Inflation is at the fore of public discourse as we see incredible jumps in costs of living. The conventional wisdom is that inflation is just what happens when you over print your money. That’s only 1/3rd of the problem.
Minnesota is a small-town-state. Most of our lands are rural and while our cities are dense our state’s overall population is comparatively low at #22 nationally, just a nugget under 6 million souls. Our prices stay pretty low (compared to places like New York, Cali, Florida etc), I remember seeing other more populous states in crises with markets and they’ve always seemed astronomical to me. Because of course markets are comprised of people, supply and demand. Where demand is lower, usually so is price. So for us inflation and state monetary mismanagement has been a thing for some time, we’re just now feeling the bite.
What is inflation anyway? Imagine you’re playing Monopoly. You have roughly 50% of the spaces on the board. You’re feeling pretty good, if you’re playing with 3 or more players you’d really be cleaning up. Well, imagine just then, someone adds another 7 spaces to the game. Spaces you’ll need to buy to win. Suddenly the spaces you own don’t hold as much value. They have some, but significantly less. Now imagine that happens every 3rd cycle around the board. That’s the gist. It happens in three ways. Currency inflation (money printer go brrr), regulatory burden (how expensive it is to follow regulations) and taxation. They feed into each other. As you can buy less with each dollar, the costs naturally go up, which increases the regulatory burden and in turn the state budgets tend to get larger to cover thus further reducing that buying power all the while blaming corporate greed knowing full well that raising taxes will only raise prices and the cycle continues.
Which is why a state of 5.7 million people passed a combined end of 2022 beginning of 2023 budget of over $100 BILLION. This, after robbing Minnesotans of $10 billion as it stands.
I will work diligently when elected to fight waste consolidate redundancy, reduce budgets, and ideally incentivize (not subsidize) the private sector to do what it was made to do. Provide for the needs of the market at a price people consider a steal. Such as unleashing the power of American made energy and mining.
In the state of Minnesota (in fairness most states in the union) we send our children to public school from k-12th grade. Once 12th grade is complete after some enjoying of “adult life” for a bit we usually send them back for college. Some stay longer, some go sooner but most get a degree and somewhere between 21 and 26 can now go get a job that will pay them ideally enough to call it a career, pay off their debt and start a family. Provided they chose a market-facing degree path.
That’s a best-case. The reality, as always, is a little messier. It’s no secret that America’s education performance has been in mild but steady decline even before the pandemic was declared which has had a sharp and negative impact on our children’s education especially here in Minnesota. Despite the poor results, we keep increasing education budgets. We’re paying more but getting less. In 2021 Minnesota’s education budget was over 20.5 billion dollars. My son did not get a 20.5-billion-dollar education. After over 100 years of the same education model, despite new technology it still takes 12 years and 10’s of billions of dollars to produce adults that aren’t career worthy. To get a competitive job you need -at least- 16 years of education. Something is very wrong with this picture and that’s just the boring infrastructure beats.
Every year it seems more politics enter the classroom. More sexual subject matter is taught and at younger ages. CRT threatens a hyper focus on race rather than reason. Activist teachers are becoming more and more common. Attempts have been made to deceive concerned parents about their own children. Some schools are still using COVID restrictions shown to threaten the psychological/emotional health of children and the parents who voice their concern are now being targeted by the FBI. The school boards don’t think that’s enough either and even now attempt to do more.
The CDC reported a 22.3% spike in ER trips for potential suicides by children between 12 and 17 in summer 2020. It was up 50.6% for girls. Finding exact numbers for Minnesotan children lost in 2020/2021 is difficult due to the “with vs of” factor and politicizing of media. These persecuted parents have EVERY right to demand answers, free of threats or coercion.
I will adamantly fight CRT, fight federal intimidation of parents, and fight the sprawling largess of our overpaid, under performing education system to ensure your tax dollars follow your children. Children belong to their parents not their government.
In 2020 Minnesota recorded 185 homicides. Beating out the prior all time high of 183 from ’95. If you spread it out by days in a year it’s a hair more than once every two days. A 58% increase over just 2019. Nationally from just 2019-2020 the murder rate jumped 30%, the largest single-year increase in more than a century…and that’s just murder. This doesn’t even begin to touch car-jackings (much more common, 619 for 2021 up 57%), robbery (more common) or garden variety assault/battery/assault with a deadly weapon.
We’re in a terrible spot right now and people are quite literally dying. In 2022 so far we’re at 31 homicides which is roughly 2 per week from beginning of year. Recently there were 9 killed within 10 days in the last third of April. It’s horrific and its not slowing down.
Our police are broken. They’re publicly hated (without volunteer witness reporting policing is all but impossible) and politically as well as judicially hamstrung. Legislative approaches (write more laws) will take years before the rubber meets the road and when it does they will fail because crime needs enforcement not more rules. During all the dithering over reforms or bans people will be dying. Minnesota needs a 3rd option and not in a session, a year, two years, we need a solution right now.
That 3rd option is citizen self defense. Sadly it’s not a perfect option either though it can move faster than fixing police and our state government. Right now it’s cheaper in Minnesota to let someone shove a gun in your face and take everything you have then it is to defend yourself. The DFL seems perfectly OK with that but I’m not. With ‘stand your ground’, ‘castle doctrine’ and Constitutional carry on the books Minnesotans are no longer forced to choose between being a victim of robbery or a victim of tyranny. The benefits are two fold. Once passed the people of our great state can arm and defend themselves in real time dramatically reducing the crushing burden on our hobbled police departments and generating an intrinsic deterrent as word gets around. This will essentially “stop the bleeding” while legislative and enforcement issues are slowly fixed at the top.
Jeff Cooper says it best: “If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.”
"Violent crime, inflation and state sprawl are running rampant. So far growth of state power has done nothing but worsened these problems. Stand up with me this November and elect someone who will do what so few are willing to do. Vote to free us of the iron grip of the state so that we can defend our families, build our businesses and brighten our future."