I got a brief shot at listening to the Jack Tomczak show this morning, on the lesser talk station.
They were talking about Minnesota’s “budget surplus”.
And they played an audio clip of Gov. Dayton, which pretty completely summed up the disconnect the DFL has on this issue.
In the audio clip, the governor referred to the surplus as “our collective good fortune”.
And this highlights a yawning golf of cognitive dissonance between DFLers (and others they’ve fooled) and the rest of Minnesota.
To a DFLer, budget surpluses are borne down from heaven in velvet-lined ivory chests on the wings of unicorns.
To the rest of us? The government’s “surplus” is our deficit. Every penny of that surplus came from what could’ve been a more productive use. Small business’ payroll; a manufacturers capital budget; your household budget and mine.
It’s not a “collective good fortune”; it’s a burden. It’s money taken out of the productive economy to run government, in excess of what government demanded in the first place; if the DFL has its way, it will be turned into permanent spending, to be wrenched from your wallets, your budgets, your bottom lines in perpetuity.
Surpluses are a bad thing. Deficits – provided they lead to spending cuts, rather than tax hikes – are a good thing.
Except for the permanent government class, of course.