Dayton’s Management

In analysis, commentary, news by Bruce Kaskubar0 Comments

from the Minnesota Watchdog, June 16th, 2017 With Governor Dayton in the twilight of his administration, the tired, vapid retrospectives have already begun. The Legacy media, when not busy savaging the character of President Trump, has busied itself propagating the narrative that Mark Dayton was some sort of financial genius regarding his stewardship of the state’s finances. This narrative may be more laughable than the Dayton-is-a-detail-oriented-executive narrative. Guess what?  Any grade schooler can balance revenues with kid-in-the-candy-store spending desires when it’s possible to forcefully expropriate money from the private economy. So Mark Dayton, with the willingness of big spending DFLers in the legislature, jacked up taxes high enough to cover big spending. That’s not a difficult task. Moreover, there are just a couple of extra holes in that …

Walz puts unions over vets

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About ten days ago, Tim Walz voted against H.R. 1259, the “VA Accountability First Act of 2017.” Overall, it passed. H.R. 1259’s purpose is to, “provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.” This goes back to the travesties we heard about in recent years, of fake wait lists and other abuses of our veterans in the “care” of the VA. It is more difficult to rid the VA system of poorly performing staff members in part because of union rules. Apparently, as much as Walz says he holds veterans dear, he holds unions dearer. About a week ago, we asked him for an explanation of his “no” vote but have received no …