Governor Mark Dayton, the DFL Party, and their allies campaigned against Republicans in 2012 on the platform that they put divisive social issues ahead of the State Budget. They hammered that issue home in the hearts and minds of Minnesota voters (and I’m sure a few of them twice not to mention some ineligible voters – ). The message was based on poll testing not truth, but the voters still bought what the DFL was selling and they won both majorities giving them unchecked power and the inability to blame Republicans for any delay or impediment of their left wing agenda.
Was solving the state’s budget woes the first item on the DFL’s Legislative agenda? Nope? Second? Nope. Third, fourth, fifth, etc? Nope.
Here we are just 2 weeks from the end of the session:
In addition, the Legislature may not meet in regular session after the first Monday following the third Saturday in May of any year (Source)
Up to this point, the DFL majorities have introduced left wing agenda platform plank after plank to appease or or strengthen their allies and special interests to secure their support in the 2014 election and beyond. They ran against pushing divisive social issues, legislation crafted towards specific interests, and shirking the primary purpose for the odd year scission AKA passing a balanced budget to avoid a shut down.
A couple of great examples of the DFL’s campaign saying one thing, but win power and do the opposite are:
Voter ID: The DFL told voters to vote no and send the bill back to the Legislature to get it right. What have they done? They are pushing for early voting, less transparent election operations, and ignored actual examples of voter fraud. They’ve gone to the opposite “extreme” if you will.
Gay Marriage: The DFL railed against the Republicans for putting the Marriage Amendment on the ballot. They claimed it was dividing Minnesotans. The Amendment was narrowly defeated. So what does the DFL do? They make it a priority to Legalize Gay Marriage.
Guns: Urban DFLers have a long history of hating guns and wanting to ban the use and ownership of them. Over the years, the urban DFLers have been able to get their Caucuses to avoid the the issue to avoid losing seats in areas outside the 694/494 beltway where talk of gun restriction is political suicide for DFLers. Several radical knee jerk measures were brought forward, but for lack of support, they were all pulled from the light of day due to lack of DFL votes.
Sure the DFL has spent a lot of time and effort on increasing spending, regulation, and taxes, but with just 2 weeks left in the session they still have yet to release their actual budget. The price tag for unchecked left wing socialism has yet to be released. Considering the campaign DFLers used to win the majorities, its a shame that we still haven’t seen any example of what they would do differently than a Republican Majority?
They’ve wasted months of this session pushing divisive social issues, ramping up regulations, taxes, mandates, and catering to their special interests.