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Democrats’ Favorite Day of the Year

Tax Day
Democrats’ Favorite Day of the Year

 
This year, you can thank Governor Dayton and Minnesota Democrats for higher taxes.

Democrats raised taxes by $2.1 Billion in 2013, expanding government spending by 11%. In addition Gov. Dayton promised to raise taxes on the top 2%, but the majority of Democrat taxes fell onto low and middle class Minnesotans. 

We need your help to tell Governor Dayton to stop raising taxes. 
Sign our petition here!

Political Gimmicks and Agency Reports

Political Gimmicks and Agency Reports

Anatomy of the Democrats’ Broken Promise on Property Tax Cuts
Fact:  
Gov. Dayton and the Democrats sent local governments $292 million in new state aids and promised property taxes would go down statewide as a result.  
Fact: 
The statewide property tax levy went up $125 million to the highest level in state history to support local government spending increases.

Democrat solution: 

Conjure up a simulated reporting scenario that shows property taxes going down!  

First, the Facts


The official Department of Revenue report (Click here for Full Report) shows property taxes in Minnesota are INCREASING …

+ 1.2% for counties
+ 1.6% for cities
+ 2.0% for towns
+ 1.7% for counties
+ 1.2% for special districts

In fact, 2014 is poised to report the highest property tax levy in Minnesota history, rising $125 million or 1.5% in total statewide.  (Click here for the 2013 vs 2014 comparison report from the non-partisan Senate Research staff)
 

Look at Property Taxes Where You Live!


Only 1 out of 7 cities, counties and townships lowered property taxes, and almost half of all school districts raised property taxes. 

  • 74 out of 87 counties either raised property taxes or kept them flat (85%).
  • 731 out of 853 cities either raised property taxes or kept them flat (86%).
  • 1646 out of 1911 townships either raised property taxes or kept them flat (86%).
  • 151 out of 331 school districts either raised property taxes or kept them flat (46%).

(Click here to see what happened where you live) 

 

But Democrats Still Claim Property Taxes Declined.  What Gives?


Democrats created some slick messaging and reporting to convince the public of their property tax “reduction”.

1.  They refer to property tax reductions for certain types of properties only, while forgetting to mention that 8 out of 12 property types increased. 
(Click here for  the 2013 vs 2014 comparison report from the non-partisan Senate Research staff)
 

2.  They advertise only certain cherry-picked jurisdictions where taxes went down, but forget to mention any of the 86% of jurisdictions statewide where property taxes did not go down.  (Click here for Full Report by taxing jurisdiction)
 
3.  They requested a “Simulation Report” from the Department of Revenue to show property taxes collected by local governments minus the estimated state credits that are projected to be claimed.  In the arcane world of state agency reporting, the distinction of a “Simulation Report” is important. Rather than relying on the actual reported property tax levies from local governments in the traditional state agency report formats included above, Democrats needed a one-off simulated scenario relying on projections of state credits to create a scenario they could present to the public to show a “reduction” in property taxes. And they included in the state credits an offset of the estimated renters credit, which does not go the actual property tax payer.

So Why Not Just Say What Actually Happened?


Gov. Dayton and the Democrats made a promise they could not keep.

They passed significant funding increases to local governments in their budget last year, promising it would lower taxes.  Then they doubled down in a July 30, 2013 press conference where they promised property taxes would go down $121 million.  And even using their own “new” math by simulating projected estimates of state credits, they were $113 million off of their July promise.  And all that after spending $292 million on local governments to achieve it.

With an election coming up, it is no surprise that Democrats would try to find some way to spin it.
Ideas That Work!

 
In contrast, the Republican budget produced a better result for property taxpayers in 2013.  Despite DFL attempts to buy down property taxes in 2014, the statewide property tax levy actually increased $4 million more than under the Republican’s budget in 2013.
 
Republicans know that property taxes are controlled at the local level by city councils, county commissioners and school boards. Controlling local government spending and making sure that those local spending decisions are transparent to taxpayers is the solution.

Morning Miscellany ……

Getting worried are they?

They should be…

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Oppression of women?

Feminists do it best….

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Brain dead….Like this…

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Senate reverses pension cut

The only senators to vote against the bill were Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

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Well it is the party of Death for a reason…

More Proof

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And these Humanists are doing what? To help starving kids…what?

Not much except whining about others trying to help them..

Ever notice how that seems to be the leftists way?

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Oh no!!

They are not registering their legally bought guns!!
Even though we made it illegal by passing knee jerk, dumb ass laws!!

I hope they continue to refuse to submit to tyranny..

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Government officials are parasites; they don’t produce anything.

The Fatter the Government, The Skinnier the People

The U.S. Debt, not including unfunded liabilities, is over $17 trillion dollars.  The sociopaths who are driving the titanic will be arguing over raising the debt ceiling again.  If we look back to September of 2011, which was the last loud debt-ceiling argument, gold rose 21% in a period of three months while politicians caused a major corrosion of confidence in our leaders.  When governments are broke, everything is fair game.

Government officials are parasites; they don’t produce anything.  They only feed off of those who do.  As one person said, the fatter the government, the skinner the people.  And when government officials cannot meet their obligations or fulfill the promises they made to the public, they’ll figure out ways to appropriate the public’s money to fund their projects.  Government officials don’t produce wealth; they only redistribute your wealth.  Desperate government officials will always resort to expropriation, which is outright confiscation.

If the Federal Reserve is currently buying 90% of the U.S. Treasury market and they are going insolvent, who do you think the government will lean on to pick up the slack?  The answer is YOU. Ten thousand Baby Boomers will turn 65 years-old every day until 2030.  And while the government has a debt problem of $17 trillion, not so coincidentally, our country’s IRAs, 401Ks and retirement accounts amount to that same number:  $17 trillion.  What a convenient resource for the Federal Government.

So here’s the plan:  The government will nationalize retirement accounts like IRAs, 401Ks, pensions, 403Bs, etc.  so that you will be forced to use a portion of your retirement wealth to purchase U.S. government debt – debt that will ultimately default, as it is not possible to sustain our astronomical debt nor the deficits that create it.

Plan to Nationalize Private 401K and IRA Retirement Accounts

If you do some research on US Bill “HB5337,” you will find the plan to nationalize retirement wealth.  On May 6, 2012 Lauren Schmitz, a research analyst at the Bernard L Schwartz Center for Economic Analyst (SCEPA), introduced HB5337.  This 401(k)/IRA de-privatization is the brainchild of Teresa Ghilarducci, whom through funding from the White House and the Ford & Rockefeller Foundations engineered a new “Regulatory & Tax Incentive.” The purpose is to force Americans to convert their Retirement Accounts into Government Managed accounts.

This plan to nationalize private 401K and IRA retirement accounts is being deceptively publicized as the government protecting the public against business failings or state bankruptcies.  Your cash, your retirement funds, your bank deposits and your investments are at huge risk of being confiscated by the government through some contrived reason or another.

The Democrats cheated in 2012, and who knows what they have planned to win the 2014 elections.

Democrat Senate Caucus Fine Due Today
Tip of the Iceberg

The first check from the Democrat Senate Caucus to pay their fine for illegal campaign spending, $50,000 of the total fine of $100,000, is due today.
The $100,000 fine is one of the largest in Minnesota history, and was handed down after the discovery of a scheme of over $300,000 in illegal expenditures between the Democratic Senate Caucus and 13 Senate Democrat candidates.

Unfortunately, this fine is only the tip of the iceberg when compared to the millions and millions being funneled into Democrat campaigns from wealthy out-of-state donors and Minnesota’s large government unions, 
reported in an article by the Star Tribune
The Democrats cheated in 2012, and who knows what they have planned to win the 2014 elections.

Bloomberg buys an anti-gun group – the Minnesota Legislature is next!

Bloomberg buys an anti-gun group – the Minnesota Legislature is next!

Welcome to the coldest weather I’ve seen in Minnesota during my nine years in the state!

Despite the cold, there have been many developments over the past week on the gun rights front.

First, Mark writes below about the latest news from the disloyal opposition – the merger of Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the new group Moms Demand Action.

Of course, it’s really not a merger of equals. Bloomberg bought out Moms Demand Action and brought their social media gun-banning savvy into his group of well-funded anti-gun Mayors. It’s going to make for an interesting year in Minnesota.

This past weekend, Mark and I were at AM1280’s Northern Alliance Radio Network with Mitch Berg talking about the upcoming session and our efforts for the 2014 elections.

Later this week, the Advisory Committee on Capitol Security will meet to approve their final 2013 report to the legislature. We’re expecting anti-gun Public Safety Chair – Representative Michael Paymar – to propose yet another gun ban at the Capitol.

Now would be a good time to drop an email or phone call to your state Representative and Senator to let them know where you stand on the issue.

In just a few days, legislators can “pre-file” their 2014 bills and committees can begin having hearings. Our friends at GOCRA are monitoring these developments closely – and we’re working together to keep our efforts in sync where appropriate.

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Chairman’s Corner: Moms Demand Illegal Action

One of the unfortunate realities in Second Amendment activism is that the gun-grabbers are extremely well-funded and well-organized at a national level. We’ve written at length about how former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is bringing his fat anti-rights wallet to Minnesota in 2014, but there is another threat on our radar which has been shoved to the forefront due to recent events. Mark_Okern_Profile_Shot.jpg

Moms Demand Action is an “astroturf” organization that was created the day after the Newtown tragedy in the best anti-gun tradition of let-no-murdered-child-rest-in-peace-when-they-can-be-exploited-for-political-gain.

Nobody starts a professionally organized lobbying group that quickly. They were lying in the tall grass, waiting to take advantage of a criminal’s deranged act.

In politics, “astroturfing” is a political tactic whereby a professional lobbying organization attempts to disguise itself as a grassroots movement.

They now boast 130,000+ followers across all 50 states.

Those of us working to protect our Second Amendment rights from the lies of Moms Demand Action have long speculated that Michael Bloomberg was funding their operations, and our suspicions were recently confirmed when Moms Demand Action merged with Bloomberg’s flagship group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

This is unbelievably dangerous for all Minnesotans who value their fundamental freedoms.

Moms Demand Action is savvy with social media and highly effective at messaging discredited or false information to their target demographic…suburban mothers. It is their belief that such an audience will be an extremely effective force for manipulating government action through unsubstantiated fears and purely emotional action.

Unfortunately in Minnesota, such tactics play very well with the metro Democrats who currently control our legislature. What Moms Demand Action has not had to this point is direct and public financial support from a rich anti-rights zealot, but that has now changed.

Michael Bloomberg himself is the primary financier of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which gives them a bottomless pit of money to conduct their anti-rights activities. Bloomberg has a net worth of over $30 BILLION dollars.

The NRA’s income in 2012 was less than 1% of that number, and their political budget is much smaller than that. If the NRA can’t muster more than a fraction of a percent to match Bloomberg’s blood money, how can we hope to convince an already anti-gun prejudiced legislature of reality?

It’s going to take everyone going all-in. There’s no other way to do it, my friends.

We need to counter the flood of anti-gun money that is coming into Minnesota. We have to proudly support pro-Second Amendment candidates and prove to bullies like Michael Paymar, Ron Latz, and Al Franken that we will not stand in the corner while they tell us what restrictions they think are “reasonable” on our absolutely non-negotiable right to keep and bear arms!

We have a chance to take back our government in 2014, so that we don’t have to fear for our God-given rights every time the Minnesota legislature is in session.

Stand with us…not in the dark corner that anti-rights fanatics like Latz and Franken would force on us, but in the open as proud, law-abiding Minnesota gun owners!

We need your support TODAY to fight every single anti-gun lie from now through election day.

Greed! Fortress? Verse! Eye Opener?

What Drives The Culture Of Greed And Immorality?

Government printing-press money distorts economic reality and dilutes morality. Financial speculation rises with the increased quantity of paper money and the general work ethic deteriorates. The something-for-nothing mentality pervades society.

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Top 10 Ways to Turn Your Home Into A Fortress

If you can convince a burglar or home invader as he’s scoping out your neighborhood that he will have a very difficult time accomplishing his goal in your house, you might actually save your life and that of your family members.

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A season…

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)

 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born , and a time to die ; a time to plant , and a time to pluck up that which is planted ; A time to kill , and a time to heal ; a time to break down , and a time to build up ; A time to weep , and a time to laugh ; a time to mourn , and a time to dance ; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together ; a time to embrace , and a time to refrain from embracing ; A time to get , and a time to lose ; a time to keep , and a time to cast away ; A time to rend , and a time to sew ; a time to keep silence , and a time to speak ; A time to love , and a time to hate ; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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Apparently a couple of Poo-lice Chiefs are seeing the light…

Detroit’s Chief Of Police Says More People Need Guns! “I Think It’s Acting As A Deterrent”

LA Top Cop Relocates to Maine,  Learns Truth About Armed Citizens

Is that what it takes..

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List! ObamaScare! Control! Manufactured! Tyranny!

Good list…Smart woman..Great writer..

Prepping Basics – What’s in YOUR survival supplies?

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One big effing failure!!

Obamacare Will Pay for Your Abortion But Not Include Your Baby in Your Health Insurance

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Government will control all…….

Portion control — how the government plans to dictate what’s on your dinner table

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Is how Obama rolls…and lies…

2014: THE YEAR OF MANUFACTURED CRISES

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Tyranny on action!!

Obama Bypasses Congress with Executive Actions on Gun Background Checks

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One wonders when terrorists in Russia and elsewhere will suddenly start dying off? One thinks the Russians with Vlad in charge won’t be as bumbling or pathetic as Obama is…

Jihad Army Warns to Russia: “You’ll Be Skiing on Mass Graves”

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Dumbass! Myth!! Fallujah! Propaganda!!

AL GORE’S A DUMBASS: HISTORIC FREEZE WINDCHILLS 70 BELOW ZERO

AL GORE’S A DUMBASS: HISTORIC FREEZE WINDCHILLS 70 BELOW ZERO

It has been decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive Sunday, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia … READ MORE

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BOOM SUCKERS: New Study Demolishes Gun Control Myth

BOOM SUCKERS: New Study Demolishes Gun Control Myth

A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws. The study determined that nearly every claim … READ MORE

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But of course. He pulled out and now supports the terrorists!!

Obama blamed for Al Qaeda takeover of Fallujah, Iraq

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Government controlled propaganda ministry is all the media is today!!

Medias support of ACA nothing short of Communist Propaganda

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