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Pat Berg

Twin Cities
Commenter for
2 years 32 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 07/25/14 at 01:12 pm in response to Obama calls for an end to Medtronic-like tax 'inversions'

Lack of definition seems to be plaguing both Barry Casselman and Mike McFadden.

For Casselman, lack of definition of how many is "many" (and a list would be helpful as well - you know - just to keep things fact-based).

And for McFadden - well - just basically a lack of definition. Period.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 06:22 pm in response to One more thing: NFL wants snow-plowing priority for Super Bowl

Earlier today I was listening to Dick Durbin being interviewed about the corporate inversion thing, and interestingly, he referred to it as them renouncing their American corporate citizenship (I believe that was the wording he used as I recall).

And I got to thinking about the whole "corporations are people" and "money is speech" constitutional protection thing, and got to wondering: Once a corporation "renounces its American corporate citizenship", should it not then also renounce...

Posted on 07/23/14 at 09:36 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

His handlers had plenty of time to tell him what he should answer on these questions. They're obviously falling down on the the job.

Time to fire them all and hire a new set of "experts" to tell him what his positions should be . . . . . .

Posted on 07/23/14 at 04:24 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

Rachel, that was outstanding!

Posted on 07/23/14 at 09:52 am in response to Pre-diabetes diagnosis has little value, say two experts

You may want to update your knowledge on the "legitimacy" of that particular disorder. Or perhaps Susan might wish to do a piece on it (and maybe include references to other maladies whose legitimacy was once doubted such as epilepsy or IBS).

Posted on 07/21/14 at 04:44 pm in response to It's our duty to combat hunger

A large delegation arriving at a single place at a single time to discuss a single problem has a much more focused impact. The effect is diffused if instead there are many smaller meetings with smaller groups in many different places.

You may not like what appears to be more inefficient from your perspective, but from another perspective, this may very well be a better use of the available resources.

Posted on 07/18/14 at 06:24 am in response to National GOP promising 'significant' spending in Minnesota

They don't have enough money to keep the streets driveable, but somehow they could afford to build a new baseball stadium downtown for the Saints?

And you thought Minneapolis was the only city with messed up priorities!

Posted on 07/18/14 at 06:36 am in response to With new stadium, Vikings' market value tops $1 billion

You don't think the liberals on this site had a problem with the shenanigans that culminated in the arrangements around the building of the new Vikings stadium?

You must not have been paying attention to the MinnPost comments sections while all of that was going on.

Posted on 07/17/14 at 07:13 am in response to White House moves to stop Medtronic's Irish tax strategy

"According to the association’s website, nearly 88 percent of its 270 members chose to make an endorsement, and three-fourths of them endorsed Frizell.”

That wording strikes me as odd. It makes it sound like a sweeping, overwhelming percentage (Eighty-eight percent! Seventy-five percent!) when in fact 75% of 88% is 66%. Still a majority, to be sure, but not quite as sweeping as the wording makes it sound.

Not a huge deal. Just something that seemed a little manipulative in...

Posted on 07/16/14 at 06:38 am in response to In these fractious times, where is King Solomon when we need him?

Don't be so sure the Republicans won't just go ahead and let the baby be cut in half.

Remember the sequester!