Mandy Peterson , Published July 21 2011
If Republicans cave in to Gov. Dayton’s demands, it may be time for third partyHow does one take the news that Gov. Mark Dayton has decided to end the shutdown of Minnesota government?
Some say that he lost to the GOP legislators who held firm against his demands for raising taxes, and could have avoided all the trouble and turmoil of the shutdown by agreeing to the GOP budget offer before the shutdown and not waiting so long to accept the same offer.
Others say that Dayton rolled the GOP; he gets all the extra spending he wanted and squelches what many voters elected the new Republican majority to accomplish, i.e., to stop the growth in spending and the growth in the size of the government payroll. And he found enough old dinosaur moderate Republicans to thwart and blunt the vigorous efforts of the newcomers we worked so hard to elect in 2010. Because, from emerging news stories, it now seems that a few of those dinosaur moderates were upset that the shutdown was interfering with their plans to spend the summer fishing and golfing and tabulating their state retirement benefits, and they began to make noises about abandoning the GOP leadership in their dealings with Dayton.
I will be disappointed if the GOP caves in to Dayton’s schemes and just go back to business as usual – the same old endless cycle of more spending, more public employees to intrude into our lives, and more empty promises of reform from politicians afraid to stand on principle and carry out the wishes of their supporters. If that happens, there will be fewer of us helping out next time.
Time for a third party?