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Mike Schumann

St. Paul, MN
Commenter for
5 years 4 weeks

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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.

Oh really. The #1 cause of poverty in this country is the rise of single parent families. 50% of the children with single parents live in poverty. This is none of our business??? But, as taxpayers we're expected to figure out how to solve this problem???

As a taxpayer, I think I have some rights to know where my dollars are going. If someone wants to have a child and has the resources to raise that child on their own, without public support, then that is their business. However, in this case, I would strongly suspect that the prospective mother is receiving public assistance in some form or other (food stamps, etc...). I don't think it is inappropriate for a taxpayer to question the circumstances surrounding that situation in light of the...

Posted on 03/08/14 at 08:33 am in response to The business of Tom Barnard

Why the constant references to AM radio? KQ is an FM station.

Posted on 01/28/14 at 01:53 pm in response to Ellison praises Obama decision to raise federal contractor minimum wage

I am not necessarily opposed to raising the minimum wage. However, since when can the President unilateral do stuff like this on his own?

We don't have an Imperial Presidency. We have 3 branches of government, none of which can do things unilaterally without the consent of the other.

How would people feel if this were President Nixon and he were unilaterally making new rules, or deciding not to enforce existing laws? We'd all be going nuts.....

Posted on 01/15/14 at 01:17 pm in response to Target data breach catches Senate's eye

How are new laws going to help the situation? It's not like Target wasn't trying to prevent hackers from attacking their systems.

The fundamental problem is the reluctance of the credit card companies to deploy advanced chip based credit cards and pin numbers, which have been the standard in Europe for years.

Posted on 01/10/14 at 12:33 pm in response to Chris Christie had a very good bad day

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. The electorate is hungry for a politician who is willing to tell it like it is, take the heat for his mistakes, and have a face to face conversation with his opponents.

Kind of reminds you of the early Ventura era. Hopefully Christie won't have a meltdown like Jesse did.

Posted on 01/06/14 at 01:44 pm in response to Klobuchar touts unemployment insurance as Senate returns to work

Extending unemployment insurance to 99 weeks is not helping the unemployed. Anyone who collects unemployment that long is significantly reducing their odds of ever getting a decent job. In many cases, people need to accept the reality that their old jobs are gone forever, and they need to switch to a new line of work, which probably means taking a significant pay cut.

For those people who really can't find a job, we need a WPA type program to put people to work doing meaningful jobs...