The government of Minnesota shut down late Thursday night and one main reason is the jealousy of the DFL (Democrats). The tax the rich mantra was the rallying cry for the Democrat governor.
From the Star Tribune: Talks imploded Thursday between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders in the final hours before a midnight deadline, and Minnesota began a historic government shutdown.
"This is a night of deep sorrow for me," Dayton said in an address at 10 p.m. that was punctuated by jeers and hisses from Republicans, including some lawmakers.
The governor said his last offer would have raised income taxes only on those earning more than $1 million a year -- an estimated 7,700 Minnesotans, or 0.3 percent of all taxpayers, according to the Revenue Department.
Republicans rejected the proposal, Dayton said, because they "prefer to protect the richest handful of Minnesotans at the expense of everyone else."
Republican leaders made their own statement, saying Dayton's proposal for dealing with the projected $5 billion deficit would cause irreparable harm to the state's economy for generations.
"We will not saddle our children and grandchildren with mounds of debts, with promises for funding levels that will not be there in the future," said House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove. "This is debt that they can't afford. It's debt that we can't afford right now." http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/124824189.html
For the Democrats to shut down the state government because they only want to tax the rich is stupid. The main reason is that even if they taxed the rich at the small percentage rate, it won't raise enough revenue to solve their budget crisis. All it is a rallying cry by the Democrats, based on their jealousy of the rich.
The Democrats, from the Federal level on down, just don't care about the rising debt. President Obama and his half brother, Harry Reid and their surrogate sister, Nancy Pelosi think it just fine by raising the debt. They don't know how they will pay for it, but hey, let's buy off the voters and screw their children, grand children, great grandchildren and so on. They just live for the moment.
The GOP is not totally innocent: The GOP proposed delaying another $700 million in payments owed to schools, which would add to the more than $1 billion the state already owes K-12 schools.
That's not sound policy either.
This pretty much sums it up, as a legislator pointed out: Early in the morning, Rep. Pat Garofalo, a Republican who chairs the House Education Finance Committee, posted on his Twitter account: "You can't spell FAILED without DFL!"
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