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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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It's a cop out to claim that the bidding process is intended to remove politics from the process. First of all, it's BS up front. Politics is commonly intermixed in bidding. As long as the end result doesn't stink of cronyism or pocket lining, then the public generally ignores this fact (and sometimes even when the stench is pretty obvious).

Second of all, it's not wrong nor is it uncommon to put limitations on the contractors that an entity does business with. Major...

Posted on 08/07/14 at 06:14 pm in response to What Netanyahu should propose to bring peace

I'll have to read up on the Crusades again...

It would seem to not support McFadden's position on public education and charter schools in more ways than one. First, it's not a charter school. Second, because it's not a charter school, it doesn't have to accept all students like public schools and charter schools (at least in MN) are required to do. Third, because it can choose only a select few, which are tested for means and academics, it can make the numbers look pretty darned good. That is, if you start with the highest achieving...

Posted on 07/29/14 at 11:49 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

He will come"
The problem is, I highly suspect that the Super Bowl was promised to legislators at the time the stadium debate came to an abrupt end. That is, we probably got roped into building it BECAUSE of this promise. So, we didn't just decide to build it and, *bonus* we got the Super Bowl. I'll tell you why I believe this: several legislators, including my own at the time, were adamant that they would NEVER vote for the stadium. In fact, mine was angry at Dayton for pushing it...

Posted on 07/29/14 at 12:00 pm in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

I'll tell you exactly where the economic benefit from me will go for the Super Bowl. The Caribbean. The last time airplane loads of overprivileged clowns came to town (the GOP Convention), I did exactly that--grabbed a cheap flight to Puerto Rico (thanks to full planes coming in and empty ones going out) and cruised in the southern Caribbean.

Posted on 07/30/14 at 09:22 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

It won't screw up my commute.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 01:50 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

This is how I envision the interview going.

EB: Dials McFadden from his iPhone or Android.
McFadden: Lifts the handset from its base, answers, and commences to nonchalantly twirling the cord around his finger while turning in his office chair back and forth, back and forth. He's got this stuff DOWN.
EB: Asks question about how McFadden would do something.
McFadden: Gives talking point about how bad Washington is, particularly his opponent.
EB: Re-asks question...

Posted on 07/28/14 at 12:58 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

I might have been a bit generous. But, I like to err on the side of moderation (I mean, complete incompetence requires work--this guy isn't putting that much effort into it).

Posted on 07/28/14 at 01:08 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

That word...I do not think it means what you think it means.

The proper term is "insurance." That is, you pay in, hoping that you don't need it. It's not a redistribution, it's a pooling of risk. And that's EXACTLY what Social Security was meant to do.

Quite frankly, I think we should all be compelled to pay in and not necessarily be guaranteed a set payout--you should only get what you need for a basic level of security, not a slush fund in addition to your other...

Posted on 07/28/14 at 01:10 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

You could always purchase supplemental insurance if you wanted coverage for non-basic care (e.g., upgraded coverage). After all, you already pay more for more coverage, right? Or, wait, you already pay more for...uh...any coverage at all.