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Dennis Tester

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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Posted on 07/25/14 at 08:20 am in response to E-pulltab distributor throws in the towel

with today's dumbed-down citizenry who believe in an omnipotent government.

Posted on 07/25/14 at 08:29 am in response to E-pulltab distributor throws in the towel

It's interesting that the Strib has the comment feature turned off for this story. That in itself is an admission of likely citizen reaction and the blockage of which is its own editorial comment.

Posted on 07/25/14 at 09:45 am in response to Improved jobs numbers are only part of the story

Although the 3,900 government-hired employees are grateful for a paycheck, we should all be in agreement that the growth of government employment is not a sustainable solution for any economy and that the success and subsequent growth of private employers should be the goal of any local or state government.

The taxpayers cannot be seen as an ever-increasing source of revenue to fund an ever-increasing cost of government. The proverbial perpetual motion machine doesn't exist.

Posted on 07/25/14 at 08:46 pm in response to Improved jobs numbers are only part of the story

The government doesn't produce anything. Its employees are paid by taxing the labor of those who do.

Without the wealth produced by the private economy, there would be nothing to tax to pay for the government employees who would otherwise end up self-funding their paychecks through their taxation on their earnings. The perpetual motion machine would grind to a halt.

Posted on 07/28/14 at 11:02 am in response to Improved jobs numbers are only part of the story

The money used to pay for all those government functions comes from taxing the income and wealth of people who actually produce something. If the private economy didn't exist, where would the public economy get its funds to operate? It wouldn't, because it doesn't have the ability to create wealth. It only spends the wealth of others.

Wait until this Fall when the premiums shoot up by 15-40% and those who were subsidized by the taxpayers are told they're losing their freebees.

It'll all be gone in 2017 when the republicans repeal it anyway.

that I receive no government benefits. And the way I figure it, after risking my life for 8 years for this nation, you still owe me even if I decline the offer.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 08:47 am in response to Larry Sabato upgrades his rating of McFadden's chances

McFadden should wait until this fall when skyrocketing insurance premiums put Obamacare and MNsure back in the news again and then hit the airwaves with the ad with Franken saying on the floor of the senate "People who are happy with their current plan wouldn't need to change it" which we now know was a blatant lie to get Obama elected.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 08:37 am in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

"They never would have made it without Social Security survivor benefits," Franken said in the ad. "

The plan that was being discussed to "privatize" social security (I have no problem using that word) was an idea that would allow young people the CHOICE of designating a certain portion of their monthly FICA taxes into a private account for retirement.

The idea was based on a study in the early 90s that showed that people who would have invested the equivalent amount of money...

Posted on 07/24/14 at 10:20 am in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

It was a CHOICE to people to use if they were so inclined.

I don't know about you but 90% of retirement plans, including those for public employee unions, are invested in the stock market (including horror of horrors, oil stocks! yikes!) so good luck to you all if you think it's a bad investment.