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Peder DeFor

Mpls, MN
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Posted on 01/24/12 at 12:24 pm in response to GOP debate: Nobody won and nobody lost

So. Because the US treated pre-Castro Cuba as something of a vassal, we can't now be concerned about democracy there now? That doesn't seem to make sense.
I'd never heard about US pressure on the Cuban constitution. If Wikipedia is to be trusted it mainly consisted of things that would enforce the Marshall doctrine. Also some leasing rights for things like Guantanamo. It looks like Cuba repealed this in 1934, some 25 years before Castro took over.

Posted on 01/12/12 at 11:52 pm in response to Freedom isn't free, y'know

I'm finding it tough to get outraged over this for at least two reasons. First, if I was hyper wealthy (c'mon Powerball!) then I wouldn't mind spending some of that to encourage policies that I support. I don't, for example, mind when people donate money to encourage gay marriage. And I realize that since other people disagree with me on various issues that there will be money spent opposing things that I support. So be it.
And secondly, I'd rather have wealthy people giving money...

Posted on 01/13/12 at 11:39 am in response to Freedom isn't free, y'know

Neal, if someone wants to try to get me into heaven without my knowledge or permission, I'll simply shrug my shoulders and go on with my life. If they're right in their theology, then they've given me a benefit. If they're wrong, there is still no harm and all of the effort has been on their part. I might find it distasteful but it in no way changes my religion or hampers my choice of religious practice.
And frankly, the attempt to tar Romney with the actions of other Mormons is...

Posted on 01/13/12 at 01:22 pm in response to Freedom isn't free, y'know

Paul #9, can you point to a country that uses public financing that has improved their political situation somehow? I'm honestly ignorant on this point so I'm asking for information.
I'm skeptical that any real solution involves taking away the ability of people (even rich ones!) to make their opinions known. Especially since the restrictions won't just stay with the rich. A good friend of mine is a struggling independent film creator. If she wanted to make a film about some...

Posted on 01/14/12 at 09:15 am in response to Freedom isn't free, y'know

Paul #14, McCain-Feingold prohibited broadcasts that mentioned a candidate near elections. This seems like an obvious violation of the first amendment, doesn't it?

Posted on 01/12/12 at 03:29 pm in response to What do we know about Romney and Bain Capital?

But if you add in the 'jobs saved' dynamic, the amount of jobs climbs to almost half a million.

Posted on 01/07/12 at 09:50 am in response to I say potato, you say Obama has failed, I say go to heck, you say...

Is it fair to hold the Obama administration to their employment projections regarding stimulus spending? And if not, why?

Posted on 01/05/12 at 12:30 pm in response to The six-year presidential term?

That's a good point about second terms being unproductive. Usually they're somewhat embarrassing. I can't think of any in the last 50 years where the second term was anywhere near as good as their first.

I'm more in favor of term limits for the House and Senate members. On the face of it, I'm not seeing much downside from a single six year term for the President though.

Posted on 01/04/12 at 01:44 am in response to Iowa's role in presidential politics makes no sense

Eric, while I would also like a change, I'm not sure that the Wretch plan would work so well. The biggest problem is that depending on how the states are apportioned, the entire slate could be far too front loaded. California alone accounts for nearly 10% of the electoral votes all by itself.
I like this proposal from Jim Geraghty:
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Posted on 01/02/12 at 01:45 am in response to Happy New Year

Here's hoping for a very good new year to you as well!