Posted at 11:00 AM on July 5, 2011
by Catharine Richert
Politico has opened debate on the Minnesota shutdown.
Here's the question moderator David Mark posed to the news outlet's "Arena" contributors. The online forum "is a cross-party, cross-discipline forum for intelligent and lively conversation about political and policy issues."
There is no end in sight to Minnesota's state government shutdown. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, backed by DFL lawmakers, says he will not abandon his pledge to raise taxes on the wealthy - a nonstarter for Republicans."
Which side has the better argument, and who is likely to prevail? Also, will the impasse affect former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid for the Republican presidential nomination? He's out with a new ad touting his record of confrontation with labor unions and Democrats in the Minnesota legislature.
Lots of unlikely characters have weighed in so far, including a Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, a former Republican member of Congress, and Dean Baker, co-director for the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Here are few highlights from the discussion:
Former Planned Parenthood CEO Gloria Feldt has three pieces of advice for Dayton if he "wants to win while playing Chris Christie in Minnesota Niceland."
1. Hire a world class public relations team to stay in control of the message, or the Republicans will once again convince people down is up.
2. Blame former Gov. Pawlenty for everything.
3. Call them revenue raisers not tax increases and maybe John McCain will help lead the recalcitrant Republicans to the table.
Iowa Republican Rep. Josh Byrnes says that the shutdown isn't Pawlenty's problem.
"I am sure the Minnesota shut down will be brought in a future debate but at the end of the day Pawlenty didn't work on the budget this session and he didn't have a say in the shutdown. It is true that Pawlenty is willing to take on groups such as the unions but I am not so sure people want a divider...I think people are looking for a uniter."
Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, who is a law professor at Washington and Lee University, says,
"Raising taxes on wealthy CEOs (who according to reports this weekend, got 23 percent raises last year) versus cutting vital public services for the poor and middle class. How could this have become a vital political question?"
Mark does raise a good question: how does the current budget stalemate reflect on Pawlenty's record?
I'm not sure how Politico picks its contributors, but it appears you can ask to chime in here.
Or you can just send your thoughts to MPR.