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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 11/18/14 at 04:50 pm in response to John Harris on political B.S.

The IRS actually investigated more left wing than right wing organizations.
The Rights got more publicity because they had been particularly blatant in claiming (for tax purposes) to be educational groups while devoting most of their money to political campaigning.

Posted on 11/16/14 at 09:48 am in response to A conservative’s argument against net neutrality

Free markets in practice exist for the benefit of sellers.
They are inherently unstable.
Without restraints (regulation) you get a feedback loop where one company gains a slight advantage, increases its market share, and through economies of scale increases its share until it controls most of the market, leaving small niches for competitors.
The Japanese, and later the Koreans, were able to break into the American auto markets only because they could first develop their...

the conditions in 2016 will be a lot different.
Enjoy your two years in the sun.

'just counting on conditions'.
The point is an anomalous election is not a reason to change a strategy that has worked.
That's why the odds are that the election will feature Bush v. Clinton -- it's what worked in the past.
As someone sang: 'You've got to know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em....'

'moderately to the right of successful European economies'.
The more specific answer is breakdown:
How much of that is 'defense'?
Social security?
Medicare?
The graph provides the answer: social security and medicare are the main 'entitlement programs'.
So which are you suggesting cutting?
Social Security or Medicare?
Both of those are a consequence of an aging population.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 12:41 pm in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

on who looks like the Repub nominee.
If it looks like a 'moderate' Republican (say, Jeb Bush) will be nominated, then the battle will be for the center, and Hillary will probably walk away with it.
On the other hand, if it looks like a right winger like Cruz will be nominated, then the Democrats can assume most of the middle and run a more liberal candidate like Warren to energize the faithful.

Posted on 11/14/14 at 11:07 am in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

to why they lost an election:
There was a conspiracy that stole the election that they rightfully won;
never mind that the closest thing we seen to a documented stolen election was Bush v. Gore.

it doesn't tell me what the law IS; just what some right wingers WISH it were.

Rubio is only 24, but he has been playing professionally for ten years.
This means he has a lot of miles on his legs, and may be more prone to injuries than the typical American 24 year old player.

Posted on 11/10/14 at 03:13 pm in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

they know better than the people who wrote the law what the law means. Nothing like legislating from the bench!

And of course the Right Wing will argue that -their- health care is the best in the world, and all those people who can't afford it (and we know who -they- are) don't count.