It isn’t surprising that the DFL is resorting to the nastiest negative campaigning in recent history. In fact, it’s utterly predictable. This post offers an example of what the DFL is willing to say about Republican candidates:

Banaian is an economics prof. at SCSU, noted for Milton Friedman market fundamentalist rants on the radio and as a blogger. In other words, he’s an ultra-pretentious intellectual featherweight.

First, it’s indicative of the writer’s vitriol when they start with the name-calling that’s in this post. Second, it’s apparent that the writer isn’t a capitalist. It’s one thing to argue with parts of Milton Friedman’s economic philosophy. It’s another to talke about Friedman with this level of disdain.

That isn’t what capitalists do. It’s what collectivists do.

Third, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to take people seriously when they question King’s intellectual heft. That comes across as childish behavior. It doesn’t leave a positive first impression of the writer.

Most importantly, since arriving in St. Paul, King’s focused on solving Minnesota’s biggest problems, starting with budget reform. His first legislation, HF2, created the Sunset Advisory Commission. That was signed into law as part of the final budget agreement. He even got Phyllis Kahn and several other prominent Democrats to vote for the bill. That’s substantial proof that King is capable of working across the aisle without compromising his free market principles.

I wrote here that King authored legislation that Gov. Dayton signed into law that will reduce the cost of textbooks for MNSCU students.

In his brief time in the legislature, King has built an impressive record of writing legislation that produced solutions that made life better for college students and taxpayers.

That isn’t what “ultra-pretentious intellectual featherweights” do. It’s what men of gravitas do.

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5 Responses to “Progressive projection”

  • eric z says:

    Nasty? Have you ever read the stuff put out by the Bachmann camp, and the camp followers?

    That quote? Okay with me.

    Last, is “Capitalism” a new religion, what?

  • Gary Gross says:

    First, capitalism is the only economic philosophy that creates wealth & sustains civil societies. The other philosophies are failures in that respect. In fact, the other philosophies fail every time they’re tried.

    I wouldn’t call capitalism a “new religion.” I’d just call it common sense.

  • walter hanson says:


    Just curious King was one of many lawmakers elected in Minnesota who said we can balance the budget without a tax increase.

    The result was a balanced budget and a surplus of over $1 billion.

    Sounds like King knows how Capitalism works and what Bachmann is trying to do is the same thing on a federal level.

    Of course you might not understand what King and Michelle does because you support the policies of President Obama which doesn’t work.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • eric z says:

    Gary, it is not a “philosophy,” it is a way of distributing power and wealth. Get real. In theory …

    Walter, go look at Residual Forces, and see how Hegseth is positioning himself for his wanting to run against Franken. It is as plain as day what he is up to. In the context of KB and others. Starting on party gravitas two years ahead of anybody else, the question being, will it work.

    Walter, you insult me, saying I support Obama policies. The man is flawed, but in a two man beauty contest, he is far, far, far less ugly.

  • walter hanson says:


    Um you were blasting King and Bachmann so it’s obvious that you are one of the mind number Obama robots that think Obama is God and we must go with his policies. After all you said that voted for Obama in an earlier post.

    If you care about wealth capitialism creates more wealth and better lives for people. I guess you don’t want people to have more wealth and better lives.

    Oh that’s right, you’re the person who went to church yesterday to worship Obama and his philopshy to steal wealth from people who work their butts off.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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