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Oct 24th


A look at race, incarceration, and American values

A look at race, incarceration, and American valuesGlenn Loury, a professor in the Department of Economics at Brown University, has long been one of the nation’s most outspoken Black intellectuals.

For many years he was a leading conservative voice on topics like affirmative action, and whenever he focuses on a policy issue affecting the Black community, people pay attention. In his title essay in the recent book, Race, Incarceration, and American Values, Professor Loury sounds the alarm on some of the same concerns the Children's Defense Fund has been raising when we talk about the pipeline to prison crisis.


Making Black History by investing in the future

Making Black History by investing in the futureBlack History Month 2009 is now history itself, but new Black history is made every day by African Americans who are willing to share their time, talent and resources with the larger Black community. Everyone gets the opportunity sooner or later, sometimes in surprising ways.

At the precipice of change: The budget

With lightening speed, President Barack Obama has moved from stimulus package to a home foreclosure package, to working on the financial bailout package, and now to the budget.

An African American depression

I was watching the periphrastic pundit, actor and neo-economist Ben Stein on CBS Sunday morning pontificating. 

He said that if President Obama offered more happy talk, more conviction that times would get better, then they would.


American jobs are worth fighting for

In January alone, 598,000 jobs were lost. More than 200,000 of those jobs were lost in the manufacturing sector. The employment rate now stands at a staggering 7.6 percent. The global credit crunch has, finally and decisively, thrown the gears of growth into reverse.

More than 70,000 Minnesotas at risk of losing their jobs

The February forecast, which we received this past week, is an important part of the process we go through at the Legislature to arrive at a balanced budget.  It gives us a snapshot of how our economy is performing as well as provides the Legislature with the size of our surplus or deficit for the upcoming budget cycle. As you might expect, the forecast delivered sobering news about the trajectory of our economy and a growing state budget deficit.

I rejected new liberalism and became a conservative

My son is studying ancient Chinese philosophies in his sixth grade history class.  The other day he rushed home to tell me that his teacher had compared modern day conservatism to the ancient totalitarian philosophy of Chinese Legalism.
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