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RB Holbrook

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
3 years 51 weeks

Recent Comments

If Mr. Entenza believes that the job of Auditor could/should be outsourced to a private concern, then I agree with you, he should be campaigning to abolish the office. He should not be running for the office with the intention of making an extra-constitutional expansion of the office.

Income is not the only criterion for admission. Students must also submit test scores, grades, and letters of recommendation.

No, that would be entirely inappropriate for public schools.

What else would drive him to remove his son's stitches by himself? You can't tell me that a financial macher like Mr. McFadden is really going to quail at $100 for the care of his son.

Why is MinnCAN allowed to hide behind an acronym? Can we get a few words telling us what they support (not just whom, but what)?

Students for Education Reform is bankrolled by hedge funds and educational testing companies. Their corporate driven "education" agenda is no secret:

http://www.thenation.com/blog/172174/astroturf-activism-who-behind-stude...

Posted on 07/24/14 at 12:31 pm in response to Larry Sabato upgrades his rating of McFadden's chances

Mr. McFadden has not enunciated any clear stand on any issues, except some vague conservative boilerplate. His campaign is just showing him as a clean-cut suburban dad--the guy in your cul-de-sac.

Is that all it takes to be a "moderate" in the Republican world today? Don't talk about the Bible, don't brandish a gun, and wear Dockers instead of a cardboard tricorn. His positions can be the same conservative lunacy espoused by any tea partying crackpot, but because he cleans up...

Posted on 07/23/14 at 09:34 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

. . . because he's nothing but waffles.

When his one TV ad emphasizes how "tough" he is, and how he teaches kids to block, I have trouble believing him when he makes his pious promises of addressing any issue in a bipartisan fashion.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 11:38 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

His Medicare proposal will not affect those who are now seniors, or those who will fall into that category in the next decade. They are the powerful ones, because they show up to vote. The ones who will be getting the shaft here are the younger people, who won't be retiring for at least another 20 years (Gens X and Y, the Millenials). Their political power is negligible, so Mr. McFadden can afford to marginalize them.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 02:40 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

An ex-comedian in the Senate? What a horror! It might encourage all kinds of entertainment types to go into politics. Before you know it, some B-movie star would run for Governor of a state, and then President! We might have some has-been commercial spokesman running for President!

No one wants that. You are right to be dismissive.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 11:48 am in response to Bachmann considering 2016 presidential run

Although you probably meant "grifting enterprise," the use of "gifting" looks like a Freudian slip. A Bachmann candidacy would indeed be a type of gift, mostly to lazy stand-up comedians or late night TV hosts who need material ("Let's just mention that Bachmann nut job--she's always good for an easy laugh").