“These bills have to pass. They have to pass,” Dayton said. “Do they have to pass unanimously? No. But if somebody is going to start to disrupt this whole process at this point by offering a self-serving amendment, I’m going to be very strongly opposed, and I’m going to be not bashful about going around to their respective districts and telling people in those districts that this kid of grandstanding is just not acceptable.”
A decry from upon high atop the autocratic castle mount, Dayton demands these bills pass without nary a whisper of dissent or disagreement.
U – N – B – E – L – I – E – V – A – B – L – E.
How this man is not rhetorically ripped limb from limb by the press and pundits in this state and country is beyond me. This man is ordering duly elected Legsilators on how they should vote and telling them that they may not carry out their elective duties and rights to write the laws. That its his way or the highway. (or light rail….)
Why wouldn’t Speaker Daudt be including Senate Republicans in the special behind closed doors deal law making process? [Via MPR]
Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, says both of those measures would have failed without Republican support. He said Senate Democrats should not expect the same level of support during the special session.
“No one is talking to us about where our members are and whether they’re going to vote for this thing or not,” Hann said. “If it depends on our votes, they may not be there.”
The question is when Governor Smith calls a special session to get her list of demands, will Republicans support the privately brokered deal between Daudt & Smith?
I encourage every Republican in both the House and Senate to vote no on the principle that this is NOT how laws are supposed to be made and NOT how Government is supposed to work.
I saw PJ O’Rourke speak last night at the Center of the American Experiment dinner. One of his points stuck with me and may be the most profound example of the left and ever growing government in America.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Covet: yearn to possess or have (something)
The left covets everything of other people’s. They use Government to redistribute these things to people in exchange for power. They encourage people to covet other people’s property and use the power of force to confiscate and redistribute that property.
Maybe that’s why the left fears religion so much. If people followed all 10 Commandments, there wouldn’t be a need for the massive government at the local, state, and federal level.
I have a bumper sticker on my truck that catches eyes at each stop light. I can see people reading it in my rearview mirror and you can tell if the person is on the left or right by whether they nod or shake their heads.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenagers. – PJ O’Rourke
The power we are giving Government is the power to take away what we covet so it can be redistributed to us.
Thou shalt not covet. I’m not sure why that stuck in my head last night, but it truly is the perfect example for what is happening in America today. Everything is someone else’s fault. If you don’t have it, someone else is to blame. Can’t afford it, blame your boss. No job, no education, no health insurance, no car, etc etc blame someone else. But we never blame Government when it has a role in every single facet of our life nowadays.
Imagine getting back to an America where people didn’t covet their neighbor’s property and feel emboldened to demand their politicians give them their neighbor’s property, but rather were inspired to work hard and get their own.
I say imagine that, because we have lost that American spirit. We have grown soft. We have fallen prey to the politicians and special interests who find it easier to convince the less fortunate to empower them to redistribute those coveted things, than to teach those people how to achieve on their own.
Imagine an America where the Ten Commandments were not controversial…..
The 10 Commandments List, Short Form
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
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?
I 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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice little piece by Mitch on the Brodkorb pity party and kumbaya with the liberal media. Last line is the key. (emphasis mine)
And I’m thinking his solicitousness toward Brodkorb is going to be a new corollary to Berg’s 11th Law (“The conservative liberals “respect” for their “conservative principles” will the the one that has the least chance of ever getting elected”); perhaps “the Republican that Democrats don’t pelt with rocks and garbage is the one that does their throwing for them”.
Anything that hurts the GOP is encouraged by the liberal media. Republicans are experts at tearing each other apart. Its easy because we know what will turn our own off. That doesn’t make you a good person.