September 14th, 2018
Factoid of the Week: California has the highest poverty rate, 19%, of any state in the nation.
Quote of the Week: “There’s a difference in how some of our leadership talk about how we should handle all of this. They say, ‘Maxine, please don’t say impeachment anymore.' And when they say that, I say ‘impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment, impeachment.’ All I can think about is I’m going to get him."
Quote of the Week: “Joe Radinovich wants to go to Congress to make laws, but he’s spent his life running from the law.”
In This Issue:
THOSE TRICKY, MEAN LIBERALS
It just never ends. Each week, the Watchdog could write a column devoted to the ways liberals embarrass themselves with behavior that is boorish, sometimes criminal, and always hypocritical as compared to their high-minded rhetoric.
Let’s start over in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District, where booze magnate Dean Phillips, running against incumbent Erik Paulsen, is working hard to portray himself as a moderate, centrist, regular guy who only wants to drink coffee with America, optimistic that our sprint towards ruin will be arrested if only we can find some good arabica beans and a quiet table.
The focus groups and finger-in-the-wind polling must be telling him that healthcare is an important chanting point, as Phillips is piously telling us unwashed masses that healthcare is a right, probably falling under that same “penumbra” in the constitution that finds a constitutional right to an abortion and gay marriage.
There’s only problem.
Tricky Dean didn’t provide healthcare to his own employees.
Phillips opened a coffee shop that apparently couldn’t be troubled to offer health insurance to employees.
In an interview, Forbes magazine asked, "Does the coffee shop you've started offer health insurance?"
Phillips answered, "No, we don't. We are contemplating a pretty significant expansion, which would necessitate a reinvestigation of that, but right now, we're just a single coffee shop with a handful of employees, and that's something we'll assess moving forward.”
We guess those millions in inherited wealth he enjoys just couldn’t be shared with employees to provide them with health care.
Can you imagine the outcry if Phillips was Republican?
Mark Dayton, Angie Craig, and Dean Phillips. Filth rich millionaires who all get a free pass from the liberal media.
Let’s next ravel north, to the state’s Eighth Congressional District, where the DFL is running a straight out criminal as their candidate.
A new ad running in the district, from the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), shows that Radinovich has had 18 run ins with the criminal justice system, including 5 suspensions of his driver’s license (maybe he couldn’t get it renewed, thanks to Mark Dayton’s broken system?), unpaid fines, 30 traffic tickets, and even a bust for drug paraphernalia.
Far from being Congressman Radinovich, it looks like Old Joe is more like Stoner Joe.
His loser criminal record stands in stark contrast to Pete Stauber’s sterling record as a career police officer.
One man runs from the law, the other spent a career risking his life to enforce it.
The other good laugh here is how the Democrats missed Stoner Joe’s record.
Uncovering his lengthy criminal record didn’t require the Hardy Boys or even Scooby Doo.
A basic Internet search in the right places would have revealed Stoner Joe’s water bong conviction and the other instances of lawlessness.
The same professionalism that has caused the MNLARS license fiasco is present in the DFL party structure as well.
The Republicans will enjoy this district as a pick-up opportunity this November.
And finally, our Liberal friends disgraced themselves this week by shutting down a public meeting of the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by shouting down, intimidating, and menacing the PUC board members as they attempted to conduct the taxpayer’s business, specifically the permitting process for the replacement of the Line 3 pipeline.
The shutdown of the PUC, unfortunately, is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to violence and intimidation regarding Line 3.
The same hooligans who shut down the meeting have pledged to make the Line 3 job site just as violent and bloody as the Dakota Access Pipeline site.
Hopefully, law enforcement makes this the last time the PUC is prevented from doing its job.
More importantly, let’s hope law enforcement is prepared to shut down the threatened violence before it starts.
A wolf in sheep’s clothing. Democrats have become adept over the generations at finding skilled candidates who appear to be one thing but underneath are the real thing – for them.
Tim Walz is just such a candidate. The rural guy. The paunchy, avuncular middle-aged white dude who would be at home drinking a Schmidt on your front porch. The dog-faced grunt. The school teacher with the dated clothes.
He’s also just another liberal. Another tax and spender. Another culture warrior.
Walz has already compiled an impressively expensive list of spending promises made to secure the votes of various DFL constituencies that demand, and often get, government succor.
Take the recent promise of “free college” for all.
This kind of pandering flies in the face of popular opinion and a lot of common sense.
Our society is finally re-discovering the value of vocations like the skilled trades and other career paths that don’t require a college degree.
Our society is finally waking up to the bad public policy that pushes every young person into taking on mountains of debt, often in the name of degrees that have no real value to our society and especially our economy.
So Walz promises “free” college, to the tune of $265 million per year.
Why? Probably because the faculty union at the state colleges and universities is backing Walz and nothing guarantees their jobs more than an endless funding stream, paid for by someone else.
Think about the lack of accountability inherent in having junior at college at someone else’s expense.
If junior fails out, no big deal.
If the professor is a dud, not big deal. But then again, tenure has already solved that “problem.”
Then you throw on universal pre-kindergarten at a half-billion per year.
And then reducing class sizes, which demands more teachers and more school buildings. Cha-ching.
How about $300 million to wire up a few rural homes with broadband?
Goodness knows folks in Rock County deserve access to Pornhub.
How about state healthcare programs for all? That requires continuing the $1.3 billion sick tax to help subsidize the costs.
On top of all that is that inconvenient truth that Minnesota is already a high-tax state.
Tim Walz seems to be quite interested in turning Minnesota into New York or California.
The only problem is that we’re landlocked, don’t have Broadway, and the winter is Arctic.
If there was any honesty in campaigning, Walz would host an event with Bernie Sanders.
Welcome to my web site!
I created this website in response to governmental waste and abuse in Anoka County.
Many taxpayers don’t know that our local governments spend millions of tax dollars every year on things like public relations teams, lobbyists, and junkets to places like Hawaii.
Since there seemed to be no place to turn for the “other side” of these issues, I created the Anoka County Watchdog. My intent is to create a one-stop-shop where concerned taxpayers can find fact-supported information and other resources to counter the governmental machine. Many people want to confront their elected officials regarding waste and abuse but feel they don’t have the information they need to make an effective argument. This web site offers that information.
Some of our elected officials in Anoka County have become arrogant and unresponsive, forgetting that they work for the very people who put them in office. It’s high time to hold them accountable for their decisions.
Harold E. Hamilton
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Minneapolis, MN 55432
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