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Minnesota State Senators Want to Spend $18,000,000 of Taxpayer Money

• DC Clothesline

Here are two salient sections from SF 1722, as introduced into the Minnesota State Senate.

The chief author of this bill is Republican State Senator Jim Abeler; its other authors are Republican State Senators Jerry Relph and Carla J. Nelson, along with Democrat/Farmer-Labor State Senators Steve A. Cwodzinski and Kari Dziedzic.

Even though Abeler is listed as Chief Author of the bill, its likely driver is Nelson, who has a long record of pandering to the Somali community.

This bill is based on the false assumption that poverty causes terrorism, and thus showering money upon communities that produce many jihadis (and Minnesota's Somali community is certainly in that category) will alleviate the problem.

The idea that poverty and ignorance cause terrorism has led the U.S. to shower billions on Muslim countries, hoping to win hearts and minds and alleviate what mainstream analysts doggedly believe are the root causes of terrorism.

But it has been known for years that poverty doesn't really cause terrorism at all.

The Economist reported in 2010: "Social scientists have collected a large amount of data on the socioeconomic background of terrorists.  According to a 2008 survey of such studies by Alan Krueger of Princeton University, they have found little evidence that the typical terrorist is unusually poor or badly schooled."