This was a story that didn’t make the big media circuit outside of Minnesota, and didn’t even play large there. After all, this was the week in which allegations about same-sex sexual groping by Eric Massa were extended. What are a little fraud and violation of the separation of church and state, compared to that?
Republican Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who is making all the moves of someone who wants to run for President in 2012, has been caught taking money from an account that was supposed to be dedicated to helping veterans. Pawlenty then gave the money to his favorite project the Minnesota bureau of big government religious programs, known euphemistically as the Office of Faith Based Initiatives. The money was gathered from fees for a “Support Our Troops” license plate.
Who would suspect that a “Support Our Troops” license plate would fund Onward Christian Soldiers? Tim Pawlenty, apparently. He sounds like a George W. Bush of the North.