop themselves up when or keep someone else down. It was wasted effort that could have been used somewhere else to win an election.

 

But that is where Republican endorsement battles have led us.

So here’s my advice on how to avoid another 2010 scorched earth round of Congressional & Statewide endorsement food fights.

Republicans should not be easily swayed in these races.

 

US Senate: Fundraising is all that matters in this race in my opinion. I know I know, we can’t send another RINO to the Senate, but folks, a ball of yarn would vote better than Franken. Perfection is the enemy of good enough in this one. And good enough better not be easily disliked, untrustworthy, and divisive. A US Senator is just one vote, and the goal is 51 Republicans to take the majority. Anyone who can raise money and will vote for a Republican Majority Leader is good enough for me for US Senate if they can raise millions.

Governor: While fundraising is equally important, its not the only thing that matters. We don’t need to temper our principles or pander to the mushy middle out of fear of being labeled extreme. Whoever is the Republican candidate will be labeled extreme so why not pick an actual conservative? Any candidate who is rebranding Tom Horner’s ‘not too hot, not too cold’ crap is a windsock, not leader. The Governor is the Chief executive of Minnesota, not a public relations firm. If a candidate is afraid to defend our principles in public, just imagine what they will do behind closed doors when our principles need a politician who will fight for them. Oh and they need to be able to speak in public.

Congressional: – Due to my position on CD6, and the likelihood of me sneezing at the wrong time and it being seen as being unfair or to help a certain candidate – I will just say that don’t have a food fight for the sake of having a food fight. Pick a candidate who is well known and can raise money. If you are concerned that the only way your preferred candidate has a chance is if the others are held back…. there’s a chance your candidate isn’t as great as you think they are.

We cannot come out of the endorsements hating and not trusting each other. That is far more important than the name on the top of the ticket. Dividing and conquering the activist army or toppling local leadership is not the goal. Beating Democrats is. The CDs and BPOUs are the key to GOTV. They can’t be distracted and torn apart. They need to raise money and work on IDing general election voters, not arguing over who is the better Republican candidate.

Any Republican is better than a Democrat. That’s not a sell out line. Have a spirited debate on who is best, but don’t manipulate our side to dislike someone else on our side.

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.

 

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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Should Republicans Only Blame Dayton For Wilf’s Sweetheart Deal?

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Now that the details of the Vikings stadium bill are coming to light it is clear taxpayers were not the Governor or Legislature’s radar. Maybe they were distracted by promises of watching the Super Bowl in the owner’s suite and rubbing elbows with NFL stars, which is why a flawed stadium bill was rushed through.

The first responsibility of the Governor and any Legislator – is to stand up for the hard working citizens and taxpayers of Minnesota.

E-pull tabs are coming up short and we had to enact a new tax to plug the state’s portion. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who watched as the bill raced through the House and Senate. Governor Dayton, his revenue department, and pro-stadium Legislators wanted the Vikings deal so badly they didn’t look beyond the inflated projections from an e-pulltab vendor. They all took their eyes off the ball.

Now that the taxpayer’s are on the hook, we find out that the Wilfs were involved in civil litigation and were found guilty of civil racketeering from their dealings 20 years ago. We still don’t know where the Wilf’s share of the stadium is going to come from.

Dayton, Legislators, and some members of the press seem to be surprised that naming rights and seat licenses could be used by the Wilf’s to offset their financial contribution to the stadium.  Naming rights and seat licenses could have been on the taxpayer side of the ledger, but Governor Dayton and pro-Vikings legislators took their eye off the ball and punted that one away.

The more Vikings fans and Minnesota taxpayers learn about the stadium deal, the more they realize the Wilf’s weren’t partnering with Minnesota, they wanted to get as much as they could out of Minnesota. They teased the idea of moving the team to blackmail us into building them a billion dollar stadium.  Its not as if Minnesota was the first state to consider partnering with a pro-team to build them a stadium. Had Dayton and the Legislature slowed down and done some research they could have got their eye’s on the NFL playbook to sack taxpayers and ticket holders with most of a stadium’s cost. Its happened in just about every state that has an NFL team.

Republicans are quick to blame Dayton and Dayton alone for the stadium bill, but we cannot over look the role of a few key Republicans who helped rush this awful stadium deal through the Legislature.

Sen. Julie Rosen (R) was the author of the Senate Bill and described it as,

“As we’ve been saying all along, this is not an easy package to put together. But it is put together. It’s a good bill. Anybody’s who’s had a chance to read it has said, you know, this is the best stadium bill we’ve had on the table, ever,” she said. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/12/rosen0312

Rep. Morrie Lanning (R) was the House author and saved the stadium deal in the final minutes of the session.
http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_20827245/stadium-could-be-lannings-legacy

Speaker Kurt Zellers (R) had the power to kill the stadium too. As Speaker he could have blocked it from coming to the floor or he could have urged his Caucus members to defend the taxpayers, he did neither. Of course he’ll point to his no vote, but that was too little too late. He said on KFAN that he wanted the bills to pass.

Rosen and Zellers are both running for Governor. They both played major roles in the final passage of the stadium bill and the Republican base knows it. That’s why neither one is going to abide by the endorsement. They know they’d be sacked on the 1st ballot.

If Governor Dayton is a fool for signing the Vikings Stadium Bill, then Sen. Rosen and Rep. Zellers are just as foolish. They all took their eyes off the ball, which is protecting the taxpayers.

Daytoncare Has Its 1st Major Security Failure

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Obamacare will go down in history as the worst piece of legislation ever. It was due to the ability of President Obama and Congressional Democrats to railroad the law through Congress with their 60th vote Al Franken that there was never any scrutiny, debate, or vetting of the practicality of the law. The same Government that can’t figure out how to maintain a transportation network, or realize the usefulness of the post office is somehow going to ‘fix” health insurance?

Well, in Minnesota progressives purchased similar majorities and the Governor’s office in 2012 and they not only agreed to rush a Minnesota exchange into place, they raised the bar on mandates and government intervention. That’s why I call the MNSure (Obamacare mandates state run exchange as opposed to Federal takeover) = Daytoncare.

He demanded it. He rushed it into place. He could have bothered reading this bill and realized that it was ripe with problems and shortcomings. But he doesn’t seem to read a lot of the bills he signs into law, so Minnesota citizens are now subject to human error that could expose their financial and private information to identity theft.

Republicans have warned about the chance for this, and here in Minnesota, we have our first case. 

An employee for the state’s new online health insurance exchange accidentally released confidential information on hundreds of insurance agents.

According to the Star Tribune, MNsure officials say the employee sent an email to an Apple Valley insurance broker’s office Thursday that contained Social Security numbers, addresses and other private information of more than 2,400 insurance agents.

An MNsure security manager called the insurance broker, Jim Koester, and had him delete the file from his computer hard drive. Koester tells the Star Tribune the incident raises questions about the security of MNsure client information.

Users of the exchange will need to provide confidential information to a federal hub where eligibility for public health programs or tax credits will be reviewed.

You hear ever week about how some government or financial network is breached and private data is stolen. We also have the news this week in Minnesota that other state databases are being abused and private information of Minnesotans is being misused by state workers.

Everything that an identity thief needs to destroy someone’s life is neatly packaged in a single database that was raced into operation with out any predecessors to at least improve upon. October 1st is the deadline for insurance companies to inform their existing customers about changes to their existing plans and the new rates. But here we are, 2 weeks from that deadline, and it seems that most insurance companies still don’t really know how the new health care mandates are really going to affect their operations.

If a private company was doing something like Daytoncare to their members or customers, Attorney General Lori Swanson would be slapping lawsuits on them and the local media would have choppers hovering over the Capital.

Non-Compostable Waste: Minimum Wage Increase v2.0

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Gov. Dayton and the DFL failed to pass another economy crippling part of the left wing Neo-Communist agenda last Legislative Session: a $1.3 Billion employer tax increase. But, they aren’t taking it lying down. You are hearing story after story about pushes to pass a massive mandated wage increase in the news.

What you are not hearing about, is the impact on employers and the economy. I wrote about this back in May during the Session.

RF Flashback: Winkler & DFL To Push $1.3 Billion Minimum Wage Tax Hike

MN Legislature Aims To Disarm Constituents

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The aristocracy in Minnesota will never rest. They are still trying to take away your rights even out of session.

Minnesota: Ban on Permit-Holder Carry in the State Capitol under Consideration

The Advisory Committee on Capitol Security will hold two meetings to consider changing current law to ban concealed carrying of firearms by permit-holders in the state Capitol.   The first meeting will be held this Wednesday, August 14, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Room 107.  This meeting will focus on discussion of current law and policy, and there will be no public testimony heard at this meeting regarding firearms on the Capitol Complex.  To view the agenda for this meeting, please click here.

On Tuesday, August 20, this committee will meet again from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Room 107 to discuss policy changes to current standards regulating firearms on the Capitol Complex.   Please attend this meeting and OPPOSE these changes to current law that would ban concealed carry in the state Capitol.  Public testimony will be heard (though time may be limited).  If you wish to testify, please submit your name in writing to angela.geraghty@state.mn.us.  To view the agenda for this meeting, please click here.

Please plan to arrive at least an hour before each meeting.  Remember, with a permit, concealed carry is lawful in the Minnesota State Capitol and other state buildings in the area if you have notified the Commissioner of Public Safety of your intent to do soin advance.

There were how many murders overnight in the Twin Cities? We have rampant gang warfare being carried out on the streets, but the highbrow lawmakers and bureaucrats are more focused on taking guns out of the hands of peaceful law abiding citizens. They are far less dangerous than violent criminals.