Journalists Eliana Johnson, Washington editor of National Review, and Katherine Kersten, attorney, writer, and former columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, discuss women in media at the Institute's Midwest Women's Summit in Minnesota in April 2015.
“Thrive MSP 2040” is the Metropolitan Council’s new 30-year development framework for the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. This extraordinarily overreaching document has generated widespread bi-partisan frustration and concern.
In 2015, I wouldn’t have a chance at getting a high-profile job at a major American corporation, even if I were by far the most qualified candidate. And if I were a highly credentialed professor seeking tenure at a university? Forget it.
What is Minnesotans’ image of a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis today? Many likely think of gray-haired men performing empty rituals for dwindling congregations in the shadow of the recent clergy sex-abuse scandal. They may imagine young men recoiling from the prospect of a life of “thou shalt nots,” leaving seminaries empty.
The people designing your city don't care what you want." That's how forbes.com columnist Joel Kotkin sums up the mentality of today's so-called "smart growth" urban planners. Here in the Twin Cities, we have a perfect example of what Kotkin is warning about: "Thrive MSP 2040," the Metropolitan Council's 30-year development framework for our seven-county metro area.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional agency created by the legislature in the 1960s with the sensible purpose of helping to plan and coordinate regional infrastructure. Thanks to decades-long mission creep, that unelected body now seeks to re-engineer society by directing the growth it prefers, rather than confining itself to accommodating growth and the delivery of regional planning and services.
The people of the Twin Cities have the right to govern their own communities. Social planning by unelected regional bureaucrats who use government power to tell us where to live and how to get around undermines democracy and is hostile to our cherished American traditions of freedom and self-government.