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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 11/22/14 at 08:30 am in response to We have political consultants — and we need citizen consultants

I don't think there should be a requirement that consultants must be citizens. Lott of aliens have valuable things to say too. And let's recall that while aliens can't vote, they are counted for purposes of establishing legislative districts. They also pay taxes, have many of the same rights of citizens, and if we had one, would be eligible for the draft.

I am just not sure that cynicism or just the appearance of cynicism is a reason to reject a policy. Immigration is a very real problem in this country, and the president is a addressing it. What matters is impact of his policy on people, not really his rather indeterminable subjective motivations in making such policy. Let's not forget, President Obama will be out of office in just a little two years, and when he does leave office his subjective motivations for anything he does, will shift...

Not that cynicism or lack thereof, matters a lot, but I would suggest that here, arguably, the president was acting cynically by not implementing the immigration executive orders before the election, when they could have been damaging to his cause or at least unpredictable in their political effects. By waiting until after the election, the last election that will send legislators to Washington that he will have to deal with on an extended basis, the president seems to have put self interest...

immigration is a very real problem; it is just not in presidential power to address it this way, as I tried to prove.

Your article seems to argue that it is not good policy to use presidential power this way, not that the president doesn't have such power. As for scoring political points, that's sort of a pejorative way of describing what politicians do. President Obama is responding to the needs and concerns of those who voted for him, just as his opponents are responding to their...

You don't quite argue that it is illegal. And the legal authority you cite says it's legal. I don't really think you make the argument that the president's actions are immoral either, although you may think the arguments you do raise, such as the possibility for discrimination, are moral arguments.

Discrimination, in a couple of ways, seems to be what you are concerned about. There is nothing inherently illegal, and I would suggest, immoral about discrimination. Broadly understood,...

In terms of prosecutorial discretion, something also I would add is that unlike jaywalking, being in the United States illegally is not a crime. Discretion or not, with respect to someone who is here illegally, there is nothing to prosecute.

Posted on 11/20/14 at 09:20 am in response to How the Minnesota Orchestra got its mojo back

It just seems to me that after the lockout, everyone sort of turned away from the issues it presented. Now everyone is saying everything is just peachy, and there is no reason to worry your pretty little heads about where the orchestra is going. Well is there, or isn't there? The orchestra was locked out because, we were told, it was on an unsustainable financial path. Well was it? A deal was made, and the orchestra returned to work. Did the deal solve the problem? Or push the problem down...

Posted on 11/20/14 at 06:43 am in response to How the Minnesota Orchestra got its mojo back

We need to know whether the issues which led to the lockout still exist, have been resolved, or never existed at all.

Posted on 11/13/14 at 09:39 am in response to Minnesota's soon-to-be Rep. Emmer hits Washington

Well, at least he isn't in the legislature anymore, where he was in a position to affect policy and do damage. Congress is a great place for the Tom Emmers of the world.

One of the difficulties with moving forward is that it's hard to do that unless we know where we are. During the campaign, there was a substantial amount of concern, even paranoia about the role of A Better Minnesota. From where I sat, I thought the money spent by ABM was largely wasted, that it was the pet action group of Mark Dayton, fighting a race that had already been won, while neglecting and even harming the DFL candidates who were at risk. ABM was unable to do what Republican groups...