Sunday, July 24, 2005

"Pledgemaster" on At Issue

Taxpayer’s League generalissimo David Strom made his obligatory appearance on “At Issue” with Tom Hauser today. I just have one question: was Strom standing on a box/podium to increase his height? The guy appeared taller than Hauser!

Strom made a good point, saying the pledge became a bigger deal than the debate on whether or not we should raise taxes. I lost all respect for Strom, well, whatever respectI had left, when he compared Gov. Pawlenty, a known family man, to Bill Clinton. Strom came close redeeming himself by saying that because Pawlenty signed the pledge, we have more people working in Minnesota than ever before, which I reported here on Friday.

Then there was this letter in the Star Tribune:

Tasty anti-tax talk

After reading Michael Wigley's and David Strom's column ("If Pawlenty wants to keep his base, he'd better change his ways," July 17), I've come to the conclusion that the Taxpayers League of Minnesota is to public policy what Captain Crunch is to nutrition.

What both are selling to the general public might be rather tasty, but isn't particularly good for our long-term health.

This legislative session, scores of public leaders both past and present (including our current governor) have argued for new state revenue sources in the form of taxes, "fees" or casino dollars.

Does Strom really expect the average Minnesotan to continue to swallow his tasty-treat talk of lower taxes and high-quality state services?

After this session, I think the only person that Strom is still fooling with his rhetoric is himself.

Kelly Marchwick, Minneapolis.

I like the shot at the Taxpayer’s League; so does that mean that The DFL caucus is like Franekenberry?

UPDATE: The MDEer informed me that it is "Cap'n Crunch," not "Captain."


At 4:16 PM, Blogger David said...

I certainly hope you don't think that fighting for lower taxes and smaller government is "Cap'n Crunch" of public policy.

Those are the same issues you praised Carey for in his article, and that made Tim Pawlenty a national figure.

Regarding the comparison to Clinton, I was merely saying that his calling what is clearly a tax a fee is rather Clintonian. I certainly wasn't suggesting that "family man" Pawlenty is like Clinton in other respects--as you no doubt already know.

I value honesty very highly, and I think it is beneath the Governor to play with words. He will be much better off if he is just straight with the people of Minnesota, and I will be able to sleep better knowing that the "best Governor in memory" trusts all of enough to tell us the truth unvarnished.

Few Republicans in private will defend the "Health impact fee" as anything other than a tax. Why not admit it and move on?

At 4:20 PM, Blogger David said...


Speaking of prevarication, I do indeed have to admit that they put me on a riser for the show.

Shhhhh...don't tell anyone! It would spoil the magic of TV.


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