Any hard-line, no-new-taxes, market-solutions-only types had to be disappointed if they went to this week's American Experiment Luncheon Forum: "Safeguarding and Rebuilding America's Physical Infrastructure: The Indispensable Role of Markets." And why not? Robert Poole, director of transportation studies for the libertarian Reason Foundation, came to town in the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse to talk with officials and the public about the nation Read More
No news is good news, they say. And in the news business, good news too often is NOT news, or sensational enough to display prominently. But one distinctive cover page of the Star Tribune Read More
Joe Selvaggio is a celebrated former priest who has spent nearly half a century helping poor folks become more productive and less poor, lately through the MicroGrants program and before that, Project for Pride in Living. He also recently authored one of the most inspiring and articulate cases I've ever seen for investing in the human potential of our large and growing underclass. His powerful essay appeared in the Star Tr... Read More
Some of the most interesting election aftermath analysis is coming from seasoned conservatives with a broader view of the sweep of history, and nobody since Nov. 6 has laid this out with more panoramic vision than David Frum. In this CNN excerpt from his larger explanation of why Romney lost, Frum dismantles the notion perpetrated by many on Fox News, and Mitt Romney himself, that America is now lost to entitlement "takers.'... Read More
Elections can be a surprise, and this latest was for me, on both the national and state level, a very pleasant surprise. I've been weary of the "devil take the hindmost" style of political brinkmanship that seems to have become commonplace in Washington and at the State Capitol. I don't care who's to blame, or even that everyone or no one is to blame. I just want a group of legislators willing and able to identify the plights of the p... Read More
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