Skip to comments.Minnesotans feel pinch of government shutdowns
Posted on 07/02/2011 9:59:00 AM PDT by KantianBurke
ST. PAUL, Minn. The blind are losing reading services. A help line for the elderly has gone silent. And poor families are scrambling after the state stopped child-care subsidies.
Hours after a political impasse forced a widespread government shutdown, Minnesotas most vulnerable residents and about 22,000 laid-off state employees began feeling the effects on Friday. With no immediate end in sight to a dispute over taxes and spending, political leaders spent the day blaming each other for their failure to pass a budget that solves the states $5-billion deficit.
In the absence of talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders, the shutdown was rippling into the lives of people like Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child-care subsidies.
"Its like you are still in the wind of the tornado," said Mills, who works at a temp agency. After the shutdown, she had to care for her six youngest children, ages three through 14, because she lost state funding for their daycare and other programs.
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You know, I always felt that Pawlenty was basically a pretty good guy. Never thought he had a real chance at the WH. But if after serving TWO terms as MN gov, the good people of MN, in 2010, a GOP landslide year preferred electing a known schmuck like Dayton as governor..a guy who ran home becasue DC was too dangerous..then TPaw failed as a governor...
Oh the humanity, having to care for your OWN children!
How did the Pilgrims and other early settlers every survive, let alone fight and win their independence from England, without the State to care for their OWN children!
Where to start???
The mind boggles.
Everytime something goes wrong in government, more and more is revealed about where OUR money is going - this woman gets $3600 a month in subsidies for child care - really? She doesn't have any relatives who can babysit these kids? How old are these kids anyway and what other kind of money is she receiving - rent subsidized? food stamps? medicaid? free phone? heating subsidized? kids clothing subsidized? and on and on it goes -
into the lives of people like Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child-care subsidies.
Are not Sonya Mills and the reprobates who screwed for them responsible for their eight children? Hasn't there been sex education in public schools for fifty years? Need we draw pictures (at the risk of the FBI tracking and arresting us for porno)? Why should any other Minnesotan pay for her and loverboy's moments of ecstasy, or did those eight kids result from rape?
And I’m thinking the productive class probably paid for all the medical costs of birthing all 8.
WOW!! You've got to give them credit. They came out with a nuclear propaganda bomb in the very first sentence. And continued relentlessly, without any remorse, or serious discussion of the underlying philosophical problem associated with bloated government budgets.
The agenda behind this article is embarrassingly transparent.
So in other words, the state is no longer doing things it never should have been doing in the first place.
Single Mom with 6 kids. And it’s the government’s fault? This is why we are doomed.
Sorry, 8 kids, even better.
Why are the good people of Minnesota paying this woman over $43,000 a year, cash money, to have babies? Have yall gone totally in sane in Minnesota?
I suppose an 'enlightened' reaction would be simply to pay her $1400 a month to take care of her children, thus saving the taxpayers $2200 a month. Or even better, how about axing all these stupid programs in the first place that leads people to rightly believe that you can have as many babies as you want - the rest of the village will pay for them, care for them, educate them, while you go do whatever you want.
But is there a single politician out there who is even mentioning such a concept? Even paying lip service? No, because if they're talking about things like this, someone might wonder if all the glorious perks that the more equal animals among us in government earn might also be incredible wastes of taxpayer money.
No one manning the help lines for the elderly? What kind of people live in that state? Are there no volunteers to answer phones?
In many states the government will pay the relatives to babysit the kids while the parent(s) work. Not nearly so much though; I think in my state the pay is around $2/hr/child. And many relatives will fail the background check that is required.
yep we have gone insane- like Mass.,NY,CA,-
remember we voted ventura-( 3 party split)- Franken!- now dipsh-—dayton.
he comes from a powerfull demon family as did his former wife- (she divorced him years ago- he is being treated for mental illness)
Dayton won with a narrow margin because Tom Horner took some of the conservative vote from Tom Emmer. It was something like 8000 votes, Horner got 250,000 (11%).
I read (maybe in the above article elsewhere) that volunteers are being turned away from several locations because the facility is closed.
Dayton won in a 3-way race; the damned Ventura “independence” party siphoned votes from the GOP candidate, Tom Emmer. The RATS can always assemble 44 percent of the vote in Minnesota, even for a brain-dead drunk like Dayton.
The electorate concurrently turned control of both houses of the legislature to GOP hands.
I feel no remorse at all for all of the welfare leaches out there. For every one person that truly needs help there are a thousand that are just gaming the system.
Live on your feet or die on your knees. I'm tired of carrying you...
Get ready to drown in boo-hoo treacle. The floodgate of sob stories is about to be opened ...
“Minnesotans feeling pinch of decades of wildly irresponsible government spending” would be a more accurate headline.
While he was mostly a joke as governor, Jesse Ventura sometime ten-fifteen years ago, when in a town-hall type forum was asked by a young woman who identified herself as a single mom and complained of the inadequate level of state support for her to raise her child, told her that he didn't know why the Minnesota taxpayer had to be responsible when a woman didn't know enough to keep her knees together.
Likely a combination of the following; they're in prison, they're dead, they're waiting for Maury to get the test results back to see if they're actually the baby daddy, and they're baby daddies for ten other kids from ten other moms who all have to divvy up the child support which isn't very much because baby daddy can't find a job.
There really is no need to comment on anything. This quote says it all.
And before long there will be eight more people voting for Democrats.
This is what we conservative Minnesotans are constantly fighting - a bunch of bleeding heart liberals in the news media who always bring up hardship cases to advocate for more government spending.
If the stupid RINO’s in this state had stayed out of last year’s gubernatorial election, we would have had a very good governor, Tom Emmer, to go along with the considerable conservative majories we elected (finally) in our House and Senate. Bot, NO! They ran a RINO candidate on the Independence Party and siphoned off votes which would have likely gone (the majority) to Emmer.
Mark Dayton won entirely on his name recognition. The DFL (Democrats in Minnesota) party did not actually want him as their candidate, so he skipped the endorsement process and ran against the endorsed candidate in the primary election and won. Then he managed to eke through the general election by about 8,000 votes. He is constantly looking bewildered and glassy eyed. He is on tranquilizers, a fact that most Minnesotans are not aware of. (That is why the Dems who know MD did not really want him for their candidate.)
I’m going on vacation next week. I was planning to make a few stops on my way through Minnesota. Not anymore. Going to my back up plan. Sorry Minnesota, maybe next year.
You could at least get a book review from Oprah's Book Club and then you wouldn't be so shocked and upset!!!
“I suppose an ‘enlightened’ reaction would be simply to pay her $1400 a month to take care of her children, thus saving the taxpayers $2200 a month.”
The current system promotes idiocracy. I guaran-damn-tee you that woman has at best an average IQ and her studs a better physique than brain. Meanwhile, hard-working people who refuse to put their kids and family on AFDC simply don’t have them. I know you were funnin’, but to me, an enlightened reaction would be to stop paying her altogether. Then the taxpayers who were ponying up that $2200 a month could afford to have and feed their own kids.
I'm not looking for government paid babysitting, there has got to be some relative of hers who can babysit these kids for no money, just out of the kindness of their heart. My mother babysat the kids when they were little - no government was involved - no food stamps, no free phone, no subsidized rent, no free medical, no government what's so ever, I'm fed up with paying for everyone else!
The Blind are losing Reading Services?
Not sure I see what they are missing....
That was what I said in the same paragraph that you chopped the sentence out of. :)
“Sorry, 8 kids, even better.”
... or worse. ;-)
This country has gone insane. Why is it the government’s responsibility to take care of the elderly or anyone else? Those in need used to turn to their families, churches, or private charity. Now everyone looks to Big Brother to take care of them. Truly, we have lost our independence and our sense.
Did Pawlenty have a friendly legislature while gov., too?
If he did and left the job with MN broke, he must be a talking conservative—not a doing conservative. On that record alone he does not measure up to the fixing America challenge.
I agree things were much better back when people did that. They still do in some foreign countries such as my wife’s India. Now it is pretty much only grandparents or sometimes another relative who is close and it is convenient to them and generally temporary. And not many grandparents can handle eight kids nor would the aunt or whoever put up with it for long.
Yes, they did. Now that both adult members work in most families that is impossible. Back when they didn't "need" to have so many things and a big house it wasn't necessary for both to work, at least not full time and more or less permanently. I don't know how you would get things back to the way they were, not without catastrophe of some sort.
Remember, people, this impacts the real problems with social security and Medicare/medicaid.
Yet some total idiots here on FR continue to badger and beat on genuine long term SS contributors as if they were in the same category.
Pardon me Ms. Mills, I guess I'm just a prick and a bastard when I remind you that each of those kids was the result of a choice you made. (Unless there was rape involved, in that case, you have my sympathy.)
Actions have consequences lady and it's quite arrogant of you to expect the Minnesota taxpayers to pay you for your actions.
I have no objections to hand ups. But I vehemently object to hand outs.
Ripple effect, unpaid cell phone bills, the GOP should cave before Sprint/ATT go out of business.
She might even be drawing SS if she has a scam with a doctor who declared them disabled.
“I don’t know how you would get things back to the way they were”
No, nothing ever goes back to the way they were. You can see that the root of all these problems is government. When we first allowed government to become daddy during the depression, families stopped caring for their own, and the increased taxes made it more and more difficult for families to have wives, mothers, and grandmothers at home to take care of their families and communities.
In fact, what we have now are not really communities at all. We have strangers who live in the same area. There are entire neighborhoods consisting of nice houses that are empty 5 days a week.
I remember reading a WSJ article about some older women who were neighbors and had remained friends for decades. They looked out for each other and shared life’s burdens and joys but did not seem to see how much they had meant to their community. I think these women were magnificent in what they had accomplished, but they seemed to think their lives didn’t amount to much. That is a sad commentary on our society. These ladies were the ultimate volunteers, and yet they are looked down on by modern society because they don’t do something “important”.
After watching the local crop of losers in California yucking it up on welfare, I'm all boo-hoo'ed out.
Get the leech spray!
That stupid phrase again?
It may common in Africa, even necessary, but I have never lived in Africa.
Never have, hope never to have thst particular damnation.
I live in the USA, and continue hoping for infinitely better than that. My children are all normal, independent and immune to the mob "entitlement" mentality.
Unfortunately, that is an unfair system.
Families, churches and private charities all expect some level of responsibility, maturity, effort and contribution on the recipient's part. Certainly no drug use or criminality.
90% of today's recipients of "Obama money" fail miserably on all counts.