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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
Commenter for
6 years 39 weeks

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The main differences between American political parties are personalities, not policies.
We have no significant socialist parties; no significant fascist parties. It's all in the middle.
So ads feature personalities, and exaggerations of political differences rather than real policy debates.

Posted on 10/16/14 at 06:57 pm in response to Small-business group endorses Johnson for governor

It's a major conservative business lobby (one of the nation's biggest).

Posted on 10/15/14 at 01:11 pm in response to Do we have too much democracy?

how one quantifies 'democracy'?
'Too much democracy' implies a comparison like three gallons of it when two would do. A better question might be -is our democratic system too complex to function well- -- given that we can define our measure of functionality.

An interesting test might be asking people a day or week after the election to tell what items they voted on -- do they even remember what was on the ballot?

Finally, as Eric and others have pointed out before, our...

Posted on 10/15/14 at 06:49 pm in response to Do we have too much democracy?

White male landowners.
And the definition of 'white' was often limited to those of Northwestern European ancestry, so you might have some problems.

Posted on 10/16/14 at 03:43 pm in response to Do we have too much democracy?

Though your thoughts be unfurled
and ditto your chatter
you can't fool the world
with mind over matter
but foe will not trifle with thought brought by rifle
and when they all die,
'Die Gedanken Sind Frie'

c/o "The Bosses Songbook", circa 1960.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 09:21 am in response to Our odd primary system — and its odd results

limiting what the SS# can be used for.
For instance, a store cannot require you to provide your number when you want to pay by check or credit card. I believe that it CAN be required for purchases over $10K (supposedly to make it easier to track terrorists).
It is not under current law a national ID or tracking number, although it could form the basis for one if Congress passed the necessary legislation redefining it.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 01:14 pm in response to McFadden paying to re-broadcast first senatorial debate in Twin Cities

McFadden is certainly good for the media sector of the local economy.

Posted on 10/09/14 at 07:57 pm in response to Job vacancies in Minnesota hit 13-year high in second quarter

if real wages had gone up in the past five years there would be fewer jobs that no one wants.
You couldn't support a family on the median wage.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 01:12 pm in response to Job vacancies in Minnesota hit 13-year high in second quarter

for these jobs (and probably perform them well) with a GED.
The problem is that there are a lot of unemployed college grads out there competing for the same jobs.
'Underemployment' is one of our current economic problems.

Posted on 10/08/14 at 09:20 pm in response to Down in polls, McFadden offers 'Contract with Minnesota'

It's who he would tax and who he would spend it on.
He has advocated a 'flat tax' which would increase the taxation on the lower and middle classes and decrease the tax on the wealthy.
Unless paired with massive spending cuts which he has refused to specify, this would result in a dramatic increase in public debt.