Minnesota models the partisan divide

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 7, 2011 - 6:33 AM

Analysts on both sides see Minnesota's political paralysis as a sign of a national trend.

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indyefiJul. 6, 1110:18 PM

Minnesota's storied history as a progressive state, where Republicans and Democrats worked together, was the product of a bygone era, Weber said,-----Whatever, that went out in what the 50's or 60's. I don't think Minnesotan's could agree on chicken or steak for supper anymore without a feud starting. How about instead of building a new Vikings stadium, we add more seats to the capitol? Sell tickets, get some cheerleaders and sideline commentators. It wouldn't be quite as clean as watching a football game. Instead of a piece of pigskin there would be a lot of pigs at the special interest trough. What a sad state of affairs for a once great state. So sad too that a once great nation is going down the same way. I guess all great nations do eventually have a fall.

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leastoftheseJul. 6, 1110:22 PM

"Mondale said he's at a loss to explain what happened in the ensuing years. "Something happened to shatter that essential ability to compromise and build for the future," he said." What has happened is that the teapublicans have collectively decided that they can use their money and position to bully their way to a state and a country that exists to satisfy the uber wealthy, and to rot with everyone else. Ever been to a party or a club where everyone there is wealthy and privileged, and they make you feel like you are not good enough to be there? Look out, because they are about to take that attitude to the next level, and it will affect your entire life. How sad. DAYTON, STAND YOUR GROUND.

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drichmnJul. 6, 1110:50 PM

"The showdown, he said, is "our opportunity to change the way the federal government spends money." ... Interesting comment. Notice Kline didn't say change the amount of money the federal government spends. They have shown over and over again that they will drive up the deficit and have no problem spending money as long as it's spent on their corporate benefactors and the wealthy. They've wanted to get rid of social security and Medicare as long as they've been around. They are just using the showdown as their opportunity to finally do it along with trashing any programs that benefit the middle class and poor.

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pineyguyJul. 6, 1111:19 PM

Mondale said he's at a loss to explain what happened in the ensuing years. "Something happened to shatter that essential ability to compromise and build for the future," he said. --- I know one thing that happened: The Carter/Mondale administration.

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pineyguyJul. 6, 1111:21 PM

It's clear that "compromise" has become a euphemism for "do what the democrats want".

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elgropoJul. 6, 1111:25 PM

What a bunch of wusses, personified by Walter Mondale. He is a failed redistributionist of 40 years ago and this liberal rag actually thinks his comments are relevant.(?) Hold the line and turn the big spenders back! Gov. Gadfly is the last of his breed--a guilt-ridden trust fund baby who wants to commandeer the wealth of his peers. No free American should sign onto this perversion. We are what we earn and we don't need no stinkin' government to beat us down. Continue the shutdown until the whole unnecessary enterprise starves!

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notheocrat12Jul. 7, 1112:34 AM

"Continue the shutdown until the whole unnecessary enterprise starves!" And then what? To the victor go the spoils? If i tear an ACL, I rehab my knee. I dont cut off my leg. Honestly not sure what winning will mean---to either side. Successful relationships are about compromise and reciprocation; not domination nor one way street. Its very likely that most folks dont have a clue of what they are truly arguing/fighting about, only the victory is paramount. I d also venture that most arent in the 1% being argued about either. How does one fight for a station not readily obtained nor realistic?

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oldsaltydogJul. 7, 1112:38 AM

Look, we have a divided government and a $5B deficit. There are only three options to close the gap: cuts, new revenue or a combination of the two. What does compromise look like? The third option, obviously. Dayton has made several offers with a mix of cuts and revenue increases. The Republicans? They offer nothing but deeper hardship for the most vulnerable and the middle class, rigid tax protection for the fortunate few who need it the least. This thinking is wrecking our state and will wreck our nation too if we let it.

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annie54Jul. 7, 11 6:05 AM

leastofthese said: "What has happened is that the teapublicans have collectively decided that they can use their money and position to bully their way to a state and a country that exists to satisfy the uber wealthy..." The problem with your statement is the expression "their money". That is exactly correct. It is their money, not your money, not the governor's money. It's theirs. Why do you want to confiscate it?

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annie54Jul. 7, 11 6:18 AM

Read the article "Texas is leading the nation in job creation. Why?", elsewhere in this edition. It's written by an admitted liberal (albeit an open-minded one), who makes some great points.

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