Living the (American) dream!

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"If we truly want to maintain the American dream as it should be, we can't do it with the Met Council hanging around. They would be much better served working in Moscow as part of the politburo."

A couple of years ago, we were in a store buying something. Some young man was waiting on us. He was probably making eight to ten dollars an hour, and seemed happier than a clam. When we checked out he thanked us for our purchase. We thanked him for his help. His response - ""Glad to do it - I am living the dream". For this young man, at that point in time, he probably was. But will it be his dream in five to ten years from now?
Shortly after we got married, my wife and I had our eyes set on what our dream would be. And based on how many of our friends thought, their dream was very similar to ours. Life out in the burbs (or further), some kids, good job, and so forth. The only chink in the armor was the drive. We both loved the northern area of the metro for many reasons (including that is where my wife was employed), but my job opportunities were south of the metro. So, I ended up with decades of long drives. But the life we had, living on four acres of woodland, located in a nice city, a great county, made my long drive worth it.
However, the unelected, unrepentant, unaccountable Metropolitan Council has other designs for what the "new" American dream should be in the Twin Cities metro area. People like me, are considered by the Met Council to be "unsustainable". Selfish pigs. How should we be living according to Thrive 2040 (the Met Council bible)? First off, forget living on 2 1/2 acres, 4 acres, 10 acres or whatever. Unsustainable. Live in the City of Minneapolis. In a high rise. Everyone should have a living footprint of less than 2,000 square feet.
The more I hear about this lifestyle the Met Council is trying to force us into, I think of the movie La La Land. Not the movie so much - just the title. No don't get me wrong. There are some millennials who might want to live in a high rise setting. Who don't want a car - just take the train. I have seen life like this when I worked in Washington. I lived it for weeks at a time when on lengthy negotiations. I could not wait until I got home, so I could sit on my deck, with my wife, and listen to the quiet. To enjoy the panorama of green trees and other foliage in our back yard.
2019 will be the year we get rid of the Met Council for once and for all. How do we do it? Here are the steps:

  • Step One - Republican control of the Minnesota Senate. Done. Even though a very thin margin, the Republicans control the Senate until 2020.
  • Step Two - Maintain control of the Minnesota House in 2018. Even though it is the Senate who can kill the Met Council, having a strong House to back them up would really help.
  • Step Three - This is the critical one. WE NEED TO ELECT A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR!!! If we get another DFL statist like Dayton, all bets are off. Even with a Republican Senate, a statist will veto any bill to kills the Met Council.

If we truly want to maintain the American dream as it should be, we can't do it with the Met Council hanging around. They would be much better served working in Moscow as part of the politburo. Why Moscow? Because they sure don't act very American, that is why.