Incoming Minnesota State Senator (and previous candidate for Minnesota GOP chair) Dave Thompson unloaded on Le Grande Compromise on his campaign blog today:
On November 2nd, the voters sent a clear message: stop the spending already. Less than six weeks after the election, the Congressional Republican leadership has gone right back to the old playbook. They are “compromising” and giving in on bad policies when they don’t need to do so.
Extending unemployment benefits is a terrible idea. Let’s see… we really want people to go to work… so I think we’ll continue to pay them not to work. Brilliant! And of course the unemployment benefit extension will add over $56 billion to the national debt. But never mind. Concern about the national debt was for last week’s news cycle.
We all understand the need for compromise. Otto von Bismarck said, “Politics is the art of the possible.” However, the American people are troubled when politicians make unnecessary concessions on important issues. Every reasonable analyst agrees that we should not raise taxes….
Democrats supposedly haven’t grasped the message sent last November. Seems to me the Republicans are equally unaware.
There is a reason why 63% of the voters in Minnesota’s 36th Senate District sent Thompson to St. Paul – he gets it.