I’ve said it over and over – and every day of new evidence confirms it more; the DFL’s strategy seems to be “say whatever we want to (knowing that the media will never, ever contradict us in public, at least not in a way that the majority of voters will ever see or hear), regardless of accuracy or truth, to sway the ill-informed, the ignorant, and the not-so-bright. Because their votes (and whatever else we can jam through the polls) count just as much as the votes of the smart and informed people”.
Case in point: Education Minnesota president t Tom Dooher’s statement to the media yesterday as the session drew to a close; I’ve added emphasis:
“The 2012 Legislature showed that Minnesotans will have a clear choice in November between leaders who truly value public education and those who view our classrooms as places for political games.
“The Republican majority introduced more than 20 bills targeting public education and educators this year. None of them responsibly addressed the most pressing needs of our students, including repaying the state’s $2 billion IOU to its schools, closing the achievement gap and developing a sustainable funding system for the future.
It’s a lie, of course.
This, really, shows several things:
The DFL’s campaign – say whatever it takes to win in November, truth be damned, is well underway. The unions and Alliance for a Better Minnesota will soon be buying up millions in airtime to saturate this state with ads saying “The GOP hates kids”. Mark my words.
Your children are the DFL’s pawns. To the extent that the shift actually harms children (it really doesn’t; it inconveniences administrations), the DFL showed this session that they’d rather exploit them in November than pay for their education today.
This is what happens when you let “Right To Work” die in committee. How wonderful would it have been to have every conservative, Republican member of EdMinn walk of the union out en masse at this hypocritical slander? Or if the 42% of union members who do vote Republican tell their leadership “uh, not so fast” when the unions spend 95% of their dues on Democrats?
Apparently some genius in the majority caucus figured if they backed off on Right to Work, the unions would play fair this election.
This is politics in Minnesota today; one party does the best it can for a better Minnesota; the other does whatever it can to retain power, truth and ethics be damned.