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October 26, 2009


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Gary Gross

Dane, Whine all you want about whether our chare of income is less than it was a few years ago. It's immaterial. People are worried that it's a bigger share than they're willing to pay for what they're getting.

People have tired of the DFL's constant hat-in-hand routine. We aren't seeing better schools; instead we're seeing businesses & seniors flee Minnesota at an increasing rate.

When people hear about $60K being spent on 50" flat-screen TVs for sex offenders, people question whether there's a spending & oversight problem or whether there's a tax problem. (See this link for more on that: http://www.letfreedomringblog.com/?p=6028)

These are difficult times. People are DEMANDING that their money be spent wisely first before the DFL comes asking for more money.

That's the only question that's relevant.

Charlie Quimby

Gary, In the great scheme of things, flat screen TVs are a minor budget item, regardless of who is looking at them.

But assuming you raise this as a symptom of a greater problem, please consider who runs the department that put them there. It wasn't hat-in-hand DFLers, so be sure the right people hear your DEMAND.


Commissioners provide leadership and are responsible for what happens in their respective departments, but to say they "run the department" is more than a little off the mark.

Charlie Quimby

You're right. I should have said, look at who leads the department if you're complaining about larger issues than a small budget line item.

Either way, legislators have less influence over departmental decisions.

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