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It isn’t surprising that the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, aka ABM, put together a deceitful collection of myths about the Affordable Care Act, aka the ACA.
Saying that Minnesota has the lowest rates in the nation doesn’t mean that insurance premiums didn’t go up with the ACA. It simply means they’re the cheapest premiums in the nation. It’s quite possible to have health insurance premiums go up. In fact, it’s inevitable because the required minimum benefits drive health insurance premiums up. That they’re the cheapest in the nation just means that other states’ health insurance premiums just went up more than Minnesota’s.
I read tons of articles a day and I don’t recall any conservative accuse Gov. Dayton of lying about people who like their plans could keep their plans. I’ve heard tons of people from across the political spectrum accuse President Obama of lying about keeping the policies people liked.
ABM is right, though, that Gov. Dayton told people who had their health insurance canceled that he wouldn’t let those insurance companies sell the old policies that people liked.
This sentence simply isn’t credible:
I know you’re going to say that 140,000 Minnesotans got cancellation notices, Aunt Phyllis, but the truth is it’s illegal in Minnesota to cancel health coverage.
I’d love hearing the explanation for that, especially since the ACA requires companies to cancel insurance that doesn’t meet the ACA’s minimum required coverages. If ABM isn’t lying, then it means that Minnesota health insurance companies aren’t complying with the ACA. In other words, ABM is accusing Minnesota health insurance companies of breaking federal law.
Thanks to Gov. Dayton’s ‘leadership’, MnSure is a national laughingstock. It’s the only website I’ve seen that gets weekends and holidays off. We’re the only state with Paul Bunyan ads and Mickey Mouse service.
While it’s true that MnSure is working better than HealthCare.gov, that isn’t exactly a high bar to clear. It simply means it’s outperforming a total political and policy disaster.
Technorati: Mark Dayton, Health Insurance Exchanges, MnSure, HealthCare.gov, Strawman Arguments, Non Sequiturs, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Affordable Care Act, Insurance Cancellations, President Obama, Broken Promises, Democrats
This morning on At Issue With Tom Hauser, Matt Entenza made a fool of himself. Again. During the Face-off segment, Entenza tried defending the Affordable Care Act. He did as well as one could expect, which isn’t setting the bar high. After Andy Brehm said that the Affordable Care Act was a disaster that needed a major overhaul, Entenza got himself in trouble.
The trouble arrived when he said that, prior to the Affordable Care Act, “hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans” couldn’t get health insurance. That’s BS because, as recently as 2009, 93% of Minnesotans were insured, with another 5% of Minnesotans being eligible for state-subsidized health insurance.
Let’s do the math on this. Minnesota’s population following the 2010 census was 5,303,928. If 98% of the state either had insurance or were eligible for state-subsidized insurance, that’s 5,197,849 people. That means only 106,079 people weren’t insured or eligible for insurance programs.
That’s virtually universal coverage without a federal takeover of the health insurance industry. I triple-dog dare Mr. Entenza to top that percentage. In fact, I’d highlight the fact that the CBO said in scoring the bill that, after 20 years of the ACA, 30,000,000 people still wouldn’t be insured.
That’s right. The Affordable Care Act, aka the ACA, does a terrible job, especially compared with the fantastic job that Minnesota did without taking over the health insurance industry.
What’s more important is the fact that Matt Entenza knows this. It’s impossible to believe that the former House Minority Leader didn’t know that. Democrats prided themselves for providing health care. That’s before talking about the fact that his wife is Lois Quam, the former CEO of UnitedHealth Group.
Mr. Entenza isn’t ashamed of the fact that he lied. He didn’t hesitate in arguing against reality. The fact that he could be proven wrong this effortlessly didn’t deter him from lying about Minnesota’s leadership on health care issues.
Mr. Entenza is an affable man who won’t hesitate if he has to lie to defend the indefensible.
This Pioneer Press editorial exposes the DFL’s lie that property taxes would go down this year:
In July, Gov. Mark Dayton said that, for the first time in a decade, property taxes would drop by $121 million statewide in the year to come. But now, Minnesotans are staring at a potential $153 million increase in property taxes, instead, to a total of $7.7 billion.
Yes, that’s a preliminary estimate, and yes, it’s based on the maximum the various local entities could levy; some will come in a tad lower. But any property tax increase is hard to swallow given that legislative Democrats and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton cranked taxes up by $2.1 billion to cover spending increases.
The DFL knew they were lying about cutting property taxes when they made those claims last spring. That was their way of justifying the huge increases of income taxes, sales taxes and other fees.
Republicans repeatedly questioned the DFL’s lies, highlighting the fact that local governments and school boards levied property taxes. They, not the state, set property tax levels. Now that Republicans are being vindicated, what will the DFL do?
The answer is simple. They’ll do what they always do when they’re caught. Led by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, aka ABM, they’ll lie more blatantly. That’s what ABM specializes in. Without their unprecedented smear campaign in 2010, we wouldn’t have been afflicted by a Dayton administration.
Democrats knew when they were given the gavels in 2013 that they had lots of special interest allies to pay off, starting with big city mayors. The best way to pay them off was through massive LGA increases. Democrats knew they couldn’t sell that massive spending increase to Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Rochester by telling the truth. They had to sell it as property tax relief.
With that determined, Democrats, led by ABM, said that raising LGA would lead to lower property taxes for Minnesotans. To use Jeremiah Wright’s phrase, the DFL’s chickens are coming home to roost. Few people will be getting bigger property tax refund checks. People living in the core cities of Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Paul will see their city budget spending increase dramatically.
Some of that spending will go towards essential government services. Most of that spending will go towards paying off the Democrats’ special interest allies.
Most importantly, the business climate in Minnesota will have taken a turn for the worst. Small businesses will get hit with the higher income tax rates. They’re already getting hit with the B2B sales tax increases. The middle class and working poor are getting hit with cigarette tax increases and with higher prices caused directly by the Democrats’ B2B sales tax increases.
The DFL can’t survive without ever-increasing taxes. Without ever-increasing taxes, they wouldn’t have the taxpayer money they need to pay off their political allies with other people’s money. Anyone who thinks that the DFL is the taxpayers’ watchdog or that they believe in strict accountability of public funds is kidding themselves or intentionally lying to others.
There are some fiscally responsible Democrats. Unfortunately, they’re the exception, not the rule.
This article reads like a press release from the MCEA. It isn’t reporting. It’s ‘journalism’ bia press release:
A campaign by critics of proposed copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota says it has gathered petition signatures from all 87 Minnesota counties.
Mining Truth says more than 12,000 people have signed its petition, which asks Gov. Mark Dayton to ensure the environment will be protected in any copper-nickel mining.
Scott Strand of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy says people statewide want Dayton to put water quality first when considering projects like the proposed PolyMet and Twin Metals mines.
First, how many of the 12,000 signatures came from Hennepin and Ramsey counties? It isn’t a stretch to think that the majority of them came from those 2 counties. In fact, it’s likely that a majority of signatures to the petition came from those counties.
Second, existing laws require mining companies not pollute. These laws’ provisions are proactive, eliminating the need for taxpayer-financed superfund clean-ups. Plans are submitted to the state and federal regulating agencies. After approval, the mines are inspected on a regular basis to guarantee that pollution isn’t happening. If the mining company isn’t living up to their plans, operations can be shut down. Fines can be imposed, too.
The organizations spearheading this effort aren’t committed to the truth. Conservation Minnesota, aka CM, insists that the previous mining operations polluted the land. I’ve cited examples of precious metal mining operations that improved environmental quality in the long run on this blog. That’s irrefutable fact. That isn’t speculation. MCEA is known for its hardball tactics. Its most notable ‘accomplishment’ was stopping the Big Stone II power plant project from happening. MCEA considers it a victory to make electricity more expensive and high-paying jobs extinct. That says everything you need to know about their priorities.
Simply put, MCEA’s and CM’s priorities aren’t Minnesota’s priorities. They’re the priorities of their plutocrat donors. They’re the special interests’ priorities.
This paragraph is laughable:
Dayton has been feeling conflicting political pressure over mining from his environmentalist allies on one side, who oppose copper-nickel mining, and his labor and Iron Range supporters on the other side, who want the jobs. The Democratic governor has said he’s pro-environment and pro-jobs, and there needs to be a balance.
Gov. Dayton isn’t just pro-environment. He’s pro-environmental extremist. MCEA and CM don’t play nice. They won’t hesitate in lying if that’s what’s needed to win a fight.
Northern Minnesota needs mining jobs. Tourism hasn’t come close in replacing mining in terms of jobs. Meanwhile, poverty rates on the Range are disgustingly high, approaching 16% in the Arrowhead. If Gov. Dayton won’t tell these extremists to take a hike, then Minnesotans need to fire him ASAP. Restoring prosperity to the Iron Range isn’t just important, it’s essential.
If there was any question whether the Alliance for a Better Minnesota had negatively affected him, this article is proof that ABM has changed him:
Dayton said the machinery tax repeal is the only other issue he would like discussed in the one-day session, adding that he would like to see the tax refunded retroactive to Aug. 1.
He later told farm reporters that the producer tax was in a huge budget bill and he didn’t even know it was in the legislation. “It surfaced in the last minute of the last night, and no one even wants to take responsibility for (putting it in the tax bill).”
That’s BS and Gov. Dayton knows it. Here’s how he knows he’s lying:
Rep. Hamilton asked Rep. Lenczewski whether there’d be a sales tax imposed on farm equipment repairs on the last night of the session. She confirmed that that would be one of the taxes imposed by this year’s tax bill.
Furthermore, there were heated discussions between Senate Democrats and Rep. Lenczewski over imposing this tax on farmers. Rep. Lenczewski eventually won that fight. There’s no way Gov. Dayton could’ve missed the heated discussions between Bakkk, Sen. Skoe and Rep. Lenczewski on the farm equipment repair sales tax.
The Tax Bill was the big thing for the last night of the session. Everything else was insignificant by comparison. If there was anything that Gov. Dayton and his staff were monitoring that night, it was the Tax Bill.
While it’s quite possible to believe Gov. Dayton didn’t notice it that night, it’s impossible to think his commissioners and staff didn’t notice what’d happened in the Tax Bill conference committee.
The reality is that Gov. Dayton lied at Farmfest when he said he didn’t know the farm equipment repair sales tax was in the Tax Bill. For his administration not to know what was in his signature bill this session simply isn’t credible.
Since he got into office, Gov. Dayton has catered to the anti-mining wing of the DFL. That’s because his first ex-wife, Alida Messinger, a) opposes mining, b) opposes Iron Rangers making a better living for themselves and their families and c) writes big checks to fund the DFL and its chief smear campaign machine, aka the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, aka ABM.
According to their website, Alida Messinger is the Vice-President of Conservation Minnesota, a radical environmentalist organization that’s opposed to the PolyMet and Twin Metals mining projects.
According to his St. Cloud Times op-ed, Rolf Westgard is “a professional member of the Geological Society of America. He teaches classes on energy subjects for the University of Minnesota Lifelong Learning program.” Dr. Westgard has a dramatically different take on precious metals mining. It’s dramatically different because he deals with facts, not hysteria:
Environmentalists are lined up in opposition to these projects, viewing them as a serious threat to water quality. The issue is these ores are reactive sulfide minerals. When mined, the sulfur comes in contact with water and oxygen, forming sulfuric acid. This acid can then dissolve and carry away toxic elements, polluting water supplies in a process known as acid rock drainage.
In the past, acidic metal-rich waters from mining have damaged the environment when mining companies did not follow safe practices. Today, mining companies have to be good stewards of the environment, and our laws are made to ensure this happens.
At Ladysmith, Wis., Kennecott operated an open pit copper sulfide mine that operated 140 feet from the Flambeau River in the 1990s. During the mining all of the surface area drainage and pit pumping water went into a treatment plant that successfully purified the water so it could be safely returned to the environment.
Upon closure, to avoid ARD, the pit was backfilled with the waste rock that was stripped from the pit along with 30,000 tons of limestone. Limestone was added to neutralize any ARD that formed while the pit was exposed. There were no violations of its permits in construction, operation and closure. These are practices required in Minnesota.
In other words, these companies are experts at mining the precious metals without contaminating drinking water or causing major health hazards. They have a history of cleaning up after themselves, too. That isn’t because they’re altruistic. It’s because they’re monitored by the EPA at the federal level and state agencies in the various states.
While Gov. Dayton pursues ‘high tech jobs of the future’ in California, Minnesota is literally sitting on a gold mine in northern Minnesota that would create thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars in tax revenue for the state:
Minnesota owns more than 6,000 acres of land in the region, and it stands to collect $2.5 billion in royalties in the coming decades if mining proceeds. This state property is known as “school trust lands.” Under the Minnesota Constitution, income from such lands is earmarked for the Permanent School Fund, which contributes about $60 per pupil to every school district. An analysis by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources projected that the school fund, with assets of $720 million, could more than triple in size with copper royalties during the next 25 to 30 years.
Why wouldn’t we take advantage of this gold mine? Why wouldn’t we help the blue collar people of the Range earn a better living? Right now, families in St. Louis County make almost $15,000 a year less than the statewide average. Why wouldn’t we want more money going into the Permanent School Fund? It’s the easiest of easy money.
If the goals are to fund schools without overburdening taxpayers while restoring prosperity to the Iron Range and economic health to the state, issuing permits for the PolyMet and Twin Metals projects is the way to go. It’s the fastest way to get from Point A to Point B.
This route isn’t being taken because the DFL’s special interest puppeteers aren’t interested in funding schools with minimal costs to Minnesota’s taxpayers. The DFL’s special interest puppeteers aren’t interested in restoring prosperity to the Range. The biggest mistake conservatives make is thinking that the DFL leadership is interested in doing the right thing for the right reasons.
It’s important to understand that the DFL will always do the right thing…when it’s the only option left.
Meanwhile, Gov. Dayton will continue recruiting companies that require massive government subsidies to succeed. It’s a shame that he just doesn’t put in place policies that help companies already here succeed.
Tags: Mark Dayton, Special Interests, Environmental Extremists, Conservation Minnesota, MiningTruths.org, Alida Messinger, DFL, Iron Range, Twin Metals, PolyMet, Blue Collar Workers, Mining Jobs, Median Household Income, Kennecott Mining, Prosperity
Kathryn Hoffman’s op-ed is littered with half-truths, irrelevancies and distortions. Here’s an example:
Sulfide mines have a long record of polluting surrounding lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater with mercury, acid mine drainage and toxic metals. Mines proposed in Minnesota would pose risks to some of our most important water resources such as Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters.
Evidence shows that children in northern Minnesota already are exposed to higher levels of mercury than in other parts of the state. Any increased risk to these children would be unacceptable.
There’s no question that mining disturbs the earth’s natural state. Whatever the human activity is, it potentially damages the earth as defined by MiningTruth’s activists. The question then becomes what society gets in exchange for temporarily disturbing the planet.
That said, the doomsday picture that MiningTruth paints isn’t exactly accurate. First, recent precious metal mines don’t pollute like the mines of 50 years ago. The advances have been gigantic. Second, most precious metals mining companies have to live up to the standars set by corporations like Kennecott Mining.
In this op-ed, MiningTruth proposes an impossible standard:
When a sulfide mine closes in Minnesota, the mining company is supposed to reclaim the area and leave it so that it doesn’t need any additional maintenance. Will that rule be enforced?
Minnesota’s government shouldn’t allow mines that are likely to produce pollution and require water treatment for 50, 100, 250 or more years after they stop mining.
I said earlier that there’s never been a mine that didn’t produce pollution while it was in production. Saying that Minnesota shouldn’t allow mines if they pollute is saying Minnesota shouldn’t allow mining. Period. That’s MiningTruth’s goal. Their website is filled with BS, starting with this video:
The narrator’s ominous-sounding voice delivers the message that “No sulfide mine has ever operated without polluting lakes and rivers.” What the narrator didn’t tell people is that restoration is quite possible. In fact, restoration’s the norm. Kennecott Mining’s website explains in detail that it’s quite possible to restore the land:
In 1936, Kennecott constructed evaporation ponds to store and evaporate mine water originating from the Bingham Canyon watershed. Over time, additional ponds were constructed to increase capacity, and the area became known as the South Jordan Evaporation Ponds (SJEP). The ponds were used for mine water until 1965 and for periodic storage of runoff water until 1987. SJEP use was discontinued in 1987.
Studies in the early 1990s concluded that there were elevated levels of heavy metals in the soil where the holding ponds had been located. Kennecott took responsibility for the impacts and agreed to reclaim and remediate the SJEP area. The removal work was undertaken pursuant to an EPA Administrative Order on Consent (AOC).
A massive clean-up operation began in 1994 involving the removal of pond sediment and six additional inches of underlying native soil. The material removed from Daybreak was permanently relocated to the Kennecott Blue Water Repository as part of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) clean up. At this time, some sediment, with a low concentration of lead and arsenic but an elevated sulfate concentration were consolidated onsite and capped with topsoil and re-vegetated. In 2001, the EPA issued a Record of Decision stating that the removal action adequately satisfied the remedial objectives and EPA determined that no further action was required. An Operation and Maintenance Plan (O&M Plan) was established to address
further management of the consolidation site.
Pursuant to agreements between the EPA, UDEQ and Kennecott, Kennecott began removing the remaining sediments at the consolidation site under the guideline of the O&M Plan. In 2006, Kennecott, the EPA and the UDEQ entered into an agreement solidifying the unrestricted residential and commercial use clean-up standards for the entire site.
In early 2007, the consolidated pond sediment removal project was completed. In 2008, the EPA and UDEQ issued a Consent Decree for the ground water cleanup efforts.
Kennecott met the EPA’s high standards for cleaning up the mining site. In addition to that, they initiated a plan that “integrates sustainable landscape practices into the community in a number of ways.” That’s only part of Kennecott’s story. Here’s another part of Kennecott’s story:
Storm water runoff is collected in a variety of ways and filters down to recharge the aquifer beneath Daybreak. Residents are encouraged to plant a water wise landscape, limit turf areas that require a lot of supplemental water, and improve soil to better absorb water and encourage deeper roots. A list of plants that grow well at Daybreak is available through the Daybreak Community Association.
Gardening is encouraged at Daybreak as a means of producing sustainable food supplies. Gardening opportunities are available to Daybreak residents at their home or at one of the “Community Gardens,” which have been constructed throughout Daybreak.
MiningTruth is hinting that evil multinational corporations are intent on destroying the Boundary Waters and Superior National Forest. Despite Kennecott’s record of success, MiningTruth insists that “sulfide mining” will destroy the fragile BWCAW ecosystem. Kennecott’s Daybreak restoration proves that restoration is quite possible.
What’s noteworthy is that almost everyone on MiningTruth’s Board of Directors lives in the Twin Cities. Only one member of the board lives in northern Minnesota. It’s also noteworthy that a major part of MiningTruth’s funding comes from Aleda Messinger, the same lady who funds the DFL and the Alliance for a Better Minnesota. ABM has a history of smearing people it disagrees with with half-truths and outright lies.
It isn’t wise for MiningTruth to follow in ABM’s practice of waging smear campaigns. Apparently, ABM and MiningTruth think they can continue with their smear campaigns with impunity. As I’ve clearly shown, MiningTruth shouldn’t be trusted because they won’t tell the truth.
Tags: Sulfide Mining, MiningTruth.org, Environmental Activists, Conservation Minnesota, Aleda Messinger, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, DFL, Kennecott Mining, Daybreak Mine, Restoration, EPA, CERCLA, Consent Decree, Economic Growth
This op-ed starts with a hypothetical situation:
[W]hat would happen if two trillion cubic feet of natural gas were found under Eveleth this afternoon?
Next, Terry Stone speculates about the DFL’s reaction to this discovery:
Well, you can bet that the environmentalists would protest the press conference. Then they will claim that gas production, fracking, fracking sand production and pipeline construction cause haze over Voyageurs National Park. Friends of BWCA will claim that fracking water disposal will contaminate the pristine waters of the BWCA, even though it is on the other side of the continental divide. They will claim that the lights atop the drilling rigs will be seen all over the BWCA.
Labor unions will protest because the storage facilities are being built by the lowest bidder; a non-union shop from Georgia. (Congressman) Rick Nolan will claim that he wants the jobs of gas production but he can’t support the present plan because it doesn’t assure zero impact on ground water. (U.S. Sens.) Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar will introduce a bill to protect land owners from getting rich. (Minnesota Sen.) Tom Bakk will introduce a bill to place a tax on gas production in Minnesota and place it under the Taconite Taxing District of the IRRRB.
The Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club and the Minnesota Environmental Partnership will sue to stop any gas production. They will claim that the production area is inside the buffer zone of their newly proposed International Heart of the Continent Biosphere Reserve that includes Quetico, Superior National Forest, Voyageurs and the BWCA.
The state legislature will revisit the narrowly dodged moratorium on fracking sand operations in Minnesota. The environmental front group, Save our 10,000 Lakes will hold protests at the capital during the special session to evaluate the impact of a population boom on the Iron Range. They will claim that fracking pollutes well water and that fracking chemicals cause genetic mutations and cancer.
While this is technically speculation, it’s informed speculation because it’s the DFL’s reaction to the PolyMet and Twin Metals mining projects last summer. The only difference between this speculative solution and last summer’s reaction is that last year’s response was led by Alida Messinger and Conservation Minnesota.
Either way, the DFL’s response is predictable and disastrous to Minnesota families. Stone’s op-ed then finishes with the economic reality of the DFL’s policies:
Under the sway of DFL liberal politics, Minnesota is screwed. Whether it’s pulpwood in endless supply, copper in world-class deposits, the world’s largest volume of liquid fresh water, 17,000 lakes or fracking sand in nearly unlimited quantities, Minnesota will find a way to screw the golden goose before it even hatches.
Average household income of GOP Chisago County: $67,075. Average household income of DFL International Falls: $30,094. The annual cost to your family of voting DFL: $36,981.
The median household income in Minnesota is just a bit under $60,000, meaning International Falls’ median household income is approximately half of the statewide average. That’s because the DFL’s anti-job growth policies stifle economic development.
The DFL has tried to put the Iron Range (mining and logging), Ely (precious metals mining) and Southeastern Minnesota (silica sand mining) off-limits. The effect of the DFL’s policies is exposed by the income disparity between International Falls and the statewide average.
This will forever be the case because environmentalists write the DFL’s economic development policies. That’s why families in International Falls and the Iron Range consistently get the shaft without getting the mining jobs they need to prosper.
Follow this link for more on the income disparity.
Kelly Fenton, the Deputy Chairperson of the Minnesota GOP, issued this statement after Cargill announced it was expanding operations in Colorado, not Minnesota:
While Governor Dayton and Democrats in the legislature were busy raising $2.1 billion in new taxes this spring, two more Minnesota companies were making plans to move operations out of our state. It’s embarrassing that Governor Dayton was unable to keep these jobs here. Instead, Colorado will benefit from new job opportunities that should be reserved for Minnesota families.
Governor Dayton talks about “taxing the rich,” but he’s actually hurting average hard working families, in this case employees at our local flour mills. Minnesota needs a Republican Governor and a Republican Legislature that will fight for Minnesota jobs, and fight to encourage companies from around the country and around the world to expand and relocate here in Minnesota.
Related Article: Flour-milling joint venture Ardent Mills to locate HQ in Denver
Cargill isn’t just a Fortune 500 company. They’re a big union employer. Now they’re moving their operation to Colorado. After Dayton, the DFL and ABM (which should now stand for the Alliance for a Broker Minnesota) told us a) that companies don’t leave because of taxes, b) people are willing to pay more for Minnesota’s high quality of life and c) that companies love Minnesota’s education system, this is what the new venture’s president said about moving:
Why Denver? Dan Dye, Horizon’s president and Ardent’s CEO-to-be, said in a statement that the decision “will allow us to offer great quality of life for employees, provide excellent service to our customers and position the business for long-term growth.”
For all of the DFL’s arguments about the wisdom of their legislative agenda, Cargill wasn’t impressed. It’s apparent they weren’t moved by Minnesota’s quality of life. In fact, they spoke about Colorado’s quality of life, which is a direct shot at Gov. Dayton and the DFL. They spoke about how Colorado was positioned for “long-term growth.” That’s a shot at Minnesota, too.
I’ll add another thing to this mix. Cargill didn’t mention the DFL’s “historic investment in education.” For all their insisting that we had to make these investments, the DFL was just slapped in the face by a Minnesota company moving a major operation from the state to Colorado.
The DFL’s protestations notwithstanding, Cargill moved its operations to Colorado. That refutes Gov. Dayton’s insistence that the Dayton/DFL/ABM budget was moving Minnesota in the right direction.
This Our View editorial highlights the DFL’s tax hikes on the not-so-rich with a tone of disdain that’s perfectly in order. Here’s an example of the DNT’s snarkiness:
Tomorrow is when a host of new taxes takes effect, as approved this past session by the Minnesota Legislature. And of course, DFL lawmakers and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton were all about taxing the rich — so we all must be rich because many of the new taxes will be paid by every one of us, regardless of our income level.
Everything from ringtones and pay-per-view movies to computer repairs and books downloaded to Kindles, Nooks and other devices will now carry a Minnesota sales tax. Even e-greeting cards and individual songs for our iPods are subject to the 6.875 percent sales tax.
All things only the wealthy buy, right?
Yesterday, I wrote this post highlighting the fact that the Dayton/DFL Amazon Tax has already killed jobs. I wrote frequently this winter about how the DFL’s tax-the-rich chanting was an outright lie. I’ve written about how the DFL’s alleged property tax relief is a myth. Frankly, it’s time to tell the DFL to stop with their lies. They’re frequently divorced from the truth, especially when it comes to taxes.
Here’s some hard-hitting facts from the DNT’s editorial:
And let’s not forget all those “new fees and fee increases … scattered throughout the budget bills,” as Minnesota Public Radio reported during the session’s final moments. “The list includes $3 more for a driver’s license, a $5 surcharge on homeowners and auto insurance policies, a new fee on prepaid cell phones and a $15 surcharge on traffic violations.” Those’ll nick all of us, too: some who can least afford it.
The next time the DFL campaigns, saying that they’re moderates, We The People should throw these statistics in their face. At a time when people’s trust in the federal government is dropping faster than a meteor, the DFL is giving us additional proof that the federal government isn’t the only liberal institution that shouldn’t be trusted.
Any increased fee or tax demands detailed explanations and justifications. Lawmakers and the governor can be ready with answers for angry constituents, and this time they can spare us their “tax the rich” — suggesting “only the rich” — mantra. That’s clearly not the case.
ABM should change to ABL, aka the Alliance for Big Lies. The DFL should change from Democratic-Farmer-Labor to Democrats Frequently Lie.
The frightening thought is that the DFL raises taxes almost as frequently as it lies.