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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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Posted on 07/21/14 at 03:13 pm in response to Considering Thomas Piketty, inequality and family fragmentation

Maybe there's a real connection between the two or three ideas discussed in his commentary but I'm not persuaded Mr. Pearlstein's has succeeded in making them in this brief commentary. The topic of what he defines as "family fragmentation" is probably book in itself. Since Mr. Pearlstein has written such a book apparently, I'll leave that aside for the moment.

What does "family fragmentation" have to do with Thomas Piketty's take on "Capitalism in the 21st Century."? I haven't yet...

Posted on 07/15/14 at 11:30 am in response to Poll: 68 percent of Republicans say Obama should be impeached

but it wasn't until Clinton was impeached that it became clear that "it's only OK if you are a Republican." There is no crime or misdemeanor committed by a Republican president or his "minions" that any Republican would consider impeachable. The corollary to that rule is that not being a Republican President is itself an impeachable "crime and misdemeanor." The only reason the Republican House is waiting to impeach Obama is to see if they have a majority in the Senate after November so they...

Posted on 07/15/14 at 01:48 pm in response to Poll: 68 percent of Republicans say Obama should be impeached

was the name to the affair which involved Reagan not Nixon. Reagan, Bush, Poindexter, North, and a number of others committed "high crimes and misdemeanors" in dealing with Iran and the CIA sponsored contras in Nicaragua.

Any comparison of Nixon and Obama is specious. Nixon actually used the IRS to punish his political enemies. If you are referring to the threatened revocation of a tax exempt status from a 501 (c)(3) entity that is being used fraudulently to funnel political funds,...

Posted on 07/15/14 at 04:21 pm in response to Poll: 68 percent of Republicans say Obama should be impeached

Republicans only see "blatant abuse of power" when it's not them wielding it or, according to the corollary rule, when anyone not a card-carrying Republican has it. When Dick Cheney has his oil and gas industry buddies to the White House in secret meetings and agrees to exempt his old firm Halliburton and its fracking patent from the Safe Drinking Water Act, that's not any abuse of power at all. Or when President G.W Bush pressures US Attorneys to investigate and prosecute trumped up claims...

Posted on 07/13/14 at 09:53 am in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

The simple logic of supply and demand does not provide any adequate explanation for the existence and persistence of high rents. For many years there has been an oversupply, not to say, glut, of commercial office space available in the Twin Cities. That may still be today. By the logic of supply and demand, the rents for commercial office space ought to have been collapsing as landlords outbid one another for scarce renters. That has not happened. Or you see the construction of new strip...

Posted on 07/07/14 at 11:07 pm in response to How does the Supreme Court nullify thee? Let us count the ways

It is indeed wrong to assume or attribute malice to those with whom we disagree. And indeed, it is true that every justice brings their own life experiences to bear upon decisions that they are expected to make. But I think we generally assume that the justices will at least make some effort to suppress their conscious impulses to allow their biases or personal religious convictions to override common sense.

The Hobby Lobby decision is a case where that did not happen. Let's look at...

Posted on 07/03/14 at 08:06 pm in response to On the loss of Community Voices contributor Myles Spicer

to read about the loss of Myles Spicer. My condolences to his family.

I wondered about that myself when I attended a Michele Bachmann's "townhall meeting" in 2010 where she bused in supporters from around the district. I will say dissenting voices were present, including mine, but knowing Bachmann, I doubt ours were heard. I think she learned from that one never to have any more "townhall meetings" which were not under her politburo-like control and she went to telephone only ones where only supporters could speak with pre-screened comments.

are bound to get some of us into trouble.

I love the guy but his coziness with the privileged elite while ducking the substantive issues is beginning to wear a little thin.

Posted on 06/26/14 at 09:23 pm in response to Kline cheers Supreme Court's NLRB decision

Obama will renominate the three appointees and have them run through the Senate under the new "defilibustered rule", have their appointments confirmed so they can get back to work and ratify their questioned decisions. It might be too much to expect to have this done before Kline's idiotic hearings but there would be satisfaction enough if Obama would make the entire ridiculous, pointless and hypocritical lawsuit and Supreme Court decision moot by such a maneuver.