This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage — Now, His State’s Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

I find it very interesting that California and Minnesota both have a common denominator; weak economies under Republican Governors and strong economies under Democratic Governors. Remember when California was going the way of Greece not too long ago under Republican Governor Arnold Schwazenegger? In came Governor Jerry Brown and California now has a surplus and is investing in all things that will grow its economy even further such as high speed rail and education. Minnesota is lucky to have had the same change of heart in electing Democratic Governor Mark Dayton to office, it is remarkable how a member of the 1% bracket knew enough to take supply-side economics policies and throw them out the window and put Keynesian economics policies into practice; F.D.R would be proud, as would Teddy Roosevelt. You would think that voters in states such as Ohio, Wisconsin and Kansas would look at examples such as California and Minnesota and ask themselves “why aren’t we doing as well?” and proceed to change their voting preferences, but for reasons unclear to me, they do not; they seem to accept the fallacious economic policies that Governors Walker, Brownback and Kasich campaign on and implement, no matter the poor results that these states continue to suffer under. In the meantime, education in Wisconsin, Ohio and Kansas is getting trounced and the future generations are going to feel every single cut. It is pitiful that basic economic theory isn’t explained at least in high school so that after graduation, right when you are of the age to vote, you at least have some idea of what elected officials are talking about when they are campaigning for your vote. It should be obvious that taxes aren’t the bogeyman; taxes are our collective monies that afford us as a community education, infrastructure, transportation, clean air and water, things that individually we cannot do on our own. It is a basic concept that again could be explained in high school civic class so that everyone understands what government is really all about.

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  1. jamesbradfordpate · · Reply

    On what you say about high schools, I believe in teaching students different sides, so it’s not indoctrination. But that’s not the main point I want to make here. What you said reminded me of when I was in high school and my sociology teacher had us watch Michael Moore’s Roger and Me, which is about GM closing in Moore’s home town of Flint, Michigan. My teacher was fairly conservative, but she said that good jobs were being lost, and a bunch of Taco Bells in their place was not going to make things better! People have nitpicked that film and its accuracy on factual details, but I am really glad my teacher showed us that. In terms of the big picture, that film is truer now than it was then!

    1. Your example is perfect for what I was thinking while I was writing this post. Thanks James 😀

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