Update: Erik Leist doesn’t like this post
Luke Hellier has handed over the keys to the Minnesota Democrats Exposed blog to two new writers: Andy Post and Ryan Lyk. While Hellier’s work was underwhelming in impact, often misleading, and generally rewrites of MN GOP talking points, I think it was better than a few political writing example I’ve found for Ryan Lyk:
He seems to be overlooking payroll taxes they’ll never be able to collect on, or sales taxes, or the share of the property taxes for the property they live in, or gas taxes, or taxes on utilities, or taxes on phone plans.
Democrats fought for slavery.
Is Ryan Lyk unfamiliar with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the impact that had on political party affiliations? The guy interned for a politician, Michele Bachmann, who current opposes equal rights for all Americans, so I guess I can see why he’d rather focus on the past than today when making civil rights arguments.
Government mandates upset people and do not work.
While this may upset people to have some minimum standards for accommodating people with disabilities, education standards for our children, or environmental standards for our air and water, someone would have to be pretty naive to think that America would be as accessible (Americans with Disabilities Act was signed by Republican President George H. W. Bush), educated (No Child Left Behind was signed by Republican President George W. Bush), and clean (Clean Air Act was signed by Republican President Richard Nixon) as it is today without those mandates in place.
Doling out marijuana for medical reasons has too many drawbacks. Having medical marijuana legal, makes it difficult to control. It makes it hard to fight and harder to keep out of places it shouldn’t be. Perhaps the answer is just to legalize marijuana completely. After all, people do it anyways so legalizing it allows us to create taxes, regulations and lowers crime rates and the amount of money spent on fighting crime (though these costs would probably be leveled out by the amount required to oversee regulation). Furthermore, the mental issues associated with smoking marijuana are minimal. Why exactly isn’t it legalized then?
That paragraph gives me a headache. Can I get a prescription to help with that?
I think he’s confusing commercializing weed with fully legalizing weed, which makes some sense, given his politics. Why would a Republican want to allow people to grow something themselves, for free, when pharmaceutical companies can grow it and sell it to us at a higher price? It’s interesting to hear Lyk admit that the drug is relatively safe, yet call for taxation and regulation of it. I thought government was supposed to get out of the way?
One company that is actually doing a lot to fix this crisis is BP. They are looking out for the public interest in the gulf and fixing the mess they made.
BP is giving money to those whose jobs are effected. The money is a generous gift until fishing can continue on the coast.
I think Ryan Lyk gets his news from different sources than the reality based community does.
Whether or not you like Michelle Bachmann, Tarryl Clark is not any better.
In one sentence, Lyk, a former intern for Michele Bachmann, uses a “your candidate is even worse than my candidate” argument, and spells his candidate’s name wrong.
If you’re going to use a model to illustrate a point, the model should, well, illustrate the point rather than mislead readers. At least, that’s what I think. But, as Ryan Lyk pointed out on his blog in response to my post about his misleading writing, accuracy doesn’t concern Lyk.