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.