Who the heck is this boring guy anyway? Tim Pawlenty was Governor of Minnesota for two terms, with a modicum of success, but his critics say that he reduced the state’s debt through a series of bookkeeping tricks, including borrowing $1.9 billion from the public school system, most of which must be paid back. Not good at all.
Now he wants to be our next president and it trying to shake the deeply ingrained belief that he is uninteresting. He has an economic plan but the problem is, he assumes 5% economic growth for 10 years, a condition which has never occurred before. He proposes to create this miracle via the hoary old chestnut of politicians, massive tax cuts. The Center for American Progress, a left leaning think tank, projected Governor Pawlenty's tax plan would cost $7.8 billion over a decade.
In an attempt to tie in front runner Romney with Obama, Pawlenty called the health care reform bill “Obamney Care”. OK, that’s a bit bold, taking on the front-runner. However, when face-to-face with Romney on Monday at the GOP debate, Governor Pawlenty refused to directly confront Mitt, instead muttering out his prepared talking points. Yawn.
He certainly seems to lack charisma and is currently running around 6% in most polls. His lack of visibility and current status as bottom of the barrel candidate inspired today’s piece.