Is it too late to get the government out of marriage?

Yesterday, Rand Paul articulated a path forward after Obergefell that would provide equal treatment under the law while preserving the free exercise of religion, which is to get government out of the marriage business. “All Americans have the right to contract,” Paul wrote, and enforcing contracts falls clearly within the purview of government. By defining social constructs, Paul warns, creates “a danger that a government that involves itself in every nook and cranny of our lives won’t now enforce definitions that conflict with sincerely felt religious convictions of others.”

Indeed, and this is one reason among several that I have advocated eliminating recognition of marriage as a government function altogether since 2008. In my column today for The Week, I remind readers that the close partnership of the state and houses of worship in the business of marriage puts the practice of religion at serious risk:

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And what if???

"This is the kind of 4th of July fireworks we don't want!"

The 4th of July weekend is coming up starting Friday. It will be fun. It will be on a weekend. It will be a family event. And - once again it will be a juicy target for the Islamists. What? Give me a break! Enough of this phobia about the Islamists! But wait just a minute. What if, what if, the most current terror alert is correct? Could we handle even a low grade attack like they recently have had overseas?

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Same-Sex Marriage, Religious Freedom, and Better Angels

Calling all people who were thrilled about last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is constitutional. 

More specifically, calling all Americans who are still celebrating the court’s decision, but who, just a few years ago publicly opposed same-sex marriage – people like the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, the previous Democratic President of the United States, and the wife of the previous Democratic President of the United States who’s running for President herself again, as well as hundreds of Senators, Representatives, and other officeholders.  

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Ranking Minnesota’s economy

Gov. Dayton is proudly proclaiming that Minnesota is the best state to do business in. He’s basing that propaganda on CNBC’s latest ranking. After looking at how they arrived at the categories that they ranked states on, it’s easy to see how CNBC arrived at their ridiculous ratings. First, it’s important to know this about the rating system:

For example, if more states tout their low business costs, the “Cost of Doing Business” category carries greater weight. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves.

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Senator Branden Petersen and Mitch Berg Respond to Liberty Minnesota Scorecard

On today's Fightin Words podcast, hosted on the Twin Cities News Talk Podcast Network:

In back-to-back interviews, State Senator Branden Petersen and political commentator Mitch Berg share their insights and reactions to the Liberty Minnesota 2015 Legislative Scorecard. Republicans in both chambers performed poorly overall, with the House majority scoring failing grades across the board. Was Liberty Minnesota’s measurement fair? Do Republicans deserve more credit than they’ve been given?

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Five Reasons Minnesota Needs To Cut MNSure

1. States without their own exchange get same tax $ from feds affirmed by SCOTUS. That means the main argument to set it up is now gone. 

2. It's not partisan. OR & HI, dark blue states, retired their tie-dyed healthcare exchanges because they weren't working. 

3. It is breaking our budget. We have drained our health reserve fund and its revenue source is going away in four years. 

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About That Study That Names Minnesota "Best State for Business"

There has been some cheering around Minnesota since CNBC announced that Minnesota was the best state for business for 2015.  CNBC has had this ranking for 9 years and this was the first year for Minnesota to win.  We were sixth in 2014, while Georgia was first.

State officials are delighted of course, with DEED creating an infographic and Governor Mark Dayton proclaiming, “The credit for our state’s economic success belongs to the people of Minnesota. We thank the businessmen and women, who chose Minnesota, and their productive employees, who made those investments successful.”

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"Takers" and "Makers" revisted (again)

"Are an entitled society, a greedy society, or neither? I guess that all depends on your point of view..."

A long time ago before he became President, Ronald Reagan ran for the job of Governor of California. He was concerned the Golden State was becoming the welfare state under Pat Brown (yes, the father of Moonbeam). The people were fed up enough to elect Ronald Reagan to replace Governor Brown. The people wanted Reagan to to come in and fix the mess.

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Campus Sustainability: Going Green is Just Part of the Plot

Every decade or so, another academic “fashion du jour” sweeps America’s college campuses. In the 1990s, it was multiculturalism. That morphed into “diversity” — now such a mantra that students can spell it backward in their sleep. Today, excitement is surging for a new fad, “sustainability,” that’s taking higher education by storm.

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Settled law

Well, the Supreme Court has definitively settled one matter of law last week (though not two, as you might think).  That matter is that these nine justices should never again be allowed to make rulings in the middle of a 3-day drunk. 

How else to explain an Obamacare ruling that ignores the clear language, clear intent, and clear initial implementation of the law in favor of the overall supposed intent, clearly belied by its disastrous failure to fulfill that intent?   And if gay marriage must be legal because a woman can marry a man and a man cannot, then have we overturned Roe v. Wade because a woman can have an abortion but a man cannot?  How drunk do you have to be???

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Will Dems apologize?

In an open letter to DNC Chairman Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, Jeffrey Lord provides a readout of the tangled history of the Democratic Party with slavery, segregation, lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan. Lord draws on the Democratic Party platforms of 1840, 1844, 1856 and 1860. He adds that, as the Civil War drew to a close, the Democrats opposed the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment (ending slavery), and proceeded afterwards also to oppose the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. Lord has more, all in the spirit of the moment; Lord calls on Schultz to apologize on behalf of the party.

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