Posted: 06/01/12 00:49, Edited: 06/01/12 00:50
by Dave Mindeman
Hold onto your wallet. The Minnesota House GOP is making another No-Tax Pledge. And if the past is any indication, that usually means that ONLY the rich will escape without monetary damages.
The House majority fought Gov. Mark Dayton tooth and nail to prevent his idea on taxing the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans to close the budget gap. And what was the result?
1. Property taxes again went up.
2. We borrowed on tobacco bonding to the tune of $1 billion.
3. We IOU'd the schools..again...for a total of over $2 billion.
4. Hunting and Fishing licenses increased.
5. Bills have been sent to the Senate for legal fees on the Koch-Brodkorb scandal.
6. And as an example of their fiscal prowess, we can point to the budget disaster of the GOP's own party finances.
So, when the Republicans in the House make a pledge that says they will not raise taxes if elected -- it lacks intellectual honesty.
I have grown very weary of Republican lip service to no tax budgeting. Nobody seems to notice that we have heard this "theme" for over a decade and what do we have to show for it? Debts, partisan rancor, budget gimmicks, middle class property tax hikes, and, gosh, a Vikings stadium.
I would hope that Minnesota is ready to have an honest discussion of what no tax pledges really mean. Taxes simply have to be an option...and, if they are, then the ones who can afford it should help with the paying.
I'm sure we will hear the fairy tale about "job creators" as part of this false premise. Well, real job creation comes from creating a demand for products. And that only comes from the rest of Minnesota. Unleash that force and our problems are solved.
For now, the House GOP can spare us the repeat of this old song and dance.
We are wise to the end results and would be fools to get taken in again.