yeah .... um ... he seems to like the term 'bureaucracy' doesn't he? I'd tease him about having just learned the word - you know like a toddler who says a swear word for the first time then keeps saying it just for the effect? But I actully kinda like the guy.
"...the way to make health care more affordable is not to drag it into Washington DC , create a big one-size-fits-all, bureaucratic government-employee run, bureaucracy - its to reform it using market forces ..."
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, MN 01SEP2010, FoxNews interview
He's been a good governor - his issue has been the state congress .... everytime he says no they overturn him ... everytime he says yes, they vote him down ... and everytime he tries to do something that skirts them, they sue.
states who filed lawsuits in March & May over Health Care Reform:
- WASHINGTON (STATE)
- NORTH DAKOTA
- SOUTH DAKOTA
- SOUTH CAROLINA
and if a good part of that list looks familiar - it could be because the same group of states which were first to secede from the Union are listed there - all in one nice little group (in confederate BLUE) I just thought that was rather interesting!
MN gov. Pawlenty has refused to take money from the government for health care unless it is required by law -- no so much about wiggle room as the only way to get around the MN legislature -- this means that as long as he doesn't take the gov. money, he feels the federal government can't dictate how MN does its health care.
I'm not so sure it will work -- but its cheaper than taking the government to court, where they will lose anyways. Of course this also means that the people of MN will probably end up taxed out of our goards by the next governor to pay for it all .....
its gonna be a Democrat (even though we haven't had a Dem gov since 1991) and just like in the 80's we are going to be taxed out the butt anyways ...
here's the choices:
Dem: raise income tax & fees
Ind; raise sales tax & fees
Rep: cut spending only (yeah right - that won't work)
Pawlenty is setting himself up for either a National senate run (hopefully against Franken-stein ... oh story on him too to put up) or a Presidential run - really hoping to be a VP, I think ... he can't do any worse than Obama, huh?
Actually I would like to see him as a Senator more than a President ... I think he would be more effective there.
I also wish that Coleman had decided to come back and run for MN Gov. --- he would have been a good choice. And I think he would have ran away with the poll numbers, even with the scandal in DC over the apartment rent.
oh well - can't have everything .... but you can try.