Pawlenty picks a good horse

Manufacturing bases are vital, and Ford needs to stick around

If you wonder why Detroit is currently being bulldozed into âÄòurban parksâÄô, look no further than the collapse of the American automotive industry.
A community dependent upon an industry not immune to crash was hit hard, and now is reeling to make a positive situation out of what has been negative. Those in charge of planning have come to the conclusion that smaller is better. While retired Piston now-mayor Dave Bing promises not to use eminent domain, “Those people that we can encourage and that they would agree to be moved, those are the ones that we are going to work with first.” We donâÄôt want a situation like this here in the Twin Cities. We have our own communities that have been hit hard by the recession and the now-burst bubble of urban real estate. Those communities used to support vibrant manufacturing communities âÄî now defunct due to the advantages that can come with producing your goods on the other sides of our borders. Our school districts have started to collapse and thereâÄôs no public presence at the polls: the same warning signs that came before the situation now faced in Detroit. Some on both sides of the fence havenâÄôt agreed with what Pawlenty has done in office lately. However, if heâÄôs going to try and find ways to save jobs and put money in the pockets of some of our hardest working people, more power to him. Development for Ford and for the Mall of America would be beneficial for the worker base we need to sustain. While the left-side people are still waiting for a new, Democrat governor who will have all sorts of creative ideas for tax revenue, right-wingers fear even more excessive spending to come. Before any Minnesotan can worry about the future, thereâÄôs a need to keep in mind that Pawlenty has some time left, and we canâÄôt afford to butt heads too hard. Compromise has always been a key in good political motion, and itâÄôd be a shame to see us not end a too long-standing streak of deficit. If Pawlenty can continue to work with our legislature for any type of pro-active and responsive government, Minnesota might come out ahead of an alarming national trend. The war is far from won, but good commanders pick their battles. PawlentyâÄôs national ambitions are permissible âÄî as long as he does his job at hand. Jon Radermacher welcomes comments at [email protected]