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A career politician without a college degree is not a good choice to oversee critical infrastructure planning. Or so say the Dems in the Minnesota legislature, who are telling Governor Tim Pawlenty to remove his Lt. Governor Carol Molnau from her appointed post as the state's transportation commissioner, or else they will fire her.

Molnau is your basic, run-of-the-mill "I hate government so put me in charge of it" Republican.  Her appointment to the transport post in 2002 was basically a publicity stunt by the newly-elected Pawlenty to demonstrate that he was way anti-tax, justified on the grounds that he was saving the taxpayers one executive salary.  

Her tenure at the Minnesota Department of Transportation has been a disaster.  According to today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Molnau's stardom in her party's no-new-taxes firmament is damaging the department's credibility. MnDOT is no longer trusted at the Legislature to tell the whole truth about its financial needs, lest it add up to a case for higher taxes. It's not trusted by many Minnesotans to tell the whole story about how best to keep them safely and efficiently mobile in years to come, since a full forecast might sound like a call for bigger government. MnDOT's own numbers indicate that Minnesota should spend an additional $2 billion a year to keep the system functioning at current levels. But MnDOT's commissioner applauded as Gov. Tim Pawlenty twice vetoed bills that would have come less than halfway in closing that gap - charging that they were too large."

Pawlenty is often mentioned as vice-presidential contender, and I for one hope he gets the slot.  One photo of the collapsed I-35 bridge sums up everything there is to say about the efficacy of modern conservative political thought. Its ruins will still be visible when the GOP convention convenes across the river in St Paul.

Originally posted to SantaFeMarie on Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 07:00 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I have already commented on the (10+ / 0-)

    GOP "tax-cuts" meme.  These asshats are the same people who demand smooth roads, fast police and fire response, excellent schools with super teachers and lots of parks to play in.  They just figure somebody else should pay for them.  Like China.

    If Jesus saves well, He'd better save Himself from the gory glory seekers who use His name in death

    by minerva1157 on Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 07:07:46 AM PST

  •  Doesn't Pawlenty (0+ / 0-)

    have pretty decent poll numbers?  It almost seems as if the public doesn't hold Pawlenty and the republican no tax politicians accountable for the bridge collapse. The infrastructure in MN is literally going to pot(holes).

  •  Fire the Governor (1+ / 0-)
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    marykk

    What does it take for a governor to get fired in Minnesota? Two rush hour bridge collapses, after they refuse to replace the person responsible for the first one?

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 07:22:31 AM PST

  •  She is a disaster. (6+ / 0-)
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    underwhelm, lcrp, rapala, kurt, nathguy, cameoanne

    Her appointment to this important position was just a show-pony trick. "Look at me! I'm saving the taxpayers a hundred grand!" I'm sure the life-long public servants in the department knew it from the start. That she wasn't back here within hours of the bridge collapse was proof positive of her inability to lead when necessary. That Pawlenty didn't can her shows his cowardice. What lame, short-sighted thinking on his part.

    Pawlenty would be such a balm for the conservatives looking for balance on a McCain ticket. I can only hope the Repubs won't see enough of an advantage to tap him. The last time we saw that much of an empty suit on the national stage was perhaps Dan Quayle.

    It is all reminiscent of "heck-of-a-job" Brownie. Putting people in charge of critical departments in state and national government based solely on their ability to kiss ass is completely idiotic. Umm, some of those departments actually need to function for the public good. Seems like such a no-brainer to understand that.

  •  you need a tip jar (0+ / 0-)

    George Bush i sLiving proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

    by nathguy on Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 08:01:40 AM PST

  •  "saving a salary" was just an excuse (0+ / 0-)

    The REAL reason she was put in charge of MnDOT was to dole out the pork in a highly partisan and political manner.  That's patently obvious.  Why does the media, and even good Democrats, buy the cover story?

    Reminder for both sides - Our last eloquent, inexperienced 46 year old candidate? Bill Clinton. Think about that.

    by Leggy Starlitz on Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 08:42:40 AM PST

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