Jobs carry debate as Oberstar-Cravaack rematch stays civil

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2010 - 9:32 AM

U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and Republican Chip Cravaack argued the merits of the federal stimulus bill. Oberstar vigorously defended his stands on the stimulus program, tax cuts and health care.

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telmanmnOct. 22, 1011:33 PM

Does he mean wall street, the banks, and all these other benevolent entities who serve the ceo's and other greedy people?

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markitbabyOct. 22, 1011:43 PM

OBERSTAR IS THE RICH!!! How dumb do you have to be to believe he'd tax himself and his best friends? (you do realize his best friends are wealthy to?) Sure, raise the tax rate on the top 2% for easy votes, but leave a huge loop hole for himself and his best friends. "but he brings home federal dollars for local projects". He steals your money and gives some of it back and you're happy about it???? Jeez!!!

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telmanmnOct. 23, 1012:24 AM

Say what? He is a dem. not a rep. Do you realize that we in Minn. get back like 70 cents for every dollar we give to the federal govt. but states that don't tax like Miss. get 1.40 cents for every dollar. Texas gets 1/3 of there income from the federal govt.

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steavis61067Oct. 23, 10 1:16 AM

But where did you get it? When I hear stuff like that I automatically wonder where it was calculated: At a non-biased placed like the GAO, or a University with a reputation for liberal professors. Please tell me a politician didn't supply those numbers.

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jstwondrngOct. 23, 10 1:48 AM

misses X Files and Jessy Ventura Conspiracy TV show to go to a debate. I love Democracy. Rumour has it that the "rent a soldier" candidate isn't from these parts. Rumor also has it that even with a push poll the "rent a soldier" candidate is still behind. Not a good sign.

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TreetoplevelOct. 23, 10 6:22 AM

The truth is that President Bush's tax cuts didn't do much good for the economy; they were mostly giveaways to GOP political constituencies and were little different conceptually from pork-barrel spending. The fact is that the massive tax increase Republicans claim the Democrats are proposing is entirely the result of the GOP's penny-wise and pound-foolish policies. Rather than expend the effort to make their tax cuts permanent in the first place, they attached expiration dates to every major provision. Most will expire automatically at the end of 2010. The alleged tax increase that would result is simply a consequence of the tax system returning to what it was before 2001, when the first tax cuts were implemented.

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b127oaktreeOct. 23, 10 6:26 AM

Mark Dayton was one of several DFLers that had taxpayer funded playpens back in the 1980's. One of the DFLers' used his playpen employees as a source of dates and Minnesota ended up getting sued. Another playpen was used to promote the DFL.

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TreetoplevelOct. 23, 10 6:27 AM

The truth is that President Bush's tax cuts didn't do much good for the economy; they were mostly giveaways to GOP political constituencies and were little different conceptually from pork-barrel spending. The fact is that the massive tax increase Republicans claim the Democrats are proposing is entirely the result of the GOP's penny-wise and pound-foolish policies. Rather than expend the effort to make their tax cuts permanent in the first place, they attached expiration dates to every major provision. Most will expire automatically at the end of 2010. The alleged tax increase that would result is simply a consequence of the tax system returning to what it was before 2001, when the first tax cuts were implemented.

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iowa16Oct. 23, 10 7:27 AM

don't worry. The eighth district is all set as ACORN will be counting the ballots. And...we have a great attorney general behind acorn. Viva comrade barry.

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chris5144Oct. 23, 10 7:45 AM

Oberstar is still defending Federal bailouts using expanding debt... zero tolerance for those who rob your children and grandchildren, throw him out.

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