Twice overlooked for the VEEP spot, Tim Pawlenty (who once infamously said “Children who are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem for our government.”) went on TV to help get Romney back on track and off the Tax Returns train wreck. So, how did TBag do? Let’s look!

Too funny! TBag: “…not dangle 20 year old tax returns…” Stephanopolous: “You did bring up the tax returns – how many years of tax returns did you provide to the Romney campaign?” TBag: “Ummm, did I (cheney) up? Go off message??!?” TPT: “You betcha, TBag!”

So, Romney looks at tax returns before he picks who is (and isn’t) going to run with him, but the people can’t look at Mitt’s returns before they pick the next President??!? Two thoughts:

1) Mitt’s returns must be really, Really, REALLY bad, and:

It’s just another pathetic example of: IOKIYAR.

No matter what the issue, IOKIYAR.

And Romney’s “I have to look at yours, but nobody is looking at mine!” act, brought back into the spotlight by TBag, is simply today’s example of You Couldn’t Trust The GOP Then, You Still Can’t Now, And Tomorrow Won’t Be Any Different.

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Yesterday, I covered DFL Endorsed Congressional Candidate Brian Barnes at the 2012 DFL State Convention. Closely! Rode down to Rochester with him; covered him while working the Delegates there – before, during, and after his speech. And it was a really, Really, REALLY good speech – let’s look!

Ladies and Gents – we have an excellent candidate for Congress in MN-03; Brian Barnes.

At the end of the speech, Brian asked:

“If you’re labor, or support labor – stand up!”
“If you support choice, equal pay for women and Planned Parenthood, stand up!”
“If you want to protect social security or are collecting social security, stand up!”
“If you support equality for all, stand up!”
“If you support having the best schools in the world, stand up!”
“Stand up; stand up and be counted!”

And everybody there stood up! Brian had everyone on their feet. For the rest of the day, I saw and heard people walking up to Brian and talking about his speech; I heard people talking to each other about his speech.

This election is going to be about turnout. The bigger the number of people voting the better the DFL Candidate’s chances.

Brian Barnes has been, is, and will continue to work hard to inspire people and Get Out The Vote.

If you want to help Brian beat a guy that thinks taxpayers should pay for his campaign mailers, then you should Link to and help Brian buy a few stamps. And buttons. And bumper stickers. And yard signs. And all the other things it takes to beat a guy with over a million bucks in his campaign warchest, but can’t help himself from abusing the taxpayers anyway.

So help Brian out, will ya? Stand UP!

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Sure, he left the state with the biggest deficit in Minnesota’s 152 year history – leaving someone else to clean up his mess.

Sure, he’s a slob hunter that gut-shot a deer and took off to a campaign event, leaving someone else to clean up his mess.

Pawlenty left a LOT of messes here in Minnesota. To me, the following is what I’ll remember Tim Pawlenty for:

“Children who are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem for our government.” — Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty, April 2001 – as quoted in the Aitkin Independent Newspaper (entire column here)

“Children who are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem for our government.”

And he wants to be president…..

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In keeping with former Gov. Tbag’s sentiment that “Children who are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem for our government”, State Rep Steve Drazkowski recently introduced a bill that would require a pee test for folk RightWingers label “on the dole.” Not surprisingly, in Drazkowski’s world, some weasels on the taxpayer gravy train, such as Michael Brodkorb, wouldn’t have to drop trou and whip it out befor collecting the check. About his bill, Draz said this:

“We’re sending welfare money to people that are turning it around and pumping it into their veins.” (Winona Daily News)

Draz’s bill and that quote prompted an Op/Ed in the Winona Daily News, and you really, Really, REALLY need to go read the whole thing: the author really, Really, REALLY rips “Mazeppa’s Mr. Family Values” a new one!

Drazkowski has no shame, but we should
Jerome Christenson Wednesday, February 16, 2011 7:00 am

I want Steve Drazkowski to pee in a cup before he draws his state paycheck. What’s sauce for the goose …

If Team Draz figures it’s vital to the state’s fiscal health that an overstressed, out-of-work single mom pass a pee test to qualify for survival support under the Minnesota Family Investment Program, shouldn’t the same standard be placed on all those who lay claim to taxpayer dollars – including self-righteous legislators?


Once again, Mazeppa’s Mr. Family Values paints the poorest and most vulnerable as the social villains responsible for running the state budget into the red. Clearly, in his view, if the 166 adults drawing assistance in Winona County got off the dole, Minnesota’s $6 billion deficit would vanish. By Draz’s figuring, getting them to pee in a cup is the first step to that glorious goal.

Y’know, if the aim of this bill was to identify poor people with drug and alcohol problems so they could get the treatment they need there might be some merit to it.

That’s not the case. Flunk the pee test and they’ll be cut off without a dime. Just what we need – more homeless, penniless, hungry drug addicts out on the street. If one of them were to slip up next to Steve on a dark street corner, and relieve him of his wallet, he might be a victim of more than just a crime. He might then be a victim of his own legislation. (more, here)

Hey, I agree with Mr. Christensen, Draz should have to whip it out before he cashes his next check – and Brodkorb needs to be standing “right” next to him.

After all, what’s good for the goose….

(H/T to Uncle Al)

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