Former Minnesota House Speaker Matt Entenza’s critics derisively labeled him “Taxandspendza” because he rejected the “no new taxes” gospel preached by Minnesota Taxpayer League disciples.
But now that the DFLer is running for Governor, has he undergone political plastic surgery? Consider his commentary in today’s Star Tribune:
“We cannot simply tax our way out of our deficit; we must grow our way out of it.”
Hey, wait a minute. That sounds vaguely familiar. I’m having flashbacks to the early 1980s. I’m listening to a presidential address, with Oingo Boingo on the turntable in the background:
“Governments don’t reduce deficits by raising taxes on the people; governments reduce deficits by controlling spending and stimulating new wealth.”
And what will Entenza’s growth look like? “I believe Minnesota can become the Silicon Valley of clean energy.”
Fine. And R. Kelly believes he can fly. But Mr. Entenza is running for Governor, so he needs to show HOW a Governor Entenza could help develop a burgeoning SiliClean Valley.
Entenza is an intelligent fellow, and he may have a great plan. If he does, he should respect voters enough to give them more than platitudes.
How do we get there, Matt? Subsidies? Tax breaks? Cap and trade? Pollution tax? Deregulation? Magic wand?
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