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According to ProgressNow’s Denise Cardinal, Gov. Dayton is doing a great job of focusing the conversation on his budget. Friday night on Almanac, here’s what Ms. Cardinal said:

MS. CARDINAL: Let’s get real. Guns and gay rights is something that’s also getting talked about nationally so I don’t think there’s anything we could’ve done that would’ve avoided talking about those things. And I would actually disagree. I think the Governor’s done a great job of talking the pillars of his budget. I noticed that they’re talking about the relief it would give working families who have kids that are about to go to college.

Ms. Cardinal is a prefessional spinmeister. She didn’t say a thing that’s accurate. The nation isn’t having a major discussion on gay rights. A few highly funded special interest groups are pushing to start the conversation but the DFL, after saying “who are we to say no to these couples?”, is now doing their best to ignore these couples.

There was a brief moment in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown, CT, shootings that the nation attempted to have a conversation about stopping school violence. Unfortunately, that conversation got hijacked by anti-Second Amendment activists.

As for Gov. Dayton doing a great job “talking about the pillars of his budget,” that’s laughable. What he’s done thus far is talk rather defensively about his tax increases on Minnesotans. His sales tax proposal will hit everyone. Cities will be especially hard hit. When a city like Sauk Rapids remodels their downtown, they’d need an attorney, an architect and an engineer to turn Sauk Rapids’ vision into a reality.

The Dayton/DFL/Lenczewski sales tax increase could cost a city like Sauk Rapids $500,000 or more for a significant-sized project. Cities wanting to remodel their city that aren’t getting LGA would be faced with the option of either not doing their project or getting hit with a massive property tax increase to pay for the project.

When the bill got a hearing in committee, a Plymouth city official testified that Plymouth would pay an additional $690,000 thanks to the Dayton/DFL/Lenczewski sales tax increase.

Plymouth isn’t the only local government that would be negatively affected by the Dayton/DFL/Lenczewski sales tax increase. Beltrami County would be negatively affected by the sales tax increase, too. The truth is that there won’t be any cities or counties that won’t get hit with this sales tax increase.

The Dayton administration, including Ms. Cardinal, haven’t talked about the negative effects the Dayton/DFL/Lenczewski sales tax increase will have because their primary goal is to raise taxes to pay for more spending on their political allies. This isn’t about tax fairness. This isn’t about creating jobs or tax reform.

What’s saddest about this tax increase is that it’s cutting into people’s buying power because government won’t take an inventory of what it’s supposed to do, then implement a plan that accomplishes the things it’s required to do at the most reasonable price.

It’s time that the DFL admitted that they aren’t about putting Minnesota on a path of prosperity. They’re about paying off their special interest allies even if it means hurting job creation.

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4 Responses to “Guns and gay marriage”

  • Chad Q says:

    I understand what you are saying about Dayton’s tax plan killing the economy and with the DFL in control it means we are all screwed. But when you have republicans signing onto some of these bills (Sen. Ortman on the gun control bill which she has since removed her name) or even authoring some (Sen. Peterson gay marriage bill, Sen. Hann and Senjem’s wolf hunting moratorium, Sen. Rosen’s red light cameras, etc.), the party loses a lot of credibility in my opinion. With people like this representing the party, who needs the DFL because they (GOP) are doing their bidding for the DFL? Just because the republicans lost control of both houses does not mean they need to stoop to the DFL’s level of pandering to obtain votes. I’d rather have a party in the minority that stands on principle than one in majority that passes horrible bills that spend more and reduces our freedoms.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Chad, why be that stupid? Being permanently in the minority is totally counterproductive.

    Why haven’t you opted for contacting these legislators & telling them what you expect of them? Why haven’t you opted for cutting them a little slack?

    What’s worse is that you apparently expect perfection from each GOP legislator. If that’s your expectation, it isn’t surprising that you’re constantly disappointed.

  • Chad Q says:

    Gary-

    So you’re of the mindset that it is better to have a GOP majority that votes like the DFL than it is to have the DFL in total control? What good does that do for the state let alone the party? I think it is more counterproductive to act like the DFL than it is standing on principle.

    I have talked to a few of these legislators in the past and they spew some of the same crap the DFL spews so why should I cut them any slack? I don’t cut my rep, Rep. Lesch any slack when he votes the way he does so why should a GOP rep or sen get any slack when they vote the same way? Again, why vote for the GOP when the GOP is doing the bidding of the DFL in hopes of getting votes?! You can’t out DFL the DFL.

    I don’t expect perfection from the GOP, I just expect them not to be the same or worse than the DFL when it comes to authoring bills. I expect legislators who run as republicans to act like republicans, not freedom limiting, tax loving DFLer’s and sadly, that is what we are seeing this session from some of the GOP. Just because a legislator has an R behind their name does not mean they are excused from being criticized when they author bills that we expect from the DFL.

  • Gary Gross says:

    First, it’s apparent you’re pissed when you don’t get perfection. Your statement notwithstanding, I ain’t buying what you’re selling. Second, this isn’t about letting RINOs be RINOs. I’ve had a history of looking at a legislator’s total record. Without exception, each of them have disappointed me at one point or another. Third, I’ve seen Republican legislators who’ve sounded like DFL legislators. In fact, I’ve told some of these legislators that I strongly disagreed with them & why. I told them, privately, that they needed to change because of the underlying principles.

    Fourth, I’ve yet to see any GOP legislators jump on the DFL’s tax increase bandwagon.

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