Lori Sturdevant: The long and winding road to reform

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 12, 2011 - 5:02 PM

Foundation leaders are not giving up on making government smarter and less costly.

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SupervonMar. 12, 11 6:59 PM

Oh, Lori-the likes of you that suddenly find religion in "making government smarter" to avoid the simple truth of making government smaller and less expenditures (mainly to your little buddies). Yes, that milk cow is over and the way to make government smarter is to remove the loads of excess "dumb" loads in government. Didn't they do that at the Star? Didn't it work?

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allieaMar. 12, 11 8:48 PM

Real change wont work because the first goal of an elected official is and must be either his/her reelection or election of like-minded successors. Jerk the chains of your money supporters and you are replaced - Republican or Democrat. - - - True spirited politicians that actually care about doing the right thing, whatever it may be, are dismissed like the famous override-six. - - - Today's SACK editorial cartoon says it all.

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patrickjdMar. 12, 1111:03 PM

IF we eliminate the home mortgage interest deduction and tax health care THEN the mortgage interest tax would have to come with an iron clad guarantee-a freeze on property taxes similar to Prop 13 in California. Taxing the costs of private health care could have potential problems. With the sky-rocketing costs of ObamaCare coming down the pipeline, raising consumer costs in both the private and public sector at the same time could prove to be too much of a burden for taxpayers.

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jim4848Mar. 13, 11 5:59 AM

Peter Hutchinson is what's wrong with Government. He is a consultant with little tangible evidence of success. His big chance to prove his worth ended in disaster as the Mpls. School superintendent. Yet he continues to milk money out of the system for his pondering.

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jathu001Mar. 13, 11 6:01 AM

I don't disagree that The Affordable Care Act will cost money, but again and again folks talk about it causing "skyrocketing costs." When they say this, I keep wondering what country they've been in the past 10 years? The "skyrocketing costs" have already been happening for well over a decade. That's WHY the reform is necessary. I think there are a handful--a very small handful at this point-- who have somehow dodged the bullet and maintained reasonable premiums. They can't understand --that isn't the reality for the vast majority. But their perspective is distorted by their own good luck--which could change tomorrow.

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RF6700Mar. 13, 11 8:50 AM

Government needs to be much smaller, that's for sure.

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patrickjdMar. 13, 11 9:06 AM

jathu001: ObamaCare's cost will be skyrocketing for the next 10 years. First is the actual $1 trillion cost increase calculated by the CBO, Next, the $500 billion cost that is "double counted" with Medicare as the HHS Secretary admitted last week. Then, the "doc fix" increase of another $200B over 10 years. That's $1.7 tillion INCREASE in ObamaCare costs over ten years with no increased benefits.

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ronniereaganMar. 13, 11 9:15 AM

Can someone tell me why it is OK to hold doctors accountable for the health of their patients yet we cannot hold teachers accountable for the students academic achievement? I am for accountablility of both but is the double standard because most teachers are unionized liberals and most doctors are non union republicans??

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homebozzMar. 13, 1110:23 AM

Utopian blather. Government IS the problem, not the cure. Please name me one goverment social program that is not done better by the private sector or where individuals are not in a better positions to make more effective decisions for themselves and their families. This is not a D or R problem alone. If we are going to provide a future for our kids, we need BIG cuts here is my top 3 list: 1 - Cut all subsidies to corporations -- especially farm subsidies and ethanol; 2--bring legislative and public employee HC benefits in line with market and make retirement plans 401K. 3 -- cut all state aid to counties and cities, they need to deal with their own problems locally. These will not be popular, but they are fair. If we fail to make hard decisions and take the pain now, our kids will pay the price.

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rikkylynnMar. 13, 1110:26 AM

"Reform"-------The most over-used word in government. The term would seem to denote 'favorable change' but any changes implemented by government under this moniker are rarely, if ever, favorable for anyone except a very thin slice of groups or individuals who are politically favored by the party pushing for the "reform". When elected officials from either party start talking about "reform", be suspicious...be very suspicious.

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