Finally caught up with colleague Dane Smith's piece on Gov. Pawlenty's seven years of bellicose budget language.
Dane and I are girding our loins for tomorrow, when our op/ed on taxes appears in Sunday's Strib.
The net job growth and prosperity that Pawlenty promised would result from burning the boats has not materialized; in fact, we are worse off economically now than we were a decade ago. And now Pawlenty is asking us to believe that we should disinvest further in our schools, in our safety net for those who inevitably fall, and in all of the human capital and physical infrastructure that sustains our business growth.
The savagery of the language is as fierce as ever, and it harmonizes with the choleric rage fomented at Tea Party rallies, in which our own governments are transformed into our enemies and our taxes, already among the lowest of any wealthy democratic nation, are evil incarnate.