Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Vote No on the Minnesota Legacy Amendment

According to the folks at Vote Yes! Minnesota:
"This November 4th, you have a chance to invest in the Minnesota you love. The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment will provide funding for clean water, game and wildlife habitat, arts and parks and trails. 40% of our lakes and rivers are polluted. Minnesota is set to lose one million acres of open space in the next 25 years. We can change this. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make sure that we invest and protect in our state, passing it on to future generations."

This is a rhetorical pronouncement worthy of even Obama himself; all flourish and no substance.

While the goals sound laudable - do you know anyone not in favor of clean water? - the process is flawed and based upon groundless facts. For instance, 100% of our lakes have not been tested for pollution so how do these folks figure 40% are polluted. Going one step further, how do they define pollution?

The Legacy Amendment allows the taxpayers of Minnesota the privilege of taxing themselves. Heaven knows our DFL legislature does a darned good job of this without our help. We are being asked to raise "the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034?". While this may seem like a small amount for an individual, it does add up to hundreds of millions of dollars.

This chart, prepared by the folks at Vote Yes! Minnesota shows where the money will supposedly be allocated.

What we are really being told is that our elected officials are incapable of doing their jobs, that given half a chance they would vote to reallocate the funds to pay for their pet projects and massive give away programs. There is precedent for this concern: when the Lottery was approved, a set percentage was to be allocated by law to the Department of Natural Resources. However, our elected leaders saw fit to amend the intent of the law and divert the funds to the General Funds pool. (They stole from Peter to pay Paul.)

So because these trough feeding polpigs can not stop themselves from spending every penny they see, we are being asked to tax ourselves and provide the protection of our state Constitution for the money. And in the process, they big spenders are protected from having to vote on the record for give aways to the arts and other controversial issues. What a sweet heart deal for the politicians. Do their job for them and save them from having to vote on the record.

Minnesota is blessed with a wonderful outdoor heritage that deserves our protection but not this way. This is the Idiot Politician Protection.

Stand up and vote No and tell your elected officials to do their jobs and vote on the record. Better still vote No and send the current batch of thieves home.


Anonymous Antielf said...

Reminds me of DFL elitist Larry Pogemiller.

"I think it's simplistic and naive to say people can spend their money better than the government."

"The notion that everybody can spend their money better than government, I just think is trite, wrong-headed and anti-democratic."

7:43 PM  
Blogger RStar23 said...

Kinda funny when you think about it...

in one hand you have noted polpig and bigspender Larry Pogemiller telling us that the state knows best how to spend our money and on the other hand you have people telling us we have to pass a constitutional amendment to ta ourselves in part because polpigs can't be trusted to keep their stinking piggy paws off of dedicated funds.

9:47 AM  

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