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Gerald Abrahamson

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 36 weeks

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then take away the money difference and force them to run on the issues the candidates claim to represent. Having an EQUALLY limited campaign budget for each candidate makes for a fair election. No one candidate has a financial advantage that allows him/her to "appear" more popular because none can afford to buy more advertising and hire more PR staff to run/manage their campaigns.

Posted on 07/10/14 at 10:50 pm in response to If Mike McFadden and Al Franken could ask each other one question ...

Natural gas. Most of the new power plants are gas fired--and they are replacing coal plants. Does anyone wonder why no conservative ever mentions this fact?

Posted on 07/12/14 at 09:40 pm in response to How does the Supreme Court nullify thee? Let us count the ways

Hobby Lobby and its owners claim their "sincerely held religious beliefs" prevent them from offering various types of abortion.

If that was true, then they could not invest in the businesses that create those products--for the exact same reason. Hobby Lobby wants the ROI on investment--and they ignore the fact the investments they make "kill babies" by funding the creation of the drugs that do the killing. Hence, Hobby Lobby's REAL "sincerely held religious belief" is the right to...

Posted on 07/04/14 at 07:26 am in response to Minnesota's new recycling law means business

Max 10% can be re-used in making new packaging. I know because I used to cut the material used to make packaging, and I sent back far, far less than 10%. I was receiving 1-2 full 40' truckloads per week and sending back (maximum) 3-5 large boxes of small/odd scrap pieces per week. Typically it was only a box or two.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 09:22 am in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

He is not putting forth anything viable.

Lots of talk, but nothing that lasts longer than a decent coffee break.

He claims he is a businessman. Really? If he was a REAL "businessman", he would have detailed plans showing how his ideas would actually work and produce a good ROI. We do not see any of that "businessman" stuff anywhere.

Let's simplify the race. Cut out McFadden until he has something, say those detailed plans a businessman would have, to prove his ideas are...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 08:49 am in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

Wouldn't trust this guy to run anything. SP/UHC is what it takes--but *that* would destroy his conservative political career.

Posted on 06/16/14 at 11:20 am in response to Could California's teacher-tenure lawsuit come to Minnesota?

Mandatory acceptance of EVERY student who brings a voucher to a school. The school MUST accept EVERY student who wishes to attend--as that is the obligation of the public school system. Then we would see the collapse of the private educational school system as well because it would fail for the same reason the public system has problems. Only the private schools would just "go out of business" (after taking the money) and leave the students with NO education of any type--and thus push the...

Door-to-door service is not available with either bus or rail. Driverless vehicles are precisely what people want because that is what is needed and desired. Driverless vehicles can be immediately sent to where there is demand for a ride--unlike bus or rail. Surplus empty vehicles in one area can be readily moved to where there is demand for a ride. IMO, once the technology is working, this will replace a lot of transit in most metropolitan areas due to the time and money savings.

The dollar-ratio works with cheap booze--but it fails with more expensive drinks and/or cheap food.

Replace the dollar-ratio with a food/booze serving ratio (one serving of food for each serving of alcohol, for example). That way, one serving of an expensive wine is fine with any meal served and does not interfere with anything. It would also tend to limit the number of heavy drinkers because they would have to be offset by non-drinkers (or they have LOTS of "takeout food"--but then...

A ratio is needed because otherwise a "restaurant" becomes a "bar" or "beer hall" with no change in licensing or any other oversight. Keeping a ratio for a *restaurant* prevents that from happening because the food sales are tied to alcohol sales by reasonable consumption ratios.