Nov 3, 2012
Ever since Barack Obama entered the White House, pundits and historians have been searching for presidential parallels. Is our 44th president the new Lincoln out to give the country a “new birth of freedom?” Is he another Theodore Roosevelt bent on pursuing the Rough Rider’s progressive agenda? Is he some combination of FDR and LBJ delivering a new and greatly updated version of the New Deal/Great Society? Or is he the next JFK, full of youth and energy and a new New Frontier?
Nov 3, 2012
There’s a video that went viral last week. It features a tearful little girl named Abby who speaks for many in our nation—even those of us for whom politics (and policy) is a spectator sport or even profession. She is tired of this election. Her fatigue and tears are an innocent reaction to this never-ending campaign and our national division. If she is crying now, wait until she finds out her share of the national debt.
Oct 29, 2012
To help you understand what passing the amendment will mean to future elections in Minnesota, we've gathered all of the reports and commentaries we've published on the issue.
Oct 20, 2012
At the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton said that "nobody could have fixed the economy in four years." President Obama routinely doubles down on this theme, using the phrase "four years ago" to defend his policies and the current economic situation. Both Clinton and Obama frame their argument for a second Obama term by reminding voters how bad things were in 2008. But are they correct? Was the problem unfixable in four years? Was the hole just too big, regardless of the policies they chose? The pundits will continue to debate this point for years to come, but recent history might be the most instructive. Compare what Obama inherited in 2008 to what President Ronald Reagan inherited in 1980, and let's consider the results.
Oct 20, 2012
Jobs are the leading concern of voters as the election nears. People want to get the economy moving again. So why are some of Minnesota's leading lawmakers sponsoring bills to create a "jobs tax" on Minnesota payrolls? "Jobs tax" is the term Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, uses to describe a poorly written corporate income tax code that penalizes the expansion of payrolls in Minnesota.
Oct 18, 2012
In a famous sequence in Joseph Heller's satirical war novel "Catch-22," the protagonist—bombardier Yossarian—makes an unauthorized call during an aerial bombing raid to take out a bridge by going in for a second run at the target. He scores a hit, destroying the bridge, but his decision inadvertently results in the death of a flight crew in another plane. His superiors, embarrassed by the loss, try to figure out how to save face. Yossarian suggests they give him a medal. "You know, that might be the answer—to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of," Col. Korn responds. "That's a trick that never seems to fail."
Oct 11, 2012
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman recently ordered Xcel Energy to continue subsidizing solar panel installations through their Solar Rewards program and, in doing so, clearly overstepped the Dayton administration’s executive authority. Not only did he step well beyond his authority, his decision is just plain bad policy. Requiring Solar Rewards to continue will both raise electricity rates on Xcel customers and damage the effectiveness of Xcel’s energy efficiency program.
Oct 10, 2012
One approach to address the increase in out-of-wedlock births and divorce is for those of us who are civic and religious leaders to start speaking up. We must start talking about values.
Oct 10, 2012
“Here sits Rhonda, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Rhonda with a baby carriage. How many children will she have?” That was the order: kissing, loving, marriage, then babies. We knew no other order. That was our model, our marriage imprint.