22 July 2016

Clinton Misses the Message

Sec. Clinton’s VP choice of another corporatist neo-liberal demonstrates how shockingly little the DNC and beltway Democrats have understood about this historic Presidential election cycle. 

After the rise and resonance of Sen. Sanders’ wealth inequality message, Sec. Clinton and the DNC are still profoundly deaf, dumb, and blind to the national zeitgeist of economic insecurity. Even the churlish megalomaniac Mr. Trump seems to have grokked this message from day one. Nut-wing conservatives and milk toast neo-liberals like Sec. Clinton have sold us down the road. 

Sec. Clinton will still have my reluctant vote, but the choice of Tim Kaine is a head scratcher. Clinton’s safe pick of Gov. Kaine seems risky in this economic climate. 

How does the DNC bring energetic millennials into the big tent? Not with Tim Kaine. Hows does the DNC excite the base? Not with Tim Kaine. Why didn’t Sec. Clinton reach out to mend fences with progressives by making a bolder pick? Sec. Clinton is thumbing her nose at Sanders millennials & old lefties like me. This VP pick is a personal affront. 

Sec. Clinton needs to pull a rabbit out of the hat next week in Philly. People are ready to burn this shit down. 

Still, the #1 most compelling reason to hold your nose to vote Hillary Clinton besides stopping the churlish megalomaniac? At least two Supreme Court nominations are in the offing.

20 July 2016

Opposition to Mining Near BWCA

TO:U.S. Forest Service, Superior National Forest*
DATE:July 20, 2016
RE:Opposition to Renewal of Twin Metals’ Federal Mineral Leases
I oppose the renewal of Twin Metals’ Federal mineral leases, MNES 1352 & 1353 in northeastern Minnesota.

As a Minnesota resident, I agree with Gov. Dayton that underground copper-nickel mining near the jumping off point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA), 10 miles from Ely, MN, is too close to a much valued water and wilderness resource.

The BWCA has been enjoyed by generations of people in Minnesota and beyond. Preserving this unique water recreational area serves the Common Good.

While the several hundred jobs that Twin Metals’ mining offers is enticing in dire economic times, mining has historically resulted in unacceptable environmental degradation. Harvesting non-renewables for profit is the old-school thinking that has characterized previous centuries. Such short-sightedness regarding heretofore unspoiled recreational resources is a disservice to current and future generations.

I am concerned that Federal agencies, perennially squeezed by Congressional ideologues, will not have the necessary budget to provide essential regulatory oversight of the Twin Metals’ mining operations.

Inadequate regulatory oversight of mining operations poses an unacceptable risk to the BWCA, to Ely residents, and to other valued resources in the area.


Bob MacNeal
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Sunset over Pose Lake, a small lake accessible only by foot.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

*email to: TwinMetalsLeaseInput@fs.fed.us on July 20, 2016.