Bachmann: T-Paw left ‘a multi-billion-dollar budget mess’

MORNING EDITION

Well, after taking digs from T-Paw for most of the last couple weeks, Our Favorite Congresswoman has dropped all pretense of observing the Republican 11th Commandment and blasted away. L.A. Holmes of FoxNews reports: “In a campaign email to supporters Sunday afternoon, Bachmann defended her ‘real world’ successes and excoriated Pawlenty for ‘leaving a multi-billion-dollar budget mess’ in Minnesota, which led to a government shutdown in the state early July. ‘Real world actions speak louder than the words of career politicians,’ the statement concludes. … In the middle of it she also says, “I bring a record of success in the real world in business, the law, and in fighting for our principles. I am self-made. I worked my way through school. I have a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law from William and Mary. I worked in the US Federal Tax Court as a federal tax litigation attorney. I am a job creator. My husband and I built a successful private company from scratch. In Minnesota, I led an unprecedented effort to reform education —repealing intrusive regulations that hampered the ability of parents and educators to provide a quality education for their children.” As woozy as I always get when she starts talking about “the real world,” I have to wonder, given Pawlenty’s poll numbers, why she’s even mentioning him in public?

For his part, T-Paw, reports the AP, fired back: “Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant said, “The difference is that when Governor Pawlenty was scoring conservative victories … Congresswoman Bachmann was giving speeches and offering failed amendments, all while struggling mightily to hold onto the most Republican house seat in the state.”

T-Paw’s real high point of the weekend, though, was going on CNN and, according to the AP, saying: “If you’re the leader of the free world, would you please come to microphone and quit hiding in the basement about your proposals, and come on up and address the American people? Is he chicken?” Why am I thinking of Albert Brooks in “Broadcast News”?

A note on the other downside of selling bonds backed by tobacco revenue to resolve the budget stand-off. The AP’s Scott Karnowski writes: “The budget deal that ended Minnesota’s government shutdown relies heavily on $640 million borrowed against money from the 1998 tobacco settlement. The strategy allows Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders to avoid the same amount in spending cuts or tax increases. But it could cost as much as $640 million in interest — plus a substantial annual revenue loss for years to come.” Hey, better to blow $640 million than cripple a “job provider.”

Way over in Poughkeepsie, Chuck Raasch at the Poughkeepsie Journal writes about driving through Minnesota during The Shutdown. Eventually he says: “In a vigorous democracy people argue about the amount of taxes they are willing to pay to build and maintain roads that get them to the lakes. But in the protracted, nasty budget and deficit fights here and nationwide, some have shorthanded ‘the government’ into the enemy of the people. Some always seem to wish for shutdowns to show government is unneeded. Real reasons exist to think government at all levels has gotten too big. But equally destructive is this idea of government inherently as enemy. It makes the people the foes of their own commonwealth. Such positions make it that much tougher to decide what is essential, and how to do it the best. It lets politicians dig in on campaign pledges [that] are not practical to solving issues in a diverse country. While we try to bury debts and deficits, maybe such absolutes can be buried with them.” Hmmm, “equally destructive”?

A Ramsey City Council member is on the hook for $650,000 in unpaid sales taxes … and there’s the other council guy. The Strib’s Paul Levy writes: “One Ramsey City Council member allegedly owes a state-high $649,000 in unpaid sales taxes and is being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Revenue and U.S. Department of Labor. Another was recently sentenced to jail for punching a woman in the head three times. ‘I was on top of the top, not only as a craftsman, but as an internationally recognized designer,’ said David Elvig, 51, the longest-tenured council member in the small northern suburb, who is disputing the state’s financial claims against him stemming from his now-closed business. … Jeff Wise, 47, is another member of the council, and a liquor store owner in Ramsey. He was convicted of two counts of fifth-degree assault in May and sentenced on June 27 to 90 days in jail with 65 stayed. … The incident involving Wise occurred last Nov. 13. According to court documents, he had been served six to eight drinks at a bar and restaurant near Princeton, Minn., before getting into a car with three other people. A woman Wise didn’t know, seated beside him in the back, lit a cigarette, saying the driver had given her permission to do so. Wise began yelling at her for smoking, according to the police report. He knocked the cigarette out of her hand and into the front seat, then elbowed the woman, knocking the wind out of her.”

The Fighting Sioux continue to fight for the pride of North Dakota, but the pressure to ‘re-brand” is getting stronger with an Aug. 15 deadline looming. David Kolpack of the AP writes: “North Dakota political leaders are asking the NCAA to back off and let the state’s flagship university keep its Fighting Sioux name and logo, even at the risk of potential blacklisting and scorn by other universities and its own conference. Lawmaker involvement is a strategy even some University of North Dakota boosters question, and is unique among schools forced to decide whether to drop American Indian nicknames deemed hostile and abusive or accept penalties for keeping them. North Dakota’s debate appeared to be resolved when the state Board of Higher Education agreed in 2009 to drop the Fighting Sioux logo and nickname and UND agreed to phase them out by this Aug. 15. But state lawmakers intervened earlier this year, passing a law that requires the university to retain the moniker and logo. If the school keeps them past the Aug. 15 deadline, it will not be allowed to use them in postseason tournaments nor host any such events.”

From the Strib’s editorial page: Things are great in Minneapolis. “Recently, the city released its sixth annual progress report on 26 quality-of-life indicators. For the most part, residents should feel encouraged. The 2011 Living Well study found that more people are riding bikes and using transit, that violent crime is down and that the amount of affordable housing is up. … While many of the indicators showed progress, there are areas that need work. The report documents the continuing health inequality and disparities between whites and people of color, a decline in recycling and composting rates, and a downturn in the number of jobs due to the economy.”

The boys at Power Line are very upset about The Washington Post’s designated conservative reporter/blogger, Jennifer Rubin. Well, not about what she wrote in the early moments of the terrorism in Norway  where she decided it was all the work of Muslim jihadists. but rather about the cruel things said about her … and John Hinderaker, who took essentially the same thoroughly reported, deeply reasoned approach. Says Hinderaker: “The relief — not to say glee — with which many liberals greeted the news that the Oslo mass murderer was a “tall, blond Norwegian” was palpable. Liberals pilloried those who ostensibly leaped to the conclusion, in the first minutes after the massacre began, that it was probably the work of Islamic jihadists. Scott noted earlier such attacks on Jennifer Rubin. As far as I know, liberals haven’t attacked me for the post I did while the attacks were in progress. But what I wrote was, I think, typical:


The perpetrators of these attacks have not yet been identified, but they likely were Muslim terrorists.


Was that wrong? Not at all. Any time mass murder attacks take place, it is not just likely but highly probable that they are the work of Muslim jihadists. Over the last several decades, jihadists have launched hundreds if not thousands of terrorist attacks. They dwarf, in numbers, similar outrages perpetrated by anyone else.”  So if I say, “Two plus two equals 72 jihadi virgins,, is that wrong? Not at all!

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 07/25/2011 - 07:40 am.

    I will note that even the BBC, in the immediate minutes after the attacks, had settled on Islamic terrorists as the culprit.

    Perhaps the media should stick to the safer designation of “a person or group acting under the belief that they are the hammer of God”.

    That would cover 99.99% of all similar actions AND be reflective of the centuries of history,

  2. Submitted by Peter Swanson on 07/25/2011 - 09:08 am.

    Your last two paragraphs are really unclear as to when you are speaking and when you are quoting.

    Ready, fire, aim.

  3. Submitted by Roy Everson on 07/25/2011 - 09:37 am.

    I was among those who believed it likely at first that the attack was by extreme Islamicists. There was other circumstantial evidence. A radical group founded in part by Mullah Krekar claimed responsibility for the attack. Who is Mullah Krekar? He’s a pro-terrorist leader who has been living in Norway for many years and would be deported except that sending him back to Iraq could be his death sentence, so the Norwegians hesitate on humanitarian grounds. He recently threatened Norwegian government leaders if they made good on efforts to deport him. Then, earlier last week he was indicted in court for his threats. A connection to him was a reasonable suspicion.

  4. Submitted by Steve Sundberg on 07/25/2011 - 10:22 am.

    @Roy: Tying the Norway attacks to radical Islamists is not gonna happen; not when the actual terrorist admits to anti-Muslim rhetoric.

  5. Submitted by Dan Hintz on 07/25/2011 - 12:19 pm.

    Neal’s got it right. You can safely assume that that religious extremists are behind any acts of terrorism, but you should probably wait to see which religion the terrorists belong to.

    Love the Pawlenty-Bachmann fighting. The quoted statements about each other are probably the most accurate things either of them have said during their presidential campaigns.

  6. Submitted by Marcia Brekke on 07/25/2011 - 01:20 pm.

    Re: good news about Minneapolis! Though I’m a suburbanite, my husband, friends, and family visit the City often for our cultural and athletic “fixes.” I’m proud to show off both of our Twin Cities to out-of-state visitors, enjoying the complimentary remarks–well-earned by both cities.

    Several years ago, driving to Washington state and delighting in the scenery, we were especially impressed by the small cities and towns along the way and their well-maintained look: prosperous, clean, just what you’d want to see in the U.S.A. It was a great tribute to those generous LGA programs. Now, after eight years of the Bush regime and the conservative, anti-government sentiment that has taken hold in the country, I fear those days of government helping, liberally, dare I say–have gone.

    At least here in Minnesota there is still a majority of us who think that that government can accomplish great things, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty and their ilk, notwithstanding.

  7. Submitted by Lance Groth on 07/25/2011 - 02:35 pm.

    Re #2 – there are punctuation marks present called “quotation marks” that indicate the beginning and end of the quoted material. Here’s a reference for you:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quotation_mark

    Ready, fire, aim.

    The irony is thick around the identity and motivations of the terrorist in Norway, given the slavering anti-muslim hysteria noted and his true nature as a right wing anti-muslim terrorist. Those caught with foot in mouth may apologize any time.

    As for the Bachmann/Pawlenty brush war, this is great fun! Especially given that, for once, they’re both right!

  8. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 07/25/2011 - 03:29 pm.

    Perhaps the media should say “an unknown person,” which is what I heard the BBC say (apparently a little later than their initial comment).

    As noted by Dan Hintz, it is not religion that is the problem but fundamentalism,and members of any religion can succumb to it. In America, people like Timothy McVeigh, the abortion-doctor killers and various armed militias are right-wing fundamentalist Christians. And fundamentalism can be political as well, rather than religious, and take the ultra-“patriotic” form of violence against legitimate governments or societies.

  9. Submitted by Jean Schiebel on 07/25/2011 - 06:23 pm.

    Me thinks Michele and TPaw should mud wrestle loser gets Iowa

  10. Submitted by Peter Swanson on 07/25/2011 - 10:57 pm.

    Lance (#7):

    Where are the close quotes for the “Two plus two” quotation? Why are there not single quotes setting off the “tall, blond” quotation? Hinderaker starts speaking in the second to last paragraph, then Hinderaker quotes himself with italics, then he continues, I think, in the next paragraph. But the last paragraph begins in bold, as though it is a new item, rather than a continuation of Hinderaker’s quote.

    Lance is ready, he is firing, and he is aiming.

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