I’ve said it a few times; Sally Jo Sorenson of the outstate leftyblog “Bluestem Prairie” is one of the few Minnesota leftybloggers who don’t deserve to be under some kind of police surveillance.
But that doesn’t mean she gets all that much right.
Or maybe when your target is “voters who don’t think that hard about voting”, “getting it right” isn’t the goal.
I’ll commend to you this piece on…
…well, apparently the Sibley County GOP thinking Things That Make Sally Jo Sorenson Angry Even Though She Doesn’t Appear To Understand Them All That Well.
I’ll add some emphasis here and there:
Bluestem’s favorite Minnesota Republican Basic Party Operating Unit (BPOU) is at it again, promoting an informational town hall against the court-delayed organizing of home-based daycare providers, while simultaneously asking the readers of the New Ulm Journal to dream of a future where moms can stay home and care for their own kids.
Yes, indeedie: Emily Gruenhagen and her fellow executive board members are here to save daycare so they can destroy it…The more recent epistle, Childcare Unionization Town Hall Meeting, repeats standard talking points against the organizing drive by AFSCME, before asserting this vision for a better Minnesota:
“Imagine a society with taxes and utility rates so low that mothers have the economic freedom to choose to stay home with their children, again…”
Yes, indeedie. Those days of women staying home in the glory days of the 1950s and 1960s (or 1850s and 1860s) had absolutely nothing to do with wages, and everything to do with low taxes and utility rates.
And yes indeedie-doo, the market for daycare today is all about women with degrees in Arts Admin from Saint Olaf having time to run off to their day job at an arts-education non-profit to negotiate a visit by a Bulgarian women’s therapeutic drum circle co-op.
Sure. Sometimes it is.
But much more often, it’s about low-income women (and, uh, men) needing someone to watch the kids while they earn a living – something that Sally Jo Sorenson’s Democrat party just made a whole lot harder, especially in rural Minnesota.
And daycare unionization will do absolutely nothing for those families – or the daycare union providers – but make it less affordable.
Sorenson swerves through a krazy kwilt of other bits of outstate un-PC before returning, eventually, to the daycare topic:
Representatives Glenn Gruenhagen and Dean Urdahl, along with Senator Scott Newman and anti-daycare union advocate Hollie Saville, who shares the belief that allowing daycare providers to vote to choose or reject representation amounts to “forced unionization,” will speak at the meeting, the letter notes.
According to the Sibley County Republicans, “the lying DFL” isn’t concerned about low income people, just “more money for unions, which everyone knows their leaders run the DFL.”
The good ol’ “if you can mock it, it must be false”. Never seen that one before from every single Minnesota “progressive” blogger. Nosirreebob.
But there are two objective facts that every “progressive” supporter of the union jamdown is either ignorant about, or just lies about:
- The “election” to unionize is always, always stuffed with ringers – unlicensed providers that the unions drag into the election to stuff the ballot boxes. It’s what they’ve done to pass unionization in many states (Michigan jumps to mind), and it’s what they’re doing in Minnesota. So when people like Sally Jo Sorenson say “what’s wrong with letting daycares choose?”, they either don’t know how the plan works, or they’re lying. You know where my money is.
- If and when the jamdown happens, the “union” will provide absolutely nothing to the daycare providers but a bill for services. No more money (that’s between the providers and their clients). No more “training” that the providers aren’t obliged to provide for themselves via state law already (and no help getting that). Nothing. Bupkes. All it’ll be is a bill – that must be either eaten, or passed on to the parents, their clients, or avoided by refusing families who take part in the government daycare subsidy program – which in turn raises the price and lowers the supply of daycare.
So Sally Jo Sorenson is pushing a rigged election that will lead to a jamdown the licensed providers don’t want (they can already join the union, although 99.5% don’t), that will lead to hikes in Minnesota’s already-high daycare prices, pricing more working families out of the market for daycare.
I’m going to guess Sally Jo Sorenson has never been a parent in one of those poor working families. I have. Daycare costs more than rent for many families; it did for mine, twenty years ago. Jacking up that bill for no benefit other than giving the public employee unions (and the DFL they own) a new $2 million annual revenue stream isn’t just cynical; it’s cruel.
Why does Sally Jo Sorenson hate working families?
Oh, you don’t have to believe me. Hollee Saville – one of the leaders of the brilliant grassroots campaign against the DFL/AFSCME/SEIU’s well-funded push – tried to leave Sorenson a comment. Now, Sorenson doesn’t often post critical comments – and never without writing her response first, which is certainly her right; it’s her blog. But it sorta screams “insecure”, doesn’t it?
Anyway – goodness only knows if Saville’s response will ever see the light of day on “Bluestem Prairie”.
So with her permission, I’m posting it here. Below the jump.