With Tom Emmer apparently ready to concede, it’s time to look at the incoming Dayton administration. First, congratulations are in order to Mr. Dayton. Your family’s riches bought you 4 years of hell.

Thanks in large part to ABM’s utterly dishonest ads, and your family’s funding of those ads, you made it appear as though Tom Emmer was as unqualified as you are. Now that the campaign is apparently over, however, and you’re faced with dealing with a Republican legislature, the mask will come off.

You can’t pretend anymore, not like you did when you told the state’s voters that taxing the rich was going to generate $4,000,000,000. That was exposed when the Department of Revenue said your tax-the-rich scheme would net $1,900,000,000, less than half of the money you said it would generate.

You didn’t put together a list of budget cuts either, meaning you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of balancing Minnesota’s budget.

Meanwhile, House and Senate Republicans will pass a long list of reforms that will expose you as incompetent and as a one trick pony who does the will of the DFL’s stable of special interest allies.

The GOP’s lists of reforms will take on the DFL’s special interest allies, forcing them to defend indefensible policies that benefit the special interests, not the people.

The bad news is that the Republican pro-growth, reform agenda will appeal to independents, giving them a great opportunity to add seats in both the House and Senate.

You can forget about your annual billion-dollar-a-year bonding bills, too, because Republicans will push bills that will create a dynamic economy, not a government-funded one like you’re proposing.

I hope your House and Senate candidates have fun campaigning on your failed agenda. Raising taxes and promising the special interests big payoffs won’t work next time.

The DFL should attempt to enjoy the next 4 years because they’ll be exiled for another long stretch after Minnesotans compare Dayton’s disastrous policies with the GOP’s appealing reform, pro-growth agenda.

Welcome to 4 years of hell, Sen. Dayton. You certainly deserve it.

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5 Responses to “Welcome to Hell, Mr. Dayton”

  • John Anderson says:

    So much for gracious defeat and civility in the public square. Your mother must be very proud of you.

  • Gary Gross says:

    To John Anderson: Sunday was the 17th anniversary of Mom’s death. Thanks for your gentlemanly remarks.

  • J. Ewing says:

    It’s always more difficult to actually solve problems than to make promises. Both Dayton and the Republicans are about to find that out. The advantage Republicans have is that at least their promises were based in reality and have a chance of doing what was promised. Dayton should count his blessings that all he has to do for the next four years is promise that the DFL way would have been better.

  • MplsSteve says:

    I don’t doubt for a minute that the GOP-led state senate and state house will run rings around Mark Dayton.

    I hope they do realize that the media in this state is still very much in the bag for the Democrats. They’ll still continue to ignore Dayton’s many foibles (political and personal) and when they can’t ignore it, they’ll downplay it.

    Somehow, the GOP better find a way of getting their message out to the voters instead of trying to curry favor with the likes of Rachel Stassen-Berger, Lori Sturdivant, the St Cloud Times editorial board or the Humphrey Institute.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Steve, One way to combat the likes of RSB, Ms. Sturdivant, the Times’ editorial board, etc., is to contribute to this blog. I’m doing this full-time & I think I do a pretty good job of combatting the Agenda Media. No contribution is too small & all contributions are greatly appreciated.

    Just go to the bottom of the page & click on the Donate icon. Help me fight the DFL’s arguments. Help me prove that the DFL’s arguments are without merit.

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