Ed Raymond

Ed Raymond is a former Marine officer and school board superintendent, and resides in Detroit Lakes.

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Freedom?

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Living Paycheck To Paycheck

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There is not a state in the country where a full-time individual Walmart or Amazon worker makes enough money to cover the basic costs of living in that state, let alone the costs of a family.

What Happens If Conspicuous Consumption Becomes Global?

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Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, certainly not known for his altruism, expressed the views of the Republican Party, now the Trump Party, in this pithy-or pissy-statement: “The American way of life is nonnegotiable.” You better not bet your sweet bippy on that, Dick.

Empty Pews and Collection Plates

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“Religious leaders spend their time talking about what happens at the end of the world when practically everyone sitting in the pews are probably worried about how they are going to survive to the end of the month.”

Will Knowledge Ever Win The Political Sweepstakes?

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“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” “Conservative” Trump-Republicans continue to insist that health care is a privilege, not a right. Americans pay twice as much for health care as any other civilized nation on the planet

Is Life Just Keeping House On The Deck Of The Titanic?

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“Trump is the first American president whose only religious impulses arise from the American prosperity gospel.” Remember when Trump said he never had to forgive anybody? We all know how religious he is. His only religion is himself and his precious bank account.

Free Speech Is Very Expensive

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In a letter written to a friend Koch expressed his admiration for totalitarian governments: “I am of the opinion that the only sound countries in the world are Germany, Italy, and Japan, simply because they are all working and working hard.” He made these comments about The New Deal of FDR

Amazon’s Bezos Ain’t Hamlet

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Sanders says: “In my view, a nation cannot survive morally or economically when so few have so much and so many have so little. Millions of people of people across this country struggle to put food on the table and are one paycheck away from economic devastation, and the wealthiest people have never had it so good.”

Angry Black Cattle On The White Ranch

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” My God, didn’t this Hall of Fame tackle ever go to elementary, middle school, high school, and college history classes? Did he ever study the Constitution and the history of the labor movement and the power of strikes and walkouts? If he didn’t, he’s the perfect Trump voter.

A World of “Fake” Men

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“Man is an animal whose chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which multiply with such rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.”

What Is Democratic Socialism?

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To elect an average senator today runs about $20 million, a house seat $1.5 million! That’s what the Republican Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision did to our politics. Open the money flood gates!

American Dream Bye-Bye

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“Trump’s political movement meets the definition of a cult. Donald Trump fits the stereotypical profile of a cult leader. His followers fit the model as well. Many Trumpistas, especially the ones that say, ‘He could do anything and we would still believe him, we would still follow him,’ sound like people who have been indoctrinated into a totalistic mindset.”

American Paychecks

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The big Republican tax cut? Higher wages have not appeared yet, but corporations such as Apple, Wells Fargo, and McDonald’s have spent $680 billion of those tax cuts buying back their own stock, thus enriching CEOs and shareholders.

American Exceptionalism

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The number of suburban residents living in high poverty areas has tripled since 1990, primarily because earnings have stayed flat for the last forty years in most suburbs