Thursday, April 20, 2006


Responses, Links, and Apologies

Apologies first: to the Drinking Liberally crowd. Hell AND high water showed up, in the form of transmission trouble in my car. I can't think of a better personal argument in favor of a Metro-wide rail transit system. The Wege has a brief roundup of events last night at the 331, as I'm sure others will soon.

Eva Young's comment on my last post regarding Gov. Pawlenty's opposition to the DREAM Act:
"The argument against the bill needs to be why the bill is a wrong or a bad idea - rather than it's divisive, or it's immigrant bashing - otherwise those opposing the bill will lose the argument in the battle for public opinion."
Eva, you're absolutely correct, although it seems to be a moot point as the bill was passed out of committee intact yesterday. The argument goes thusly: it is in the economic and societal interest of Minnesota to keep prospective college students, whether documented or not, as close to Minnesota as possible, so they can grow into economically productive members of the Minnesota community. Opposing this bill runs counter to the ultimate goal of improving the quality of our economy and community.

But again, it's a moot point. Props to Eva for making me actually make the positive argument rather than just digging on its opposition. However, here's one that I think Eva and I may disagree on: Spotty at The Cucking Stool makes an excellent point connecting the Hate-Gays Bachmann Amendment and the Stadium issue. As far as political figures involved in these debates go, consistency is of paramount importance. For a Senator or Representative to advocate letting voters have their say on one issue but not on the other denotes a palpable lack of consistency. Statute or not, waiver or not, there are some elected officials who have been dangerously inconsistent in their approach to these two issues, and some who have been consistent regardless of what we think on the issues themselves. It's worth noting.

Another thing very much worth noting: Blue Ox on anti-choice billboards. Worth a read and worth keeping in mind. On a related note, I saw a bumper sticker this morning with the words "Abortion: the ultimate child abuse.".......hmm. That's funny. I strongly advocate policies that seek to reduce abortions and unwanted pregnancies without restricting access to contraceptives and birth control. That being said, I've always thought of drug use and drinking while pregnant as slightly worse than abortion. Sexual assault against children and minors too. But maybe I'm just splitting hairs on this one.

Congressional District Conventions coming up! Who's got excitement ahead at theirs?

Blogger lloydletta said:
In the case of the Twins stadium, what the Twins are asking for is an exemption in existing state law which requires a referendum for sales tax increases. Can you explain why a local government should be required to get voter approval for a waste water treatment plant, but that Hennepin County shouldn't be required to get voter approval for the stadium.

What also bothers me is this is a back door property tax increase - since Hennepin County municipalities are NOT exempt from sales taxes.

The Bachmann amendment is a constitutional amendment - marriage law should be in statute and not in the constitution. I also oppose the conservation/arts etc. dedication in the constitution. It is the job of the legislature to legislate marriage law in statute. This does not belong in the state constitution.
Blogger lloydletta said:
Here's what Spotty said:

Spotty says the two situations are fundamentally different. Spot believes it is entirely proper to restrain majoritarian impulses that seek to impair fundamental tenets of American society, such as equal protection under law. Civil rights, like equal protection, are the things we have agreed ahead of time as a society that people are born with; civil rights are not negotiable, and you’re entitled to them regardless of your membership in a group that is unpopular at the moment.

EY: He is saying the comparison of the two is not a good comparison, not that it is.
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