Learn The Truth About Tim Pawlenty

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Pawlenty’s Crapshoot

The whole thing is falling apart. Tim’s vaunted casino deal, I mean. Some proposals are untenable from the start; this is one of those.

Let’s recap. What were three poor tribes are now one. The Leech Lake and Red Earth bands remain poor –no surprise there- but dropped out when Tim folded the Vegas casino proposal into the Casino-at-Racino deal. White Earth clings to the hope that not only will this doomed project become law but that it can somehow successfully compete with Mystic Lake and Vegas-at-Canterbury Downs. That’s like me opening a small to midsized grocery store smack dab between Cub Foods and Byerly’s.

Granted, I don’t generally like Tim’s policy choices but let’s face it, this guy will say and do anything to stay in office. Promises one day; broken promises the next.

Note to all future Pawlenty partners; recall Regan’s words: trust, but verify.


Monday, April 25, 2005

Tim relying on Minnesotans to be "smart," but not THAT smart

Last week the Senate Democrats released their spending plans. They include $1.4 billion more than Tim proposed. This added spending would allow the state to adequately fund education, which we at PE consider a good thing. (This is all from the governor’s website by the way.) The senate did not specify where the added revenue would come from as that will be worked out in the next couple weeks in tax committees. Tim had this to say, “"The DFL is obviously going to increase taxes. They should at least have the courtesy to tell us whose pockets they are going to pick. Minnesotans are smarter than that. They know that the Senate DFL can't help themselves when it comes to spending other people's money. They say yes to every spending lobby and special interest in the state. But they're apparently afraid to tell us who will be stuck with the bill."

Notice the key phrase, “Minnesotans are smarter than that.” Apparently Tim thinks Minnesotans are just smart enough to take his rhetoric at face value and that all brain activity ends there. Apparently Tim doesn’t think Minnesotans are smart enough to realize that his entire governing philosophy is based upon a single written pledge to a lone interest group. Tim doesn’t think Minnesotans are smart enough to realize that because of this pledge, education funding has been frozen for the last two years. Tim doesn’t think Minnesotans are smart enough to figure out that their property taxes rising, their health care cost rising, their fees rising, and their roads degenerating, just might have something to do with Tim’s pledge to that one special interest group. Lastly, and most obviously, Tim doesn’t think Minnesotans are smart enough to realize that the Senate Democrats will release their revenue plans in the next few weeks of the session, just like they said they would the entire time.

We at PE think Minnesotans aren’t just smart, we think they’re that smart.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Does Tim Pawlenty Have a Soul?

Sam Rayburn had his Board of Education. Pawlenty Exposed has its Department of Theology. The recent Papal Enclave reminds us that we are temporal beings, gracing this world for only a short time. In that spirit, we pause to inquire, “Does Tim Pawlenty have a soul?”

This ought to be an easy question, like “is Tim Pawlenty the Prince of Darkness” or at least a vampire? (No, he’s not, because you can see him reflected in mirrors.) However, relying on sentience alone –Tim walks and talks- is not proof of a soul. So, what proof would be acceptable?

If Tim repealed his shameful tax cuts for Minnesota’s wealthiest citizens, that might demonstrate that he has a soul. If Tim would only act on the many good things he claims to value, I might accept that action as sufficient. If Tim’s baptism sponsor were singer, song writer, performer and the hardest working man in show business, James Brown, that would be proof positive.

Alas, none of these can be affirmed. Perhaps during Tim’s lost Eagan years, in order to advance his ambition, Tim placed his soul in a blind trust much as former President George H.W. Bush placed his manhood in one. And if that’s the case, we won’t be seeing Tim’s soul for quite some time.

Keep your eyes peeled. Tim clearly needs a soul, if not his own. We at PE will do our part. We’re firing up the PE Toyota Prius and heading for Eagan. Somewhere, likely in a mini-storage locker, Tim Pawlenty’s soul awaits its liberation.

And we’re just the folks to liberate it.


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Tim’s Bad Roads

I’ve been driving Minnesota, basking in the spring sunshine and looking for Tim Pawlenty’s Terri Schiavo. Cruising our fair State, I’ve made two observations. Dairy Queen is never further than the next town and, boy, do our roads suck.

If you’ve ever driven South Dakota, you know what I mean. Ruts, more ruts, potholes, cracked pavement, shabbily repaired cracked pavement and shoulders that make my grandmother’s look like a man’s. (Take the Lord’s name in vain, here). And Tim Pawlenty aspires to this?

I’m not a business guy but don’t crappy roads mean slower traffic? Doesn’t slower traffic mean higher delivery costs? Don’t higher delivery costs drive business away from Minnesota?

You see where I’m going here.

Infrastructure, Tim Boy, infrastructure. Schools. Roads. Bridges. Curbs. Gutters. Health Care. Communications systems. Water. Sewer. Rail. It’s all part of the big picture. Crappy, crumbling systems create a crappy, crumbling state. South Dakota is a fine, fine example.

Years ago, back before the war, The Gear Daddies once sang, “Daddy always said everything I touched just turned to shit.” Tim, for you, buddy, and your gubernatorial stewardship, nothing could speak more clearly.

I’ll let you know when I find your Terry Schiavo. We have a lot old folks homes/assisted living/transitional care facilities in this State. Some poor, brain dead sap will turn up soon enough. Until then, do your part: keep your state Navigator off the roads and save us all the wear and tear.


Monday, April 18, 2005

The Pawlenty-DeLay Axis of Corruption

Is it just me or has Tim Pawlenty been suspiciously quiet on the Tom DeLay “problem.” This leads to a troubling question: what’s Tim hiding?

Or, in keeping with historical rhetoric, “Governor Pawlenty. What did you know and when did you know it?”

Do I have proof of shenanigans linking Tim Pawlenty to Tom DeLay? No, not yet. But a close examination of their records suggest that the two men swim in the same disease-ridden, rampantly corrupt pond.

Both men demonstrate a fondness for illegal political money. Both subvert principle before power. Both –returning to the bathing analogy- hungrily serve as towel boys to rightwing freaks. Although, to be fair to DeLay, he’s risen to cabana boy supervisor in that regard.

It’s a fair question and one that I expect causes the Governor some discomfort. What’s Tim Pawlenty hiding? We’re getting a taste of the DeLay garbage house. Tim’s will really reek once that door is cracked open.