No surprises here: Minnesota Democrats back Obama plan while Republicans remain skeptical

Rep. Erik Paulsen: "Some of the policies that were rehashed tonight — I've got to see the details, but they're not going to move us forward."
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Rep. Erik Paulsen: “Some of the policies that were rehashed tonight — I’ve got to see the details, but they’re not going to move us forward.”
  •  Extending payroll tax cuts for businesses and their employees.
  •  Offering tax credits to businesses that hire the long-time unemployed and veterans.
  •  Establishing an infrastructure bank to rebuild, repair or upgrade roads, bridges and schools.
Sen. Al Franken
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Sen. Al Franken

“I don’t want to let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” he said.

Rep. Erik Paulsen
Rep. Erik Paulsen

“I think the regulation repeal agenda is moving in the right direction. Regulations matter,” he said. Along those same lines, “a lot of the details [Obama] spoke about to help small businesses are not going to encourage them to make the hires. It’s the long-term tax reform rather than the short-term gimmicks that are absolutely needed.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Jim Roth on 09/09/2011 - 11:46 am.

    At least the President is trying. Also, not the first time Cravaack was or will be absent (“huddling with his team listening carefully”???)…

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/09/2011 - 12:33 pm.

    “Establishing an infrastructure bank to rebuild, repair or upgrade roads, bridges and schools.”

    I thought the $800 billion “stimulus” plan was supposed to do that? You mean it didn’t?

  3. Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 09/09/2011 - 01:01 pm.

    If it goes through as a package, I think it might be good. But if it goes through piecemeal with the bully Republicans picking only the “good” parts, it will fail miserably.

  4. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/09/2011 - 01:16 pm.

    Much ado about nothing!

    Both sides of the aisle want to put more money into the economy: one by reducing taxes, the other by a combination of tax reductions and spending.

    Even the most ardent supporter of business tax reductions has to admit that it takes months or years before any impact is felt. (We can argue about the extent of that impact.)

    Supporters of individual tax cuts have to admit that only a small percentage of the tax expenditure (yes, not collecting tax dollars is the same as collecting them and then spending them) is likely to be spent on things that would not otherwise have been purchased. Paying down debt and saving continue to eat up most of the money that comes from such cuts, particularly since they come in such small bites. (The $1500 a year in additional household income is less than $30 a week – that’s half a tank of gas for most of us.)

    $200 billion in actual new spending is like sending a single life boat for passengers of the Titanic. You’ll pick a few out of the water before they freeze or drown, but the majority are going down, one way or another.

  5. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 09/09/2011 - 03:39 pm.

    James (#4) — New revenue achieved by taxing the wealthy is absolutely essential, no matter how many far-right Norquist disciples are against it.


    I’m sorry to hear Mr. Obama echo the Right’s latest attack on good government, although I would hope he’d never go so far as to remove all or most of them so business (that would be corporate America) would be “free to create jobs” without having to worry about consumer safety, protection from unscrupulous lenders, and the environment.

    Of great importance right now are the Keystone pipeline with the potential to spread its poison and destruction all the way from the Alberta tar sands to Mexico AND the mining planned for northern Minnesota that could make a bunch of money for a few investors and semi-honest others, but which could also ruin the clean, pure water and destroy the tourist industry of the whole area. Only governmental regulation can save us from both these probably disastrous commercial ventures.

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