Deficit panel's liberals offer plan

Second-year orchestra member and violinist Kit Chow, right, follows along in the first orchestra practice of the year at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage Friday morning, November 12, 2010. Full Story
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dpodoll62

Cedar Rapids, IA

#63 Nov 18, 2010
I have news wrote:
for you sock, diversity is coming to Lakeville. You are at 12% now but that will increase every year. Why? The whole country is more diverse. Look around you? Burnsville is the first and oldest suburb so things come here first, but you are just a short jaunt down the freeway my friend. And guess what, it will be fine, your children will be better off, lily white suburbia is a thing of the past, unless you want to move way far out, or into a couple of our tonier, super affluent suburbs. Even Eden Prairie is wrestling with how to integrate their schools.{I don't particularly like these programs either, but I do love seeing kids of color with instruments in their hands.} <quoted text>
Crack pipes or 9 mms?? You can stay in st paul and keep the circus there for you to enjoy!!!
dpodoll62

Cedar Rapids, IA

#64 Nov 18, 2010
P T Bull wrote:
<quoted text>
Good to know the racists are hanging out here. Very mature. Enjoy a non-meaningful existence losers - you'd never have the guts to say this stuff out loud!
COWARDS
Enjoy your high taxes paying for the welfare diapers you MPLS loser!
Denny Enron

Saint Paul, MN

#65 Nov 18, 2010
Ah liberals, so obsessed with the color of skin. It used to be in this country that people were grouped by moral beliefs, like interests, work ethic, or just people that they like to be around. Now we have to hang out with who the liberalnazi's tell us to hang out with and with their jackboot on our throats the entire time.
Tony Rozycki

Kansas City, MO

#66 Nov 18, 2010
I think there's a good reason it's a "one-of-a-kind... program"!
Kevin

Hopkins, MN

#67 Nov 18, 2010
Can you say "Teacher Unions".....I am so glad...that in a recession....we continue to import violent cultures....so "I" can continue to "Pay" for this garbage....but dont worry Minnestoa...I just read that your elected Senator "Its Me Al Frankin" of failed Air America Radio is pushing legislation to stop gay and lesbian bashing in schools.....thank "God" I will sleep better at night now.....I mean really....I have a list I made last election of the top 100 critical issues that face America......and yup...you guessed it just like Big Al did.....picking on Lesbians and Gay's was number freakin one!!!!!!!!! I am off to eat my Ramen noodles and beg my land lord not to throw me out because I am one of the millions of unemployed Americans....thank "God" for all the Illegals in the country doing all those jobs that us United States Citizens refuse to do......my noodels are getting cold......at least in California they are moving to give illegals a huge discount on collge tuition......i mean how can you pick carriots and beans without a freaking Masters Degree.......Kool Aid anyone?????
Kevin

Hopkins, MN

#68 Nov 18, 2010
Its Over wrote:
I'm not sure I understand why topix writers are against this program. I'm pretty sure the writers don't have children that live in this school district. Why impose the writers' version of "centralized government" over the individual rights of the school district that wants the program? Oh, that's right, we don't want individual rights in this country any more. We want whatever the conservatives tell us we want. We want some parental authority no it all telling us who is supposed to get married, what group gets to sit next to another group, where are tax money will go, who we're going to fight regardless of the suspect evidence they've used to start the war in the first place, who we're going to worship (God of course, Muslims and agnostics, and Jews are not welcome), basically everything in life including where we're going to take a leak at. Why have democracy at all. Heck, let's just turn this nation into a Republican gestapo. Stalin would be proud.
Ummmmm....hey.....gosh.....gue ss you didnt see.....but YOU LOST THE LAST ELECTION by numbers not seen in over 70 years!!! I am a Proud Republican Gestapo!!!! And MN has both Houses "R...E...P...U...B...L... I...C...A...N"....maybe if you were not so busy worrying about Diversity...you would have had time to listen to the news.....of course I am assuming that (living in Minnesota) you actually speak English.......and thats a toss up brother.....see you in two years when Obami retires to the burbs of Chicago and lives off pay back checks from Wall Street....Banks....and the Automotive Industry...I love whole "Change" thing...."Yes we can".....ummmm..."No we didnt"....and maybe you should grow a pair of balls and serve your country...you live here right? I mean Freedom is not free you silly liberal......its all good...they still have "Dont ask...dont tell"...you will be safe.....
Denny Enron

Saint Paul, MN

#69 Nov 18, 2010
My answer, private, gated villages. Just like the good old days, like 800 years ago. Yeah, that's progress.
Steveb

Waterville, MN

#70 Nov 18, 2010
The plan is to let us know when those f-in retards in Washington figure it out.
Kevin

Hopkins, MN

#71 Nov 18, 2010
sock wrote:
Race is not a virtue. Stop trying to ruin Lakeville!
Race is a virtue!!! God speed to Lakeville!!!! Enough is enough.....speak english or get out! Illegal is Illegal!!!Screw political Correctness...God....and Country.....
Jesse Jagmo

Minneapolis, MN

#72 Nov 18, 2010
The American public education system is failing many groups, but none more miserably than black males. The numbers are shocking. The Schott Foundation recently reported that only 47 percent of black males graduate from high school on time, compared to 78 percent of white male students. This revelation is beyond disturbing because it exposes the fact that many public schools serve as major catalysts for the desolation of unemployment and incarceration that lies in many black boys’ future.
In many places the disparity between whites and blacks is nearly unbelievable. In Nebraska, for example, the white/black graduation gap is 83 percent compared with 40 percent and in New York 68 percent compared with 25 percent. The way urban city school districts fail black males is more disconcerting considering that black professionals are in charge. Urban districts are among the worst at graduating black males: Atlanta, 34 percent; Baltimore, 35 percent; Philadelphia, 28 percent; New York, 28 percent; Detroit, 27 percent; and St. Louis, 38 percent.
There are surely many reasons for such failure, and family breakdown must rank high among them. Schools may be powerless to transform black family life, but they should not be left off the hook for turning in a dismal performance. In a recent interview, Dr. Steve Perry, principal and founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., repeatedly places the blame for the black achievement gap at the feet of the partnerships between the teachers unions and the NAACP,“a civil-rights relic.” The places where black students excel, says Perry, are those where students have access to choice. Sadly the NAACP and the NEA have long undermined the push for low-income black parents to exercise freedom to choose the best schools as a national norm.
For example, even with mounting evidence demonstrating that single-sex education for blacks males from low-income households represents one of the best opportunities for graduation, the NEA petitioned the Department of Education in 2004 to prevent single-sex options from becoming nationally normative, balking because “the creation of an artificial single-sex environment [will] ill prepare students for life in the real world.” What? The Eagle Academy for Young Men, a charter school in the Bronx comprised of primarily black and Latino students, the first all-male public school in New York City in 30 years, boasts a high school graduation rate of 82 percent. This summer, Chicago’s Urban Prep Charter Academy, with a 100 percent graduation rate, graduated a class of 107 black male students all of whom are attending college in the fall.
The NEA exists, it seems, only to overfund failed systems and the non-performance-based salaries of adults at the expense of black students. Nothing prepares black males for life in the real world like graduating from high school and attending college, yet the NEA consistently lobbies against parent choices that lead to black male success.
As long as teachers unions have influence in the black community and in institutions pledged to black empowerment, and black parents are not financially empowered to opt out of failing public schools, black males are doomed.
--
Dr. Anthony Bradley, associate professor of theology at The King's College in New York City and a research fellow at the Acton Institute, is the author of Liberating Black Theology.
Too Many Taxes

Minneapolis, MN

#73 Nov 18, 2010
Wow. Our state is broke and overtaxed, and we're spending multi-millions on this??? The liberals in this state need to get a clue - STOP THE OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING!!!!
Tony Rozycki

Kansas City, MO

#74 Nov 19, 2010
well-intentioned naive control-freaks
deficit reduction

Monroe, LA

#75 Nov 19, 2010
Replace farm subsidies with Farmer Savings Accounts and improved crop insurance.

Eliminate the Foreign Agriculture Service.

Merge all four agriculture outreach and research agencies and cut their budget in half.

Fund the Food Safety and Inspection Service with user fees.

Eliminate business subsidies from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program.

Eliminate the Rural Utilities Service.

Eliminate the Economic Development Administration.

Eliminate NeighborWorks America (formerly the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation).

Consolidate the Rural Housing and Development Programs and convert them into block grants.

Eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Eliminate the Denali Commission.

Eliminate the Minority Development Business Agency.

Eliminate the Delta Regional Authority.

Return Pell Grants to their 2009 funding level of $24 billion, which is still double the 2007 level.

Trim Head Start by $2 billion and convert it into vouchers.

Scale back the Education Department bureaucracy.

Eliminate dozens of small and duplicative education grants.

Eliminate state grants for Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities.

Reduce energy subsidies for commercialization and some research activities.

Block grant and devolve Environmental Protection Agency grant programs.

Restructure the Power Marketing Administrations to charge market-based rates.

Eliminate the Science to Achieve Results Program.

Halve federal program payment errors by 2012, especially by reducing Medicare errors and earned income tax credit errors.
Tighten oversight by spending $5 billion on new resources, such as updated computer systems, and then recover $49 billion in payment errors.

Halve the $25 billion spent to maintain vacant federal properties.

Cut the federal employee travel budget to $4 billion (half of FY 2000 spending).

Freeze federal pay until it can be reformed.

Suspend acquisition of federal office space.

Trim the federal vehicle fleet by 20 percent (a reduction of 100,000 vehicles).

Cut the House and Senate budgets back to the 2008 level of $2.2 billion.

Eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.

Tighten controls on federal employee credit cards and cut down on delinquencies.

Require federal employees to fly coach on domestic flights.

Reform Medigap.

Repeal Obamacare (larger savings in later years).

Require Medicare home health co-payments.

Eliminate the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant.

Eliminate Health Professions grants.

Eliminate Title X Family Planning.

Eliminate the National Health Service Corps.

Repeal Rural Health Outreach and Flexibility grants.

Eliminate most homeland security grants to states and allow states to finance their own programs.

Better enforce eligibility requirements for food stamps.

Open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to leasing.
(The savings are leasing revenues, which are classified as negative spending in the federal budget.)

Suspend federal land purchases.

Eliminate the Development Assistance Program.
Saddened

Minneapolis, MN

#76 Nov 21, 2010
I imagine that each of the kids in these pictures, their parents, their families, and their friends woke up excited, waiting to see if his or her picture was in a highly regarded metropolitan newspaper. I am saddened by the thought that they probably decided to go online to see if there was anything else. Unfortunately there was much more. They got to see the hateful, ignorant rants of people hiding behind their computer keyboards. I can guarantee you they went to bed with a different view of the world in which they live.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
Kevin

Hopkins, MN

#77 Nov 23, 2010
Saddened wrote:
I imagine that each of the kids in these pictures, their parents, their families, and their friends woke up excited, waiting to see if his or her picture was in a highly regarded metropolitan newspaper. I am saddened by the thought that they probably decided to go online to see if there was anything else. Unfortunately there was much more. They got to see the hateful, ignorant rants of people hiding behind their computer keyboards. I can guarantee you they went to bed with a different view of the world in which they live.
You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
Your saddened and we should all be ashamed of ourselves? No....we have woken up....dropped the Kool Aid cups and are taking "our" country back one day at a time. We are tired of tree hugging groups brining plane load after plane load of immagrants to our state. They are taught to use the welfare system and then dumped into our laps. I see the news day after day about killings, beatings, sex trafficing, acid throwing from those we bring over here. When does the madness stop? For God sakes they had to place a "Human Rights" office in St. Cloud just to deal with all the human rights violation complaints from the Somalians that now live their. How is that whole open border thing working out for California? They are bankrupt. Europe is in turmoil and many nations are begining to force assimulation. The leader of Australia gave an incredible speech about immagrants in his country, watch it sometime. Enough is enough. I am ashamed that I am one of a handful of English speaking shoppers at the mall. I am ashamed that I stood by and watched this mass immagration and just kept drinking the kool aid. No more! I do not hide behind a keyboard. I am not ashamed to be an American. And we are not "Ignorant" or "hateful" we are just sick of the madness. Open your eyes, investigate the news through all channels, you will see what we see.
NEW PC SPIN DR

Saint Paul, MN

#78 Nov 24, 2010
Saddened wrote:
I imagine that each of the kids in these pictures, their parents, their families, and their friends woke up excited, waiting to see if his or her picture was in a highly regarded metropolitan newspaper. I am saddened by the thought that they probably decided to go online to see if there was anything else. Unfortunately there was much more. They got to see the hateful, ignorant rants of people hiding behind their computer keyboards. I can guarantee you they went to bed with a different view of the world in which they live.
You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
maybe so, but think of the majority of saddened children who are 'left behind' as we often celebrate the very few considered by the highly enlightened to be in the 'special diversity' cast system.

how about this season, we also include the many poor & neglected children who are despised as common & priveleged, but in reality are cast aside & non-celebrated?:-(
Happy To Spend More

Minneapolis, MN

#79 Nov 25, 2010
Higher Taxes Won't Reduce the Deficit
History shows that when Congress gets more revenue, the pols spend it.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274...
The draft recommendations of the president's commission on deficit reduction call for closing popular tax deductions, higher gas taxes and other revenue raisers to drive tax collections up to 21% of GDP from the historical norm of about 18.5%. Another plan, proposed last week by commission member and former Congressional Budget Office director Alice Rivlin, would impose a 6.5% national sales tax on consumers.
The claim here, echoed by endless purveyors of conventional wisdom in Washington, is that these added revenues—potentially a half-trillion dollars a year—will be used to reduce the $8 trillion to $10 trillion deficits in the coming decade. If history is any guide, however, that won't happen. Instead, Congress will simply spend the money.
In the late 1980s, one of us, Richard Vedder, and Lowell Gallaway of Ohio University co-authored a often-cited research paper for the congressional Joint Economic Committee (known as the $1.58 study) that found that every new dollar of new taxes led to more than one dollar of new spending by Congress. Subsequent revisions of the study over the next decade found similar results.
We've updated the research. Using standard statistical analyses that introduce variables to control for business-cycle fluctuations, wars and inflation, we found that over the entire post World War II era through 2009 each dollar of new tax revenue was associated with $1.17 of new spending. Politicians spend the money as fast as it comes in—and a little bit more.
We also looked at different time periods (e.g., 1947-2009 vs. 1959-2009), different financial data (fiscal year federal budget data, as well as calendar year National Income and Product Account data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis), different lag structures (e.g., relating taxes one year to spending change the following year to allow for the time it takes bureaucracies to spend money), different control variables, etc. The alternative models produce different estimates of the tax-spend relationship—between $1.05 and $1.81. But no matter how we configured the data and no matter what variables we examined, higher tax collections never resulted in less spending.
This is exactly the opposite of what the tax-increase lobby in Washington is preaching today. The only era in modern times that the budget has been in balance was in the late 1990s, when Republicans were in control of Congress. Taxes were not raised, and the capital gains tax rate was cut in 1997. The growth rate of federal spending was dramatically reduced from 1995-99, and the economy roared.
We suspect that voters intuitively understand this tax and spend connection, which is why there is such hostility to broad-based tax increases. "Polls consistently find that a majority of Americans believe any new taxes will be spent by the politicians," pollster Scott Rasmussen told us recently in an interview.
The grand bargain so many in Washington yearn for—tax increases coupled with spending cuts—is a fool's errand. Our research confirms what the late economist Milton Friedman said of Congress many years ago: "Politicians will always spend every penny of tax raised and whatever else they can get away with."

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