T-Paw and the “Triangle of Greed”

posted at 11:36 am on February 28, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Tim Pawlenty is still making the rounds, with his latest stop being in the Southwest. During an appearance before Tea Party supporters, T-Paw associated three issues facing both the federal government and financially strapped states into the theme of a new “triangle of greed.”

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says growing government, powerful unions and bailed-out businesses make up “a royal triangle of greed” in America.

The possible presidential candidate delivered his assessment Saturday to a large gathering of tea party supporters in Arizona.

You can watch a video of Pawlenty’s address here.

All three of these concepts have been getting some long overdue attention this year, and perhaps it’s time that a direct line be drawn between the three. In reverse order, when the government seeks to bail out businesses – or, as Ed recently described it, when they attempt to pick winners over the natural process of attrition in the market – they are wrong far more often than they are right and the taxpayer winds up footing the bill.

The union question is becoming more and more of a no-brainer, as recent non-stop news headlines demonstrate. When government gets in bed with very people they are supposed to be in an adversarial negotiating relationship with, we all wind up paying the price. And both of those tie into the excess cost – across many areas – of a continually expanding government bureaucracy with the various regulations and agenda driven interference (can you say “permitorium”?) that entails. Each is tied together and a comprehensive solution to the fiscal crisis should use this platform as a starting point.

While Pawlenty was in town, he took time out for a brief bit of humor.

Pawlenty drew cheers when he adapted the spoofed “the rent is too damn high” catchphrase of a longshot New York mayoral candidate. Pawlenty’s motto: “The government’s too damn big!

As soon as he invoked Jimmy McMillan something clicked in my memory. Where else did I recently see the two of them in the same place talking about the same theme? Oh, that’s right. CPAC. (See video below.) Clearly a clever move by Jimmy to position himself as T-Paw’s running mate, allowing him to secure the crucial vote of the … errr… insane? Not sure if Pawlenty is in the market for that sort of support, though.


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TPaw “fevah”?

Chills.

pugwriter on February 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Is T-Paw getting it? Seems like he’s getting closer.

either orr on February 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM

T-Paw cometh…

mjbrooks3 on February 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Big Labor+Big Business+Big Finance+ Big Government=Fascism

xkaydet65 on February 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Nice guy – he is starting to act like he wants it badly.

Amjean on February 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Yawnlenty speaks and nobody listens.

If Yawnlenty talks and no one hears him… did he really talk?

stenwin77 on February 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Is everyone at HA looking for a gig with T-Paw’s campaign?

Second look at Mutt Romney? Zombie Harold Stassen?

MrScribbler on February 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Nice guy – he is starting to act like he wants it badly.

Amjean on February 28, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Wants what? The VP nomination?

I kid(kind of).

Doughboy on February 28, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Is it just me, or does this guy remind anybody else of Stevie from Eas Bound and Down?

hamnj7 on February 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

T-Paw in da Houzzzzzzzzzzzz.

portlandon on February 28, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Ot:just heard there are 4 moderate gop who will side with the wi dems…..

DANG it!

cmsinaz on February 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM

I THINK I’M START TO FEEL A LITTLE WARM!! WHAT IS IT I’M COMING DOWN WITH??

OH YEAH!!!!! CATCHING THE FEVER!!! T-PAW FEVER!!!

HDFOB on February 28, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Why does an ad for Filipino singles keep appearing on this story? What keyword triggers ads like this to pop up?

When government gets in bed with…?

Fallon on February 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Zombie Harold Stassen?

MrScribbler on February 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

If we’re going the zombie route – why settle for second best?

Rebar on February 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM

But can he beat the One?

Kissmygrits on February 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Triangle of greed is a nice catchphrase.

I’ve considered him equivalent to Milt Milquetoast. If he’s preparted to punch Obama in the mouth, second look?

BuckeyeSam on February 28, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I like the phrase Triangle of Greed. We all knew it but this describes it well.

Herb on February 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

While I am not a big fan of T-Paw, he is right on this one: big government, labor unions and crony capitalism (AIG, GM, Chrysler, GE and Boeing) is a recipe for disaster.

bw222 on February 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Ot:just heard there are 4 moderate gop who will side with the wi dems…..

DANG it!

cmsinaz on February 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Where did you hear that? It would be disastrous if it’s true.

Mr. D on February 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Who?

Knott Buyinit on February 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

The public sector unions are used to having Democrats in charge, where they essentially negotiate with themselves. Having ANYBODY (in power) pushing back is an absolute shock. The gravy boat is empty??? What???

RBMN on February 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Heard it on msdnc:(

cmsinaz on February 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Big Labor+Big Business+Big Finance+ Big Government=Fascism

xkaydet65 on February 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Western liberalism was huge on Mussolini so they are really just coming full circle.

18-1 on February 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says growing government, powerful unions and bailed-out businesses make up “a royal triangle of greed” in America.

You know, “greed” is really not the right word. It isn’t really about pulling in more money by whatever means you can get it. It’s more of a sloth and pride problem — not wanting to adapt to changing circumstances and not wanting to lose the easy life you already have.
Greed gets such a bad rap.

Count to 10 on February 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Heard it on msdnc:(

cmsinaz on February 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Nothing on their website. Unless we get confirmation from a more reliable source, I wouldn’t worry. Yet.

Mr. D on February 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Mr D
Angryed has better info than me

cmsinaz on February 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

You know, “greed” is really not the right word. It isn’t really about pulling in more money by whatever means you can get it. It’s more of a sloth and pride problem — not wanting to adapt to changing circumstances and not wanting to lose the easy life you already have.
Greed gets such a bad rap.

Count to 10 on February 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM

The left has spent a lot of effort demonizing greed and big business. So the “triangle of Greed” attack will allow us to leverage their work…

18-1 on February 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I’ll never vote for Candidate X. Candidate X isn’t a true conservative because Candidate X voted for issue A and against issue B.

John Deaux on February 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

There’s a lot of critism here about Pawlenty’s speaking abilities instead of his record (which unfortuantely I don’t know well). I seems as if many now want a performer instead of an executive. Are you all tyring to set yourselves up for four more years of teleprompter in chief? Lay off his speaking abilities and focus on his record. That’s what’s important.

JSGreg3 on February 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM

The left has spent a lot of effort demonizing greed and big business. So the “triangle of Greed” attack will allow us to leverage their work…

18-1 on February 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

But that just reinforces the inherent Marxism.

Count to 10 on February 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

It was Pawlenty’s most rousing speech, yet. I like T-Paw, and after he declares, I want to see his policy details. I’m certainly open to learning more.

shelbysbest on February 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

I’d prefer ‘Axis’ or ‘Triad’ but the point is across.

fossten on February 28, 2011 at 12:45 PM

But that just reinforces the inherent Marxism.

Count to 10 on February 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Well, perhaps, but the question is, do we want to win?

Also, the left has now fully embraced national socialism – so international socialist propaganda isn’t going to be as effective for them anyway.

18-1 on February 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Good grief, how many HA contributors are on T-Paw’s payroll, ffs?

Seriously? This guy warrants even 1/10th of the number of articles here? It’s more than a little disappointing to see what looks like attempts to generate heat for a specific candidate rather than simply covering/discussing the heat that candidates generate on their own.

Midas on February 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

T-Paw will be the last candidate standing and get the nomination.

Palin is not serious, Romney is dead in the water via RomneyCare, Newt is a self serving promoter, and Huck is not running.

You heard it here first.

rickyricardo on February 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I’ll never vote for Candidate X. Candidate X isn’t a true conservative because Candidate X voted for issue A and against issue B.

John Deaux on February 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Good point./

pugwriter on February 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Pawlenty’s invoking & updating Eisenhower’s “Iron Triangle.”

BD57 on February 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

rickyricardo, I think you’d better go find Lucy, Ethel, and Fred because they wouldn’t vote for T-Pawn either. If he’s the candidate Dumb-Ø gets another 4 more years to turn us into a socialist state. Your man can’t even wake up the living but you can rest assured Dumb-Ø will get enough of the votes of the dead.

Y.A.W.N

Jayrae on February 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM

For the most part, T-Paw did a good job here in Minnesota. He did swallow the green kool-aid for a while, but he fought off the rabid Dems in the legislature quite effectively for the past four years. He may not be the best candidate theoretically available; I can think of a few I’d prefer myself, but of the people who are actually in the race he’s certainly one of the best choices available.

Mr. D on February 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Duh “RentTooHighMoo’ment!” Zound lak uh viktim moo’ment tuh ME!

ExpressoBold on February 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Have nothing against Pawlenty, don’t know a lot about him.

Nat. Review has an article suggesting that the GOP candidate, to win in 2012, must appeal to BOTH the Tea Party and to establishment GOP types. Article says the only 2 who can do this now are Christie (won’t run) and Paul Ryan.

This makes sense to me, and I’d love a chance to vote for Ryan as Pres.

jodetoad on February 28, 2011 at 2:15 PM

A little more sharpened elbows like this and TPaw may have a shot.
May.
Just give me someone who really wants it and is new- anyone from 08′ need not apply.

jjshaka on February 28, 2011 at 2:24 PM

It’s official, I’ve got T-Paw fever.

Fizzmaister on February 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I like the “triangle of greed”. That could be effective. OK, I’ll support him for VP now.

joe_doufu on February 28, 2011 at 2:39 PM

rickyricardo on February 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Credited 100% –aren’t you center-left though?

IR-MN on February 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

T-Paw’s speech in Phoenix was his best today, IMO. He had the right tone and passion, and the crowd was with him. So many people don’t take the time to learn about him and assume he’s a moderate – simply because he governed the state that elected Jesse Ventura and Al Franken. He did a great job for 8 years with a D-controlled legislature. Once they get to know him better, they’ll like him, and I hope everyone isn’t assuming Mitch Daniels is a shoe-in just because the MSM and the elitist, inside-the-beltway Republicans are promoting him.

LindaDinNev on February 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM

“his best today”
Sorry, I meant to say, “his best to date,”

LindaDinNev on February 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

T-Pawwwwww-wr!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

I can’t say I appreciate the people laughing at the rent guy in that video, just walk away if you don’t take him seriously.

As for T-Paw, he sounded good, good and feisty.

Daemonocracy on February 28, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Credited 100% –aren’t you center-left though?

Sure, but the Democratic Party is a ship full of authoritarian liars, and thieves and corporate cronies who have mastered the art of co-opting government power to steal directly from the taxpayer.

Now the Republican Party is full of corporate and Wall Street cronies, however their instincts are to think of the tax payer first – at least understand basic economics. They also have the Tea Party looking over their shoulders.

rickyricardo on February 28, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I like T-Paw, think he could be the real deal without p***ing off the base like Christie sometimes does, i.e. attacking Palin. However it’s his first time in the national spotlight. Can he become one of the front-runners his first campaign? If nothing else he would be a good VP candidate, could elevate him in the public’s minds for the future.

waelse1 on February 28, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I like what I heard here. So far of the candidates who are “obviously candidates” he’s the best of the lot. And he shows passion here I don’t associate with him.

The only words he’d need to add to ice the cake are words to the effect that he will get down in the trenches and do what is needed and within his power to prevent government growth and foster government shrinkage. He implied this. But he did not say if directly. Maybe there is hope for this country after all.

{^_^}

herself on March 1, 2011 at 6:35 AM