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Kurt Anderson

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
6 years 47 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 07/14/14 at 11:03 am in response to Brag on, Minneapolis

We do our best here in Minneapolis and MN when we get on with our tasks and disregard what others may or may not think of us. The less attention we get from the rest of the nation and world, the better. I prefer to see us surprise and mystify them when we appear near the top of quality of life and similar lists, and I feel no need to demystify them. Spending too much time admiring our navels just raises the risk that we may trip over something.

I grew up in a private sector union family, now an endangered species. My father was a union officer. Today I live in a family day care household and resent the political payoff that would have been a very unwelcome intrusion in our home.
If these are the kinds of measures to which today's unions have to resort in order to expand their membership, their situation is truly pathetic.

... when unions bargained with EMPLOYERS?

You need to separate your general social and economic angst (which I share to a large degree) from this particular issue. The "freeloaders" you are referring to are low-doller self employed persons who have to find their own health insurance, bargain with their customers (not employers or the state) about vacation and sick leave, wipe noses, change diapers, mediate about six quarrels per hour, put up with unfavorable news articles, fill in a minimum of three additional tax forms with hours...

Posted on 06/08/14 at 03:20 pm in response to U.S. role in the world: Neocons want more muscle than Obama Doctrine

Churchill was hopelessly archaic regarding India and perhaps other questions affecting the British Empire, but he was dead-on accurate in assessing Hitler. I would keep an ear open to the neocons despite their costly error in Iraq -- especially when their tunes fall into harmony with their "realist" adversaries such as Mearsheimer. Ukraine and the Spratly Islands tensions may be leading up to our Rhineland moment(s), and whether you call it geo-realpolitik or defending the frontiers of...

by the time he saw me, was too old to sue the dog owners who had negligently caused injury him when he was a child.

Apparently in the view of our legislature and governor, the negligence of put bull owners and drunk drivers is less serious than the bureaucratic negligence of the bishops in dealing a small number of errant or criminal priests (I am pleased that in my 60 years in the Church I have known none of those priests).

The entire universe of simple, common law negligence...

Posted on 11/08/13 at 12:36 pm in response to Election seems to signal the ascension of a new Minneapolis DFL

For me, one of Mark Andrews' late mailings was the kiss of death. The election seemed like a yawner before then; but all of a sudden I saw Mondale and McLaughlin looking out at me from the printed page. These are people with whom I am comfortable coalescing on state and national issues, but who tried their best to make life hard for Rybak over the last 12 years. So Andrews clearly aligned himself with the old guard DFL against the Rybak insurgency, and quickly dropped out of my top 3. He...

If St Louis Park is unwilling to take the freights, would it take the LRT route instead? The old Minneapolis Northfield & Southern right of way (whatever it is called now) goes north from Excelsior Boulevard to connect with the BNSF corridor coming in north of Cedar Lake. Proposed stations between Louisiana Avenue and Penn Av/394 would be eliminated and replaced by stations in SLP. I would think the SLP neighborhood groups would prefer LRT and its commuting benefits to freights in...

Posted on 10/23/13 at 11:45 am in response to Revisiting Simpson-Bowles: Reducing the debt must remain Congress' goal

The Fed buys $85B per month in treasuries. That adds up to $1.02T per year. The annual deficit is $670B (a healthy 37% reduction from 2012 as the economy slowly improves). So, that much of the Fed QE purchases go to fund the current deficit. Can I correctly conclude that the remaining $350B is retiring privately held treasuries, or paying the interest thereon? Since we all own the Fed, the old cliche that "We owe it to ourselves" is coming back into play. A substantial fringe benefit...

... or more of an easy mark for people who always have been hostile to it.