Dane Smith was engaged all last week with Peter Nelson of the Center of the American Experiment in an MPR Insight Now online debate and broadcast on the proper roles of government and the private sector. MPR asked, "If the private sector can do it, should the government get out of it?" Meanwhile, I was doing what I do every Thursday Read More
Watch for some ironic hoopla this week on the 10th anniversary (June 7) of President Bush's tax cuts, the largest federal income tax rate reductions in modern history, which were preceded in Minnesota by similarly historic cuts in the state's income taxes. The main "celebrants" are progressive policy groups who are critical of those tax cuts, and considering the economic picture of the last decade, it's obvious why the anti-tax, anti-... Read More
Lots of good stuff out there, and hopefully more will be coming throughout the year, on the legacy of Hubert H. Humphrey, who arguably has had more impact on the world, the nation and our state than any other individual in Minnesota's history. At a celebration on the centennial of his birth last Friday, I heard a speaker say that no white man in 20th Century America accomplished more for civil rights and human rights. I think that... Read More
Mainstream religious leaders today are hosting a vigil by the statue of populist champion and former Gov. Floyd B. Olson, in honor of Statehood Day. On the 153rd anniversary of the North Star State, our state's most respected faith leaders will be drawing attention to the absolutely vital role of our state government in providing for the "security, benefit and protection of the people.'' Those words ... Read More
For a bracing antidote to the current cynicism about our ability to solve problems with our own democracy, mark your calendars and reserve your spot for May 27 and particpate in an all-day commemoration of the life of Minnesota's own immortal Hubert H. Humphrey (details at bottom of post). That date will mark the 100th anniversary of the birthday of "The Happy Warrior," as he frequently was called. An enriching and rather cerebral cele... Read More
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