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Thursday 12-17-2009 2:41pm CT
As you know, a trillion dollars in federal stimulus was supposed to shore up state finances across the country by bailing out local politicians. Wouldn't it be nice if we all stopped to ask whether or not they really deserve it?
Minnesota is a case in point. The state now faces yet again another general fund deficit totaling over a billion dollars for its biennial budget. This after uber-liberals voted in 2008 to raise gas, license, and sales taxes $6.6 billion, all the while failing to stem the flow of red ink from St. Paul. The pols also voted to borrow $1 billion, but that did little to relieve the crunch as it was reserved for local pork-barrel projects, such as bike and hiking paths, convention centers, ski jumps, polar bear exhibits, and of course mass transit. For the next budget biennium (2012-13) the budget deficit is now estimated at a whopping $5.4 billion out of $38.6 billion in spending - in a state of just five million people.
But had the liberal legislature held state spending increases to inflation and population growth, Minnesota would have billions in surpluses.
Instead, and this is hard to believe under these current economic circumstances, the politicians in St. Paul are already planning the next round of tax increases. Of course, most likely it's not much different where you live.
Given federal plans for nationalizing health care and universial education from pre-school to higher ed, not to mention billions for renewable energy subsidies, there simply isn't enough money in Washington to bail out every state capitol. And taxes on just the so-called rich won't begin to cover a $4 trillion federal budget for 2010, so grab your wallets gang.
Chief Justice John Marshall once said, 'the power to tax is the power to destroy.' By putting the government budget ahead of the family budget, career politicians have caused undue hardship for the average American household. Minnesota is just a snapshot. So how about sending a message to Washington as well as your state capitol: "Not one more dime."