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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 10/01/14 at 09:26 am in response to What to watch for in Wednesday's Franken-McFadden debate

is his only qualification for the job.
He says so himself.

Posted on 09/29/14 at 07:02 pm in response to Twins let go of entire coaching staff

the guy who hired all the players who didn't produce?

will make it an easy choice.

Posted on 09/29/14 at 11:12 am in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

and ask why ANYONE votes.
Which furthers one's self interest more:
casting one ballot, or making a political contribution that might effect ten ballots?

And of course elections seldom produce immediate dramatic changes in our personal lives, so we're dealing with the effects of delayed and uncertain consequences on behavior, which typically are weak.

One answer:
Australia has a 94% voting turnout.
Of course, voting is mandatory, with fines for not...

Posted on 09/29/14 at 01:11 pm in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

is not bipartisan.
It has and is being perpetuated mostly by a party that historically has represented a minority of the population and appears to see no way to change that within the system (Ray Schoch's point about the middle class is a good one) sees its only chance as discrediting the system itself.
If you can convince most citizens that all government is bad and that all politicians are crooks, they're less likely to vote for anyone. That benefits the party with a reliable...

Posted on 09/29/14 at 07:00 pm in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

For the Civil Rights Act to be invoked, someone would have to make a creditable claim that the test discriminated on the basis of something other than simple knowledge or civic rights and responsibilities. I could see that being done, but it would probably in turn raise the issue of inherently unequal educational systems, which would make things even more interesting!

Posted on 09/30/14 at 09:51 am in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

because I doubted that the Constitution said anything about the size of THE 'District', since it didn't exist at that time.
What it DOES say is:
"....such district (not exceeding ten miles square)...."
In other words, it says that the state(s) shall at some time in the future cede land not exceeding ten miles square to set up a seat of government.
Anyone answer that from memory?

As to writing the test, we already have one as noted above.
I haven't heard...

Posted on 09/30/14 at 08:29 pm in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

what I said, you'll see that I did, in fact use the words 'seat of government'.
In 1790, the seat of the federal government was New York City; before then Philadephia.

And saying that the District, when chosen, will not -exceed- 100 square miles (a square with 10 mile sides) does not specify its size; just its limits.
The current Federal District in fact covers 68.3 square miles, according to Wikipedia.

is big on oil,
and Coleman is as slippery as they come.

their funding of terrorism.
They try to buy off threats to their monarchy by paying terrorist groups to attack other countries (like us).