Perfect Communication Example That Illustrates Why The DFL Wins And Republicans Lose

MPR’s Tim Pugmire wrote an article yesterday about an overhaul of tax policy for Minnesota possibly being in the works to make taxes simpler and fairer.

In the article there were two distinct differences in how Republicans talk and how Democrats talk, and I believe they are prime examples of why Republicans lost the legislature this year, and have little hope of getting it back soon.

Ann Lenczewski, the DFL’s new chairwoman of the House Tax Committee said of policy changes:

“I would hate to think Democrats would view the confluence of the majorities with the governor’s office as an OK to not work with Republicans and all Minnesotans,” she said. “So, hopefully the conversation will be inclusive and varied. That means there will be strong disagreement, and that’s OK.”

On the other side of the aisle, outgoing Republican chairman of the House Tax Committee Greg Davids said:

“Well, anytime someone says ‘tax fairness,’ that means increased taxes on everyone, and that’s exactly what the proposal will be.”

So we have the DFLer saying we need to work together to solve problems and create a long-term solution to continuous budget problems.  And on the other side we have a grown man stomping his feet and saying he won’t! he won’t! he won’t! like it even though he has no idea what the proposals will actually be.

It’s like two little kid sitting at the table with a plate of Christmas lutefisk in front of them.  One is pouting and refusing to even try it, and the other is saying, if I try it and don’t like it can I still have some lefse? Maybe that is a bad example… I’ll change it to brussel sprouts.  So the kid says if I try the lutefisk and don’t like it can I still have some brussel sprouts? (Cue rim shot!)

I think locally and nationally people spoke out against pledges that prevent compromise when trying to get important work done, like the no tax pledges Grover Norquist and Phil Krinkie requires. And I think people spoke out about political leaders not working together, being overtly antagonistic, and completely unable to get things done for partisan reasons. David Gregs must not understand that, and my fear is that David Hann may be worse in the Minnesota senate.

I just hope DFLers don’t do what Congressional Democrats did from 2008 to 2010, and keep trying to get along with Republicans, to their own detriment. I hope if Greg Davids wants to sit on the floor, whining and crying, they just ignore him and go about the business of making Minnesota stronger without his or the rest of the Republican’s help.


2 thoughts on “Perfect Communication Example That Illustrates Why The DFL Wins And Republicans Lose”

  1. Let’s not forget that those same arguments were made in 2010, and had the opposite results. Presumably they work only if a case can be made that the other side has been behaving badly. In 2010 circumstances seemed bad and the Democrats were perceived as being fully in charge, so they took the blame. I don’t know what arguments would have avoided that wipeout, but “we’re the adults” wasn’t it.

  2. As an independent voter, Ann Lenczewski approach appeals to me — inclusive debate producing progress and solutions.

    Republicans can complain and continue their attempts at obstruction or they can contribute meaningful suggestions for reform, investment and improvement.

    While some MN-GOPers may “sit on the floor, whining and crying”, the DFL would gain wide-spread support by finding common ground.

    For example in my area, State Representative Paul Torkelson plans to prioritize looking at nursing home funding, which he said is currently insufficient to meet many needs. He also plans to focus on water and water regulation legislation.
    State Senator Gary Dahms said he was going to focus on health care services, particularly on improving funding because many health care workers have gone without pay raises for several years. He said he would particularly focus on the unfair funding formula difference between rural and metro areas. He also said he considers job growth as a long-term solution to increasing state funding, which he said would ultimately be applied to local concerns such as funding Highway 14 improvements.
    My State Senator, Julie Rosen, ran on her years in the minority and the ability to work across the aisle … she’s now back in the minority … so she has a chance to prove herself.
    That’s three Republicans … prime opportunities for reach-out.

    It’s okay to call out the Greg Davids for obstructionism, but, if the DFL can address Republican-identified problems, then they can show that they can work to resolve Minnesota issues … and that Government can work … and then the DFLers will earn re-election.

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