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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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6 years 35 weeks

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Posted on 07/31/14 at 05:35 pm in response to Bachmann saw 'coyotes smuggling an illegal alien' on her border trip

the people who employ illegal migrants and immigrants (and can she tell the difference between an immigrant and a migrant worker)?

Posted on 07/30/14 at 12:18 pm in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

This was the point about Citizens United, which overturned two centuries of legal precedent and allowed corporate 'individuals' to hide the sources of their political contributions, and evade laws enacted to limit corporate spending on political campaigns.

Posted on 07/31/14 at 05:33 pm in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

that corporations will (and do) arrange to have the income 'earned' in Ireland (like Apple) or Switzerland (like Walgreen) so that they avoid paying taxes in the United States.'

We would need a major change in the tax code so that all income earned in the United States would be taxed in the United States. 'Diversion' must be eliminated.

Posted on 08/01/14 at 06:13 pm in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

is not in the Constitution.
Therefore corporations as entities have no constitutional rights; just the rights of the individuals that make up the corporation -as individuals-.
This is the enormity of Citizens United: it treats corporations as if they were individuals with Constitutional rights.
Of course corporations have many rights defined by the body of case law, but these are not basic constitutional rights.

Posted on 08/02/14 at 10:01 am in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

that neither of us are constitutional lawyers (although it might be significant that the President is).
However, I suspect that if the army tried to quarter troops in the NYT building the legal argument would rest more on case law than on direct constitutional issues. Those would come up only if it went to the Supreme Court.
I don't think that a corporation's ownership and control of its property (assuming that the NYT actually still owns the building that it is located in)...

Posted on 08/04/14 at 09:45 am in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

what proportion of legal cases actually cite the Constitution.
The high profile cases that make the news are not typical.

Also, before the Constitution there was British Common Law.
That's what our legal system is based on.

Posted on 08/04/14 at 08:47 pm in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

a corporation in jail?
(as opposed to the individuals who comprise it).

Posted on 08/05/14 at 09:43 am in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

Corporations should not have the same rights as individual citizens of the United States because they are not citizens of the United States.
Bacteria are alive, but they don't have rights (although I believe that some Jain Hindus do believe that all living things have rights).

Posted on 07/29/14 at 05:34 pm in response to Walz on VA deal: 'This is the way things should be done'

is the shortage of physicians in the United States.
One long term answer is improving our educational system so that more American students can hack med school, but that answer starts with preschool.

So it's nice to say that the VA is going to hire more physicians; where are they going to find them? Hire them away from the private sector (who's going to pay for that)?
And are we going to legally require private health care providers to accept what the VA pays? We already...

the Republican side.
You and Entenza would make a good match.
I wonder when Entenza will jump?