Target Corp Gives $150,000 for Republican Tom Emmer

Some Minnesotans seem upset about Minneapolis-based Target giving money for Republican Tom Emmer’s campaign for Minnesota Governor, as Target is usually not associated with conservative politics. Minnesota-based BestBuy also gave $100,000. National News has picked up the story.

Emmer supports Arizona’s controversial new immigration law that has St. Paul mayor’s office boycotting travel to Arizona. On MPR, Emmer said, “I think what Arizona has done is a wonderful first step.” Emmer then said that he hopes to model Minnesota law on Arizona immigration law.

Emmer also advocated lowering wages for Minnesota waiters, and said, “With the tips that they get to take home, there are some people earning over $100,000 a year.”

Emmer supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which has many Minnesota gay rights groups upset.

The January 2010 Supreme Court decision overturned a century of law and now allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money for ads supporting candidates.

What do you think about Minnesota corporations being able to spend unlimited money on Minnesota elections?

61 Comments

edgeways

about 12 years ago

There is a bit of disconnect between a few things Target does and says, it has been seen as generally pretty supportive of GLBT issues, but CEO/President Gregg Steinhafel is a serious backer of numerous anti-GLBT political candidates, including Emmer and Bachmann. The PR statement Steinhafel gave today says "We support GLBT issues, but we will always support politicians we think are good for our bottom line." So, in essence, perceive profits trump anything else. Which, of course, is their right, even if it is morally ambiguous at best, there is a looong line of corporations pulling this behavior, and even worse. If you think it is wrong stop shopping there and let them know. Which incidentally is what I plan to do.

dbrewing

about 12 years ago

The CEO of a publicly traded corporation's job is to increase shareholder value in the short term.

Joel

about 12 years ago

I have no reason to doubt Target's belief in GLBT equality. Clearly, however, electing candidates who think low-wage workers get paid too much is a higher priority for them.  No suprise -- Target's entire business model is built on low-wage labor.  Then again, name me a national retailer whose business model isn't built on low-wage labor.  Just one more reason to take corporate claims of "social responsibility" with a grain of salt.

The Big E

about 12 years ago

They really seem intent on cutting down on my purchases of plastic crap.

nick

about 12 years ago

Would the author of this post be as offended if Target and Best Buy had donated those sums to Entenza, Keliher, or Dayton?  Probably not. Also, leave it to ignorant DFLers to forget the thousands of well-paying corporate jobs these companies provide here in Minnesota and focus only on the "low wage labor" (which by the way, are jobs usually held by students and part-timers).  Not every job is meant to support a family of four!  Seriously people, do you really think you can just wave a wand and have every single job pay $60,000? The DFL is just so clueless.

Bad Cat!

about 12 years ago

Technically, Target donated money to a pro-business organization, who is advocating for Tom Emmer, as he is the most "pro-business." In this case, "pro-business" means "I support slave wages, p.s. I hate immigrants and gay people too."

Sherman

about 12 years ago

Ok, Nick, this is the kind of political commentary that I hate on both sides.  Just because a political party has a different ideal than you do does not make them clueless or ignorant.  Do you actually think that all people in the DFL have no concept of the economics of the situation?  They do and so do the Republicans.  They just have different solutions to problems.  It's this kind of thinking that will keeps any true progress from ever happening.  God, I really hate the two-party system.  Either you're right or you're wrong, there is no middle ground.

Sherman

about 12 years ago

Ok I feel better now, political bashing just drives me nuts.  I'll go back to the occasional snarky comment now.

nick

about 12 years ago

Sherman, read the post by Bad Cat and then ask yourself if that is the attitude of most self-identified DFLers.  Based on my observations, this is indeed the case.  Employers are viewed as inherently evil and the DFL does nothing to support private job creators.  Instead, their sole motivation is to take as much money from employers as they can and redistribute it to those who deserve it the least.

Sam

about 12 years ago

1. Technically, Target donated to a pro-buisiness organization, but it is clear that the organization is largely a front for electing Tom Emmer (it is common to use such thinly disguised fronts).  The organization's executive director Brian McClung, Pawlenty's former spokesman, said Emmer is the only gubernatorial candidate the group supports (and Emmer is probably not the only pro-business guy on the ballot at this stage).

2. Emmer's radical stance on homosexuals and Arizona's immigration law, a stance not shared by many Minnesotan Democrats and Republicans, is particularly nasty.  It just looks like he is picking on minorities to gain popularity.  Picking on people is not cool on the playgound, and is not cool in politics either.

3. And I believe that unlimited corporate spending can be very bad for democracy.  Corporate interests are for short term profits for a particular company, and not the long-term interests for the whole community.  What is good for the largest shareholders of one company may not always be good for mom and pop businesses, for example.

Brad

about 12 years ago

Demicans and Republicrats. What's the diff Sam?

Codie

about 12 years ago

Just earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court removed all the restrictions that limited corporate spending on political campaigns. This means that big multinationals can spend unlimited amounts of money to get someone elected! This is because since the Civil War, corporations have been recognized as legal "persons" under the law, and they're claim is that limiting their contributions is a form of discrimination.

Here's a video about the recent Supreme Court decision: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/22/in_landmark_campaign_finance_ruling_supreme

Sam

about 12 years ago

Democrats and Republicans have significant disagreements over campaign finance reform, which is arguably one of the most important issues for the future of our democracy (at least, according to Sen McCain and Pres Obama). 

Senate Republicans defeated legislation yesterday to require more disclosure and transparency in campaign spending, ending Democrats' quest for stronger rules after a Supreme Court ruling this year allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited sums to influence elections.

On a party-line, 57-to-41 vote after a heated debate, an effort by Democrats to fight off a Republican filibuster fell short of the 60 votes required. All 40 Republicans in attendance voted against it.

Sherman

about 12 years ago

Nick, once again dealing in absolutes.  I rather doubt that the 'sole motivation' of all, or even a majority really, DFLers 'is to take as much money from employers as they can and redistribute it to those who deserve it the least.'  You make it sound like they all lie awake at night and think about ways to screw over the businessmen and give it to the wretched undeserving poor.

The truth, and I really want you to think about this logically not with your heart, is that the DFL is made up of people with many diverse interests who share some common ideals.  Sure some of the people are focused on what they see as equitable distribution of wealth, but others are more interested in legalizing gay marriage or health care reform or dozens of other democrat causes.  Just like the republicans are more than just people trying to make sure the businesses and the wealthier constituents are able to keep the money they've made.  The religious right seems much more interested in stopping gay rights and abortion than whether or not Target gets taxed too excessively.

I guess I'm trying to say that the world is not as black and white as you make it seem.

nick

about 12 years ago

Sherman, I'll concede your point that not all DFLers are anti-business quasi-communists.  I know that each party is a "big tent," containing varieties of opinions and interests, and there are some in my own party with whom I disagree with (the religious right, for example).  However, economics is the most important issue in politics, period.  That is an absolute.  Because how we make money is how we feed ourselves and our families and without this need properly looked after, gay rights, abortion, campaign finance reform, etc., mean nothing.  And I'm sure you're right about there being DFL rank-and-file who understand the need for business to make profits and reward the risk-takers, but I'm sorry, you cannot point to a single proposal by any DFL candidate that supports business, corporate or independent.  They just don't get it, and this dust up over Target and the DFL's reaction just proves the point.

eco eco

about 12 years ago

I'm proud to be an anti-business quasi-communist who thinks the DFL is every bit as irrelevant as Nick is to the things I think really matter in life.

therealnick

about 12 years ago

Nick, you're using my good name; at least get your own avatar.

TimK

about 12 years ago

Capitalism failed so long ago. And, thanks to the recent Supreme Court decision on campaign financing, the plutocracy is near complete.

Tony D.

about 12 years ago

Tim K: spot on.

So I can't shop at Target because the money supports some Republican hack, can't go to Wal-Mart or Sam's Club because of their evil business practices that shut down small towns and small business (not to mention the child labor thing and censoring music sales while selling guns and ammo), won't get Dominoes Pizza because the owner use his money to support efforts against reproductive rights (and the product sucks), don't want to patronize Walgreens because they want to tear down a historic house to put a suburban store in a downtown neighborhood, have to boycott Super One because they take advantage of the poor, hate going to Whole Foods because some of their ridiculously high prices seem based on their assumption of my guilt rather than actual value, and feel bad about patronizing Cub because they are not a "local" company--and I can't make any money to support the causes I believe in because not-the-real Nick won't buy any of my books because I'm a Liberal Nut-Job DFLer.

So, where am I to get my food, medicine, toiletries, brightly colored plastic junk, and other sundry items and still feel good about who gets my money and what they choose to do with it?

Rougement

about 12 years ago

Snopes.com: Domino Theory

Really, it's up to the individual to do the research and decide which retailer gets the business, often it's a 'lesser of two evils' thing. 

Everybody has a choice between getting informed and making a decision or not bothering and shopping at Walmart. 

I know I'll avoid Target in the future.

Bob in Atlanta

about 12 years ago

I sent an email to both Target and Best Buy yesterday after reading about who they are supporting.  I understand that every business needs to make a profit, but to put making a $ above basic human rights is sickening.  I'm happy to take my hard earned money else where.

Dave

about 12 years ago

Like this will stop ANY woman from shopping at Target. I hate any place that makes me spend more money than I need too.

nick

about 12 years ago

Tony D.....how does Super One take advantage of the poor?   Sounds like you've got some tough choices to make!

Paul Stanhagen

about 12 years ago

Michelle Bauchmann and Tom Emmer will create growth ?????? hahahah how? This is a big fail by Best Buy... even their lame excuse is BS.  This donation was made just so that the rich executives can keep their Bush taxcuts for the super rich.

Notice how Best Buy is not saying how Emmers policies will create growth? It's BS!!!

Tony D.

about 12 years ago

Nick: the Super One comment is a reference to another post from a week or so back, and my entire entry was a bit of a joke. That's the problem with ALL you Republicans: NONE of you has a sense of humor. (Too much of a generalization? Now you know how ALL of us PDDers think when you make blanket comments about, well, anybody.)

Sam

about 12 years ago

Wow, this issue has really blown up fast.  A Facebook page advocating a boycott of Target and BestBuy just went up and has 5000 friends. http://bit.ly/9zyw7L

There is also a new Youtube video of a grandmother (and mother of a gay man who is an uncle to her grandchildren), returning $200 of merchandise to Target and cutting up her Target Visa card in front of the manager.  Check her out.  She is mad as heck and isn't going to take it anymore!

nick

about 12 years ago

That's not fair Tony D. I DO have a sense of humor. For example, I find the resemblance between Margret Anderson Kelliher and Grimace from McDonald's hilarious!

zra

about 12 years ago

How exactly is Emmer's plan to roll back wage increases for waitstaff and tip earning service workers and cutting back "socialist" minimum wage going to "stimulate" the economy?

zra

about 12 years ago

Nick, you really don't want to bring up humorous physical attributes of candidates and their similarities to cartoon characters, do you? There's enough ammunition against the rightwing nutjob camp to wage a sustained campaign. You really don't need us to start making those comparisons. It wouldn't be fair.

Besides, starting to talk like that only shows you've got nothing else to contribute.

Resolu...

about 12 years ago

I find it interesting that nearly all of the heat has been on Target, very little on Best Buy, and almost none on the other companies; all of which gave money indirectly to Emmer.  That doesn't mean it's inconsistent or unfair though.  It must have to do with our expectations.  Wal-Mart could give millions to the freakin John Birch Society and not lose a dime in sales because it wouldn't surprise anyone, plus those who try to vote with their dollars (thanks for showing how ridiculously hard that is Tony D) already don't shop at Wal-Mart.  I've bought one item ever at Wal-Mart, for which I paid my penance, so for me joining a Wal-Mart boycott would be like a vegan boycotting Tyson chicken.

But as Minnesotans, we must have developed different expectations of Target.  Aren't they kind of the alternative to the hard-right brutal business practices and odd evangelical moralizing of Wal-Mart? They instilled the idea companies are responsible to their communities, and give away 5% of their profits to community causes.  Maybe it's their commitment to hiring GBLT, or the fact the founding family are like MN Kennedys, or they just gave $5M to the Orchestra Hall remodel, or how they've almost singlehandedly kept Downtown Mpls alive through the gut-our-downtowns-era, frequently  renewing their commitment to keep their headquarters employing 10,000+ people with good-paying jobs, supporting the fine arts institutions, sports facilities, events, and taking a huge risk building a positively exceptional urban store, renewing and adding relevance to the heart of downtown.

Perhaps this is a warning to the many corporations greenwashing their brands (Beyond Petroleum comes to mind).  Your improved image may backfire if you set expectations of corporate responsibility to attract the conscientious shopper and then you loudly get outed for being just like the rest.

zra

about 12 years ago

@ resol: possibly because more of us use Target than Best Buy? We feel a little more slighted by a company that we've come to rely on as an "alternative" to Wal Mart, maybe?

I've only ventured into Best Buy once in the time I've lived in Minnesota, and that was about three months ago. They didn't have what I was looking for (otter box), so I went elsewhere.

I dunno, just a guess from my family's perspective.

zra

about 12 years ago

In Target's defense, though, it's the PAC that they gave money to that ultimately decided who gets their funds.

They also gave money to Ventura's campaign.

Lojasmo

about 12 years ago

Nick:  target donating to MAK, mark, or Matt would not be a direct contradiction to their stated GLBT-friendly values/policies.

Lojasmo

about 12 years ago

"Based on my observations, this is indeed the case"
@Nick 
The plural of anecdote is not data.  That being said, making a generalization based on anecdotal evidence is little more than exposing your own prejudice.

I haven't shopped at Walmart or target in a long time.  I do not enjoy paying too much money for poorly made slave-labor goods.

jim

about 12 years ago

Ironic- all of you libs slam Emmert for his "extreme" stance on gay marriage, while it is the same stance as your leader and savior, Hussein Obama- the worst joke of a President ever to hold office. I find so much humor in your tripe little comments about conservatives. It's obvious that most of you are products of parents that dosed out too much lsd in the 60's. You are the minority. The rest of the country doesn't like you. You will lose your offices in 2012. Then, you can crawl back in your holes and starve because you are too lazy to work and the handouts for ticks like you will cease. Maybe we'll get lucky and you'll move to Canada...

TimK

about 12 years ago

jim- can Tom Emmer expect your vote, then? I guess someone will actually vote for the guy- just didn't think I'd run across one north of St. Cloud!

jim

about 12 years ago

Oh no Tim, I'm gonna vote for that there Dayton guy. He's rich ya know, and he knows how to spend money. He got all that money from those stores down in the Twin Cities. He's gonna protect us workin folk from those budget watchin Republicans. Yah, he represents Minnesota. 

Wait, I think I'm going to barf! AAAAckkkk. There, much better. See, Dayton is like a case of herpes. He comes out occasionaly and rears his ugly little head. He says some outrageous things, and then goes back to playing golf at his private club and dances naked in his 100 million dollar compound. And you know he'll be the endorsed candidate, don't you? He's a socialist, and who better to run for Governor as a DFL candidate than a socialist? And he's not just an ordinary socialist like all of you morons on this blog, he's a rich socialist! The kind of worm that you guys and girls love to support, because everyone knows that if you're super duper rich, you're naturally the best at telling (forcing)you how to spend your money. God forbid we elect someone who actually looks out for the average citizens money by cutting taxes and keeping a budget in check. Wouldn't want that, now would you, my welfare loving little progressives?

B-man

about 12 years ago

@jim 
Just try to find "Emmert" on the ballot.  

BTW nice blanket statements and generalizations, didn't we agree about these types of statements about 10 posts ago?  Perhaps in you urge to spew you did not read all of the previous comments.  Perhaps you do not care to hear the other side of a story, you just need to voice your own opinion and walk away.  

Here is a direct reply to your accusations of me. 
1.I am an independent voter 
2.I have 3 jobs
3.my parents were born before LSD was invented 
4.I voted for the current president with an overwhelming majority of my fellow citizens 
5.my savior is not an elected official 
6.I'm not sure but I do not think I am a tick
7.I would never move to Canada.  

You = fail.   Nice 3rd grade arguing skills though.

jim

about 12 years ago

"We" didn't agree to anything B-boy. Besides, isn't everyone entitled to an opinion?

PS- you have a Tribble stuck to your chin. You must be one of those Trekkie fellas

B-man

about 12 years ago

@jim
Nice comeback, very intelligent.  you are correct we did not agree to anything.

" didn't we agree about these types of statements about 10 posts ago?"
 
---CORRECTION--- 

should have read "didn't we civilized, inquisitive people agree that name calling and generalizations were just puffery and completely useless as a basis for argument?"

JDar

about 12 years ago

Clearly this is an "oops" moment by Target. You don't promote an LGBT friendly brand and then donate to a very anti LGBT group or group that funds a very anti LGBT man. 

Whether it is good for your business or not legislatively, isolating a strong consumer group  is not good business model. I expect Target to issue a "we /facepalmed, our bad" release any day.

jim

about 12 years ago

B-boy- You are so right. Name calling (3rd grade arguing skills) and generalizing (libs are civilized) is useless when coming out of your fur-encrusted mouth. I do, however, have to compliment you on your wonderful impersonation of Victor Buono as King Tut. Priceless!

B-man

about 12 years ago

@ jim
The 3rd grade statement is a comment on the quality of your post, calling you a 3rd grader would be name calling.  

This thread is about business and politics and you are now attacking me personally, not my ideas, but my name and physical appearance.  I looked up what a tribble is and I'm pretty sure since you referenced it that you yourself would be a trekkie and it is unclear how my comments would lead you to believe that I am a fan of the Star Trek series.  The fur encrusting my mouth is what's known as a beard you may know someone with one, usually an adult male.  If my comments are disqualified because of facial hair I urge you to take a look at this site:   

http://www.nicholaswhyte.info/presbeards.htm

Could you please enlighten me as to why you believe Tom "Emmert" is a good choice for Minnesota Governor?  So far all you have done is ramble on about things not related to the original post and use cute colloquialisms to put down people who have a different opinion than yourself.  Who knows, maybe you will convince me that Target giving money to the group Minnesota Forward is good for me and my tick family.

I will gladly meet you in person for a beer so we can have a more rapid fire discussion about this topic.

jim

about 12 years ago

Bowel-man,
- I'm just pointing out the obvious about your beard. No harm intended, and I didn't post the picture. Besides, Victor Buono was awesome!

Emmer is worthy of support because:
- He's in support of parental notification in the event your underage duaghter goes out of state to kill her un-born baby
- He's the only candidate that has pledged to grow small business without taxing the shit out of them. Something libs know NOTHING about.
- He is in favor of having government serve, rather than rule. (something else libs no NOTHING about)
- He's in support of secure borders and deporting anyone who comes here illegaly.
- He's in support of keeping the legal definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
- He's not a union lacquey
- He's not a socialist
- He's a good family man

As far as a rapid fire discussion over a beer, I'd have to say no. To be honest, I'd rather stick my hand in a blender. I didn't think libs carried guns?!

B-man

about 12 years ago

I think you arguments are great. good luck with the fall election.

B-man

about 12 years ago

"He's in support of parental notification in the event your underage duaghter goes out of state to kill her un-born baby" 
Well then it sure is a good thing that no one in Minnesota has an underage duaghter (whatever that is)

"He's the only candidate that has pledged to grow small business without taxing the shit out of them. Something libs know NOTHING about." Great! a politician has pledged something, this is big news!

"He is in favor of having government serve, rather than rule" 
Serve whom is the question I follow up with

- "He's in support of secure borders and deporting anyone who comes here illegaly." 
I'm not sure if anyone is here illegaly (what ever that is)

 "He's in support of keeping the legal definition of marriage as between a man and a woman."  
Why is it convenient for you to mix church (marriage) and state (rights) now, but will fiercely oppose that mixture if it is not a strictly Christian value?

"He's not a union lacquey" 
(nice use of old English here) Matt Entenza has no union endorsement either, but your guy was endorsed by Sarah Palin and we know her famous track record in picking winners.

"He's not a socialist" 
neither are any of the other gubernatorial candidates with the exception of Diana Newberry, and Anthony Lane, a candidate for Congress in District 5

"He's a good family man" 
I will not comment on his personal life. Except the DUI's-Tom Emmer sponsored a law to reduce penalties for drunk drivers...Emmer was arrested for drunk driving in 1981 and 1991. 

Source= http://wcco.com/local/tom.emmer.dwi.2.1830372.html

B-man

about 12 years ago

here is the rest of his criminal record
http://pa.courts.state.mn.us/Search.aspx?ID=100&NodeID=174%2c151%2c160%2c131%2c132%2c146%2c111%2c175%2c161%2c191%2c176%2c147%2c133%2c119%2c134%2c120%2c121%2c113%2c162%2c1303%2c1301%2c1305%2c1302%2c1306%2c122%2c178%2c192%2c179%2c135%2c193%2c163%2c180%2c164%2c148%2c114%2c136%2c137%2c183%2c184%2c138%2c115%2c165%2c154%2c155%2c123%2c139%2c140%2c141%2c185%2c124%2c186%2c194%2c142%2c187%2c166%2c188%2c143%2c167%2c125%2c144%2c189%2c116%2c195%2c117%2c157%2c126%2c168%2c1491%2c1492%2c1493%2c169%2c158%2c170%2c127%2c159%2c128%2c145%2c171%2c129%2c197%2c172%2c190%2c181%2c182%2c153%2c156%2c177%2c173%2c150%2c152%2c11810%2c11811%2c11812%2c11813%2c11815%2c11822%2c11823%2c11817%2c11818%2c11819%2c11820%2c1304%2c13041%2c13042%2c13043%2c13044%2c1961%2c1962%2c1308%2c11201%2c11202%2c13045%2c11203&NodeDesc=All+MNCIS+Sites+-+Case+Search

B-man

about 12 years ago

Sorry that link did not bring you to his specific record, 
If you follow the link,check the drop down menu to search by defendant
Enter his name "Thomas Emmer" and birthday 03/03/61
There ya go!

Sam

about 12 years ago

Jim,

All your stated reasons that "Emmer is worthy of support" are also reasons to support all the other major candidates, democrat or republican, with two exceptions (the abortion and gay marriage issues).

For example, most all of them are family people, none of them want the government to rule rather than serve, none are socialists, none are union lackeys, they all pledge to grow small business, they all are against taxing the crap out of small business, etc.

But please let me know the minute an official candidate web site says "We will tax the crap out of small business, and make the government rule over you!"  I will not vote for that candidate!

jim

about 12 years ago

Sorry Sam- I don't agree at all. Dayton, for example, has publicly made statements that for all intense purposes, he agrees with the socialist label of "wealth dispersion". As most of us know- they say that it is aimed at the "rich", but it always ends up in the laps of the middle class. Myself, being a small business owner, know their ways all too well. Taxes are a trough that the Libs love to feed from. The problem is that lately, certain reps have been cozying up to the same trough. That will stop. The people are on to it, and you will be seeing major changes in the upcoming elections. Even the brain-dead libs are figuring out that a 25 year policy of offering below market interest rates without a credit check and a unproven income record is a recipe for a major crisis. That's one small example. Another is the costs associated with the illegals. It's monsterous compared to the dollars associated with the war machine. This is a society problem that is born from an attitude of enitilement and Government fanny-powdering. It's sick, and it will end. It's just unfortunate it took so long to figure out.

jim

about 12 years ago

Bowel- enough already. Bringing up a DWI from 1980?? Even your comment about not having illegals in Minnesota proves your extreme ignorance. Your opinions are absolutely worthless. I gave you some of my time. Now I wish I hadn't. I pity you and your family. Good luck in the future. You'll need more than three jobs at the rate you're going.

zra

about 12 years ago

if you need regulations that requires notification if your daughter decides to cross state lines to kill your unborn grandchild, the problem is in your own home, and not with the doctor...nevertheless, that requires government intervention.

constitutional amendment to define marriage = big government.

not exactly on the path to a "serving" government with those two issues, are we?

as to the DUI issue: Repubes wasted no time bringing up Ted Kennedy's record every time they needed a character assassination issue to 
discredit him.

natch.

zra

about 12 years ago

everyone's opinions weigh exactly the same, jim. which means yours are worth every bit as much as mine, B man's and everyone else's here.

sucks huh?

B-man

about 12 years ago

@ Jim

-----------------------------------CAUTION FOUL LANGUAGE IN THIS POST----------------------------------

If I have to explain the joke it kind of takes away the thunder but here goes.  I was poking fun at you inability to correctly spell. Illegaly is not a word.

Dum dum

Neither is duaghter

Ass.  

I have had more in-depth conversations about what a person's likes are with pre-school kids describing their favorite Sesame Street characters. 

Redneck  

So any points that are against your very thin arguments are cause to return to the name calling huh?

Dyslexic mouth breather 

You really showed me up here in this forum. 

Simpleton

Never giving more to your answers that the initial knee-jerk reaction of foul language and personal attacks. 

Dork 

Your empty cranium is still ringing hollow with the words of Fox News. 

T-bagger (not the political kind) 

It is the members of the Republican Party like you that have given the Grand Old Party such a foul tinge. 

Incompetent bumbler

I am glad you are supporting Mr. Emmer in this contest, with your help he will fail much like you have in this world. 

Coward

Thank you for the pity jim I will ball it up and put it in my closet with your mother. 

Miserable wretch 

I will have good luck in this world because there will be people like you that suck up all the bad luck for me. 

Lazy slob

It is too bad that your father got the call from the out of state abortion clinic when your sister tried to get rid of you.

Son of a liberal.

Hey! This name calling stuff is fun!
and no hard feelings right?

nick

about 12 years ago

I wish someone on this blog would start a small business like Jim and myself and see how much the government takes from your pocket.  It's unimaginable. Here's a short list:

* Unemployment insurance (That's right folks. Unemployment checks are paid for by employers. Don't worry yourself about saving money in case you lose your job. The govt. and business owners will take care of you).

* Payroll taxes (like social security matching contributions. Why do I have to contribute to your retirement? Do you contribute to mine?)

* Income taxes

* Sales taxes

* License fees

* Inspection fees

* Minimum wage increases
 
* Health care fees

* Property taxes

Not to mention all of the regulations that increase the costs of doing business. And to top it all off, we get the liberal crowd telling us that we're the big, bad, evil capitalists, who, since we own a business, must have an endless supply of money from which the government can draw to fund some new program to help people that don't work nearly as hard as we do. Listen, we bust our asses (way more than some union gig), and take huge risks by borrowing very large sums of money so that maybe we can scratch out a little piece of the American pie for ourselves and our families. We're not out to screw anyone over.   

Owning and operating a successful business is hard enough on its own. The government only makes it more difficult. That is why we get so fired up.

jim

about 12 years ago

Boner-man, son-of-a-lib? That's low! Maybe we should be calling you Mel. Are you gonna break out your "Your momma is so fat" snaps next? In "you urge to spew" (Hmmm- yes even your fat little Jimmy Dean's miss key strokes!) you reveal your true colors. Based on your needing three jobs, I don't think your problem is getting rid of bad luck (or obviously too much good luck). I think maybe you should be looking at a career change, maybe something a little less stressful that doesn't involve scraping the gum off of the theatre floor. The problem is that it's tough for people like you to find a decent job. The second you open your mouth people instantly recognize you as the pathetic person you are. I truly do pity you, and your family. Life will continue to be tough for you, until you shake some of that anger and low self esteem. In the mean time, don't apply at my shop. I'm afraid you aren't qualified to scrape the crap off my shoe, let alone get paid for it. Keep the beard, though. The resemblance to a Mullah (and my armpit hair) is amazing. Whoa- that wasn't sensitive. I'm sorry. Feel free to have the last word. Your rants are funnier than my favorite Lockhorn panels. I can't take you seriously- so no, you haven't done me any harm.

B-man

about 12 years ago

Thanks jim.  Word.

Sam

about 12 years ago

Tom Emmer's story gets weirder and weirder the more I read about him.  It has been reported that Emmer knows and supports Bradley Dean of "You Can Run But You Can't Hide" Christian Ministries.  Emmer donated money in 2009 to Bradlee Dean (see http://bit.ly/9xzg9u ).  Dean said some pretty violent anti-gay things on Dean's radio show "Sons of Liberty."  

Here's what Dean said on his May 15 radio show:

"Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America," Dean said. "This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination."

"If America won't enforce the laws, God will raise up a foreign enemy to do just that,"  Dean said later. "That is what you are seeing in America."

"The bottom line is this... they [homosexuals] play the victim when they are, in fact, the predator. On average, they molest 117 people before they're found out. How many kids have been destroyed, how many adults have been destroyed because of crimes against nature?"

You can listen to this episode of Dean's radio show at youtube... http://bit.ly/aYssyy

This does not make Emmer look good, donating to and covorting with the likes of the extremist homophobe Bradlee Dean!

joyce smith

about 12 years ago

As you likely know by now, it's not just Minnesotans who aren't pleased by corporate CEOs donating big bucks to control electoral politics. I am in Arizona, where we really feel the insanity up close and personal. I was pleased the store manager on duty at a Target where I was part of a demo today seemed to understand the issues and was actually sympathetic to us. 

She also seemed to agree with moveon's (and others who are in coalition) 3-point pledge, the end washington corruption / other 98% campaign:

1. overturn citizens united v fec;
3. extend Az's clean elections (restored) to the rest of the country as fair elections now;
3. lobbying reform act to end the congress-corporate lobbyist revolving door.

http://pol.moveon.org/pac/sfd/ratify/local/?r_by=21862-4153966-UX7JEmx&rc=paste&district=VA_06

I will also urge everyone who gets it and cares about democracy to support Rep. Donna Edwards' (D-MD) HJR 74, corporate campaign finance reform ~ now, if not sooner!

Sam

about 12 years ago

As a result of the media attention and boycott, the CEO of Target officially apologized and promised never to make such political contributions again...



Target's Off-Target Campaign Contribution

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