Tags: Amendment, constitution, Democracy, Individual Rights, Majority Rule, Mark Dayton, Steve Drazkowski, Supermajority, taxes
A proposal to require a legislative supermajority in Minnesota is entirely appropriate.
Photo: John Overmyer, NewsArt
Opposition to raising the nation’s debt ceiling was characterized as “hostage-taking.” Refusing to bow to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s demand for tax increases was a kind of “terrorism.”
Entwined with such assaults, many have urged the need for government to “function” or “work” for the people.
The sum of these sentiments is the assertion that fiscal conservatives hold back a benign government from doing its job.
A recent example was the Star Tribune’s editorial opposing a proposal by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, to amend the state Constitution (“Don’t raise bar for state tax increases,” Sept. 7).
It would require a 60 percent legislative supermajority to raise taxes. How could our state function under such a requirement? Perhaps we should first consider: What is government’s proper function?
Tags: budget, democrat, DLF, gop, Mark Dayton, minnesota, North Star Tea Party Patriots, Protest, rally, republican, Rochester, Rochester Tea Party Patriots, shutdown, taxes
ROCHESTER, Minnesota (July 14, 2011) – The Tea Party rallied dozens of protesters to an event attended by Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday. The roundtable forum held at the Rochester Senior Center provided an opportunity for voters to confront the governor about the ongoing state government shutdown, now the longest of its kind in American history.
Cindy Maves, coordinator of the Rochester Tea Party Patriots, indicated the group was eager to send a message to the governor. “We waited for him outside with our signs and shouted ‘sign the bills’ as he entered the building,” she said. Maves referenced several budget bills passed by the Republican controlled legislature and vetoed by the governor in favor of a shutdown.
The roundtable was populated by the disabled and caretakers of the disabled. Each took turns bemoaning alleged budget cuts, in spite of the fact the budget vetoed by Dayton increased state spending by 12%. “The audience was largely populated by unions and the DFL,” Maves said. “[State] Representative Kim Norton [DFL-29B], who facilitated the meeting, kept trying to frame the discussion as ‘about health care for seniors and the disabled–not about taxes or the budget.’”
“If only those topics were mutually exclusive,” commented Walter Hudson, chair of North Star Tea Party Patriots, the statewide coalition of which the Rochester group is a part. “The question is not whether health care is good, but good for whom and at whose expense.”
One day after House Republicans urged the governor to call a special session and finalize negotiations on six budget bills which would put state employees back to work and restore services to Minnesotans, Dayton claimed they were unwilling to meet with him. “It was pointed out that the legislature asked for a special session and a ‘lights on bill’ repeatedly–before the shutdown,” Maves reported. “Funny, he had no comment.”
Tags: minnesota, taxes, Government, Mark Dayton, shutdown, Take Action Minnesota, Keith Downey
Remember that scene from Die Hard with a Vengeance where the bad guy forces John McClain to stand around in Harlem while wearing a racially provocative sign? That’s kind of how I felt as a declared Tea Party guy walking into a piping hot union meeting at the Edina Community Center on Thursday night. Take Action Minnesota, a coalition of leftist organizations, hosted a mini-rally attempting to shift blame to Republicans for Governor Dayton’s state shutdown. The event was one of three on the same day. The others were held in Eagan and St. Cloud.
I came to support State Representative Keith Downey who had been invited to take a verbal beating. It turns out Downey couldn’t make it (there is some question whether the attempt to book him was sincere). A poised legislative assistant stood in for him. After some brief remarks, she sat as a list of speakers called for a tax increase.
One of the first speakers, a Steven Phillips, rejected the comparison of government to a household. “If things got tough when I was growing up, Dad went out and got another job,” he said. “We didn’t throw grandma out of the house.” He said a family facing hard times might “raise revenue” by hitting up a “Rich Uncle Harry,” evoking a tax increase on Minnesota’s wealthy.
Tags: Barack Obama, Debt Limit, John Boehner, NewsReal Blog, ObamaCare, politics, spending, taxes, tea party, White House
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog on May 18.
Leftists still don’t get the Tea Party, and neither does the Republican party establishment. Reuters recently reported on a private meeting which took place between several Tea Party activists and House Speaker John Boehner. The mood was less than cordial.
One of the 25 or so [Tea Party] leaders, all from Boehner’s district, asked him if Republicans would raise America’s $14.3 trillion debt limit.
According to half a dozen attendees interviewed by Reuters, the most powerful Republican in Washington said “yes(…)”
That answer incensed many of the Tea Party activists, for whom raising the debt limit is anathema.
Tags: Divided Power, federalism, New York, NewsReal Blog, taxes, Vote with Your Feet
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog on May 16.
Young workers, the lifeblood of any economy, are set to flee New York in droves.
A new Marist College poll shows that 36% of New Yorkers under the age of 30 are planning to leave New York within the next five years – and more than a quarter of all adults are planning to bolt the Empire State.
The New York City suburbs, with their high property values and taxes, are leading the exodus, the poll found.
Of those preparing to leave, 62% cite economic reasons like cost of living, taxes – and a lack of jobs.
Tags: Barack Obama, Debt Ceiling, deficit, federal government, National Debt, NewsReal Blog, Paul Ryan, Revenue, spending, taxes, tea party
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog
We’ve all known people who just couldn’t handle money. It slips right through their fingers. They’re not just living check-to-check, but check-to-scheme. They’re always in debt, and always in crisis. They constantly need another loan to cover the last. They play silly little tricks, like cashing a check with insufficient funds, gambling that it won’t bounce before they can make a deposit. It’s a way of life where, no matter how much money they have at any given time, they are predisposed toward broke.
It’s bad enough when a friend or family member is that way. Unfortunately, we’ve got a federal government just as ghetto.
The Huffington Post recently reported that “conservative strategists” are advising the GOP to soft-pedal resistance to raising the debt ceiling. They warn that the consequences of a protracted fight could be adverse.
If the markets get spooked, U.S. treasury bond yields will spike, driving up interest rates and increasing the price of borrowing money for everyone from the federal government to municipalities to consumers, [former Treasury and White House official in the Bush administration Tony] Fratto warned. The cascading effects on the economy would be severe and long-lasting.
You don’t understand. I have to take out another credit card. If I don’t, I won’t be able to make payments on the five I already have out. I won’t be able to pay my other bills either. I’ll have to sell my car, find a cheaper place to live, get another job…
Tags: budget, David Weigel, Government Unions, Labor Unions, Madison Protest, Michael Barone, NewsReal Blog, Paul Ryan, Public Employee Unions, Public Unions, spending, taxes, tea party, Town Hall, unions, Wisconsin
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog
In the wake of passing Representative Paul Ryan’s budget plan, some members of Congress have hosted town hall meetings upon returning to their home districts. Slate’s David Weigel notes a curious lack of anger at these proceedings, particularly compared to the outrage over Obamacare which swept the nation during the August 2009 recess.
If the Ryan budget is so unpopular, where are the town-hall meltdowns?
The Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone takes a stab at the answer.
… One should note that there was some very loud—and violent and abusive—protest to Governor Scott Walker’s plans in Wisconsin. But organizing those protests was mostly the work of paid union staffers, not citizen volunteers, and the union folks were able to draw on street people/university town types who live in great numbers in Madison. The union folks, as Weigel notes, don’t seem to be sending people into town hall meetings.
If they were, it still wouldn’t impress as much as those angry constituents who were roused in droves to combat Obamacare. That’s because, as Barone points out, the ruckus at 2009 town halls was intrinsically motivated.