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The Root of the Problem


Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Government dysfunction is rooted in so-called "safe seats" whether they are in the state legislature or the United States Congress. Safe seats make for hopelessly divided government. The bickering and partisanship in government is one of the biggest drags on our economy. Dysfunction in government breeds uncertainty and a loss of confidence. This dysfunction is a large part of the reasoning used by Standard and Poors when it rapped the knuckles of the United States by lowering the country's credit rating for the first time in history.

After following the mess in St. Paul with the state shut down and a similar but much larger mess in Washington D.C., I have little faith that politicians can throw off their political baggage and make the hard decisions that will be good for our state and country. Politicians need to represent their country first, their party and ideology second and third. Congress takes an oath to represent their constituents, not their party. Moderates that can work across the aisle make divided government work. This makes for the healthiest government, as it represents the spectrum of views that is America.

Let's face the fact that most of our political representatives lack the courage to prescribe the bad-tasting medicine our country needs to earn the confidence of the American people and the world.

When you strip it down it is a simple math problem. The government simply does not collect enough revenue to fulfill all of its promises. The most balanced approach is to reform programs, like Medicare, and to produce more revenue. The American public simply hasn't faced the reality of the math, many are somewhat delusional as to what Uncle Sam can do with the revenue he collects. Simple math dictates that we must reform Medicare. The long term structural problems can not be solved with just more efficiency. Difficult choices need to be made.

The fact is that sacrifices will have to be made, which may include increased Medicare premiums, some kind of increased taxes, and some reduction in services. We as a moral people need to provide for those in need.

Excessive military spending also needs to be addressed. The last decade with two very long wars has compounded the country's debt.

Polls show Americans are willing to raise more revenue from the rich and willing to cut things like foreign aid. In both cases, the effect on the federal deficit will be very limited and not even begin to solve the l .....
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One Moment Please... We have been given some healthy "goals"

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Cell phone: 507-251-5297

"If you build it, they will come." ~ Author unknown.

For the past year, I have been coordinating indoor and outdoor adult soccer in Preston. Players have been coming from Canton, Fountain, Wykoff, Spring Valle ..... 
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Education is for the common good

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

"Education is at the foundation of this economy; I personally believe that one of the most effective ways that we can help the economy is making sure that we're not seeing more teacher layoffs - because we can't eat our seed corn. We can't shortchan ..... 
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Obama in the garden

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

It started about ten days before the event. A colleague got a call from a friend who works for Congress, looking for some farms between Decorah and Preston which might be good locations for a tour. We didn't know who was coming or what they were int ..... 
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One Moment Please... Making history

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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Fillmore County Journal

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Based on the front page, does this newspaper look like it was sponsored by the "Obama in 2012" presidential campaign? Maybe I should have changed the masthead of ..... 
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America's financial troubles

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

America is in very serious financial trouble. Government spending is unsustainable and completely out of control. Yet politicians, especially liberal politicians, seem to think they can create an alternate reality by just continuing to spend more an ..... 
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Correction to August 8th Commentary

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

In the commentary by Dr. Robert Sauer in the August 8 Fillmore County Journal, it was stated that the tax increases of 1983 made under Ronald Reagan were the largest in American history. It should have read they were the largest peace time tax incre ..... 
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Choosing Mediocrity and Greed

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Dr. Robert Sauer

Before Governor Dayton capitulated to demands the state continue to operate on a budget that excoriates the backs of lower income Minnesotans' I wrote a commentary on the reasonableness of his proposals. They were based br ..... 
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Growth and grassless yards

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

We were in the midst of the worst heat wave in ten years, forecast to last at least a week. On the first Saturday of this stretch, my husband Art, his sister Susie and I traveled to Minneapolis to visit Art and Susie's brother Bob and his wife Bonni ..... 
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