STAR TRIBUNE The new bogeyman in our national policy debate is "entitlement.'' Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and a well-orchestrated antigovernment chorus is framing a stark alternative for voters in November -- a choice between a glorious "opportunity society'' ruled by business or a ruinous "entitlement society'' run by government. Democrats tend not to ... Read More
The case for universal care at the state level STAR TRIBUNE Nothing is quite as awe-inspiring as welcoming a newborn into the world. As a nurse and midwife, I've been privileged to comfort thousands of laboring women and welcome more than 550 Minnesota babies into my waiting hands. Whether arriving with a robust cry or stunned silence, each is imbued with human dignity and promise. I worked knowing that each mother and baby deserved my f... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The dear hearts and gentle people of our own small towns in Chisago County were in the national spotlight recently, targets of a New York Times Sunday blockbuster (Feb. 12) headlined, “Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It.” The article, complete with an interactive map showing “The Geography of Government Benefits,” displayed the percentage of income from entitlement... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT One of the most lucid economists on the Minnesota scene is St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Ed Lotterman, a voice of reason and balance who values both free markets and our democratic governments. In a recent masterpiece of a column in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Lotterman gently deflates fellow PP columnist and government basher Joe Soucheray, explaining in the manner of a patient civics instructor how al... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT During my five minutes in the spotlight at a jam-packed breakout panel during the governor’s Job Summit last week, I got a little carried away in urging Gov. Mark Dayton to pull out all the stops in securing our reputation, once and for all, as the Brainpower State. The governor, I suggested, ought to mobilize a huge movement to set a specific, end-of-decade goal for higher education attainment... Read More
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