Alot of things have been talked about, including whether taxes should be hiked, whether a $4,000,000,000 spending increase is enough and whether Gov. Dayton’s tax hike will strengthen Minnesota’s economy. (They won’t.)

The thing that hasn’t been talked about is whether DFL moderates would step in and tell Gov. Dayton that his policies would hurt Minnesota’s economy without putting Minnesota’s budget on a sustainable path.

The DFL has called for Republicans to compromise by giving into Gov. Dayton’s tax increase. Nobody has called on John Benson, Denise Dittrich, Andrew Falk or Patti Fritz to compromise. Why is it automatically assumed by the Twin Cities media that only Republicans should make major compromises? (Yes, that’s a rhetorical question.)

The reality is that so-called moderate DFL legislators haven’t stepped forward and acted like statesmen and women. In Realityville, people of all partisan stripes understand that you reform government by eliminating redundancies and agencies who’ve experienced mission creep.

It’s predictable that hardliners like Sandy Pappas, Ryan Winkler, Larry Pogemiller and Paul Thissen would reject the GOP’s reform agenda. I couldn’t picture them voting to change the status quo that’s been in place since the 1970s.

Still, I’d hoped that moderate DFL legislators would stand with Dan Fabian, King Banaian and Keith Downey in reforming government. By supporting their common sense reforms, they could’ve forced Gov. Dayton to expose his extremist agenda or force him into signing legislation that would’ve helped Minnesotans for a generation.

I don’t doubt that there are relatively moderate DFL legislators. What I’m having my doubts about, however, is whether these DFL legislators will stand up to leadership and start changing the political landscape.

With that said, there’s one DFL legislator who hasn’t hesitated in bucking DFL leadership is Rep. Gene Pelowski. To his credit, Rep. Pelowski has frequently done the right thing. Here’s hoping that Rep. Pelowski gets lots of reinforcements soon.

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4 Responses to “Calling Moderate DFL Legislators”

  • Chad Quigley says:

    It’s just like the Obamacare and “blue dog” democrats debate in 2009, “blue dogs” turned into yellow bellies and hid. I don’t believe there is such a thing as a moderate (or logical) democrat.

  • Steve says:

    I think the fact that moderate DFLers (and a majority of the population) are standing with the governor is proof that Governor Dayton is right about this budget issue.

  • markmwhite says:

    whether the majority is standing with Dayton is debatable. the folly of continuing to grow government at unsustainable levels is not. good luck to Steve and the rest of the looters. let the class war continue

  • Steve says:

    Anybody can say something is “debatable” to create a vague question, but you need proof. This is my proof:

    Startribune Minnesota Poll May 2011:
    Solve budget…
    Primarily with service reductions 27%
    Tax increases and service reductions 63%
    Don’t know/refused 10%

    Public Policy Polling (Raleigh, NC) June 2011
    Would you support a tax increase on the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans to help balance the state budget, or do you think the budget should be balanced through cuts only?
    Would support a tax increase on the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans 63%
    Budget should be balanced through cuts only 32%
    Not sure 4%

    KSTP Survey USA Poll May 2011
    Minnesota has a five billion dollar budget deficit. Should Minnesota
    Raise Taxes on Wealthy 31%
    Raise Taxes on All 4%
    Cut Spending 36%
    Both 27%
    Not Sure 2%
    (That is 62% that would support Dayton’s proposal for the math challenged)

    I’m no looter, but I am fine if a class war begins. At the rate we are becoming more and more lopsided economically, if something does not change class war will happen eventually. History is repeating itself, it happened a century ago and we have forgotten those lessons.

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