"What would I do if I were Governor? Shut down DHS until it was fixed and accountable. But but - what would the people do who love our welfare? The magnet which attracted them here would reverse polarity. They would go elsewhere for better benefits."
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. It has been thought for many years now, that the overt cronyism the DFL constantly practices when filling sweetheart positions (in an administration), was going to catch up with them one day. Well ladies and gentlemen, that one day has arrived. The Department of Human Services, the Minnesota "teat" for a myriad of welfare programs, has become so big, so unwieldy, it has spun out of control. And who is now watching the 1/3 of our $50B state budget which goes into DHS? Where welfare fraud is rampant, and the money is free flowing? Good question.
Shortly after Taxing Timmy Walz cowed the minions in Minnesota by electing him instead of an excellent manager and leader like Jeff Johnson, Timmy began to smell the rot inside of Dayton's former DHS department. It was loaded with cronyism and statists, most of who had no clue on how to be stewards of taxpayer money. But who cares?
So Timmy asked a true friend to run this department. It involved a real gamble. It meant asking Senator Lourey to give up his very safe Senate seat in the north country. It was a good gamble - fat chance the GOP could pick that seat in a special election - but they did.
But Timmy thought it was worth the risk, and worth the cost. Turns out - it wasn't. The fraud continued, and the money was flowing our of DHS like the money given to the Iranians on the tarmac. What was the problem? Carolyn Ham for starters. She was so bad at keeping her eye on the till, she was kind of fired, yet put on "administrative leave" until all this could be ferreted out. But up until VERY RECENTLY (like, maybe yesterday), the vetting of her misdeeds had not yet started. But who cares? She is getting paid by the taxpayers for sitting at home and doing JACK!
Here is what the Bird has found out today. Some, anecdotal, some factual, some supposition. The hundreds of DFL'ers who love to play Santa Clause at election time, have a hard time keeping their promises. Why? Oh, there is plenty of money from the overtaxed taxpayers. But there is no qualified gatekeepers to watch the till. Just stooges, picked up via never ending DFL cronyism. "Minnesota Nice" has evolved into "Minnesota Easy", and everyone from Detroit to Mogadishu knows it.
What would I do if I were Governor? Shut down DHS until it was fixed and accountable. But but - what would the people do who love our welfare? The magnet which attracted them here would reverse polarity. They would go elsewhere for better benefits. Just like when Ronald Reagan was Governor of California. He wanted the best welfare in the nation, FOR THOSE WHO NEEDED IT. For those who did not, he threw them off the system. Time for our welfare cheaters to have their day.
No Tim - I will cut you a bit of slack since you picked up the mess Dayton left you. But putting Lourey in charge was not a wise move. Why? Hire from the outside, not a cronyism plant. The good people of MN deserve much better. I hope you learned your lesson.