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Rus Schultz

Sain Paul Park, MN
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3 years 35 weeks

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Posted on 07/01/13 at 03:25 pm in response to Sometimes the bad guys win — and worse

The NRA opposes everything because they don't want to end up like smokers.

With smoking, it was first a waitress coming up to a smoker and saying, "could you move to the other side of the building to the smoking section". Then "There is no smoking section anymore, could you go smoke at the bar?" Then "You can't smoke at the bar anymore, could you go outside?" Then, could you move away from the door and around the side of the building 50 feet from the door" Then "No Smoking in the...

Posted on 07/02/13 at 01:00 pm in response to Sometimes the bad guys win — and worse

Todd, I understand where you are coming from, but how do the purposed solutions help with the problem. How do expanded background checks stop accidental deaths by kids? Are you suggesting people with young children should be banned from owning guns and we should do background checks for these? Guns are making it into the hands of criminals, all through illegal means, so how do background checks expanded on legal sources help this?

Your hearts in the right place, but I don't...

I would agree, there are problems that will arise if the federalist approach will be taken, but this inworkability can be worked around with proper planning; having a valid living will, power of attorney, etc...

It's not that the federalist approach isn't workable, it's simply inconvenient. Many non-gay married couples will run into situations where this happens as well, live-in boyfriend for 5 years, mother gets incapacitated, what happens to her child from a previous marriage...

Posted on 05/09/13 at 08:30 am in response to Listen to Minnesotans: 66% support raising tobacco price $1.50 a pack

Why not just raise it to $200 a pack and be done with it? If the goal truly is to stop people from smoking, then set a rate that stops people from smoking. Stop treating smokers as the go-to scapegoat for revenue raising with one of the easiest to raise taxes in the history of taxes under the guise of wanting to improve health. That may be a side effect, but the reason you see the small increase is about money, not about health.

Posted on 04/25/13 at 09:05 am in response to Legislators should rethink costly renewable-energy mandates

Nuclear has infinitely more upsides than down, especially when you look into the latest in nuclear technology, like Gen IV nuclear reactors which should be ready to go in the next decade that create 100x more energy from the same amount of resources and waste that lasts only 100 years rather than thousands, and because of the smaller quantities needed the waste can be stored safely on the nuclear sites rather than looking for another Yucca Mountain type place.

Or Thorium nuclear,...

Posted on 02/11/13 at 03:19 pm in response to Rick Nolan calls for campaign-finance constitutional amendment

Wanting to remove the idea of corporate person-hood would have a huge effect on law and precedent going back to the 1800's, people act like this is a new thing since Citizen's United, and it's not. To say individuals have free speech, but a group of individuals do not seems to be counter to the right of freedom of speech and association, and would have far reaching effects. Would groups like labor unions then not have the constitutional right to protest? Or groups not have the 1st...

Posted on 02/11/13 at 08:06 pm in response to Rick Nolan calls for campaign-finance constitutional amendment

It would greatly benefit a corporation not to have personhood. A corporation would owe nothing in taxes then, they would have no liability, instead the owners could be sued (which would be almost all of us with 401k's), What responsibilities additional responsibilities would you like corporations to take on?

Example, if BP wasn't considered a person, instead just a business like any standard one, what motivation is there for the board of directors to pay any damages? the company...

Posted on 02/10/13 at 11:35 pm in response to Home care workers should be allowed to form a union

What law is stopping home care workers from being able to form a union? If anyone wants to unionize they can, that's constitutionally protected under the right of association. That's a private contract that is between you (and your co-workers in the union) and your employer though, any employer can make their place a closed shop if they chose to.

Of course, I believe the opposite as well, that forcing someone into a union that doesn't want to be violates their constitutional rights...

Posted on 02/04/13 at 02:19 pm in response to Terrestrial radio is losing listeners — and the industry war

Radio has been dead for me since podcasts honestly. They're infinitely more convenient since I can stop and start them on my schedule as I get through a workday, usually no commercials, and such a huge variety that I cannot get no matter how big the local market is. Plus no FCC, so they can say whatever, which is great for the comedy podcasts.

No more hard breaks at the top of the hour for traffic, traffic, traffic, weather, traffic and weather. It's just a great freedom.

Posted on 02/04/13 at 02:28 pm in response to Study confirms Minnesota's tax system is unfair

This is a never ending debate until we implement a flat tax in all honesty. We have a huge number of regressive taxes that the state depends on, like the sales tax, cigarette and gas taxes, all state fees, etc... As sales rise and fall with the economy, these taxes go up and down, but it's always true that these will always impact the poor and middle class the most. Why not just get rid of all of these and have a flat tax of 9% across the board? It would be great for tourism, have people...