Minnesota politicans – DFLers all – have blessed the rest of us with three quotes that sum up the difference between conservative and “progressive” politics – and, indeed, the evil of progressivism – more concisely and starkly than all of the Poli Sci PhDs in the world have done through all of history.
Back in 2007, it was Saint Paul DFL Senator Cy Thao, who said “When you guys win, you get to keep your money. When we win, we take your money!”.
In 2009? Larry Pogemiller, who said “I think it’s silly to assume people can spend their own money better than government can”.
Both of these statements can be read as “politicians slipping up and telling the truth”; they’r funny, as far as that goes.
But both statements also point out what is so profoundly wrong with “progressive” politics; it exists by not only sponging off the labor of others, but by trying to convince them that being sponged is in and of itself noble.
And now we have a third. Last Sunday, on the Esme Murphy show, Elliot Seid – the capo for the Twin Cities Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said “We don’t have a spending problem. We have a revenue problem!”.
In other words, everything that everyone earns in this state should be suject to being appropriated, until government’s appetites are met. Maybe exceeded just a bit, just to be sure.
The quote has an inside shot of winning this year’s Charles Townsend award.
And it, along with Thao and Pogemiller’s quotes, should be printed up on T-shirts by the GOP and handed out at the fair this summer.