Each party gives to the greater good

  • Article by: DANE SMITH
  • Updated: January 5, 2013 - 5:59 PM

When talking politics, we need better analogies than war and football. We need to envision more than winning or losing.

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luzhishenJan. 5, 13 6:08 PM

Tell that to the astroturf trolls funded by the "educational" groups like Freedomworks, etc., etc., etc.. It would help if something like the old equal time rule was brought back by the FCC.

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Jakein08Jan. 5, 13 6:19 PM

I found this article to be well written and interesting.......

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elmore1Jan. 5, 13 8:10 PM

"and by all accounts, on most measurements, clean and effective governments and public systems". Are you talking about Minnesota? What are you basing this on?

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mn2niceJan. 5, 1311:03 PM

Apparently Dane was not precent during the last two years in Minnesota, as the politics of the legislature turned into a dog fight, with little of substance being accomplished. So, I feel compelled to disagree with the part about how well things seem to functioning here, as elmore1 questioned.

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tpods1Jan. 6, 13 6:23 AM

Can someone answer a question for me? Taxes were raised $65 billion a year while the CBO says 2012 deficit was over 1.1 trillion and expect next year same or higher. What is long term plan of the Democrats that support this? Continue these deficits until we crash or raise taxes on middle class to pay for them? Or do you think there's a free lunch and we can run these deficits long term?

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monkeyplanetJan. 6, 13 7:00 AM

This article merely makes the point that, over the very long term, humanity makes some amount of progress. That's encouraging, for sure, but it hardly justifies the headline implication that the two-party system deserves credit for it. Our current political system in the U.S. is little more than an oligarchy masquerading as democracy. Both parties are guilty. The examples are numerous: the continual funding of the military-industrial complex; draconian drug laws that violate civil liberties and punish poor people, but gives government more power; the deregulation of the financial sector to enable the enrichment of a very few at the expense of the taxpayer. As another particularly vivid example, witness the vote of the Minneapolis City Council last year (liberals all) to subvert the will of the majority by not allowing voters a say on funding the new Vikings stadium. If that isn't corruption, and a perfect instance of the interests of the powerful and wealthy trumping the interests of the general public, I don't know what is.

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jjsbrwJan. 6, 1310:55 AM

elmore1Jan. 5, 13 8:10 PM "and by all accounts, on most measurements, clean and effective governments and public systems". Are you talking about Minnesota? What are you basing this on? ------------------- Hmmm? Well, let me think. The roads get plowed quickly and efficiently when it snows. A 36" water main ruptured by a contractor was fixed within days with only minimum disruption. If someone has a medical emergency, highly trained first responders will show up within minutes and take the patient to a world class level one trauma center where the patient can't be turned away. Almost all of our children have access to a first class education, and if they chose to avail themselves of it and work hard they can compete with any students any where in the world. Our economy is stronger than most other states and most other countries. Nobody is coming to take my gun or yours. I am free to criticize the government and our government officials without fear of reprisals or persecution no matter how critical, stupid, and insensitive I can be. The sky is not falling. The world is not coming to an end. We will solve our problems one way or another.

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fonzi3Jan. 6, 1311:14 AM

If you want greater equality, then overturn the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court. If you want greater freedom and individual liberty, then take away the tremendous lobbying power of some of the Fortune 500 companies and banks here in the Twin Cities.

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rudo1212Jan. 6, 1311:53 AM

Here's a thought. Stop having children out of wedlock. You'd be surprised how the size and need for a safety net would be diminished.

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beaglemomJan. 6, 13 2:52 PM

It is human nature that people look for solutions that don't impact them. Cuts to the military sound great when you don't have s family member who has sacrificed for the military. If you are on welfare and had children out of wedlock you are opposed to any changes that would impact your situation. However I do believe that if presented properly there is a large number of our seniors who are financially secure enough that they would choose to decline their benefits if there was an easy avenue to doing that or if they could choose where to direct it too. The answer is that we can't continue on the way we have and folks will have to make sacrifices...the Presidents "plan" to raise the debt ceiling is a poor one indeed.

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