11 thoughts on “The Soundtrack from 2008, Reprised in 2010

  1. Joe Loveland says:

    But if Boehner doesn’t make his 2010 tune more melodius over the next two years, I’m not sure it will be a chart topper either.

  2. Newt says:

    Analysis that you won’t hear, but needs to be heard:

    Economic policies Obama stands for don’t work, haven’t ever worked, never will work. The same voters – who swept him into office purely on the basis of race and charisma – sobered up after the last 18 months, realizing that the light at the end of the tunnel is a freight train – not sunlight.

    There are precious few months for Congress to act to prevent the rest of America from going over the financial cliff like California and New York have.

    I must confess that I am surprised that Dayton showed as well as he did. It very likely has to do with the sheer number of Minnesotans who work in government (AFSCME members) now, using taxpayers to preserve their mismanaged and soon-bankrupt pensions.

    Interesting times we live in.

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      Re: “(Dayton’s apparent win) very likely has to do with the sheer number of Minnesotans who work in government…”

      Minnesota ranks 39th among states in the percentage of government employees.

      Interestingly, most of the government employee heavy states are red states — WY, AL, MS, ND, WV, KS, ID, NE, MT, SC, LA, UT, KY…

    2. Dennis Lang says:

      Good one Newt. I like that “freight train” bit. (Hmm…who originally came up with that line?) Nice. But Newt, on the government jobs thing, try taking Loveland’s lead and doing your homework. Just a suggestion but I’m thinking you would appear less pre-digested and more credible in the future, and all of us have an insatiable appetite for credibility these days.

      1. PM says:

        I remember seeing that freight train line in a Pogo cartoon where the Spiro Agnew hyena made the comment about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel (referring to Vietnam). i think it was PorkyPine who made the freight train comment…..

      2. Joe Loveland says:

        I’ve always loved the sounds of crickets. So forlorn. Thanks for the moment.

        But I’m just not sure my friend’s theory holds up. For instance in Wyoming, the state with the highest proportion of government workers (22%), the Republican guber candidate won with 71% of the vote. In Minnesota, with a dramatically smaller proportion of government workers (13%), the Republican guber candidate got just 43% of the vote.

        Hey, I know! Maybe the effect is just the opposite. Maybe Republicans do better in states with a higher proportion of government workers, because We The People are more motivated to rise up against the masses of jackbooted authoritarian bureaucrats. Therefore, maybe MN Republicans should actually be supporting much MORE government in order to win more elections!

  3. Newt says:

    Minnesota’s Largest Employers

    1: State of Minnesota: 53,739
    2: Mayo Foundation: 37,000*
    3: U.S. Federal Government: 33,000
    4: Target Corporation: 29,000
    5: Allina Health System: 23,818*
    6: Fairview health Services: 21,507*
    7: Wells Fargo: 20,613
    8: Wal-Mart Stores: 20,230
    9: University of Minnesota: 19,718
    10: 3M Company: 15,000

    Government represents by far the greatest concentrations of employment in MInnesota. It’s far worse when you realize that Mayo, Allina and Fairview all get at least half their revenues from government.

    Dayton’s appeal to government workers and government retirees easily explains his success in the election.

    1. Joe Loveland says:

      I guess you’re right. I feel badly for the 87% of us who work in the private sector. Poor us. With only 87% of the vote, we stand no chance of being fairly represented at the ballot box.

      1. Newt says:

        Poor us – we private sector working stiffs don’t have membership dues automatically and forcibly pulled out of our paychecks that are used to fund massive advertising campaigns to support Democratic candidates.

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