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Daudt - A Win At All Costs Mentality

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 07/19/17 18:01

by Dave Mindeman

Kurt Daudt thinks he is pretty clever. He risked a government shutdown with a poison pill in the tax bill trying to put Dayton in an impossible position.

Dayton could have vetoed that tax bill and sent us into another round of probable shutdown, but he doesn't play the same kind of game that Daudt does.

Today's court ruling that Dayton's line item veto was unconstitutional was followed immediately by a Kurt Daudt tweet:

"Pretty good day for Minnesotans."

Well, in Daudt's world maybe, but that tax bill is not good for all Minnesotans. It lowers revenue on cigarette taxes (and cigars). Its good for the wealthy once more as estate taxes are cut as well as business property taxes.

Let's just say that it was a good day for Kurt Daudt, because his political ploy worked. What Gov. Dayton did with the line item veto, may be construed as unconstitutional but the reason he did it was that Kurt Daudt put in a poison pill that defunded the Revenue Department if Dayton vetoed the bill.

That was a low minded political gimmick...and frankly should be part of the Constitutional arguments. What Daudt did was to unconstitutionaly take an option away from the executive branch.

So, maybe Daudt won this round via trickery and deceit. (Seems to be a typical Republican tactic these days). But if Daudt runs for Governor, which seems likely, he will be arguing on the other side. He will be looking to protect the executive branch if he would happen to become the governor. And if his past record holds true - he will do so with more gimmicks and political tricks designed to give him every advantage.

That is not a method for gaining consensus. But then Daudt doesn't want consensus and compromise. He is like Trump - win at all costs.

Seems to be the order of the day.
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