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Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Bureaucrat/Transportation Complex

Wade Vitalis posted a comment at the Post Review, stating, ". . . 33,000 jobs/year will be created by the transportation bill recently passed by the legislature."

Senator Rick Olseen (D-17) wrote, "This transportation funding package will not only improve the safety of the state’s roads and bridges, but will create an estimated 33,000 jobs per year."

Rep. Jeremy Kalin (D-17B) issued this news release, stating, "Passage of this bill will also result in over 30,000 new jobs every year for the next five years – nearly all from private contractors."

At least partially, these three local liberals justify the massive taxing and spending for transportation on the grounds that it will create jobs and improve a sluggish economy.

On the other side of the issue, "Deputy Minority Leader Tom Emmer, R-Delano, slammed the transportation bill, which contains a gas tax increase, sales tax provision, tab fee increase and other revenue raisers, as neither creating thousands of jobs nor a guarantee property taxes would decrease," reported T. W. Budig.

Channel 5 Reporter, Tom Hauser, analyzed the Dem's assertion and found it hollow.

On his blog, Drew Emmer presents a list of those who lobbied for the transportation bill, many of whom will benefit from it. When those who will be the ultimate beneficiaries of the money are lobbying for that money to be appropriated, we taxpayers do not stand a chance. We are the true victims of legislators and the bureaucrat/transportation complex.

However, we who are victimized must never adopt a victim mentality and thereby capitulate in despair. We conservatives must band together, devise plans, rally hope and fight this pork barrel mentality. We must not enable the tax abusers to victimize us. We must vote out the thieves. We must do this at every level of government, from city councils and township boards, to school boards, to county boards to the legislature, to the constitutional offices of the state. My pocket book has been robbed enough. How about yours?

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