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Dan Hintz

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St.. Paul, MN
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"Tax and spend liberal' is a pejoritive term used by people who don't like Democrats. I like Al Franken and Mark Dayton. I have no opinion about that term because its not a term I use.

What I do know is that when you look at actual numbers (like this article did) the economy performs better under Democrats than Republicans. Economic growth is better, unemployment is lower, the stock market is higher, deficits are lower,etc. I won't pretend that is all because of Democratic...

Posted on 08/14/14 at 03:22 pm in response to Otto trounces Entenza in auditor race

Its still her United Health Care money he's spending, but they are now divorced.

Posted on 08/08/14 at 10:27 am in response to Advice from a post-partisan about the upcoming elections

Whenever someone starts out by calling themselves "post-partisan" you can pretty much guarantee what follows is going to be a steaming pile, and this is no exception.

The federal deficit is not "largely unconrolled" and has been shrinking significantly the last several years. The current deficit is less now less than half of the one trillion he claims is added every year. The facts conflict with his argument, and sadly, rather than revise his argument, Mr. Slocum chose to ignore the...

Posted on 08/06/14 at 10:58 am in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

The problem is that neither the current leaders of Israel or of the Gaza Palestinians is interested in peace, or more specifically, making the kind of compromises that are required to achieve peace.

Netanyahu will never say what you propose because he doesn't believe it. Prior Israeli leaders might (and to some extent, have) but the people of Israel put Netanyahu in power. And Hamas is still stuck on the destruction of Israel and digging tunnels and firing rockets, which...

Posted on 08/06/14 at 11:10 am in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

I read your link, and found it to be completely counter-productive. Its statements like this that make me think this will never get solved:

"The rockets fired by Palestinian factions from Gaza must thus be construed as acts of resistance of an occupied people and an assertion of its recognized right to self-determination."

The reality is that whatever you want to construe the rockets as, all they do is keep people like Netanyahu in power and give cover for Israel to use...

Posted on 08/06/14 at 12:06 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

I didn't say that there was equivalence here. I fully acknowledge that far more Palestintians have been killed than Israelis. I fully acknolwedge that Israel is far superior militarily and economically. I think what Israel is doing right now is absolutely horrible.

My point is simply that you can't claim to be interested in peace and support/excuse terror acts by the Palestinians. Shooting rockets into Israel isn't resistance. Its just egging on the hardliners in Israel and...

Posted on 08/06/14 at 12:39 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

While this piece may have some flaws, this was a heartfelt and sincere attempt at proposing a peaceful solution to a very difficult situation. And your response was to call it trash and call him a lap dog. The target for your venom should be some of the other commenters here, and not Eric Black. If you think he is one of the bad guys, well, good luck to you. No wonder the media ignores you.

Posted on 08/06/14 at 01:22 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

Mandela was indeed called a terrorist. And he was locked up for years. And people tried to discredit and kill him. Yet he never wavered, and eventually he freed his country.

Israel does need a Lincoln. And is has had leaders who were interested in peace, at least more so than Netanyahu. Ehud Barack worked hard for an agreement, and ultimately it was Arafat who balked. Giving control of Gaza and evacuating the Israeli settlers who lived there was an attempt at moving things in...

Posted on 08/06/14 at 02:52 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

I do think Mandela and Gandhi were very effective. And their occupiers did blink, but only blinked because of the pressure created by Mandela and Gandhi. What they did was create sympathy for their causes and shamed their oppressors. Hamas's terrorism - and launching rockets into residential neighborhoods is terrorism - does the opposite. It creates sympathy for Israel and justifies Israel's military action. It gives Israel a reason not to blink.

I didn't say the Gaza withdrawal...

Posted on 08/06/14 at 04:04 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

If you think the Minnesota liberals are the bad guys here, you are doing something very wrong. The entire Republican party and a large chunk of the electorate has no qualms about what Israel is doing. Blind spots or not, Eric Black is proposing a solution. And to be honest, he addresses the complexity of the situation far better than most of his shriller critics. If you want to believe this is simple and rant about it, knock yourself out, but know that no one is listening.