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Lakeville, Farmington, other neighboring districts might vie for superintendent candidates

There are 20 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 23, 2011, titled Lakeville, Farmington, other neighboring districts might vie for superintendent candidates. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Standing in a brightly lit bingo hall, GOP Rep. Charles Bass should have felt a long way from the pressure-cooker of budget politics in Washington.

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dbeall

United States

#1 Apr 23, 2011
the first cuts must be military spending in every foreign country. If all money is borrowed, then all out side activities must be stopped.

all domestic terrorist activities by the US Government must be de-funded.. this includes the DEA, the War-on-People, the War-on-Drugs, the War-on-Mexico, the War-on-Marc-Emery, the War-on-Gamblers and on and on.

We must stop the US Governments terrorist activities against Freedom and the rule of Constitutional law.

The Prohibitionists should all be in prison.. including Obama.
Ted Vandell

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Apr 23, 2011
One war in Iraq - 2 trillion dollars. One war in Afghanistan - 1.75 trillion dollars. Corporate tax breaks - 4 trillion dollars. Tax breaks for the wealthy - 500 billion dollars. Tax base cut by sending American jobs overseas 1 trillion dollars.
It all adds up.
Thank you GOP you've done a great job, the only thing you have left to do is dismantle the social safety net and your job will be complete. America land of the rich and the poor.
e-boogers

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Apr 23, 2011
It's not unclear to Bass how he should vote upon legislation of which he is unclear.
gus

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Apr 23, 2011
This was written to make the GOP look bad. Any side that sticks its neck out with an idea or possible solution will get hammered. Ofcourse the DFL people showed up to hassle instead of listen and think, we are in the new non stop election season. God help us because we can not help ourselves.
CJOR

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Apr 23, 2011
gus wrote:
This was written to make the GOP look bad. Any side that sticks its neck out with an idea or possible solution will get hammered. Ofcourse the DFL people showed up to hassle instead of listen and think, we are in the new non stop election season. God help us because we can not help ourselves.
Sorry Gus, but the GOP beat this article by making themselves look incredibly foolish first, also making republicans in general look foolish by the way.
Mark

Omaha, NE

#7 Apr 24, 2011
gus wrote:
This was written to make the GOP look bad. Any side that sticks its neck out with an idea or possible solution will get hammered. Ofcourse the DFL people showed up to hassle instead of listen and think, we are in the new non stop election season. God help us because we can not help ourselves.
Did you read the article? It pretty much gives examples of both points of veiw. but come on a $15k vouchure for the elderly, will get them about 3 months in a nursing home...then what happens to them? even if they are still living at home, what insurance company is going to issue a policy for some one that is 75 years old?
wakeup

Amery, WI

#8 Apr 24, 2011
Madicare has to change or it will not be there for you or any one else. Where is the Democrats plan? Funyy thing, they have no plan (only a spech). They are willing to drive this country over a cliff. The only plan the Dems have is to offer nothing and demaogue. We have a spending problem and we can't fix it by raising taxes. We have to have actual spending cuts. Why is the federal budget about 1 trillion more than in 2008?
dan

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Apr 24, 2011
Do facts matter to anybody? The gap between rich and poor continues to widen(fact). If you lower their tax rate will that increase this disparity? YES!! How can anyone that isn't in that group of wealthy people approve of this plan? Does anyone believe that the rich are going to give their money (the trickle down effest) to you because they are caring people?
1% of the population earns 42% of the revenue (fact). The top 10% of the population has as much money as the other 90% combined(fact).
The tax system is so incredibly unfair and we let it happen because we fight amongst each other for the meager scraps left over.
Our politicians are paid for by the wealthy and they legislate for them. Are you okay with that?
Governor Walker's conversation with who he thought was Mr. Koch says it all. He's not legislating for anyone but his rich contributors. He's pitting us against one another and he's winning because we can't see that the American dream is dying with legislation that isn't in our best interests.
Please remember that we should be pushing for an improved lifestyle for everyone instead of the, "Since I'm getting screwed by my employee everyone should."
This is the fight that will determine our future!
Do you want to be a slave to the rich and not have any rights? That is where this is headed and if you don't understand that, you better learn quickly because our government has become a reversible Robin Hood, a hero that now steals from the poor and gives to the rich. From sports stadiums to subsidies for businesses to war our government seems to not have anything left for the people.
Wayne

Johns Island, SC

#10 Apr 24, 2011
wakeup wrote:
Madicare has to change or it will not be there for you or any one else. Where is the Democrats plan? Funyy thing, they have no plan (only a spech). They are willing to drive this country over a cliff. The only plan the Dems have is to offer nothing and demaogue. We have a spending problem and we can't fix it by raising taxes. We have to have actual spending cuts. Why is the federal budget about 1 trillion more than in 2008?
For starters, we're still fighting two wars overseas. Follow that up by a recession, that had the government not increased spending, would have been even worse. Sprinkle in a tax system that is broken. Stop with the nonsense that the Dems are pushing us to edge, both parties have a hand in this. And lastly, let's look ourselves squarely in the mirror and ask what sacrifices have we made. We all want what we believe we are "owed" by the government but are the first to point out how everyone one else should give something up (i.e., tax the wealthy more or reduce benefits for poor people). Spending cuts AND tax increases are needed.
dan

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Apr 24, 2011
berthakyle wrote:
Let me tell you one thing that the best health insurance plans has completely different set of meaning for different type of people. For those who are rich, the plan which can earn them more is best. However, those who are in the middle class have different ideas. They think that insurance plan is the best for which they will have to pay minimum premium. However, the poor person does not even know that what is health insurance? If you are one of them search online for **** and get smart about insurance.
Do you understand what you have written? I don't. By the way, just because a person is poor doesn't mean they're stupid. Maybe you don't understand insurance either.
dan

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Apr 24, 2011
Ted Vandell wrote:
One war in Iraq - 2 trillion dollars. One war in Afghanistan - 1.75 trillion dollars. Corporate tax breaks - 4 trillion dollars. Tax breaks for the wealthy - 500 billion dollars. Tax base cut by sending American jobs overseas 1 trillion dollars.
It all adds up.
Thank you GOP you've done a great job, the only thing you have left to do is dismantle the social safety net and your job will be complete. America land of the rich and the poor.
Why are these facts so hard for others to understand? Why do you think we have no money left for people? How blind are Americans?
Alan

Shakopee, MN

#13 Apr 24, 2011
Here's where the rubber meets the road. I generally like Ryan's plan, but the Republicans can't bull rush this through like the democrats did Obamacare last year. We need to understand the issues and then educate and persuade the people. Certainly, significant changes need to be made. Medicare is funded by a payroll tax that hasn't been sufficient for years. The fix is not to raise the income tax. It's either to raise the payroll tax or limit the growth of spending. Either way, spending is going to have to be limited as the rate of growth in the program is so much greater than the growth of the economy that it's completely unsustainable. The reason for this due to the structure of the US health care market overall and Medicare specifically. The way it is, there is no governor on spending. Beneficiaries have no connection to the costs, so they just demand more. Politicians could cap spending, but haven't the back bone. The fairest and only effective solution is for beneficiaries to share in the costs. The real beauty of the Ryan plan is that the actual implementation is moved to the states. Different states will be allowed to implement programs to fit their needs and the various solutions can be compared so the best solutions can be identified. States can raise their own taxes to improve their plan as they see fit if their budget allows. Unlimited freebies from the feds sounds great, but it simply doesn't work. The argument should be easy to make to people with any reason, but the argument must be made. That's what leadership is. --Happy Easter
david

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Apr 24, 2011
It is easy to see why we are in trouble, when you have one party that is one brick short of a full load and the other party is an elevator that doesn't go to the top floor, in the middle you have a president who doesn't have one lick of common sense. Get the picture. Not enough bricks, elevators not reaching the top floor, president who is not the brightest bulb in the box, yep we are in trouble.
david

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Apr 24, 2011
Alan wrote:
Here's where the rubber meets the road. I generally like Ryan's plan, but the Republicans can't bull rush this through like the democrats did Obamacare last year. We need to understand the issues and then educate and persuade the people. Certainly, significant changes need to be made. Medicare is funded by a payroll tax that hasn't been sufficient for years. The fix is not to raise the income tax. It's either to raise the payroll tax or limit the growth of spending. Either way, spending is going to have to be limited as the rate of growth in the program is so much greater than the growth of the economy that it's completely unsustainable. The reason for this due to the structure of the US health care market overall and Medicare specifically. The way it is, there is no governor on spending. Beneficiaries have no connection to the costs, so they just demand more. Politicians could cap spending, but haven't the back bone. The fairest and only effective solution is for beneficiaries to share in the costs. The real beauty of the Ryan plan is that the actual implementation is moved to the states. Different states will be allowed to implement programs to fit their needs and the various solutions can be compared so the best solutions can be identified. States can raise their own taxes to improve their plan as they see fit if their budget allows. Unlimited freebies from the feds sounds great, but it simply doesn't work. The argument should be easy to make to people with any reason, but the argument must be made. That's what leadership is.--Happy Easter
There is no real beauty in Ryans plan, it just pushes the problem down the road 10 more years.
bruiser2

Little Falls, MN

#16 Apr 24, 2011
As long as Generation Greed maintains their entitlement mentality we are doomed. It isn't your neighbor's responsibility to take care of you. Didn't their used to be a time when people were embarassed to advocate the theft of someone else's property?
Curmudgeon

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Apr 24, 2011
Wow maybe the stupids of this country are starting to wake up? Be still my heart.

Since: Apr 08

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

#18 Apr 24, 2011
Yes where is the democratic plan for containing the overspending??

And don't point to the 12 year speech the anointed one gave, it wasn't a plan, it was a political speech period.
Frank W

Roxboro, NC

#20 Apr 24, 2011
With all due respect, if the same people that were blasting the Democrats two years ago at town hall meetings are now blasting the GOP for doing what they asked them to do two years ago, I'd be surprised.

Ryan's budget is one based in reality, which is something that Pelosi and Obama have spent the past four years ignoring, while piling up $5 trillion in debt.
VRY

Pittsburgh, PA

#21 Apr 24, 2011
Frank W wrote:
With all due respect, if the same people that were blasting the Democrats two years ago at town hall meetings are now blasting the GOP for doing what they asked them to do two years ago, I'd be surprised.
Ryan's budget is one based in reality, which is something that Pelosi and Obama have spent the past four years ignoring, while piling up $5 trillion in debt.
2 years ago those people did NOT ask the GOP to dismantle Medicare and give the money to the wealthy. "Reality"? Old people not being able to find a private company that will insure them is what you call reality? Pay out of your own retired pocket or die, is what you call reality?
Frank W

Greer, SC

#22 Apr 25, 2011
VRY wrote:
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2 years ago those people did NOT ask the GOP to dismantle Medicare and give the money to the wealthy. "Reality"? Old people not being able to find a private company that will insure them is what you call reality? Pay out of your own retired pocket or die, is what you call reality?
My parents are two of 'those people' that you mention. This is not about dismantling Medicare, and if you were paying attention, you'd know that.

And what's wrong with privatizing part of this? I continue to be amazed by the number of people (such as yourself) who are willing to put absolute faith into an entity which has mismananged itself into a $14.5 trillion debt, and shows no signs of reversing that incompetence. You really think the federal government can do a better job of managing healthcare than the private sector?

If you think so, you might want to look up the term 'IPAB'. That's the panel of so-called health-care experts that will decide what gets paid for, and who gets coverage...aka, a death panel.

You can demonized the private sector health insurance companies all you want, but know this: a private company cannot force me to give them my money; they must COMPETE for it. What this means is, that if the services they offer are not good enough, I won't buy their product. If a whole lot of people feel the same way, that company will go out of business. I have a CHOICE.

If however, Obama gets his way, and we have single payer health-care, we have no choice. We must accept what the federal government decrees, and we have no place else to turn.

You want to surrender your freedom for the 'security' offered by the Fed? Good luck.

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