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The new new deal


Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

In President Obama, conservatives face the most formidable liberal politician since FDR. In 2008, Obama won the presidency with a majority of the popular vote, something a Democrat has not done since Jimmy Carter won a squeaker in 1976. With President Obama's victory, the control of the House and Senate increased dramatically.

Most importantly, Obama won the election not as a status quo liberal, but as a very ambitious reformer. Far from being content with small molecular gains, he set his sights on major changes in health care, energy, environmental policy, taxation, financial regulation, education and even immigration. All were undertaken with the far-reaching strategy to "remake America." In other words, President Obama's desire was to become another FDR and build another New New Deal in the 21st century. In order to make this really effective, the Democrats were to be enshrined as the majority party for decades to come.

In a flash, the era of small government was over, and tax and spend liberalism returned with a vengeance. As a nation, we currently face a 1.4 trillion dollar federal deficit this year alone and a 10-12 trillion dollar debt over the next decade. If government expansion is allowed the opportunity to succeed, there will be very real costs to add to American freedom. To unsuspecting conservative citizens who had forgotten or never known what full-fledged liberalism looked like, Obama's eruption onto the scene came as a real shock.

In most respects, Obama does not represent something new under the sun; on the contrary, he presents to the American public a repackaged, recharged version of the FDR liberalism. Yet even as President Obama stands on top of the pyramid with health care in his pocket and sets his sights on other issues, his popularity has tumbled. His legislative victories have been handed out on repeated party line votes. Previous liberal policy under FDR also were pushed in areas of social security and health care, but were passed with bipartisan support from both sides of the aisle. Support from Republican members of congress was due, in part, to a citizen work component which was added: namely, WPA and CCC. In short, a strange thing is happening on the road to liberal renewal. The closer liberalism gets to being successful, the less popular it becomes. According to the Gallup Poll of November 2010, 40 percent of Americans now describe themselves as conservatives, 35 percent as moderates, and only 21 pe .....
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Why politicians overreach

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Having dodged a government shutdown for the moment, Congress is now embroiled in a burning debate over cutting the federal budget. The House has passed a bill imposing far-reaching cuts of $61 billion - dramatically slashing everything from educatio ..... 
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Don't squander a buildable foundation

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Just about a year ago on March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) after months and months of political wrangling. It is not perfect, may not be complete and it certainly is complicated, b ..... 
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One moment, please... What was I thinking?

Mon, Mar 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Last week's newspaper contained a letter to the editor from Bob Boyum of Peterson, Minn., which has been a point of contention for a few of our readers.

What's interesting to me is the wide range of perspectives on Mr. Boyum's letter and que ..... 
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How is wealth created?

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary



There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth:

The first by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors -- this robbery;

The second by commerce, which is generally cheating;

The thi ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Teachers, unions and collective bargaining

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary



As a retired Minnesota teacher and a former union member, I can sympathize with the teachers in Wisconsin and other states where Republican governors are attempting to weaken or destroy collective bargaining and public unions.

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Government cannot create wealth

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Based on millions of instructions millions of Americans give the marketplace every day, the market is super genius in allocating resources. Government however, is a comparative dunce given that the spending decisions it makes is based on politics. I ..... 
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Flights of consciousness before sleep

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I don't seem to be able to control my thoughts before I fall asleep. At the risk of being labeled a misogynist, I must admit I have been thinking about Michele Bachmann's historical error of claiming the "founders" worked tirelessly to end slavery, ..... 
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Green Acres Property tax law gets pruned

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Jeremy Miller, State Senator for Minnesota District 31

In addition to the primary tasks of balancing the budget and putting more Minnesotans back to work, there are a number of other initiatives that we are occupied with in St. Paul. Withi ..... 
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