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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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4 years 14 weeks

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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.

Posted on 06/26/14 at 08:56 am in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

Good work on getting Mr. McFadden to share his views with us, Eric.I must say he does have one good idea in making premiums for individual policy buyers tax deductible.

The rest are incoherent and unconstructive. So much kvetching, as Mr. Foster puts it. Why allow insurers to impose things like "lifetime limits"? I hadn't heard that before but that sure sounds like "rationing" to me. Just don't call the insurance company which imposes such a limit a "death panel."

Or why...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 09:46 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

I've been behind the single payer idea ever since it got that name. So you don't have to sell me on that idea.

But Obamacare is at least some improvement. And if it makes Obamacare more palatable and popular for those who can afford the premiums by also having them be tax deductible, I'm in favor of that.

Posted on 06/16/14 at 02:41 pm in response to Iraq is a state but not a nation; Kurdistan is the opposite

Well done article that puts the problems in perspective.

I think it fair to say that many Americans, which I would include myself, never expected the US to fill the vacuum created by the end of British and French colonial rule. Yet it is becoming increasingly apparent that many Americans and others around the world do expect that to be the case. Maybe there's no choice in that. It's well and good to say that it was a mistake to have invaded Iraq in the first place. I was against it...

I've visited family in Prtland, ORE over the years and have marveled at what a vibrant central community exists there. It makes sense to me that the LRT system has been a big part of this. There's no reason why the Green Line can't rejuvenate University Avenue and the whole corridor area just as the infrastructure has in Portland, OR.

It's obvious to me that at least one side doesn't have a basic understanding of the other side's arguments. My observation is that that side does not want to understand the other side's arguments. This may arise because of an increasingly dogmatic libertarianism of that side that has made a fetish of nonexistent "free markets" and has no idea of his governments make any market workable, if not feasible.

But what about the side that says "government can do something" to help? I count...

a very good point. I hadn't heard that Hillary Clinton is charging $200,000 per speech. I quite agree that charging a speaking fee of $200,000 to a group consisting of Goldman Sachs, Kohlberg, Carlyl, etc. is little more than a campaign contribution. I suppose Clinton rationalizes this by the idea that the campaign finance laws do not kick in until she is an official candidate and she has a right to charge what the market will bear to those who will pay to hear her.

But as you...