"I blame the DFL for just being the DFL. None of those statists have ever met a government which was too big. And I blame the Republicans (once again), for not having the balls to act like the majority when they are in the majority."
"We have a deal! We have a big deal!" Really? With whom? Our Governor, who depending on the day and if he took his meds can't remember what time it is? Or Melissa Hortman, the House Minority Leader? Or Senator Bakk, the Senate Minority Leader? And what kind of a deal is being cobbled together? Is it a good deal? I love what Senator Gazelka keeps saying, "Nobody gets everything in a negotiation." Translation: The citizens going to get another St. Paul cow-pie.
I have said this many times. Why any conservative who is certifiably sane would want to jump into the St. Paul cesspool, is beyond me. I mean, being part of the legislative session is not even as clean as watching sausage being made. If this was a movie, what happens in St. Paul would border on a NC-17 rating. The audience, the spectators to this spectacle, are also the stakeholders. A good potion of us are the bill payers. Many others are free riders. Free riders who just want more, more, more every year. Why not? Not their money.
So the "deal" which was reached seems to be very hard to put on to paper. Memories are short, and integrity of the DFL is even shorter. And the side shows are starting. ISAIAH, our homegrown group of socialists who masquerade as clergy, will never be happy until the wage gap between the very richest and very poorest is exactly zero. In fact, they think the "cuts" in the current state budget are shameful (I am surprised they did not use sinful). Some of them (as well as other nut-ball organizations) are camped out by the Governor's office DEMANDING he veto everything!
Meanwhile, the bill payers. That would be the taxpayers who fund this mess. Many of us are VERY anxious to discuss the additional growth in state government this session with any representative who was a part of it. How a Republican controlled House and Senate could get cowed once again by Marx Dayton is jaw dropping. Many of us have become horse from yelling this mantra, but I will try once again - CUTS IN GROWTH ARE NOT THE SAME AS CUTS IN GOVERNMENT!!!
One more thing as a former negotiator. NEVER, EVER negotiate when you are dogged tired. Nothing good ever comes out of it. In fact, mistakes are common. The special session should have been delayed by at least a week so the members could absorb what was in the handshake and if could be fit into a bill.
I could go on and on and on about the failures of this session. It was a classic fail. I blame the DFL for just being the DFL. None of those statists have ever met a government which was too big. And I blame the Republicans (once again), for not having the balls to act like the majority when they are in the majority.
Thanks for the cow-pie folks. Personally however, many of us are tired of being handed a s**t sandwich after every session from St. Paul.