Some Good in a Government Shutdown

Here’s something you don’t hear often: government shutdowns, in some ways, are a good thing. Aside from the obvious potential savings in expenditures, government shutdowns are a sign that there is a contingent in the legislature opposed to the ridiculous growth of government.


Let’s be honest…Governor Dayton is a big spending, liberal politician. He increased taxes and spending by billions of dollars over the last biennium. Dayton is unwavering in his support to retain the current budget surplus and expand government schooling to children at the pre-school level.


This governor is wrong for Minnesota. He is a ruler, not a protector of liberty. His intent to grow government is in contrast to the tenets of liberty.


House Republicans have a golden opportunity to be champions of liberty and limited government. To compromise on these values in the name of” keeping government open”, is a catastrophic failure. They are dealing with a Governor who has no interest in preserving individual liberty. Someone must stand up for us!


How can a government shutdown be viewed so negatively under these circumstances? The alternative to a shutdown is complete submission to Governor Dayton’s desires of more governmental power and high taxation. What a terrible situation for Minnesotans.


We know government isn’t operating correctly when it collects over $2 Billion in surplus revenues. This money is needed in the hands of entrepreneurs to develop our business climate and increase our standard of living. Not to power hungry, greedy government bureaucrats like Dayton wants.


Republican House members should stay unified and courageously demand to Mr. Dayton: if you want government to open back up, here are the conditions:


  • Let government return the $2 billion surplus by immediately cutting taxes on Minnesotans
  • Retire your attempts to penalize struggling Minnesota families by taking the gasoline tax off the table
  • Concede that it isn’t government’s role to raise our children by expanding education to pre-school aged children