Fixed-Income Minnesota

Wanna see something scary? The Atlantic created an interactive map that displays how median income has changed during the past 30 years, by county.

This is what Minnesota looks like with regard to Empty Nesters, an older and less diverse population than average, with plenty of retirees on fixed incomes. That means they don’t spend a whole lot and they account for a huge percentage of health care costs. Demographics is destiny:

Fixed Income Minnesota Map
Fixed Income Minnesota Map

Democratic National Convention In Minneapolis For 2012

At work, I’m doing some work to help bring the Democratic National Convention to Minneapolis in 2012. While this is the Democratic National Convention, just as Saint Paul hosting the 2008 Republican National Convention was good for our Capital City’s and our region’s economy, so too will bringing in the Democrats be good for both our economy and, long term, the national exposure the event will bring. Found at Vimeo from DNC Minneapolis 2012.

How can you help? Start by Liking the Facebook page and then urge your friends to do the same so we can show how much Minneapolis wants to host this event:

The Winners In The War On Drugs

Last week, Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak blamed white, middle-class, pot-smoking Minnesotans for murders in his city. He told MPR’s Cathy Wurzer:

This assertion is, of course, ridiculous on its face and smacks of a politician grasping at straws, looking for a someone to blame. He’s not the first politician to take the easy excuse rather than having the guts to admit the obvious: The War on Drugs is a miserable failure that creates more problems than it solves.

The first thing you have to come to terms with is that you will never eliminate human beings’ desire to alter their consciousness. We’ve been doing that throughout our history and we will continue to do so (see Prohibition). Then you need to look at who has won during our decades-long effort to fight drug use.

Jim Gray, a conservative judge in conservative Orange County, California, has changed his mind with regard to the War on Drugs. In 1992, he held a press conference during which he recommended that we rethink our drug laws. He is the author of Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed & What We Can Do About It: A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs
. In this interview, he discusses the six groups who benefit from drug prohibition. Found at YouTube from ReasonTV.

Vikings Stadium Bill

Anyone who knows me knows I’ve been in favor of and advocated for sports stadia; both for the Minnesota Twins (and, gawd…look at that beautiful Target Field!!) and for the Minnesota Vikings. It’s also no secret that my rooting interest in getting a new stadium for our pro sports teams is my very own love of sports.

I’d be happy to argue all day with you the merits of pro sports for our state and our community but in the end it comes down to this: Building a stadium now will be less expensive. It is not a matter of if we will build a new football stadium, it’s a matter of when. We’ve seen this movie before in Cleveland; if we let the Vikings leave, we’ll see its sequel here in Minnesota. This state will inevitably build a new stadium to attract a pro football franchise back to Minnesota and the only difference will be a few years of an NFLless state and a significantly higher cost for the stadium.

We should pass this bill this year. The Strib compiled footage from the press conference:

Is Anyone Else Struck By How Much Dave Foley Looks Like Lindsey Graham?

Dave Foley, the comedian famous from Kids in the Hall and NewsRadio, appeared on Keith Olbermann‘s show last night and, after being shocked at how old he looks, I was even more dumbstruck when it dawned on me that he looks exactly like conservative South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Ironic, huh? One’s a funny liberal and the other is a sourpuss conservative.

The following is a photo of Lindsay Graham; in the subsequent video clip from Olbermann’s show, modern-day Foley appears about half-way through.

Photograph of Lindsey Graham.

Found at YouTube from PoliticsNewsNews.

Just sayin…