If United States Supreme Court Justices are going to make laws from the bench, then shouldn't we have a direct say in who gets to be on the U.S. Supreme Court?
Isn't it suppose to be the government of the people, by the people and for the people, not the government of the court, by the ...?
Executive salaries and greed
I have been seeing a lot of commercials lately about the danger of health care reform. I understand the people that are behind the running of those ads. They are being run by insurance companies that have executives who get seven figure salaries and bonuses and if we have health care reform they stand to lose them. They have no interest in your or my health care. This is demonstrated by the fact that 60 percent of all bankruptcies are caused by a health problem and 60 percent of those people have health insurance. I have a proposal that won't get far but would solve the excessive greed at major corporations and nonprofits. Any amount of salary plus bonuses that exceeds what the president of the U.S. gets for running the United States would get taxed at 95 percent and the company corporation or nonprofit that pays it would be assessed an amount equal to what was paid as salary or bonus as an income surtax. This would level the playing field somewhat for executive pay. I understand that there would be immediate attempts to find loopholes and the law would have to be revisited every year to plug them. I understand rewarding work but the CEO isn't worth that much more than his secretary.
Too many Pawlenty parrots
Pawlenty's unallotment hurts many Minnesotans, while he blames the Democrats for not fixing the financial crisis. No compromise was possible.
Ward and Doty did their best to be fair. They found that it was either they do it the governor's way or else. Now the well-to-do Minnesotans are happy again because the governor of no helped them. The middle and lower class of Minnesotans will have to cough up unfair tax increases. This will hit them soon and, most importantly, they will remember to vote the GOP-nos out of office.
It is interesting how others, like Koering/Howe, said they saw it coming but did nothing to help.
Forget the governorship, Koering - no need for another parrot. Well, the rest of us want to know why you Republicans did not ask him to compromise and come to a joint agreement with both parties. Their real reason is that the Party of no wants to continue this message: Look how well we govern Minnesota by not approving meaningful and progressive tax increases to be paid by all. Clearly, too many Pawlenty-parrots are out there trying to justify the unallotment.
Minnesota voters are smarter than that. They expect to be part of the solution and pay their fair share, and they can see the gimmickry of Republicans' actions just to get elected again. Instead they leave the mess to those who have been dumped on.
Pawlenty and your ilk, forget about national politics because Republican naysayers are already a party of the minority (nationally only 21 percent dare claim GOP membership now). By the way, if you do run for president, consider running with Rep. Michelle Bachmann - another flake of a politician whose standing is at the very bottom of the GOP-no ladder also.
M. Fritz Bertelt
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