Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Right issue, wrong debate

Too much energy is being wasted on whether or not Gov. Pawlenty broke his pledge to the taxpayers with his cigarette fee. As long as conservatives, Republicans, and the general public focus on this issue, the left wins by not having to defend their flawed argument.

It’s not that we’re damaging the chances of reelecting Pawlenty (which we are), it’s that the pledge has became the issue, not the debate over limiting the size of government. Whether or not you agree with the fee, chances are you don’t like the idea of government getting bigger.

Liberals have done an excellent job in the past at painting conservatives as greedy, that’s we’re only anti-tax because we want more money. Sure, that may be part of it, but there’s more to it than that. We believe that a government that best serves its people is small, has limited powers, and keeps to itself.

Then there’s the issue of higher taxes stunting economic growth. As Pawlenty was sworn into office, he faced a tremendous challenge in overcoming a $4.2 billion budget deficit. Much to the dismay of big government advocates, Pawlenty cut spending rather than raise taxes during a time of economic instability. The outcome? Minnesota has more people employed than ever before at 2,718,400 people. Our unemployment is at 3.7%, which isn’t too bad. Like the fee or not, you have to admit that Pawlenty holding the line on taxes was certainly a deciding factor in our economic boost.

We have the better argument, but are too busy fighting clawing at each other’s throats. I’d bet that most of the swing voters out there don’t give a damn whether or not Pawlenty broke his pledge. These are the people we need to reach out to. We have the better argument, so let’s get off this fee crap and move forward.


At 8:30 PM, Blogger R-Five said...

There are two Pawlenty's out there, as Eric Eskola has suggested. The 2003 Pawlenty did what he said he would do. The 2005 Pawlenty has flip-flopped on gaming, taxes, spending, stadiums, light rail, and voted for 20% ethanol.

We alll liked the 2003 Pawlenty. But given the shifting principles/priorties of the 2005 Pawlenty, are we sure we want a 2007 Pawlenty?

At 9:01 PM, Blogger Michael M said...

If Republicans believe "that a government that best serves its people is small, has limited powers, and keeps to itself," then tell me:

Why has the Federal government become so large under the Bush administration, when it was the smallest its been in decades under the Clinton administration?

Why is our budget deficit zooming and our President keeps proposing tax cuts without corresponding spending cuts like President Reagan did?

Why does the government have more and more power to know what your reading, track where you're going, and keep files on what you're saying?

One of the few government powers that has not been expended is the power to pursue tax cheats (witness Pawlenty's reluctance to close the loopholes that allow MN companies to set up shell corporations in Bermuda, funnel their revenue through it and avoid MN corporate taxes). Most others have grown in scope...and federal law doesn't even allow us to know how wide those powers exactly are.

The truth is Republican leadership at the Federal and State level has left those Republican ideals behind in pursuit of power and serving special interests. Unfortunately the rest of the Republican Party has been taken along for the ride.

Listen and read what life-long Republican Dave Durenberger on the subject and you'll get a better perpective on things.

At 7:38 AM, Blogger Michael M said...

I neglected to properly post the link to the audio of the Durenberger interview and the transcript.

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

You sir, are more ignorant than Dave Durenberger, and that's not an easy task.

Do you really think that by listening to a washed up Republican begging for attention will entirely change my perspective?

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

If there are two Pawlenty's then there are two Eskola's: the one that highly respects Pawlenty of 2003 and the one who will do anything to take him down now that Pawlenty's '08 chances are diminished.

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Michael M said...

I notice you did nothing to answer the questions in my comment other than to call a former U.S. Senator who our own Governor Pawlenty picked to head up the Minnesota Citizens Health Care Forum "ignorant".

Resorting to name calling is just one of the many reasons debate over important issues has become so partisan and spiteful. Are you part of the solution or part of the problem on that?

So again... answer the questions in the post.

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

First question: Because Clinton thumbed his nose at terrorism. President Bush has fought terrorism head on, expanding groups like the FBI and CIA to protect all Americans, even those like you.

Question 2: I didn't know budget deficits could "zoom." Is it a high pitched zoom, or a low pitched rumbling zoom?

Question 3: The government has more power because of ass holes like Bin Laden who blow up buiildings full of innocent people. There have been no abuses of the Patriot Act. I know that really irks you liberals.

Here's my question to for you: Here's a question for you: if a budget deficit zooms in the woods and there's no one there to hear it, did it make a sound?

One more thing...oh yeah, don't tell me what to do on my blog. I'll let you by this time, but don't do it again, and I'll call AG Gonzalez and make sure he taps your phone!

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Michael M said...

You've established that 9/11 is the reason Republican leaders have abandonded your philosophy "that a government that best serves its people is small, has limited powers, and keeps to itself."

If that "small government" philosophy is what makes Republicans more than just "anti-tax" and now it has been abandoned, is there any wonder conservatives are perceived as (your words) "greedy" because they want the money.

In other words. If the Republican party is more than just being "anti-tax", but that "more" is now gone, what else really is there to the Republican image but greed?

I know that's not the case. Despite your bravado, swagger and name calling, I know you have the greater good of the country in mind. However, a growning number of people are buying into the greed image because Republican leaders are not offering anything beyond "anti-tax". This is a major perception issue the Republican party needs to face.

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Now it is your turn to answer the quesiton...well?

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Michael M said...

If you can find a budget deficit in the woods, email me and I'll be happy to tell you what it sounds like.

Good luck with the fighting the image problem. I hope you can find a solution.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

If I do, you'll be the first to know.


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