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Robert Gauthier

Saint Paul , Minnesota
Commenter for
2 years 6 weeks

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Posted on 04/11/14 at 07:32 am in response to For Minnesota's maxed-out donors, court ruling gives new leeway

You paid fair market value for common resources like roads, education and health care access. I doubt you or anyone does. That is why government exists, to address problems that are not profitable. If money could be made on these issues, it would be.

Posted on 04/11/14 at 07:26 am in response to Women's bill: the DFL social agenda even Republicans voted for

Had to be formed because of institutionalized discrimination, just like the Republicans treat anyone who vote against them.

Spend millions of dollars to distort the labor market by removing workers rights and protections. Minimum wage laws do NOTHING to effect prices in study after study. More Faux News facts.

Posted on 04/05/14 at 09:35 pm in response to Ortman marches to the right with endorsements, positions

Is that poll was national, Ortmann is running in Minnesota, which thankfully is better educated and knowledgable than the typical national voter. Most national voters are low information, easily swayed by ads and news entertainment, much like the commenter

Posted on 04/01/14 at 07:00 pm in response to ACA has really turned that corner

The lost insurance argument, the paid or not paid argument , the did not have insurance argument and net being lost vs. sign ups are desperate spins on the truth. Between 13 and 17 M have insurance that did not, the payment rate is about 85% after 30 days, about 35-40% of the signers were "indestructibles" and there is another group, the off exchange QHP 's that has been estimated to be between 4-6M, so we may have as many as 17-23M newly insured citizens,
So now we have reduced the...

Posted on 03/26/14 at 03:32 pm in response to Stephen Walt and a 'realist' take on NATO membership for Ukraine

Fox News?

Posted on 03/26/14 at 03:41 pm in response to Minimum-wage stalemate: Will Senate accept House indexing offer?

That states are too expensive to provide services. Conservative ideology and purpose are not always the same. Most outsourcing and union bashing is to finagle businesses into public services and to decrease competition. Walker did not try to bust unions over benefits, they had already conceded them. Rather it was to allow for profit education companies and charter schools to siphon off tax dollars.
Mr Tester posts so much that he forgets that he has told the audience here that he...

Posted on 03/26/14 at 03:46 pm in response to It's time to rein in predatory contracting of government services

Outsourcing is the conservative panacea that is used to excuse the grab for public dollars at the taxpayers expense. Mr Tester has stated in the past he contracts for state entities as a software consultant. I would suggest his analysis is self agrandizing.

A fancy looking building, no doubt, but new energy standards and LEED building standards call for natural light, skylights, energy conserving materials, etc.
Could it be possible that is part of the design and the criticism is purely partisan nonsense at election time?

Quarterly cash flow and budgeting. The state is still paying schools back, still fixing a number of short term debts handed to them by TPaw and his buddies. Also, there are a number of savings via cuts Dayton has imposed. The state's cash position is due to economic recovery, I.e. Capital gains and sales tax, nt just income taxes. The reasonable thing to do is keep bonding aggressively due to low interest rates (costs to stAte) and aggressive repair of infrastructure and fixing the...