Once Bitten Twice Bakk’ed

Why Build One SLOB When You Could Have 2 At Twice The Price

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The taxpayers of Minnesota are still reeling from the effects of total Democrat control of State Government. One of the things they railroaded through was the Senate Legislative Office Building or SLOB. This was the $90 Million new office building that Sen. Majority Leader Tom Bakk, a Democrat, claimed was needed because there wasn’t going to be enough room in the Capitol for Senators after the needed restoration.

Governor Dayton called the SLOB “unMinnesotan” yet he signed it into law. It was hastily passed. And Democrats actually spent more on their own extravagant new offices than they did on roads and bridges last session via the bonding bill.

Well, the bill was passed without any input or transparency and surprise surprise, we are now finding out the Democrats are quickly changing their plans because it was incredibly flawed. Democrats are now trying to force an agreement that allows them to keep office space in the Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said a tentative agreement on space allocation had been reached with former DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen. With Republicans now in charge of the House, Bakk said the new speaker needed to get up to speed on those earlier decisions.

Oh you mean Bakk and House Majority Democrats were making plans on carving up the extra Capitol space last session with out informing the Republicans that there was going to be extra space left in the Capitol?

Why did we need to spend $90 million on an extravagant new office building again?

You can find the blue prints and more details on the duplicitous nature of how the Democrats have been double billing taxpayers for the privilege to have an office at or near the Capitol.

MNSRC: CAPITOL BLUEPRINTS: Duplicate Offices for Senators

And because I think you need to remember that when a Democrat politicians’ lips are moving chances are they are trying to distract you from what they are doing. These are the same Democrats in the Senate who now want to raise taxes on you by hundreds of millions of dollars a year to pay for the road and bridge repairs they have been ignoring for years.

They have been planning for their own posh accommodations, but not our roads.

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Bakk wants taxpayers to get soaked so his fellow Senators can have 2 offices and Dayton agrees. They are now trying to force Speaker Daudt into just signing the agreement he and fellow House or Senate Republicans were not even informed or included in.

Oh and don’t forget,the horse traded to get the House to sign on to the $90 million office building, the Senate had to agree to the House’s minimum wage increase that will cost employers in Minnesota a billion and/or Minnesotans their jobs.

Obama’s Cyber Security Push – What Could Go Wrong?

Don’t Worry, Only The Government Will Be Able To Use The Internet To Steal Your Private Data If Obama & The Federal Government Has Its Way. Of course they will never use that against you. Trust them.

The proposal would shield companies from liability if they share information about cyber threats with the Department of Homeland Security, which has been setting up special units for threat analysis and sharing.

If its illegal for someone to gather date online, why should the Federal Government be allowed to?

Never mind that we still don’t fully understand what actually happened in recent high profile ‘hack attacks”. Was it online terror or disgruntled employees and whistleblowers?

But hey, why figure out the facts before we surrender our rights and privacy for the greater good of Government and bureaucrats?

Do you know how many jobs politicians can say they created if they get to create a whole new Bureau to investigate cyber crimes, scour through data looking for unpaid online sales tax – er I mean online threats, and…. well you get the picture. Let your mind run wild about all the dangers of having an all knowing Government who gets to spy on your private conversations, use that information against you, and gather it in a way that no one else can.

Its a tyranny. Imagine if organizing politically against a ruling government that resembled more of an occupying force would some day become illegal.

After all, the Federal Government is full of people who would love to disarm us just like the British.

The 1st & 2nd Amendments were the cornerstones of our country’s founding based on the experiences learned from a tyrannical force in Great Britain. They were specifically inserted into the Constitution to prevent any such squashing of dissent from taking place on US soil ever again.

The cure for cyber warfare is worse than the disease in my opinion. Like much of what Government wants to fix for that matter.

Fear a Government demanding you surrender freedom and liberty all for the promise of being protected by it. Because maybe the very tools of freedom and liberty they are taking away are exactly what could be used by you to prevent them from stealing all your freedom and liberty.

Another Hastily Passed DFL Must Have Ends Up Biting The Hands That Feed

The minimum wage increased passed by the DFL last session was a $1.3 Billion tax hike on employers. Shocker, its starting to pinch people and even Democrats are admitting it.

Shocker, over a billion dollar increase on employers is doing harm? If only the DFL hadn’t have rushed to pass it with out listening to anyone outside their chorus of special interests.

Minnesota restaurant owners want break on tipped workers

Several restaurant owners said the proposal by the Minnesota Restaurant Association would allow them to boost pay for kitchen staff and other workers who don’t earn tips, but organized labor is wary.

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When the Legislature boosted the state minimum wage last year, a proposal to add the so-called “tipped employee tier” nearly became part of the package. The idea had bipartisan support, but failed by one vote in the DFL-controlled House. Then Dayton, who strongly backed the minimum wage law, said shortly after signing it that he saw the logic behind an exemption for restaurants.

“I’m willing to discuss anything, but I’m not looking to change the minimum wage,” Dayton said in a recent interview with the Star Tribune. “I’m not going to open that door. If someone else wants to knock on it, they can put the proposal through the mail slot.”

If only the public had a media that did more than regurgitate the left wing talking points voters would realize what the DFL is doing. That is paying off special interest allies and securing life long voting blocks by people who think the only way to to succeed is by Government decree.

Downey To Seek Reelection As MNGOP Chair

Your thoughts?

Dear State Central Delegates:

 

I am announcing that I intend to run for re-election as your Republican Party of Minnesota Chair.

We have regained our footing and even some momentum, but we also have a lot of work to do, and it would be an honor to serve as your State Party Chairman for another term.  I am excited about the gains we can make!

 

A heartfelt thank you to each of you for all you have done, and for the progress we have made together.  We now need to take the next steps, and they are big ones.  And you are the critical component as we build our party from the ground up!

 

I look forward in the coming months to discussing our shared conservative principles and my plan for our next two years in the Republican Party.

 

Thank you for your service to the people of Minnesota!

 

 

Regards,

 

 

Keith Downey

Stop Pissing On My Leg And Telling Me Its Raining

crankybear.jpgPoliticians in St. Paul have finally figured out something that millions of Minnesotans have known for years. That our roads, bridges, and highway systems are a mess. The average Minnesotans has a better grasp of what is wrong with our transportation network than most Legislators – even the ones who have been serving for decades.

But sadly, these politicians don’t see a service that only the Government can provide, as a priority. Roads and bridges are something only Government can do. Its a core function of Government, but for some reason – now that politicians are finally taking the issue seriously – they claim they just can’t afford it unless us peasants who use the roads, bridges, and highways surrender more of our hard earned money in the forms of taxes and user fees.

The State of Minnesota has a $40 Billion budget this last cycle. More money than has ever been confiscated from Minnesotans and spent on our so called behalf. But apparently none of that money can or should be used for roads, bridges, and highways.

You see, politicians are terrified that if we start to spend existing state money on a core function of Government, people will start to see how much wasteful and mis-prioritized – spending already takes place. That’s why they are all clamoring for new taxes – aka: “revenue streams” – to fix what they have been ignoring for decades.

The dishonesty from the protectors of the nanny state is simply mesmerizing. They race out to the camera spotlights and spew talking points about how they need more money. Meanwhile they just blew through $40 Billion and never bothered to even think about our troubled roads and bridges.

The fact is that Governor Dayton, former Speaker of the House Rep. Thissen, and Majority Leader Tom Bakk – ALL DEMOCRATS  who had complete control of the State Government last year and could do anything they wanted, mind you – spent more money on the new Senate Office building than they did in the bonding bill for roads and bridges.

Minnesotans not only need better governance, they need honest politicians with better priorities than what we have now. For pete’s sake, they are going to hold road and bridge money hostage to a few billion more wasted on damn light rail boondoggles. Adding operating expenses to our already strained budget fight.

Every day when I sit in a known bottle neck with no plans for fixing, on that bridge held up by wood, or at a stop light so that empty choo choo can run on time, I feel betrayed. Minnesotans are being betrayed on a daily basis by the politicians we elect to serve us. But for some reason we just keep sending them back and the media keeps spinning the yarns that knit the narrative that we just can’t possibly fund a core function of government out of the general fund. Because that would mean the $40 Billion we have already spent is potentially not a priority.

These people spend their careers carving out pots of money for their friends, political allies, and buddies while shirking one of the core responsibilities of Government – a safe and reliable transportation network. There are people who have lost their lives in accidents over the years due to the direction of duty, but it appears no one cares.

When I see politicians and bureaucrats on camera telling me they just need more money to fix my problem the phrase ‘stop pissing on my leg and telling me its raining’ comes to mind.

Congressman Emmer Statement on Speaker Vote

A Congressman Aplikowski would have abstained. But here is what the real Congressman from Minnesota’s solidly conservative 6th District had to say about why he voted for Speaker Boehner.

“I also had the opportunity to elect the Speaker of the House. Two months ago, the Republican Conference met and nominated potential candidates for the 114th Congress. No opposition to the current Speaker came forward, nor were any alternatives offered. While several members threw their hats in the ring over the past 72 hours, I was never approached or contacted by any new contender asking for my support or sharing their plan and why they believed they should receive my vote.

“There will be times I will vote with leadership and times I will vote against leadership, but at all times, I will be pushing for what is best for the people of the 6th District.”

 

My Congressman Voted For Boehner Today, Now What Do I Do?

So brand new Congressman Tom Emmer voted for John Boehner for Speaker of the House and I wouldn’t have done the same.

Now what?

My choices are,

1) Stay on in CD6 and hope to earn Congressman Emmer’s trust and pass along some wisdom from the inside. Yes, I could run for reelection as CD6 Treasurer and State Executive Committee member and try to change the Congressman’s mind on issues. The truth is there is so much else to fight for in party politics for me. In 2016 we must hold the MN House and retake the MN Senate. Anyone wasting any time on other pursuits in 2016 is a fool and best friend of the DFL. In 2018 we have another statewide war for Guv, US Senate, and such. There’s so much work to rebuild the part from the base up and strengthen it at the CD & State level, surely I could set difference  aside for the greater good…. But should I?

2) Take my ball and go home. Yes, I could walk away from politics altogether because try and try as I might, there is always another person or group that causes you headaches and makes the volunteer work even harder. Meanwhile other people doing the same thing as me (only worse) have figured out how to profit lucratively from it. Why bother? Yes the party work work needs to be done, but why do I continue to bang my head against the wall when some fanboy activist demands the world revolve around them one day and the next your Congressman votes exactly opposite of how you would. Another day a group will siphon off all the volunteers and teach them that listening to a couple guys tell jokes every week or so is doing something. I have better things to do. And frankly this little bit of venting is likely to have already earned me the distinguished status of enemy of a whole list of people and groups.

3) Put my money where my mouth is. Yes, if I am so let down by the people who represent me in Government, maybe its time for me to run. I’m no fan of personal grudge match endorsement battles or primaries, but I’ve had about all I can take. Maybe its time to run for something. And frankly if Congressman Emmer is going to be Boehner’s most reliable vote while compromising with Obama on the destruction of our Country, he is unworthy to represent me. There was no good alternative. I am too busy to know anything about the others who ran. But I do know that had I been sworn in to the 114th Congress, I would have voted for myself.

Sure, the insiders and people who get invited to all those fancy dancy parties  think Boehner is a great and masterful Speaker. Meanwhile the country is in Constitutional and fiscal crisis. The citizen is deemed the security threat. Taxes and regulation are an every day but necessary obstacle to the pursuit of happiness that is so drummed into us Americans that we don’t even bat an eye anymore. We’re at that now or never point.

What does this mean?

I don’t know. I’m open for advice.

Is it worth being just a lowly activist that operatives and politicians take advantage of anymore?

Is it time for me to run for State or Federal office?

Maybe a higher office with in the Republican Party?

Or maybe I should just go be a blissful uninformed voter and no longer care that this country and state are falling apart at the seems under the crushing force of Government?

Congressman Aplikowski Would Vote Nay

Its purely hypothetical, not to mention, probably never going to happen. BUT if I was just sworn into Congress and tasked with voting for John Boehner as Speaker of the House, I’d vote no based on my conservative principles.

That may be one of the major factors into why I will probably never get to Congress. But I’m still not taking it off the bucket list.

Is Center Right Profitable in Minnesota?

With the firing of Ben from The Up and At ‘Em Show for financial reasons, we are once again given evidence that conservative talk radio is not a sustainable endeavor in Minnesota. If you go up and down the dial, its left wing host after left wing host. Many of them have been in place for decades. But the lone beacon of weekday conservative radio, Twin Cities News Talk, has had failed show after failed show.

Hosts have come and gone, most great talkers who provide an invigorating debate on the issues with a perspective from the right. But the end results always seems to come down to an aspect of lack of funding.

Most people don’t acknowledge that news media, print, radio, and TV are in the business of making money. Well, most are. They are in the business of selling ads.

Clearly Clear Channel’s Minnesota cornerstone station of 1130AM is less than capable of bringing home the bacon. My question is: Is Minnesota really a deep blue state?

I’ve been denying that fact for years. I point out how the traditional media is far left of center and defends the failures and over reaches of the Democrats. My patent pending book name on the subject is “They Don’t Know Any Better”. But with what appears to be yet another lesson proving that right wing radio is not pulling in the ads, maybe I am wrong.

I remember the earliest days of Jack & Ben’s ventures into radio. I spent many a nights in a broom closet in a  Ramsey radio station with Jack and Ben. I consider them friends and am sorry to see them split up. I hope Ben lands on his feet. He’s an incredibly talented guy.

I also hope conservatives realize that being a passive activist through listening and preaching to the choir is not moving the needle. It doesn’t sell ads and it doesn’t grow the base.

Good luck Ben. I hope we can cross paths again soon.

Is conservative media going to wither and die? Time will tell. But I think its key for us all to think long and fast if we are working towards solving the problem of getting our message out to the people. Radio, online, and traditional media outlets are key to turning this movement’s election failures around. Many people point only towards candidates and the party for losing. But we have to analyze all aspects of our movement.

Are we doing everything right?

No blame intended towards Jack, Ben, Andrew, or other radio hosts. My point is simply that all aspects of the movement need to be looked at to see if they are helping.

Can we do right wing radio better? Finding a way to have it make money so more people can hear it? If we can reach more people through traditional media outlets, more people may not make the same voting mistakes.

New Look For RF & What’s Next For Me?

New theme here at RF. Probably going to be making a few more changes not to mention get back into writing. I’ve really missed writing.

I’m also doing some deep soul searching into my own political involvement. Looking back at the last couple years, what I did, what I was unable to do, and what is next for me.

As I start the next chapter of my life as a husband, its time to evaluate whether or not its wise to commit to a unpaid volunteer role that is a full time commitment.

Maybe its time for me to run for something – higher party spot or maybe its time to put my name on a lawn sign of my own.

I don’t know. All I know is that I am tired of the status quo, cronies failing upward, and carrying so much damn water for the cause while others around me don’t lift a finger.

As 2014 winds up and 2015 begins, a new chapter of the MNGOP will begin. The question is, will it have me to kick around and take advantage of anymore?