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Gov. Pawlenty Flopped on Jobs

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Posted on Jul 2, 2011
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With the economy having emerged as the critical issue in the 2012 presidential election, the editors at Mother Jones think we should take a look at GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty’s job-creation and stimulus record.

Between 2004 and 2009, then Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) offered tax incentives to companies willing to pick up and move to the state’s poorer areas. The effort—known as JOBZ (Job Opportunity Building Zones)—flopped, granting participating companies almost $150 million in tax breaks while merely shifting jobs between different parts of the state. —ARK

Mother Jones:

When GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty presented his economic manifesto earlier this month, he delivered an unambiguous case against government interference in the economy.

“The tax code is littered with special interest handouts, carve-outs, subsidies, and loopholes,” Pawlenty said. “That should be eliminated… Business success should depend on winning over customers, not winning over Congressmen.” Government, according to Pawlenty, shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers, and should instead allow the natural ebb and flow of capitalism to drive economic growth.

Yet Pawlenty’s signature jobs program during his eight years as Minnesota governor did the opposite. Between 2004 and 2009, his Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) handed out nearly $150 million in tax breaks in a mostly fruitless attempt to boost the economies of the state’s most depressed areas—an effort that some state lawmakers now want to undo.

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By ardee, July 3, 2011 at 8:37 am Link to this comment

There is no safety or succor in voting for any candidate from either party. Regardless of speeches given, regardless of platforms trodden, regardless of promises made, these politicians have sold their souls to the company store.

The necessities of campaigning within a system that requires hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a campaign for the office that pays four hundred thousand per year for four years only requires an allegiance to the corporate money spigot and thus an allegiance to the needs and wishes of the corporate lien holders. Likewise “lesser offices” require equally absurd financing levels thus indebting all of those who seek or win office to the same fate.

There are those who believe that the lesser of two evils is not evil, they are wrong. The last two Democratic administrations should prove, to even the most partisan democrat, that their party is , despite the flowery speeches, just as wedded to corporate profit over citizens welfare as is its counter part.

In a system that gives great advantage to the two major parties there is no solution that is not a long and tedious process. That alone repels many I fear, yet the task remains necessary. If we give serious thought to ways to turn the course of this ship of state from its journey towards increasing control of our governance , also known as Fascism, then one non-violent solution remains viable I believe.

Vote Third Party, do not vote, even at the local level, for either major party. Think about please.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 3, 2011 at 6:15 am Link to this comment

Don’t forget: Pawlenty ballooned the state’s deficit just like all the Republican Reagan devotees did.

In fact, by every measurable standard, Tim Pawlenty was a miserable failure as governor of Minnesota. It’s terrifying to think that in her two years as Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin did MORE to help the citizens of her state (albeit at the expense of the other 49) than Pawlenty did in 8 years as Governor of Minnesota.

But it’s sorta stupid to actually have articles on Pawlenty. He’s the horse who breaks a leg coming out of the starting gate. He offers nothing that the tea-party wants, nothing that the non-teaparty wants.  The Republicans clearly don’t like him, and he has NOTHING to appeal to independents and Right-leaning Democrats.

He even makes Romney look “Presidential”.

Stick a fork in him: He’s done.

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By TDoff, July 3, 2011 at 6:07 am Link to this comment

As is the GOPer candidate slate for 2012 doesn’t have enough flakes (and a flakette), now there is the faint possibility that the US could be ruled (if the majority of the populace has been driven insane by Bush and Obama) by a corporate tool named Thaddeus McCotter.

THADDEUS MCCOTTER!!

OMG, how far have we sunk?

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