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Gerald Abrahamson

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 40 weeks

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Employment rose at a virtually continuous rate of about 2-million ADDITIONAL workers per year from 1971-2000. It "flatlined" in 2001 and never recovered to that level again until Obama.

1971 = 71-million workers
2001 = 131-million workers
Start of 2009 should have been about 147-million workers but was actually about 130-million. That is about 17-million MISSING jobs from the US economy. There is the problem.

Posted on 08/08/14 at 09:13 am in response to Transportation for the aging poses mounting challenge in Twin Cities

So it is mostly a matter of waiting for the technology (hardware and software) to become "good enough" for public use. The need for some specialized vehicles (i.e. wheelchair capable) will remain, but the ability to use a standard vehicle will work for most people. The desired objective (rides for most people) is in sight. It is just a matter of waiting for it to be fully developed.

Posted on 08/06/14 at 10:13 pm in response to Parent involvement is a critical part of students' success

Parents are the main force behind children learning.

The school is merely the place where that learning occurs. Teachers respond to interested children.

Posted on 08/03/14 at 09:42 am in response to Bachmann saw 'coyotes smuggling an illegal alien' on her border trip

The question is: Why does Bachmann oppose the US Constitution so much?

Posted on 07/30/14 at 09:10 pm in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

return. Of course, it is a single, head of household return. No marriage and no dependents.

98+% of all tax law suddenly "disappears".

ALL corporate income is taxable EARNED income--just like every other "person". So they have to pay FICA. No deductions for business expenses because there is no such deduction any more (people do not have deductions for their 'business costs'--food, clothing, shelter, transportation, etc).

Let's see his policy and/or proposed law to directly address the unemployment problem--both today AND into the future.

McFadden doesn't have a clue. He couldn't create a reasonable law to fix it if his life depended on it.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 11:30 am in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

Social Security is designed to be a *part* of a retirement income plan.

It does not have to provide a large income every month--rather, a moderate amount.

Thus, having a *cap on payouts* (key phrase there !!) means there is also a cap on the funds needed--and that is accomplished by capping the amount of income that is taxable to pay Social Security benefits.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 09:11 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

because nobody has a clue what he wants to do or why.

He had a chance to "get his talking points out there" and he totally blew it.

We STILL do not know what he will actually DO, meaning specific changes that will WORK.

"Elect me because I will put everything on the table" is garbage. That is "politician talk" for doing NOTHING. Big hint: Every session of govt has "everything on the table".

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?