Point by Point “Progressive” Mark Dayton Aligned With Socialist & Communist Party Agenda

progressive agenda logo The Progressive Agenda has a list of demands. Those who follow Minnesota politics may  find it sounds familiar. (Note Pre-K is in there among other demands from Dayton and  Minnesota DFLers) [ Governor Mark Dayton is a signers of the agenda. ]

Lift the Floor for Working People »

  • 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.

 

Dayton Trying To Pay Off Union’s Debt With E-12 Shutdown

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.

Coincidence? Me thinks not.

Dayton is willing to shut down State Government again over this one single issue.

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.

Shameful.

Non-Passive Progressives Spew Hate Blame Amtrak Crash On GOP – Update

Another example of left wing progressive politics getting down right nasty.

The Agenda Project has a series of Youtube videos called, Republican Cuts Kill Again.

People try to blame the right for nastiness in politics. they claim its the rich right wingers who have soiled the discourse in America.

But here we have yet another left wing organization aimed solely at spewing hate, blame, and breed anger funded by left wing millionaires.

The deep pockets that fund hate in American politics are found on the left. They will politicize anything to mislead the public about how disastrous their progressive politics are.

REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL . . . AGAIN 

Ad buy planned against Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee

 

Washington, DC – Today, the Agenda Project Action Fund released a NEW ADconnecting GOP budget cuts to the tragic Amtrak crash that killed 7 people and injured 200 more.  See the ad HERE

Republican Cuts Kill . . . Again features graphic images from Tuesday’s Amtrak crash including bloody victims, the twisted body of a train car, mangled equipment and injured passengers.  These visuals are interspersed with facts and figures about GOP cuts to Amtrak’s budget and video of dozens of GOP leaders demanding “cuts” to Amtrak and other critical projects.

The ad includes Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and dozens of other GOP leaders who have called for slashing crucial funding to Amtrak and other programs.

Erica Payne, President of the Agenda Project Action Fund, said “Year after year, Republicans have run for office almost exclusively on cutting spending.  Many of the cuts they demand are utterly reckless.  It is high time someone points to the real human costs of this kind of irresponsible governance.  Cutsto the Amtrak budget prevented vital upgrades that could have prevented this tragedy.  Republican budget cuts crippled a system that transports more than 30 million American citizens each year. Shame on them.

The ad comes the morning after GOP leaders – who are still not sure of the cause of the crash – voted to cut Amtrak’s budget by more than $250 million.  According to officials who operate the Northeast Corridor, the route faces a $1 billion annual shortfall in capital needs.  The company’s most traveled train line has a “state-of-good-repair backlog” of 11,100 major projects and 4,800 basic infrastructure repairs.

Republican Cuts Kill . . .  Again is Part II of a planned multi-ad, multi-year attack on reckless GOP budget cuts.

Part I of Republican Cuts Kill was released in October, 2014 in the wake of the Ebola crisis. You can see that ad and the subsequent media coverage HERE.  That ad blamed GOP of budget cuts to National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control for hampering efforts to fight the Ebola crisis.  Senate testimony from the leaders of the two agencies affirmed this accusation. 

The original Republican Cuts Kill infuriated GOP leaders. This latest chapter promises to do the same.

UPDATE

These hate filled Progressives are really proud of themselves. I just got another email today showing them bragging about this politicization of the tragedy.

Dear Andy,

In the wake of the tragic Amtrak crash that killed 7 people and injured 200 more, today, the Agenda Project Action Fund released a new ad demanding an answer to a critical question: Did Republican Cuts Kill . . . Again? 

You can see the ad HERE.  Before clicking on the ad, please know that the content is very graphic.

While the details are still emerging about the central cause of the crash, it is clear that additional funding could likely have prevented the tragedy.  The New York Times reported that the crash could have been prevented with the installation of a safety system known as Positive Train Control. The Association of American Railroads says that it would require an additional $5 billion to complete the installations throughout the country by the end of this year. Instead of considering a strong investment in our nation’s rail system – which would not only benefit millions of Americans but also contribute countless millions in the form of new economic development and employment opportunities – Republicans have slashed Amtrak’s funding every year.

The ad targets Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chair of Appropriations Chair, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner and dozens of other GOP leaders who have called for slashing crucial funding to Amtrak and other programs.

Republican Cuts Kill . . .  Again is Part II in a planned multi-ad, multi-year attack on GOP reckless budget cuts. 

Click here to watch the video

The video comes one day after GOP leaders – before learning the cause of the crash – voted to cut Amtrak’s budget by more than $250 million.  According to officials who operate the Northeast Corridor, the route faces a $1 billion annual shortfall in capital needs—and has a “state-of-good-repair backlog” of 11,100 major projects and 4,800 basic infrastructure repairs needed on the company’s most travelled train line. 

Year after year, Republicans have run for office almost exclusively on cutting spending.  Many of those cuts have been utterly reckless.  It is high time someone points to the real human costs of this kind of irresponsible governance.  The egregious and utterly unnecessary cuts to Amtrak prevented vital upgrades to our aging railways and crippled the system that transports more than 30 million American citizens each year.

We plan to run this ad in Kentucky against Chair of the Appropriations Committee Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY).  If you would like to contribute to PUT THIS AD ON TV, please click here.

Thanks for all you do,

Erica

Negotiating 101: Never Demand Something You Don’t Have The Votes For

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.

 

DFL Senator Kicked Off Committee By Her Own Party?

Via Blois Olson’s Morning Take

SENATE:  Chatter at capital about discord within the Senate DFL caucus. Assistant Maj. Ldr. Katie Sieben voted against the senate education bill because she was unhappy with funding levels for education. Sieben served as a staffer when Mark Dayton was in the U.S. Senate. It raised eyebrows when a member of the DFL leadership team voted against an important omnibus bill. Additionally, Sen. Barb Goodwin was recently replaced on the finance committee by Sen. Alice Johnson. Goodwin was unhappy w the lack of funding for mental health programs – insiders believe she was forced off the finance committee and replaced with Johnson who is a close ally to Bakk and DFL leadership.

Does this mean the DFL is also going to force her to retire?

 

Lost Decade – Wynn Asks What Recovery?

I’ve been saying that we have never really recovered from the 2007 recession. There has been no real corrections to our economy or markets. No return of jobs lost. No one really learned a lesson. In fact, people were simply bailed out. Add to that all the new regulations and mandates, and things are worse, not better than before.

Well, I’m no economist or super duper successful person who can sound and is smart or something. Steve Wynn also says its a sham recovery.

“Well, the idea that America is in the midst of a great recovery is pure fiction. It’s a lie. It’s a jobless recovery,” Wynn said. “Because recoveries are marked by the level of real employment. And if you count the people who have left the work force, real unemployment is 15 to 20 percent.”

Not only is unemployment much higher than the “official” rate of 5.5 percent, but Wynn said the Consumer Price Index, used to measure inflation, is also rigged in such a way that it doesn’t accurately reflect what real Americans experience on a daily basis. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. had -0.1 percent inflation for the 12 months ended in March 2015. Inflation doesn’t exist.

Wynn says that’s a sham.

“If you take real inflation, and you’ve got to count energy and food and all that stuff, real inflation is much higher than they say it is,” Wynn said. “My employees’ take home pay, in spite of the increases we give them, their paychecks are 90-cent paychecks, 90 cents on the dollar. It’s very difficult for the middle class in America to keep up because of the inflationary pressure and the devaluation of the dollar.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/steve-wynn-economic-recovery-pure-fiction/#VAs0Fsp53PvBxi1X.99

Read the rest.

Remember That Time Dayton Threw A Tantrum Over The Bakkstabbing?

So only 3 men apparently hold the fate of Minnesota in their hands. Governor Dayton has invited DFL Senate Leader Tom Bakk & Republican Speaker Kurt Daudt to take a fishing trip this weekend.

Gov. Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt plan to share a boat Saturday on Lake Vermilion for the annual fishing opener. The outing comes at a critical time in state budget negotiations, so there could be some business combined with the recreation.

I think its incredibly important to remember when Governor Dayton lost his cool with Bakk because boats are small and Dayton once said he didn’t trust him and refused to be alone with him.

Source: STRIB “I’m very disappointed because I thought my relationship with Senator Bakk has always been positive and professional,” Dayton said. “I certainly learned a brutal lesson today that I can’t trust him, can’t believe what he says to me, and that he connives behind my back.”

“I’m not going to meet with Sen. Bakk anymore without others present because I don’t trust his word,” Dayton said.

Dayton trashed fellow DFLer over his staff not getting massive pay raises. Somehow that little temper tantrum got swept under the rug. Much like the other emotionally charged partisan attacks he’s thrown at Republicans for not sharing his leftwing view of the world. Yet somehow he gets away with it.

I have to remember to be a Democrat in my next life. They can say and do anything in this state and get away with it.

Here We Go Again – Housing Bubble Round 2

Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. 

I have been saying “What recovery” for years, yet people keep pointing to “numbers” that say RECOVERY! No. we still haven’t recovered fully from the great recession. We have band-aided and bailed out economic sectors, industries, and companies with greased politicians and great lobbyists, but we have not had market corrections and a real recovery.

Housing was the final straw that led to the collapse in 2007. With the low interest rates and rising home prices, not to mention new homes still being built, you may be saying, yeah, we are recovered… but take another look.

Homeownership rate lowest in 25 years
Home prices are rising, and homeownership is falling. How can that be?

If prices are rising, it must be because there is increasing demand for homes, but if there is increasing demand, then why are there fewer homeowners?

It has to do with this: math. The homeownership rate in the first quarter of this year fell to 63.7 percent, the lowest since 1990, according to the U.S. Census. The homeownership rate is the ratio of households that own to overall households—the remaining being rental households.

As with “the unemployment rate” the numbers politicians and the media hacks like to report is massaged and manipulated to tell you what they want you to know, not what the truth is.

Having said all that, we should also note that there was actually a slight decline in the total, real number of homeowners. It wasn’t enough alone to push the homeownership rate down as far as it did, but it should be noted. As investors continue to buy single-family homes, and first-time buyers remain unable to afford today’s prices, real homeownership takes a hit.

Ah. Investors are buying homes now.

Like investors bought all that land in the early 2000’s and built homes driving up the prices….. and investors bought mortgage portfolios and swapped them back and forth……

We have not recovered. Due to bailouts and continued cheap/free low interest rate and downpayment mortgages, no one involved in the housing bubble learned a lesson.

Investors are now just buying up the homes low to sell high later OR to rent them out rather than buy the mortgages and make interest like they did 10 years ago.

We are headed to another economic recession. Washington has been pumping up the economy and eventually the chickens are going to come home to roost.

Neither Republicans or Democrats can claim they didn’t know. Both parties bailed out those banks – but in truth they did so for different reasons. That’s for another rant.

Point is: Obama has not lead us out of the recession. He prolonged. He kicked the reforms and adjustments down the road. The next few years are going to be very bumpy. We’re heading for another full blown recession again.