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Brian Simon

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 22 weeks

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Posted on 06/02/11 at 12:13 pm in response to If state constitution is enforced, this shutdown could be horrible

I understand the Gov's office has sent letters to state employees - including troopers & prison guards - indicating they may be subject to furlough during a shutdown. Is Gov Dayton taking the hard line on 'shutdown means shutdown' or is he feinting to throw the lege off balance?

Posted on 05/26/11 at 01:29 pm in response to On truth tour, Pawlenty won't commit on Ryan budget

Dennis Tester writes
"the people who criticize Ryan's ideas for how seniors will get their health care are the same people who supported Obama's plan to cut $500 billion from it to help pay for Obamacare"

As I understand it, the cuts to Medicare contained within the Affordable Care Act involve cuts to Medicare Advantage, a voucher program that is more expensive than 'normal' Medicare, but with inferior results. The Ryan plan is similar to Medicare Advantage, where the gov't...

Posted on 05/19/11 at 10:58 am in response to How to solve the Vikings stadium issue: a timeout and a public huddle

As is typical, Weiner writes from the perspective that the only option is to build a publicly funded stadium for the Vikings. Yet each time the public is asked if they want to pay, the answer is: no. Both proposals, as I understand them, would, like the sweetheart Twins deal, actually skip the 'public huddle' of asking whether the public actually wants to pay for a stadium, instead sticking us with the bill for a building we have specifically, repeatedly stated that we don't want.

Posted on 05/19/11 at 11:10 am in response to TIME: Pawlenty a 'welterweight,' Bachmann cannot be the nominee

"ill-defined welterweights Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman and potential superstars Mitch Daniels and Sarah Palin"

Huh?

The whole excerpt is utterly senseless. Any category that includes Pawlenty & Huntsman includes Daniels as well. Meanwhile, defining Palin as a superstar apparently refers to her celebrity, rather than her political resume. Daniels clearly shares neither trait with former half-term governor Palin.

Posted on 05/18/11 at 12:16 pm in response to The strengths and weaknesses of the coming Jon Huntsman candidacy

“But Huntsman’s list of weaknesses and vulnerabilities is even longer than that of his strengths and assets.”

Doesn't matter.

What does matter is how his strengths & weaknesses stack up against the rest of the field.

The big hurdle is raising money. He's already said as much; if he's not keeping up with the other candidates in fundraising, he's toast.

Posted on 05/18/11 at 12:20 pm in response to Wow, what a bad start for Gingrich

Its hard to see how he recovers. He just reminded the GOP establishment why they don't miss him.

Jackson Cage writes
"how come when the DFL controlled the legislature and T-Paw was governor, compromise was acceptable."

I don't recall Pawlenty compromising on much, except perhaps in agreeing to call a tax a fee.

Various proponents of 'protecting' marriage have "argued that a ban on same-sex marriage doesn’t discriminate against gays or lesbians because they have an equal right to marry anyone they want, as long as the person they marry is of the opposite sex."

What I fail to understand is how this is a 'protection' of marriage. They're saying "Bill, I know you want to marry Pete, but you can't. But, because we want to both treat you fairly and protect marriage, we suggest you to marry Sally...

Posted on 05/16/11 at 11:14 am in response to Mike Huckabee will fish or get off the pot tomorrow

And... Get off the pot it is.

Which still leaves us with Romney, Pawenty, Daniels & Huntsman as the most plausible nominees, and a whole bunch of others who seem to believe their loved ones that tell them they could too be President (the Newt, Santorum, Ron Paul, etc).

Posted on 05/16/11 at 11:34 am in response to McCollum tries again to ban federal funding of NASCAR

"The amendment would have prohibited any funds in the bill from being used "to sponsor motorsports race drivers, racing teams, or racing events.""

Instead of singling out one form of advertising / recruiting, perhaps Rep McCollum should instead force Fed agencies to justify such expenditures by quantifying the results of such spending. Perhaps the VA determined that NASCAR sponsorship is an effective way to deliver their message to the target audience. That should be the focus of...