This was the week of sports stars driving badly and state revenue forecasts behaving badly. Hmmm, where to start?
The past criticism of Earl Woods for putting too much pressure on little Tiger has to be seen a fresh light this week. This obit for the senior Woods in 2006 was typical of how he was honored for his role in his son's success.
“I wanted to raise a good person,” Earl Woods told Golf Digest in November of 2000, and therein lies the real glory to a man whose life deserves to be celebrated.
“He has the power to do a lot of things with his charisma,” Earl Woods said on the eve of the 2003 Deutsche Bank Championship outside of Boston, a tournament that would benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation. “Some day, he will do a lot of great things. I don’t know what they are yet, but knowing Tiger Woods, they won’t be small.”
Whatever you think about the failings of sports stars and the temptations they face, the latest developments also reveal Tiger to be a conflicted and unhappy person. His legendary self-control, supposedly the product of his father's training, apparently applied only on the golf course — and may have left him poorly equipped with empathy and other strengths that come in handy, even for gods.
Fathers can get too much credit for success as well as failure of their children, but no one can accuse Tiger's dad of neglect.
Didn't mean to leave you hanging if you were really after budget talk.
This month Wisconsin will pay close to $70 million to Minnesota because Wisconsin has about 20,000 more residents crossing the border to work in Minnesota. That annual payment includes an 8 percent interest charge. Almost $82 million was budgeted for this annual payment, but the recession with job losses has lowered the amount Wisconsin owes.
Backing out of a tax reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin is one other way Gov. Pawlenty sought to come up with revenue without "raising taxes." I don't necessarily disagree with Wisconsin residents who make their living here paying income taxes here, but note that this is a way to tax someone who can't vote against him. Pretty brave.
Govs. Pawlenty and Doyle announced a shared services agreement between the two states early this year that was supposed to net $10 million in annual savings for each. August news reports said Wisconsin could point to $74,313 in savings. The Minnesota savings were so paltry, a figure wasn't even tracked by the state. The cabinet member in charge of Pawlenty's Drive to Excellence effort, which included the shared services initiative, left his staff earlier this year — according to my sources, frustrated with Pawlenty's fiscal leadership.
Bill Lindeke writes about how the hubris of the University of Minnesota continues to threaten light rail. And Matt at Twin Cities Streets for people posts about transit maps and schedules showing how Twin Cities transit riders 100 years ago were connected by rail all the way from Stillwater to Lake Minnetonka.
Here's a summary of critiques of and from the left of Pres. Obama's Afghanistan strategy.
This failure is as much the fault of the left as it is the president's. Somehow we managed to convince ourselves that simply by electing a new president, we could achieve a fundamental change of direction in America. But, as usual, after being beaten at the ballot box, the right wing has redoubled its efforts to maintain control over the American political process, while the left remains just as impotent as it was during the Bush years.