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myles spicer

minnetonka, MN
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6 years 46 weeks

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Posted on 04/18/13 at 01:09 pm in response to Trouble ahead: Justices’ rulings on gun rights raise thorny questions

well written and much needed now.

Regarding the sacrosanct belief in SCOTUS decisions, as I noted in my piece (Time to repeal the Second Amendment) in Minnpost of 1/8:

"... the fact is the Second Amendment is subject to vague interpretation. Indeed, 
since it was adopted in 1791, it has been the subject of more than 31 federal
 court cases of various kinds: six in U.S. District Courts; 19 in U.S. Courts
 of Appeals; and six that ended up in the Supreme Court. To describe the 
...

Posted on 04/18/13 at 12:50 pm in response to Resolving the journalism vs. justice argument isn't always easy

In today's LA Times, Meghan Daum, an incisive commentator for the Times wrote (regarding the premature, inaccurate, and sloppy reporting in the Boston bombing case) a piece noting the introduction of Social Media into the news stream:

"Now there's an almost universal need to be in the mix somehow, a player not a spectator. The deluge of false information isn't a sign of irresponsibility and impatience, as much as as a desire not to be left out. Which means civilian tweeters and paid...

Posted on 04/17/13 at 10:50 am in response to Gun rights in the 1780s and today

Those who fear the tyranny of the Federal government (thus the need to arm ourselves) seem to forget we, as a people, have a much stronger weapon to fight alleged battles with our government's military. It is called: the ballot box. And it has worked to preserve our democracy (through many crisis) for over two centuries. I would urge these folks to spend more time on making sure we have the right elected officials rather than prepare for a battle that will not take place...and they could not...

Posted on 04/17/13 at 01:41 pm in response to Gun rights in the 1780s and today

I quickly remind you, America is NOT Iran. We have the longest standing democracy in the world; I ran has none.

Posted on 04/16/13 at 10:19 am in response to The Second Amendment is a mess

I would invite your to read my Minnpost article of 1/8
"It's time to repeal the Second Amendment"

http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2013/01/it-time-repeal-second-a...

Posted on 04/16/13 at 02:52 pm in response to The Second Amendment is a mess

The Constitution is a living document, and our Founding Fathers made provision FOR CHANGE.
It has been amended 27 times -- and once the REPEAL a previous amendment (the 21st repealed the 18th Prohabition). There would not a precedent if we repealed the Second and replaced it with a new amendment still allowing ownership of guns, but now with certain stronger regulation. And amendment that would bring gun ownership innto the 21st Century, which is far different than the 1700s

Posted on 04/06/13 at 11:32 am in response to Political brinksmanship puts the U.S. at economic risk

Clearly our politics are disfunctional (and pretty disgusting); however I think and even larger factor is not the demise of America, but rather the world is catching up, and we may never be a preeminent again (the wolrd is flat). In the industrial age, right up to WWII, the development of an industrial society was capital intensive and required lots of parts (like natural resources, industrial plants etc). Now we live in a technological age -- and ideas, developments, technology can more...

Posted on 03/25/13 at 10:43 am in response to Why today's seniors object to the dissolution of Medicare

Medicare administrative costs are about 6% (depending on various collateral costs that might be included); private health insurance can run as high as 20% for adiminstartaive costs, plus profit.

Posted on 03/25/13 at 11:02 am in response to Why today's seniors object to the dissolution of Medicare

Yes, if when we were deciding how to fix our health care system, we simply allowed anyone of any age to join the Medicare program, the actuarial tables with a younger component would have made the program far more solvent. Instead, because of ideology, we rejected single payer and a public option in favor of the comlicated and not well recieved Obamacare. We had our opportunity to really fix our healthcare system, and rejected the better ideas.

Posted on 03/25/13 at 02:04 pm in response to Why today's seniors object to the dissolution of Medicare

I believe you are worng on virtually every comment -- except the one concerning "the worst possible motives" to Mr Ryan. My view on"mostives" is that many of our congresspeople (of both parties) are too muc in the lap of lobbyists and campaign contributors.

From there, I would disagree SS is going broke. Fully one third of Federal revenues (over $800 billion) comes from SS taxes and payroll taxes. If it were not raided by congress SS could be quite solvent, and th U.S. owes the fund...