"I will finish simply by saying this. When stationed up in Maine in the early 70's, people got tired of me bragging about the Twin Cities all the time. I was very proud of where I came from. Now, I avoid at all costs telling people I even live close to them."
Most every Democrat will pontificate this catch phrase - "We live in a high tax, high value state." That is the way they deflect all criticism of the confiscatory taxes they impose on the citizens. The only problem is, many of the tax paying citizens don't see this "value". They just continue to pay the freight for those in this state who pay nothing. That being said, no matter how many taxes we are paying, according to the statists, it is NEVER enough. Never, ever enough.
What do we really get for those high taxes? What kind of value? Anyone seen the news lately? Being in downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul after dark is risky behavior beyond all reason. You are nothing but prey. And to pull your cellphone out to check for messages, is tantamount to pulling a roll of twenties out of your pants pocket to flash around. Why? Our "high value" pays for broken fatherless homes in the metro area which produce young men of color who fall into the gang bang culture. And woe be unto anyone who comes across a pack of these predators when they are solo. Hint: Don't rely on the cops, because they will not help you.
Our "high value" state spends an arm and a leg of YOUR money to "educate" these criminals in the Minneapolis or St. Paul school districts. Just today, there was an article about a black teacher who won over 1/2 million dollar judgement against the St. Paul School District. Why? He was a teacher who was chided for disciplining students of color. So he criticized the district for this stupid policy of non-discipline. Let's get this straight. We have these young men, with no father figure at home, coming into schools where at one time you could get some guidance - and now, no more. It is just a free for all. There is your value.
Let us not forget our festering wound in the Department of Human Services. It is hemorrhaging cash due to fraud and abuse. Our "high value" state has not only a national reputation, but also a global reputation for being world class patsies. "Come to Minnesota - we will pay you for doing NOTHING. We will allow you to rob our coffers. Because we are Minnesota nice and Minnesota stupid, we will allow it to continue." And yet, every time the question comes up about HELPING OUR SENIORS, it falls on deaf ears. "We just can't afford it." BULLS**T!
More and more people of common sense are telling the socialists who run this state to take their "high value" and shove it. They are leaving. We are watching the Twin Cites morph into a combination of "Little Mogadishu" and "Little Chicago" right before our eyes. The best part is, we are paying for it. We are funding it. In a few years, our once beloved Twin Cities will turn into a "no man's land" of toxic behavior and squalor.
The old saying of "you get what you pay for" is self evident in the Twin Cities. We pay for garbage and we get garbage. Most folks I know only go into the Twin Cities for an emergency of some sort. Otherwise, they avoid it like the plague. Speaking of plague, they are expecting to start seeing some show up in the homeless camps in California. I suppose that is on our radar also.
Enough ranting for the day. I will finish simply by saying this. When stationed up in Maine in the early 70's, people got tired of me bragging about the Twin Cities all the time. I was very proud of where I came from. Now, I avoid at all costs telling people I even live close to them. I am sure I am not the only one who does so.