Even business lobbyists support corporate welfare! 

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a likely presidential candidate in 2012, recently put some restrictions on state agencies receiving federal health funds, expressing concern about a federal takeover of health-care. I applaud this decision, while agreeing its a play for the GOP presidential nod.

Democrats and the media are attacking Pawlenty for impoverishing Minnesotans for political reasons, but he’s got other critics, too, as this op-ed in a Minnesota paper tells:

As even the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce agrees, Pawlenty went too far when he ordered state agencies not to participate in the federal health care law.

Really? Even the state’s business lobby is upset that the governor didn’t accept federal subsidies? Next thing you’ll tell me that even Goldman Sachs supported the Wall Street bailout!

Also objecting to Pawlenty’s anti-subsidy stance, were the Minnesota Hospital Association, the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, and the Minnesota Medical Association.

The op-ed, being surprised that the business lobby would want corporate welfare, reflects the same sort of blindness Frank Rich shows — and most liberal journalists — in assuming that naturally business is anti-government. You would have thought that the bailouts, the stimulus, and  ObamaCare would have disabused them of this delusion.

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