This wonderful NY Times piece from last Sunday lays out the clear difference between economic approaches in Wisconsin and Minnesota. One being a doctrinaire political ideology where Right Wing do-nothing austerity and the suffering it causes is peddled to the masses as job creation. And the other, a can-do activist state government, taxing some spending for the state and creating growth and services and increased quality of life.
Scott Walker, stooge of the tax and service-cutting, union-crushing Koch Brothers in Wisconsin, presides over a slowing economic environment and job market and a diminished state profile. Minnesota’s Mark Dayton, however, is an unabashed liberal, taxing the rich, increasing aid to education and social services. Jobs are up and so is the desirability of Minnesota as a destination for business and families.
Here then, in microcosm, is the clear philosophy of public investment, for once in sharp contrast with the myth of an outdated, discredited Right wing I’ve-got-mine-screw-you ideology.
You don’t have to spin, only observe.