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Simple Questions?


Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Here are some simple questions that have the same fairly simple answer. The questions are: what is our country's standard of living based on; what does our country's standard of living mirror; and what does the money we earn reflect?

The answer for all of these question is simply the productivity of our economy.

After World War II, given the devastation in the rest of the world, the United States was in essence the last man standing. We had a head start in the return to a well functioning market system. We produced and still produce significant part of the world's GDP. We use perhaps 25 percent of the world's energy but also produce about 27 percent of its GDP.

And how are we doing now? We have lost trillions of dollars of net worth, our economy's performance is abysmal, unemployment is inexcusably high, and our standard of living is in decline. The productivity of our economy has been significantly reduced as a result of politicians, generally liberal, fooling with the economy.

A Winona State English professor recently wrote, "Class war began 30 years ago, and the rich have been winning it." Given that the professor's expertise lies in subject-verb-order and dangling participles, among other things, perhaps some might exhibit considerable indulgence for his conclusion. I don't. This assertion is indefensible for someone smart enough to earn a Ph.D.

Our economy has not stalled and our standard of living has not deteriorated because the "rich" are stealing from the poor. Let's take a brief look at where we are.

Housing starts are one-third that of 2006, 2.2 million construction jobs are gone, lenders own more than 800,000 properties, there are 3.5 million delinquent mortgages, and 22.5 percent (11 million) of all mortgages are underwater.

Quoting from an Economic Policy Institute study, Pat Buchanan noted, "In 2007...white households had a median net worth of $134,280, compared with $13,450 for black households. By 2009, median net worth of white households had fallen...to $97,860...(and) for black households... $2,170." In other words, statistics show, "for every dollar of wealth the average white household had, black households had two cents".

So how has that effort to put "poor and minorities" into affordable housing worked along with redistributing our wealth? Hasn't worked for them and it hasn't worked for anyone else either. As a matter of fact liberals policies have been especia .....
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One moment, please... Minnesota: The State of Hypocrisy

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Born and raised here in Minnesota, I'm a fan of everything about our great state, except for our government.

I don't care what controlling party is leading the charge, Democrat, Republican or Jesse Ventura, it's all the same; a government bu ..... 
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Freedom: an endangered species

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Unfortunately, there are times when the citizens of the United States take our freedoms too lightly. We have become complacent in our thinking that the government will take care of all of our needs. We have asked government to do more for us on the ..... 
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Is the American dream history?

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The American Dream as defined by James Adams (1931) is a better and fuller life by everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of circumstances of birth. For many throughout our history the American Dream has r ..... 
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From two million to two

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Picture round-the clock public transportation, Arab-owned Internet cafés, Lippizaner horses clip-crossing the stonefilled walkway to their Sunday performance, and zither music a la The Third Man.

This is the city of two million I know. ..... 
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Harvest is a time of thanks

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The first Thanksgiving Days were harvest festivals to thank God for plentiful crops and survival. For this reason the holiday still takes place late in the fall, after the crops have been harvested. On this day, people give thanks with feasting and ..... 
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Schools cannot do it alone

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Chatfield Elementary School Reading Specialist

The title of this letter is the name of a book by Jamie Vollmer, a self proclaimed critic of public education who also happened to be the key-note speaker at a conference I recently attended. Hi ..... 
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The Great Divide

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Campaign season for both parties is definitely underway. It seems they start earlier every time around. Both sides will attempt to define the parameters of the race, but it appears the Democrats have the edge on taking the offensive. President Obama ..... 
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More important things to worry about than manmade climate change

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Two earthquakes and their tsunamis have caused upwards of 300,000 deaths over the last few years. Thus reminding us again that the world we live in is violent and dangerous. By the way, the USGS says that 39 states are in active seismic zones.
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