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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
Commenter for
6 years 41 weeks

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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.

Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:25 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

shows you what kind of source of scientific expertise the Daily Mail is.
When you you look at the actual numbers, you find that the scientific consensus was correct in predicting the -direction- of global climate change, but somewhat overestimated its extent in the near term.
I'll stay with the science.

Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:27 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

is reducing the rate of change by minimizing the anthropogenic effects.
This might keep coastal cities (where most of our population lives) above water for the next generation or two.

Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:31 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

Or doesn't he qualify as a 'Gore disciple'?