Jeff at MNPublius aims big. After taking his de rigeur shot at departing Governor Pawlenty (trying to portray one of Minnesota’s most significant governors of the past 100 years as “nothing special)”, Rosenberg reviews a list the Governor released of his major accomplishments, and asks:
In eight years, what would we like a similar document from the Dayton administration to include?
If I were a DFLer, I’d be hoping for “at least four years of actual credible service before retiring to Vail rather than losing the 2014 election”, as opposed to a 2014 “Look back at Governor Prettner Solon’s Year In Office”. The Vegas Over/Under on Dayton’s actual time in office is hanging around two years; bookies are betting on “alien invasion” as the trigger.
Rosenberg has a wish list:
Here are a few accomplishments I hope Mark Dayton will be able to spotlight:
* A fairer tax system in which the rich pay the same percentage of their income as the poor and middle class. [Notwithstanding the fact that “the rich” are both undefined and already overtaxed]
* A sustainable budget that’s in the black, with a significant budget reserve to cushion the blow in the next recession. [That’s one of the left’s most irritating memes; the idea that government should skim just a leeeeeeetle bit more out of the parts of our society that actuall produce wealth, to make sure that the part that doesnt’ – government – needn’t want for a thing when all of the useful people are suffering. Kinda shows where their loyalties lie, if one needed any clarification]
* A thriving economy, with new business being created and established businesses making Minnesota a destination [Ah. How would Jeff propose that “Governor Dayton” do that? Perhaps by passing a law requiring business list Minnesota as a destination? What sort of miracle does Mr. Rosenberg propose that “Governor Dayton” do to mandate this? Will it be the “fair tax system”, or the “surplus”, that’ll make Minnesota a “destination?” ]
* A fully-funded social safety net and educational system. [Both have all the funding they need, and always have. Holding the “social safety net” – aka “subsidy of poverty” – above the rest of the economy merely creates a permanent class of government service consumers, removing any motivation to get off poverty. And our education system needs reform, not more money to feed Tom Dooher’s addictions]
* Innovations in education that reverse Minnesota’s decline nationally and internationally during the Pawlenty years. [“Insert Miracle Here”. Minnesota’s “declines” are almost universally expressed in terms of “how lavishly we fund government”. To the extent that there have been declines, they’re the same ones shared by all statist societies in trying to compete with more nimble, more market-driven societies. Minnesota’s “Golden Age” happened at a time when the world was still recovering from World War II; a fat, happy, unionized workforce and a big, dumb government were survivable errors in 1970, since there was no competition; today, if we don’t change the path that the DFL and Rosenberg would put us on, they’ll merely make us a Cold California]
* Equal marriage for all Minnesotans. [Ah. So that’s what’s holding the economy back.]
What accomplishments do you hope the Dayton administration will produce? Leave your own additions in the comments.
I hope he accomplishes a graceful exit in 2014, turning office over to a good conservative governor. The media would caterwaul that the new governor is an “extremist”, but they’re too busy wondering if the DFL will become a third party by 2020.