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Tuesday afternoon, I wrote an LTE to the St. Cloud Times explaining why I’ll be casting my vote for King Banaian the first Tuesday this November. Without repeating the content of my LTE, here’s why I’ll enthusiastically cast my vote for King:

1. King understands what makes an economy tick. At a time when Minnesota’s economy is struggling, there’s no better time to put an economist of King’s talents to use in St. Paul.

Simply put, it’s been painful listening to the DFL in past legislative sessions because their understanding of basic economic principles is all but non-existent.

King understands that capitalism is nothing more than relying on time-tested principles like rewarding a specific, whether good or bad, behavior produces more of that behavior. Another time-tested principle that capitalism employs is that punishing certain actions will produce less of those actions.

2. Through hours of conversations with King over the past 5 years, I know that King will set sensible priorities that limit the reach of government while still funding the things that government is responsible for doing.

After years of watching the DFL adopt budgets filled with items from their special interest allies, it’s time to actually start saying no. I know that King is capable of dealing with budget details while maintaining a clear understanding of the big picture.

3. King’s devotion to limited government will send a signal to businesses that spending will finally be put under control. That means they’ll know that spending will stabilize, which will undermine the DFL’s cries for raising taxes.

SIDENOTE: That doesn’t mean the DFL will stop proposing tax increases. It just means that, when they do, King will set them straight.

4. King is committed to implementing zero based budgeting, which says that government agencies will have to justify the spending of every dollar they ask to spend.

This is how businesses budget. Government, both state and federal, start with last year’s budget plus inflation, then start tacking on goodies. As King likes to put it, bureaucrats will have to justify every penny of spending rather than haggling over the size of the increase they’re requesting.

5. King knows that there are tons of regulations that don’t serve a useful purpose. That’s why he’s proposing a sunset commission to examine regulations that have been on the books for a decade or more. If the commission determines that a regulation isn’t useful anymore, they’d get put on a list, much like the base closing list, which then would be voted on as it’s prepared by the commission on the House floor.

Simply put, I’m not voting for King just because he’s my friend. I’m voting for him because his policies (a) will get Minnesota’s economy back on the right track and (b) will eliminate the overregulation that’s strangling Minnesota’s businesses.

The fact that he’s my friend is just a great bonus.

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2 Responses to “Why I’m Voting for King Banaian”

  • eric z says:

    I am happy to see you doing this now.

    Anyone not already decided in every race on his/her ballot, already, with the full range of opportunity to become informed, is too indecisive to take seriously.

    I understand that such “undecided” voters can swing an election. But why in the world have they no opinion this far along? What’s wrong with them?

    And – you can vote absentee and be done with it already, so why not? What will happen to alter any cogent person’s mind? Zippo.

    And – however, whenever you vote, the Secretary of State site has a fully nonpartisan feature — you can put in residency info in subsequent online pages to pin down voting place and obtain a downloadable sample ballot. Not doing that before voting is irresponsible. Everyone should.

    On my ballot, judicial elections side, there was one District 10 seat in Washington County with 24 candidates, each per law a lawyer licensed and in good standing.

    I tracked down online info on candidates with websites, and on those without sites I found Strib had a page for each.

    I studied. I thought. Then I went with the one of about five or so very sound candidates, in my view, that I ultimately thought best.

    No ballot spot need be an enigma.

    Thank you Gary, for taking the step of starting your posts now.

    One thing you might do, as I did, and will do again closer to election day. I posted my sample ballot and showed all my decisions.

    People can disagree, but it’s either a secret ballot, or one you can publish.

    That’s the good thing about freedom. Freedom to maintain something private – same freedom – to make it public.

    Gary. Good job. In that district, were I residing there, I might vote differently than you. But, good job.

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