I made a comment on a rightwing blog this week, but I was annoyed by a response I received. My last post was about that blog post. In essence, the rightwing blogger called on moderate Democrats to join the Republican’s plan to reduce services that hurt those least likely to afford it like the elderly, people with disabilities and workers who have lost their jobs, rather than tax the 40,000 Minnesotans who make over $300,000 an extra 2% on the income over $300,000. (By the way, if somebody makes $500,000, they would pay about an extra $4,000.) My response was that the “moderates” were in the common-sense, moderate position of supporting Governor Dayton because he is 100% right, and a majority of Minnesotans think he is right too.
I made that comment on the original rightwing blog, and received the following response:
June 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm
whether the majority is standing with Dayton is debatable. the folly of continuing to grow government at unsustainable levels is not. good luck to Steve and the rest of the looters. let the class war continue
I tend to comment on a lot of right wing blogs, and I’ve learned (and this is nothing new or shocking to politically active bloggers) that rightwing comments tend to be either vague or insulting without proof. (Example: Michelle Bachman.) It is not always the case, I know several conservatives/ Republicans/ Libertarians who are very thoughtful, have strongly held beliefs, and make a lot of sense, I just don’t often agree with them because I have my own strongly held beliefs. But what bugs me are the vague defenses to my comments.
In this case, it is “whether the majority is standing with Dayton is debatable.” How is it debatable? That phrase “it’s debatable” is very common. Here are three polls from three different politically leaning organizations that say it isn’t debatable:
Startribune Minnesota Poll May 2011:
Primarily with service reductions 27%
Tax increases and service reductions 63%
Don’t know/refused 10%
Public Policy Polling (Raleigh, NC) June 2011
Would you support a tax increase on the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans to help balance the state budget, or do you think the budget should be balanced through cuts only?
Would support a tax increase on the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans 63%
Budget should be balanced through cuts only 32%
Not sure 4%
KSTP Survey USA Poll May 2011
Minnesota has a five billion dollar budget deficit. Should Minnesota
Raise Taxes on Wealthy 31%
Raise Taxes on All 4%
Cut Spending 36%
Not Sure 2%
(That is 62% that would support Dayton’s proposal for the math challenged)
Those are three polls that all say about two-thirds of Minnesotans support Governor Dayton and the DFL position. What is debatable?
Oh, and by the way, I’m no looter, but I think I am fine if a class war begins. At the rate we are becoming more and more lopsided economically, something needs to change or a class war is inevitable. If you need proof, look at our nation’s and the world’s history. It is repeating itself, it happened a century ago, and a century before that, and as we often do, we have forgotten (or are too stupid to rationalize) the hard lessons we learned.