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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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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.

Posted on 10/09/14 at 09:16 am in response to Down in polls, McFadden offers 'Contract with Minnesota'

is that the few times that 'his' party backs reasonable legislation he'll vote against it.
Fortunately, it doesn't look like he'll have a chance.

Posted on 10/08/14 at 09:51 am in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

but this looks like a case of someone not being able to find a satisfactory explanation in his own field (political science) so he slides over into a field (psychology) where his is not an expert.

Some more specific points:
TV advertising (which I suspect ties up most of political spending; at least that which is legally reported) is the most expensive part of political campaigning.
'Grassroots' organizing, like going door to door and making a lot of phone calls is labor...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 09:11 am in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

Gore Vidal was noted for writing fiction.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 07:05 pm in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

The more money you have; the smaller the proportion of it that goes to these taxes.
The poor spend most of their money immediately -- the rich put most of it in tax shelters.