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Greg Kapphahn

Alexandria, MN
Commenter for
4 years 11 weeks

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Posted on 09/02/14 at 06:41 am in response to Yet more evidence that trying to prop up industries won't work

that we are all so determinedly pretending is not there of course,

is that we have already reached the point where we have no need for such a high proportion of the population to be employed.

Everything that needs to be done can be done with the number of workers who are already working (or fewer).

It's not as if there are jobs out there that aren't being done because workers are refusing to allow themselves to be hired to do those jobs, unless of course the pay is...

That by "capturing people's hearts" Mr Johnson hopes their emotional response to him will overcome their ability to think logically or consider any actual, factual evidence,...

and they'll trust him enough to vote for him based on how they feel about him,...

while ignoring the effect of two terms of Tim Pawlenty followed by a Republican-controlled legislative biennium here in Minnesota,...

and the dismal results produce by Gov. Walker's Republican-dominated government...

Posted on 08/29/14 at 11:02 am in response to Medtronic will pay $25 million to cover CEO's taxes on inversion deal

an angioplasty catheter, pacemaker or other high-tech medical device may be in my future.

You can be sure that I'll be doing everything in my power to make sure that those products do NOT come from Medtronic, should that need arise,...

since every product Medtronic produces can also be had from other, equally-capable companies.

Posted on 08/28/14 at 09:55 am in response to Franken details education views and defends net neutrality

Would be to repeat the mistakes made as the PC market exploded,...

mistakes which allowed Microsoft to put its fingers on the software market scale by bundling it's operating system and other software onto nearly every non-Apple PC sold in the US.

There were vastly superior software packages available: the Lotus "SmartSuite" Office Suite, for instance, which, if you can find it, still has vastly better capabilities and far fewer flaws than Microsoft office,...

Microsoft...

Posted on 08/28/14 at 10:01 am in response to Minnesota Orchestra pulls in $13.2 million in donations

do what conservatives have been trying to do for the past 80 years:

zero out all funding for mass transit of any and every kind,...

because "we can't afford it,"

then plug that money into making sure Minnesotans continue to travel by the LEAST efficient, MOST fossil-fuel hungry means possible:

individual automobiles (on toll roads and bridges if he could get away with it).

Who cares if we're killing the planet and our grandchildren? There's MONEY to be...

Posted on 08/27/14 at 09:50 am in response to John Boehner embraces his inner monkey

to release a video that implies that his life, his thinking, his ability to act are as limited and require the endless repetition of the same actions,...

as that of a windup, mechanical monkey.

He's firmly locked in a trap of his own making, but I suspect he'd never be able to walk away from the power he SHOULD have in his position as Speaker of the House.

Being a "conservative" he can't begin to consciously admit to himself that, trapped as he is between the two (or...

It's interesting, isn't it, that Senator Franken, whom the Republicans endlessly try to dismiss as a lightweight (no matter what he says or does),...

has so much knowledge and awareness of the government programs he discusses, that reporting it all would turn a MinnPost article into a book,...

whereas, when asked about government programs; how they work and what needs to be changed, Mr. McFadden puts on that Tim Pawlenty, Paul Ryan - patented "trust me, I'm a nice guy," "Guy...

I definitely choose option 1. I'll worry about the wealthy being shorted on their Social Security benefits as soon as they start worrying about how their accumulation of wealth,...

largely enabled by their ability to put pressure on politicians whose campaigns they fund to legalize ever more creative ways for them to reshape our society for their own financial benefit at greater and greater cost to everyone else,...

is destroying our nation.

When the wealthy start...

Posted on 08/26/14 at 10:26 am in response to Minnesota farmland prices starting to decline

The Republicans, having nothing to offer that the vast majority of Minnesotans want to buy, have now reduced themselves to using side-show publicity stunts at the State Fair to try to attract attention.

I suppose next they'll have a "carnival barker" outside their fair booth trying to get people to come in and have a look at the unusual creatures featured inside.

Sad. Very Sad.

After the fair is over, I hope they'll at least repackage and donate the butter to area...

Mr. Mills really only has ONE set of interests: his own.

Anyone who believes he would seek, in any way, to make their own lives easier (except, of course, for business owners of his own social class), is deluding themselves.

Folk such as Mr. Mills are a dime a dozen, these days, all of them sharing a singular blindness:

they can't even come close to imaging what it would be like to be anyone but themselves (they never have, nor would they care to "walk a mile" in any...