Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Promise!

"The rich can afford to pay their fair share, they should be paying their fair share, and if I'm governor, they WILL pay their fair share."

I've written about this before, but candidates should really stop promising things in such certain terms. If Mark Dayton wins his primary (he's not the DFL-endorsed candidate) and if he then wins the general against waiter-hater Tom Emmer, he'll have a bicameral legislature to deal with that likely won't want to raise $4-5bn in new taxes. Candidates set themselves up for failure when they promise big and fail to deliver. All three DFL candidates have talked about raising taxes, but Dayton's plan is easily the biggest hike. He can't wish it to happen. He shouldn't make it sound like he will in his ads.

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