Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Budget showdown

When asked why he robbed banks John Dillinger is often quoted as saying “Because that’s where the money is.” When government gets involved where do they go to get that money? To us, the taxpayers. There has been no budget agreement between the legislature and the governor. Both sides have decided to stand their respective ground and yet another not-so-special session looms in the near future. The problem as always is how much of the people’s money should we spend? The governor says more, the legislature says less.
The house and senate have emptied the wallet, broke open the piggy bank, once again shifted payments and even rifled through the couch cushions and have managed to come up with a little over thirty four billion dollars to spend.  That’s a lot of money, but not enough for Governor Dayton and others in the legislature. They want more, and they will come to us to get it. I for one think it’s time those who thirst for more and more money to spend learn an important fact. Not every dollar earned by the people of Minnesota is the governments. We should not have to be thankful that government is gracious enough to let us keep a portion of it. The government should be thanking us, but what do we get? Threats of a shutdown.
Governor Dayton, there is a check for thirty four billion dollars sitting on your desk. All you have to do is sign it and deposit it like we do with our paychecks and the people of Minnesota can get back living their lives on much, much less than that. If not, we know who to blame.
Aaron Lindekugel

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