Obama and Dayton try the same failed policies that produce the same results

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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Minnesota's budget mess continues to smack the state with bad news.

On Friday, Standard and Poor's bond rating agency downgraded the state's grade from AAA to AA+. The agency, one of three big ratings firms, was the last to hold Minnesota's rating as perfect and now that is gone.

"The downgrade reflects what we view as the state's ongoing reliance on nonrecurring measures to balance its budget, which we believe will contribute to continued structural imbalance," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Robin Prunty.

Could someone please tell liberals that the party is over and the bill is due.

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written by Woody , September 26, 2011

You forgot to mention Tim Pawlenty. He left a large defecit before he pursued his presidential ambitions and another reason for the rating downgrade is the contemptuous behavior of the State Senate and the Governor. It's not a liberal problem Bart so put the broad brush away.

written by TomC , September 27, 2011

Woody, That's not true. He left a balanced budget. It's only the projected balance that was in arrears. More MSM BS. It's the same with Perry. These state governments are required to balance their budgets. Just because during a recession the government projections do not seem to stop growing at a 7% clip does not mean there are budget deficits.

This 7% baseline growth budgeting has got to stop at both the state and the federal (and I am sure at every level) governments. It continually gives Dems ammunition and talking points. The thought cuts are not real and just cuts in projected increases is nonsense. No one else budgets that way.

jk noreen
Woodrow finally gets it right
written by jokin , September 27, 2011

"...and another reason for the rating downgrade is the contemptuous behavior of the State Senate and the Governor."

Woody is right! The MN Senate was a DFL feifdom that was never held by the Republicans until 2011. The Dems used this body for their own perfidiously larcenous devices with unchecked power for decades. It's going to take more than just one session of the MN Senate to undo all of the institutionalized, rubber-stamp, built-in-automatic-increases-in-spending-damage (for the children!) that the DFL-controlled MN Senate has done to jeopardize the state's long-term economic vitality.

Barthélemy Barbancourt
Plenty of blame to go around
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , September 27, 2011

There is no getting around the fact that this occurred on Dayton's watch and that Dayton engineered the government shut down.

The rating agencies expect a bit of shuffling at the beginning of a recession, but this downturn is on it's fourth year and the Democrats still want to grow spending like it's 2006.

Pawlenty did what he had to do to balance the budgets against tax and spend liberals. Minnesotans finally got this in 2010 and gave the House and Senate to the Republicans, but weren't able to defeat the DFL vote machine for Emmer (Horner ensured a Dayton victory).

MN is already a high tax state in a global economy. Our roads suck, the weather sucks, the schools are failing and the job market is shrinking. Raising taxes will only make things worse. The party is over for the left, they need to wake up to the new reality of less government.

Ah common Bart,
written by Nobody , September 27, 2011

put your broad brush back in your pocket. Lets just put the people in chains and take all the money from them. We'll let the centerist, patriotic, freedom loving, Woody figure out who needs how much everyone needs.

Barthélemy Barbancourt
So how much do we blame Pawlenty?
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , September 27, 2011

The guy had to deal with insane liberals that only believe in more taxes and more government. His compromises were not great, but he did have to deal with the DFL.

Nationally, the nation now sees what unchecked liberalism looks like, $1.5 trillion a year in new debt, a shitty job market and no growth. Pawlenty fought the DFL's job killing taxes and regulations for 8 years. He sure as hell didn't win every battle, but MN would be in far, far worse shape if we had had a DFL governor and a DFL legislature.

MN Conservatism is always about what is possible vs. what is best. Pawlenty slowed the growth of government which is about the best we can expect when the DFL and the Red Star all want unchecked governmental growth. MN isn't Texas, but we're doing better than Michigan. Given that 1/2 of the state is liberal, that is a pretty decent accomplishment.

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