Thank you for that info. I got an unhappy email today from some organization, I forget which, about Nolan’s final vote, which was presumably to just get the thing moving to where there would be better opportunities to at least fix it somewhat. It didn’t mention his previous efforts in favor of restoring the cuts.
There may be an effort to push the bulk of the cuts, however much they turn out to be, well into the future, in the hope that as of Jan 2017 Dems will be back in full control (i.e. including the House), and can restore that funding. Or, that could well be wishful thinking.
In your first paragraph, i was referring to (loudly) self-proclaimed fervent Christians continually going after poor people. Though I’ve never been religious as an adult, I’ve read the Bible in its entirety several times, in a couple of different translations, and various parts of it many more times than that, and I’ve never seen where that’s justified, much less endorsed. Maybe I’m not so smart after all.
I’m not sure we’re getting the whole story here. You know about the Republican propensity for “moving the goalposts” right out of the stadium. I agree that Warren’s vision is extremely unlikely to eventuate, and it makes sense for Obama to do what he can. To a point.
(That’s in reply to the first comment.)
It’s certainly possible. My qualified belief that he isn’t is based on Palmisano’s statement, from the article:
““I know Matt well, and I know Matt will continue his volunteer work in the neighborhoods and do everything that makes the city better,” she said.”
I’ll try to find out for sure. Thanks for commenting.
Even North Carolina?
From what little I’ve happened to notice, Grover has been all over the place on some issues, for at least the past few years. I seem to recall that he was OK with letting the payroll tax cuts expire, or something like that. Desperately trying to retain some shred of relevance? Worried about his “legacy?” Who knows? Who cares?
One of the caucus leaders being historically significantly to the left of the other may have something to do with that.
I don’t know that it’s worth the trouble to try to establish a direct causal relationship. One could certainly argue that, since less conservative states have overall higher quality-of-life indicators (which they do), they’re more conducive to both better marriages and less violence. I think the best argument for gay marriage is that nobody else has any business telling rational, consenting adults that they can’t marry. And as you know an ever-increasing majority of Americans agree, and there’s nothing that the conservatives can do about it, so they should just stfu and get out of the way. On that and many, many other issues. Practically everyone, including them, would be better off for it.
I suspect that there are politically well-connected businesses out there that will see their profits increase substantially, as clients are forced out of existing situations and directed their way.
I’m sure that there’s a range of conservative responses. Among them, there are those who find our amusement rude and perverse, and are highly indignant at that. Others honestly believe that Reagan was as glorious a president for African-Americans as he was for everyone, and pity our ignorance. And there are those that understand where we’re coming from, and just sincerely and respectfully disagree. That’s just three examples, of many.
Johnston kicks a**. I’ve read two of his books, Perfectly Legal and Free Lunch. I recommend both. Infuriating reads, but important. I haven’t yet got my hands on his most recent, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind, but I will.
I’m fairly, but by no means absolutely, sure that Mr. Smith’s comment is not intended as satire.
Our detached, objective, reality-based opinion is that the MN GOP has no serious candidates for governor without Norm or Tea-Paw. Plenty of MN GOPers absolutely regard the likes of Julie Rosen and David Hann as the real deal. And they’re the ones that pick their candidate, by their own lights. And Tom Emmer almost won last time, you know!
I’m pretty sure that that Global Edition article is satire.
You’re right, of course. Which bugs the heck out of me, that that’s still the case in Minnesota, and most of the rest of the country.