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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 06/05/14 at 07:57 am in response to New GOP finance chair Pete Hegseth comes out swinging on VA management

Mr. Hegseth's goal is to provide fodder for Bill O'Reilly's feigned outrage in a talking points memo, along with a couple of zillion bytes of red faced Congresspeople shrieking questions at ordinary people which they are not allowed to answer. Three page bills are ideal tools for that. I have no doubt that Mr. Hegseth, particularly as a veteran himself, but also just as a human being, cares deeply that our veterans receive the health care they deserve, which is also the health care we...

Posted on 06/03/14 at 10:42 am in response to U.S. role in the world: Neocons want more muscle than Obama Doctrine

"In reality, Krauthammer argued, nobody is calling for U.S. “boots on the ground” in Syria, and nobody is calling for an American withdrawal from the world."

Conservative resort to certain characterizations of statements and arguments with such an alarming frequency, that it seems to be the case, that such characterizations aren't isolated incidents, that they in fact are the result of systemic problems in conservative thinking. Accusations of "straw man" are an example of that. Why...

Posted on 06/03/14 at 10:56 am in response to U.S. role in the world: Neocons want more muscle than Obama Doctrine

"No one's ever made the argument that "military action" should be "the only, or even primary," component of our leadership."

But there have been times when military action has been the backbone of our leadership, at least primarily. Did the German army surrender in WW II, because they found Roosevelt's rhetoric about the Four Freedoms to be so compelling? I know politics is conducted on multiple levels. But when you are on the level in which a loaded weapon is being held to the head...

Posted on 06/03/14 at 12:35 pm in response to U.S. role in the world: Neocons want more muscle than Obama Doctrine

I am not a big fan of credibility. Credibility concerns can too easily be self serving. In the case of President Obama or President Bush, for that matter, they can't really allow policy to be influenced by someone else's judgment of their credibility. For one thing, it's often in the interest of someone else to choose not to believe in what Obama or Bush might say.

There are other problems associated with an excessive concern for credibility. Way too often, credibility is confused...

Posted on 06/03/14 at 01:26 pm in response to U.S. role in the world: Neocons want more muscle than Obama Doctrine

Do you think Orwell was being ironic here? Did he mean this? Or did he mean something like the opposite? Do you think emotion is necessary to sustain a hierarchy? It's been a while since I read 1984 but as I recall, the culmination of the novel was when Winston Smith finally came to a realization that he loved Big Brother, the emotion which in the novel would sustain the state. Is the future of a hierarchical structure like the Target Corporation endangered if the checkout clerk doesn't love...

I expect at some point, the focus groups Mr. McFadden is paying for well get back to him and tell him what he thinks. I, for one, am looking forward to hearing some really expensive nuance.

Maybe that AG's office needs more than a retiree empty nester, who sees it as a hobby he would like to pursue in his golden years.

Just a thought.

After watching years of Meet the Press, the question I am left with is, if Washington is that all that alluring, why aren't we able to send them more talented people?

Were you disappointed that Humphrey didn't make more? Personally, I am against money in politics but am not unwilling to unilaterally disarm in that respect.

There are lots of things wrong with Congress, so much so that it's hard to know where to start. The people who drafted the Constitution were political amateurs and neophytes who just didn't know much about how legislatures work. And it's also the case, that in putting together Congress, they were far more focused on drafting a Constitution which could be approved by the thirteen states, than they were on how a congress or more generally, a federal government would have to work.

Among...