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



Sometimes it is better not to write too soon, when anger, shock, and grief fill the room.  Or maybe it wasn’t shock at all—just a dull ache that something dreaded came to pass.  There was no justice in the George Zimmerman, or rather, Trayvon Martin, case (w/… Read full post »


Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman. 

It was getting dark in Sanford, Florida as 17-year old Trayvon Martin hurried back to his dad’s girlfriend’s home, Skittles and iced tea in hand, in the light rain.  He was in a hurry to reclaim his seat in/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2012 11:10AM

So Long, It’s Been a Good Run

Wordle: Lots of errors occurred

I took a couple weeks off from Open Salon, just to make sure.  Despite a rapidly deteriorating platform that seemed to portend a death spiral, I wasn’t sure I could stay away.  Four years of a weekly blog is a habit that’s hard to break.  But break it, I/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2012 9:55AM

It’s a Thumpin’


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1. 332 – 206 electoral votes [update]

2. Ohio!

3. The ground game

4. 71% of the Hispanic vote

5. Swing state sweep

6. Romnesia

7. An insane Republican primary campaign

8.Wisconsin repudiates Ryan

9. Ryan loses his hometown, Janesville,… Read full post »


Bill Clinton said it best in summing up the Republican campaign strategy:  we left you a horrendous mess, you didn’t fix it all in four years, so we’ll take back that office and pick up where we left off.  He said it again just yesterday in Minnes/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2012 5:00PM

Four Years on Open Salon—Already?


5 Stages of a Blogger’s Life,, September 28, 2008, Alex Hughes 

From the eve of one national election to the eve of another, what a long, strange—and fun—trip it’s been.  From a national moment of feverish anticipation to a mome/… Read full post »


Jonathan Gruber, architect of RomneyCare and ObamaCare, knows where the bodies are buried.

Photo:  National Journal 

One of the most substantive revelations of last night’s PBS documentary Frontline:  The Choice 2012 was how Mitt Romney constructed RomneyCare with/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 8:35AM

Who Will Cut the Deficit, and How?


He’s not saying, but the smart money is betting Mitt Romney favors a Maggie Thatcher approach to cutting the deficit.


 Christina Romer, former chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, and an economics professor at the Un… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 9:26PM

An Astonishingly Weak Candidate

Who would have guessed it?  You could write a headline like this and not even need to mention a name?  Mitt Romney has found more ways to shoot himself in the foot than he has feet.  And the latest gaffe reveals far more than the average loose mic gotcha moment ever/Read full post »


Student loan expert Heather Jarvis offers insights into the issues surrounding the federal Income Based Repayment plan.


 At its inception, Income Based Repayment, or IBR, was described as real relief for federal student loan borrowers.  It pro/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2012 10:47AM

Michelle Obama Hits One Out of the Park


 “He’s my guy.”


Shortly after Michelle Obama’s marquee speech at the Democratic convention last night, somewhere in conservative America Karl Rove must have picked up the phone, dialed David Koch, and said, “Dave, we&r… Read full post »

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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 »

AUGUST 9, 2012 8:38AM

End Unreported Online Ammo Sales Now


1,000 rounds of ammo


It didn’t take a fortune teller to guess that Congress would leave town without acting on Senator Frank Lautenberg’s  (D—N.J.) Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2012. The bill would have required reporting of on/… Read full post »


Retirement dreams bite the dust:  it’s all Greek to us.


Mitt Romney’s likely abuse of the tax code to build a $100 million IRA has been drawing growing interest on the part of experts who want to figure out exactly how he did it.  Without m/… 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 »

JULY 19, 2012 8:38AM

WE are the Job Creators


Twenty-two year old job creator Meredith Perry, founder of uBeam, speaking the at the 2012 TED conference.


 Republican sound bites are irritating.  We should stipulate that up front. "Death panels."  "Government takeov/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 »


Speaker John Boehner tells a big one on Face the Nation.


The Republican anti-health care disinformation campaign is in full swing this holiday week.  House Speaker John Boehner trotted out a new line in the Republican war on health care on Face the Nation Sunda/… Read full post »


The Mandate:  Roberts says it's a tax.


 It’s official, it’s historic, it’s amazing:  the Supreme Court upholds the core of the Affordable Care Act 5 – 4.  Chief Justice John G. Roberts crosses a historic line and side/… 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 »

JUNE 6, 2012 7:22PM

Walker Wins, Why? And What Now?


Scott Walker, a grin for the ages.


So Scott Walker wins the Wisconsin recall with an eight-point margin.  What is the takeaway from that?  I have heard some surprising spin spun in the 24 hours since Walker claimed victory saying, “Tomorrow we are one/… Read full post »


Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan fights the good fight for public education.


Mark Pocan is an unlikely firebrand.  The state representative from Wisconsin’s 78th Assembly District is slightly on the nebbish side. He speaks with rhetorical flourishes/… 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 »