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Feb 18, 2013
As the key months for implementing the Affordable Care Act begin, 30 governors are resisting key provisions of the law. But these leaders don't need to act just as a phalanx of opposition; if they work with President Obama and Obama works with them, they can change the law's future for the better.
Feb 14, 2013
Like most Minnesotans, we cherish a special Snowbird (in our case, Nana) who visits us each summer. She retired to Florida to take advantage of the sunny days—and declared herself a Florida resident-- not just to avoid our income tax but because she is there a good chunk of the year. That is where she votes, pays taxes and volunteers.
Feb 13, 2013
As best I could, I watched the president’s State of the Union address from a non-ideological viewpoint, detaching my personal views from my opinion about his delivery. Of course I couldn’t help but instinctively decipher his rhetorical code
Feb 13, 2013
It's time to join the pause in global luke-warming and also pause in the building of multibillion-dollar projects like Cape Wind and Ivanpah Solar that produce modest amounts of usable energy. There is time to spend some of the money on research into what is really happening with our climate.Adaptation will be as effective as the costly mitigation programs that are currently in vogue.
Feb 11, 2013
Most people may want to make the world a better place, but relatively few have given a moment’s thought to what may actually work to achieve that goal. Instead, most of us pick teams and outsource our thinking to them — and the quality of that “thinking” is, on the whole, simply terrible.
Feb 10, 2013
Excitement over new early childhood education initiatives is building at the State Capitol. No wonder. After years of frustration and failure in trying to shrink our state's yawning K-12 racial and income achievement gap, there's hope that we may have found a new, and simpler, route to success.
Feb 10, 2013
American Experiment offer key recommendations on building a state budget to promote prosperity for all Minnesotans. These include recommendations on redesigning the state’s budget process. A fiscally sound budget process should institutionalize spending restraint, prioritization, performance review, efficiency, accountability, and transparency.
Jan 31, 2013
We spend a lot of time talking and debating about marriage, but not so much reflecting on what we need to do to support and encourage marriage and family life. Mitch Pearlstein, founder and president of the Center of the American Experiment, is the author of From Family Collapse to America’s Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation. He talks about the state of the American family and what can be done to help it with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez.
Jan 29, 2013
Dayton's tax plan violates the basic principles of tax reform. It intensifies the pain of taxation by imposing hidden taxes on intermediate business purchases. This causes "tax pyramiding," which is a big mistake.
Jan 28, 2013
We have heard a lot about the danger of using martial metaphors in public debates, but that hasn’t stopped anybody from throwing them around. Metaphorical wars seemingly erupt daily, and with good reason: accusing your opponent of waging war against something “good” assures the general public that they are for bad things while “we” are for good things.