Author Archives: Rob Port

Is It That Technology Changes Too Fast, Or Is The Government Holding Us Back?

Is It That Technology Changes Too Fast, Or Is The Government Holding Us Back?

There are two mistaken ideas about economics that, throughout history, significant numbers of people make again and again. One is the Malthusian idea about diminishing resources. This has been around since Thomas Malthus wrote about humanity outgrowing its ability to produce food, which would inevitably lead to widespread famine according to Malthus. Of course, that

Aircraft Management Bill Amended To End University System Exemption

During the interim between the 2011 legislative session and the current one it seemed legislators were ready to crack down on the abuse of private airplanes by the university system. Legislators chastised NDSU for overspending on the plane they own for the use of university officials, noting that the university (which, ironically enough, has largely

Researchers Find "Minimal Relationship" Between Higher Ed Spending And Quality Of Education

Something to keep in mind the next time you hear a politician, or a higher education bureaucrat, talking about what we get in return for all of our “investment” in higher education. Everyone knows there’s a reason the most expensive colleges in the country — generally private residential institutions — charge so much. The money

“Your freedom is likely to be someone else’s harm"

The problem with collectivizing something like health care – which is to say turning health care into a “right” that we’re all obligated to provide for one another – is that when we do so we put our freedom to make individual life choices in jeopardy. Because that freedom can be attacked on the basis

Guest Post: Fargo Flood Diversion Would Use Federal Eminent Domain Powers To Get Around North Dakota Law

We hold dear the rights enumerated by the founders, chief among them the rights to life, liberty and property. Our laws limit when and how our government, whether state, federal or municipal, may separate us from those rights. As residents of North Dakota we are protected by both a state constitution and the federal constitution.

Hennen's Notebook: Planned Parenthood, March For Life And Guns In Church

I wonder if Representative Kathy Hawken (RINO – Fargo) remembers what happened to Senator Curtis Olafson? Given her cheer leading this week for the two NDSU professors who were part of dissing legislators by doing an end-around the law on sex-education curriculum in North Dakota, she could face the same fate at election time. She

Dorso Column: Balancing Property Tax Relief With Income Tax Relief

We now have two major tax initiatives in front of the legislature. SB2037 is the property tax relief bill proposed by the Governor which perpetuates the state’s buy-downs of local property taxes which have had very little effect on keeping property taxes down. Of course, supporters of the bill mightargue that without the general fund

Social Security May Not Make It Another Four Years

The problem with the long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare is that the problems have always been long-term problems. It’s always been easier for Democrats to pander to short-term objections to tax hikes/benefits cuts, and for Republicans to pay nothing more than lip service to fixes, because the day of reckoning was always in

Video: Talking Ads For Strippers, Sexist Emails And NDSU's Planned Parenthood Parntership On Valley News Live

On my regular segment on Valley News Live’s 6:30 POV show we discussed the Fargo Forum’s web ads for strippers, the allegedly “sexist” email sent out by a North Dakota legislator and North Dakota State University’s partnership with Planned Parenthood. Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks I actually found a lot of common

Question Of The Week: Will North Dakota Get Higher Ed Reform?

Today we introduce a new feature on SAB… Question of the Week. Weekly we will pose a question on a current event, and allow you readers to take the discussion from there with your posts. We are quite confident you won’t be bashful in offering up your thoughts. During the interim legislative session, there was

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