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Mike Schumann

St. Paul, MN
Commenter for
5 years 20 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 07/11/14 at 11:39 am in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

As neighborhoods are transformed, people who can afford it will move to the new trendy neighborhoods opening up housing opportunities in other areas to people who want a different lifestyle or are looking for a lower price point.

This is not bad. In addition, these high end developments end up paying taxes that pay for schools, etc. in lower income neighborhoods.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 10:53 am in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

Why is eliminating the deficit not viable? Because we don't want to bite the bullet and pay for all of the goodies that we want government to provide?

There is no free lunch. It's high time to face reality and either cut spending or raise taxes.

Posted on 06/26/14 at 07:59 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

I'm totally for more transparency on pricing. I have a high deductible plan, so most of my day to day health care expenses come out of my own pocket. I don't have a problem with this. It's a good way to keep a lid on overall health care expenses. However, in the current system, there is absolutely no way to price shop. Health care providers should be required to post their prices and give estimates, just like auto repair shops.

The other issue that bugs me is the elimination of...

Posted on 05/20/14 at 11:41 am in response to An unemployed guy's guide to Minnesota's unemployment system

If you don't know anyone who likes LinkedIn, you are operating in a different universe than many of us. LinkedIn is an incredibly useful tool, not only for people who are networking trying to get a job, but also for anyone who is trying to get background information on sales prospects, potential employees, etc.....

If nothing else, I would suggest you keep your attitude to yourself, instead of publishing it in the open internet. If I was looking at you as a potential employee and...

You live in the City limits of Stillwater and can't get Comcast Internet or Centurylink DSL? That's hard to believe. Specifically, what neighborhood are you in?

I own a business in St. Louis Park, just two blocks outside of the Mpls city limits. How can I get USI Internet service????

Posted on 04/22/14 at 11:40 am in response to Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

The fundamental problem is not Citizen Participation, but rather how much and how it is implemented.

Our current political establishment has an attitude that the more opportunities for public input, the better. In reality, this is totally counter productive. Most people are busy. They work, have families, and aren't particularly interested in attending endless meetings.

The more meetings you have on a given topic, the less willing normal people are to participate, leaving...

Posted on 04/11/14 at 11:16 am in response to Republicans claim near-total power to cancel minimum-wage raises

There may not be a lot of jobs for young people today, but where's the initiative to go out and hustle for work? When was the last time you had a kid knock on your door to see if they could shovel you walk or do your yard work.

There's work out there for those kids who show some drive.

Posted on 03/18/14 at 11:04 am in response to Minimum wage 'indexing': DFL political marketing at its worst

I tend to be a libertarian republican. I'm sympathetic to an increase in the minimum wage, and wouldn't be opposed to indexing it so we don't have this political battle every year.

However, you start calling this a "Pay Raise", and my hackles will go up BIG TIME.

Why is someone who is working two minimum wage jobs and can barely make ends meet pregnant? Where's the father in this picture?

That's at least as big an issue as whether the minimum wage is $7.25 or $10.10 / hour.