Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I hate December. It’s cold. It’s dark. And all my year-end bills come due. Annual attorney recertification, vacation condo maintenance fee, hangar rent, Christmas bills plus all the usual expenses. It’s that wallop at the end of the year that annoys me. I hate to see money going out of the checkbook, it should be coming in. Makes me what to cut back, spend less, live poor.
“Darkness was cheap, and Scrooge liked it.”
I know exactly how he felt.
I make a concerted point of enjoying the whole holiday season – which has made me, oddly enough, enjoy the season.
But I get it. I really do.
Link to study:
I did not study it, just glanced at it. I find lots of statistics but little explanation for the cause of the statistics. Policy recommendations begin on Page 23. In the economic area, it’s straight DFL: raise the minimum wage, unionize workers, more welfare, eliminate payday loans, paid sick leave, equal pay for equal work, ban credit checks and criminal background checks by employers, punish religious organizations.
It’s like opening a book to begin reading in the middle of the story. Some poor orphan is in distress, her life is awful, nobody will help her. Okay, but how’d she get there? If she killed her parents with an axe, then maybe her plight is well-deserved?
Similarly, how is it possible that Blacks in Minnesota consistently remain the dregs of society, the poorest, the most likely to be arrested, decade after decade while more recently arrived Asian, Latino, even Somali immigrants come here with nothing and within a generation are thriving? What mysterious force is at work promoting some but restraining others?
I didn’t find the answer in the report. Without knowing the cause, can you ever find an effective solution? Maybe others will.