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Mar 13, 2011
Who, exactly, aspires to soak the rich? You won't find that sentiment among those who aspire to achieve Katherine Kersten March 13, 2011 Why is Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to jack up income taxes on "the rich" -- individuals earning more than $85,000 in taxable income and couples earning more than $150,000 -- going over like a lead balloon?
Feb 27, 2011
Here's a quiz: Who said that the prospect of a strike by a government union is "unthinkable and intolerable?" Who said, "It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government"?
Feb 21, 2011
To a fair amount of attention, a well-conceived bill to require photo IDs for voting was introduced in the Minnesota Legislature this session. This would be an important and long-overdue election reform, but one that has been stymied by DFL leadership, more so than by rank-and-file DFL lawmakers; 10 DFL House members voted for it in the last legislative session.
Feb 1, 2011
Calls to tax the rich grew substantially louder in 2010. The 111th Congress concluded with a lively debate over the fairness of extending the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy. Governor Dayton stirred up similar debates with his call to solve the state’s looming budget deficit with a tax hike on the rich. For those leading the tax-the-rich charge, raising taxes on high-income earners is a matter of basic fairness. But what is fair and is fairness even relevant?
Jan 8, 2011
For the past 20 years or so, I've begun each semester by asking students to give me three lists of three things: topics they'd like to learn more about, their most notorious historical villains, and their most noteworthy heroes.
Dec 30, 2010
There's one thing that the 2010 election and the recent recount in the governor's race made clear: It's time to stop arguing about whether we should institute photo ID for voting and time to start discussing how best to implement it.
Dec 20, 2010
Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has announced that he will expand the state's federally funded Medicaid program to poor adults without children as soon as Jan. 3.
Nov 28, 2010
I'm going to cite a half-dozen sets of sobering facts and then ask a simple, discomfiting question: What in the world is keeping the United States afloat as the planet's economic leader?
Nov 26, 2010
There is no question that the new DNR commissioner should not be learning about mining on the job. He or she needs to understand that the economic impact domestically, and the environmental impact globally, of mining critical nonferrous metals in Minnesota would be very positive.
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.