Pawlenty cool to stimulus proposals

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune Washington C orrespondent
  • Updated: December 2, 2008 - 11:11 PM

The problem, he said at a meeting of governors with President-elect Barack Obama, is the money could cost more in the long run.

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stymes01Dec. 2, 0811:39 PM

One minute they all want stimulus packages, and tpaw wants medicaid funding the next he doesnt. Sounds like he is positioning himself to be the ultimate fiscal conservative. The problem is some circumstances call for action or intervention and sometimes a tax increase may not be a terrible thing. We have been lowering taxes for 30 years, letting the bush tax cuts expire may not be a bad thing and could help pay for a stimulus package that would actually help the working class with infrastructure jobs

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holymooseDec. 2, 0811:59 PM

You are developmentally disabled. The last thing we need is people like you draining the lifeblood of people who add value to this state. Tax the most productive people and give the money to the least productive, like you? Sorry to give you crap, but hey man, you are full of it.

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steveminneDec. 3, 0812:02 AM

If Pawlenty turns away federal money like McCain so proudly has done to Arizonans for years then we're screwed.
The multi-billion dollar Minnesota infrastructure deficit, partially caused by Pawlenty's tight fistedness, can catch up just a little with this federal help.
Turn this money back, Pawlenty, and we'll ride you out of this state on a rail.

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lawrerosDec. 3, 0812:15 AM

I'm sure you are waiting by your scorching laptop for me to reply to your comment, so here is an early holiday present. Actually, I give a ton to the MN community by volunteering my time to causes that help the less fortunate. I work full time and pay taxes. I am in grad school. I would argue that I give everything I've got. Was my comment about Pawlenty brash? Sure, but so is his response to a mandate by the American people (including a vast majority of Minnesotans). My literary use of allusion to refer to Pawlenty as a vampire must have been too much for you. For that, I am sorry. I still think Pawlenty is a vampire that is draining the life out of Minnesota - ESPECIALLY given his response to Obama's economic stimulus plan.

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lawrerosDec. 3, 0812:21 AM

Your idea that taxing the rich is taxing the most productive people is bunk. I would say that the rich have gotten a handout if I ever saw one. Look at all the CEOs running their companies into the ground and still getting multi-million compensation packages. Rich people are not always the most productive. Fact of the matter is that the most productive and hardworking people fall below 250,000 dollars per year. Barack wants to give people below that level of income a tax cut. Looks like the real unproductive suckas in society, like the ultra rich, are going to get what's coming to them. Hmpf.

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the_vfoxDec. 3, 08 3:53 AM

T-Paw. Giving states money and increasing the Deficit even more is not a bright idea. Our state has a spending problem and needs to go on a diet. So do the other states. Get that big axe out and start carving.

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ORIOLE75Dec. 3, 08 5:36 AM

Mr Pawlenty dosen't need that money..no way. I'm sure he has about 15 new Taxes...er user fees ready to cover that budget shortfall.

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vetkidd1Dec. 3, 08 5:53 AM

timmy dont make new taxes, he just changes the names so they are not taxes and and we are safe as long as you don't look at his highways or for the money for the highways

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bholetzDec. 3, 08 5:55 AM

It looks to me like Pawlenty has solidified his position as a fiscal conservative so he can try to attract far right support for a 2012 presidental run. Lets watch his travel schedule. If he heads for the big money states to raise campaign funds,or to Iowa to look for support in the first presidential caucus state, he's off and running for 2012.

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lwk123Dec. 3, 08 6:10 AM

Don't we all need a stimulus program? If the banks, Insurance companies, and now the auto companies want something, plus the states need money. So who pays for all this? Great, lets all get something and make our kids and grand kids deal with the massive government debt. Yes Mr Bush free markets will self regulate, and be honest, keep jobs in the USA, and reward the top executives fairly.

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