Another tip o' the ol' hat to Alternative Brain.
Seriously guys, you might want to increase security at your blog.
Statement from Minority Leader Thissen as 2011 Legislative Session slouches to end
Hat Tip MNpublius
"I have no idea how the Republican Majority can adjourn this session and go home to their constituents. Their only accomplishment - if you can call it that - was to divide Minnesotans with a constitutional amendment that enshrines discrimination into our constitution.Worse, had the Republican budget gone into effect, they would have laid waste to the things that Minnesotans care most about, squeezed the middle class, and set Minnesota back dramatically.
Simply stated, this session has seen a colossal failure of Republican leadership.
That failure is based on misplaced Republican priorities.
As opposed to asking the richest 2% to take any responsibility in solving our historic budget deficit, the GOP is cutting special education funding for our children.
Because not a penny more can come from the special interests, Minnesotan's interests - like supporting small business growth - are ignored in the Republican budget.
This Republican majority chose corporate fat cats over Minnesota seniors.
This Republican majority chose the richest 2% and raised property taxes on the 98%.
This Republican majority chose those who have benefited most from the recovery over disabled Minnesotans.
This Republican majority chose to party loyalty at the price of discrimination.
This Republican majority chose their special interests over Minnesota's interests every single time this session.
Leadership is about priorities. Over the last 152 days, the Republican Majority has made choices based on misplaced priorities. They have failed the people of Minnesota.
(Alternate Brain) By the end of this year, we won't even be able to put a man in space anymore.You know, the idea of conservatism was to maintain the status quo. I believe the phrase bandied about was "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But if we can no longer put people into space, how can one not help but think something is broke? So, I guess the new concept of conservatism is "If it ain't broke, break it!"
At some point the whole damn mess that is the modern conservative movement will collapse and honest, intelligent, and courageous people can move in and do the necessary repairs.
What's more, it's not just Adams -- Thomas Jefferson also supported the identical 1798 proposal, which, any way you slice it, required private citizens to pay into a public health-care system, and included a "regulation against a form of inactivity."
By any sensible standard, one does not need obscure 18th-century anecdotes to know the individual mandate -- which was a Republican idea, anyway -- passes constitutional muster. But for those on the right who consider this original-intent concept paramount, we can add this to the list of things they've gotten terribly wrong.
Proposing ground rules at this point in health care reform is like the refs showing up for the game after the clock has run out.Hot Dish Politics
Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann stopped by the state Capitol on Monday to pitch some proposed ground rules for the national debate over health care reform.At a news conference, Bachmann unveiled the "Declaration of Health Care Independence," which will be formally released Wednesday."We are rejecting politics as usual in Washington D.C. in dealing with this health care issue," said Bachmann, a Republican.