Response to Daily’s anti-business editorials

It is difficult to write a coherent and cohesive response when I am absolutely flabbergasted by The Minnesota DailyâÄôs editorials. Apparently, not only does the board demonize corporations when profits are high and jobs are abundant, but also when they are struggling to grow at all. Cutting the corporate tax rates will increase medically-insured jobs and capital investment. Not only are the jobs that are created or maintained taxable, but they also reduce dependence on welfare, food stamps, unemployment and Medicaid. There is an immediate return, as well as long-term returns from future taxable business growth. For those of you that would say that the word âÄúwelfareâÄù connotes an immediate and unfair response, consider the word âÄúcorporate tax cut.âÄù Minnesota and America need jobs. âÄúInvestment in an educated work force is economic development: Smart employees attract business.âÄù Wrong. At least in 2009. Maybe if it was 1998 that would be an accurate assertion. IâÄôm quite certain that plenty of âÄúsmartâÄù employees are unemployed with nowhere to work; businesses would love to hire but cannot afford to do so. If higher education is cut 8 percent, are those cuts going to reduce our collective intelligence so much that businesses are going to up and high-tail it out of Minnesota Seriously, how much are you incapacitated by being in a room of 120 students instead of 100? In using slightly outdated but relevant computers and lab equipment? In taking out $32,400 in loans versus $30,000? You attract businesses with reasonable taxes and educated workers, both of which can be affirmed under the proposed corporate tax cut, assuming all our brains donâÄôt atrophy from sitting elbow to elbow in classrooms. And kudos to University President Bob Bruininks for being recognized for his ability to run the University like a business. Businesses succeed through innovation, vision and most importantly, producing excellent goods at a reasonable cost. Our education is the good, and tuition is the cost. If we have a good CEO and a successful âÄúbusiness,âÄù then our education-to-cost ratio is strong. In addition, Bruininks is being recognized for his ability to work with people (yes, there are actual faces behind âÄúcorporationsâÄù). His work-together-to-get-things-accomplished attitude is exactly the cooperative spirit we need, and the attitude under which President Barack Obama was elected. But to be fair, I guess the board could be right; a closed-minded academic with little to no business savvy and a flair for extravagant services and programs could be a good choice, too. Finally, every day there is a new article about how terrible Gov. Tim Pawlenty is for proposing that funding for services be reduced. I unquestionably believe that the existence of these social programs needs to be maintained throughout these testing times, but where should the cuts come from? Do we cut K-12 to fund museums and theaters? Do we cut police and fund a school snack program? We are facing a $1 billion deficit, and if I were to prioritize funding, I would probably make decisions similar to PawlentyâÄôs. No wait, I would be a Daily contributor and then I could pretend that weâÄôre not facing a deficit at all and can continue to fund service programs which bloated during economic growth but arenâÄôt fully sustainable anymore. Theodore Gagner University student