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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 and more and by increasing taxes on the "rich". The lowering of the United States credit rating ought to be a wake-up call for everyone. We are in an emergency condition and we must approach it as such.

The nonsense going on in Washington must stop. Liberals, for the most part, have caused this and are making it worse. Keynesian economics is a failure. Wealth redistribution and social engineering create even more damage. Moreover, this administration isn't even following the tenets of Keynes. Along with stimulus spending Keynes also recommended that taxes be cut during a recession.

That is bad enough, but many lefties insist government should or should have spent more. Last week I heard liberal columnist Clarence Page say just that. And many others on the left believe the same.

Okay, I'll go along with that, if liberals prove to me first that stimulus spending has worked at one time or another somewhere on this planet. Moreover, I will allow you the privilege of going as far back as the Roman Empire to find one really good example. Since most liberals are so certain of their viewpoint coming up with an answer ought to be really easy. You should be able to find a dandy example within, oh let us say, ten seconds. One-thousand-one, one-thousand-two...okay times up.

There aren't any are there? Lots of bad examples though. For example, Japan has tried at least ten stimulus attempts and none of them have succeeded. Since there aren't any marginally good examples much less examples that are roaring successes, obviously most liberals, being thoughtful, intelligent, etc., will change their minds about out-of-control government spending won't they?

Nah, I would have a better chance of climbing Mt. Everest wearing nothing more than speedos and flip-flops than I would have getting most liberals to actually base their economic beliefs on the reality. I am also reasonably certain that liberals cannot get a waiver to create an alternate reality either.

Someone once said that politics is merely an excuse to justify hatreds. Though that might apply to some on the right, it much better describes liberals. Just mention George Bush, Dick Cheney, or the "rich" and see what kind of .....
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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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City mouse, country mouse

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I only recently realized, after living in these lovely hills for five years, that natives saying "they're from the cities" is not just an introduction, it's an inside curse. In these five years I've made many good friends and we have been able to le ..... 
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It's not JUST the budget

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As I began to write this commentary for the Journal, the State of Minnesota has been shut down due to failures of the legislative and executive branches to come to an agreement on finances. The reasons for this dilemma could be as simple as the past ..... 
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Progress?

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Wow. I did not realize that there are actually people out there who believe it is someone else's responsibility to take care of them. That would certainly not be the case in a Democratic Republic. I thought such people were an invention of Fox News ..... 
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Adherence to "No New Taxes Pledge," a threat to our state and our country

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
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As Minnesotans, we are getting hit with a double whammy of dysfunctional government. The inability of the two major political parties to work in concert causes unnecessary hardship, cost increases, and more inefficiency in government. Politicians ta ..... 
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Guest commentary: Why we need a progressive/liberal American vision

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Over the past couple of years we have been bombarded by political attacks from the far right and their fellow Teapublicans blaming our country's ills on liberalism, socialism, big government, and taxation. These are stale, unsupportable arguments th ..... 
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