We can't compete with Jason Lewis when it comes to pushing hot buttons and provoking ideological flamers, left and right. Our Feb. 21 front-page Sunday Star Tribune Op-Ex commentary, making a reasoned, pro-business case for raising taxes, to address our historic budget crisis and to continue investing in human capital and infrastructure, elicited 36 comments. Mayb... Read More
Eminent historian Alan Brinkley (Columbia University professor, an authority on 1930s populist movements of the left and the right and the New Deal, also son of legendary TV anchor David Brinkley) was in town this week and offered some timely wisdom at the Humphrey Institute about the conservative populist uprising.Brinkley is himself a progressive and a voice for "pragmatic liberalism.'' Although an admirer of Pre... Read More
The demise of Home Valu (it will always be affectionately thought of as Plywood Minnsota to us old-timers) reminds me that its owner, former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, has been a stand-up guy in many respects: a good family man, a community-minded business leader, serious about his Jewish faith and traditions, and at times a voice for moderation and common sense as a Republican Party leader. The announceme... Read More
Watch for lots of retrospective media commentary in the next couple of weeks, as we mark the end of one of the worst years in the economic history of Minnesota and the United States, but also one of the worst decades in modern times. The pundits will offer us a zillion theoretical causes for these hard times, from the 9/11 trauma at the start of this blighted decade, to dislocations from a more global e... Read More
(This is a response to the right honorable King Banaian, of SCSU Scholars blog, who has the coolest name in the Minnesota blogosphere, and who also is a fairly responsible adversary.) Dear King, You raise some fair points in your critique of our recent post, in which we demonstrate that Minnesota state and local governments actually are taking a smaller share of our income throughout this decade, and in which we further po... Read More
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