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Oct 20, 2013
We hear from all sides that America is becoming “two nations.” The upper class of highly educated professionals is flourishing — rich and getting richer. But many in the working class are struggling — dropping out of the workforce and leading increasingly dysfunctional lives. The middle class is shrinking and beginning to show similar signs of dysfunction.
Oct 14, 2013
Over the past several weeks, Education Next’s Mike Petrilli has been debating Deborah Meier on her Bridging Differences blog about the relationship between poverty and education. One topic that’s come up is the impact of family breakdown. This guest post by Center of the American Experiment president Mitch Pearlstein explores what might be done about it.
Oct 6, 2013
Last month, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed that efforts to rein in government spending are pointless. “There’s no more cuts to make,” she said, “The cupboard is bare.” In fact, with a nearly $4 trillion federal budget, there is plenty in the “cupboard” Washington could clearly do without — starting with its jar of sugar subsidies.
Sep 25, 2013
In reading about how to measure success, I keep bumping into the idea that "you get what you measure." In the context of public pension fund management, I thought this was a useful idea to explore. What are we measuring and what are the results?
Sep 22, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — The summer after Gov. Wendy Anderson held up the northern pike, one of us (Pearlstein) was 25 and getting ready to move from upstate New York to the Twin Cities to work at the University of Minnesota.
Sep 22, 2013
As the school year kicks off, Gov. Mark Dayton and his DFL allies are congratulating themselves on pumping hundreds of millions of new dollars into Minnesota schools during the last legislative session. Thanks to their enlightened leadership, they assure us, our schools are now on track to produce the “world’s best workforce” — and to achieve the ever-elusive goals of closing our yawning racial achievement gap and attaining a 100 percent graduation rate.
Sep 10, 2013
With school just begun, it’s time for me to think about the likes of Christopher Columbus and Henry Ford again. The same goes for my students. If you were asked to come up with one adjective that might best capture Columbus, Ford, as well as Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, what would it be? How about “greedy?”
Aug 14, 2013
Center of the American Experiment received a letter last week from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. We are normally thrilled to hear from any elected official given the fact that we are a policy organization. Our excitement quickly turned to indignation upon reading the letter.
Aug 12, 2013
Tax policy decisions made in the 2013 legislative session made Minnesota’s estate and gift tax burden among the highest in the country.
Aug 3, 2013
The Twin Cities of 2040 will likely be starkly different from the place you live now. People will increasingly live in dense, urban concentrations, even if they’d prefer a house with a yard outside the 494 beltway.