Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dayton's war on women costs MN taxpayers

The far left agenda of Governor Mark Dayton and his DFL cohorts will be a financial burden to Minnesotans for some time to come. But with an election year coming up in 2014, there is still an opportunity to limit the damage if Dayton can be dismissed after one term and the GOP regains a majority in the MN House. But that's another topic for another day.

After Little Lord Fauntleroy Dayton got his finger slapped by a Ramsey County District Court judge 18 months ago after trying to enact daycare unionization via executive fiat, there was still a matter of legal fees to be paid. Since the daycare providers were being forced to unionize brought the lawsuit, some suggested that they collectively should foot the bill. Some of the estimates of the legal expenses approached $200,000. That is quite an exorbitant expense to a group of daycare providers, most of whom are working moms (or "right wing extremists" as Dayton once called them). But since the Governor overstepped his authority in the first place, thus precipitating the lawsuit, he was the reason such expenses were incurred. In a just world, Dayton himself would half to pony up the $60,000 (the amount ultimately settled upon). But he was overstepping his authority while in a position as a government official, which means the burden is ultimately shifted to, you guessed it, the taxpayers.

I realize that $60,000 is a proverbial drop in the bucket when one considers the number of taxpayers in the state of Minnesota. In essence, it equates to pennies per citizen. But the more salient issue is the mindset of a governing body. Here Dayton was attempting to provide payback to generous DFL donors (i.e. AFSCME and SEIU) by forcing unionization which in turn would result in more dues to the unions' coffers. And if it doesn't work, the Gov thinks "no biggie." After all, Dayton himself suffers no personal loss. It's the same result when he and his DFL colleagues hammer on this "tax the rich" mantra. Once again, Dayton can be free of such burdens since his lifestyle is rooted in his wealth (not income), much of which he keeps sheltered in South Dakota.

I guess the only way Gov. Dayton can feel any substantial loss is at the ballot box in 12 months. Time to start process posthaste


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