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It's called a Conservative government. The quality of life is high, good honest hard working people, and a government that knows how to live within it's means. Minnesota take note on how it is done.
Having grown up in North Dakota, I find the first poster's comment self-serving. North Dakota is pragmatic, but not conservative in the negative sense that the word conjures in today's political climate. North Dakota uses a long-term vision in it policy and budget making, but it, too, is politically divided by the progressive eastern side and the more conservative western side. Their pragmatism is also seen in their repeated reelection of their two long-term Democratic Senators, Dorgan and Conrad. North Dakota has not suffered so much in the current economic climate because they have a much simpler economy and much smaller and less diverse population that does not require the social service support that is necessary in Minnesota and many other states. I also have to point out that we used to get what we paid for in Minnesota by living a very culturally rich life full of nearly endless opportunities -- that is why I moved away from North Dakota and into Minnesota as a young adult. I was willing to pay more for this quality of life then and I still am. Perhaps those who are complaining about having to pay to maintain Minnesota's rich quality of life should move to the more "conservative" North Dakota. Hmmmm -- I just don't see that happening. You get what you pay for.
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