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Jul 4, 2011
In 1926, on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, one of our most ridiculed and misunderstood presidents journeyed to Philadelphia to deliver a speech. The president was Calvin Coolidge. "Silent Cal" was known as a man of few words, but some of the words he did utter remain well worth our time and thought. Still others deserve to be put in context.
Jun 27, 2011
Don’t look now, but the fiscal mountain blocking our path is rockier than usually advertised. Why? Because even if House Budget chairman Paul Ryan prevails on every contentious detail of his long-term plan for prosperity, family fragmentation​—​more severe in the United States than in any other industrialized nation​—​will make it more difficult than generally assumed to balance our books.
Jun 24, 2011
While job growth and fairness are two key policy goals of Gov. Mark Dayton, his tax proposal hurts the job prospects of the very people he intends to help without ever creating a "fairer" distribution of income.
Jun 18, 2011
Evidence is growing that the American economy—and with it, the hopes, dreams and livelihoods of millions of our fellow citizens—is stuck in an increasingly disastrous slump. Two years after the recession formally ended, long-term unemployment is at the highest level since the Great Depression, and the unemployment rate hovers around 9 percent.
Jun 16, 2011
This essay focuses on how free market conservatives should address the problem Gov. Mitch Daniels has identified as the “new Red Menace” during the present period of divided government.
Jun 5, 2011
Recently, Minnesotans have been getting a story line about our state's budget impasse that runs like this: Mean-spirited, extremist Republicans in the Legislature are taking a cleaver to the budget. They're chopping vital services and callously shrugging off the needs of Minnesotans.
May 24, 2011
While all sides have less-than-ecumenical clergy (I seem to recall the president's former minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright), as someone who leads a conservative organization, my responsibility for speaking out when supposed conservatives say vile things is greater than when others do so.
May 21, 2011
In recent weeks, the issue of who gets to define marriage -- Minnesota citizens or a handful of judges or legislators -- has been on the front burner. The debate has generated lots of heat but not much light. Now that the Legislature has endeavored to let the people vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage, I suggest a few ground rules to ensure a fair and open exchange of views.
May 13, 2011
Doug Grow did his best on Wednesday to add some spice to an otherwise bland, but very important policy debate taking place at the Legislature. The headline to his article reads: "Surprise amendment stuns Senate during debate over health care costs."
May 5, 2011
The ability to read is a fundamental life skill, and is vital for success in today’s information economy. We must make basic literacy for all students an urgent priority, if Minnesota is to have the well-informed, self-sufficient citizenry a democracy requires. There is a better way, and we can look to the state of Florida to learn about it.