Lloydletta Commenter Challenges Governor Pawlenty of Tax Increases
Governor Pawlenty has been asked by three outfits (including Jason Lewis) to debate Sue Jeffers. He refuses. On MPR, he said he wasn't aware of any debates scheduled with Jeffers. Well, there aren't any scheduled because he's refused all three of them. Clearly he knows he can't defend his record, and he knows sharing a stage with Jeffers would reveal his liberal, socialist nature. "The era of small government is over," he declared in the strib and, "governmment has to get more proactive, more AGRESSIVE." Does he really think the Republican base will stick with that?
Luckily, Sue Jeffers gives us another, better option, and we can still put a conservative on the ballot.
David Strom from the Taxpayer's League was ripping Pawlenty for that statement. At the same time, I was very disappointed in Jeffers choice for a Leutenant Governor.
From Pawlenty Sees Himself as a Reformer by Pat Lopez (Strib)
Those kinds of proposals for government intervention in the free market on the surface might seem unusual coming from a conservative GOP politician. But they are illustrations of the way that Pawlenty, a fiscal and social conservative, also styles himself a kind of latter-day trust buster, a reformer who is unafraid to challenge big business and wield government power to correct imbalances in the marketplace.
With subsidies for job creation through his JOBZ program, ethanol mandates and persistent jabs at the pharmaceutical industry, Pawlenty is crafting what some say is a more pragmatic brand of conservatism that sees government as part of the solution, not just the problem.
"The era of small government is over," Pawlenty said in an interview with the Star Tribune. "I'm a market person, but there are certain circumstances where you've got to have government put up the guardrails or bust up entrenched interests before they become too powerful ... Government has to be more proactive, more aggressive."
David Strom said on his show that he told Pat Lopez that Tim Pawlenty was the Bill Clinton of the Republicans. Lopez didn't use the quote in her article.