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Clayton Haapala

Minnetonka, MN
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5 years 8 weeks

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Posted on 11/21/14 at 12:34 pm in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

.. We don't use the word "Gruber" to talk about taxes obfuscated as fees. We call that "Pawlenty".

The best that can be said of Paulsen and Kline is that they enable bad behavior. At a rate of $174,000/yr. I suppose Emmer is qualified to join them if that's all you want.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 09:46 am in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

"But Coleman's refusal to be specific on what he supports —"
Well, that is certainly showing in McFadden' campaign.

The costs of dumping may be concentrated in a small population, but you should recognize that the costs of tariffs are widely distributed, by your own description in this article. I'd rather take the tariffs.

We are not talking about costs to anti-competitive dumping nations, of course.

Unfortunately, science took a back seat to "strong beliefs" in the Hobby Lobby case. The SCOTUS refusing to hear a case means that Alito didn't get a chance to weigh-in, thankfully.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 04:58 pm in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

... content-free, despite your best efforts, Eric. McFadden hasn't upped his game lo these several months.

Debt? Keystone? "Growth"? Clearly he's part of the problem set, not the solution set. His party has made it clear that there is no problem that can't be deferred until Obama's first term is over -- even in 2014.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 05:01 pm in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

It's not our oil, it's Canada's.
I suppose if the supply of its products going to Asia, etc. make our domestic supplies cheaper and Middle East supplies cheaper to us, that could help -- but only with energy prices. McFadden won't admit to or address long-term costs of fossil fuels.

Posted on 05/22/14 at 09:20 pm in response to New laws impact Minnesota brewers, distilleries and wineries

There's nothing "moral" about the Sunday growler sales, anymore, right?
The remaining restrictions are all about purveyors of "fishing beer", right?

Posted on 03/03/14 at 11:32 am in response to How taxpayers subsidize low-wage workers

Please provide an example of a market where your competitors' costs wouldn't also rise, where it would be difficult to raise prices. Not saying that situation doesn't obtain, I just want to be better informed. Is it competition with imports?

Posted on 03/03/14 at 11:41 am in response to How taxpayers subsidize low-wage workers

... Are like excise taxes, and everybody hates those. They amount to hidden costs. In these cases, the costs to taxpayers are flowing to shareholders as profits. Really, how is that different than using prison labor like in Shawshank Redemption?

Another point from the article is that 2/3 of minimum wage workers are older than age 24.