When Speaker-in-Waiting Thissen named Rep. Hortman as the chair of the Energy Committee, he caved to another facet of Alida Messinger’s monopoly. Rep. Hortman no longer represents her district. She’s Alida Messinger’s
puppet personal legislator. Couple that with Ms. Messinger’s strident anti-mining agenda and Rep. Hortman’s history of support for a cap and trade system in Minnesota and an emissions system based on California’s emissions system and you’ve got a powerful anti-jobs agenda emerging.
Thinking people can’t believe that the woman that essentially owns the DFL and funds their special interest allies, coupled with a DFL governor and a DFL legislature, isn’t going to push her anti-jobs, anti-freedom agenda.
As I pointed out in this post, building monopolies is part of her DNA.
It’s amusing to see the Leftosphere rush to this lawmaker or another to see what their legislative agenda will be. While they’re the public face of the DFL, their thoughts are only important in terms of tactics.
Alida Messinger dictates the agenda.
If Alida said that PolyMet investors would be frustrated another 2 years, Rep. Thissen and Sen. Bakk will sign off on Alida’s decision. If Alida said that Minnesota needs a cap and trade program, which she will, swing district DFL legislators will fall on their swords and make it a reality. If Alida said small business owners aren’t paying enough in taxes, the DFL will dutifully pass the tax increase and Gov. Dayton will cheerfully sign it. If Alida dictated a change in the sales tax to include taxing clothing and groceries, the DFL legislature will pass it. Gov. Dayton will sign it with a big smile on his face.
It’s important that we understand what these things mean in human terms becasuse that’s what’s most important.
Cap and Trade will cause electric bills to “necessarily skyrocket.” That isn’t just my prediction. It’s a direct quote from then-Sen. Obama. When electric bills in Minnesota “necessarily skyrocket,” Minnesotans should think of it as the DFL’s squeezing the life out of Minnesota’s middle class. Make no mistake about it. This is a regressive tax, the type the DFL usually rails against.
Is that the Minnesota you want to live in?
When PolyMet investors give up on their project, mining jobs won’t be created. The gap in median household income between St. Louis County and the state average will widen. In 2010, the median household income in St. Louis County was $44,941. The statewide average was $57,243. Sen. Bakk, who is from Range country, will dutifully vote to kill the Twin Metals and PolyMet projects.
Don’t miners deserve a chance at prosperity?
When the DFL legislature and Gov. Dayton raise taxes on small business owners will cut jobs, contribute less to their employees’ health care and 401(k) plans and scrap plans to expand. Dynamic job creation will stop. That’s a prediction based on past history. It’s as predictable as the sun setting in the west.
It’s inevitable that the DFL legislature will pass and DFL Gov. Dayton will sign sales tax ‘reform’ into law. That means everyone buying groceries and clothes will spend hundreds of dollars more each year in sales tax. How many middle class families can afford that? The working poor can’t afford that. That won’t matter to the DFL because they’re getting hit with that whether they like it or not.
Families should think of the hundreds of dollars they spend on sales tax for groceries and clothes as the DFL’s ‘gift’ to their family budget.
When jobs aren’t created and employees pay more of their health insurance costs, they can’t thank Alida Messinger for their employer robbing Peter to pay Paul to cover the cost of Alida’s expensive tax increase.
It’s important for people to understand that we’ll all pay dearly for what Alida wants. This isn’t about economic growth. Economic growth won’t happen under Alida’s rule. Alida’s agenda is progressive social policy masquerading as economic policy.
Finally, the DFL budget will be in the $38,000,000,000-$41,000,000,000 range. They’ll attempt to pay off their political allies with their budget. The dirty little secret is that the revenues from their tax increases won’t materialize.
When Maryland passed a millionaire’s tax, they collected less money because millionaires moved to northern Virginia. When the French socialists said that they’d tax billionaires at a rate of 75%, those billionaires moved to England.
Does Alida think small business owners will stay and pay hundreds of millions of dollars in extra taxes when the economy is booming in North Dakota?
The simple truth is that Alida Messinger’s monopoly will hurt Minnesota families in a variety of ways. Between the higher electric bills (thanks to Alida’s cap and trade bill) to more money spent on clothes and groceries (thanks to Alida’s sales tax increase), Minnesota’s middle class families will be hit hardest.
Remember this: What Alida wants will cost you bigtime.