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Young: Free markets and good health care in Minnesota

I've been asked: why trust markets to provide health care when they just don't work fairly? Just look at the Wall Street meltdown if you have any remaining doubts about the efficacy of markets to serve the common good, the counter argument went. There is a point to this objection to reliance on markets, but not a fully persuasive one to me.

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Robson: For Pawlenty, compromising is losing

Civics 101 teaches us that one function of elections is to keep leaders accountable to the people they serve. If a politician wants to attain or hold on to an office, he or she must behave in a manner that appeals to enough of the electorate to earn at least a plurality of the vote. That’s what representative democracy is all about.

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