You need to know how much in tax breaks the DFL controlled legislature wants to give the Mall of America this session.
The state didn't build the megamall, but the investors who did have convinced Democratic lawmakers that it's a good idea for taxpayers to give the mall $53.2 million in sales tax exemptions (H.F. 2237) for construction of an indoor parking garage. Each parking space is said to cost $22,000 to construct.
One Republican opponent of the bill said he's never owned a car that expensive! One of our Democratic editorial writers said the 2006 election was a mandate that taxpayers are "willing to pay more for better services." Is this "pork" project spending in that hat category?
The mall says it doesn't want to charge a parking fee to cover construction costs because it could hurt business. Too bad! Let's see, I've been to the Mall of American how many times in the last five years? Zero times!
'Axis of Evil' fixation is costly
Your correspondent of April 27 (Don't take the easy way out) says. "Just think how long before the battle moves here." Actually, the answer is never.
Iraq is not, and never was, a threat to the U.S. There were no Iraqis involved with Sept. 11, the Spanish bombings, or the London Underground attack. Fifteen of the 19 World Trade Center attackers were Saudis.
The war in Iraq is a civil war among Iraqis, with some al-Qaida (hated by Saddam) now thrown in. Our pointless participation in that war is what has weakened the United States, not cowardice or low resolve by Americans at home.
Your correspondent refers to a cause that is "noble and just." What is noble about provoking a civil war, causing tens of thousands of dead and injured, displacing millions from their homes, leaving infrastructure a shambles, causing growing dislike of the U.S., and borrowing a billion or more a week from Asian central banks.
We have lost precious lives and perhaps a trillion dollars because the president's personal "Axis of Evil" fixation and his military appetite were greater than the "the military we have" could deal with.
Our Constitution states in Article II, Section 2 that the "President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States...."
At that time George Washington set the standard, exercising those powers, with his experience, knowledge and judgment.
The framers never expected a president as limited in those talents as the current officeholder. In his 1796 farewell address, Washington said, "The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred is in some degree a slave to its animosity." "That hatred," he said, "sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy."
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