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The Sausage Grinder is Busy and the Casings are Ready

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 05/18/08 12:34

by Dave Mindeman

The sausage is grinding exceedingly slowly...but the casings are prepared and waiting. We keep hearing that a budget deal is imminent...almost there...in the works...99.7% done.

OK, we will see what the noon meeting brings us. They are going with the Governor's "wholistic" approach; which seems to be defined as all of it or none of it.

The legislative leaders seem to be holding their own... but the veto pen has been extremely active.

Government in the sausage factory. I guess we will judge the effectiveness by the end product. Hopefully, we shall soon see it.
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The Waning Days of the Cowboy President

Category: Presidential Politics
Posted: 05/16/08 10:01

by Tom Hammond

In a speech to the Israeli Knesset, President Bush said that anyone who talked to our adversary, Iran , would be like those who appeased Hitler?s Nazi Germany in the 1930s. His spokesmen explained that the president wasn?t speaking specifically about Barak Obama, but American leaders in general.

Using that standard, Republican president Richard Nixon was a weak-kneed appeaser for opening a dialog with our enemy, Communist China, and Republican president, Ronald Reagan was a spineless coward for negotiating with the Soviet Union.

I wonder if President Bush has ever considered that relations with China and the Soviet Union greatly improved after Nixon and Reagan talked to them. Could the same be true with Iran ?

Sadly, the world will never know until this arrogant, incompetent, macho cowboy leaves office in January, 2009.
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If You're Willing to Pay $50, I'll Take $75

Category: Tim Pawlenty
Posted: 05/16/08 05:08

by Dave Mindeman

You could say that negotiations with the Governor are a bit frustrating. Some of the quotes in the newspapers are a little testy.

The bill's (Raising minimum wage) DFL sponsors, Sen. Ellen Anderson, of St. Paul, and Rep. Tom Rukavina, of Virginia, said they tried to negotiate a compromise with Pawlenty, but every time they made a concession, he "moved the goalpost," Anderson said.

House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher told reporters that in negotiations with Gov. Tim Pawlenty it seems like, "the finish line is in sight and it seems like it keeps moving."

It brought to mind an old movie you might remember:

There is a scene in the John Candy/Steve Martin movie, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, where Steve Martin's character is desperate to get a cab so he can get to the airport. He sees a stranger successfully hailing a cab. He quickly runs over to the gentleman before he gets in and says:

Steve Martin: "I know this is your cab, but I am desperately late for a plane and I was wondering if I could appeal to your good nature and ask you to let me have it."

NY Stranger: "I don't have a good nature. Excuse me."

Steve Martin: "Can I offer you $10 for it?"

NY Stranger: "HA!"

Steve Martin: "$20 -- can I offer you $20 for it?"

NY Stranger: "I'll take $50."

Steve Martin: (eyes narrowing) "OK -- all right."

NY Stranger: "Anyone who would pay $50 for a cab will certainly pay $75..."

Steve Martin: (irritated) "Not necessarily.....Oh, all right. $75."

Steve Martin: (opening his wallet) "You're a thief."

NY Stranger: "Close, I'm an attorney."

Meanwhile, someone else gets into the cab and it drives off.
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