One thing that’s clear is that the DFL will pursue a counterproductive, anti-growth environmental policy either this year or next. It’s understood that Alida Messinger, the lady writing the biggest checks to the DFL and the DFL’s smear campaign machine, aka ABM, is pushing this agenda. History has shown that Alida Messinger won’t let the truth prevent her from getting her way.
In 2010, ABM was repeatedly criticized for outright lying. In 2012, ABM accused the GOP of shutting down state government even though Gov. Dayton could’ve prevented it from happening by signing a lights on bill that would’ve funded state government through July 11, 2011.
Alida Messinger currently sits on the Board of Directors for Conservation Minnesota, an organization whose mission is to prevent precious metal mining in Minnesota. CM created MiningTruth.org because Mrs. Messinger wants to prevent precious metal mining. Here’s a lie that CM didn’t hesitate in telling to prevent those mining projects:
Sulfide mining produces toxic waste that could irreversibly damage Minnesota’s fragile lakes, rivers and natural resources.
This picture is of the mine while it was in production:
This picture shows the restored mine site:
The point behind this is to prove that precious metal mining doesn’t produce “toxic waste that could irreversibly damage Minnesota’s” environment. If environmental damage isn’t being prevented, the next logical question is to ask what CM’s motivation is for this smear campaign.
That can’t be known without a whistleblower spilling the beans on CM’s agenda, which isn’t likely to happen. Still, this Census report shows what effect CM’s agenda is having on families in St. Louis County. From 2007-2011, 16% of the people living in St. Louis County lived below the poverty line. That’s significantly higher than the statewide average of 11%. Median household income in St. Louis County was $45,399 compared with the statewide average of $58,476, a gap of $13,077.
Retiring Rep. Rukavina, a liberal’s liberal by anyone’s standards, said this in a recent email:
I’m perplexed. I sent an email to the three who voted no, I’m awaiting a reply. Frankly, if Gov Dayton is pissed off at the DNR (hell, Ranger’s have been pissed off at them forever), he should fire some top dogs over there. But don’t take it out on the good people of the Range who have been mining for 130 years and playing by the rules that some folks now want to change.
Perplexed and pissed off would better describe my reaction. But hey, I’m a has been but I have been wondering why I’m the only member of the Range delegation who seems concerned about this. Perhaps it’s because I’m the only member of the Range delegation who represents the real Iron Range and has never represented any other constituents in my 26 year tenure.
It’s apparent that the Twin Cities DFL isn’t interested in fighting for miners like Rep. Rukavina is. According to Rep. Rukavina, miners “have been mining for 130 years and playing by the rules” all along.
The Twin Cities DFL is representing public employee unions and trust fund babies. That isn’t the same as fighting for the average Joe on Main Street.