Tina Liebling, Ideas, and No

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Wednesday’s Rochester Post-Bulletin had an interesting tidbit.

“The Republicans may come to regret winning some of these seats, because they’re going to find out that you can’t govern by being angry,” Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, said Tuesday. “You can’t govern by saying no. These are very difficult times, and you’ve got to come out with ideas.”

As Dan Aykroyd may have said on Saturday night live, “Tina, you ignorant so-and-so.” The notion that Republicans are the Party of no is nothing but partisan tripe. The Post-Bulletin’s repetition of the quote, on pages A1 and A3 of Wednesday’s paper, is a poor use of ink.

Ideas? Liebling’s own campaign web site has, “Under Construction” as her legislative record.

Obama said, “No” to bond holders of General Motors and Chrysler when those organizations went bankrupt, even though bond holders are supposed to be among the first to receive their due.

Republicans filed health care bills in the U.S. house and senate — HR.2520 and S.1099 — before the Democrats filed ObamaCare but Democrat committee Chairs said, “No” to letting them be heard. Democrats said, “No” to bipartisan discussion of ObamaCare and literally locked doors to meeting rooms used to discuss it.

Democrats in Washington never passed a budget for the current fiscal year. Apparently, they have no ideas.

Democrats in St. Paul and Washington have said, “No” to low tax rates, even though John Kennedy, a President they proudly claim as their own, favored and successfully fought for them.

Almost unanimously, Republicans said, “No” to the stimulus spending, ObamaCare, Cap and Trade, and numerous spending bills that broke the Democrat’s Pay-Go pledge. Those responses are based on ideas (!) about why each of them is wrong for the U.S.A. Those ideas are not secret. Anyone who says they don’t exist is lying or not trying.

In St. Paul, Democrats failed to pass a balanced budget as required by our state’s constitution. Republican governor Tim Pawlenty famously unallocated spending to balance the budget. Democrats said, “No” and filed lawsuits against Pawlenty’s actions. Later, Democrats voted with Republicans to confirm Pawlenty’s actions! Andy Welti’s campaign web site declared, “I voted for legislation that balanced our state budget in a responsible manner. It trimmed non-essential administrative spending and programs.” Who had the ideas? Who took the credit?

More examples exist but anybody with at least half an open mind can get the idea if they try.

Don’t worry, Rep. Liebling. We’ll have no regrets.

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