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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 and conservative radio, but many like Mr. Panko keep proving them right. So many mistakenly assume that "progress" must be a departure from what has worked in the past. Would "progress" in the freest, wealthiest, most charitable nation in human history not be the preservation of the principles that made it so? Those three things always go together and in that order, by no coincidence. We became the freest nation on earth at our founding and that unmatched freedom lead to unmatched prosperity. That unrivalled wealth then made us capable of being the most charitable nation on earth. Only limited government with resultant maximum freedom can provide such a foundation for success.

With any due respect, people like Mr. Panko apparently skipped history class on a regular basis. In response to his delusional fabrication and many others, someone must set the record straight. An inconvenient historical fact is that human beings existed long before any government did. So, we know people don't need government to exist, but government needs the people in order to exist. This means that anything a government has, is that which is taken from the people. The bigger the government, the more is necessarily taken from the people. The more power a government attains, the less freedom the people can have, as rights/powers cannot belong to both parties at once.

Raising taxes always hurts any economy and increases the size of government. In our case, it increases the size of already massive, inefficient, and corrupt government; necessarily taking more from the people and decreasing individual liberty, while simultaneously diminishing prosperity. Lowering taxes always ultimately increases total revenues by stimulating economies like no government spending ever could. Reality works this way because lowering taxes creates wealth, instead of destroying it. Lowering taxes means less government and more freedom of the people, which has always increased the prosperity of the people. This is historical fact.

So called liberals/progressives hate capitalism because they only look at the effects it has on the rich and scream, "they get richer!" They forget that everyone has always gotten wealthier, particularly the p .....
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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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Guest commentary-Freedoms

Fri, Jun 17th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

There are five basic freedoms that people involved in humane livestock production are urged to practice. As a veterinarian, livestock producer, and meat eater, I certainly try to embrace these principals and would encourage others to do the same.
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