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Ellison Weighs in on Super Committee's Shortcomings

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction folded last week.

After it was announced last week that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—a congressional super committee constructed to address the nation's budgetary problems—was no more, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) joined other Minnesota politicians in criticizing the committee's shortcomings.

Ellison was most critical of the committee's lack of focus on jobs. In a joint statement released with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus with Ellison, the Minnesota representative said:

"After manufacturing this crisis over the summer, Republicans insisted on protecting tax giveaways for millionaires and billionaires and eliminating the Medicare guarantee. Republicans seem more committed to protecting the one percent than to finding bipartisan solutions that create jobs." (You can see the rest of Ellison's statement, along with feedback from the rest of the Minnesota delegation, in this MPR article.)

Ellison Applauds YouTube Decision to Pull Anti-Islam Ad

After a graphic, anti-Islam ad created by Ellison challenger Gary Boisclair was pulled from YouTube earlier this month, the Muslim congressman said in a statement he applauded the decision:

"The people of Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District elected me to uphold our Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion for every American. I intend to maintain the high level of civility the voters expect and deserve. And, I will continue working with our communities to organize for greater inclusion of people of all faiths and backgrounds."

Debate Scheduled

Senate District 60 Republicans of South Minneapolis are partnering with Congressional District 5 Republicans to host a debate featuring potential Ellison challengers on Tuesday night.

The debate will be held at the James Ballentine VFW, 2916 Lyndale Ave. S, and will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Talk show host Bob Davis will moderate, and Republican challengers Michael Katch, Lynne Torgerson and Chris Fields are expected to participate.

For more, see the SD-60 website.

Kevin O'Donovan December 01, 2011 at 05:13 PM
John, I don't know why there is a cap on income subject to payroll taxes, that contribute to the Social Security trust fund. I think all income should be taxed at the same rate, once, That means an end to inheritance taxes , corporate profits should be taxed at the corporate level, but that investment income would be tax free to the recipient. I subscribe to a limited Capital Gains Tax because taxpayer supported infrastructure most often contributed to those gains. Social Security recipients should be means tested for income, but not for assets. I think SocSec should be exclusively for retirees and the disabled. I think Medicaid should completely be a state supported program. Medicare needs to include prescription meds, yet it is entangled with issues that hurt it ,but are not necessarily within it. The extension of Patent Protection to a lesser amount of years, tort reform on both state and federal levels, protection from lawsuits for medical professionals, charities, churches,and hospitals is another area to consider. These and other areas effect Medicare , but not just Medicare, and should be revisited. Minors who are survivors of deceased parents deserve special consideration, as do minors born with disabilities. These last two issues should be left to the individual states,The reason is primarily that childhood is a temporary, and not permanent condition. Local communities can assume responsibility for local needs in many cases. Tax reform is needed.
Charlie Dickens December 01, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Kevin, Touch them all! (It's a baseball reference John)
Charlie Dickens December 02, 2011 at 05:24 AM
@kathleen, 99% of the time I'm using a qwerty! So... Yes, I should've used "are" however, the 99% of which you speak don't feel like you! Barry, is his birth name! Time to imbue oneself on facts and history again. Another fact you need to read up on is that capitalism is what made us great! Therefore, the owners of companies that hire you made this country what it is. Btw the word idiot offends me! http://news.goldseek.com/GoldSeek/1281679980.php
Charlie Dickens December 02, 2011 at 05:31 AM
You must live in a Glass house Kathleen. " I will not be lectured to by someone who does not know when to use "is" and when to use "are".". "lectured to by" did you need "to"? I think not. Cheers,
James Warden December 02, 2011 at 08:34 PM
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