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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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I’m not prepared to argue the minutiae of international trade agreements, but Professor Johnston’s last paragraph is one that rings true. Even when the natural resources at hand steer economic decisions in a particular direction, as they appear to do in the Iron Range, the long term health of the area economy pretty much requires alternative strategies, occupations and products.

I understand that it’s currently politically necessary to make the required noises about protecting...

I second Jody Rooney's comment about the usefulness of a definition of "real GDP," and for the same reason.

The last chart will be difficult to absorb by ideologues who insist that the government is taking over every sector of the economy.

“… Medtronic is planning to cover an estimated $65 million in special excise taxes that apply to board members and officers of the company.”

Them that has, gets. Them that don't, don't.


A 1st District Congressional candidate whose misogyny is right out there for everyone to see. A Supreme Court candidate busted for DUI – and then convicted in absentia by pure-as-the-driven-snow party leaders so they can exclude her from GOP home territory at the state fair. An inherited-millions candidate in the 8th District touting the value of hard work for everyone else, and in the neighborhood crazy lady’s 6th District, Tom Emmer, he of the $100,000 waiter’s income from the...

Posted on 08/21/14 at 02:44 pm in response to Value of Vikings up $319 million since signing stadium deal

Hmmm… That $300+ million increase in the value of the Vikings franchise is quite close to the amount Minneapolis taxpayers are currently obligated – without a public vote – to contribute to the construction of the new Vikings stadium, whether they like football or not. Could it be that the construction of that new stadium is largely responsible for the Vikings' increased value? I look forward to Mr. Wilf making a $300 million contribution to the City of Minneapolis to absolve city taxpayers...

The very notion of “Christian values” is oxymoronic. Which brand of Christianity does the Family Research Council purport to speak for? Coptic Christians? Albigensians? Southern Baptists? Episcopalians? Catholics? Lutherans? Methodists?

One of the few consistent messages of the New Testament is tolerance, a value notably lacking in much of the rhetoric heard from what is charitably called the “Christian Right.” Much of what passes for Christian conservatism is a kind of knee-jerk...

Posted on 08/15/14 at 10:23 am in response to In first budget, Mayor Hodges proposes tax levy increase for Minneapolis

When I asked him directly last year, former Mayor Ryback assured me that I would personally benefit from more residents in Minneapolis because my taxes would go down. I was suspicious of that claim, and Mayor Hodges has now provided a reason for that suspicion. Now that Minneapolis is back above 400,000 residents, the new mayor proposes a tax increase rather than a decrease. Those of us on fixed incomes are never happy to see taxes go up.

Property taxes in Minneapolis are among the...

Posted on 08/15/14 at 04:46 pm in response to In first budget, Mayor Hodges proposes tax levy increase for Minneapolis

Just out of curiosity, what is it about the sentence “…Real dollar per capita LGA to Minneapolis has declined 52% from 2002 to 2014.” that makes it a 'straw man'? Assuming the numbers to be accurate, reduced funding from the state – especially if the lion's share of LGA money goes to the two biggest cities – would likely lead to higher tax rates in order to balance the budget unless services were cut to deal with the shortfall. If LGA funding has declined by half in the dozen years since Mr...

Posted on 08/15/14 at 08:10 am in response to Judge allows off-duty cops to pack firearms at Vikings games

…is delusional.

“…We are preaching a belief that the poor can become the middle class and the middle class can become rich. And anyone who starts with nothing can achieve anything in this state.” This might be encouraging if it were true, but even a cursory attention to economic realities of the past couple decades will show that it's demonstrably false. A few people have won the ubercapitalist lottery, but for most, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, nationally and...

It's unlikely that research into potential water pollution from fracking that's conducted by the oil company doing the fracking will produce results suggesting even faintly that the oil company's activities might be related to any resulting water pollution.

Lack of staff and funding is an effective tactic that fits right in with the Republican bias against over-regulation, and my hunch is that several members of Congress get significant amounts of campaign money from "people" whose...