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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 legislative session, or as in the words of the late Paul Harvey, we need to hear "the rest of the story".

In the past thirty years the United States has lived in unprecedented prosperity and has remained somewhat peaceful. We have however, in this span, managed to accumulate a debt which can only be compared to the debt we inherited in winning WWII. There is one notable exception to these two debts. As a country we knew that the war would end and we would all return to our normal jobs and life-style and pay off the war debt, according to economist Oscar Falloni. If we had lost in that war we also knew that that debt would never be repaid. In contrast, our debt today has occurred due to the new direction under which our government and country would function. This type of debt is characterized by the philosophy that it really doesn't matter how rich a nation we have become, because we can waste money faster.

We began going down the road of spending and not paying over 40 years ago with the government informing the population that all citizens will have an expanded form of "inalienable rights" (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were written into the Constitution). These additional rights were pounded into the hearts, souls, and minds of citizens over many years to the point that these new rights became accepted and new agencies and a new level of bureaucracy was created for the state and federal governments. These new rights, a job, decent home, medical care, vacations from work and subsidies for agriculture markets allowed the federal government to begin to function as a mother hen in providing goods and services for all. As the federal government began its role, the states joined hands with the federal government as the money to fund these expanded rights trickled down. We paid for these benefits through taxes on the federal and state level and on the federal level all that was necessary was to raise the debt level ceiling. Paying down the debt on the federal and state levels wasn't even on the radar screen. The background of the problem now contains two components: increased taxes, and spending of federal and state money without the intent of repaying the debt. All of this to increase .....
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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
Posted in Commentary

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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The new "Three R's" needed for a bright future for Minnesota

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton have a unique opportunity at this moment to prompt lasting positive changes for our state and position us to be a national leader for decades to come. Despite the rhetoric on both sides, the biggest obstacle facing u ..... 
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The reason we celebrate

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

"It is not by consolidation or concentration of powers, but by their distribution that good government is effected."

Thomas Jefferson

It has been 235 years since our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, which is ou ..... 
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State exports set, first quarter record

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

ST. PAUL - Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products grew 13 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago. According to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Developme ..... 
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Why not Palin?

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Over the past few months, I've read a number of unhinged articles from both liberals and conservatives (so-called) about Sarah Palin. A number of commentators from both sides of political spectrum seem to believe that she is a lightweight nitwit who ..... 
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Faith restored

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

A couple of events recently restored my faith in the American electorate especially for the members of my generation and the baby boomers. It has to do with Paul Ryan's voodoo trickle down economics, his attack on the elderly and the poor and new fi ..... 
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