ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Policy wonks are abuzz everywhere over French economist Thomas Piketty’s dense and monumental book, “Capital in the 21st Century,”and about the seeming inevitability of widening inequality under global capitalism. But a poignant scene in the movie “Inequality for All” brings home that reality in a way that charts and graphs can never capture. A struggling West Coast couple, ... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith made some waves in Minnesota recently with speeches and media appearances related to his most recent masterpiece, a book that serves as something of a socioeconomic historical whodunit, entitled “Who Stole the American Dream?” Most Minnesotans probably know a little something about how overall economic inequality has worsened over the last 40 year... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT When popular will reaches critical mass around a common goal — whether it’s smoke-free restaurants, or landing on the moon, or ending legal segregation, or allowing women to vote, or letting people marry the person of their choice — things can move awfully fast. The dam breaks, the ice goes out, opposition becomes trivial, a new paradigm replaces the old, and we move on to the next obstac... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT The 237th anniversary next week of the signing of the Declaration of Independence will generate predictable effusions about the place of individualism and personal freedom and lower taxes as the most (or only) important principles behind these United States of America. Too often forgotten is that the very first of the “self-evident truths” spelled out in that declaration was that all huma... Read More
I’ve never had that much difficulty figuring my own taxes and it’s getting easier all the time, especially with those commercial online tax-filing programs that do a pretty decent job of step-by-step calculation. Except when they make mistakes, as my private-sector preparer did this year in its software for my Minnesota income tax. The state and the preparer got together and fixed that minor glitch within days of its discovery. As u... Read More
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