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Sunday, March 05, 2006

On a side note

Posting is going to be sporadic for me this week. My computer is in the shop and while I will have internet access, I do have to share the family computer which means I won't have quite as much time to write. Throw in precinct caucuses, sports and a city council meeting and we are talking about a very full week.

However, I did want to get this posted. According to this article in yesterdays Star Tribune, Minnesota's population is declining (according to the latest census reports). Now there certainly can be (and 'm sure are) many reasons for this decline, but I would like to list just a couple for you.

1) Minnesota's high tax burden. While the tax burden has gone down since Governor Pawlenty has taken office, as I noted before, Minnesota is still one of the highest taxed states in the country.

2) our government's insistence on dictating every aspect of our lives...whether it is smoking bans in Hennepin County and St Paul or same-sex marriage, the state insists on interfering in the daily lives of average Minnesotans. Now I know that there are some out there who will say "wait - didn't you just defend government interference via defense of DOMA?" DOMA would not be necessary if it were not for judicial activists pushing gay unions on those who do not choose to participate in that lifestyle. Marriage has always been a union between one man and one woman. That is not to say that anything otherwise is "unacceptable" necessarily, but anything other than that is not marriage and no amount of denying it will make it so!

3) the Roe effect. There is no denying that abortion happens in Minnesota. Because of the liberal laws in this state, it probably happens a lot and as I said here, it is something that is a known factor in population studies.

The article does point out something that was noted in the article that was the subject of my previously linked post:

The big winners in the next decennial census sweepstakes appear to be Florida, Texas and Arizona -- all Sunbelt states that have been outpacing the Northeast and Midwest in population growth.
Texas could gain three seats, as could Florida. New York could lose two seats; Arizona could gain two.

What do those 3 states have in common? Hmmmm....

A print version of the Strib article said it all (link not available) when it ended saying that Minnesota needed to "grow or lose out". Gee...ya think?


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