When I coined the various “Berg’s Laws“, they were – doyyyyyyy – tongue in cheek.
And yet for all that, they are absolutely impeccable reflections of human nature . Especially Berg’s Seventh Law:
Berg’s Seventh Law of Liberal Projection – When a Liberal issues a group defamation or assault on conservatives’ ethics, character or respect for liberty, they are at best projecting, and at worst drawing attention away from their own misdeeds.
It popped into mind this past week, when Governor Dayton, the DFL and the media (pardon the serial redundancy) accused the GOP of “theatre of the absurd” in its budget process.
The House GOP Caucus reponded – but “Berg’s Seventh Law” could have sufficed.
Becuase for all of the Governor’s chatter about “absurd drama”, it’s he that’s been stalling. Which is, naturally (and according to Berg’s Seventh) behind the chatter:
To help the process along, the Legislature requests of all governors that they submit their bills within 15 days of their recommendations. This year, that deadline was March 1.
How mal has the governor’s feasance been?
Agriculture funding bill, introduced March 28, 27 days late.
State government finance bill, introduced March 28, 27 days late.
Health and human services budget bill, introduced March 28, 27 days passed deadline.
Transportation finance bill, introduced March 22, 21 days too late.
Environment and natural resources funding bill, introduced March 22, 21 days too late.
Higher education bill, introduced March 21, 20 days too late.
Governor’s tax increase bill, introduced March 21, 20 days after the deadline.
Education finance bill, introduced March 17, 16 days passed the deadline.
To recap: After failing to meet the deadline to even get his own budget bills considered by the Legislature, Governor Dayton is now demanding the Legislature meet his new arbitrary deadline.
The reason for this – as for most instances of Berg’s Seventh – is simple; Dayton can count on the fact the media will carry and promote his narrative, to cover his own slow, ponderous tracks.