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.