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Tom Anderson

Coon Rapids, MN
Commenter for
6 years 18 weeks

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Posted on 11/12/14 at 09:19 pm in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

Why the surprise? The Presidential race starts in January two years before the election, at least since Al Gore launched his bid many years ago. Probably the only thing that has kept announcements from coming earlier is the Christmas holiday shopping crush.

Posted on 11/06/14 at 08:42 pm in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

"Repaid funds..." as required by law so it didn't matter who was in charge, just how the economy was doing after the recession.

"Boosted LGA funding..." where most of the money went to the metro area, including, after a decade of no funding, rural area Coon Rapids.

"Expanded Medicaid eligibility..." which far and away aided more people (by sheer numbers) in the metro area, especially Mpls./St. Paul.

"Increased funding for transportation construction..." by a fairly...

Posted on 10/28/14 at 07:48 pm in response to DFL has cash edge in last week of campaign

Be running away with any races? The economy is booming, taxes are low, green energy is making gains everywhere that the President wants it to, and retirees are assured that their Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid benefits won't be touched. This doesn't even cover the falling cost of college (with government picking up more of the tab and set to wipe away outstanding debt) and more subsidized daycare, falling healthcare costs, and more. The thought that any Democrat seats might be lost...

Posted on 10/28/14 at 07:38 pm in response to What education issues are influencing voters? Not all-day-K, poll finds

"Extending it to families all over the state would put day-care and tuition payments back into the checking accounts of households across the economic strata."

Unless your income or property taxes go up to pay for the "free" all-day kindergarten. This permanent increase in education expenses, while probably a good thing for some disadvantaged youth, is going to cost a lot of money that someone has to pay for.

Posted on 10/22/14 at 09:25 pm in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

Now that all day kindergarten is permanent (there wasn't money provided to build the classrooms and hire the buses) that adds to all future budgets. I'm sure that the State will keep paying for the tuition increases that the state colleges and universities ask for every year calling it a "freeze" which costs hundreds of millions more. Perhaps the State can keep providing millions each year to cities in the name of "property tax relief" even though many just spent the money figuring that...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 06:42 pm in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

Please fill in the blank (something about taxing the rich I'll bet).

Posted on 10/18/14 at 09:56 pm in response to Using common sense, we can improve our democracy

"Less than a month after signing the(2014) farm bill into law, the president proposed new subsidies for ethanol blender pumps in his FY 2015 budget proposal."

And some of the previous subsidies did just end last year, which doesn't really count as "years".

And don't forget the government mandates to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline at the pump.

Posted on 10/16/14 at 09:25 pm in response to Small-business group endorses Johnson for governor

Relax people. There is nothing wrong with some people choosing to vote for someone other than Governor Dayton. The Governor is a lock for another four years so enjoy the prosperity.

I did sense some snarkiness from the author about private sector jobs vs. public sector, but pay him no mind, what matters is the Minnesota is essentially at full employment thanks to Governor Dayton's leadership. Hopefully the unemployment rate is still at 4.1% in four years.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 09:01 pm in response to Pork industry should stop defending indefensible practices

"and the mental toll the deprivation takes on these highly intelligent animals is also enormous."

Did scientists ask the hogs or give them mental tests before and after confinement?

Cites please.

Posted on 10/15/14 at 06:13 pm in response to Pork industry should stop defending indefensible practices

Not sure how dogs work their way into a discussion about hog mental capacity but I'm sure it makes sense to someone. As to my point... Cites please.