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Neal Rovick

St Anthony, MN
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Posted on 09/16/14 at 07:55 am in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

He cannot say anything else.

What is the reaction by our actual and potential enemies if Obama says that he cannot act in any effective manner unless approved by Congress?

Especially in a day when Congress is internationally noted for it's divisions and it's most famous achievements have been reflexive opposition to the president.

Talk about giving aid and comfort to our enemies.

Posted on 09/16/14 at 10:24 am in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

In other words, the rest of the world is perfectly aware of the divisions and internal political stalemate within the US.

To pretend that this is not a situation that other countries or non-state actors are prepared exploit is the height of naivete.

There is a cost for irrational opposition and reflexive opposition.

The credible possibility of action MUST be maintained.

McCants said, " I was disappointed he didn't say more about the regional order we're actually fighting to protect."

And I thought, "What order?" What is this "regional order" that he speaks of? I believe that disappeared over the past couple of decades with the rise of extremism.

Order was only maintained by repugnant "big man" regimes where imposition of will from the top down kept governmental structures and borders in place.

The value of order, borders and internal...

Posted on 08/28/14 at 12:07 pm in response to Franken details education views and defends net neutrality

....The ground rules for this interview were that Franken would talk about his position on issues McFadden had already discussed, and then would have the option of raising one more issue. Franken chose net neutrality....

Sort of like a slo-mo debate....

Ground rule--have both candidates talk mostly about the same issues....

1 to 1.....

For direct comparison.....

Get it?

What country can you point to that has the economics/taxation/wealth transfer characteristics that you want?

Otherwise, it is all "something for nothing".

Posted on 08/15/14 at 11:23 am in response to 100 years after it opened, why the Panama Canal still matters

A Chinese group is planning for a competing canal across Nicaragua:

"Nicaragua approves route for $40 billion canal linking oceans"



Rather, the Republicans have proved that they're SPEND THEN BORROW* (*MAYBE), with the MAYBE coming from the fact that they don't want to raise debt ceiling to borrow to pay for the spending they approved.

Posted on 08/12/14 at 08:22 am in response to Less than a year of jail time for man who raped two girls

Let's see how that policy works in the general election.

Won't be many on the box, then.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 09:26 am in response to McFadden's address to the nation

Nothing better to invigorate the mining industry in Minnesota that a dose of free-market steel from China for the XL line?

Stagnant wages--absolutely nothing to do with a world market in virtually everything.

And whether Polymet employs 500 people or none, it's success depends entirely upon the world market for what they mine.

Poor education outcomes just disappear when you get to choose the most motivated students and parents.

Posted on 07/31/14 at 01:24 pm in response to Against the über-presidency: Minnesota Republicans vote to sue Obama

Nothing like having that pesky evidence, eh?

Imagining invisible controlling thought waves from the top of the executive branch to some IRS functionaries requires a leap of faith that fortunately is not yet considered proof.

Keep on looking and hoping.