Straight talk: This might hurt a bit

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 14, 2013 - 10:34 AM

State governments, including one near you, must be prepared to dole out disappointment in these times.

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jdlellis1Jan. 12, 13 1:29 PM

1 - The masses inability to understand that in a free society, government cannot and should not be all things to all people. 2 - Legislators inability to understand that in a free society that government at all levels cannot and should not be all things to all people. 3- The general media's focus on headlines, pop-culiuture and social media as opposed to in relevant in-depth reporting. 4 - Myopic/Singularly focused individuals with the inability to understand the concept interdependency (e.g. link). 5 - Those willing to abdicate their own personal responsibility for the security of being taken care of by others not because of misfortune but because it is easier.

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elmore1Jan. 12, 13 2:16 PM

Good summary Lori, with all of the election hype over people are realizing that the economy is just barely creeping along. Our political leaders need to recognize this and focus on reducing spending and not raising taxes unnecessarily. I believe that most Minnesotans are common sense people who don't live above thier means. We expect our govt to do the same.

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pumiceJan. 12, 13 2:19 PM

From the commentary: "[A] sizable share of the electorate ... hold[s] that being a citizen is akin to being a customer, forever entitled to 'expect more, pay less' for government. That mind-set is the enemy of problem-solving and political survival over the long haul." Well then... legislators have a big job, Ms. Sturdevant: The electorate needs to be educated that democracy is a participatory form of government and, as you concluded, the executive and legislators we elect to represent us should "explain early and often why they believe they must change state [budget] policy." Moreover, we must dig into our wallets, roll up our sleeves and participate when governor and legislature invite us "to do more and give more for [our]selves and each other ..."

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Mark27Jan. 12, 13 3:36 PM

Once again, with both Lori's article and the comments, the elephant in the room is not discussed amidst our daily scoldings of the working poor, the middle class, and spendthrift government. The one group that has the capacity to reverse America's death spiral is the same group that almost always avoids criticism, and that's the business sector. After three decades of the business community binging on tax cut after tax cut after tax cut while taking advantage of an increasingly non-union workforce to extract an endless tide of wage and benefit concessions, even otherwise sensible people like Sturdevant still fail to connect the dots between this consolidation of economic resources into a small sector of the population and its impact on everything else in American life, including the demand for more public services and the shrinking tax base from which those public services can be extracted. The "job creators" are the entirety of our problem, and until their gluttony is reined in, Lori Sturdevant might as well reprint this exact same column every January.

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eman2001Jan. 12, 13 4:30 PM

In general, an honest politician will not get elected or reelected because most people can't really handle the truth. And this is especially true as resources become more dear.

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jdlellis1Jan. 12, 13 4:44 PM

Mark27, Respectfully. At the end of WWII, the U.S. possessed approximately 65% of the worlds manufacturing capacity. As a result of being the beacon of light with democracy and capitalism, the global marketplace and advances in mechanical and electronic technology "demands" thinking, innovation and competitiveness broader than just the Atlantic/Pacific and Mexico/Canada. Outsourcing which has been given a bad name is the result of poor tax polices, the need to have a presence in various countries and resources/technology available in various countries. Consider the medical device tax the U.S. leads the world in innovation and revenue this industry sector. Companies like Siemans (Germany), Omron (Japan) and Phillips (Netherlands) are now poised to increase their markets share as a result of this tax. The culture that is Minnesota is the result of; the likes of Hill, Pillsbury, Sweat, Baaken, innovative companies like 3M, General Mills, Cargill, Medtronic and politicians who acknowledged, not bad mouthed success. To sustain the increasing demand of social spending requires this nation to build wealth which is not a government function and/or reality.

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pumiceJan. 12, 13 5:39 PM

Re: "Outsourcing ... is the result of poor tax polices, the need to have a presence in various countries and resources/technology available in various countries." When you wrote, "poor tax policies", jdlellis1, were you referring to tax preferences given to corporations which outsource American jobs? When you wrote of "the need to have a presence in various countries", were you referring to military presence to protect corporate interests? When you wrote of "technology available in various countries", were you referring to intellectual property stolen from the USA? And when you listed causes which result in outsourcing/off-shoring, why did you omit "cheap labor" and "lax regulations"?

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bblheadJan. 12, 13 6:07 PM

This seems a well written and articulated article. Unfortunately, most people will not follow the actions laid out by it. We are a society of bigger, better, faster, cheaper. We simply can't comprehend giving anything up, even if it's something we really didn't need in the first place. We could learn something from the civilian actions during the second world war. People weren't so worried about themselves, rather they sacrificed to help the national effort. Wishful thinking, I know.....

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ffedericoJan. 12, 13 7:28 PM

I would like to point out that this biennial legislative orientation retreat was closed to the press except for DFL shills like Ms. Sturdivant. Second of all, perhaps the Governor should admit the fact that taxes are going to rise on more than the top 2%, contrary to what he promised in the 2010 campaign.

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ciamanJan. 12, 13 8:20 PM

It always comes back from liberal people that we have to open up our wallets or purses and give away our money, even when we no longer have any money. Is that not always the truth? Of course it is. Our population is falling just like Japan and large segments of our population are now in their 60's and would love to retire for at least a few years before everything falls apart. And when a large part of your people are now retired, how in the world do liberals expect that we will continue to throw our money away? And since most of the Baby Boomers are now older and without kids to pay for, then you can expect that most retired people are in a lower level of living and will not elect people that would shout that we must pay up? In truth, most people are not living at their Apex anymore. No, they have less income and little interest in participating with the young. Their interests are elseway.

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