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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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4 years 19 weeks

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The point of Posner's article, which I agree with, is that the non-prosecution (or deferred prosecution) of certain types of laws does not amount to repeal.

I don't understand the right's obsession with immigration. It is completely unrealistic to deport millions of people who have made lives and become contributing members of the community or to to create some sort of fortress-like border to stop the tide of illegal immigration. The problem is fundamentally an economic one which at...

Posted on 11/17/14 at 03:15 pm in response to John Harris on political B.S.

The problem in "studying entrails" is not about forecasting future elections by political junkies. It's how the winners construe those interpretations in governing, or in the case of the GOP, not-governing.

Was the election a mandate on Obamacare? That's a fair interpretation. But is it a mandate for repeal of Obamacare and return to the status quo ante? Polls show that the public supports public financing of health care, including single payer, by wide margins. The public also...

Posted on 11/18/14 at 12:14 pm in response to John Harris on political B.S.

Obama has been a disappointment. He certainly has lost credibility as an agent of "hope and change." But can you really blame just him when the GOP made "anti-hope and change" its main goal?

And how can you compare his record over the past six years with George W. Bush's over the previos eight?

True, the IRS under Obama has investigated the tax -exempt status of right-wing groups to determine if they were misusing their tax-exempt status for political purposes. But this...

Posted on 11/17/14 at 09:34 am in response to In defense of the Met Council

I appreciate Mr. Dornfield's insight and perspective on the Met. Council. I cannot disagree with his comment that "[t]he metro area and neighboring counties need a way to coordinate their planning for growth, transportation, sewers, water supply and other issues."

But if anything, his comment understates the degree to which "managers and administrators" run the Met. Council. For the communities in the suburbs, the "Met. Council" are not the Governor's appointees; the "Met. Council"...

Posted on 11/11/14 at 12:09 pm in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

Let's be clear here. The only dysfunction in Washington is the dysfunction created by the right-wing cabal which temporarily has recaptured control in one of the three branches of government in Washington DC.

Now, after six years of having failed to block the ACA, Obama's signal legislative achievement, and having failed to come up with a single idea of how health care might be improved and costs controlled for the majority of the people in this country, the right wing has mounted a...

Posted on 11/06/14 at 03:06 pm in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

Dave Frederickson, Mark Dayton's Commissioner of Agriculture, who with his wife farmed for more than 20 years, represented Swift, Yellow Medicine, Lac Qui Parle, Chippewa, and Redwood Counties in the Minnesota Senate from 1986 to 1994 and:

"[from ]1991 to 2002, . . .. served as president of the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU)" and "subsequently served as president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) from 2002 to 2006" where "[i]n both organizations, he worked on federal farm policy and...

Posted on 11/06/14 at 12:17 pm in response to Postelection thoughts on politics, governing and greased pigs

Thank you, Mr. Foster.

Mr. Meffert's suggestion that the President offer the Republicans a deal is a reasonable and worthwhile one but purely for the cameras. I doubt that a Republican Senate which refused to allow even the most conciliatory of appointments to the judiciary or the cabinet is going to accept it.

But I would also ask, why offer the Keystone Pipeline as such a deal? I know the Republicans supposedly have a "veto-proof" majority with the assistance of DINOs in...

Posted on 11/05/14 at 09:04 am in response to Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate

Walker's stage play acting all nicey for the campaign trail is an apt metaphor for the Republican Party campaign and their reticent behavior in Congress over the last six months. Americans easily forget and are so forgiving.

But now the election is over we get this:

“Barack Obama has our country in a ditch, and many of his lieutenants running for the Senate were right there with him,” said Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. “The punishment is going...

I don;t see anyone claiming that the IPCC is a "political organization." The IPCC's own site states that it is a "scientific organization."

Now that's not to say that it might not be so but where do you get the basis for claiming that "[i]ts statements are approved by government" as if the IPPC Report was...

Posted on 11/03/14 at 02:43 pm in response to Does the field of social psychology have an anti-conservative bias?

A study in 2009 sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council concluded that confirmation bias, the tendency of research to be undermined by subjective influence, is a problem in the so-called forensic sciences. It made this conclusion from the model of scientific research which assumes that such bias exists but then designed experiments and studies to factor out the bias. One of the biggest problems for the "forensic sciences" was the resistance among the...