SCENE: Mitch BERG is ordering a Banh Mi sandwich at iPho on University. Avery LIBRELLE enters the store.
LIBRELLE: Hey, Merg! After four years, Minnesota’s economy is rocking under Mark Dayton, while Wisconsin is sucking pond water!
BERG: How do you figure?
LIBRELLE: Minnesota has a $2 Billion surplus
BERG: Right. After raising taxes by…$2 Billion. Now, if the economy is humming along, you’d think that the surplus would be bigger than the tax increase, now, wouldn’t you?
LIBRELLE: At least Minnesota has a surplus!
BERG: Right – apparetly, entirely due to the tax hikes. In the meantime, Wisconsin is headed toward a surplus without the need for tax hikes – or, as we call it, a sustainable surplus.
LIBRELLE: Yeah, but our economy is still better!
BERG: Most of Minnesota’s growth is in metro-area medical, medical device, insurance and financial services companies – the ones that benefitted from Obamacare and “Too Big to Fail” stimuli. Things aren’t nearly as rosy in Greater Minnesota. In the meantime, Wisconsin’s growth is being held back by the slow manufacturing sector – which is a much bigger share of Wisconsin’s economy than Minnesota’s, and isn’t doing all that well here, either.
LIBRELLE: If Minnesota had elected Tom Emmer governor in 2010, we’d be in the same boat!
BERG: Right. We’d have two economies being dragged down by Democrat policies.
BERG: The parts of Wisconsin that are dragging the state’s economy are the ones that have been run by Democrats for generations. The decay of Milwaukee’s manufacturing base is the state’s biggest economic problem.
LIBRELLE: Hah! But in Minnesota, it’s the Democrat-run cities that are winning…
BERG: …as a result of national Democrat probrams to transfer wealth from consumers to banks and health insurance companies.
LIBRELLE: You should issue a rape trigger warning.
BERG: Clearly.[And SCENE]