Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Election time is rapidly approaching again and I occasionally hear an idea that makes me cringe.  It’s the idea that you have to vote for the Democrat or the Republican in elections, otherwise you are wasting your vote.  I hate that concept.  It makes me want to scream every time.  It’s a little like saying […]

I just got my mind tweaked into annoyance by something related a recent endorsement in the Minnesota Governor race.  The Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (the union for Minnesota state employees) just recently announced they were endorsing Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher.  It’s not the fact that I personally think there’s a better candidate—people […]

With our current governor having just announced that he will not be running for re-election in 2010, I have decided to announce my candidacy for the office.  I may not be a very high profile candidate, but I think I have some good qualities to bring to the office. I am a truly neutral party. […]

I’ve gone on a political overdose the last few weeks.  The end of the Minnesota legislative session definitely had some drama with passionate arguments from both sides of the aisle on a variety of subjects some affecting the whole state, and some affecting very few.  There were omnibus tax bills, elections bills, health and human […]

I got an email from a friend the other day.  It was that poem about all the different ways the government has found to tax us.  (Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he’s fed…)  Then at the end there is this big list of different taxes (44 of them) and […]

OK.  I got to looking today at the bills getting introduced into the legislature this session.  They are up to House File 1959 and Senate File 1808.  I found it interesting that SF 1729-1808 are listed as “introduced on Monday, March 23, 2009.”  (Hence the title of this posting.)  The page lists all the bills […]

Heard about the new state income tax proposal by Rep. Ann Lenczewski (DFL–Bloomington). She suggests eliminating the current credits for day care and subtractions for education expenses and a cap on the mortgage interest credit at $420. The Strib quotes her, “Credits are back-door spending that favor those at the higher level.” Rep. Lenczewski also touts the benefits of a simplified tax system.