Oh my: Pawlenty calls for Medicare and Social Security reform — in Florida

posted at 9:08 pm on May 24, 2011 by Allahpundit

First he goes after ethanol in Iowa, now this. What’s next? Telling Texans it’s time to wean themselves off of barbecue? Good lord. This isn’t a campaign, it’s an intervention.

Alternate headline: “Tim Pawlenty now unelectable in not one but two early primary states.”

A day after telling Iowans their beloved ethanol subsidies will have to go, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty used a stop in senior-heavy Florida to call for reining in Social Security and Medicare benefits for future retirees…

It’s part of a tough-medicine tour, designed to highlight Pawlenty’s willingness to tell “hard truths.” He’s also planning to visit Washington to call for less-generous pay and benefits for public sector employees and to New York to call for an end to Wall Street bailouts…

Pawlenty said Social Security’s retirement age must “gradually” increase for people who are not yet in the system. He also called for ending cost-of-living increases for wealthy retirees. He said he’ll release details soon and said the changes would not affect current retirees.

That’s from today’s Facebook town hall, where he also took a question that seemed geared towards winning a certain fiscal-con icon’s constituency:

“In the state of Indiana, our governor has been really hard on teachers,” asked one girl. “What is your view of education?”

Pawlenty voiced a position on education similar to the reforms passed by Daniels in the last Indiana legislative session: school choice and vouchers, support for charter schools, and saying that education policy should be geared to help children and should “put their needs first, rather than the interests of adults in public employee union movement.”

The choice of the question seemed deliberate, as a way to position Pawlenty as the natural alternative for Daniels’ supporters.

The straight talk on entitlements, I think, is mainly geared towards giving him cover with the base for when he starts inching away from Ryan’s Medicare plan. He praised Ryan’s budget when speaking to reporters after the Facebook town hall today but reminded them that he’ll be introducing his own plan in the coming months. With good reason: The more Senate Republicans bail on Ryan — Olympia Snowe is the latest — the closer we get to the sort of tipping point imagined by Nate Silver. It’s easier for the GOP to deflect concerns about Ryan’s Medicare reforms if they’re voting party-line, less easy when the RINO contingent of Snowe, Collins, and Brown defects and thereby implicitly signals to centrists that Ryan’s budget is “extreme.” T-Paw’s trying to massage both sides here (much as he did in Iowa), hinting without saying that he thinks Ryan’s plan is extreme too but not so much that entitlement reform should be avoided. Exit quotation: “What I know is this: There just can’t be any more sacred cows.”


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Fire in the Belly

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Sorry, but a lot of this is starting to feel like a Hail Mary to get out of the 3% rut.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:14 PM

What next? Telling businesses they must stop hiring illegals or be shut down! That’s what!

SouthernGent on May 24, 2011 at 9:14 PM

T-Paw is coming out swinging!..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I knew it. I have seen this movie before.

Southernblogger on May 24, 2011 at 9:15 PM

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Don’t be a hater. I’m definitely warming up to T’Paw.

Lance Murdock on May 24, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Getting Attention by taking away subsidiaries and entitlements

Second Look!

Kini on May 24, 2011 at 9:16 PM

However, I think it’s going to make life tough for Romney.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Have to give the guy credit, Tpaw seems to be breaking the mold of politispeakers by saying what he knows everyone is thinking: We have to make big changes in everything RIGHT NOW.

Bishop on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

“That T-Paw is one baaaad mother…”

“…Shut yo mouth!”

Dongemaharu on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Don’t be a hater. I’m definitely warming up to T’Paw.

Lance Murdock on May 24, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I’m not hating. How often in the past has Pawlenty been very vocal about ethanol subsidies and Medicare reform?

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

When he comes up with a concrete plan, we’ll see.

promachus on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Pawlenty is setting the bar for the other GOP candidates.

Weird.

But, I like it. Second look for sure. Maybe a third.

SlaveDog on May 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

When he comes up with a concrete plan, we’ll see.

promachus on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Yeah, that’s the sticky wicket.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Well he trying anyway but to think that Snowe or Brown have any answers is crazy. The system has to be reformed and everyone understands that and it will change let’s hope it will be a change we have some control over. The longer we dally the less control we will have on the outcome.

whbates on May 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

He’s seriously trying to outflank Palin from the right. I wonder what his play will be.

promachus on May 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

He’s seriously trying to outflank Palin from the right. I wonder what his play will be.

promachus on May 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I think he knows he can’t really do that. I believe this is all about stealing Romney’s thunder.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Until a majority of voters decide to stand up on their hind legs and do for themselves rather than accept a suckle at the government’s teat, we neither desire nor deserve our liberty and republic.

Scribbler on May 24, 2011 at 9:20 PM

“What I know is this: There just can’t be any more sacred cows.”

Folks will accept that if it is really true. We can’t cut Medicare and Social Security to seniors while we still provide SS disability to adult babies and food stamps to Cadillac queens or lottery winners. We can’t cut seniors while we lavish federal employees with salaries and benefits and pensions that put them far ahead of private industry. We can’t keep hiring federal employees like there’s no tomorrow. Federal salaries need to be frozen for the next five years, really frozen, not a fake Bammie freeze. Federal headcount needs to be cut back to 2000 levels.

If honest and permanent cuts are made across the board, people will go along.

slickwillie2001 on May 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM

promachus on May 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I still think this will give Palin cover. She can point to T-Paw and say she’s not extreme or she can make a play for the center. As it is, most of her numbers are increasing dramatically with independents. Either way, if T-Paw and Palin are calling for entitlement reform, and Romney doesn’t, ROmney is just about done.

promachus on May 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Hey, if he sticks with it, I’ll vote for him. Not looking for miracles here, just need somebody to turn this damn car around.

Jim-Rose on May 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM

I’m not hating. How often in the past has Pawlenty been very vocal about ethanol subsidies and Medicare reform?

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

He’s running for President, so he has to.

He wasn’t dealing with those national issues as governor, was he?

Good Lt on May 24, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Candor? A way to shed the Milt Milquetoast label?

I might start paying attention to him now.

The GOP has 18 months to bone up on and to communicate the reality of Medicare reform. To do otherwise is to be a Democrat and un-American.

It’s time for the GOP to run as the adult party.

BuckeyeSam on May 24, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Go T-Paw.

This is the anti-Romney. This guy could be the last man sanding after everyone else flames out.

NickDeringer on May 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

So what are you saying. that tim is doing this stuff for purely politcal reasons and believes none of it? like a poll tested candidate?

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Have to give the guy credit, Tpaw seems to be breaking the mold of politispeakers by saying what he knows everyone is thinking: We have to make big changes in everything RIGHT NOW.

Bishop on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

He tackled the unions & the Dem legislature in Minnesota for 8 yrs. to warm up for this.

itsnotaboutme on May 24, 2011 at 9:29 PM

What’s next? Going to Miami Beach to advocate Federal defunding of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. and then maybe a little jaunt down to Overtown to spell out his plans for welfare reform?

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

He’s running for President, so he has to.

He wasn’t dealing with those national issues as governor, was he?

Good Lt on May 24, 2011 at 9:22 PM

He hasn’t been governor for quite a while.

Come on. These are campaign tactics and rhetoric. Hail Mary. Look at me.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Admire and agree with his message.
I just don’t think he has the gift to sell it.
Time will tell.

CTSherman on May 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM

He runs in the same political circles as Charlie Crist. He is trying to rebrand himself the same way Crist did in 2006 as a “Conservative Republican”. If the polls ever turn his views will as well.

NWFLConservative on May 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

“That T-Paw is one baaaad mother…”

“…Shut yo mouth!”

Dongemaharu on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

hahahaha
After getting the, um, shaft for the last couple of years, the US just might choose this guy over BHO.

itsnotaboutme on May 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

He wasn’t dealing with those national issues as governor, was he?

Good Lt on May 24, 2011 at 9:22 PM

yes he was…

Minnesota has mandated a 10% mixture of gasoline and ethanol (gasohol) since 1997. Pawlenty signed into law in May 2005 a bill that will raise the minimum mandated mixture to 20% in 2013. Pawlenty has also lobbied the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition to mandate higher ethanol use nationwide.[120]

Conservative Republican governors were not supportive of Pawlenty’s presentation on clean energy to the governor’s association, which he gave in cooperation with Ed Rendell, who is the governor of Pennsylvania and the National Governors Association’s Democratic vice-chairman. With Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Pawlenty is co-chairman of the association’s energy committee. The effort received “adamant opposition” from governors of petroleum (oil) producing states

In 2005, Pawlenty asked a U.S. Senate subcommittee to allow his MinnesotaCare health plan to expand and continue allowing state residents and employees to import cheaper Canadian prescription drugs.[123]

In 2007, Pawlenty signed into law the 2007 Omnibus Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill, which provided funding for the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a panel of health care experts charged with exploring ways to reduce health care spending, improve quality, and ensure that Minnesota develops a universal health care plan by 2011.[124]

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM

He runs in the same political circles as Charlie Crist. He is trying to rebrand himself the same way Crist did in 2006 as a “Conservative Republican”. If the polls ever turn his views will as well.

NWFLConservative on May 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Yeah, there are going to be more sudden tea partiers among the GOP field than you can believe. Ten or twelve people trying to out-tea party the Tea Party.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM

People are sick and tired of all the mealy-mouthed, wimpy, PC talk. I really appreciate his blunt talk.

francesca on May 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM

After getting the, um, shaft for the last couple of years, the US just might choose this guy over BHO.

itsnotaboutme on May 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

LOL…no, they won’t.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM

He hasn’t been governor for quite a while.

Come on. These are campaign tactics and rhetoric. Hail Mary. Look at me.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

He’s only been out of office since January/February of this year.

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

I see the Palinistas are in true form tonight!..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Sorry, but a lot of this is starting to feel like a Hail Mary to get out of the 3% rut.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Another C4P sniper fires from the tree tops.

rickyricardo on May 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

He tackled the unions & the Dem legislature in Minnesota for 8 yrs. to warm up for this.
itsnotaboutme on May 24, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Tpaw did stare down the transit union over benefits before tackling the unions was cool. I think he told the union to pound hot sand for about two months over some outrageous collective bargaining and retirement crap, and they finally folded.

Bishop on May 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I’m just saying, give him a chance. Plus, he is challenging these scared cows in the states that will be effected by these changes the most.

Lance Murdock on May 24, 2011 at 9:35 PM

He hasn’t been governor for quite a while.

Come on. These are campaign tactics and rhetoric. Hail Mary. Look at me.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Yes, but he didn’t quit in the middle of his term.

rickyricardo on May 24, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Another C4P sniper fires from the tree tops.

rickyricardo on May 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

I’m not a C4P member, but why shouldn’t Pawlenty have his share of snipers as well? Are the rules suddenly different?

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:35 PM

If the polls ever turn his views will as well.

NWFLConservative on May 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

so typical politician then? crap I wa slooking for a good second choice.

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Yes, but he didn’t quit in the middle of his term.

rickyricardo on May 24, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Would anyone have noticed if he had?

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:36 PM

The prognostication is fierce here tonight.

I wish someone could tell me the lottery numbers for tomorrow night.

Bishop on May 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

I wish someone could tell me the lottery numbers for tomorrow night.

Bishop on May 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

well if Obama is coming back it will be 666 if not i can’t help you

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM

I wish someone could tell me the lottery numbers for tomorrow night.

Bishop on May 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

lol!..That is funny!..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM

T-Paw is starting to show some chutzpah. If he backs off the food-police BS I might be back in his camp again.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Bishop on May 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, & 42

El_Terrible on May 24, 2011 at 9:40 PM

He’s only been out of office since January/February of this year.

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Yeah, I remember January and his response to the Tucson stuff. Not good.

I see the Palinistas are in true form tonight!..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

What’s good for the goose…

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Would anyone have noticed if he had?

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Is that the best you’ve got? He was my governor for 8 years – he did some great things, he did some things that I didn’t agree with but the guy served the state well and he stood for what he believed in. We could do a lot worse than him if he ends up being the nominee (which I hope he’s not)

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Yeah, It’s amazing watching all of the FL Senate candidates try to be the next Marco Rubio. All the sudden they forgot they they voted for the largest tax increase ……er ummmmmm “fees” increase in the history of the state. Rubio was was telling, to soon to be retires, that social security would have to be reformed for future retirees for the last two years. Not much of a surprise that presidential candidates are emboldened to do it now.

NWFLConservative on May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Could someone answer me this question?

If ethanol subsidies are needed to keep the industry a float which they are. And Tpaw wants to take them away. How would his law mandating 20% ethanol mix be able to happen when the ethanol industry goes belly up. Will Minnn have to creat and run at taxpayer cost Ethanol plants to ensure their law is met?

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

We’re just trying to give everyone the same critical look-over on the same terms. What’s wrong with that?

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

TPAW going to market himself as the Palin/Ryan/Bachmann/Cain alternative to MITT?

Marketing in a political campaign?……….who knew right?

PappyD61 on May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

If Snowe, Collins and Brown are against Ryan’s plan then it is a certainty that Ryan’s plan is THE perfect plan for reform. Reverse barometers and all that. Nice work Paul.

WTF is wrong with people in ME? I already know that MA is populated with 99% morons. That explains Red Sox fans.

JimP on May 24, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Yes, but he didn’t quit in the middle of his term.

rickyricardo on May 24, 2011 at 9:35 PM

As much as I loathe to agree with you on anything-you don’t help your fellow ‘other than Palins’-T-Paw served TWO terms in a very blue state. Ronald Reagan was also a two-term governor of a blue state.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

We’re just trying to give everyone the same critical look-over on the same terms. What’s wrong with that?

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

What are you 2?

I love Palin but some posters on this board make me really hope she never gets back into politics.

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Is that the best you’ve got? He was my governor for 8 years –

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

OK, so you would’ve noticed. This is like all those irate Hoosiers when a critical word was whispered about Mitch Daniels.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

We’re just trying to give everyone the same critical look-over on the same terms. What’s wrong with that?

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

What are you 2?

I love Palin but some posters on this board make me really hope she never gets back into politics.

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

What’s wrong with what I said? Is there something special about Pawlenty that decrees we must treat him with kid gloves? Are you 2?

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:45 PM

OK, so you would’ve noticed. This is like all those irate Hoosiers when a critical word was whispered about Mitch Daniels.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Funny how you edited out the rest of my quote to serve your purpose.

Man are you sure you aren’t a liberal cause you are annoying as one.

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I see the Palinistas are in true form tonight!..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Only certain ones. We do count Palinistas among our QOTD thread jackers-remember. *wink*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Does Tpaw have a death panel problem?

In 2007, Pawlenty signed into law the 2007 Omnibus Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill, which provided funding for the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a panel of health care experts charged with exploring ways to reduce health care spending, improve quality, and ensure that Minnesota develops a universal health care plan by 2011

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM

He hasn’t been governor for quite a while.

Come on. These are campaign tactics and rhetoric. Hail Mary. Look at me.

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I don’t care if it’s a Hail Mary; it’s good policy. The other candidates are going to have to explain why ethanol is good idea and how they plan and dealing with entitlements. T-Paw is setting the agenda.

toliver on May 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Oh my. Pawlentyites sure are defensive. Too many Conservatives4Pawlenty over here.

lol

Dongemaharu on May 24, 2011 at 9:48 PM

What next? Telling businesses they must stop hiring illegals or be shut down! That’s what!

SouthernGent on May 24, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Believe it or not, NumbersUSA gives Tpaw the second best grade as far as immigration goes. That goes a long way in my book. They give Bachmann a B- and Tpaw a C. I’d like to see A+s from everyone, but that won’t happen. Sadly, there’s a lot of space between Tpaw and the rest. Too many cheap labor Republicans.

TxAnn56 on May 24, 2011 at 9:48 PM

pseudoforce on May 24, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Keep it up by all means!..You are winning hearts and minds!..Carry on..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Does Tpaw have a death panel problem?

In 2007, Pawlenty signed into law the 2007 Omnibus Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill, which provided funding for the Health Care Transformation Task Force, a panel of health care experts charged with exploring ways to reduce health care spending, improve quality, and ensure that Minnesota develops a universal health care plan by 2011

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Link?

toliver on May 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I’m heartened T-Paw is speaking the truth, I’m not ready to get excited just yet, but I am heartened. Lotta time left to unfold.

Tim Zank on May 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

This is most awesome. It has the wonderful attribute of being spot on correct and it makes Romney and the Democrats look like lying weasels. I figure that if we go down in flames advocating frugality, it won’t be long before it all implodes anyway. If Obama and the Dems keep and/or regain power, the international bond vigilantes will slap us real hard, real fast.

DocinPA on May 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Last time I checked he didn’t quit!..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Keep it up by all means!..You are winning hearts and minds!..Carry on..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

ROTFL!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 9:50 PM

This is most awesome. It has the wonderful attribute of being spot on correct and it makes Romney and the Democrats look like lying weasels. I figure that if we go down in flames advocating frugality, it won’t be long before it all implodes anyway. If Obama and the Dems keep and/or regain power, the international bond vigilantes will slap us real hard, real fast.

DocinPA on May 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Sad but true.

toliver on May 24, 2011 at 9:51 PM

I love Palin but some posters on this board make me really hope she never gets back into politics.

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Too bad you won’t get your wish:

Palin’s Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June

The fruits of that initial conversation are now complete. The result is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona, where Alaska’s most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home. When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin’s prospective presidential campaign — an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won’t run.

steebo77 on May 24, 2011 at 9:51 PM

We could do a lot worse than him if he ends up being the nominee (which I hope he’s not)

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

I believe a governor can change his position on issues because of the different responsibilities of each office. As POTUS he must serve the country and he is seriously limited by the US constitution whereas a governor is not.

csdeven on May 24, 2011 at 9:52 PM

steebo77 on May 24, 2011 at 9:51 PM

So what? She’ll just quit half way through.

csdeven on May 24, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I can’t help but wonder if he’s doing this because of the political advantages rather than because it’s right.

It gives him moral credibility, which translated into votes and support.

And he has political cover should he underperform in either state.

Mister Mets on May 24, 2011 at 9:54 PM

steebo77 on May 24, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Yeah, she’s going to run.

toliver on May 24, 2011 at 9:55 PM

The Task Force’s plan for transforming health care in Minnesota is based on five core
principles:
• The health of Minnesota’s population must be improved. The Task Force
recommends that Minnesota adopt aggressive goals for reducing the rates of
overweight and obesity, tobacco use, and the use of alcohol and other drugs. The
active involvement and support of communities, schools, employers, health care
providers, and government will be needed to achieve these goals.

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:56 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Good to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Read this for how T-Paw’s talking tough in Iowa wasn’t really talking all that tough. Stop furthering this fake meme, Allah.

Vatican Watcher on May 24, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Palin’s Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June

The fruits of that initial conversation are now complete. The result is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona, where Alaska’s most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home. When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin’s prospective presidential campaign — an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won’t run.

steebo77 on May 24, 2011 at 9:51 PM

The last film I saw was “King’s Speech’.
Thanks anyway though.
///

annoyinglittletwerp on May 24, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Does Tpaw have a death panel problem?

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Considering that there are no “death panels” or health care system similar to Obamacare or Romneycare in MN, I’d say no.

Hollowpoint on May 24, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Link?

toliver on May 24, 2011 at 9:49 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Pawlenty#Health

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I believe a governor can change his position on issues because of the different responsibilities of each office. As POTUS he must serve the country and he is seriously limited by the US constitution whereas a governor is not.

csdeven on May 24, 2011 at 9:52 PM

I think he worked well for Minnesota but I just don’t think he’s captivating enough to rally an entire country. He’s kind of Minnesota bland for lack of a better term.

I’m going to support whomever ends up the nominee – I just am hoping for someone with a little more oomph.

gophergirl on May 24, 2011 at 9:57 PM

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Ace pegged you perfectly..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:58 PM

He’s seriously trying to outflank Palin from the right. I wonder what his play will be.

promachus on May 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Not doing stupid reality TV shows was a good start. Finishing his full term as governor was another. Action over rhetoric. Not aligning himself with idiots like Glen Beck. The list is almost endless.

Tommy_G on May 24, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Palin’s Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June

Does it consist of action / comedy scenes in which she constantly keeps shooting herself in the foot to keep it realistic?

Hollowpoint on May 24, 2011 at 9:58 PM

His record of actual governing does not correspond to his brave words. I am glad to see him doing this as it sets the agenda for others but like Newt claiming to be an insider Pawlenty’s conversion lacks credibility. He was a big global warming guy, an ethanol supporter and now he transforms into the guy who will fight all that?

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 10:01 PM

I’ve live in Fla. most of my life, I’ve just hit 60, I know nothing about him…but he’s right. Mrs. Palin is a ruder to help steer a Conservative course. The Media has successfully demonized her into major political mud.

jatfla on May 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Palin’s Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June

Does it consist of action / comedy scenes in which she constantly keeps shooting herself in the foot to keep it realistic?

Hollowpoint on May 24, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Okay this made me LOL

buckichick1 on May 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Considering that there are no “death panels” or health care system similar to Obamacare or Romneycare in MN, I’d say no.

Hollowpoint on May 24, 2011 at 9:57 PM

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpsc/hep/transform/ttfreportfinal.pdf

Seems Tpaw was trying….

The Task Force’s plan for transforming health care in Minnesota is based on five core
principles:
• The health of Minnesota’s population must be improved. The Task Force
recommends that Minnesota adopt aggressive goals for reducing the rates of
overweight and obesity, tobacco use, and the use of alcohol and other drugs. The
active involvement and support of communities, schools, employers, health care
providers, and government will be needed to achieve these goals.
• We need dramatic improvements in the quality, cost, and patient-centeredness of
health care in Minnesota, and we should use a combination of collaboration and
competition to achieve these improvements. The Task Force’s recommendations in
this area build on Minnesota’s strong foundation of community collaboration to
define and measure quality health care. Increased transparency of health care prices
and quality, combined with more patient-centered decision-making and incentives for
providers to innovate on ways to improve quality and reduce cost, will help
Minnesota achieve this goal.
• Health care payment systems must be restructured to support and encourage
evidence-based, high-value health care. The Task Force recognizes that current
payment systems do not support innovation that improves quality and reduces cost –
in fact, sometimes current systems penalize providers that do a good job of managing
care. The way we pay for health care must be fundamentally changed in ways that
support improvements in quality and establish accountability for the total cost of care.
• The overall size and cost of the health care system should be reduced. In this area,
the Task Force recommendations include strategies to reduce overuse of health care
services, reduce administrative costs, and to ensure that new technologies are only
used and paid for when they provide good value.

oh btw that commission was handpicked by Tpaw:

The Task Force consists of 17 members – 13 appointed by the governor and four state legislators

TPaw had no problem recommending that the government tell people to tell people what to eat, what to smoke, how many beers to have….

Nannystater hello…

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Ace pegged you perfectly..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 9:58 PM

was that before, during or after his 2 year old temper tantrum/meltdown?

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 10:03 PM

“less easy when the RINO contingent of Snowe, Collins, and Brown defects and thereby implicitly signals to centrists that Ryan’s budget is “extreme.”

Three liberal republicans defecting will do no such thing. If anything, it implicitly signals that the plan is a good idea.

xblade on May 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 10:03 PM

You choose!..:)

Dire Straits on May 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Speaking as an adult to children.

General wisdom says politicians aren’t supposed to take away people’s lollipops.

But, as far as I’m concerned, it’s about damn time!!

Pablo Snooze on May 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM

His record of actual governing does not correspond to his brave words. I am glad to see him doing this as it sets the agenda for others but like Newt claiming to be an insider Pawlenty’s conversion lacks credibility. He was a big global warming guy, an ethanol supporter and now he transforms into the guy who will fight all that?

sharrukin on May 24, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Yeah, I’m skeptical too. Let’s see how he handles the inevitable questions that will come.

was that before, during or after his 2 year old temper tantrum/meltdown?

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 10:03 PM

What’s with the Ace stuff? Did he ban you or something?

toliver on May 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM

He is talking the talk. Can he walk the walk?

novaculus on May 24, 2011 at 10:09 PM

The Task Force consists of 17 members – 13 appointed by the governor and four state legislators

TPaw had no problem recommending that the government tell people to tell people what to eat, what to smoke, how many beers to have….

Nannystater hello…

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM

He *gasp* appointed a task force with no authority to do anything but make recommendations? The horror!

Being a resident of MN who eats, drinks and smokes just as much as he damned well pleases, I’ve somehow managed to sneak under the radar of your imaginary nanny state police.

Hollowpoint on May 24, 2011 at 10:09 PM

TPaw had no problem recommending that the government tell people to tell people what to eat, what to smoke, how many beers to have….

Nannystater hello…

unseen on May 24, 2011 at 10:02 PM

That lengthy quote in your comment had no relation to your conclusion.
In fact, the commission’s quote was common sense. Not nanny state!
Tell us the real reason you hate T-Paw.
Sarah fan?
Cainiac?

itsnotaboutme on May 24, 2011 at 10:10 PM

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