Minnesota Aims To License Illegals To Drive, What Could Go Wrong

01-how-about-no-bearWhen people break a fundamental law, why would they care to follow all the others? Source: PiPress

Advocates of a push to grant driver’s licenses to people living in the country illegally packed a Minnesota House hearing Wednesday, at times breaking into tears as supporters explained how the change would affect them.

The move has support from a broad coalition of businesses, religious leaders and law enforcement officials who say it will make roads safer as more people take driver’s safety tests and buy car insurance. But some argue giving licenses to those without legal resident status will make it easier for them to commit voter fraud.

Ana Serrano told the House Transportation Policy and Finance Committee that the move would help her parents, who immigrated from Mexico years ago. They rely on her older brother to drive them around Willmar because they can’t legally obtain driver’s licenses.

State Rep. Rod Hamilton, who’s carrying a bill to make the change, said he initially was skeptical of the idea. But the Mountain Lake Republican said the he since has realized the effect on public safety the move would have.

Public safety officials also think no one should own guns, fence in their yards, and that they should be able to listen to phone calls and read emails with out a warrant….

I can’t begin to describe how maddening it is that any Republicans are supporting this red carpet for voter fraud and amnesty. . .

Obamanomics In Practice – The New Normal

You keep hearing about how great the economy is doing. How jobs are being created and everything is back to normal. But the new normal is not like the old normal.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

Regulators are looking to increase oversight of preparers amid the rise in “refund anticipation checks,” a type of cash advance especially popular among low-income families who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, the government’s $65 billion cash benefit program. The advances are being marketed as a way to get fast refunds or defer payment of tax preparation costs.

It also happens to be a glaring example of irony. The same Government that is confiscating so much money from us that we are forced to scratch and claw and borrow to make ends meet, is worried that we are borrowing from high risk fraudsters to make ends meet.

There’s a solution to this whole problem, that will never be considered. Smaller Government.

Oh I know, without the nanny state, how will everyone get free E-14 schooling (notice I did’t say an E-14 education) and all those other entitlements?

We cannot afford the Government that has been forced upon us. That’s a factual, emotion free statement.

Job creation is now controlled by Government. They have made good paying full time, reliable jobs, a rarity. You can scream outsourcing and blame corporate America, but the fact is if Government hadn’t created the red tape, they’d happily allow people to work more than 30 hours a week as one example of the new normal of Obama’s Economy.

The American economy looks nothing like it did 8 years ago. Through the ashes of the recession, Marxism took root. A centrally planned and controlled destruction of the free markets is in effect.

This new, fundamentally transformed America, sure seems to have created more people screaming for more free stuff. Then again, socialism is not supposed to solve problem, its designed to identify and shine the spot light on them.

Creating a dependent is far more important than solving the problem. Because if you solve the economic effects that made someone need help and get that person a job, you can’t continue to run government for the sole purpose of maintaining power. You’d eventually be able to cut taxes to the point where there is enough capital out in the markets to create jobs for those in need. If someone did fall through the cracks and need additional help, people would have plenty of money left over from low taxes and low product costs to be true good samaritans and help their fellow man.

Instead, the definition of compassion in Obama’s America is now demanding Government confiscate other people’s property to give others what you think will make them happy.

This new normal of liberal economics sure seems to have a whole lot of unhappy people who complain about all the things they don’t have or can’t afford.

How is higher taxes and more regulation going to lower the cost of raising a family or provide a good paying job?

If we are now going to be a society based on always needing another bailout, another credit card to max out, a windfall of tax refunds, lottery, etc etc. we are screwed. Then again, if we need those things, we also need politicians to provide us with more and more entitlements and handouts.

Welcome to the new normal. Where your choices are determined for you.

Shame on Amy – Klobuchar Owes Republicans an Apology

The devotion to funding abortions by the Democrats like Senator Amy Klobuchar is disturbing. The headline should read: Klobuchar admits her office helped Democrats lie about Republicans

Klobuchar concedes office knew of abortion provision
WASHINGTON – A staffer in Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office was aware of a controversial abortion-related provision in a sex trafficking bill that has ground the Senate to a halt and stalled the nomination of the next U.S. Attorney General.

Klobuchar is the primary Democratic cosponsor on the bipartisan bill that would establish a restitution fund for victims of human trafficking with money seized from convicted sex traffickers.

The bill was set to sail through the Senate after a brief debate last week until it suddenly stalled when Democrats announced that it contained what’s known as “Hyde Amendment” language they had been unaware of. The language prevents the use of the seized money to pay for abortions.

Democrats took to the floor of the US Senate yesterday and made racially explosive claims for why Republicans refused to bring up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch. They said they were making her sit in the back of the bus. Klobuchar took part in the filibuster trying to shame Republicans for the Sex trafficking bill stalling.

But Klobuchar had the opportunity to bring up the little provision that prevented taxpayer money from being used for abortion funding long before the bill reached the floor. The enflamed vitriol from her party towards Republicans was all preventable.

For the past week, Republicans insisted that Democrats had been aware of the Hyde Amendment’s inclusion and had not sought its removal when the bill was debated in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Cornyn called the Democrats’ assertions, “preposterous” and “not credible” and Klobuchar’s office now concedes he was correct.

“A staff member who reviewed the reintroduced bill had seen the Hyde provision in the bill but did not inform the Senator,” said Klobuchar spokeswoman Julia Krahe, in a statement. “The Senator takes responsibility for the work of her office and missing the provision.”

Senator Klobuchar needs to take responsibility for all the venom spewed forth by her party because of her mistake. There was a lot of hatred on display because of this love Klobuchar has for abortion funding.

Klobuchar spent several hours on the Senate floor Wednesday reading from a book about international sex trafficking to rally support for the bill but did not publicly address the issue of her office’s role in the legislative stalemate.

Share this story with all of your friends and family who believe the media driven hype that Klobuchar is a moderate Senator who just gets along with everyone regardless of their party. She is a died in the wool left wing Democrat.

Arrest That Man

Remember when Governor Scott Walker sent the Wisconsin State Patrol after Democrats who fled the Capitol to prevent their lawmaking body from passing Walker’s policies? Many on the left thought it was dangerous and excessive.

Well, in Minnesota there is a push to make it clear as day that Legislators can be arrested during the Legislative session.

If only we could arrest the Legislators responsible for forcing MNSure and all the taxes on us in …..

Apparently there is nothing better to do over there.

 

Dayton & Betty 180 Degrees Apart On Obamacare & MNSure

Did Dayton Screw Up MNSure?

The United States has a population of roughly 318,000,000. Take a look at what an entrenched left wing ideologue who doesn’t have to fave voters to be held accountable had to say.

McCollum Obamacare Tweet

 

This was done on the very same day that left wing ideologue Governor Mark Dayton finally admitted he had been ignoring reality all along on Minnesota’s failed version of Obamacare called MNSure.

Kill MNsure? Maybe, Dayton says

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that he is open to abolishing MNsure, the embattled health insurance exchange he has championed and defended from Republican attacks.

That’s the most drastic option Dayton mentioned in a letter calling for a task force to study “future options” for health care reform in Minnesota.

Dayton said the task force could consider:

— Replacing MNsure with a federal health insurance exchange.

— Keeping MNsure but seeking a federal waiver to make major reforms.

— Simply making minor adjustments to shore up the agency.

“The task force would consider all conceivable options,” Dayton wrote in the letter to legislative leaders.

Gee. Those were all of the things that his Republican opponents were saying a year ago that were flatly denied by Dayton and the press. Heck, up until 1 month ago, Dayton and Minnesota Democrat leaders were claiming everything was working just fine.

But on one hand you a have a Washington Democrat praising Obamacare but on the other you have a Minnesota Democrat admitting the ruse is up and MNSure (the State version of Obamacare) is an absolute failure in need of drastic fixes or all out scrapping.

Well main stream media. What side of this argument are you on now?

And do you think maybe the DFL Senate & House Republican Caucuses in Minnesota have beefed Dayton to let MNSure die because they are on the ballot in 2018 and MNSure is an even bigger mess than previously admitted?

Don’t forget, they just had to lower enrollment goals again for next year because consumers have seen through the fog and realized its better to shop in the real private market without Government interference.

ObamaMotors’ Volts Have Unknown “Underwood” Option

Their hot rod luxury golf cart tried to kill them!

I’ve often satirically joked that the green energy movement is Western (free market) society committing slow motion suicide. Take for instance the electric car fantasy that would have long been idled by Detroit if not for the huge taxpayer bailouts and subsidies (not to mention how government fleets have been gobbling up electric cars).

You can’t open a newspaper with out hearing a story about a car accident, but if it involves an SUV, the driver is treated like a victim at the mercy of an evil auto-matron hell bent on world wide annihilation of all life forms.

Well, the  ObamaMotors Volt has a glitch that would make it look like Frank Underwood is cleaning up after himself that is quietly being portrayed as a “glitch”.

General Motors Co. is recalling some Chevrolet Volt gas-electric hybrid cars to fix a problem that can cause carbon monoxide to build up in an enclosed space.

The glorified golf carts have been trying to charge themselves while inside the owner’s garage causing Carbon Monoxide build ups and putting lives at risk.

GM said Thursday it’s aware of two unspecified injuries but no deaths from the problem.

Luckily no one has died, but how many metric tons of CO have been emitted into the atmosphere and more importantly who the heck is going to profit from being able to see their carbon offsets?

 

Franken & Klobuchar Support Abortion Over Sex Trafficking Victims

They have decided to withdraw support for a bill to combat sex trafficking because it would prevent the funds being diverted to take innocent lives.

Abortion provision jeopardizes bipartisan sex-trafficking measure
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Democrats, including Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken, say that Republicans sneaked a provision in the 68-page bill that would prevent funds reserved for trafficking victims from being used on morning-after pills or abortions.

Which is it, do Klobuchar & Franken want to provide abortions or help sex trafficking victims?

Give It All Back – 42% Budget Growth Is Too Much

There apparently is controversy in the GOP ranks at the Capitol on what to do with the $2 billion surplus for some reason. This shocks me. I mean how could you not instinctively just say, give it all back?

An opening hand of anything less than 100% give it all back is disappointing and won’t sit well with the public in 365 days when Legislators once again face activists and voters.

The rate of growth in stats spending under Governor Dayton is mind blowing. The very first budget that he begrudgingly signed for 2010-11 was $30 billion. His proposed 206-17 budget starts at $42.5 Billion.

THAT’S A $12.5 BILLION INCREASE IN UNDER DAYTON!

A 42% spending increase under Gov.Dayton! 

MN budget 20 yr chart

Any Republican offer that includes any of the budget surplus is a stamp of approval to the ginormous spending increases from Dayton and Democrats over the last 4 years.

I know it is not easy to “cut”. I know the press and the minions on the left will hammer any Republican who dares to return money back to the hard working people of Minnesota. I do. Its going to make being a Legislator uncomfortable trying to reduce or at least freeze state spending.

Failure to give it all back is only going to galvanize the DFL stranglehold on power in this state.

Dayton’s Unsustainable Budgeting

The Minnesota budget has increased 200% over the last 20 years. I created this chart that shows the growth is Minnesota’s general fund spending since 1992. I included the percent increase because its shocking. (Budget numbers are from MMB)

MN budget 20 yr chart

Governor Dayton is proposing 2 different spending numbers.

Proposed budget: $42,497,000

Transportation plan: 10 year spending: $8.731 / 10 = $0.8731 per year making his budget actually: $43,370,000

 

His budget, and the extra taxes on top of his budget for his transportation plan which is the only way he will fix our crumbling roads and bridges, would add either a 7% increase or a 10% spending increase.

Oh I know. a $10 billion increase in State Spending since Dayton took office “sounds” like a lot of money……..

Take a look at what Minnesota’s budget since 1992 would look like with just cost of living adjustments.

3% COLA Growth
1992-93 (Actual) $14,496,834.00
1994-95 $14,931,739.02
1996-97 $15,379,691.19
1998-99 $15,841,081.93
2000-01 $16,316,314.38
2002-03 $16,805,803.82
2004-05 $17,309,977.93
2006-07 $17,829,277.27
2008-09 $18,364,155.59
2010-11 $18,915,080.25
2012-13 $19,482,532.66
2014-15 $20,067,008.64

 

Bi-Partisan Deal Allows Dayton To Hand Out Pay Raises Still

Albeit, he only has one day to do it, I personally wouldn’t tempt Mark Dayton to see how much taxpayer money he could hand out to his friends in 24 hours with out any Legislative approval or oversight.

Why would it be wrong to hand out pay raises with out Legislative oversight and approval on 364 days of the year, but OK on just one?

KSTP: Dayton Won’t Reveal Commissioners’ Raises

Gov. Mark Dayton isn’t revealing what kind of raises he’ll grant agency commissioners under a bill that gives him a one-day window to decide.

Dayton made it clear Thursday he’ll sign a bill negotiated with the House, Senate and his administration. Both chambers are due to take final votes later in the day.

The bill wipes out big raises he awarded to his cabinet last month, but lets him give new ones on July 1. After that, any commissioner pay hikes would need legislative approval. Asked about his intentions, The Democratic governor would only say: “Ask me on June 30th.”

Well played Gov. Dayton. Well played.

It appears the bill will be voted on later today. Contact your Legislators to tell them to vote against this agreement.