The GOP’s misguided tactic of shutting down the government if next year’s discretionary budget includes funding for ObamaCare is coming to a head this month. If the appropriations bills or–as usual–one large ‘continuing resolution’ isn’t passed by Oct. 1 (the start of the fed’s fiscal year) then surely the House Republicans will be blamed for another shutdown for refusing to implement a law that’s already been passed. No doubt, ObamaCare must go–but the way to do it is NOT to allow unconstitutional Presidential waivers for the most onerous aspects of the Affordable Care Act, or to match those with more waivers (e.g., delaying the law for a year) the GOP is now demanding. No, let those who passed the law, i.e., Democrats, own it entirely by allowing it to take effect fully in 2014. Then run on replacing or reforming it with free market health care (something we haven’t had for decades) in the midterms. Bailing out the architects of bad law is a sure loser. Besides, those who are pushing ‘defunding’ the loudest aren’t even going to pocket the would-be savings. In fact, they would actually suspend the very successful sequester cuts already in place in order to hike spending in other areas, especially the Pentagon. A bad tactic with no net spending cuts? Really?
America’s blood and treasure ready to be spent once again and for what? Preventing the carnage between Shia and Sunni? Settling centuries old animosities between tribal factions of which we know little? American interests are simply not at stake in Syria, and if our brave allies in the region insist on war, let them fight it. Alas, we are nevertheless plunging toward the precipice to save a failing President’s ‘credibility’ (of course, that requires believing that Great Britain now has no ‘credibility’ since they had the good sense to stay out of a conflict which they could not win). But back home, just where is the opposition party? Well, they are doing what they do best…listening to John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Peter King. In other words, bailing out Obama and giving the voters one more reason not to vote Republican. This is a very sad–and dangerous–spectacle.
Seems the IRS believes the Pohlad boys undervalued their prized possession, the Minnesota Twins, to the tune of $269 million as part of their late father’s estate. Now the greedy hand wants at least $121 million from the franchise the taxpayers built.
Rich, isn’t it?
All the more so given the fact the Pohlads were charter members of a “Gang of 200” — wealthy liberal elites who took out a full-page ad in this paper a few years back declaring “We can afford to pay more state taxes and we can’t afford not to.”
Hey, no one said anything about the estate tax, right? Continue reading
Hey, if you’re in the upper Midwest on Friday August 30th, come on out to the “Great Minnesota Get Together” in St. Paul and say ‘hi.’ I’ll be doing my show there starting at 5PM, so it’s a great chance to ask a few ‘on-air’ questions in our town hall format and pick up a copy of my book, “Power Divided is Power Checked.” Heck, I may even let you buy me a beer. See you there!
In two convoluted June rulings on gay rights, five members of the U.S. Supreme Court signaled their intention to rewrite the Constitution. Far from a cause for celebration, the court’s legal incoherence is best described as breathtaking.
In Hollingsworth vs. Perry, the justices deferred to a lower court’s decision imposing gay marriage in California because the challengers did not have “standing” as private petitioners. It is the executive branch that must defend state law (enacted by referendum or statute) and since California Gov. Jerry Brown refused in the case of Prop. 8, there was no “actual controversy” to settle. Continue reading
Minnesota legislators seem poised to follow the lead of 18 other states by legalizing medicinal marijuana in the next legislative session. While the effort is primarily a Democratic one, there is Republican support as well. Nevertheless, lawmakers are up against the same obstacle medical marijuana faced in 2009 — a reluctant governor.
Mark Dayton remains adamant, as was Tim Pawlenty before him, about deferring to a powerful state interest whose support most politicians covet: law enforcement. Indeed, the governor’s spokesperson declared in the waning days of the 2013 session that Dayton won’t support any legislation on the issue so long as groups like the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association oppose it. Continue reading
Far be it from me to beat a dead horse, but how ironic that what I wrote in my book is sadly coming to pass. On the Obamacare ruling; on Supreme Court activism; and of course on an omnipotent federal government drowning out the States (and economic recovery in the process). Check your local bookstore or online (better yet just click the icon on the right side of our home page) for availability, but by all means read “Power Divided is Power Checked.” You’ll know how we got here–and how to get out.