I was simmering pretty good during the government shutdown. Or the partial shutdown as they all tried to spin it. Marketing at its best right there. If thousands of workers are forced to take vacation time or unpaid leave there is nothing partial about it if your one of them.
In a July 10th Star Tribune article, Governor Pawlenty is quoted as saying, "When the good people of Minnesota decided to send about 100 Republicans and 100 Democrats to the Legislature, they gave us a challenge." Governor, let me take a try at it. The good people of Minnesota sent 200 legislators to the State Capitol to do their work, not act like a bunch of hard nosed, spoiled, can’t talk to each other little kids throwing sand at each other on the playground.
That same weekend Speaker Sviggum and Minority Leader Entenza were on WCCO TV’s morning news show. In speaking of how hard they had been working Minority Leader Entenza mentioned that they had been up very late, 4 am in some cases, in days leading up to the budget deal.
Minority Leader Entenza, Governor Pawlenty and Speaker Sviggum too, where was that work ethic in February? Did it really take 5 months of a regular session, a 1-month special session, and two weeks of a “partial”, your word not mine, government shutdown to make that deal?
If so either we need to elect capable leaders who are able to figure out how to run a state government or we, "the good people of Minnesota", need to elect leaders willing to do the peoples work and not their own self serving ego and politics game.