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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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"McFadden calls Obamacare a disaster. He favors repealing it and replacing it with something better."

I have my own personal rules of politics, and one of them is what I think of as Hiram's First Principle which is: Any politicians who public support of a policy or objective is contingent upon the fulfillment of an impossible precondition in fact opposes that policy goal or objective. In other words, a politician who says he supports policy x but implementation must wait for the...

I have always wondered why Democrats were so defensive about Minnesota. Our wages are considerably higher than those in Texas and our unemployment is considerably lower. While it may be true that the Texas business climate is wonderful and ours is truly hideous, somehow it's the case that despite their huge natural advantages, floating atop an ocean of oil as they do, somehow we are rich, relatively, and they are poor.

Republicans who want us make us more like Texas, although sadly a...

One way to think of employer provided health insurance is that it belongs to the employee, not the employer. It's a form of compensation, just like wages. That means that it is the employee's business not the employers, if the insurance provides certain controversial benefits. And if any employee objects to his insurance company paying for his or her birth control, the employee can just choose not to file a claim.

Lately, and I find this disturbing as a yellow dog Democrat, I have been finding myself agreeing more an more with Republicans. My concern over this is lessened considerably however, by the fact that Republicans don't agree with themselves. When Republicans say that requiring employers should provide health insurance to employees, they aren't wrong. The problem comes in that they don't seem to understand the extent to which they are right. It really is a bad idea to make employers...

The market place doesn't have power. It's simply a place, real or virtual, where goods, real and virtual, are bought and sold. What happens there is often determined by the power the participants bring there. Large corporations have market power. Individuals generally do not. That's why it's in the interest of individuals to band together. It's a way of achieving, if not power equal to the corporations, at least enough power to which the corporations have to respond.


Something to note here is that whether or not fraud is occurring, the issue raised here is not addressed by voter ID. Voter ID checks who people are, not where they live, or any other qualification they might have. As long as those folks are who they say they are, it matters not the slightest where they live or say they live.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 10:37 am in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

Is it really the case that American growth is lagging because of high energy prices? Don't countries which are growing have to pay those same high prices too? And is it the case that any of the measures Mr, McFadden addresses will lower energy prices?

Does he really think the legislators from oil producing states like Texas would support those projects if they thought they would drive down the prices their campaign contributors receive for their oil?

Posted on 06/29/14 at 03:19 pm in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

My guess is that he has come under the wing of campaign consultants and advisers, who have given him talking points. That why what he has to say is so generic, and so scripted. He doesn't seem to answer questions, he hears questions, and then responds with the talking points that seem to be related to the scope of the specific question. I did note that he was able to avoid specifics on what he would cut. That's always key for any Republican candidate. Their advisers have impressed on them...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 08:38 am in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

Something to understand about Obamacare is that it is an exquisitely balanced policy, that is the result of a multitude of political, economic, financial and other policy tradeoffs, One of the consequences is that whenever one focuses on one aspect of the policy, it's important to understand why it is in place and what the tradeoffs were that got it there. We, as a nation, made the decision to go for a premium support system. Republicans wanted this because they felt that competition among...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 09:41 am in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

The problem Mr. McFadden and Republicans in general are having isn't that they don't understand the problems of American health care policy, rather it's that they don't they don't understand their centrality, and their intractability. Mr. McFadden tells us that the efficiency of markets would be improved if transparency were increased. But the problem with health care isn't the lack of information, As any visitor to the MnSure website could tell you, we are overwhelmed by information. The...