Steve Klingaman

Steve Klingaman
Minneapolis, Minnesota,
January 01
Steve Klingaman is a nonprofit development consultant and nonfiction writer specializing in personal finance and public policy. His music reviews can be found at

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AUGUST 29, 2012 5:19PM

Anti-Hispanic Gerrymandering Struck Down in Texas


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vows to fight on against Hispanic voters.


Even as the Republican convention coverage makes a big show of big names in the way of Hispanic leadership, a federal appeals court in Washington struck down the new Texas leg… Read full post »

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AUGUST 15, 2012 4:25PM

Mitt: “Division & Attack & Hatred”…Really?


Mitt & Paul:  Really reaching

Photo: Eric Thayer, New York Times / SF,

Mitt Romney must be using a palmful of Vitriol as his hair cream this week because he has been pomade-deep in attack mode.  The headline:  The Obama campaign is one of “division and at/… Read full post »

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JULY 26, 2012 8:27AM

Mitt Romney’s $100M IRA: Gaming the System at Bain


Mitt Romney will pimp your portfolio.  Well, not yours but...


I might have titled this piece “How to Build a $100 Million Dollar IRA, Just Like Mitt Romney” but it would have been an unfair tease.  The problem is, even if you know how to do/… Read full post »


Russell Wasendorf Sr. before the fall.


 Russell Wasendorf Sr., 64, founder and chairman of Peregrine Financial Group, slumps forward in his car in the parking lot of his firm, a tube running from the exhaust pipe to his slightly cracked window, a suicide not… Read full post »

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JUNE 21, 2012 4:03PM

Young Earth Creationism and the Texas Textbook Wars


Don McLeroy: the Howard Jarvis of Young Earth Creationism?


The new documentary “The Revisionaries” highlights the Texas textbook wars of 2009 and their “hero,” protagonist/antagonist Don McLeroy, former chair of the State Board of Edu… Read full post »

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JUNE 14, 2012 8:35AM

Middle Class: “Help, I’m MELTING!”


Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz:  we oughta listen to this guy.

A new Fed survey and a new Joseph Stiglitz book remind us that we have yet to assess the long-term damage of the economic meltdown much less come to terms with it.  Middle class families saw 40 percent/… Read full post »

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MAY 24, 2012 8:34AM

Is Democracy “Nearly Moot?”



The May 13 New York Times feature “Sunday Dialogue: Making Taxation Fairer” included some intelligent suggestions on the topic, but what struck me was a deeper current of pessimism that girded the entire discussion.  The pessimism perco/… Read full post »

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MAY 10, 2012 8:28AM

Is Facebook Evil? Yes!



Facebook, it seems, has a privacy issue. Enfant-CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently instructed the investment banks handling its IPO to shut their faces when it comes to news leaks about the company.  Turns out juicy details leaked all over the web/Read full post »

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MAY 2, 2012 1:18PM

Frontline’s “Money, Power & Wall Street”


“Money, Power & Wall Street” Episode 3 plumbs the inner workings of the Timothy Geithner–Barack Obama dynamic. 

Frontline’s “Money, Power & Wall Street” Episodes 3 &4 aired on PBS affiliates nationwide last night.  Episode 3 cove/… Read full post »

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APRIL 26, 2012 8:27AM

ALEC a Charity? No Way!


The public interest group Common Cause filed a long overdue complaint challenging the charitable nonprofit status of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) last week.  The complaint seeks to strip ALEC of its 501(c)3 status, a status that connotes b/… Read full post »

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APRIL 19, 2012 8:31AM

Romney Goes Ugly Early


Mitt Romney:  most himself when on the attack. 

Mitt Romney’s options, now that his pesky sideshow sidekicks are out of the way, include the opportunity to redefine himself, Etch-a-Sketch style, for general consumption.  Instead, in the days since th/… Read full post »

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APRIL 11, 2012 5:24PM

Ten Reasons to Repeal Stand Your Ground Laws


Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin support the repeal of Stand Your Ground Laws nationwide.


The most absurd moment in the Travyon Martin Stand Your Ground killing came on March 13, when Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee stated that he could not arrest George Zimmerman because… Read full post »

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APRIL 5, 2012 8:32AM

Why Some Conservatives Vote Against Their Interests


Ki Gulbranson:  Man bites hand that feeds him.

(That’s harsh, I know, but Ki, yer killin’ us.) 

As the social sciences lay claim to examining ever-broader areas of public behavior, longstanding assumptions about voting behavior are being called into q… Read full post »

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MARCH 28, 2012 2:10PM

ObamaCare’s Day in Court: Reductio ad absurdum

Supreme Court

Wednesday's universal lead: “If the government can force people to buy health insurance, justices wanted to know, can it require people to buy burial insurance? Cellphones? Broccoli?”


One of the most useful and trenchant bits of commentary concernin… Read full post »

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MARCH 15, 2012 8:25AM

Rick Santorum and the Politicization of Religion


Rick Santorum, children’s advocate. 

March is Rick Santorum’s moment to strut the stage like a minor Shakespearean buffoon, who mortifies but entertains the crowd before he is yanked behind the curtain.  Much of his message is old news, but he al/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 29, 2012 8:31AM

Veto the Minnesota “Shoot First” Law


Minnesota gun law author Gretchen Hoffman prefers to shoot first, admonish later. 

The just-passed Minnesota bill to expand “Castle Doctrine” gun rights should be called the Shoot First law. The Minnesota law—and bills like it pendingRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2012 8:59AM

Foxconn Raises Wages. Why?


Chinese manufacturing behemoth Foxconn Technology announced Sunday that it is raising wages up to 25 percent for its 1.2 million-member workforce.  The world’s largest manufacturing company also promised to reduce overtime for workers who are routinely compelled/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 9, 2012 8:27AM

Komen’s Nancy Brinker Should Explain or Step Down

nancy brinker 

It’s time for Nancy Brinker to speak plainly. 

As long as Susan G. Komen for the Cure has funded Planned Parenthood, it has walked a tightrope between pro-choice and anti-abortion donors.  For years, according to Komen insiders, faith-based chall/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 2, 2012 8:28AM

Health Care Reform Comes to Comics

health comic 

Jonathan Gruber is a policy wonk after my own heart. Detailed, relentless, fact-based, and possessed of a sly sense of humor as evidenced by his new oeuvre:  Health Care Reform:  the comic book.  Gruber, an MIT economist, was a chief architect of/Read full post »

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JANUARY 25, 2012 11:54AM

Let’s Not Kid Ourselves About Manufacturing Jobs

State of the union 

State of the Union:  “The U.S. manufacturing sector is about this big.”


 Last year President Obama was out in Silicon Valley for a fund raiser with leaders from the technology sector.  At a meet and greet with Steve Jobs, President Oba/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 18, 2012 11:45AM

Online Piracy’s Cure is Worse Than the Curse



Wikipedia’s White-Out is probably one of the most effective PR moves we have witnessed in a long time.  It’s Hollywood versus Silicon Valley writ large, with a side order of Homeland Security and First Amendment concerns.  Intellectual property has h/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 12, 2012 8:22AM

Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock



I saw it in L.A. during a holiday vacation, just a fleeting verbal image: “Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock.” I  was hanging out with some members of the twentysomething artistic community out there, and thinking ofRead full post »

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DECEMBER 21, 2011 12:24PM

Reality AWOL in the Politics of 2011


Two facts should have guided political activity in 2011.  Both stem from our recession of a lifetime, the Great Economic Meltdown.  They are:

  • The economy cannot recover without demand.


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DECEMBER 15, 2011 8:29AM

Disinvesting the Mitt Romney Way


Romney to world: “We will we will cut you.”

Image: Boston Globe 

Who is Mitt Romney?  He’s a cost-cutter—and a cheapskate.  He never met a cost he didn’t want to cut—unless it involved real estate for his wife Ann.  When he talked this/… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 8, 2011 8:33AM

The Heartbreaking Upper Big Branch Mine Settlement

Clay Mullins 

Clay Mullins in West Virginia:

“It was an act of murder. They murdered 29 men...”


 Two hundred ten million dollars. It sounds like a lot of money.  It’s blood money of course, and on one level it represents business as usual/… Read full post »