It didn’t take long for the DFL to start attacking the cornerstone of Gov. Pawlenty’s job creation agenda. According to Mark Brunswick’s article, the DFL’s criticism started immediately after the speech:

“We were looking toward the governor to make concrete solutions to how we are going to solve this very mammoth problem together,” Kelliher said. “The governor’s answer was to actually make the problem worse. Let’s be clear, some Minnesotans are going to pay for that spending.”

King’s prediction was fulfilled pretty quickly:

I suspect that the offer to cut corporate marginal tax rates is going to fall on deaf DFL ears. (I heard from one reporter that the DFL is already labeling the speech a billion-dollar addition to the deficit.) I am looking forward to the opening Pogemiller Yell. (You know that “Please don’t tax me” line got a little color in Pogie’s cheeks.)

While “the opening Pogemiller Yell” hasn’t been heard in public…yet, rest assured that Gov. Pawlenty’s proposal put a bunch of color in Pogie’s cheeks. Rest assured, too, that Gov. Pawlenty’s proposal will get the interest of Minnesota’s small business commuity and the people those businesses employ.

Most importantly, cutting the business tax rate will strengthen job growth over the long term. It might even attract businesses from other states. As an added bonus, it’s quite possible that cutting taxes will boost Minnesota’s revenues fairly quickly. Most importantly, helping businesses profit is the best way to stabilize Minnesota’s economy.

Unfortunately, the DFL is totally opposed to cutting taxes. The DFL’s job growth plan is simpler:

DFLers are pinning much of their hope for short-term relief on a national stimulus package coming out of Washington, suggesting the money can be used to fund infrastructure and construction projects that bring immediate job opportunities. Pawlenty said nothing about the stimulus package in his speech. Previously, while acknowledging that Minnesota sends more money to Washington than it gets back, Pawlenty has been lukewarm about the stimulus package. “That is a tool in the short-term recovery process for Minnesota’s economy,” Kelliher said.

Wishing for the arrival of hundreds of millions of dollars from a bloated stimulus package isn’t an economic plan. It’s just throwing tons of money at a problem, which is what Democrats have done forever.

That isn’t change I’d believe in. That’s more of the same from the DFL, which I find all too easy to believe.

What’s really disappointing, though not surprising, is that the DFL isn’t being intellectually honest. They criticized Gov. Pawlenty and House Republicans for borrowing money to repair roads and bridges, criticizing it for putting tons of debt on the next generations’ backs. If they were intellectually honest, which they aren’t, they’d be equally critical of Obama’s plan, especially because there doesn’t seem to be any logic to it. At this point, it just appears to be their attempt to spend billions of dollars.

This calls into question the DFL’s economic plans. It isn’t unreasonable to think that their plan is built on the federal government’s irresponsible spending plan and increasing state taxes. Where’s the sustained job creation in that? What’s going to help families regain their footing? What’s going to help families save for retirement?

I wonder if the DFL can explain their plan. I wonder if they can tell us where the job creation and capital growth will come from. I wonder if they can explain what incentives they’re giving to the job creation engines, aka small businesses, to create the jobs of the future.

I’ll update you if I hear an explanation but I’m not anticipating the DFL stepping forward with a coherent explanation for their plan.

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