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Nov 5, 2010
The poignant newspaper story was about the closing of a high school with a venerable history and carried the headline "The Demise of a Community Institution is Always Sad." Such ends truly are sad, even when they're still but a proposal. Great numbers of alumni and other partisans of North High School in Minneapolis fervently concur, even now that Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson has announced plans for a new North High to open in several years.
Nov 1, 2010
The choice before us is of two visions of this country. Will we continue to be a culture of free enterprise—which is to say, a culture based on limited government, on rewards and consequences of behavior that are adjudicated by markets, and by a reliance on and a celebration of entrepreneurship? Or will we become a culture that’s more like European-style social democracy—which is to say, a culture characterized by a large and growing government, a managed economy, and a hard-core focus on income equality?
Nov 1, 2010
The beginning of a new administration presents an opportunity for re-evaluation and change in many policy areas. Because natural resources are such an important topic to so many Minnesotans, we believe this is a good time to review the state’s natural resource management objectives and practices and to make recommendations for reform and improvement.
Nov 1, 2010
INSIDE: A Word From The President: Two Sets of Words Actually || American Experiment Releases Natural Resources Recommendations || A Growing Community of Conservative Voices || Creating the Ideal Health Insurance Exchange for Minnesota || Like the four governors who preceded him, Jesse Ventura has learned the value of providing real school choice
Sep 23, 2010
Lots of people here on earth – even more in the cosmos – have wondered how in the world Minnesotans elected Jesse Ventura governor a dozen years ago. But have you ever wondered how the other two major political leaders in the state at the time in 1998 were the senatorial odd couple of Rod Grams and Paul Wellstone, and how all three chaps respectively differed from one another by a mathematically impossible 359 degrees?
Sep 15, 2010
In 2005, the Onion reported this headline: "State of Minnesota Too Polite To Ask For Federal Funding." Gov. Tim Pawlenty is quoted in the article as saying, "Oh, we wouldn't want to bother the U.S. government -- they've got more than enough on their plate as it is."
Sep 6, 2010
On the off chance that you haven't been following regulatory proceedings of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in your spare time, there's a growing controversy about something called 'net neutrality.' Which is exactly what, you ask?
Aug 15, 2010
There's serious talk once again in policy circles about whether too many Americans are going to college. For example, in introducing a roundtable on the subject late last year, the Chronicle of Higher Education (known as the bible in the field) noted a "growing sentiment that college may not be the best option for all students" in light of students' rising indebtedness and the increasing number of them "failing to graduate in four years."
Aug 8, 2010
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's decision in 2009 to balance the state budget through unallotment made for a yearlong political drama. Folks divided along ideological and partisan lines, making hay out of unallotment to score political points.
Aug 1, 2010
In an American Experiment symposium released last fall, 20 writers grappled with the question of what it would take for them to start or expand a business in a low-income neighborhood. A main rationale for that exercise was the economic fact of life that unless commerce in a neighborhood, or at least in its vicinity, is healthy, chances are that little else will be healthy either, including poverty rates, crime rates, and graduation rates, to pick just three gauges. The not-unrelated new question, considered here by 23 participants, is how we might better encourage and reinforce the most talented and entrepreneurial among us; a core motivation this time being the pivotal importance of creating many more jobs and much more wealth so as to enable the nation to make it through the coming decades of aging-boomer and entitlement-skewed exigencies.