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Minneapolis, MN

Plastic Bags, Lake Calhoun and Goats

Of course the underlying problem is human stupidity --- OBVIOUSLY. HOWEVER, the presence of massive numbers of stupid humans results in needing to ban the items they so stupidly release into our environment. Not sure why, but paper bags have been used for decades, and we do not see them EVERYWHERE as we see the plastic bags. Paper bags do not fly about so easily, weigh more.  (Apr 7, 2016 | post #6)

Minneapolis, MN

Plastic Bags, Lake Calhoun and Goats

You should know that regular City business needs to proceed, despite criminal activity in the precincts. Plastic bags are an abomination, and need to be severely curtailed. Not sure about the Native name for the lake, seems like there are other mainstream politicians or artists or outstanding citizens after which a major lake could get its name. And yes --- the Minneapolis City Council IS nuts, just not for the reasons you list.  (Mar 28, 2016 | post #3)

Minneapolis, MN

IQ test

You lost ANY credibility when you misspelled "rudimentary. " Rudimentary Adjective Basic; minimal; with less than, or only the minimum, necessary. (wikipedia.com)  (Mar 28, 2016 | post #13)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

Sadly, it appears that actual discussion with you is not possible, since your replies are merely insults and put-downs, free of anything meaningful. Typical "conservative !"  (Mar 2, 2016 | post #46)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

It appears that you are unable to absorb the Facts I have outlined here. There is ample evidence that cutting taxes is NOT "part of the equation," if getting out of debt is the goal. I cited several Factual examples, but you do not appear to have absorbed them. Whose policies can fix the massive deficits? THE DEMOCRATS! They alone are committed to raising revenues thereby cutting deficits -- Republicans ALL promise to vastly increase deficits and the cumulative debt. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM! BTW, roads & bridges, clean air & water, safe food & drugs, and health care are NOT "giveaways! " All of those things suffer in the Ryan budget, which EVERY SINGLE ONE of the GOP candidates promise to implement. Be careful what you ask for --- you MAY get it!  (Mar 1, 2016 | post #40)

Minneapolis, MN

Mpls. Man Sentenced To 45 Years For Sex Assault Of Infant...

An infant? My first reaction is one of utter incredulity, followed by utter disgust. NO SYMPATHY for this perp!  (Feb 29, 2016 | post #7)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

Help me out here. You KNOW that Republican policies are destructive to the Country, and balloons deficits and cumulative debt --- yet you "vote republican every time?" Just what "process " are you attempting to speed up? Enquiring minds need to know!  (Feb 29, 2016 | post #38)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

It is not "God," it is the Undead Ideology that Republicans worship. The "trickle-down " or "supply side" economic theory has been solidly disproven by actual historical results, many times. Yet, Republicans' worship of that Golden Calf is unabated, highly enthusiastic, and very much alive in the platforms of the GOP candidates. ALL of them promise gigantic tax cuts (far larger than Bush Lite) coupled with vastly increased military spending --- AND promise to balance the budget! These promises are completely INSANE --- yet their Zombie followers blithely believe them, and call for more. Anyone who is genuinely concerned about our fiscal future has NO BUSINESS voting Republican!  (Feb 28, 2016 | post #35)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

Sorry, but you do NOT have History and Facts supporting your assertion. When Pappy Bush saw deficits increasing, he went back on his "No New Taxes" promise, and kept the deficit lower. When Clinton raised taxes, conservatives howled about causing a recession -- yet those two tax increases led to a booming economy and annual budget SURPLUSES. Using your style of reasoning, Bush Lite cut taxes, and deficits skyrocketed. Taking more from producers is the ONLY way to get rid of massive debt! Minnesota offers a great real-world example. Our Republican governor Pawlenty cut taxes, and refused to allow any new taxes --- and ran up a $5 BILLION deficit! He creatively invented deficit spending at the State level, by "borrowing " billions from Education. We then elected a Democrat, who promptly raised taxes on those at the top. Despite howling from conservatives about "destroying " the state, Minnesota repaid the lost billions to the schools, increased Education spending, and ran up a $1.9 BILLION surplus. No Fortune 500 companies left, and Minnesota has been highly rated for business climate AFTER those tax increases! Those states subscribing to the failed policies you advocate -- Kansas in particular -- have run up massive deficits! Some Kansas school districts had to end their academic year early in 2015 -- there simply was not enough funding available. Gov Brownback set out to create a "conservative paradise," and while he may have done that for those at the top (e.g., Koch Bros), the state is facing increasing deficits and very painful budget cutting -- all because the promised "tax cut stimulus" NEVER HAPPENED. Cutting taxes does NOT stimulate the economy. It never has. It never will!  (Feb 28, 2016 | post #34)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

My response to you is identical: check out the candidates' own web sites, to become fully informed about their proposed tax policies and promises of greatly increased military spending. You don't need to trust me --- go directly to them.You will see that I have Facts supporting my argument.  (Feb 27, 2016 | post #28)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

If I view the 2016 race through your lens (national debt), then the ONLY choice I could make is Democrat. For a quick review of Republican candidates' tax policy proposals, check out this article: http://www.vox.com /2016/2/25/1111052 6/gop-tax-plans The evidence is clear: GOP candidates ALL plan massive tax cuts for those at the top, AND promise to greatly increase military spending. ALL OF THEM! Don't want "liberal brainwashing? " Go to their websites and review their promises for yourself. The bottom line for your national debt concern: Republicans promise to GREATLY increase that debt, while Democrats promise to raise tax revenues which lessens the annual deficit AND lowers the steady increase of the national debt. You may not enjoy hearing these facts --- yet these Facts are stubborn things. Again --- you need not trust me, just go to their websites and see for yourself.  (Feb 27, 2016 | post #27)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

Your rather minimal response tells us that you really have no words of rebuttal to offer. You may not like what I said, but that does not mean the Facts aren't real & verifiable.  (Feb 25, 2016 | post #23)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

How sad more Republicans were not concerned with "running out of credit" and "running out of money" when Bush Lite was in office! How odd these concerns only appear when a Democrat is President! Also -- if you are truly concerned with these fiscal issues, you should CLEARLY vote Democrat! ALL the remaining GOP candidates have promised to slash revenues WHILE raising spending. ALL OF THEM! Economist Paul Krugman has labeled the Ryan Budget (which they all support) as "the most fraudulent budget in our history." It relies both on the wonders of "trickle-down " economics (which has NEVER, EVER WORKED), AND assumes a MUCH smaller military budget. YES -- the same candidates who pledge to honor/follow the Ryan Budget, with its vastly smaller military, ALSO promise to raise military spending ABOVE CURRENT LEVELS! The welfare portion of the Federal budget is about 1%. The military portion is over 50%. Maybe, just maybe, the place to audit for BILLIONS of dollars of "free stuff" is the military budget! GOP Mantra: "Leave No Defense Contractor Behind."  (Feb 22, 2016 | post #20)

Minneapolis, MN

Scalia found with pillow over head!!!!

According to Wayne Madsen of Infowars.com, on FEBRUARY 19, 2016 reported that "The 36 guests, including Scalia, were all staying at the ranch free of charge." The resort owner, John B. Poindexter, "...claims traditionally he does not charge his VIP guests for their stay at a number of the getaways Scalia attended." Of course, since John B. Poindexter, the billionaire owner of J. B. Poindexter & Co. Inc. of Houston, frequently hosts these "vacations " for VIP guests free of charge, makes us all wonder if including a sitting Supreme Court justice in his largesse does not in fact create ethical questions immediately. My point here is that while Scalia was not isolated in receiving special treatment, taking such an expensive gift raises ethical questions for a current Justice. Republicans are tone-deaf in this area!  (Feb 21, 2016 | post #14)

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