Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A tight governor's race in Minnesota

The governor race in Minnesota is being called possibly the closest in the country. While I will go on record as saying that incumbent Tim Pawlenty hasn't been entirely terrible in governing our once-fine Northstar State, we can surely do better.

Throughout the Pawlenty reign from St. Paul, he has starved our state's transportation system. Sure, some may look at the so-called progress with the completion of the Hiawatha light rail line (begun by former governor Jesse Ventura) from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America in Bloomington or the start of construction of a freeway version of U.S highway 212 (planned for nearly 50 years) through the upscale burbs of Eden Prairie, Chanhassen and Chaska, that progress has come at a price.

What people forget is that Pawlenty borrowed the funds for those projects in the form of bonds. Future generations, then, get to pay for the construction projects of their forefathers as well as footing the bill for the upkeep during their lifetime. It seems to be in keeping with the republican playbook to borrow money recklessly with no worries of how this new debt will be repaid. This practice does nothing but saddle futher generations with boatloads of debt.

By voting for Tim Pawlenty for governor, you are effectively saying that the practice of unbridled borrowing is fine and to continue with rampany, unchecked spending which places the next generations of Minnesotans in a perilous situation with little hope of repaying the debt incurred during Pawlenty's first term in the state house.

Mike Hatch, however (the democratic challenger for Minnesota Governor) has been called dangerous and angry by his opposition. I look at his disposition of late as refreshing. He isn't afraid to be himself and speak his mind. Supposedly calling a reporter affiliated with Forum Communications of Fargo, ND a republican whore is one man's opinion. If the questions he was being asked were off-topic and non-productive or biased, then Hatch was well within his own rights to depict this reporter in whatever light he wished. Republicans never bat an eye when their president becomes screechy at podiums and pounds his fists like a 1939-vintage Adolf Hitler.

Hatch is seen as a bulldog, though, He has been relentless (in his time as attorney general) in going after shady practices in the healthcare industry and holding them accountable for what can only be described as price gouging which is bankrupting both current and future generations of Minnesotans.

I would much rather see Hatch as a fierce, angry bulldog in the state house than Pawlenty continuing to spend money the state may well never have.

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