I met my old friend, Inge Carroll (whom everyone calls “Lucky”) at a local watering hole to compare notes about politics the other day. Lucky is a DFL operative.
CARROLL: So did you see teh article? Teh Republican party said came into offices saying they were going to create jobs,but they have cost 16,000 jobs!
MITCH: For starters, why do you always pronounce “the” as “teh” after you drink cosmpolitans? And then, huh? You’ve missed the news? Minnesota’s unemployment rate is down.
CARROLL: You are teh lier! Didn’t you hear it on teh MPR? Teh Republican policies have cost 16,000 jobs! That means all of you Rethuglicons are TEH LIER!
(CARROLL orders another cosmopolitan)
MITCH: Um, what on earth are you talking about? Minnesota is recovering from the recession faster than other states, largely because the GOP stood off Dayton’s orgy of taxes and regulations.
CARROLL: Hah! You didn’t read the article, did you? You don’t even know what I”m talking about!
MITCH: Well, that’d make two of us, if it were true – but yes, I read it. It says that because of LGA cuts, local government are having to either raise taxes, or cut government jobs, or both.
CARROLL: Yep? 16,000 jobs!
MITCH: OK. Well, sorry to hear that – being out of work sucks. But what, you think government jobs are sacrosanct?
CARROLL: Oh, I think people kind of like having teachers and firemen and cops and services.
MITCH: Well, at face value, it looks more like people in towns around Minnesota like to have them – provided they can get someone else to pay for them. When they have to pay for them themselves, not so much.
CARROLL: (Glares at MITCH): Why do you hate the troops?
Lucky had to get back to her job at “Alliance For A Better Minnesota”, where she power-sands memes.