This just in, Tim: 57% percent of Minnesotans see your No New Taxes pledge for exactly what it is – a nonsensical, selfish, and politically motivated promise that is hurting our state. In a poll released on Saturday by the Star Tribune, 57% of Minnesotans said that Tim and his followers in the Legislature should abandon their pledge to David Strom and his rich friends at the Taxpayers League and combine tax increases with service fees and budget cuts to solve the budget deficit.
Seeing as “service fees” (a misnomer for taxes anyway) and budget cuts have been the ongoing failed solution of the Tim administration thus far, the only new action people are calling for is a tax increase! This is how bad you’ve let it get, Tim; this is how obviously wrong your pledge is. 57% percent of people are asking you to raise their taxes. 57% of Minnesotans are asking you to stop hurting their state.
In addition, 36% of Minnesotans say that they have been hurt personally by the budget cuts enacted as a consequence of the no new taxes pledge. Hmmm, maybe they’re mad that you under funded their schools, taxed their children’s activities, took away their health insurance, or simply raised their property taxes. How does Tim respond to the people he has hurt? His chief of staff said that he’s concerned about it, “but I’m not surprised.” Also that, “The governor continues to believe that not raising taxes is the best policy.”
So let us get this straight: 36% of Minnesotans just said that Tim’s tax pledge is personally hurting them, Tim is not surprised, and thinks that he should continue to do the same thing. Put even more simply, Tim knew that he was hurting people, acknowledges the confirmation that he is, and pledges to continue to do so.
Concerned with representing the common person, we at Pawlenty Exposed decided to choose one of the 2,804,103 Minnesotans that oppose Tim’s tax pledge (57% of our population of 4,919,479 as reported by the 2000 census) at random and tell their story.
We selected Richard Day from Owatonna, Minnesota. As it turns out, Richard (better known as Dick) is a Republican State Senator as well as the Republican Senate Minority Leader. What a coincidence. Also a little ironic that a member of the state Republican Leadership, one of the most powerful Republicans in the state, is against Tim’s pledge. Senator Day isn’t exactly a closet protestor either. In fact just last week he held a press conference announcing a bill that would raise the gas tax by 5 cents a gallon as well as raising “fees” (another tax synonym) on the cost of buying new and used cars. Senator Day says that, “The governor would be a fool if he didn't just let [the tax increase] lay on his desk and become law.”
Would be a fool, Dick? Well even if Senator Day isn’t yet convinced that you are a fool, Tim, he sure is making you look like one (along with his 2,804,103 friends).
We admit that Senator Day being the random Minnesota unhappy with Tim is a little suspect, so we’ll chose one more. How about Pat Pariseau from Farmington. Huh, turns out that Pat is also a member of the State Legislature, and is also a Republican. Representative Pariseau says, “I haven't supported [a gas tax increase] in the past, but when we get in dire straits we have to think about how we're going to get the state's work done.”
Huh, getting the state’s work done – this would be a novel idea for Tim.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune