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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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7 years 6 days

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Posted on 11/09/14 at 08:19 am in response to Is there hope for cutting through gridlock? John Brandl shows us a way

We tend to overestimate the power and importance of markets. How much time do you spend in markets? How often do you buy stocks? How much time do you really spend in grocery stores? Do you bid for your job every morning before driving to work?

Posted on 11/07/14 at 06:23 am in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

I suppose we will be talking a lot about this going forward. Lots of second guessing. The occasional stab in the back. I expect to be a willing participant in the process. For me, it was always a problem in messaging, or more precisely the failure to have one. It seemed to me a lot during the campaign that the attitude of the DFL was, "look we had a great session, we did wonderful things, we deserve your support going forward." I happen to think that was true, but I don't think it was nearly...

Posted on 11/07/14 at 06:36 am in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

To some extent, I think, the DFL house payed a price for Governor Dayton's sins. The governor is a good and well meaning man, and certainly the best choice for governor and I have voted for him without reservation. But my greatest impression of his governorship is of an opportunity missed. The governor represents the one branch of government capable of speaking with one strong and effective voice across the state. I and others have complained at long and boring length of the legislature's...

Posted on 11/07/14 at 07:47 am in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

...that have been ignored has been cited in several news accounts as the major factor behind the DFL losing the MN House but I have yet to see specifically which rural needs have not been addressed.

These are questions I have been asking myself and others. And I have no answers myself. But small towns are struggling, possibly dying. The big local employers where the state has an impact are often nursing homes. The DFL has done a lot for nursing homes, but doesn't seem to talk about...

Posted on 11/07/14 at 08:06 am in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

One more comment before I go out to some post campaign stuff. A basic problem in our election system is the tension between the needs of statewide races vs. local races. Running statewide means all votes are the same, and effective campaigning means focusing on where there are the most of them, and for the DFL, that's mainly the urban areas. It's also true, that the statewide races attract the vast majority of the support. What that means in practice is that the message you hear on TV is...

Posted on 11/10/14 at 05:09 pm in response to House Republicans to the Twin Cities: It's not about you

My modest proposal is that the Republicans should donate the building to the University of Minnesota.

Posted on 11/06/14 at 09:41 am in response to Postelection thoughts on politics, governing and greased pigs

I would like to note here that Social Security is stable. The debate we are having is whether to destabilize it, to turn bonds into IOU's.

Compromise or not, nothing will happen because the party in favor of doing nothing can make sure nothing is done without compromise.

Posted on 11/05/14 at 06:29 am in response to Franken and Dayton win re-election; Minnesota House goes Republican

I think in Minnesota at least, the one loss is where we demonstrated hubris in the form of a senate office building.

Posted on 11/04/14 at 07:46 am in response to The big question: Is our election system working?

It's a loaded term, but I do think people are voting for gridlock. Broadly speaking, we have two political parties in this country, one committed to doing something, the other committed to doing nothing. We also have a political system, designed to make it difficult to do things, establishing a bias in favor of the party that favors doing nothing. So if you vote for that party, you are voting to do nothing and the gridlock you establish is simply a tool the founders have provided for you to...