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Dick Palmer: Tax cut didn't break state budget

Make no bones about it, I am not an eccentric by anyone's standards. And yet, I sort of feel out of sync with reality as I witness the current discussion about Minnesota's economic woes and who is to blame.

Make no bones about it, I am not an eccentric by anyone's standards. And yet, I sort of feel out of sync with reality as I witness the current discussion about Minnesota's economic woes and who is to blame.
Naturally, and in every case associated with government, there is a logical way to address issues and there is a political way. Unfortunately, average Minnesotans really haven't felt the implications of all this just yet, but don't hold your breath. This coming January, when the 2002 Legislature convenes, the DFL operatives will take off the gloves and go after Jesse Ventura with a vengeance.
Their goals: taking over the governorship following next November's elections, making the Republican majority in the House look bad and totally dominating the legislative and executive process. That is what this is all about.
Are we really going broke because Jesse Ventura gave us back some excess tax dollars as his commitment to stop overtaxing us and setting some realistic goals? I don't think so.
America didn't anticipate the Sept. 11 disaster that killed thousands of innocent people and set the wheels in motion to destroy our economic stability. The terrorists did their job and, indeed, America is reeling, butit still remains far from caving in as a strong and united society.
President Bush's leadership is not to be denied, and America will recover and move on as the world's leader. The months ahead, however, will be difficult, and the critics will be out in full force to connect today's issues to next November's national and state elections. That's the way it is, so please don't overreact to the nonsense that will soon be forced on an unsettled public.
The DFL is screaming foul because most Minnesotans received rebate checks based on excess sales tax receipts. They wanted to keep that extra money under their control so they could spend it. DFL leaders want to run the economy and are constantly at odds with business interests who provide the jobs and capital investment to keep the economy sound.
Business is the enemy of the giveaway politicians who play on the emotions of the general public to keep their influence alive. Do you know of any DFLers who didn't cash their rebate checks and buy something that helped the economy and provided additional tax receipts?
Taxing the dickens out of our citizens is not the way to enhance our economy. The tougher our politicians get on taxation formulas, the less money consumers have to spend on themselves, enhancing the economy and yes, putting more tax receipts into the state and local coffers.
Jesse has the right idea, and so do the Republicans in the House who pledged not to raise taxes in this coming session. Let's keep an open mind and not be blindsided for political reasons.
Dick Palmer is the former editor and publisher of the Budgeteer News. He may be reached by telephone at 729-6470 or by e-mail at rpalmer@duluth.com .

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