Whose Time Has Come

Freedom-loving, energy-rich Northern Colorado is drawing closer to seceding from the rest of the Democrat-addled state: “The concerns of rural Coloradans have been ignored for years,” William Garcia, chairman of the Weld County Commissioners, said in a statement. “The last session was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many people. They want change. They want to be heard.”

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Berg’s Seventh Law And The “War” On…

I keep coming back to Berg’s Seventh Law… …no.  That’s not accurate.  Berg’s Seventh Law keeps coming up in the news.  The Democrats’ attempts to paint issues as “racist” and “gender-hostile” – declaring “Wars on Women” on behalf of the GOP, for example – are getting ever-more frenzied (and in the case of the left’s Minnesota messaging operation, the Alliance for a “Better” Minnesota, clumsier and more ham-fisted). 

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Diplomatic

It’s gotta be tough to be the Strib Editorial Board. On the one hand, you are joined to the DFL at the hip.  You run what is in effect the DFL house organ.   On the other hand, you’re not only trying to run a business – you’re running a business in a dying industry and a garbage economy.  Alida Messinger has you on speed-dial.  You worked overtime – well, you had your people work overtime – to see Mark Dayton and a couple of DFL legislative majorities elected. 

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We Warned You. Oh, Yes, We Did.

2011:  As the GOP majority began working to try to tame Minnesota’s government monkey, the DFL prattled “the GOP is raising property taxes!”.  It was baked monkey doodle, of course.  The GOP re-focused “Local Government Aid” toward its original mission, helping poor outstate communities, as opposed to subsidizing the urban DFL.  But in 2012, it was one of the DFL’s big chanting points; “Elect us and we’ll lower property taxes!”, by restoring and boosting Local Government Aid. 

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Chanting Points Memo: Why Yes – We Did Build It

“You didn’t build that”. President Obama said it to America’s entrepreneurs during the campaign; the not-remotely-muted message was that “private sector innovation follows public sector investment” – that without roads, there’d be no car company; without airports, there’d be no aircraft.  On the state level, one of Governor Messinger’s budget czars made essentially the same statement at a meeting of government and business leaders in Thief River Falls last year; without government to build the infrastructure, entrepreneurship would be doomed to failure. 

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Low Expectations For Ye, But Not For We

About ten years ago, there was a  Saint Paul city council rep – it’d probably be redundant to note that he was a “progressive” – who was a died-in-the-wool public school-support machine.  Looooved those public schools.  Hated hated hated homeschools and charter schools and private schools.  Thought school choice created separate, unequal school systems. Naturally, the councilperson’s son went to Saint Paul Academy.

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