Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Has Strom seen the light?

While making a visit to the St. Paul Chamber Tuesday, Gov. Pawlenty told his audience that he does not intend to sign any piece of paper promising not to raise taxes. His word, Pawlenty said, should speak for itself. Surprisingly, David Strom from the Taxpayer’s league agrees.

David Strom, president of the Taxpayers League, said the group considers the pledge in effect "until a politician repudiates it and then gets re-elected.''

But like Pawlenty, Strom said the pledge is more than a signed document.

"If the governor goes out and campaigns and says `I'm not going to raise taxes' we expect him to govern on that whether he signs it or not,'' Strom said. "The signature on a piece of paper is purely symbolic. The most important thing is to not raise taxes.''

(Source: “Pawlenty doubts fall special session will come together,” Associated Press, July 20, 2005)

From the sound of things, the League is going to take it easy on Pawlenty from now on, he made a complete sentence that did not criticize our governor. Just like a child with temper tantrum, sometimes you just need to let them whine until they tire of it.

Here's an interesting letter from today's Star Tribune:

A July 17 commentary by David Strom and Michael Wigley complained that Gov. Tim Pawlenty failed to do the job they wanted him to do.

Personally, I share their goals for state government. But when they sent the governor out to do battle with the big spenders, they did not send enough legislators along with him to provide the needed support.

Pawlenty did not have the votes necessary to overcome the "tax-and-spend" enemy in 2005. Strom and Wigley are not helping their cause by publicly bashing him.

Instead, they need to be ensuring that voters in 2006 elect legislators who will support reductions in state spending.

Pawlenty's heart is in the right place. This year he did the best he could with the support that the voters provided for him.

Dick Lueben, Bemidji, Minn.
(Source: "Letters from readers," Star Tribune, July 20, 2005)

Couldn't have said it better myself Stay tuned for part two of Pawlenty's conservative record.

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