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Richard Schulze

Walker, MN
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Posted on 08/24/14 at 07:53 pm in response to GOP Supreme Court candidate vows to stay in race

Mike McFadden has understandably rejected Michelle MacDonald. I don’t understand why Jeff Johnson remains resolute in his support of MacDonald.

The rich world has as many different health care systems as there are countries, some with single provider, some with single payer, some with various types of insurance company. The common element that makes them all cheaper than the US is that in each case anti-monopoly laws are waived or ignored, and all of the buyers of healthcare band together to negotiate as a single party with the various suppliers of healthcare. This single-buyer monopoly advantage keeps costs down. Until the US...

Posted on 06/20/14 at 09:24 pm in response to Have voters hit the mute button on Obama?

Mr. Obama is the chief executive of the largest corporation on earth, the US government. As a manager he is completely out of his depth. He has not hired experienced managers bring strength to the White House or the cabinet where it has glaring weaknesses. He has made political choices where he should have been focusing on competency instead, and is suffering political consequences for those managerial errors. Worse, I don't think he understands where he went wrong. He's not even familiar...

Posted on 06/22/14 at 07:01 pm in response to Have voters hit the mute button on Obama?

Running a country is harder than running a company (less power), but there are many similarities in the two executive decisions. Almost all of the work is going to be done by your employees, so choosing good managers and evaluating their work well is vital. Politicians with only legislative background don't have experience setting goals, planning, evaluating, hiring and firing, and they don't have a stable of people ready to go to work for them who know how to make things work in a big...

A prerequisite for progress on this issue is for the gun control crowd to abandon their fantasy stereotypes about American gun owners. The politicians know who the gun owners are and they know they vote. They respect gun owners. Only by changing the minds of those perfectly rational middle class gun owners will gun control ever progress legislatively. It won't be easy, but start by treating them with respect.

Posted on 04/28/14 at 01:56 pm in response to From FDR to today’s GOP: How the meaning of ‘freedom’ changed

FDR and most politicians, particularly Democrats, have fought to keep Social Security a universal benefit, rather than a means-tested anti-poverty program. If you cap benefits to the wealthy (but not their contributions), I guarantee you that the cap on benefits will further decrease (if only in real terms) in the future. I favor that, but a lot of middle class Americans don't. I think the primary value of Social Security is as a minimum income to prevent poverty amongst the elderly. If we...

Posted on 04/28/14 at 07:37 pm in response to From FDR to today’s GOP: How the meaning of ‘freedom’ changed

The money you 'paid into' the system when you were working went to pay for your father's generation. It's gone. Your children's taxes will pay for you. But there aren't enough children, and your generation is living too long. That's the problem for every one of these pension systems. They were fine as long as the workforce grew and life spans didn't. Whoops.

Obamacare is in trouble because it tried to make a big social change while hiding who would pay for that change. The honest truth has always been that the rich, young, and healthy, and those on existing plans, will have to pay more for less, so that the poor, old, and sick can receive more. Had that been made clear, the present policy cancellations would be expected. Instead, Obama made every effort to claim that Obamacare would give us something for nothing. People hate being lied to, even...

Obamacare is the only major social welfare legislation ever passed with support from only one party. Until the Democrats find a way to change it that brings in some Republicans, it will remain a target for the Republicans. What did the Democrats expect? Do you think Social Security or Medicare would have lasted this long with only one party's support? Obamacare lives on borrowed time until it can be modified to receive bipartisan support. Eventually the Republicans will have the power to...

We'll get to see the affects of the ACA long after the web site gets straightened out. What is little acknowledged is that there will inevitably be further changes, no matter who is elected in 2014 and 2016. Both Democrats and Republicans will want further reform, and at least in small ways, they will get it. The most likely changes are reductions in the penalties for businesses, and lowering the minimum standards for the basic plans to reduce costs. The overall structure will likely be...