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The Budget Is About Numbers - Not Policy

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 05/21/17 13:40

by Dave Mindeman

We always seem to come down to these end of session disasters when the Republicans control too much of the budget process. Dayton has pointed out the major reason for why this happens.

Policy positions.

The budget is about numbers. Dollars spent. Taxes. Revenue. It is not about the Met Council structure. It is not about vouchers. It is not about restricting local governments on policy making.

And if you listen in to the policy makers, they really are not that far apart on the numbers. The guts of it. The real budget.

But Republicans (mostly in the House) cannot let go of those policy issues. They have to ram them into the omnibus bills. If they don't get what they want in the early part of the session, they revisit them now - and it is not appropriate.

The business of the state requires the budget to be passed - on time. And the Republicans continue to fail to do that. And here we are again.

Because of policy issues.

Whether or not vouchers can be utilized in education has to be debated separately. And it should be done with hearings and openness. Not railroaded into an education bill. Not squeezed in, in secret, without proper transparency. But it happened.

Other policy issues get slapped into defunding this, defunding that. Health and Human services is especially vulnerable. Please, just pass a clean HHS bill that meets the needs of what we know. Don't speculate on motives or wants - the changing demographics speak for themselves. Deal with that - just don't add arbitrary policy.

Why is this so hard to understand?

Break Up that "White Male Card Game"

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 04/04/17 10:31

by Dave Mindeman

On the House floor, Minority Leader Melissa Hortman noticed something after listening to an impassioned speech from Rep. Omar about "Bloody Sunday"...

Hortman noticed that several of her male colleagues were not on the floor listening to the speech and made a "call of the House", a motion that brings members back to the floor. "I hate to break up the 100 percent white male card game in the retiring room, but I think this is an important debate."

Maybe a trace of sarcasm in there, but it rings true.

However, Rep. Dettmer found this somehow offensive and responded...

"I'm a white male. I respect everybody. But I really believe that the comments made by the Minority Leader were really not appropriate."

Really? You respect everybody but cannot seem to see the point of concern raised by your House colleague? Your white male colleagues disrespect and ignore the women on the floor...women of color...and YOU are the one that gets offended?

Oh, Rep. Dettmer, life is so tough for white male Republicans. There are so many racist comments against YOU. The House puts up a bill which, if truth be told, targets Black Lives Matter's ability to protest...and it is YOU who are offended.

Dettmer demanded an apology. Yes, an apology. But Hortman was having none of that..

"I have no intention of apologizing. I'm really tired of watching women of color in particular being ignored. So I'm not sorry."

Which prompted Dettmer to give us one of those patronizing, sexist, horsepuckey responses....

"All I know is if I would have made a comment like that, it would have probably made the front page of the newspapers. And Minority Leader, I do forgive you."

Nobody asked for your forgiveness. Nobody asked you for anything. You just volunteered your mansplaining sexist condescension...as an aside.

And then here is the kicker. Rep. Greg Davids, who had the gavel at the time, later gives his own lecture to Melissa Hortman on Twitter:

"I was greatly offended by minority leader Hortman's racist statement about white males." Said created "hostile working environment"...Rep. Greg Davids said he thinks House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman should resign for comments re: breaking up 100% white male card game.

Resign? Seriously? The "boys club" is not allowed to be criticized?

The ridiculous nature of how the GOP House Republican majority rules the House needs to be examined.

Dettmer and Davids are in the clown car.

MN Legislative GOP Trying To Kill Off Transit

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 03/22/17 09:12, Edited: 03/22/17 09:12

by Dave Mindeman

The Minnesota Legislative Republicans seem to be all in on the Metro - Greater MN divide. They have fired a mortar shell into the heart of our transit system by sending a letter to the current administration to withdraw the Federal funds pending for Southwest Light Rail.

Daudt's fear of trains raises its ugly head again.

Funny, this doesn't have anything to do with the State budget. It doesn't save any state money - we are already invested. All this does is kill a project that has taken years to set up.

I guess it doesn't matter that former Republican minority leader David Hann lost his job over opposition to SWLRT. It doesn't matter that the metro area is essentially paying for the project. It doesn't matter that at some point in the future we are going to have revisit all of this (if the project is cancelled).

None of that seems to matter because Minnesota Republicans hate trains.

This action, if successful, will hurt the Minnesota economy. Not only will it kill the construction jobs that go along with a project of this magnitude, but it will kill the development that has been lining up along the corridor. It will stop the ability of workers from other areas to help fill needed jobs for business. It will continue the traffic congestion that road construction cannot keep up with.

Minnesota Republicans are lousy stewards of state progress - and it is time we face the fact that they need to be thrown out of state government.

If Daudt thinks he can run for governor on pissing off the central population center of the state, then he is more than welcome to try.

I, for one, am tired of these constant costly battles and delays. SWLRT has been a costly project, but if it dies now and we waste our investments, only to have to come back and try again at twice the cost, then it is on the Minnesota GOP.

Daudt is bad at his job. He would be worse at being governor.
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