I saw it in the Sun Current, in a story titled “Congressman Erik Paulsen talks taxes.” It’s about another photo op Paulsen’s pals at various Chambers of Commerce set up at a local company. One topic was the subject of Bush The Lesser’s tax cuts. Here’s what He Whom Talks Like Ramstad But Votes Like Bachmann had to say:

“If I had to predict, unfortunately, given Congress’ track record of leadership, this is all going to be the week of Dec. 25,” Paulsen said. “Right? I mean it’s going to get pushed out. Because Congress acts on deadlines, unfortunately.

“And then, at that time you’ll see the media sort of accentuate, you know, it’ll all get played out about the sort of the challenges coming at the end of the year. … I can see the scenario building, and it’s predictable from that sense. And, we should be dealing with it right now.”

Which is kind of funny. Here’s why: Paulsen was selected to a Party Leadership Position in 2009.

That’s vintage Paulsen, folks: trashing the leadership you’re part of, but not mentioning your role in said leadership. One reason Congress has such a low approval rating is “leaders” like Erik Paulsen.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

Erik Paulsen’s “Pals”

On July 17, 2012, in Erik Paulsen, rightwingnuts, by tommy

First, I saw the tweet, to the right. And I thought: “Yeah, ‘right.’” Like, all the dough career politician Erik Paulsen (remember, Paulsen was selected to a Party Leadership Position in 2009) has been pullin’ out of W.D.C.; and his Spokestool is gonna claim that’s proof that folk “stand behind” him, here on the semi-frozen tundra??!?

Then I saw the story, at Minnesota Public Radio News:

Campaign 2012
Minnesota candidates collect money from outside the state
by Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio
July 16, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Just because you live in California, doesn’t mean you can’t help out one of Minnesota’s candidates for Congress.

According to the most recent round of campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, contributors living as far away as Alaska are pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into Minnesota’s congressional races. (rest of story, here)

But the rest of the story didn’t talk about the guy who hauled home a whole bunch o’ dough; dough that his Spokestool infers shows a whole bunch o’ local support for his boss, career politician Erik Paulsen.

So, knowing how to look around a Federal Election Report, or two, or more, I figured I’d take a quick look. Let’s look!

Paulsen’s election campaign committee is called “Friends Of Erik Paulsen”. And what a bunch o’ swell pals does he got!!! Link said “friends”, and you’ll see “July Quarterly” under Year 2012. That’s the latest filing Paulsen’s Spokester was tweeting about.

Now, I didn’t take a whole lot of time, but I did go through the individual donors alphabetically, A thru D. And the very first “friend” (a/k/a, “donor”) Paulsen has listed?

Debbie Ackerman, Wilmette, IL $250 — Employer: Twin Bridge Capital Occupation: Private Equity

First Maximum Cash Allowed “friend”?

Barb Anderson, St. Could, MN $5,000 — Employer: Homemaker Occupation: Homemaker

All in all, of all the donors, er, ‘scuse me, “Friends of Erik Paulsen” with last names starting with A through D, there were 43 that I figure are in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. I counted 51 that weren’t inside the District.

And I noted that many of those outside the District, were REALLY outside of the District: Illinios, Maryland, Wisconsin, Virginia, Arizona, Florida, California, New Mexico, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Maine, and New York were states I noted — just in A through D.

Those 43 “friends” IN the District? I tallied a total of $32,801, or about $763 per pal. Outside the District? $38,700, or about $759 per pal.

But, you know who Paulsen’s pals really, Really, REALLY are? PACs.

In just the A section of named PACs, Paulsen hauled in $41,500. Again, just from the A list…. and all of those pals PACs are from out of District AND out of state.

Again, what did career politician Erik Paulsen’s Spokestool say about Paulsen’s haul?

“#MN03 stands behind Erik Paulsen – raises a staggering $454K this quarter.”

In a way, that’s true – because us local yokels ARE behind Paulsen, because he’s lookin’ at his pals that give him most of his money – and they ain’t from ’round here.

More analysis, later – stay tuned!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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For every problem ailing us, career politician Erik Paulsen (remember, Paulsen was selected to a Party Leadership Position in 2009) has a Three Point Plan: “less taxes, spend less, less regulations.” Let’s look at how well (or not) Paulsen’s extremist right wing Three Point Plan (remember, he votes party line more often than Bachmann) fits in with a business section column in today’s print edition of the Strib:

A Few More Bad Apples
Al Lewis

And now, the week’s financial news:

Russ Wasendorf, founder of Peregrine Financial Group in Cedar Falls, Iowa, ran an exhaust hose into his Chevy Cavalier. Regulators allege he’d been cooking his books; millions are reportedly missing from client accounts. His company has filed to liquidate in bankruptcy court, and Mr. Wasendorf, 64, was arrested Friday after being hospitalized.

Hmmm… “cooked books”…. Where have I heard THAT phrase before?

Hey! I heard it here – Republicans, locally, are known for it!

Anyway, after Al Lewis discusses a few more “bad apples” there’s this:

Around the world, regulators continue investigating how many major banks may have been manipulating interest rates. The probe follows the resignation of Barclays honcho Robert Diamond and the international bank’s agreement to pay $450 million to settle claims that it put the fix on interest rates. These rates—called Libor—help determine what businesses and consumers pay on loans across the entire planet.

Clearly, it’s a HUGE problem, what these Banskters are up to; affecting folk across the globe. Al Lewis finishes today’s column with:

Yes, shocking. And this is just the stuff reported last week. I don’t have space to hash over the past decade, except to note that years ago our political and corporate elites promised that Enron’s collapse, while shocking, was an isolated event. Even relatively trustworthy business leaders agreed, including broker for the people, Charles Schwab.

“It is amazing to see this Enron thing unfold,” Mr. Schwab told the Austin American-Statesman in 2002. “It’s sort of ghastly. And you wonder what were they thinking about. You wonder how far along, how long ago did they cross over the line. My own view is that it is highly isolated; it’s not rampant.… One bad apple.”

No, it’s NOT shocking; not shocking at all. It’s predictable, when a Party Leader, such as career politician Erik Paulsen is, is running for re-election on a Three Point Plan that enables that kind of behavior.

“Less taxes.” That means there’s less money to pay for people to investigate and prosecute crime.

Spend less.” See above; fewer investigators and fewer prosecutors to put Banksters behind bars.

“Less regulations.” In a nut shell (pun intended), Paulsen thinks Banksters should have fewer rules to follow. But hey, that’s ok: who needs rules when there’s less investigators and prosecutors anyway?

Paulsen’s bought into “Reaganomics”, which allegedly would spur growth by – ready for this? – “less taxes, less spending, and fewer regulaions.”

How’s THAT worked out, over the last couple of decades? There’s a reason Bush The Elder called “Reaganomics” “Voodoo Economics” – that’s EXACTLY what it is.

Paulsen also went all-in on The Ryan Budget Plan, just this spring.

Financial scandals like ENRON used to happen occasionally. Al Lewis talked, above, about how they’re now happening DAILY. How do these Banksters get away with their scams for so long, before they’re caught and run off with so many victim’s hard-earned money?

“Less taxes.” “Spend less.” “Less regulations.”

That’s NOT just the plan of a Congressman from Minnesota’s 3rd District; that’s the plan of a Leader in the Party In Power in Washington D.C.

Anybody ever remember Paulsen running on a “let’s get tough on crime!” platform? No? Me neither. Don’t remember that at all. Perhaps that’s because tossing criminals in the can requires MORE spending. That requires MORE taxes. That requires MORE regulations, because when it’s found out that Banksters are exploiting loopholes in the laws, new laws (and regulations) are needed.

If you have investments in 401(k)’s and the like, you should be worried – very, Very, VERY worried.

Because by it’s very nature, Paulsen’s Three Point Plan calls for less investigators and prosecutors for the Banksters on Wall Street.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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While we’re waiting on career politician Eric Paulsen to announce his latest grifter-esque (shucks and jives like “Opie”; votes like Bachmann) Q2 2012 PAC shakedown fundraising totals, it’s important to remember “Opie” still has some ‘splainin’ to do from LAST quarter’s PAC shakedown fundraising totals.

On June 14th, 2012 the FEC sent Paulsen a letter (“Request For Additional Information”) about what they thought were “excess contributions” from a PAC from McKesson Corporation. Conveniently, for Paulsen, his response isn’t due back to the FEC until July 19th, 2012 – AFTER Paulsen announces his latest PAC shakedown fundraising totals.

And here’s just part of what the Federal Elections Commission is looking at:

Hmmm…. “excessive contributions”….

Hmmm… from McKesson…..

Hmmm… Hey, WAIT! I remember that name!!!

Less than a month ago, on June 19th, MPP Contributor Joe Bodell asked: “Paulsen voting for his own portfolio?” Well, it gets worse: apparently, not only did Paulsen vote on his own portfolio, he accepted campaign contributions from a company in his own portfolio.

Here’s exactly what it looks like: Paulsen owns stock in a company that will profit from the legislation he’s written AND he takes campaign contributions from that very same company.

Hey – works for Paulsen!

Here’s the kicker: Paulsen not only took campaign contributions, he took campaign contributions that might just be – according to the Federal Elections Commission – “excessive.”

Now, I don’t know if that’s illegal (I’ll find out – and if it’s not, it SHOULD be), but it sure looks unethical at best, and downright sleazy at worst.

Which might explain why it took Paulsen so long to sign on to the “Ban Insider Trading” (by Congressmen) bill, yes?

Hmmm…. it it possible there is more?

Stay tuned!!!!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

Yesterday, career politician Erik Paulsen’s Party (and remember, Paulsen was the only GOPer Freshman to be selected to a Party Leadership Position in 2009) voted for the 33rd time to repeal the Affordable (health)Care Act. CBS News has a story about Paulsen’s Party’s exercise in futility, and how much taxpayer money was wasted. Let’s look!

(direct link to YouTube)

So, Paulsen is a party to wasting two week’s of Congress’ time by holding 33 votes in an excercise of futility that cost taxpayers around $50 MILLION dollars?

No surprise there!

Stay tuned….

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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 ActBlue.com 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!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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I walked out to the mailbox two weeks ago, and there it was – a big ol’ (12 x 8 1/2 inch!), full color mailer marked “PUBLIC DOCUMENT — OFFICIAL BUSINESS — This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.” It was, of course, from career politician Erik Paulsen.

And what was so important in that “PUBLIC DOCUMENT — OFFICIAL BUSINESS” that career politician Erik Paulsen wanted to share – at taxpayer expense? “A tidal wave of spending and debt is upon us” Well, that “tidal wave of spending” is fueled by Postage Stamp Paulsen’s wasteful abuse “use” of the Congressional Frank.

Yesterday I walked out to the mail box, and there was ANOTHER full color mailer marked “PUBLIC DOCUMENT — OFFICIAL BUSINESS — This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense” – sent from (you guessed it!) career politician Erik Paulsen – let’s look!


(direct link)

WOW!!! there, on the front: “A Report from Congressman ERIK PAULSEN”!!!

What was so special, that “Congressman ERIK PAULSEN” wanted to report to yours truly (and my nighbors) at taxpayer expense? Let’s look!!!


(direct link)

“Recently, I visited Cedar Ridge Elementary, and had the chance to meet with students in Mr. Terwillger’s 1st grade class. I enjoyed spending time with students of the class and reading the book House mouse, Senate mouse.”

STOP THE PRESSES! ALERT THE MEDIA!!!

Career politician Erik Paulsen read a book with a 1st grade class, and thinks that’s a worthy enough event to be worthy of “A Report from Congressman ERIK PAULSEN” to send to taxpayers – at taxpayer expense.

It’s time to send career politician Erik Paulsen to the private sector, where he won’t be able to waste taxpayer money, any more.

Link here to help do just that.

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Some of the previous coverage of career politician Erik Paulsen abusing “using” taxpayer money and the franking privilege:

“Postage Stamp Paulsen: Back In Action Again!”, dated 20 May 2012

“What’s So Funny About This Picture Of Erik Pauslen?”, dated 18 April 2012

“Paulsen uses taxpayer money to play campaign-season games”, dated 09 April 2009

“More on Paulsen’s franking/game-playing”, dated 10 April 2009

“AP: Paulsen 3rd in Congress for mass communications spending”,dated 26 March 2010

“Postage-Stamp Paulsen Sends Another Mailer”, dated 31 March 2010

“Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, dated 13 April 2010

“Did Postage-Stamp Paulsen Really Send Out ANOTHER Mailer?”, dated 16 April 2010

“Paulsen WINS – Most Franked Mail – Minnesota Division – First Quarter 2011″, dated 12 June 2011

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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“It’s Not Over…”

On May 30, 2012, in Erik Paulsen, Veterans, Videos, by tommy

… Until They Quit Playing War With You”

The true cost of any war includes the care of the veterans that fought it for the next 40 to 60 years.

Go to any Veterans Administration hospital, such as the one off of Highway 55 by the airport in Minneapolis, and you’ll see this is true. You’ll see Veterans from World War II (not many, but you will), Korea, Viet Nam… you’ll see veterans from long ago conflicts. Well, and conflicts from not so long ago, too.

So while the current conflicts of Iraq and Afghanistan are costing billions and Billions and BILLIONS today, those are just today’s costs. The true costs of these wars will be incurred for years and Years and YEARS to come.

So, what is the current campaign motto of career politician Erik Paulsen, who’s voting record indicates he’s a Bachmann Clone?

“Spend Less”

And he really means that. Well, Paulsen really means: “spend less – ON OTHERS.” Not on himself; when it comes to spending taxpayer dough to promote himself, Paulsen is absolutely shameless.

So as the years go by, should Paulsen manage to keep his schtick up, Veterans can expect Paulsen to stick to his “Spend Less” motto. Hey, when it comes to Veterans, Paulsen has a record – let’s look!

Project VoteSmart links to a key vote Paulsen took, back in the day (2007) when he was a Mn State Rep: S.F. 1989 – a higher education bill that, among other things, would establish the Minnesota GI Bill program. So how did Paulsen vote on this bill, that would establish the Minnesota GI Bill? “Spend Less”.

Which means: “No.” Paulsen voted “no” to establishing the Minnesota GI Bill.

So Paulsen has a track record, and if you’re a Veteran, or have a veteran in your family, or know a veteran, or just simply care about veterans, career politician Erik Paulsen is NOT your friend — “Spend Less.”

Yeah, “right.” Paulsen’s rhetoric and actions are likely to end up with him an inductee here.

Mazar-e-Sharif. Nasiriyah. Fallujah. Al Qaim. Habbaniyah. Wanat. Dahaneh. These are some of the battles fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those are some of the battles some Veterans will be fighting forever.

Back in the day, in a different war in a different part of the world, Stephen Stills wrote a song about those that the then career politicians ignored.

Someday, if “Spend Less” Paulsen has his way, someone will write a new song about those Veterans that career politicians like Paulsen ignored.

Let’s hope that doesn’t happen; let’s hope – and work – so that career politician Erik Paulsen is sent packing this November.

(lyrics here)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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I spent most of yesterday watching Twitter traffic relating to the Deadbeat MnGOP’s State Convention in St. Cloud, where there was plenty of bleating about “fiscal responsibility.” Yeah, “right.” One tweet I sent: How pathetic has the #MnGOP become? When asking if they paid their #mngop12 tab before splitting town is a serious question. #StribPol

So I go out to the mailbox yesterday, and what do I find in it? A 12 x 8 1/2 inch, full color “PUBLIC DOCUMENT — OFFICIAL BUSINESS — This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense” sent from none other than Postage Stamp Paulsen.

This is the front – and at 12 inches by 8 1/2 inches, it’s too big to make a full scan of it, let alone a full screenshot – let’s look!

Hey, if Paulsen’s past record of “spen(ding) more than any of his Gopher State colleagues on printing and publications, as well as sending out unsolicited mail” is any prediction on what ol’ Postage Stamp has planned for, in this cycle, well – I guess we ARE in for a tidal wave of taxpayer paid mailers, here in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District…

Here’s a screenshot from the back side o’ Postage Stamp’s taxpayer paid “Public Document”…

“Government spending is out of control.”??!? No, it’s Paulsen’s spending that is out of control.

“…eliminate wasteful federal programs.”??!? You mean, like, the program that lets Paulsen send out “thinly veiled re-election entreaties” and got Paulsen named – by name! – in an editorial in Herdersonveille, North Carolina? A link to the full editorial is below; here’s the ending line:

Such spending should be eliminated. If politicians want to send glossy, self-promoting pamphlets about themselves, they can pay for them themselves.

And it’s not like Paulsen can’t afford to pay for these mailers himself; his latest FEC Campaign Finance Filing shows Paulsen’s sitting on almost $1.3 million.

Look, Erik Paulsen first door knocked me back in 1994; I didn’t like his politics then and I dam sure don’t like them now. Link to Act Blue and help out Brian Barnes beat Paulsen this November.

Now, way back, up on top of this post, there’s a .gif that morphs from Paulsen to Bachmann. That’s because when the question is asked: “How did Paulsen vote on the (fill in the blank) issue?” the correct answer is: “That’s easy to find out; check Bachmann’s voting record!!!”

But when it comes to wasting taxpayer money with self-serving “thinly veiled re-election entreaties” — Paulsen’s in a league of his own.

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Some of the previous coverage, of Paulsen abusing “using” taxpayer money and the franking privilege:

“What’s So Funny About This Picture Of Erik Pauslen?”, dated 18 April 2012

“Paulsen uses taxpayer money to play campaign-season games”, dated 09 April 2009

“More on Paulsen’s franking/game-playing”, dated 10 April 2009

“AP: Paulsen 3rd in Congress for mass communications spending”,dated 26 March 2010

“Postage-Stamp Paulsen Sends Another Mailer”, dated 31 March 2010

“Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, dated 13 April 2010

“Did Postage-Stamp Paulsen Really Send Out ANOTHER Mailer?”, dated 16 April 2010

“Paulsen WINS – Most Franked Mail – Minnesota Division – First Quarter 2011″, dated 12 June 2011

I’m sure there’s more; this is just from a quick google search – stay tuned!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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I got it off of a tweet by a GOPer; it was hanging at the GOP CD3 Convention last Saturday in Edina. Look real close, in the lower right-hand corner…

“Spend Less!”

Yeah, “right.” I wonder what THAT banner cost??!?

Paulsen flew that banner last Saturday, and what does The St. Cloud Times report the very next day? Let’s look!

House spending reflects priorities
Bachmann spends on offices; Cravaack on travel, supplies

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann spent more on maintaining her congressional offices in 2011 than any other Minnesota member of the House of Representatives.

Rep. Erik Paulsen spent more than any of his Gopher State colleagues on printing and publications, as well as sending out unsolicited mail.

And freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack led the delegation in spending in three categories: equipment, supplies and travel.

Those are some of the highlights from a review of the House Statement of Disbursements for the final quarter of 2011. The three-volume, 2,794-page document is a window to how much tax dollars lawmakers spent in nine categories.
(emphasis added, more, here)

Let’s repeat that:

“Rep. Erik Paulsen spent more than any of his Gopher State colleagues on printing and publications, as well as sending out unsolicited mail.”

No surprise there!

Erik Paulsen, R=Bachmann, is notorious for, well, I won’t say “abusing” the franking privilege, but: I don’t have to! Somebody else will!!! This is from an editorial, naming Paulsen by name, from North Carolina – yes, North Carolina!

The idea that a representative would use as much as one third of his office budget, money meant to be spent in ways that benefit constituents, on thinly veiled re-election entreaties, is unconscionable. It’s an inappropriate use of the funds, and it presents an unfair advantage for incumbents.

Such spending should be eliminated. If politicians want to send glossy, self-promoting pamphlets about themselves, they can pay for them themselves.

You can read the whole thing, in a post entitled “Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, dated 13 April 2010.

And once again, what does Paulsen’s banner say?

“Spend Less!”

Well, maybe YOU have to; sure seems like Paulsen doesn’t.

Because, today’s GOP believes in fiscal restraint – BY OTHERS. Them? Not so much.

Oh, and “how did Paulsen vote on the (fill in the blank) issue?” “That’s easy; just check Bachmann’s voting record!”

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Some of the previous coverage, of Paulsen abusing “using” taxpayer money and the franking privilege:

“Paulsen uses taxpayer money to play campaign-season games”, dated 09 April 2009

“More on Paulsen’s franking/game-playing”, dated 10 April 2009

“AP: Paulsen 3rd in Congress for mass communications spending”,dated 26 March 2010

“Postage-Stamp Paulsen Sends Another Mailer”, dated 31 March 2010

“Erik Paulsen And The Times-News Editorial”, dated 13 April 2010

“Did Postage-Stamp Paulsen Really Send Out ANOTHER Mailer?”, dated 16 April 2010

“Paulsen WINS – Most Franked Mail – Minnesota Division – First Quarter 2011″, dated 12 June 2011

I’m sure there’s more; this is just from a quick google search – stay tuned!

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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