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Bi-Partisan Call for $1 Trillion in Cuts – The Catch? It’s In Defense

When you have the Cato Institute and the Center for American Progress agreeing on something, you have to take notice. The Sustainable Defense Task Force, put together at the behest of Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) to “explore options for reducing the defense budget’s contribution to the federal deficit without compromising the essential security of the […]

Comparing the DFL Primary Candidates – Pro and Con

                                                                                             OK…it’s been a while since I posted here, so let’s stir things up a bit. We’ll bypass the candidate press releases and delve a little deeper past the spin machine. Many of you have made up your mind for that August 10th primary date, but who emerges from that […]

Perceptions of the Poor

On my regular mnpACT blog, I have had a commenter of late who has been voicing his displeasure at government spending.   He’s actually a thoughtful person.  He has the obvious biases you might expect…but then, I have my own. A recent comment he made illustrates the feelings that a lot of the right have about […]

Taxes and Red States

I want to follow up on a post by MN Central about the Arizona referendum.   Looking over a report from the Progressive States Network, it’s hard not to notice that Governor Pawlenty’s counterparts in much redder states than Minnesota have used a much different approach to budget balancing. As MN Central points out, Arizona (certainly […]

Energy Disasters: One Is All It Takes

GOP National Chairman Michael Steele says: “This is the first oil spill of this magnitude in some 20 years since the Exxon Valdez so the track record here for drilling offshore in the United States is a pretty good one,” he said. Pretty good?….but is that good enough?   The tendency is (and to the energy companies, the hoped […]

Pawlenty’s Unallotment Use Nixes BiPartisan Compromise

Governor Pawlenty is feeling frisky again.  Must be gearing up for one of those national fundraising trips.  Today, in another flash of “bipartisan” problem solving, Pawlenty called the DFL Legislative majority “pathetic and ridiculous”.  Nice negotiating posture for budget negotiations. But if you examine the rest of Pawlenty’s statement, you get the reason for the […]

Energy Industry Lacks Credibility

As I flipped through the channels the other night I paused breifly to hear Sean Hannity on Fox News start a segment on his show that was about to blame President Obama for the oil spill crisis in the Gulf. He prattled on about the “double standard” in criticism about Bush’s handling of Katrina and […]