Deadlock at the State Capitol: The balance of power

  • Article by: D.J. TICE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 28, 2011 - 10:14 PM
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jarlmnMay. 28, 1110:45 PM

as on the national government scene, the executive branch has entirely too much power.

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holymooseMay. 28, 1111:41 PM

More wishfull thinking from the left.

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daltrowitzMay. 28, 1111:46 PM

The pendulum swings regularly depending upon the personalities involved. This is the nature of our government. It usually coincides with the party controlling one or the other being in disarray due to some issue. Therefore, an important question to ask yourself is this: Is my objection really that one branch has too much power, or only that the branch with more power currently does not happen to agree with me?"

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samo45May. 29, 11 4:31 AM

Wishful thinking? How about idealism? Considering that it's our democratic idealism--not our ethnicity or our religion (as in many nations)--that defines us as Americans, I'd say we should treat our ideals with respect. I'd even bet that Ronald "City on the Hill" Reagan would agree.

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patrickjdMay. 29, 11 5:46 AM

Dayton could just have easily demanded a tax increase of $5 billion. Then he could cut that figure in half and still call it a compromise. There is NO reason to raise anyones taxes in this state-period. The only compromise the voters should allow is this: Give Dayton a $1 billion tax increase to pay off ED MN. But make that increase come ONLY from registered DFLers and union members. Only then will we know if anyone still favors tax increases.

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borge007May. 29, 11 7:19 AM

patrickjd-Your posting has no logic behind it-only the Republican mantra-protect the rich and punish the poor. Pretty sad.

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tpawforpresMay. 29, 11 7:34 AM

BORGE007 ~~~ And you respond with liberal mantra of prolonged class warfare. You both speak from the far side of both political spectrums.

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akornMay. 29, 11 8:04 AM

We all learn in fifth grade civics that the authority to spend money must originate in the legislature. It seems implicit that it is the legislature that should decide spending. So now we have executives who, when they don't get the spending they want, veto the spending that was passed by the legislature and induce a shutdown.

In effect, Dayton is vetoing spending he agrees with to force more spending that he wants. That may be technically legal, but it seem contrary to the spirit of our representative form of government.

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redbridgeMay. 29, 11 9:04 AM

Our system is the worst in the world ... except for all the other systems. We're all lucky - anybody moving out soon? ... didn't think so.

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chablis28May. 29, 1111:13 AM

It would be great if the GOP had enough members to do a 2/3 override of Dayton's veto and cash the meager 6% increase in state spending, but they would DEM votes too.

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