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Bernice Vetsch

St Paul, MN
Commenter for
6 years 39 weeks

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Posted on 03/27/12 at 07:38 pm in response to Two provocative questions about health care law and Supreme Court case

They seem to have copied it from the Swiss/Norwegian/German/other European countries -- EXCEPT that they rejected the part that allows those countries to spend a third or more less per capita than we do while leaving no person without care. That part was real government control by governments who refuse to let insurers control the system to their own benefit.

--All insurers are non-profits who are allowed to charge enough to meet expenses
--The government annually studies (...

Posted on 03/27/12 at 07:48 pm in response to Memo to President Obama: The microphones are very sensitive

Building these missile/anti-missile installations, not just in eastern Europe to protect ... what? ... but in Africa and East Asia can lead to nothing but a corresponding build-up in all those countries who feel threatened by our militarization of their lands.

These are tremendous times to be in the defense supply business. In addition to the thousands of anti-missiles we will apparently "need," the Congress just re-authorized a B2 or B52 airplane program that Defense Secretary...

Posted on 03/27/12 at 10:43 am in response to Minneapolis council members: Stadium plan is an 'end run' around voters

A statewide educational program on what each of the amendments means (and the damage it could do) is in order, if any organization or group of organizations can take it on.

It should also include the sure re-emergence of those who seek statewide or regional positions as judges so they can "bring God into the courtroom" and otherwise interpret the Constitution to fit their right-wing, fundamentalist agenda.

Posted on 03/27/12 at 10:32 am in response to Housing squeeze tight for Minnesota's low-income families

the ALEC-controlled legislature is passing legislation that will funnel more money to business by ending the renters credit, a cruel and unthinking way to benefit the haves at the expense of those who have little. I hope someone counts up the actual number of jobs created in a couple of years.

Since landlords pass through 100% of their property taxes to their renters as a business expense, this means that renters, including those with very low incomes, will pay the business rate on...

Posted on 03/24/12 at 10:39 am in response to Senate approval clears way for Voter ID constitutional amendment

It takes guts in these times to vote against the Republican leadership (as in the removal from committee memberships and refusal of party support for re-election we saw in the year that six brave Rs voted for an increase in the gas tax).

If a few felons vote by mistake before their probation time is up, it certainly won't affect the results of any election. But this voter i.d. system would.

When the Republicans say the i.d. would be "free," they mean the $10 card, not the...

Posted on 03/25/12 at 11:28 pm in response to Senate approval clears way for Voter ID constitutional amendment

A sampling of instances of wrongful rejection of provisional ballots

Pew Center on the States - 2008: 464,647 rejected in 43 states, 45.3% because voter not registered (wasn't that the reason for provisional ballots?), other reasons include wrong precinct and administrative errors)

Wikipedia - Data from Election Assistance Commission: 2004: 675,676 discarded (35.5% cast at wrong precinct); 2006: 170,872 discarded (20.5% at wrong precinct)

NY Times editorial 11/21/2004...

The US Senate and House avoid results like this by having an equal number of Republicans and Democrats on their Ethics (Senate) committees.

Allowing whichever party has the majority in either house to have the power to declare a member of the minority party unethical or a member of its own party ethical is a rule that needs changing right now.

that would hurt people.

--Voter i.d. could disenfranchise several hundred thousand current and new voters by successfully convincing the public that there actually is a fraud problem when there is not

--The House tax bill would deprive low-income renters (elderly, disabled, poor) as follows, according to an editorial in Friday's StarTribune:

"The upshot: 66,000 renters would lose the credit entirely, while 312,000 more -- 87,000 of them seniors or the disabled -- would...

Posted on 03/24/12 at 11:06 am in response to Cravaack proposes doubling funds for armed pilot program

now that the doors to cockpits are heavily reinforced with steel and are kept locked. The 9/11 perpetrators were able to succeed only because the cockpit doors were open.

Posted on 03/24/12 at 10:47 am in response to Bachmann presidential campaign $1 million in debt

was buttressed by Bush, Cheney and other right-wing heavy-weights traveling here to have fund-raising events such as luncheons at which folks could pay $1,000 to have their pictures taken with the guest of honor.