Open Letter To The New GOP Majorities

To:  New GOP Majorities in the MN House and US CongressFrom: Mitch Berg, Uppity PeasantRe:  Agenda All, Want something to show you’re serious about getting the boot of government off of innocent citizens’ necks?  Reform civil-forfeiture laws.  Now.  Including, preferably, eradicating laws that allow corrupt pettifoggers to run rackets with the blessing of “the law”.  Do it now, so we can see who the real enemies are.  That is all.

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Separate But Equal

For starters, I think schools today resort to suspension way too quickly; sometimes it seems it’s the only sort of consequence schools offer anymore. There seem to be either no meaningful consequences to an action – or a three day vacation. And don’t kid yourself – that’s what suspension is, to any kid who’s actually getting suspended. To the extent that black and Hispanic kids were getting suspended more? That’s at least partly the sign of a lazy administration. But the news that the Minneapolis public schools have officially adopted a “separate but equal” system, where most students can be suspended without further ado, but black and Hispanic students require further review, makes me wonder if these people have ever heard of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

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Firefight

When it comes to stating and defending their points under fire, American politicians are pansies. British parliamentarians?  They are like the Mike Ditkas of political speech. And here’s one, courtesy of Margaret Thatcher, that I would love to see some Minnesota Republican, some how, some way, exhume and use in the coming session.   Because it applies to us, here and now.

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The “Governor” Dayton Pool

Now, if you’ve followed Minnesota politics this past four years, you know that Mark Dayton has been “Governor” is the same sense that Danny Bonaduce was the “bassist” for the Partridge Family.  He’s been a marionette, a flapping jaw revealing the will of the special interests who installed him in office. And his health is not at all good. And once he cut the crap and made it official by bringing Tina Flint Smith on as his running mate (putting Yvonne something or other out to pasture), the plan’s been pretty much common knowledge:  ”Governor” Dayton is going to resign and turn the office over to Tina “The Butcher” Flint Smith. The only real question is when.

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