- 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 minor7th.com.
MY RECENT POSTS
- The Zimmerman Verdict: When
July 16, 2013 10:27PM
- Trayvon Martin and the Meaning
of Self Defense: (A Repost)
June 25, 2013 02:15PM
- So Long, It’s Been a Good
November 30, 2012 11:07AM
- It’s a Thumpin’
November 07, 2012 09:52AM
- Campaign Redux: The Lesser of
the Lesser of Two Evils?
October 31, 2012 02:46PM
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Can someone tell me why we have to endure Iowa and New Hampshire as the first two states to decide the candidates for president? These two states generate half of all media coverage for the entire primary season. Their early influence so far/… Read full post »
March jobless report triggers premature e-jubilation.
Gushing responses to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics March labor report might set the casual observer to thinking happy days are here again. Wall Street certainly seems to think so. And while it is true that we have l/… Read full post »
Disaster recovery workers inside the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
A 45-foot wall of water overtops a 13-foot bluff at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) call it soteigai&md… Read full post »
Okay, quick: VISA-Mastercard, MillersCoors-Anheuser-Busch, FedEx-UPS, Dish-DirectTV, Pepsi-Coke, Moody’s-S&P; what do they all spell? Duopoly-the peculiar market bottleneck that chokes competition, restricts consumer choice, raises prices, a/… Read full post »
Naussau County Exec Edward Mangano cuts taxes to bone, triggers state takeover of finances.
Thirty three years ago, Proposition 13 roared out of California to signal the beginning of the nation’s first serious tax revolt since 1932. Prop 13 restricted… Read full post »
The first wave of attacks on public sector unions has highlighted the issue of pensions in the U.S. Tea partiers want to know why public workers should be a privileged class now that private sector pensions are largely a thing of the past. Advocates of worker/… Read full post »
The New York Times may be in the midst of publishing another Pulitzer Prize contender, in the form of its series on the environmental effects of hydrofracking for gas (“Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers”). Hydrofracking, or/… Read full post »
It began with a reference to a clause in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s public-employee union-busting bill. Someone said something about an “automatic no” clause in the annual union certification requirement called for in the bill. It w/… Read full post »
Sometimes in punditry the first cut is not the deepest; it is instead the most superficial. Much of the first round of punditry on Obama’s budget misses the point in surprising ways. What I find most disturbing is not how he is “selling/… Read full post »
Laurence Tribe at the Supreme Court
There’s nothing like a good ideological smash-up over health care. A good smash-up fuses the lowest in common denominators with the highest of gridlock factors to yield true I-have-no-clue moments in American policy/… Read full post »
Florida lower court judge Roger Vinson’s verdict that the individual mandate is unconstitutional proves the strategy of judge shopping really works. The 26 right-leaning state attorneys general reaped a bonus when the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Flori/… Read full post »
Obama demonstrates that the old right is the new center.
The big question in the early going of the State of the Union speech was would he cry? “He,” of course, was John Boehner. And—surprise—he didn’t, well, almost didn't. Actually,/… Read full post »
Wendell Potter: A Daniel Ellsberg for the health care wars?
Wendell Potter, a 20-year PR exec at CIGNA, finally found his footing in the human race one day in the hills of Virginia, near where he grew up, when he visited a temporary health care enca/… Read full post »
Jared Loughner: We prefer our monsters cut and dried.
The Arizona Republic / AP
In the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords massacre, we have witnessed one of the most trivial eruptions of collective hand wringing this country has experienced in a long time. While the tone of poli… Read full post »
Yesterday was opening day of the sound bite derby in Washington and Republican mastery of the form is expected to dominate the news cycle the way the Yankees dominate Boston. Democrats conceded the verbal arms race long ago. If they are wand/… Read full post »
Tim Pawlenty: Taking on public workers is good politics.
Republican presidential hopeful Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty—a long shot by any measure—revealed in a Wall Street Journal OpEd piece that he has decided to build his pre-candidacy on bashing public employees/… Read full post »
PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter: Deep in the Red Zone
Government Takeover—as in, of health care. That is the 2010 Lie of the Year according to PolitiFact, the fact-checking feature of the St. Petersburg Times. And the Lie of the Year is indeed a whopper. I/… Read full post »
Of all the changes in my early adulthood, losing Lennon was the one I never got over. From his earliest incarnation as “the smart one,” to the horribly optimistic and prescient interview he gave to Jonathan Cott three days before his death, Lennon rode shotgun to a gen/… Read full post »
W. Cleon Skousen, Glenn Beck’s Guy
Quick, name a dead Mormon crank who’s driving American politics. Wait, I’ve got one: W. Cleon Skousen, (1913 – 2006) a lawyer and former low-level FBI administrative drone who went/… Read full post »
An idyllic Minnesota organic family farm—that sells tainted milk.
Photo: Dan Browning, Minneapolis Star Tribune startribune.com
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the nation’s first food safety overhaul in 70 years. While the bill was hailed as representing maj/… Read full post »
Illustration: American Enterprise Institute, american.com
Three nouns to describe what you can expect under the banner of “Repeal & Replace”: vapidity, cupidity, and stupidity. What would the oxymoron, “Republican health care reform” look like if the R&/… Read full post »
“It’ll only hurt this much.” Bowles & Simpson tackle the deficit.
Photo Credit: AP
Rough Road Ahead
Photo credit: startribune.com
It was a juxtaposition I could not ignore. On page 1 of the Minneapolis Star Tribune the headline read, “Numbers on food stamps are soaring.” Then, on page 1 of the Business section I found, “/… Read full post »
Harry Reid rises from the dead
Here’s one for the record books: this is the first time in 80 years that the House flipped while the Senate stayed put. And that is surprising, given that the wave in the House of Representatives was greater even than/… Read full post »
Christine O'Donnell -- File Under: Opportunity Squandered
In the last two weeks Senate races have tightened noticeably. Whether due to inept candidates (O’Donnell), late-stage revelations (Miller), or flat-out screw ups (Rand), aggressi/… Read full post »