Reader Jim made it to Bloomington City Hall last night for the DFL "Misery Tour"-- (their touring 24 cities in the state to hear feedback on the Governor's budget- which cuts spending to balance the budget- instead of raising taxes).
Here's his report:
On another note, you're probably better off for not going for a ride on the DFL's magical misery tour. You probably would have been depressed by the three hour parade of "don't cut my handout" whiners. I must say, the conservatives put up a good showing, but there were plenty of sobbing (not literally, at least) liberals trotted out, and one I swear was a full-blooded communist.
It went 7-9pm, and was maybe 2:1 in favor of liberal whiners, then there was a break, most of the elected officials (out-state especially) and audience left, and it resumed at 9:10. It went from maybe 300+ people to about 50. From then until around 10:25pm it was maybe 1:1 conservative:liberal.
Clapping was forbidden, but a few eloquent (or elegant... har har) conservative speakers got claps and cheers anyway. This behavior, of course, was scolded by the chair lady, Ann Lenczewski (DFL). When a mentally retarded person said some stuff about wanting to keep his government handouts, he also got some claps, but Ann didn't object then. Overall, she was fair and wasn't a jerk about time limits. She let people talk long within reason and didn't selectively interrupt or anything. She just scolded us for 30 seconds each time we clapped for about three seconds when someone said something about taxpayers having to pay for all the whiners. Who's the one wasting time?
I did feel a lot of it was scripted. You hear the same lines sometimes. "Please consider increasing revenue" says the guy in the wheelchair. Really, you thought of a clever way to avoid saying "increase taxes on someone else to pay for my goodies" by yourself? And three or four other people also just happened to have that exact "strongly imply but avoid saying increase taxes" phrase... hmm.
A funny part was when Ann was talking about a buzzing speaker or echo or something and said, "we're getting a lot of noise from the left." Ha! You know it. A whining sound, maybe.
Readers- if you have any chance to make it to any of these dates/places near you- Here are two metro locations that are still on the calendar for this week.
Burnsville Wednesday, February 25th - 7:30 p.m.Fairview Ridges Hospital, 201 E Nicollet Blvd
Plymouth Thursday, February 26th - 7:00 p.m.Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd