It’s been two weeks, almost, since Governor Dayton submitted his budget proposal.
Let’s make sure we’re clear on this: in the wake of the Tea Party and the most glorious drubbing the DFL has ever sustained in its entire history, not a single DFL Rep or Senator has so far affixed their name to a bill that would jack up taxes on “the rich” (and, eventually, everyone – since “the rich” that don’t leave the state will pass on the tax burden to their customers, since most of them are small businesspeople).
Not a single DFLer, so far, seems to be enthusiastic to have their name tied to a vote on this job-killing, tax-jacking, inflation-pumping, tax-base-sapping budget (which would, by the way, leave the real rich, like Mark Dayton and his plutocrat supporters, untouched;their income is from dividends and capitol gains on their portfolios. Mark Dayton will never pay 13.95% on his income; the oncologist taking care of Grandma will, though).
I think a Republican – one from a very, very safe seat – should do the job for them.
I think a Republican from a bullet-proof rural seat should sponsor the Dayton budget (and spend the next year explaining why – and yes, I will drive to wherever he or she serves and go door to door to help, if need be – just to help avoid any complications).
And I think the GOP-controlled committees involved should pass it right through, so it can go to the floor immediately for a binding, highly-publicized, up-or-down vote.
I think we should let the DFL show their pride in and support for Governor Dayton. I think they should show how unified they are!
I think we should let the DFL walk the walk. I think we should let them all, every one of them, show how happy they are to make you pay for A Better Minnesota.
I think we should give DFLer the chance – indeed, the imperative – to explain why they voted to make their constituents work ’til they’re 70 so that government employees can retire at 55.
Whaddya say, MNGOP? Anyone wanna make the DFL put all that HopeyChangey BetterMinnesota talk where their votes are?