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From the Lefthand Corner: We've had puh-lenty of Pawlenty

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently announced his candidacy for governor again. He was our governor for eight years, ending just eight years ago. He was a very negative governor then, and there is no reason to believe he'll be any better now. Pawle...

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty recently announced his candidacy for governor again.

He was our governor for eight years, ending just eight years ago. He was a very negative governor then, and there is no reason to believe he'll be any better now.

Pawlenty made a feeble attempt at the presidency in the 2012 race. That ended early when, in Iowa, he hit bottom, polling even below the next lowest candidate, our very own Michele Bachmann.

During his two terms in office, Pawlenty was a master at doublespeak, a master at saying what he thought his audience of the day wanted to hear. His opening salvos this time around show that he has lost none of that capability, tendency, characteristic - or whatever you want to call it.

He's promising all sorts of things that he didn't want to pay for when he was in position to pay for them, but opted for irresponsibility and subterfuge to claim "no new taxes."

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Will the real Tim Pawlenty please, if ever, stand up?

Pawlenty gained and perpetuated himself in office under the mantra "no new taxes." He did so with dire consequences for all Minnesotans; that is, for all except his favored class, who already had more than they'll ever need.

He let our outstanding education system, once the pride and joy of all Minnesotans - Republican and Democrat alike - fade from top ranking nationwide to average and less than average.

Our Minnesota Miracle with 70 percent state funding dropped drastically, resulting in immediate and long-lasting consequences to this day. What was once funded by the state is now non-existent or replaced by local taxes and referendums.

Thanks to Pawlenty and his no-tax cohorts, school boards have been forced to struggle through loss of reserves, school operating debt and repeated deficit budgeting when they could and should be focusing on new programming, educational change, improvement in reducing class size and providing early childhood learning.

Under Pawlenty, our roads deteriorated, with necessary common-sense maintenance either underfunded or non-existent. It wasn't just Rome that "crumbled." Much of our infrastructure actually crumbled and fell away, including dangerous falling outer walls from historic governmental buildings.

After Pawlenty left our state in a lot worse shape than he found it, he gathered up some rich funding and headed to our neighboring state of Iowa to begin his abortive try for president to do to the nation what he'd done to us. Apparently Iowa was smarter than we were, and the voters of Iowa did the first time what we failed to do twice.

Not many, other than themselves, took neither the other Minnesotan nor Pawlenty very seriously as presidential timbre, and Pawlenty gave up the race when he trailed even Bachmann.

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From the presidential debacle, he went east to Washington, D.C., and slid into a cushy position to a very rich lobbyist representing corporate interests in defeating tax and regulatory legislation so vital to all off us other than 1 percenters.

His doublespeak came back to the forefront last week when he admitted and tried to explain his voting for Trump in November 2016. In October 2016, he told us that he would have nothing to do with Trump, that Trump was "unsound, uninformed, unhinged and unfit" for office.

Minnesota can't afford another term of Pawlenty. We're still paying for the first two.

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