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The Essence Of Kaepernick's Take A Knee

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/24/17 12:52

by Dave Mindeman

The current controversy which Trump decided to elevate is the Colin Kaepernick "take the knee" protest during the national anthem.

The conservative mantra has become that these "rich, spoiled athletes" are disrespecting the country that has given them so much. That this, somehow, should be condemned.

Well, first of all - this is free speech. And it is appropriate free speech in that the protest is silent, non-violent and individual. This is the type of speech that promotes discussion without raging rhetoric. We should applaud this, rather than condemn it.

What makes people uncomfortable is that it has struck a chord with the minority community. They empathize with this - they understand what Kaepernick is trying to convey. The real problem here is the uneducated reaction of the critics - the overwhelmingly white critics. Rather than pause for reflection, they go for disdain and dismissal.

Fortunately, the wealthy owners in the NFL (most of them) understand the players point. They have dealt with them contractually and personally and actually get the idea that this is proper free speech protest.

Today the NFL will play their games with all of this in context. Pre-game shows are only casually mentioning it - trying very hard to keep entertainment at the forefront without controversy. I think that is a missed opportunity, but it was expected.

At some point, we have to hope that this country finds a real dialogue about how minority populations are treated in this country - exacerbated by a President who does not care.

Until we get there, these quiet protests are welcomed and encouraged.
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The "Fiscally Responsible" Kurt Daudt

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/20/17 16:30

by Dave Mindeman

The GOP rails about fiscal responsibility without any evidence that they know what that means.

Tax cuts for the wealthy does not lower the national debt. Sorry, it's math. And Trump officials use charter planes for state visits. Why?

But here in Minnesota is the dorkiest of all. Kurt Daudt made a big deal of withholding pay raises from the House - even after we had a state referendum that authorized a commission to do so. Just couldn't allow the thousands involved in that salary hike to well deserved legislators.

Then when Dayton line item vetos the legislature funding in an attempt to renegotiate some details without shutting down the government, Daudt turns around and sues the executive branch.

So both sides of the legislative divide - governor and legislature - have to hire expensive lawyers to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

And what's the remedy?

Mandatory mediation (which essentially means talking to each other) which ends up costing the state a paltry sum of $1,000 per hour.

Thanks Daudt. Well thought out.

Maybe if you are litigation happy it should come out of your own pocket.
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Would Amazon Come To Minnesota?

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/08/17 13:38

by Dave Mindeman

There is a lot of talk about Amazon's new hub placement with its 50,000 potential jobs. Axios listed the top 5 contenders in their estimate:

1. Denver
2. Chicago
3. Phoenix
4. Minneapolis
5. Detroit

Denver got the highest marks because?

Superior transit system. If Amazon is going to build a major facility, they need to have their workers with access to a mobile transit system. 50,000 people is a lot of commutes - and car congested highways are going to be a net negative for any location analysis.

Minneapolis gets high marks for its university system - and Dayton has worked hard to maintain and improve that system.

But the House GOP Republicans, despite all their high minded rhetoric about building jobs in Minnesota are killing the very things that attracts business to this state - transit access and education.

Wisconsin recently got Foxconn to locate in southern Wisconsin. But they had to "buy" their way into it. It will cost them years of revenue to have this factory.

Minnesota can attract business on the merits. At least we will if the Republicans in the legislature don't obstruct our selling points.

In the end, business needs a business friendly environment and a suitable means for workers to get to and from work safely and quickly.

The MNGOP works against that environment. That must change.
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