The pitter-patter of bipartisan feet?

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 18, 2012 - 4:15 PM

I thought I might have heard that at the State Capitol -- but it's so hard to tell.

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jarlmnFeb. 18, 12 5:16 PM

I do wish that Lori and so many others out there would cease to worship the goal of "bipartisanship." Crassly stated, bipartisanship means either that one party should roll-over and play dead while the other party pick-pockets the taxpayers, or that both parties join-up and steamroll the citizenry. May I remind you that the insidious Patriot Act, among others, was the result of bipartisan effort? Can we PLEASE get it out of our heads that our government is "dysfunctional" because both parties don't hold hands and sing kumbaya around the campfire! Partisanship and gridlock are actually what makes our government functional! Otherwise, without the checks and balances of partisan infighting, government would be running over us even more than they already do.

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dvsdan123Feb. 18, 12 6:23 PM

If this bill passes, Dayton will veto it just so the Republican's do not get a victory they can use in the November elections. It is not about governing, it is about being re-elected.

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furguson11Feb. 18, 12 7:39 PM

There isn't much open govt in MN. If you go to the office of management and budget citizen page, you'll find they haven't updated the state employee counts since mid-2010.

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vorenusFeb. 18, 1210:00 PM

jarlmnFeb. 18, 12 5:16 PM Can we PLEASE get it out of our heads that our government is "dysfunctional" because both parties don't hold hands and sing kumbaya around the campfire! Partisanship and gridlock are actually what makes our government functional! _______________________What a ridiculous statement. The answer is always in the middle, bipartisanship and compromise are the only way a government functions. Your assertion is what's holding back this country and puts us in a perpetual election mode. We are all Americans first, not democrats or republicans.

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lancairFeb. 19, 12 8:29 AM

hey thought police, why didn't you include my comment yesterday?

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jurburFeb. 19, 12 8:36 AM

You did not have to read far to figure out what this bill was all about. Downey wants the truth-in-taxation bills broken down to show how much local governments are paying for the salaries of their public employees. This is not something he cares about nor is it something he could understand if he had the data. No, the bill is being used as another tool in the Republican toolbox to create anger and resentment between public and private workers. One would think with all the backlash that has occurred around the country as a result of the Republican assault against government workers that MN Republican representatives would get a brain and get to work on bills that actually accomplish something for all Minnesotans. If Republican legislators can't figure out what those bills should be then it is time to fire them.

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kingtutskyFeb. 19, 12 9:19 AM

So state Democrats are against transparency in government spending. Against making fiscal comparisons easier for the governed. Against ordinary Minnesotans seeing where their tax dollars are going.

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edcommentFeb. 19, 1210:21 AM

Ah, er, Lori. Shouldn't it be "those" data?

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obone1963Feb. 19, 1212:15 PM

Jarlmn hit it right on the head. Bipartisanship is pure crap. The liberal ideologues just love to point fingers and say that conservatives are being obstructionist. People like vorenus need to get their head out of the sand and understand reality. The VOTERS elect into office those who best will represent their views. Bipartisanship is wonderful when it comes to filling potholes and other middle of the road stuff. The line is held on conservative and liberal ideology, yet it's the liberals always whining about "our friends on the right won't meet half way." What a load. President Bush met half way with Senator Kennedy over no child left behind. What a wonder that turned out to be. Liberal leadership will not allow one of their own to stray. Congressman Peterson was one of the few Congressmen that Pelosi allowed to vote against Obama's health care bill. Why? Because they had the votes and Peterson's hide was on the line. His constituents had flooded his office telling him to vote no. Only at the risk of losing the district was he allowed to vote that way. Bipartisan... Yeah right, dream the dream.

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icicleFeb. 19, 12 5:25 PM

In general, I think Republicans bear the greater responsibility for our governance gridlock but I'm sure willing to support decent legislation when they author it.

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