Well, not really. It just amuses me to use that as a headline whenever I have something to say aboot one of the 217 R’s rumoured to be running in 2012. My blog, my rules. 🙂
I believe at last count it was forty-one out of fifty states that were experiencing budget shortfalls. While some Governors (::cough::Patterson::cough) are looking to tax everything that makes life worthy living, others are looking within the Government to see what can be cut. Sarah Palin even voted against a $50,000 pay increase…for herself.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has two problems. One is budget shortfalls. The other is his state is aboot to appoint douchebag par excellence Al Franken to the U.S. Senate. He’s opted to work on the problem he has some control over. Here’s Ed Morrissey with the report:
“Our country and our state are facing historic financial challenges … and it’s going to require difficult decisions,” Pawlenty said as he announced the cuts. “Families across Minnesota are tightening their belts, and they expect government to do the same.”
To protect K-12 schools, the state’s single-largest spending item, Pawlenty cut more deeply from local government, health care and higher education – unappetizing choices, he noted, but necessary in the face of an economic situation that continues to worsen. Pawlenty described the cuts as “modest” and said that despite what critics may say, there should be no need to cut into essential police and fire services.
In not-so-veiled references to Minneapolis and St. Paul, Pawlenty said that so long as cities maintained their own human rights departments and cultural community liaisons, they had places to cut before touching basic services.
T-Paw, as da kidz call him, will be curious to watch over the next two years…especially considering 2008 was supposed to be his coming out party. He co-chaired the McCain campaign, the RNC Convention was in his home state of Minnesota, and was the frontrunner to be chosen for vice-president…until John McCain dumped him for someone much prettier. Palin even stole his thunder at the Republican Governors Association. He’s like the Rodney Dangerfield of the GOP…no respect.
I put Pawlenty in the same category as SC Gov. Mark Sanford. He doesn’t have Mitt Romney’s economic background, Newt Gingrich’s ideas, Bobby Jindal’s pedigree, or Sarah Palin’s natural charisma. What he does have is a catchy campaign label (“Sam’s Club voters”), and from what I’ve seen a pretty decent sense of humour.
He’s definitely on my list.