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Thomas Swift

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St. Paul, MN
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Posted on 04/21/14 at 10:06 am in response to Minimum wage and the price of a sandwich

But I object to everyone's harping on the service industry as a bell weather for low wage employment.

More important is the effect it has on manual labor involved in the remaining manufacturing sectors.

There is a reason we can buy a 4G computer for $400 today, its a little think called automation. Automation has earned me a very nice living...by providing it. Not so much the people my machines replace.

Most workers building consumer electronics make more than the...

Posted on 04/21/14 at 12:00 pm in response to Minimum wage and the price of a sandwich

claims that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as Democrats want, would result in 500,000 less workers by the second half of 2016 but raise 900,000 families out of poverty.

Seems to me that the CBO ignores the fact that the price of goods and services will rise to meet the new minimum wage. And do we really want to put another half million out of jobs they probably just landed?

The benefit more people on welfare provides to the left aside, are Democrats so blinded they...

Posted on 04/21/14 at 09:40 am in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

Sure. It couldn't be that comments from Chavez like this had anything to do with the wholesale evacuation of capital...

"Chavez says capitalism may have ended life on Mars"

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/22/us-venezuela-chavez-mars-idUST...

It's not very amusing to...

Posted on 04/02/14 at 01:56 pm in response to Leitz to Congress: MNsure 'stable, secure and successful'

144,000 lost their coverage in Minnesota, and they've signed up 169,000; the majority to Medicaid and other subsidized plans. MNSure is already readying the taxpayers for a $5 million deficit..

...but it's stable and successful.

If this disaster wasn't sure to cause much suffering in the next two years, I'd laugh.

Posted on 04/03/14 at 08:55 am in response to Leitz to Congress: MNsure 'stable, secure and successful'

That's a pretty compelling argument, Lance, except for the part where Minnesota (and every other state)has regulated what insurance policies must offer since NAIC was founded in 1871...oh, you didn't make that observation, did you? Well there we are.

If there were policies being sold that didn't cover hospitalization (and I'm unable to find evidence of that) it was done with the blessing of every legislature since the early 70's, to say nothing of the individual choice customers made...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 02:35 pm in response to Leitz to Congress: MNsure 'stable, secure and successful'

"The argument that its 169K in and 144K (with bigger national numbers) is simply not true."

You may have a point, but we can't be sure because the White House (and MNSure) refuses to divulge such demographic information, which, oddly enough, is at the core of what congress is expecting Leitz to explain; big $ was pumped in, where's the beef?

Given the happy dance Democrats are doing today, the reticence and secrecy surrounding basic data is particularly telling. Does anyone...

Posted on 02/26/14 at 02:56 pm in response to Obama to preview transportation funding debate in St. Paul

An empty, $250 million dollar train station is just *so* appropriate for this speech.

Fitz is a very good guy, but he ran with the promise to oppose same sex unions.

He obviously miscalculated the importance of that promise to his constituents and has paid the price for it, as will, I expect, the 6 DFL incumbents running for re-election in districts that were similarly blind-sided by the vote.

That being said, I do believe we have not seen the last of David FitzSimmons.

You're suggesting that women who manage a home and care for children are not equal partners...is that right?

And "housewife" is some manner of perjoritive...is that right?

My sister is a "housewife".

She manages the finances, cares for three children and makes a comfortable home for her family. My brother in law delivers pop for a living; they are not wealthy by anyone's definition. They made a choice to fit their lives around their priorities, and trust me here, they are equal partners in every respect.

My other sister works outside the home. I don't see her as any less a caring mother. Fact is, the only mockery I've seen related to the issue...