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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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3 years 36 weeks

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Are we surprised? By any of this? State government bought and paid for by big-time capitalist enterprise? Public safety an afterthought, if that? Short-term greed winning out over long-term sustainability? "Environmental protection" that turns out to be an oxymoronic phrase? Venality is, sadly, as old as humanity, and just as common. Standards and protections could have been built in, but they weren't. Doing so would have potentially affected profit margins, and besides, North Dakota is "...

Posted on 11/24/14 at 09:56 am in response to Stagnation or exponential growth — considering two economic futures

The correlation may not be especially strict, but I nonetheless think a broad economic model that posits or relies on growth as the foundation for equally broad prosperity is doomed to failure on a planet with demonstrably finite resources. I do think the models Professor Johnston writes about here provide some wiggle room, and the concern about “the bounty” and “the spread” seems fully justified, but may be, in itself, a case of ignoring that large, gray creature with the extremely long and...

Posted on 11/24/14 at 10:02 am in response to Whom do you trust to decide who shall live or die?

…seems to me a charitable term for "lies." Just because we *can* do this does not mean that we *should* do this. Unless, of course, we assume that the United States is the only nation capable of judging what is moral and what is not.

Posted on 11/24/14 at 07:09 am in response to Minnesota's revenue growth 'far out-paced' most of the nation

A relatively recent immigrant from Colorado, I’d say Minnesota has quite a bit to be concerned about in regard to the Mountain Pine Beetle. Whole river valleys in Colorado have been turned from green to reddish to brown as forests stretching for miles in every direction have been killed in a season or two. Aesthetically, it ain’t pretty, and economically, it will take generations for those forests to recover.

As for the Maserati… Several years’ income would be required for me to...

Posted on 11/21/14 at 04:17 pm in response to Tom Mann on the 'crocodile tears' of the Republicans

…in Constitutional Law got lost in the mail somewhere, so I won't try to figure out whether or not Obama has "…well documented constitutional and statutory authority" when it comes to immigration. It DOES seem worth noting that he has plenty of precedent on his side, going back to the 1930s and the Roosevelt administration, but also including Eisenhower and both Bushes. I think it's a moot point.

That said, the phrase "crocodile tears" seem absolutely on the mark when describing the...

Posted on 11/21/14 at 09:42 am in response to Obama’s immigration maneuver: This isn’t how it’s supposed to work

I’d much prefer that Congress do its job, pass the necessary legislation, and let whoever happens to be in the Oval Office find other things to do besides “executive action” on a fairly controversial topic. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The Senate did its part, but Mr. Boehner, maybe reflecting his own prejudices, maybe simply bowing to the caterwauling on his right, saw to it that the requisite bill never became law.

So, an issue that needed Congressional action was just sitting...

…too much the pessimist, but, like many another academic study over the years that questions the efficacy of the status quo, I suspect this conclusion will fade, quickly, into the mists. We *could* change the applicable laws and procedures, but doing so would alienate powerful financial and political interests, so I'll be surprised if any of the flaws mentioned are actually addressed by 2016, if ever.

…Mr. Tester, how many of those 90,000 illegal aliens voted in the recent election? Over and over, it's been established that voter fraud of the sort you're implying essentially doesn't exist, either in Minnesota or nationally. As has been pointed out elsewhere, election judges are nonpartisan, though I should hastily add that, for some elections, at least, I wouldn't be surprised if the judges were happy to see increased turnout. Twelve hours in a polling place when only a couple dozen...

Posted on 11/19/14 at 08:15 am in response to More than 90,000 undocumented immigrants in Minnesota

Just wondering… what corporate entities (i.e., "persons") will benefit the most from repealing the medical device tax? Will it be those mom-and-pop start-ups, or will it be MedTronic and its lobbying allies? A brief report in the 'Strib this morning mentions that MedTronic earnings are quite healthy, indeed, so it's not like the tax is "killing jobs" on that front.

Posted on 11/18/14 at 12:41 pm in response to Arsenic-laden rice: As FDA deliberates, Consumer Reports issues guidance

“…proof that almost anything can be made kind of tasty by adding enough good olive oil, shallots, chopped olives, sundried tomatoes and capers.” Indeed. With enough tasty supplementary ingredients, cardboard can be made palatable. Soldiers in the field have practiced this sort of thing on an impromptu basis for several thousand years.

I’m not going to obsess about this somewhat dismal news. I probably buy a couple pounds of rice a year, so consumption rate isn’t really an issue. While...