One of the most startling and perceptive quotes uttered by conservatives in recent days _ amid all the reckless talk about taking a nine-iron to our public institutions and the absurd assertion that we can eliminate as much as a third of our public sector budget _ was Rep. Marty Seifert's frustration over some radicals in his party who "just say they want to burn the capitol to the ground.'' He was speaki... Read More
The Tea Party movement fancies itself a populist uprising. The basic theme is that working stiffs and ALL Americans are overtaxed and that ordinary Americans can't possiby pay another penny without becoming slaves to a socialist government. Sarah Palin herself articulated the message for the umpteenth time at a rally in Boston on April 15, clearly implying that taxes were a big burden on all ... Read More
"Region: Planning the Future of the Twin Cities,'' is an impressive new policy textbook, hot off the University of Minnesota Press, that surveys the state of the metropolitan area and offers prescriptions for smarter growth and reducing racial and economic segregation. The book, co-authored by metropolitan governance experts Myron Orfield and Thomas F. Luce, Jr., belongs on the desks of Minnesota policy enth... Read More
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
Although we didn't call out Rep. Keith Downey by name when we praised his Minnesota Sunset Commission proposal last week, he was one of the bill's sponsors. In addition to supporting the Republican bill, Dane Smith wrote in "Idea of 'sunset commission' deserves a look": Lots of great ideas are proliferating as our elected officials and conscientious citizens grapple with our decade-long budget crisis. Revenues need to be raised an... Read More
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