One of the best things coming out of the 99 Percent movement is an increasing public awareness of exactly who gets how much in our increasingly unequal nation. A number of interactive calculators have popped up on the internet and I'd recommend the Wall Street Journal's "What Percent Are You?'' site for a quick calculation of your household's approximate position on our extremely unequal income ladder. The calcul... Read More
The U.S. Census Bureau's report on "Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010," is out and it's worth digging in to the spreadsheets showing year-by-year change over the last 25 years for each state. More than 500,000 Minnesotans currently are without health care, even more (560,000) are living below the official poverty level (a ridiculously paltry $22,113 for a family of four) and median income... 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
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
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