Jots with dots 12/30

Oh no, #Pointergate has been ‘politicized’. Mike Freeman won’t charge pointer guy Navell Gordon with robbery / felon in possession of a handgun.

Collins story suggests Freeman is now ‘embroiled’ in #Pointergate. Ya know, I suppose. And Freeman is the only one besides the Mayor who is held to ballot-box accountability, so you can assert that he’s pandering to the least electoral risk, whatever he discerns that to be. But thing is, the police referred a case to the county prosecutor’s office that is now tainted by Garcia, Delmonico, and Kohl’s Facebook stalking. It can be argued that the police and prosecution are still in pursuit of their weird vendetta, with the venue to argue at being Gordon’s trial. Yeah, airing that all out in testimony might be embarrassing to the police. But with a real defense argument there’s also a decent chance the case is lost, and Gordon is acquitted.

Lyden’s text is a bit more obtuse, with all kinds of rhetorical questions begging notions of what’s been politicized. Really, it’s not much political beyond Kohl’s original story. But with that alone, the Gordon case is a loser all the way around. So the county attorney is not being ‘political’ whatever that means, and the case is not ‘too hot’. Freeman is being practical. And he’s doing the cops a favor though they may not realize it. As for Gordon… he’s either a changed man or not, and he’ll find his destiny without the delivery of justice for this particular street robbery. I’d not worry about that.

Collins makes a remark in his comment thread about DNA on handguns constituting possession. I agree, I think this stuff is iffy. I’d bet it’s the kind of thing that’s used to cajole pleas to reduced charges more often than not. I don’t know how it stands up in court, to the extent it’s ever really asserted as evidence at trial.

The now reassigned Sgt. there, Garcia, earns $90k annually per the SPPPD public salaries database. I don’t know how they attract good candidates with pay like that.

Joe hearts tax hikes: I acknowledged this before. Yes, Dayton raised taxes and things are OK. With that, a bit of a dragon is slayed. Still, he / DFL didn’t raise them much, and inasmuch as they’d like yet higher taxes on the rich just out of principle…. They’d be unable to go for that again, what with the state govt ostensibly now having ‘enough’ money. Labor market in my sector is very tight. I just applied for a straight gig and I asked for OUTRAGEOUS money. I had a number in mind, and I made myself state it, didn’t get milk toasty and water it down. They didn’t bat an eye, said that was within the hiring range. I dunno if it’s like that everywhere though. I used to know more people who were prospering in the realty / mortgage business, used to discern clearer pathways from underpaid, entry level young adult work to the kinds of jobs that could afford you a mortgage.

More examples of draft dodging by acting kooky at your draft board physical: James Fallows. Was moved to read this because he himself referenced it in a newer Atlantic piece. Previously, we discussed Bruce Springsteen and …. Ted Nugent…remember that discussion?… as those who dodged the draft by acting kooky at their draft board physical. Seems to have been a big thing at the time eh. Fallows harbors a guilty conscience, argues that with military obligation not being a collective experience, the military becomes a bit of a silo unto itself and is used malfeasantly.


10 thoughts on “Jots with dots 12/30

  1. pm1956

    “malfeasantly”? not sure if that should be a word or not, but i understand what you are saying, and the idea is consistent with Fallow’s point.

    And I think that Fallow’s point is a good one. I think that it would be good for military service to be a universal (or near universal) experience (I’d be willing to allow for some sort of alternative options). His basic point is about the dangers of a professional military used by chicken hawks (Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush2) who never served and don’t understand the strengths and weaknesses and best and worst uses of the military.

  2. W.E. Carlson

    Re: “Joe hearts tax increases”

    You perhaps assume that Joe hearts the Daytonomics tax because it is punitive against Others, and Joe is simply vindictive about the harder working Others who have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps. But maybe the Dayton tax increased the burden on Joe, and he doesn’t heart paying additional taxes any more than the next guy. However, maybe Joe is willing to do his part to support a more fair tax system and pay his fair share for things that make Minnesota a more productive, pleasant and equitable state. Whatever Joe’s tax bracket, it’s hard to argue that conservatives’ “the sky will fall” doomsaying has turned out to once again be mock-worthy.

  3. pm1956

    Yes, that sky is till up there in the…sky. Bright blue, today.

    The whole tax cut thing has been “put on a pedestal” by conservatives. Problem is that they lose sight of the importance of the economic context. In a high tax rate context, tax cuts can lead to growth and can actually increase overall tax receipts. But in a low to middling tax rate context, not so much. And right now, tax rates in MN are not all that high (historical context).

    Clearly, these Dayton tax increases did not lead to any problems, because the economic context was appropriate for a tax increase (rates were generally low, and the overall economic climate was on the upswing). If, on the other hand, tax rates were already high, and the economy was sputtering/stagnating, then their prediction of the sky falling might have been correct.

    Oh, and one point that joe didn’t make– there is no sign of large numbers of rich people moving out of the state in response to Dayton’s tax increases. Some conservatives also made that claim, and it hasn’t happened, either.

    1. W.E. Carlson

      “Minimum wage is a job killer!” “Keynesian stimulus is a job killer!” “Not embracing Ryan austerity spending is a job killer!” “Wall Street protections are job killers!” “Environmental protections are job killers.” “Taxing the rich is a job killer!” “Not building everything petro CEOs demand is a job killer!” “Obamacare is a job killer!”

      I used to believe everything conservatives said, but I’m finally starting to have a few doubts.

  4. Joe Loveland

    PM, I agree with your point about tax rates being so low that that tax increases aren’t harmful. I also think that with wage stagnation among the non-rich, that we need to do things to help with their buying power so they can buy things and stimulate the economy. Long-term, we need to invest in things that feed long-term growth, such as education and a modern infrastructure.

    Good times are certainly not all due to the brilliance of Obama and Dayton, but they would be getting undue blame if things were bad, so it is awfully tempting to give them undue credit when things are good.


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