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Neil Gaiman Is Worth 45,000 Matt Deans

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 4, 2011

Witness as, in the course of his attacks on the popularly-mandated Minnesota Legacy Amendment, a man not worthy of being Neil Gaiman’s bootscraper struts like a little peacock, attempting to lob ridiculously ripe stinkbombs at one of the finest living novelists in the English language:

House Majority Leader Matt Dean said he reminded Urdahl of the “importance of making sure he has [Republican] caucus support” for Legacy funding for arts and cultural heritage projects, an area of spending that Dean acknowledged had rankled some Republicans. “MPR, it’s safe to say, has been a concern in the past,” said Dean.

Dean also singled out a $45,000 payment of Legacy money that was made last year to science fiction writer Neil Gaiman for a four-hour speaking appearance. Dean said that Gaiman, “who I hate,” was a “pencil-necked little weasel who stole $45,000 from the state of Minnesota.”

What is your major malfunction, Matt Dean? I mean, really? Are cheap shots wrapped in non sequiturs your strong suit, or what?

Are you jealous that Gaiman’s fantasy writings are much better than your party’s fantasy writings — such as that pathetic excuse for a budget bill your party had Accenture write? And for this they put you in charge of the House? And as for your partners in crime at the StarTribune, who are trying to stick up the state’s taxpayers for $791 million for a new Vikings stadium (that works out to 17,577.77 four-hour appearances by Neil Gaiman, or 17,250.77 more appearances than the Vikings will make in that stadium during its likely thirty-year lifespan), they should be ashamed of themselves for their hypocrisy as well as their facilitating your idiocy.

What’s next, attacking Terry Pratchett?

(Crossposted to MyFDL and Renaissance Post.)

11 Responses to “Neil Gaiman Is Worth 45,000 Matt Deans”

  1. Jenny said

    The hell? Is this man paranoid? Granted Neil’s been rather lackluster regarding race and handicap rights ( Amanda Palmer’s Evelyn project), but c’mon.

    • “The hell? Is this man paranoid?”

      He’s a really stupid Republican who happens to run the Minnesota House. He thinks that demagoguing the relative pittance paid to Neil is a smooth move.

      Dean’s trying to wrest control of how the Legacy Amendment’s funds are spent, and he’s being aided in this by the GOP-owned-and-run StarTribune (or TiceTribune as I call it in honor of editor and longtime local GOP activist Doug Tice), which is jealous that its most dangerous institutional media rival, Minnesota Public Radio, gets Legacy money.

      This is an amendment that boosts funding for local arts, public media and the environment, and it passed with overwhelming public support, mind you, despite frantic Republican efforts to keep it off the 2008 ballot. A U of M study last year showed that for every $1.00 spent, Legacy money generates $1.95 locally:

      • David W. said

        The relative pittance that Neil also gave away to charity, actually:

        I figure money like that, sort of out-of-the-blue windfall money, is best used for Good Deeds, so I let a couple of small and needy charities (one doing social work, the other library/book based) know that I would be passing the money on to them, after agents had taken their commission, and did not think twice about it.

  2. MEC said

    Matt Dean isn’t worthy to empty Neil Gaiman’s pencil sharpener.

    I am reminded of the adage, “Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel.” The equivalent these days is picking a fight with someone who has legions of fans on the Internet.

    And really, dissing someone who makes a living by his eloquence is particularly stupid.

  3. Wege said

    I guess I won’t make many friends here by saying this, but the Legacy amendment was the scummiest way of funding MPR and the arts imaginable, and I’m sure the amount of politics necessary to get funded by those folks is beyond disgusting.

    We need to get rid of the Legacy amendment and any other scams for automatically funding anything in this state. Yes, it’s a pain to pass appropriations bills when one party is clinically insane, but the more oxes that get gored, the faster the voters wise up and go back to voting for candidates who believe in government.

    You either believe in government or you don’t. Yes, governing is hard when one party elects nothing but assholes, but overcoming these obstacles is what restores the vitality of our democracy. End arounds to secure funding for unpopular but worthy causes only leads to more end arounds and the next thing you know we’re California Jr. tied up in a straightjacket of constitutional amendments that screw up everything.

    I’m also not criticizing Gaiman, but that library had absolutely no business spending that much money on one speaker (it could as easily have been noted author Sarah Palin, you know). It’s fine for Gaiman to pass that fee on to charity, but it really wasn’t his money to pass along. And that’s exactly the kind of harebrained spending you get when you “lock in” funds for people who should have to justify every penny they spend.

    But mostly I hate the Legacy amendment because it was 100% b.s. from the get go, and won only because our news media failed to expose it for what it was. The Legacy amendment locked in MPR funding despite that organization’s radical lack of financial transparency (how many paychecks does Bill Kling collect a year? and does even MPR’s board of governors know the answer to that?). But even if MPR didn’t get a dime from this scam, I’d be opposed to it just on principle.

    • “We need to get rid of the Legacy amendment and any other scams for automatically funding anything in this state. Yes, it’s a pain to pass appropriations bills when one party is clinically insane, but the more oxes that get gored, the faster the voters wise up and go back to voting for candidates who believe in government.”

      Unfortunately, the debt ceiling dance shows how wrong this is. When the other side can afford to literally spend tens of billions every year, and not just election years, telling people that up is down, black is white, and ignorance is strength, we need all the automatic help we can get.

      • Wege said

        So lets break the system a little more because they did it first?

        The lies won’t stop until we elect legislators who aren’t afraid to call out the liars in real time. The Legacy amendment is a horrible solution to a slightly less horrible problem.

        I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but I can’t agree with you on this altho I do agree that Matt Dean is a jerk and Neil Gaiman’s a great writer.

    • joel hanes said

      Wege, I thought you gave up politics.

  4. Meanwhile, Sally Jo Sorensen sees what I should have caught right away — that Dean was demagoguing Gaiman not just as a way to cater to the anti-literate wing (or the “Illiterati”) of the Minnesota GOP, but as a way to yank Urdahl’s ideological chain and enforce the purity of Republican ideology.

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