So now we control the Legislature in Minnesota, and the House in DC.
So what do we do about it?
Yesterday, I said the new GOP majorities need to “go on the attack”.
Let me be clear; I don’t mean that in the Chicago Democrat/DFL sense of the term.
The GOP was sent to DC and Saint Paul, both, on an epic wave of popular focus on principle – small-government, lower spending, more accountability.
- The GOP in Saint Paul needs to tell the DFL where they can stuff their $38 Billion wish list. The Dayton “budget plan” needs to be scuppered; a plan similiar to Emmer’s – pared back to current spending plus any increases in revenue that comes from growth, not tax hikes – needs to be pushed. Hard. As in the first week.
- And when Dayton vetoes it, they’ll need to pass it again. As nearly unchanged as possible. And keep passing it. Over and over and over. What are they going to do? Is Dayton going to cave in – fatally weakening himself with his base (and likely causing him to close down the governor’s office and flee to Vail)? Or shut down the government, fatally weakening himself with his base and making the GOP go “waaah, waaah, waaah” in mock mourning?
- Vast swathes of state government need to be privatized.
- The budget process needs to be converted to a zero-based sysem – especially heath and human services. Our current system takes the previous budget, adds the projected increase in need, and factors in inflation – basically a recipe for nothing but budget increases.
One thing the GOP must not do; try to become popular with Lori Sturdevant, Keri Miller and Nick Coleman. Or compromise with the DFL without exacting two pounds of budget-cutting, spending-slashing, entitlement crushing flesh in return for every pound they give up.
You have the power now. Make it matter, or we’ll find some legislators who will. We’ve done it once now; we can do it again.