Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 05/06/05 10:41
By Jay H. Steele
The Star Tribune reports
that Governor Pawlenty called the DFL tax increase proposal "profoundly stupid" and a "job-killer." Raising taxes on the richest 46,000 in the state as a temporary measure to fix the budget is profoundly stupid? A job killer?
As for the job-killing aspect of the proposal, let the Governor prove it. As Wayne Cox, director of Minnesota Citizens for Tax Justice, said in the same article:
"Pawlenty says this is a job killer? I say 'Prove it,' " Cox said. Pawlenty's budget cuts have resulted in thousands of jobs lost, he said. "We've lost police officers, firefighters, teachers, day-care workers," Cox said. "His approach is the only proven job killer at this point."
Republicans simply have no reasonable response to the economic boom of the Clinton years, when our high tax state was one of the economic leaders in creating jobs. But Pawlenty isn't reasoning; or at least he isn't reasoning about the facts. He is reasoning that if he attacks loudly, quickly, and with loaded phrases guaranteed to get the media's attention, he can keep his party out ahead of the spin game.
How will the DFL respond? Unfortunately it is not enough to be right on the facts. They have to be ready to immediately respond in the media with their own media-savy statements.
They also need to make it clear they have the moral high ground. 46,000 rich Minnesotans are asked to pay a short-term tax hike so 30,000 working poor Minnesotans can stay on Minnesota Care and we can fund education and fund transportation. If we play this right and smart, it a clear win for us.