Blue man in a Red district describes the symbiosis of DFL and GOP policy goals:
Senator Dille's top legislative priority is about to happen and the DFL will tax it to make Minnesota better. The plan is crystal clear now.
Dille, as he has stated publicly in numerous forums across the Senate District, wants to ensure that every Minnesotan is a happily married millionaire.
I don't subscribe, but I am a sucker for Adbusters magazine when I see it. Because I am in mortal danger of adding three books to my unread pile every time I enter a bookstore, I'd planted myself at the magazine section while my domestic partner browsed. Before she was through, I'd read so much of the current issue I was obligated to buy it.
Here's an excerpt from a short article quoting Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus:
"You can't stop terrorism with guns, because it is in the mind. Terrorism is created by a strong feeling of injustice, political or economic. I believe putting resources into improving the lives of poor people is a better strategy than spending it on guns."
"Charity is not a healthy basis for a relationship between people. If you want to solve poverty, you have to put people in a position to build their own life. Western governments and development organizations think they need to offer permanent charity. As a result, they keep entire economies in poverty and families in an inhuman situation."
The Minnesota Senate tax plan tracks very closely with the revenue strategy proposed by Growth & Justice last year — raise more money and make the overall system more fair, which means a higher income tax rate for the very top earners. The proposal adopted yesterday by the Senate Tax Committee also would fund access to public or private preschool programs, which follows another G&J recommendation made two years ago in its Workforce First report.
The Tax Committee hearing yesterday immediately followed a meeting in which the DFL Senate caucus considered which tax strategy to support, a new tax rate for high earners or a more general income tax increase. As they filed into committee, members were tight-lipped when approached for some indication of their decision. Then Sen. Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller walked directly to Growth & Justice executive director Joel Kramer, who was there to testify, and whispered in his ear.
Now the howling can begin in earnest.
Riding a mountain bike is not the same as mountain biking. I guess that should be obvious, but it takes mountains to bring home the point conclusively. We have a 20-year-old Specialized Stumpjumper that never got tested in Minnesota by more than wintry roads. Now it is in Colorado, where the bike is adequate, but the biker is sorely tested.
Mark Twain called golf a good walk spoiled. It is only spoiled if you go out there not knowing what you're doing, which covers a high percentage of American males. I find mountain biking has similar properties for a 58-year-old novice, except the spoilage options are far more diverse — not to mention attention-getting. After the ride I took this afternoon, I would call mountain biking a vigorous retreat, with cannon.
So far, I have learned that it is better to be bold. As with downhill skiing, physics is generally your friend, and it is better to stay in motion, provided you can point that motion in the right direction. Stopping, which on flat land is a safe reaction, means you are at risk of falling — and your landing options are scrubby dried brush, cactus or rocks, with the occasional cliff thrown in for special interest. Or you are at risk of walking, pushing a 20-year-old bike.
I headed upward today over rocky and precipitous terrain, pedaling when I could, walking when I couldn't. (Add heart attack to the above list of risks.) But I consoled myself with the idea that I had mastered enough skills to enjoy the long, twisting descent.
Wasn't it pretty to think so?