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Saint Paul to Give $3M to Newborns based on a Study of Less than .5% the Population of the City

Melvin’s Money, by TSN_

Saint Paul, MN–Over the next three years the city of Saint Paul will give $3 million dollars (in $50 allotments) of taxpayer money to newborns in hopes that savings accounts generate college degrees. Giving out money to make progress based on cherry-picked data, that seems legit, and Democratic.

That said, this program is noble, honorable, fantastic, and based on very limited data. CollegeBound Saint Paul, the program in question, appears to rely solely on a singular data set of 1,554 participants from a 2013 study done by the Center For Development Research at Washington University.

MPR recently highlighted CollegeBound Saint Paul in an article titled, “Welcome to the world, and here’s 50 bucks for college“. In light of the limited data and the funding involved, this program should be called TaxpayerBound Saint Paul, to emphasize where the financial gift is coming from: citizens’ pocketbooks.

To clarify, the population of St Paul is 304,442 in 2016; the number of participants in the Center for Social Development’s study was 1,554 in 2013. That means the results of this study make up less than .5% of the population of the very city where this program is being implemented.

For compassion sake, to give children a fighting chance at getting an education is an honorable goal, a very progressive idea, especially done right with much research, scientific method, and proof of positive outcomes. However, to create programs funded with taxpayer dollars on scant information is reckless and poorly thought out.

I will end with this, as with any economic idea, time will tell. The truth will show itself as the aid gives way to the unrealistic promises in expensive programs. Economic ideas that work thrive over time. Economic ideas that do not work go bust, just after the politician that created them leaves office, most likely in 18 to 20 years down the line when we have no recollection of these programs or their champions or their intent in the first place.

12/9/2019

Yesterday, between classes I created an audio titled Why I will NEVER vote Democrat again. Immediately after I published this art I realized that one should never say never. In St Paul, MN, there really are only one party of candidates: Progressive. So, Yes I will vote Democrat again, very soon.

The real issue of not voting Democrat as much would be that I do not enjoy big government. Too many hoops to jump through, too much micromanagement. I would assume people who vote Democrat would want less government and more individual freedoms, because we are all unique, but I may be wrong.

That’s about the only reason I have for never voting for a certain party… oh, and free market, and universal healthcare, and the, again, the economy.

Today is Monday, Seth Godin has me wondering how good of a boss I am. The Christmas tree is set, the Vikings won, and this week we will go below zero. I am thankful for the cold because hopefully it will curtail global warming. Again, a good boss would have me teaching 24×7 and making extra when I am having a beer or making a puzzle.

It was a good weekend all around.

St Paul Trash: Vote “Yes” for No Choice

St Paul Trash: Vote “Yes” for No Choice

St Paul Trash: Vote No

UPDATE: Real ID passes in Minnesota, to go to an immediate recount over outcry from career demonstrators concerned for real IDs of Fantalogists

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A security guard checking a questionable passport of some guy in a leather jacket at an airport somewhere. Photo by Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press

“The Minnesota Senate passed a bill late Thursday to bring the state into compliance with the federal Real ID law as a January 2018 deadline nears”, and moments later, predictably, thousands of career demonstrators gathered outside to protest the passing of the Real ID bill to protect the rights of a small group of Fantalogists living in fantasy world.

Under the new law real fake people, Fantalogists–those religiously living in imaginary fantasy world, would be required by law to change their real fake status–or change their fantasy status, to real person or real citizen.  This change would go against their fantastical real-fake principles said a completely reliable source and in-house resident of fantasy world.

What this new law does actually is cause people who do want to live in fantasy world much stress, it forces them to come into reality and get a card that states that… one anonymous impassioned and disruptive protester explained without listening.  This basically goes against everything we know, you can look at the facts, this literally goes against the religious rights of real fake people, therefore our First Amendment rights–this is a constitutional issue!!!

After the twilight outcry, the Minnesota Senate quickly regrouped with coffee and donuts and started to commence discussion of a recount of sorts.  Those inside agreed that bending to the whims of the outcry would benefit the Fantalogist community, and in turn, help the Senators secure their reelection bids in the future.  Unnamed sources close to the MN Senate would not confirm or disconfirm when or if this recount would happen.

Primary Election Results; Remembering that I voted for the candidate with the best name

SONY DSCMPR News: Primary 2014 Results

Not unlike every single election I have ever taken part in, I voted for the candidate with the best name.  A name that stood out this primary was Tom Books.  If Tom Books is your name you are definitely going to get the intellectual vote. 

Aside from that, I knew not the stance of the candidate I was voting for, nor what they thought about high tuition, Sunday Sales Laws, and or equality.  On a whim I voted for Doug Mann, and surprisingly against Phyllis Khan.  I took the opportunity to vote Independent party all the way down because Republicans just fund wars and Democrats pretend to be against wars and fund them as well.  It felt good to vote against an incumbent that hadn’t done much for me (noticeably). 

Candidates should be more transparent, and have better names. 

All in all my vote was cast and counted, and it felt good!  Go Vote!