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Jon Erik Kingstad

Afton, MN
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Posted on 06/28/12 at 03:51 pm in response to Supreme Court health-care ruling: Sorting out what it means

The idea that the Federal government could implement policy by its "spending power" through attaching conditions to federal grants to the state was a legal fiction created by the Court in the Social Security Act case and other cases to uphold laws that would have failed under any "commerce clause" test. This decision opens the door to the Court to start scrutinizing Acts of Congress that rely on this fiction to invalidate Acts of Congress on grounds just because 5 Justices think it the law...

that two highly regarded and competent scholars of public policy are reduced to writing a farce because there is no other way to describe our current political predicament. Which seems to prove Karl Marx's dictum about history repeating itself: ". . . first as tragedy, second as farce."

Posted on 06/25/12 at 12:18 pm in response to Supreme conservatives decline to reconsider Citizens United

There are a number of proposals floating in Congress for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizen's United and now this case. if we had political parties that stood for integrity, we'd have a constitutional amendment stating that "persons" under the Bill of Rights do not include "corporations." A Republican Congress would probably not approve any such amendment. The right wing dream of a one party state is now within the grasp of the Republican party, though with the present Democratic...

I don't know how my fellow Christians think they're going to win souls for Christ by getting into people's faces and "bullying" them. Any sort of bullying is unacceptable; I would expect any adults involved with the Good News Clubs to remind their young followers that Christ was not a bully and would expect no less from his followers.On the other hand, I've seen plenty of evidence that any talk about Christ and faith make some people uncomfortable. I get the impression that Mrs. Stewart's...

Mr. Davis summed it up: He's against "checking speech" i.e. political expenditures, but he admits we "could end with the 21st century version of Tammany Hall." Could end up? Maybe we should ask Grover Norquist, Roger Ailes, David and Charles Koch, Sheldon what's his name, am I missing anyone?, about the political bosses controlling speech and debate for personal advantage. Better I suppose to have free speech and debate controlled by a few moneyed individuals. Wouldn't want Congress to...

Posted on 06/20/12 at 08:31 am in response to AG Swanson doubles down charges against Accretive

are clearly over the top and unacceptable, if not illegal. But on another level, it does help to send a message that health care is not "free" in the sense that people who for whatever reason choose not to pay for health insurance. It's one thing for debt collectors to harass people who cannot afford to pay for health care or to harass those who have health insurance. It's another for the apparently large number of people who feel imposed upon that the government should mandate them to have...

Posted on 06/19/12 at 11:19 am in response to Overturning Obamacare 'would be a game changer' for Supreme Court

I'm not sure I'd agree entirely with the absence of any "activity/inactivity" distinction or at last not in so many words. And words do make a difference. I used to get enraged over the fact that I had to pay for parking on the street in front of my house by getting a parking permit every month from the local police precinct office. There was no off-street parking. Driving is frankly a necessity in our society. Was I mandated to get the parking permit" of course I was. But if I complained...

Posted on 06/15/12 at 10:45 am in response to Obama and Romney Ohio speeches: some thoughts

It is but in the "everyone ought to own a home" sense. Bipartisanship between the center-right Democrats and Republicans and right wing Republicans (I think that covers everybody in the House and Senate because there is no real left wing in national political office) starting under Reagan brought us financial deregulation. The 1980's were one financial disaster after another culminating in the S&L crisis.

Not having learned from this series of mistakes, the center-right/right...

Posted on 06/17/12 at 01:27 pm in response to Obama and Romney Ohio speeches: some thoughts

I don't know if I'd agree he was wilder in overpromising what he would do than any previous President but you are right in pointing out that he did not deliver on some of his major promises. For one thing, he backed off on his promise on having a public option in health care, In fact, he backed off even before he put his own ideas on the table. I'm inclined to be more forgiving in his inability to deliver on his promises, except for that one and creating the Simpson-Bowles Commission which...

Posted on 06/15/12 at 08:20 am in response to Billionaire Sheldon Adelson will give 'limitless' support to Romney

money equals free speech. The Supreme Court is wrong. Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United need to be overruled or the Constitution amended if this country is to avoid becoming a permanent fascist plutocracy.

Advertising is inherently false speech, which any speech which is not designed "to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth" is going to be. During the 1970's, before the hack job that is Buckley v. Valeo, our right wing Supreme Court decided to overrule long...