I grew up reading comic books wanting to be a superhero. Comics taught me that those who speak the truth are heroes, all the rest are liars.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

All Minnesota

It's Like Winning Twice!
Soon-to-be Minnesota Senator Al Franken continues to party build and network in lieu of assuming his new responsibilities. Franken this week met with Vice President Biden who issued the following statement:

“Once the Minnesota Supreme Court has issued its final ruling in this case, the President and I look forward to working with Mr. Franken on building an economy for the 21st century.”

While Franken has cleared each of the legal hurdles on his way to being the next Minnesota U.S. Senate, it may be awhile more before he officially becomes the 60th Democrat seated in the Senate. We're waiting for the Minnesota Supreme Court decision. Still, that day is coming...

The day that Franken is sworn into the U.S. Senate, I plan to party like its 1999…er…2008. The historic importance of Al Franken being the 60th Democrat seated is not lost on me. It’s like winning twice!

At What Cost?

Maybe I’m naive and misunderstood but -shouldn’t we be ending the war(s)? Wasn’t that why Obama was elected?
NPP is tracking the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with an individual cost of war counter, calculating the state-level numbers and trade-offs of supplemental war spending. So for Minnesota’s cost of funding the war…we could fund:

  • Health care for 532.341 people
  • Renewable Electricity for one year in 2,124,157 homes
  • Maximize Pell Grants for 345,897 college students
The list goes on and on…just like the wars.

Check the Minnesota List Twice!
The 10 Most Endangered program in Minnesota is designed to spotlight historic properties that face imminent danger through demolition, neglect, severe alteration, or inappropriate public policy. One of the endangered locations is in my neighborhood.

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