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Ear to the Ground

Minnesota Shuts Down

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Posted on Jul 1, 2011
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Six months of negotiations ended in booing and hissing Thursday night when Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced that his state’s government would shut down as a result of a failure to reach a compromise with Republican legislators on how to deal with the state’s $5 billion budget deficit.

Dayton was elected last December on a promise to preserve state services by increasing taxes on the richest 2 percent of Minnesotans, but Republicans won control of the Legislature for the first time in decades by refusing to raise taxes, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Dayton’s proposal would have raised income taxes on 7,700 Minnesotans who make more than $1 million a year. Both sides are now expected to battle for the public’s support while many state services remain closed.

A quick guide to the closures can be found here. —ARK

Politico:

Minnesota’s government shut down at midnight local time Friday after six months of negotiations between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the state’s Republican-controlled legislature failed to produce a budget compromise.

... “They would prefer to protect the richest handful of Minnesotans at the expense of everyone else,” Dayton said. “Instead of taxing their friends, they would prefer very damaging cuts to healthcare, public safety, mass transit” and other state services.

Dayton a former senator elected in 2010, and GOP legislative leaders, who seized power in the 2010 GOP electoral wave, remain $1.4 billion apart in talks to close the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. Dayton said Republicans have refused to consider his initial proposal to raise income taxes on the top 2 percent of earners or a later suggestion to increase taxes on people who make $1 million or more — a group he said totals 7,700 in a state of 5.3 million people.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 3, 2011 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

I guess this is proof that Tim Pawlenty is “Presidential Material” according to the GOP.  He ran his state into shutdown.  Now what will he do to the USA?

We see state governors repeat their actions.  Dubya always found a way to transfer large amounts of public funds to rich buddies.  He did it in Texas, then did it with the surplus and Medicare and the Stimulus.  His only failure was when he tried to do it with Social Security, using the same kind of lies he used to get us into Iraq.  But even war isn’t as scary as “The Third Rail of Politics”.

Now, we see that Pawlenty used his 8 years to destroy Minnesota’s fiscal soundness and integrity, applying the voodoo Reaganomics “principles” he believes in. As Groucho sang in “Duck Soup”:
“If you think the country’s in a mess,
just wait till I get through with it!”

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By MarthaA, July 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

Hulk2008, July 2 at 3:40 pm,

Fear only wins because people let fear win. There’s nothing to fear
but fear itself.  If the same thing is going to happen to you whether
you stand up or not, why not stand up and fight and go down
fighting, rather than with a cat food whimper.

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By MarthaA, July 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment

Hulk2008, July 2 at 3:40 pm,

Fear only wins because people let fear win.  If the same thing is
going to happen to you whether you stand up or not, why not stand
up and fight and go down fighting, rather than with a cat food
whimper.

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By Hulk2008, July 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment

W cared little that the economy would soon tank as early as ‘06 when the mortgage problems became evident.

The wealthy can always afford to wait out a few years of problems in order to gain even greater power and control.  The Repugs of all stripes will let the US default while all the little guys pay the freight with their paltry 401k dollars….. again.  The little guys will surrender Soc Sec and Medicare just to stay off a cat food diet.

Fear wins again.

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By Rodney, July 2, 2011 at 8:44 am Link to this comment
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Don’t worry folks, what happened in Minnesota is
about to happen to our federal government. When you
vote for people Tea baggers and Republicans who hate
and want to destroy government, that’s what you get a
destroyed government.
Their only goal is to see Obama fail,so America you
haven’t suffered enough. They will cause our debt to
default, they will cause unemployment to rise, They
will sent the world and this nation into an even
deeper recession than the one they caused under Bush
because their feelings of hatred and deep seeded
racism towards this President are more patriotic to
them than if America succeeded under Obama. Their
only achievements since winning the house and several
Govornorships is to deny white women from having
abortions and to put teachers police and firemen on
the same wage and benefit scale as Walmart workers.
Minnesota is just the start for what the Republicans
and the tea baggers have planned for the rest of
America. They have come to take their country back.
Even though six million native Americans wish the
exact same thing every day. And taking it back they
are. Back to 1860.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 2, 2011 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

beachbum, July 2 at 4:59 am Link to this comment
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Is it true “the wealthy pay little or no taxes”? Darn. I’m wealthy and I pay a boatload of taxes. What am I doing wrong?
**********

You don’t have the right accountant and, more importantly, the right tax lawyer!

Either that or you only THINK you are wealthy! (a few years ago the definition of “wealthy” was, at a minimum, $10 million in assets.)

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By beachbum, July 2, 2011 at 4:59 am Link to this comment
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Is it true “the wealthy pay little or no taxes”? Darn. I’m wealthy and I pay a boatload of taxes. What am I doing wrong?

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By MarthaA, July 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment

Praise the Lord for Governor Dayton having the courage to make a
stand, as the wealthy paying little or no taxes is ridiculous.

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By Morpheus, July 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

Memo to America: Stop waiting for Democrats and Republicans to save you. It’s bad
for your health and your future.

“WAKE UP PEOPLE!”  -  JOIN THE REVOLUTION
Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

FIGHT THE CAUSE - NOT THE SYMPTOM
We don’t have to live like this anymore. “Spread the News”

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By TDoff, July 1, 2011 at 10:50 am Link to this comment

Governor Dayton is to be applauded for refusing to accept the GOP/TP insistence on keeping the taxes on the rich ridiculously low, and continuing to deprive and bankrupt and render homeless the working people of this nation. Someone had to take a stand against republican inanity, and Mark Dayton did it.

It may turn out badly, however. Rumors are that word has spread among the millions of US illegal aliens about Minnesota being closed, and that they are going to attempt to occupy and adopt it as their new homeland.

With no funds available, Minnesota will be unable to mount an active border patrol/enforcement, so they should expect hordes (las hordas) of illegals to inundate them shortly.

The Minnesota rich will, of course, as always, make out like bandits (banditos), with masses of new maids, nannies, housekeepers, gardeners and dog-walkers (paseodors de perro) to chooses from, all at less than minimum wage.

Oh well, mas cambian las cosas, mas permanecen igual.

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