.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Monday, February 18, 2008

It Is Not High Noon In Minnesota

The story: It's High Noon for state's $8.4 [billion] transportation legislation by Bill Salisbury
The date: February 16, 2008
The Place: The St. Paul Pioneer Press aka Twincities.com

The LINK to the story. As usual, if the link brings you to a "register for free before we let you read the story" page, just search via Google by the title and author

Note: I am not dissin' on SPPP writer Bill Salisbury - he's a fine writer. I'm dissin' on the Tax and Spend Democrats.


    Minnesota legislators will get their one and only shot next week at passing a bill to increase taxes for roads, bridges and transit projects, legislative leaders said Friday.

    House Speaker [Margaret Kelliher], DFL-Minneapolis, and Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, said both chambers plan to vote Thursday on transportation legislation that would raise an estimated $8.4 billion over 10 years for a massive building program.

    The legislation would:
    * Increase gasoline taxes 7 1/2 cents a gallon.
    *Levy a half-cent sales tax increase in the metro area.
    *Boost license tab fees.

    "This is the bill," Kelliher said. If it doesn't pass, the House will not take a run at a second bill with a lower price tag.

"The bill," huh, Large Marge?...uh, yeah...does anyone want to make a wager with me on this?

Large Marge is blowing smoke. If you believe Minnesota House and Senate Democrats - if the above bill and its price tag is vetoed - won't come back with a lower priced plan, I have oceanfront beach property to sell you in tropical International Falls.

Everyone knows that when Democrats get what they want they come back and ask for more. And when they don't get what they want, they retool and come back, trying to pull the wool over your eyes with a different plan. It happens every time.


    Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty has threatened to veto the bill because it increases taxes.

    If he does, Kelliher said, she would move for an override vote "fairly quickly." Democrats hold 85 of the 134 House seats, but they need five Republican votes to reach the two-thirds majority necessary to overturn a veto.

    House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, [Republican - Marshall, MN], has said repeatedly that the House Republicans would vote to sustain a Pawlenty veto. But Kelliher said DFLers have been courting Republicans.

    "We think we have the votes to override," said [Large Marge].

I have no doubt at all that the Democrats will find five spineless, go-along-to-get-along Republicans who are willing to override the veto. Again, does anyone want to make a wager with me on this?

The Democrat politicians in Minnesota latched on to the catastrophic collapse of the I35-W bridge as a lifeline example to raise taxes and raise fees. These Democrats will latch on to any tragedy and exploit it in order to advance their political ideology of raising taxes and fees.

On both a state and national scale the collapse of the bridge gave Democrats a reason to use the word "infrastructure" - the way other people use the word "the" - as a scare tactic to confiscate more money from the pockets of the taxpayers. Democrats love to panic, or at least give this impression. The Sky is Always Falling for Democrats - always.

The bridge did not "just fall down." Its collapse will likely be explained by the NTSB as due to a variety of causes; insufficient gusset plates used from the very beginning of the design, extraordinary weight placed upon the structure during its repair and possibly its de-icing system which may have contributed to the steel being prone to advanced corrosion.

No one has to worry that Minnesota's Republican politicians will ever be too conservative, because they're not. The Dems will find those five Republicans needed to override a veto. If by some magical miracle the veto is sustained, Large Marge and her fellow Socialists will waddle back with a toned down transportation bill that taxes us just a little bit less than what they originally wanted.

Democrats never go away and they are never satisfied with how they have screwed the taxpayer. They always want more. This much we know is true.


Labels: ,

Comments: Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

eXTReMe Tracker

Web Site Traffic Counters
Alabama Internet

Listed on BlogShares

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

This site uses photographs and material from other sources in strict
accordance and compliance with Fair Use Section 107 U.S. Copyright Code.
All other images and content © 2005-2009 David Drake.
Not responsible for content contained at linked sites.

Policy on commenting:
- Anonymous comments have little chance of being published.
- Comments made on posts 60 days old or older have little chance of being published.
- Published comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog author.
- Discretion of publishing or rejecting submitted comments rests solely with the owner and creator of this blog.
- Comments that egregiously "plug" (i.e. advertise or promote) another site or blog will be rejected. This doesn't mean you cannot include a link to your story, blog or to another site, but don't go overboard.
- Profanity is not a disqualifying factor, but profane rants solely for purposes of profanity are unlikely to be published.
- The owner and creator of this blog is not liable or responsible for the opinions of those who comment.