When Conservation Minnesota painted a bullseye on the mining industry in northeastern Minnesota, they proved that the DFL wasn’t interested in helping hardworking mining families. These mining families are the most blue collar families in Minnesota.
Twin Cities DFL elites essentially said that their agenda was more important than those families’ livelihood. There’s nothing worse than the DFL’s disinterest in these miners’ livelihoods. The DFL’s anti-mining agenda says that the miners are second class citizens in the DFL.
In St. Louis County, the median household income from 2007-2011 was $45,399. The statewide average during the same time period was $58,476. More importantly, during that same time period, 1 in 6 people in St. Louis County lived below the poverty line compared with 1 in 9 people statewide.
The other thing that’s worth noting is that the DFL’s agenda has focused mostly on 3 things: increasing spending on K-12 and higher education, raising taxes and submitting to everything on the public employee unions’ wish list.
That agenda won’t build a strong private sector economy because it takes money from people who increase Minnesota’s GDP, then transfers that money to the public sector, where too much money is spent on parasites who subtract from Minnesota’s GDP.
Some of the parasites that can be identified are PR staffers in every office, agency, panel, commission and council, ‘government affairs directors’ and the omni-present legislative liaisons. Government affair directors and legislative liaisons is just a different alias for public sector lobbyists.
These parasites get paid with taxpayers’ money to lobby the legislature to steal money from the productive private sector so it can be spent in the unproductive public sector.
The DFL’s agenda doesn’t strengthen manufacturing, agriculture or mining, blue collar industries that strengthen economies. The DFL’s agenda doesn’t diversify Minnesota’s economy, either.
Think how much healthier Minnesota’s economy would be if the Twin Metals and PolyMet mining projects took off. They’d create an estimated 1,000 mining jobs. That’s before determining how many mining support jobs they’d create. That’s before thinking about the jobs that would get created in the Iron Range as a result of a strengthened economy. Think, too, of the population boom that’d surely follow.
The Twin Cities DFL is saying with their policies that they aren’t interested in creating those blue collar jobs.
That’s why the DFL isn’t the party of the people anymore.