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Ross Williams

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Grand Rapids, MN
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Posted on 07/10/12 at 02:08 pm in response to Marriage amendment to be 'epic fight'?

"How do you spend more than a decade in this country without gaining citizenship, have multiple run-ins with the law, illegally obtain a job while 13 million American citizens are looking for work and NOT get thrown out of the country?"

There are many people who spend their entire lives in this country without gaining citizenship. There are thousands of employers who hire millions of people illegally because they are willing to work hard for low pay. And most of us would be outraged...

Posted on 07/10/12 at 08:21 am in response to Rep. Keith Ellison on MSNBC calling for middle class tax cut extension

"calling on Congress to extend middle class tax cuts for those making under $250,000."

How does a proposal that gives an $8000 tax break to those making $500,000 and a $600 tax break to those making $50,000 match this description?

Posted on 07/09/12 at 05:57 pm in response to Minnesota Democrats on board with Obama tax plan

"Obama announced Monday he wants to extend the George W. Bush-era tax rates for those making less than $250,000 for one year"

This is a lie. Under Obama's plan a person earning $500,000 per year would get an $8000 tax break, more than 10 times the $600 tax break someone at $50,000 around the median income would receive. The reason for that is that people making over $250,000 get all the tax breaks given to those who make up to that amount.

What is at issue is whether there...

Posted on 07/06/12 at 09:53 am in response to Why Americans want to spend more on health care

". For instance, some argue that U.S. health-care spending rose from 5 percent of GDP in 1960 to 18 percent in 2010 because of problems unique to the United States."

Compare this to the two graphs above which end in 2002. The other countries increase have flattened for the last 20 years, while the United States increase steepened. And those trends clearly continued in the last 10 years.

"But this doesn’t explain why all other countries experienced similar increases in their...

Posted on 07/08/12 at 08:34 pm in response to Why Americans want to spend more on health care

The cost of eye surgery isn't going down.

And "the government" doesn't "eliminate competition" for health care services. Most health care is provided privately and paid for with private insurance. Of source "government" does do some things to limit competition, like requiring a medical degree to practice medicine. There is no doubt health care would be cheaper without government regulations. But I doubt very many people are prepared take that idea seriously..

Posted on 07/06/12 at 08:44 am in response to Boom! Boom! Could that be the Twin Cities housing market?

"Nonetheless, it looks as though we're headed in the right direction."

This has been the same media story from the real estate industry for the last five years. Its irresponsible reporting to use people with a vested interest as sources.

But then, they wouldn't be sources if they thought you were going to encourage people to stay out of the market. Real estate agents make money whether the market goes up or down as long as people are buying and selling. Their interest is in...

Posted on 07/06/12 at 07:01 am in response to There's simply no comparison between soda and tobacco

"Beverages, on the other hand, are not, and they can be enjoyed as part of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle."

Sure, water, milk, beer, wine, coffee, tea - there are a lot of "beverages" that are healthy in moderation. But that is not true of the sugar laden beverages and their artificially sweetened alternatives. These beverages are, like tobacco, inherently unhealthy. And, like tobacco, their effects on the body encourage increasing use of the product. While sugar laden...

Posted on 07/02/12 at 09:28 am in response to News Flash: Minnesota billboard scares people for political purposes

"If they were closer to a 60-40 split, we’re talking about a mere 80 vote difference."

No, it would be a 40 vote difference with 120 votes for one candidate and 80 for the other.

There is however a larger problem here. Felons voting is hardly the only "voter fraud" that takes place in the country. Claiming that Minnesota is "#1 in voter fraud" based solely on that measure is, well, fraud.

Posted on 06/29/12 at 01:15 pm in response to More dribs and drabs after the big health care ruling

"The fact that there are 30 such instances should chasten shallow liberal thinking that tends to see the five Republican appointees as a solid bloc. They do stray"

Kennedy strays occasionally. The other four justices have done so a total of 5 times. What is clear is that the five Republicans vote Republican, but not every case is politically partisan.

What is unusual here is that his case was partisan. Roberts voted Republican on the central issue of the commerce clause, but...

Posted on 06/29/12 at 01:48 pm in response to More dribs and drabs after the big health care ruling

As for Tice, lets take a look at his examples:

" The court struck down the Stolen Valor Act that outlawed false claims of military heroism -- with two conservatives on board."

You wonder how the Stolen Valor Act became a Republican issue. The law was introduced by Democratic Senator Kent Conrad in the Senate and Democrat Jon Salazar in the House. It passed the Senate unanimously.

If you look at the overall court docket you will find numerous examples where all four "...