In the “you have got to be kidding me” political world that we unfortunately seem to be living in right now, Republican leaders and right-wing bloggers are attacking Governor Mark Dayton for saying he is willing to compromise on the budget. He is willing to go halfsies! $1.8 billion in raised taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans and $1.8 billion in Republican tax cuts. That seems like a very adult and very logical reconciliation to a budget problem that they have less than a week to solve without paying legislators more and thus costing taxpayers more for a special legislative session.
I don’t completely agree with it necessarily, but at least Governor Dayton is being the grown up in the room trying to resolve the problems of the whiney and time wasting Republican legislators acting like selfish toddlers.
Let’s see, one side wants to negotiate (Governor Dayton) and one side WILL NOT compromise because they are greedy and want to get their way (Republican Legislators.) Who is the public going to blame if there is a shutdown? I suspect it won’t be the party that was willing to negotiate and for weeks asked Republican leaders for a full budget to at least get the negotiations started (yeah, let’s not forget that Republicans still have not submitted a full budget plan.) No, I suspect the Republican led legislature who refused to compromise will be the ones getting blamed, and they should.
63% of Minnesotans support a budget that includes both tax increases and cuts. 27% of Minnesotans support at cuts only budget. So who are the Republican legislators trying to please here, the majority or their base?
Republicans who refuse to compromise will be loved by their base, what’s that 27% of the voters? But when the campaigns kick into gear in a few months, it will be the DFL Party, the party of progressives, farmers and workers, as well as education, compassion and compromise, against the GOP, not the Grand, but the Greedy Old Party, the party of the richest Minnesotans, CEOs and pawn shops, as well as the party of taking away rights, fiscal meltdowns and selfishness.
I guess if we can survive the next legislative session led by selfish Republican legislators, it should be slam dunk in 2012 for the DFL. Amy Klobuchar will crush Dan Severson, Chris Barden, Dave Thompson, or whichever candidate the Greedy Old Party picks. And she along with President Obama will lead a ticket that retakes both Minnesota houses, which will be led by forward thinking politicians in Paul Thissen and Tom Bakk. Governor Dayton, Speaker Thissen, Senate Majority Leader Bakk… I’m dreaming of a golden age of growth and improvement in Minnesota, truly a better Minnesota, but we need to get through this mess and past these selfish Republicans right now.
Spread the word about who is willing to compromise. Now is not the time to be a timid Democrat. Speak up. Call Governor Dayton’s office and tell him to stand strong, and tell him you support him on the budget. We can’t sit back and just wish or hope for a Better Minnesota, otherwise we will end up in the struggles Wisconsin is fracturing under. Even a baby step out of the political closet is a positive step toward a Better Minnesota. Do it!