1] "The Unemployment Rate Has Been Steadily Going Down: Well...The working age population that actually has a job has fallen dramatically and then remained "remarkably" flat
2] "Inflation Is Low": Well...the M1 money supply has nearly doubled since the beginning of 2008 and they are not including
3] Quantitative Easing is Economic Stimulus": uh... then why are we paying nearly a trillion dollars a year for welfare
4] "Obamacare Is Going to Be Good for Middle Class Americans": uh...about 4 million Americans have already had their health insurance plans canceled (and could reach 93 million) while only about 100,000 have supposedly signed up.
5] "The U.S. National Debt Is Under Control": uh...the U.S. government borrows more than a trillion dollars each year and rolls over trillions more from one year to the other
Thank you Ron Johnson for voting to keep the government from intervening in our right to bear arms, as opposed to the following Republican Senators who voted to advance gun-control legislation in the Senate April 11, 2013:
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake
Arizona Sen. John McCain
Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk
Maine Sen. Susan Collins
Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Nevada Sen. Dean Heller
North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr
North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker
The following is a list of Democrat Senators who voted against advancing gun-control legislation (they're in Red states):
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich
Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor
Banks Move to Enslave Humanity
King World News Interviews former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
"You see this crisis is being used by the EU bureaucracy in Brussels to destroy the financial sovereignty of the individual countries.... That’s what this is all about. They are saying, ‘We can’t trust you with the euro because you create too much debt. So we’re going to decide your budget, your tax policies, and your spending policies.’... to concentrate the power in Brussels and in the private banks.
It’s the same here (in the US). Who runs the Treasury? Who runs the financial regulatory agencies? Who runs the Fed? ...the various CEO’s who got the banks in trouble are now running economic policy in the United States." READ MORE (part 2)...
The KWN audio interview with Dr. Roberts is available now and you can listen to it by CLICKING HERE.
Dept. Homeland Secur*ty - What's the plan? | from a US dissident site
The interviews say the plan is to let the system collapse, the EBT 'food stamp money' cards won't work and so on, have a few weeks of chaos and hunger and violence, till most hungry Americans beg for protection from their government
Then they will put in steps where the US government will control nearly everything, many dissidents taken off to camps, and most types of firearms and upper-capacity magazines get confiscated ... with a few less high-power, totally registered guns allowed to be kept by US citizens who don't violate the new rules or restrictions on life
Unsettling stuff, if true ... site is Douglas J Hagmann's 'Northeast Intelligence Network' ... here are the DHS 'insider' interviews in text, two parts
10 reasons the U.S. is no longer the Land of the Free | J Turley, WashingtonPost
Assassination of U.S. citizens - the president can order the assassination of any citizen whom he considers allied with terrorists.
Indefinate detention - terrorism suspects are to be held by the military; the president also has the authority to indefinitely detain citizens accused of terrorism
Arbitrary justice - The president now decides whether a person will receive a trial in the federal courts or in a military tribunal
Warrantless searches - The government can use “national security letters” to demand, without probable cause, that organizations turn over information on citizens — and order them not to reveal the disclosure to the affected party
Secret evidence - The government now routinely uses secret evidence to detain individuals and employs secret evidence in federal and military courts. It also forces the dismissal of cases against the United States by simply filing declarations that the cases would make the government reveal classified information that would harm national security
War crimes [convincing example not provided]
Secret courts - The government now routinely uses secret evidence to detain individuals and employs secret evidence in federal and military courts. It also forces the dismissal of cases against the United States by simply filing declarations that the cases would make the government reveal classified information that would harm national security
Immunity from judicial review - immunity for companies that assist in warrantless surveillance of citizens
Continual monitoring of citizens - [the gubmint] can use GPS devices to monitor every move of targeted citizens without securing any court order or review
Extraordinary renditions - The government now has the ability to transfer both citizens and noncitizens to another country under a system known as extraordinary rendition...including the possible transfer of U.S. citizens... [in what is now] an expanded security system
Conversely, after last week’s vote, the GOP for the first time since 1872 now controls the Arkansas House and Senate. Just 20 years ago, Republicans didn’t have a majority in a single legislative house in the states of the old Confederacy – now they control all 11.>>
Read more: Rising number of states seeing one-party rule - Washington Times
<<...we agree with Goldman that the country will likely be determining the path for near-term economic growth, medium-to-longer term fiscal stability and monetary policy at a time when the stakes are exceptionally high...>>
Click to read more on ZeroHedge.
We Fund Dependency | John Stossel
...These indicators "could be useful in measuring economic progress or setbacks as well as in explaining economic decision-making," Bernanke said....
Bernanke's own definition of happiness might baffle anyone without an advanced degree. He called it a "short-term state of awareness that depends on a person's perceptions of one's immediate reality, as well as on immediate external circumstances and outcomes.">> Only an elitist could come up with an answer like that!!
Sooooo, as long as you say you're doing well enough, then the Fed and Congress know they aren't taking enough, and we should stop complaining about them!
Crops/Drought Map 1896-2012 Comparison
Remember hearing about the dustbowls of the 1930s? Reading Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath?
See something similar about the patterns in the chart between 1934 and 2012?
HT Jim Sinclair
As Eric De Groot writes, "Mother nature don’t care if humans are battling a sovereign debt crisis or not. Natural cycles show no mercy for the unprepared and election-year illusions. If commodity prices surge due to contraction in supply, be absolutely certain consumption-driven GDP will take a hit."
De Groot also highlights a July 19, 2012, NY Times article article: Widespread Drought Is Likely to Worsen.
My Single Greatest Fear | Peter Schiff on King World News
“My biggest worry is that capitalism and the free markets will get the blame when it really hits the fan. When we get the real crash and everything implodes, and it’s really an Armageddon style collapse, my fear (again) is that capitalism and free markets take the blame for problems that were created by government.”>>
Read more. | Listen to the Interview.
Europe, Gold & the Health Care Bill | Peter Schiff
Re Gold: "People should be buying gold, not selling it, if they understand the broader implications of this bill."
Re Health Care Bill ruling: "They [the Supreme Court] essentially said that even though the intent may have been to punish people for not buying insurance, the effect is that they don’t get punished because it’s really just a tax. ...[but] it’s not a tax, because a tax is there to raise revenue. This is not there to raise revenue, it’s there to punish you. It’s there to make you buy health insurance.
[The Supreme Court] said it’s not a direct tax, because not everybody has to pay it ... only people who don’t buy insurance have to pay it.... That doesn’t change it from a direct tax to an indirect tax. It’s a direct tax on people who don’t buy insurance... The income tax was declared unconstitutional as a direct tax. [because] Not everybody paid it. Only the people who had income paid it, and only if you had income above a certain level.
So [whether everybody has to pay the tax] is not a criteria over whether something is a direct or an indirect tax. This (health care bill) is a direct tax on people. They are taxing you if you don’t have health insurance, and you have to pay the tax directly to the government.... The Supreme Court is wrong there, and therefore it’s an unconstitutional tax, because it’s not being apportioned [among the states on the basis of population]. So they did two things wrong, they said something was a tax that wasn’t a tax. And then once they said it was a tax, they then identified it as an indirect tax, when it should be a direct tax.
The net of this is it’s going to weaken the economy even further because of the extra burden of higher health care costs. It’s going to damage the insurance industry dramatically because many people are going to opt to pay for the penalty, rather than to buy insurance.
So the insurance companies are not going to have the revenue to pay the claims. Basically, everybody who is sick is going to be putting in claims. The people who don’t get sick aren’t going to be paying a premium.”
Exodus | Mark Steyn
Even if you put to one side the public school in Denmark that says it can no longer take Jewish children because of the security situation, and the five children of the chief rabbi of Amsterdam who've decided to emigrate, and the Swedish Jews fleeing the most famously tolerant nation in Europe because of its pervasive anti-Semitism; even if you put all that to the side and consider only the situation in France... No, wait, forget the Villiers-le-Bel schoolgirl brutally beaten by a gang jeering, "Jews must die"; and the Paris disc-jockey who had his throat slit, his eyes gouged out, and his face ripped off by a neighbor who crowed, "I have killed my Jew"; and the young Frenchman tortured to death over three weeks, while his family listened via phone to his howls of agony as his captors chanted from the Koran... No, put all that to one side, too, and consider only the city of Toulouse. In recent years, in this one city, a synagogue has been firebombed, another set alight when two burning cars were driven into it, a third burgled and "Dirty Jews" scrawled on the ark housing the Torah, a kosher butcher's strafed with gunfire, a Jewish sports association attacked with Molotov cocktails...>>
Can you see how raising taxes on the Rich will help cut the deficit?
Buffet complains he doesn't pay enough in taxes, but won't ante up and send in a check for an amount he thinks is fair.
So he supports a congressional bill to get others to do what he won't: S. 2059 -- "To reduce the deficit by imposing a minimum effective tax rate for high income taxpayers" (i.e., the employers of America). The Act describes itself on page 1 as the ‘‘Paying a Fair Share 5 Act of 2012," followed by 6 pages of legalese and politico-double-speak.
With cures like this, who needs solutions?
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The Socialist Apprentice | "The fundamental question that a people must ask is whether they want to be independent of their government, or dependent on it? The tipping point between tool and master kicks in when government gains the ability to expand its own parameters independently of the people. It's that moment when Mickey Mouse realizes the brooms aren't going to stop and Dr. Frankenstein realizes the monster isn't going to sit down and have tea with him after all."
Paul Ryan's Path to Prosperity text | Topics: Providing for the Common Defense, Restoring Economic Freedom, Repairing the Social Safety Net, Strengthening Health and Retirement Security, Pro-Growth Tax Reform, Changing Washington's Culture of Spending, Lifting the Crushing Debt
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Eric Hovde is a U.S. Senate Candidate. Click here for his website.
Rush Limbaugh clears up misconceptions about his sponsors (only 28+ of 18,000 requested changes)
Obama embraces Prof. Derr1ck Hill | Breitbart and Another Piece of Obama's Puzzle | Frontpagemag <<"[he lent] his support behind a journal entitled Race Traitor, whose editors stated that “the key to solving the social problems of our age is to abolish the white race, which means no more and no less than abolishing the privileges of white skin.”>>
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Barack Obama's Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model by David Horowitz - an online book in PDF format
Do We Need a Department of Education? by Charles Murray - speaker at Hillsdale College [of note: "At the time the Constitution was written, education was not even considered a function of local government, let alone the federal government." "The Department of Education didn’t come into being until 1980." "...this much can certainly be said: The overall data on the performance of American K-12 students give no reason to think that federal involvement, which took the form of the Department of Education after 1979, has been an engine of improvement." "The Department of Education spends about $200 million a year on research intended to improve educational practice. No evidence exists that these expenditures have done any significant good."] Read the article to hear the reasoning behind these statements.
How to Reform a Failing Congress by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis) and Rep. Scott Rigell [in brief: term limits, no congressional pensions, committee reform, budget reform]
Scott Walker Discusses Reform Proponents on Fox & Friends (a video)
GAB to post Walker recall petition signatures Monday By the WTMJ News Team OH, WAIT!! GAB says it WILL NOT post them!!
The CATO Institute analyzes proposals that the GOP Presidential candidates have made regarding spending cuts they are willing to champion and to what degree they are committed to it.
The image at the left only shows the results for the current field as of the beginning of 2012. Click it for a larger image. Click the title for the complete article and a chart that includes prior candidates.
Cashless Society: ... the first BioMetric ID Program
Will this really stop corruption? Or will this give government officials and other criminals valuable data to exploit - if not now, what about during a future administration? (Click the image to see a 3-min report about this govt database.) Per the article:
<<New technologies which are being introduced inside the United States, the UK, and Australia such as vein scanners, biometric employee time and attendance systems, voice recognition devices, and behavior analysis systems are all geared toward Total Information Awareness of every human being on the planet.
Only a totalitarian form of government would desire this information; and only a very determined totalitarian government would actively work toward establishing it. India is only the first nation to openly sweep up its entire national population into such a massive biometric database net. We cannot let our nation be the next.>> Thought: We want voter ID, but let's not sanction government national identity cards.
Government Spending Is the Problem
Involuntary taxation (taking from one person to now mostly distribute to or bail out another) is just institutionalized theft.
Not for the Feint of Heart! Are you in the banking system?
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James J Puplava CFP with Ann Barnhardt Jim is joined by Ann Barnhardt, who recently closed her commodity brokerage firm Barnhardt Capital Management after the MF Global collapse. She believes that her client monies were no longer safe in the futures and options markets, and that the entire system has been 'utterly destroyed' by the MF Global collapse.
Is the New World Order Unraveling? | Patrick Buchanan
This Is What a Mob Looks Like (AKA The Flea Party)| Ann Coulter
First of all, the Boston Tea Party was nothing like tattooed, body–pierced, sunken-chested 19-year-olds getting in fights with the police for fun. Paul Revere's nighttime raid was intended exclusively to protest a new British tea tax. (The Wall Street protesters would be more likely to fight for a new tax than against one.)
Revere made sure to replace a broken lock on one of the ships and severely punished a participant who stole some of the tea for his private use. Samuel Adams defended the raid by saying that all other methods of recourse -- say, voting -- were unavailable.,,.George Washington disapproved of the destruction of the tea. Benjamin Franklin demanded that the India Tea Co. be reimbursed for it. Considered an embarrassment by many of our founding fathers, the Boston Tea Party was not celebrated for another 50 years.
It would be three long years after the Boston Tea Party when our founding fathers engaged in their truly revolutionary act: The signing of the Declaration of Independence....[Modern Day] Tea partiers didn't block traffic, sleep on sidewalks, wear ski masks, fight with the police or urinate in public. They read the Constitution, made serious policy arguments, and petitioned the government against Obama's unconstitutional big government policies, especially the stimulus bill and Obamacare...>>
A Major Victory, but the Battle Rages On | Peter Brookes - Our Oct '11 Guest Speaker!
...al Qaeda has been stripped of one of its most powerful propagandists, who was especially skilled in so-called “digital jihad,” with a troubling ability to reach out to and recruit both English and Arabic speakers over the Internet... Finally, it’s possible that with Awlaki gone AQAP will stop targeting the West, specifically the United States. It may turn to toppling the Yemeni and Saudi governments, which has always been its top prize. [But, al Qaeda] still has the resources: AQAP has seized control of territory in Yemen from which it can still plan, train and operate.
And we shouldn’t forget there’s still plenty of al Qaeda out there, including al Qaeda in Iraq, al Shabab (Somalia), al Qaeda in the Maghreb (North Africa) and al Qaeda Central (Pakistan) -- not to mention its allies like the Taliban and Haqqani network in Afghanistan..."
Johnson has announced endorsements from 11 other Senators, including fellow freshmen (such as Florida’s Marco Rubio and Utah’s Mike Lee) and some of the Senate's most outspoken conservatives and fiscal hawks (such as Oklahoma’s Tom Coburn and South Carolina’s Jim DeMint).>> By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel HT Joyce Bant, Republican Party of Oneida County
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FEMA's use of term "federal family" for government expands under Obama | "The G-word — 'government' — has been nearly banished, with FEMA instead referring to federal, state and local 'partners' as well as 'offices' and 'personnel.'" More on FEMA camps soon. Recommendation: Avoid them!
Sun Causes Climate Change Shock | James Delingpole reports: "'In this chamber, 63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth.'"
NewAmerican's Feds Raid Gibson to Save Endangered Trees: "At approximately 8:45 a.m. on August 24, federal agents raided Gibson Guitar Corporation facilities in Nashville and Memphis, making off with an estimated $1 million worth of Gibson property. Gibson’s alleged crime? Using imported wood from endangered trees. At least that’s what the company assumes the feds have in mind. Gibson hasn’t actually been notified of any charges against the company. In fact, according to a Gibson press release, they still haven’t been told on what charges “more than a dozen agents with automatic weapons” raided their factory and stole their property in November 2009. They’re being forced to sue in federal court to get their property back, and even there the government is stalling, having requested an indefinite stay of the case. Out of Tune and Out of Touch | Newt Gingrich: "Gibson Guitar maintains it has papers from Madagascar in 2009 and India in 2011 proving the wood from both countries is legal, but hasn’t been given the opportunity to defend itself in court since the government has filed no charges. There were apparently 26 armed federal agents assaulting Gibson Guitar in pursuit of endangered wood..."
37 Year Study Shows Spending Cuts, Not Tax Increases, Best for Debt, Growth, Bond, Stock Markets | “Specifically, reducing transfer programs and government wages were the most beneficial to growth, according to the 37 year study.”
comprehensive land-use planning
redistribution of wealth
Becoming a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) requires certification by the U.N. (committed to Agenda 21, btw). International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is an NGO for "Local Governments for Sustainability" with 600+ contracts here in the United States. A Mayor signs a contract with ICLEI (a foreign political interest) and the city then incorporates ICLEI into their city planning (automatically implementing rules that reduce property rights). Click here to see if your city is part of ICLEI (Milwaukee WI is, of course). Click here to read about ICLEI's global themes and international goals and agreements. For more on ICLEI, go to the Freedom Advocates website. Here's a link to Taking Liberty: How Private Property Is Being Abolished in America.
But alas, they cannot. After spending the last three years, assisted by their media minions, convincing Americans that any and all criticism of or opposition to Obama is racist, Democrats find themselves victims of their own trap. Fearing the repercussions, Dems do not dare display the slightest abandonment of Obama. I love it! They who live by the race card die by the race card.
Despite the media's relentless attempts to brand us otherwise, the Tea Party has never been about race. Our focus and sole desire have been to uphold the Constitution and restore our freedom, liberty, and culture. The Tea Party's goals are much higher than the Democrats' bottom-feeding agenda of exploiting race for political gain..."
Wisconsinites who voted for the "deal"
Dan Mitchell of BigGovernment writes an article: Basic Economics for Financial Journalists and Other Dummies:
"...I’ve begun to realize that many people are accidentally sympathetic to the Keynesian government-spending-is-stimulus approach. They mistakenly think the theory makes sense because they look at GDP, which measures how national income is spent. They’d be much less prone to shoddy analysis if they instead focused on how national income is earned...
[a Keynesian financial] journalist would tell us that the household’s total spending stayed steady thanks to a big increase in tax payments, which compensated for falling demand for utilities, food, and other spending [but really it means families couldn't spend that money on other things - more taxes does not mean more income] ...
[an] increase in GDP is a natural result of more national income..."
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Do This for 10 Minutes on the Fourth of July | Dennis Prager outlines a ritual to keep the American Spirit alive for the ages, based on "...the Jewish Passover meal [which] has successfully kept the memory of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt alive for over 3,000 years."
Rich Dad Poor Dad | Author Robert Kyosaki is now a prepper. "...Once upon a time he was all about teaching people how they could get rich, but now he is talking about storing food, buying guns, investing in precious metals and preparing for the coming crash." Click 4 video.
Another Federal Program Is NOT the Answer to Natural Disasters | Heritage's Matt Mayer explains the "...push for a federal program at a cost that will far outstrip any claim made today of savings for taxpayers. Their plan, outlined in POLITICO, is to create a 'private-public partnership' that acts as an insurance pool against future catastrophic events at 'little' cost to taxpayers. Of course, there is no such thing as 'ittle' cost in Washington...As The Heritage Foundation has extensively noted, instead of creating another federal program that results in a majority of taxpayers subsidizing other Americans for the well-known risks of living in certain locations (earthquake zones, hurricane zones, tornado zones, and flood plains)...The reality is that the federal government played no role in most natural disasters in America from 1787 to 1992..." We do NOT need "...more spending, more waste, and less federalism."
Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water | Mike Adams, the Health Ranger points out that "...as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use..."
Kids, You Don't Have to Go to College | Community College Spotlight conveys one parent's thinking that "...Instead of preparing his children for college in the future, he hopes to prepare them to educate themselves, starting now. 'And odds are pretty good that 10 years from now when you are looking to strike out on your own, your passion and your portfolio will take you as far if not farther than a degree that came at a great expense and in all likelihood with only a slice of relevance.'”
The Extinction of Retirement | Michael Pento 6/11
Not surprising is HOW we are divided...
[I''ll try to get numbers associated with the groups so we can compare the potential voting power of each -- if you happen to know where that info is, please let me know. :)]
Too Fast Too Furious 5/31/11
"...Starting in the 1960s, academics took heightened interest in Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci's cultural Marxism. Members of the political class glommed onto the resulting "social justice," affirmative action, "diversity," multiculturalism, political correctness, and other malignancies spawned by cultural Marxism. Progressive politicians came to view society as a hodge-podge of racial, ethnic, gender-based, and now also sexual orientation-based groups locked in zero-sum combat with Western whites...Cultural Marxism entered high school, then middle school, and now infests elementary schools as well as preschools. One illustration of the use of anti-wealth, anti-American fallacies in K-12 classrooms is the showing of the virulently anti-capitalist video, The Story of Stuff. The video presents baseless, hysterical vitriol as fact. For instance, schoolchildren are told that: . . . extraction . . . is a fancy word for natural resource exploitation, which is a fancy word for trashing the planet. What this looks like is we chop down trees, we blow up mountains to get the metals inside, we use up all the water and we wipe out the animals. [See our Video page for a response to this video.]
The Education Mantra | Thomas Sowell
"...Students can graduate from some of the most prestigious institutions in the country, without ever learning anything about science, mathematics, economics or anything else that would make them either a productive contributor to the economy or an informed voter who can see through political rhetoric.
On the contrary, people with such "education" are often more susceptible to demagoguery than the population at large. Nor is this a situation peculiar to America. In countries around the world, people with degrees in soft subjects have been sources of political unrest, instability and even mass violence.
A 62% Top Tax Rate | WSJ Stephen Moore
"...According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, over the past two decades the average highest tax rate among the 20 major industrial nations has fallen to about 45%. Yet the highest U.S. tax rate would rise to more than 48% under the Obama/Democratic tax hikes. ... The Tax Foundation recently noted that in 2009 the U.S. collected a higher share of income and payroll taxes (45%) from the richest 10% of tax filers than any other nation, including such socialist welfare states as Sweden (27%), France (28%) and Germany (31%). And this was before the rate hikes that Democrats are now endorsing..."
Watch Out! Feds Could Seize Your Private Retirement Savings | Newsmax.com
"...As Congress squares off over a debt ceiling vote, Treasury is scrambling to find cash in the couch cushions. One of the ways it will scare up extra money is by putting off saving for the retirements of federal workers — in effect, short-term 'borrowing' from public pension funds..."
DOJ Says It Is Justified to Lie to US Court | "US Justice Department lawyers stated to a Federal Court Judge this past March that they (the US government) had the right to lie to the Court. See highlights from the actual Court ruling [Jesse Trentadue v. United States Central Intelligence Agency, et. Al; Case No. 2:08-CV-0788] [PDF link here]: “The Court found the Government to have lied and provided false and misleading information to the court through sworn statements. When the deception was revealed the Government argued that it had the authority to mislead the court and requested and opportunity to brief the issue.”
Potential Abuse Of Same-Day Registration Discovered In Open Records Request | Media Trackers
"Media Trackers conducted an open records request investigation of election day registrations in 15 Milwaukee and Dane County wards for the April 5 election. With just a small sampling of election-day registrations, Media Trackers uncovered significant potential abuses of the same-day registration system and numerous cases of incomplete voter registrations..." See results...
Walk with Walker | Tonette Walker
Join WI's First Lady as she begins a walk at various state parks, starting with High Cliff State Park in Sherwood, Wisconsin Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011 Time: 10 A.M. Admission: Free Parking: On-site Walk will take place on the Lime-Kiln Trail.
Campaign Trail Report | Interesting place to see updates on 2012 campaign.
KISS' Gene Simmons: Obama "Has No F***ing Idea What The World Is Like" (Watch the video.)
And one more...Our first lady: Bitter harridan | Mychal Massie
Michelle Ob*ma "...got him [BO] involved in Wright's church. Obama was little more than a summer clerk, an intern, at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin. She was practicing law at the firm when he was hired as summer help and was assigned to mentor him. Something that is not widely publicized is that Sidley Austin also employed Bernardine Dohrn, who was personally hired by Howard Trienens, head of the firm and close friend of Bill Ayers' father. It puts one in mind of the movie "The Firm" – only at this firm, unlike the Tom Cruise theatrical character, the star players aren't motivated by conscience. They're motivated by anarchy and contempt..." P.S. Harridan = scolding, vicious hag/shrew
Understanding Liberals - Walter E Williams
income redistribution ("the dollar dealer is a racist, a sexist, a multinationalist or a conservative")
the rich must give something back ("they got to the pile first and greedily took an unfair share")
Read the whole article to see how he "Contrast[s] the morality of having to serve one's fellow man in order to have a claim on what he produces with congressional handouts."
P.S. "In regard to economic policy, socialism and communism are identical." Ludwig von Mises - Nation, State, and Economy
Economic Crisis and the Typical Response
Q. "What do you think about the economic crisis, the rise of the PM's and the fall of the FIAT currencies, the printing of money to rob everyone via inflation or the imposing of austerity in order to protect the banks"
A. "Well i try not to think about it">> Comment under ZeroHedge's post, Relentless Dollar Plummeting Continues
Tax and Debt Bomb | Larry Kudlow
You Can’t Tax the Rich Enough to Close the Deficit | Heritage: "...Over the next 10 years, the Obama tax hikes will take almost $700 billion from taxpayers. That is only 8 percent of the nearly $9 trillion President Obama’s budget adds in debt over that same period. Low tax revenues are not the cause of the debt explosion; spending is...
Closing the more than $1 trillion deficit Obama’s spending would produce in 2020 by taxing only the rich would require a top income tax rate of 134 percent.... So even if it were mathematically possible to tax more income than the rich earn, there would be none of it left for the government to confiscate"
Shadow Puppet Master
Soros: China Has Better Functioning Government than U.S. Who is George Soros?
The Soros Plan to Overthrow The US Government: "1) infiltrate countries with his operatives, under the cover of humanitarian aid; 2) take control of the air waves by creating “independent media” under his own control; 3) destabilize the targeted country with financial manipulations and political agitation, 4) wait for an election, then disrupts it with charges of voter fraud, then; 5) take the streets with armies of activist youth whom Soros has recruited, trained and funded, all demanding that the incumbent step down. The formula often works. In theory, it is supposed to produce a “bloodless” coup, in which few people are killed or harmed. Things went tragically wrong in Kenya, however..."
Committe of Un-American Activities document: "This is a document from the Committee of Un-American Activities, December 30, 1961. It features an essay explaining the radicals top up, bottom down theory."
Related: The Road to Serfdom
1) vote for budget-busting spending bills just to secure a little pork for their states.
2) support federal programs that perform functions that should be left to states, local communities and individuals. Credits Ron Johnson as one reason the ban went through.
"As the mainstream financial media trumpeted the other day, GM announced incredible sales growth of 49% for February. Of course, they didn’t bother reporting on the second half of the GM’s sales announcement. As Bill King noted in a recent King Report the full sentence from GM’s press release was:...General Motors total sales in the United States rose 49 percent in February, as dealers reported 207,028 deliveries for the company’s four brands… Month-end dealer inventory in the United States stood at about 517,000 units, which is … about 101,000 higher than February 2010... [and] check out this little snippet from GM’s 10-K: …we generally recognize revenue upon the release of the vehicle to the carrier responsible for transporting it to a dealer, which is shortly after the completion of production. Vehicle sales data, which includes retail and fleet sales, does not correlate directly to the revenue we recognize during the period."
Still Too Fast Too Furious
Obama's Missionless War (If you don’t have a mission, it’s hard to know when it’s accomplished.) by Mark Steyn - Always on target and funny. If you can't figure out what we're doing overseas - you're in good company.
Faux job numbers could lead to real trouble For example, "...the figure included 117,000 jobs that the department thinks, but can't prove, were created by newly formed companies that might not even exist. In fact, the department is getting so optimistic about the labor market that it increased this imaginary job count from just 81,000 in March, 2010...during 2009 and 2010 these springtime assumptions -- which are officially called the Birth/Death Model by Labor -- led to major errors in the annual job count. The next three months should be doozies. In April 2010, the Labor Department guessed that 188,000 jobs were created by these newly formed, maybe nonexistent companies; last May's total job number was jacked up by a 215,000 guess, and June got an artificial boost of 147,000 jobs... This year, Labor will likely be inserting even bigger faux job totals for each of those three months... In other words, you still might not be able to get a job in the real world, but there should be plenty of fake jobs for the newspapers to write about and the politicians to brag about in speeches. Why should you care?"
This article doesn't even go into manipulating the numbers by reducing the numbers born and increasing the numbers who died (therefore they're not counted as part of the employable) or taking more thousands out of the count due to people "dropping out" of the employment scene - really? They just quit looking in theory, so no problem - sort of like the increases in food and oil prices don't mean we're experiencing an inflation problem, because they aren't part of the inflation formula.
"Their ideal was to combine individual liberty with material equality, a goal that has not yet been realized and that may be as ------- as transmutation of lead into gold.
E. inharmonious" (Click here to check answer.)
What Happens When Lots of People Get It?
Too Fast, Too Furious
Bernadine Dorn ("ex"-terrorist Weatherman and wife of Bill Ayers) talks about the need to overthrow capitalism (the free market). (video)
An interesting panel (including rockstar businessman Gene Simmons) discusses the need to abolish the Fed on Fox News. (video)
College applications gone wild - Colleges encourage everyone to apply so they can brag about their statistics (not mentioned is the incredible amount of money they make on all those rejected applications).
Missed it? Listen to Rush interview President Bush 43 11/9/10
MacIver Principles to Guide Wisconsin's Government Stop being a social services magnet; pursue privatization when cost effective; demand equal treatment for all; scale back taxing authorities; eliminate unfunded mandates; conduct a bureaucratic purge; embrace transparency.
Interesting questions to ask ourselves as conservatives - a comparison of libertarian vs conservative viewpoints. Do you believe it's morally wrong for government (or anyone) to:
- Forcibly take one person’s money in order to give it to another person for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid?
- Regulate, monitor, or control peaceful activity?
- Go abroad and kill people for the sake of democracy?
Think 401ks and trusts are safe forever? By which generation will our government resort to "safekeeping" your wealth and retirement?
Ann's Take on the 2011 SOTUS - Hope, Change, and 'Invest'
"Obama said, 'We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook.'...And then the government outlawed Edison's great invention, made the Wright brothers' air travel insufferable, filed anti-trust charges against Microsoft and made cars too expensive to drive by prohibiting oil exploration, and right now -- at this very minute -- is desperately trying to regulate the Internet."
Another WTF moment?
Is this what BO means by Winning The Future?
"Hasn't someone told the WI unions not to worry about their health benefits? ObamaCare will take care of that."
"Just got back from 1 hr in Wisc. Capitol. Crowd blocking access to Senate Chamber is 80 percent college and high school students."
"Are WI senators actually hiding from their own constituents?"
"and we're proud of him!! RT @floridajayhawk: Rush: The Governor of Wisconsin is Fighting For Every American Now. #wiunion"
"I'm curious to see how the MIA Wisconsin Dem Senators will explain escaping the state to the voters."
"Students who believe they have 'taken over' the Capitol have pushed people out of the elevators, & blocked access to hallways/offices."
"WEAC recruiting Illinois teachers to increase crowd size at Madison rallies http://www.ieanea.org/" (MacIver Institute has great tweets and can be followed at http://www.facebook.com/MacIverInstitute and www.MacIverInstitute.com)
"Average value of benefits for MPS teacher in 2001=$17,452. In 2010=$30,202. Not picking on workers, but a 73% jump is unsustainable."
Click here to read the actual bill.
Click here to learn more about home-school curriculum. :)
Federal, state, and local debt hits post-WWII levels (i.e., it exceeds size of entire economy)
The labor force is aging, U.S. manufacturing often lags behind Asian and European rivals, households are in hock up to their eyeballs, and consumer appetite for goods is tepid. In addition, inflation is tame and government spending locked into entitlement programs and debt service that will be hard or impossible to alter... Moreover, today state and municipal governments are also facing fiscal woes - another difference between now and the postwar era... Today's consumers and banks are strapped... Zeitz said that many governors speak of "cuts" when they mean cuts from projected spending, assuming continued growth from inflation and other factors. Many states whose governors boast of making budget cuts could end up with higher levels of spending..."
Two Californias | Victor Davis Hanson
Conservative Solutions and Commitment
Delivering on Our Commitment (pdf) | Eric Cantor (Future House Majority Leader)
Along with promising to continue listening to the people through the YouCut program, Cantor introduces his suggestions by stating: "New tax increases would not only cause further harm to our economy, but they also fix the wrong problem: Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem." Click here to read ResistNet's summary of the Commitment highlights.
Solutions for America | Heritage
Read what Heritage.org suggests about the need to freeze and cut spending, repeal Obamacare, stop the Obama tax hikes, protect America, and get control of government. Details about each aspect of the Policy Agenda are readily available (e.g., on Education Reform, Tax Reform, Restoring the U.S. To a Free Economy).Heritage's Get to Work: Freeze and Cut Spending is also worth reading.
CATO Handbook for Policymakers | CATO Institute
The introduction states, "At the Cato Institute we stand firmly on the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, on the bedrock American values of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace...And have confidence that free people, left to their own devices, will address issues of concern to them more effectively outside a political environment." There are chapters on Restructuring Federal Government, Government Reform, Health Care and Entitlement Reform, Cutting Federal Departments and Programs, Threats to Civil Liberties, Regulation, Tax Policy, Energy and Environment, Foreign and Defense Policy, International Economic Policy.
Roadmap for America | Paul Ryan
Of course, WI's own Paul Ryan early on proposed a comprehensive roadmap for America that tackles Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, Tax Reform, Additional Reforms, and Setting the Record Straight. Understand the difference behind a Choice of Two Futures. Paul's solution for Medicare is summarized at CATO.
"According to Labor historian, Mark Naison, the movement of workers that began in Wisconsin and is now spreading to other states is "the most important labor struggle in the United States in the 21st Century."
The current uprising of workers in Wisconsin and other states presents a powerful opportunity to teach students about what the protests are about, and why their teachers and neighbors are joining the struggle. It's an opportunity to critically examine issues, and to model for students responsible civic action and engagement in the political process.
As members of teacher unions, we have an additional responsibility, summarized by the late Howard Zinn in an interview published in Transforming Teacher Unions (: "If teacher unions want to be strong and well-supported, it's essential that they not only be teacher unionists but teachers of unionism. We need to create a generation of students who support teachers and the movements of teachers for their rights."
Embrace this "teachable moment," and share with us (in the comments) what resources you are using, how you are using them, and how your students are responding..." [Click here to see the books they recommend - e.g., Click, Clack, Moo. Here are local names you might recognize!]
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Dems Attack Repub Children | Oregon State Outrage
Why Koch Industries Is Speaking Out: "Crony capitalism and bloated government prevent entrepreneurs from producing the products and services that make people's lives better"
Hey Eric Holder: Meet My People! Michelle Malkin uses "a golden opportunity to stand up, identify 'our people' and show the liberal poseurs what post-racialism really looks like."
Charles Krauthammer explains in Rubicon - a river in Wisconsin that "...To redress these perverse incentives that benefit both negotiating parties at the expense of the taxpayer, Walker's bill would restrict future government-union negotiations to wages only. Excluded from negotiations would be benefits, the more easily hidden sweeteners that come due long after the politicians who negotiated them are gone. The bill would also require that unions be recertified every year and that dues be voluntary..."
You can be an Election Observer
Under the State Statue(7.41), any member of the public, except a candidate, has the right to observe the election process at any polling place in the state. At the website www.WereWatchingWisconsinElections.org, you can find the Wisconsin Election Observer Manual and PowerPoint Presentation (see blue box upper left). This website is in the "public realm" and can be used by anyone to train themselves and go to the polls to observe as a "concerned citizen."
It can be used by anyone to train themselves and go to the polls to observe as a "concerned citizen."
Have you heard that the machine votes for you?! No way! Learn what to do, how to watch and take notes, and report fraud if you see/experience it. See related material and articles explaining the need for reforming voting process anytime.
The + = More Conservatives in Congress; The - = Ruling Class RINOs
Senate Republicans May Not Try to Repeal Obamacare - "...It is worth noting that neither Mitch McConnell nor Lamar Alexander have signed on as co-sponsors to Jim DeMint’s legislation that would repeal Obamacare."
Empty Promise: When it gets down to brass tacks, the GOP has no brass | Andrew McCarthy." -- "...Inevitably, having an “agenda of government” involves the state choosing winners and losers. It calls for government officials to decide what each of us should have based on their subjective sense of fairness...we don’t want to be told how you’re going to make Big Government work better. We want to know how you’re going to reduce government to a neutral guarantor of liberty...[The GOP Pledge to America] assumes Americans are junkies hooked on entitlement smack, incapable of going cold turkey and insensitive to the fact that we’ve run out of other people’s money...the pledge would leave the welfare state largely intact...By vowing to roll out-of-control federal spending all the way back to#…#the out-of-control levels of 2008[!]...Don’t get me wrong. The country will be much better off if Republicans are elected in November. Many of them are very solid conservatives. Among these, Rep. Paul Ryan has made Herculean efforts to wrestle with entitlements and bring spending into line with revenues, not the other way around — although, alas, the Republican establishment has kept its distance despite the fact that Ryan, too, seeks to preserve the welfare state (albeit in reduced form), not pronounce it futile..."
Feingold vs Johnson | Thomas Sowell 10/12/10
"JERUSALEM – President Obama and Weather Underground terrorist group founder William Ayers provided funds in the 1990s to an Arab group whose executive director had his home raided last week in a terror probe by the FBI... "The [search] warrants are seeking evidence in support of an ongoing Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation into activities concerning the material support of terrorism," Steve Warfield, spokesman for the FBI in Minneapolis, told reporters.... Warfield was referring to the FBI's raid of seven homes Friday, including that of Hatem Abudayyeh, the executive director of the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN..."
"...In this year’s index (2010), Hong Kong retains the highest rating for economic freedom, 9.05 out of 10. The other top 10 nations are: Singapore (8.70), New Zealand (8.27), Switzerland (8.08), Chile (8.03), United States (7.96), Canada (7.95), Australia (7.90), Mauritius (7.82), and the United Kingdom (7.81)..."
"...In the most-free quartile, the average income of the poorest 10% of the population was $8,474 compared to $910 for those in the least-free quartile, in constant 2005 international dollars..."
"...To achieve meaningful advances in economic freedom, countries must undertake simultaneous reform to the different areas of the index, rather than trying to change one at a time. Changes to one area in isolation tend to decay back to prior levels unless accompanied by changes in other areas..."
Chapter 3: The Effects of American Recession - Fighting Policies on Economic Freedom (source of Table 3.2)
Eliminate Red Tape - Regulations should be science based and predictable...written in simple, easy to understand terms; and employers should have a one-stop-shop for understanding the regulations that affect them; require state agencies to review permit applications within 60 days of receipt. If the application is not approved or denied by the agency within 180 days of receipt, the application will be presumed approved.
End Frivolous Lawsuits that Kill Jobs
Make Health Care Affordable - More cost and quality information be provided to patient; increasing choices; paying for positive health outcomes, not simply for the volume of procedures; eliminating the state tax on Health Savings Accounts.
Invest in Infrastructure - Lift Wisconsin’s nuclear moratorium; [end] the raids on the Transportation Fund so we can adequately maintain our roads and bridge; update telecommunications laws to encourage competition and lower price.
You Might Be a Liberal If...
- . . . you believe that a mosque should be built at Ground Zero, but Jews shouldn't build apartments in East Jerusalem.
- . . . you believe that opposing abortion violates right of privacy, but you want to tell people they can't eat french fries.
- . . . you believe that immersing a crucifix in urine is fine art, but depicting the prophet Mohammed is insensitive.
- . . . you spend your day telling people that a border fence can't work, then drive home to your gated community.
- . . . you think Sarah Palin was too inexperienced to be VP but that Obama had plenty of experience to be President.
- . . . you think credit card companies are evil when they lend money, and mortgage companies are evil when they don't.
- . . . you think people have too many kids, and that those kids need to pay for your Social Security.
- . . . you think the Government should be obsessed with race, but no one else should ever mention it.
- ...Global Cooling for 10 years proves that there is global warming.
- ...You think that using less toilet paper will be good for the air.
- ...The best way to care about a disease is to wear a ribbon.
- ...People should be allowed to euthanize themselves, but not to eat in McDonald’s.
- ...Career welfare recipients are fat because they can’t afford food.
- ...You see racist code-words in all media except in hip-hop singles such as “Kill The White People”.
- ...You oppose all racial prejudice, but think all whites are racist, consciously or not.
- ...None of the Constitutional Rights you believe in are actually written in the U.S. Constitution.
- ...Child molesters can live anywhere and maintain their privacy, but Wal-Mart should be limited to far-away places where children can’t be exposed to it.
- ...Affirmative action is the way to solve racial problems in America.
- ...You support the United States, you are blind idiot who wraps himself in patriotism. If you support Israel, you fell for Zionist . . . propaganda. If you side with Islamists, you truly understand international politics and your views are intricate and nuanced.
- ...You laugh at Dan Quayle, but you still can’t figure out the difference between “your” and “you’re."
What's Burning Between Us?
Bonfire of the Insanities | Ann Coulter -- "...what liberals said about the ground zero mosque only five minutes ago when they were posing as First Amendment absolutists. Suddenly, they've developed amnesia when it comes to the free-speech right to burn a Qur-n...Weirdly, conservatives who opposed building the mosque at ground zero are also against the Qur-n burning...Whenever you see a liberal choking up over our precious constitutional rights, you can be sure we're talking about the rights of Musl-ms at ground zero, "God Hates Fags" funeral protesters, strippers, The New York Times publishing classified documents, pornographers, child molesters, murderers, traitors, saboteurs, terrorists, flag-burners (but not Qur-n-burners!) or women living on National Endowment of the Arts grants by stuffing yams into their orifices on stage..."
A Ground-Zero Mosque is Demanded, But Can Isl-m Itself Learn Tolerance? | CanadaFreePress -- "...It is obvious for Islam to be treated as an equal and looked upon with respect that it must live up to modern standards of religious practice..."
Too Fast, Too Furious
A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give -- Dennis Prager: "...The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American. This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans...If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity-, race- and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America, one of its three central values -- e pluribus unum, "from many, one." And this school will be guided by America's values..."
Decoupling Now, Currency Crisis Soon -- National Inflation Association: "...Because the rest of the world still likes to follow and emulate the U.S., it might be Americans who initiate the upcoming stampede out of bonds, U.S. dollars and other dollar-denominated assets, and into precious metals. For the time being, the average American is still more likely to be a seller of gold. Recycling of gold increased 35% last quarter to 496 metric tons. Once Americans become educated about how gold isn't expensive and is still trading for only 1/2 of its all time high adjusted to the CPI and 1/4 of its all time high adjusted to the real rate of price inflation, and that by recycling gold they are actually trading real money for fiat paper money, this recycling supply will diminish and the world will face a major gold shortage..."
A Senator and His "Disciples": The Senate's stalwart opponent of big government is intent on electing some allies this year. His new PAC and growing anti-Obama sentiment mean he just might succeed -- WSJ -- "...In 2006 and 2007, he tried to fund raise for the GOP and the official Senate campaign committee. "I discovered that people were just so frustrated with the Republicans. I was over there at the Senate committee making fund-raising calls and so many people were saying, 'I'm not giving you guys another dime until you start acting like Republicans.' That's when I got the idea of starting a committee to just help conservative candidates." Read the article to learn about his 1st meeting with Ron Johnson!
WI Residential Incentives -- an interesting website serving as a database of state incentives (e.g., cash-back awards) for renewables and efficiency.
A Brief for Whitey | Pat Buchanan 3/21/08
Too Fast, Too Furious
NEW The Bright Pupils who shun university for a head start
Why college? Read "alternatives to spending $200,000 per kid so they can waste four years of their lives." DailyFinance
Schools Erase America From U.S. History | Phyllis Schlafly
Further thoughts on the higher education bubble | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
"Many people with college educations are already jumping the tracks to become skilled manual laborers: plumbers, electricians, and the like. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that seven of the ten fastest-growing jobs in the next decade will be based on on-the-job training rather than higher education"
Juvenile Jabs Don't Deserve Standing O's | Thomas Sowell
"If you can't tell the difference between luck and performance, what has your education given you, except the rhetoric to conceal your confusion from others and perhaps from yourself?"
Is it worth it to go to college? Daunting debt makes some wary of higher education
"Private schools charge $26,300 a year on average, compared with $7,000 for in-state students at public, four-year schools, according to the College Board" My understanding is that UW Madison is ~$20,000 in state for tuition/room/board.
Mequon-Theinsville and Our Backyard School Nightmares
UN Influence in U.S. Schools
They're doing it: U.N. makes its move into your school: Program already operating in hundreds of U.S. locations. M-T school board in
The International Baccalaureate Curriculum
ParentalRights.org states that "the vital child-parent relationship is exposed to the imminent danger posed by anti-parent judges within the federal courts, as well as to the risks of international law which seeks to undermine the parental role.
Think health reform will cut costs? Think again.
"...[Medicare] Enrollees have little reason to refuse extra care because they pay no additional costs...Not surprisingly, that's exactly what has happened. According to the CBO, the average Medicare beneficiary used 40% more physician services in 2005 than in 1997. Similarly, physician use of medical tests increased 40% from 2002 to 2007, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Needless to say, Medicare spending has exploded..." Reforms won't correct it.
Health Care Reform: 13 Tax Changes on the Way: Here are 13 changes in the massive overhaul that could impact your tax bill, for better or worse.
WI Nurses Association endorses Dems (via WINPAC; see pps. 3-4).
Bright Lights in Texas Leave Wisconsin Taxpayers in the Dark
"...Three days prior to the signing of the stimulus, Senator Feingold issued a press release saying the stimulus would create 2.4 million jobs in the first year, and about nine million jobs in the first three years... The Johnson Campaign will be highlighting wasteful stimulus spending projects Russ Feingold believes are getting the job done..."
Voters have memories. To overcome their qualms, Republicans need to provide more than a litany of Democratic faults. Voters are frightened about the future of the country. They’re looking for a serious solution to the mess we’re in. The Road Map offers exactly that...The full plan—“A Road Map for America’s Future”—is outlined in a formidable, 87-page document. It would give everyone a refundable tax credit to buy health insurance, allow individual investment accounts to be carved out of Social Security, reduce the six income tax rates to two (10 and 25 percent), and replace the corporate tax (35 percent) with a business consumption tax (8.5 percent). And that’s not the half of it..."
Too Fast, Too Furious
NJ Gov Christie wants to privatize MANY services. You go, Guv!
ResistNet has a book and movie club forum -- click on the link you prefer and check out the recommendations.
Check out Sharron Angle's latest ad in her campaign against Reid in Nev. (video)
John Stossel and Guns [really do] Saves Lives.
Thomas Sowell and Gun Control Laws ("It is ultimately an empirical question whether allowing ordinary citizens to have firearms will increase or decrease the amount of violence...")
Historians Locate King Arthur's Round Table (allowing for 1,000 Knights).
Teacher Bailout Is Unnecessary (esp. in WI)
Feingold faces unexpectedly tough race in WI (AP 7/6/10)
Another Anti-Free Speech Act aka the DISCLOSE Act (HR5175)
"...Democrats want to decide for us who can be trusted and who can not. Of course, anyone paying close enough attention will quickly realize that organizations such as CodePink, MoveOn, the now-defunct ACORN, and the SEIU (read “big” labor) have been in the back pockets of Democrats for a generation…so the real issue here is not THAT a lot of money is at stake when Politicians run for office…it’s which stack of cash is clean and which is dirty…and who DECIDES. This bill will allow big organizations to continue donating big dollars to Politicians, so long as their membership is over 500,000 strong, they have at least one member residing in every state, and they meet certain tax-exempt criteria. It also prevents large dollars from being donated by individuals and small groups and… in my opinion worst of all…it extends to 90 days prior to an election all the limitations to free speech we were guaranteed in the Constitution would never be abridged… and just barely “got back” when the Supreme Court struck down parts of the ill-conceived McCain-Feingold bill when it rendered its Citizens United decision...This is outrageous. But it is instructive as well. We can no longer engage in discussions about candidates and their campaigns and their policy positions during the period 90 days prior to their primary/caucus/conventions and running all the way through the November election. In the case of President and Vice President it’s 120 days. Not only are we not allowed to speak…we’re not allowed to speak during the WHOLE of the campaign and election cycle when people are actually paying attention enough to consider whether they’ll even bother going to the polls!..." Sensenbrenner says/votes NO!
U.S. trying to deport "Son of Hamas": A Christian convert who spied for Israel 5/27/10
Original: "...Since publicly declaring his faith in August 2008, he has been condemned by an al-Qaida-affiliated group and disowned by his family...His chief Shin Bet handler, "Captain Loai," has confirmed his account and praised him in media interviews for disrupting dozens of suicide bombings and assassination attempts by Hamas, saving hundreds of lives...Yousef said he's not so much worried about himself as he is "outraged" about "a security system that is so primitive and naive that it endangers the lives of countless Americans..."If Homeland Security cannot tell the difference between a terrorist and a man who spent his life fighting terrorism, how can they protect their own people?" he asked in his blog post...He recalled that when he arrived in America Jan. 2, 2007, he "walked into the airport like anyone else on a tourist visa. When he went to the Homeland Security office seven months later, he said, he knocked on the door and told them, "Hey, guys, I am the son of Sheik Hassan Yousef, my father is involved in a terrorist organization, and I would like political asylum in your country." He said the officials were shocked. "I wanted them to see that they have huge gaps in their security and their understanding of terrorism and make changes before it's too late," Yousef explained..." See the "Son of Hamas" being interviewed.
The Road to Jobs | Economic Freedom Act (HR5029)
These bold changes to our tax system would provide small businesses with immediate liquidity and change the underlying tax structure of America to set the stage for long term economic growth. They include:
- Reducing the payroll tax by half for 2010 to provide immediate liquidity for companies and employees;
- Eliminating the capital gains tax to encourage investment in new companies;
- Reducing the corporate tax rate to 12.5% to make us competitive globally;
- Permanently eliminating the death tax so small businesses and family farms can continue creating jobs for future generations;
- Providing immediate business expensing so American workers have the best equipment and are the most productive.
"...Taking all of this into account, BP is an irresistible cookie jar into which politicians will reach their hands over and over. Again, the dynamic is not "how much do you owe?" but rather "how much can you pay?". The answer is that you keep paying until you're broke. They will also need to demonize BP on a continual basis as a prod to pass cap-and-trade or cap-and-tax and as a club to beat Republicans who stand in their way. Just look at what happened to Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) today to get an idea of how this will pay out...Don't think the law can stop this. The law will accelerate it. BP's negligence will turn out to be criminal, not civil and the criminal penalties are exponentially greater than the civil fines and normal tort claims. Obama will use the threat of criminal prosecution to get more and then use an actual criminal prosecution to get the residual."
Discussing the recent and other financially economic relative topics. E.g., "...the great Depression lasted until ...pick your date '41 [industrial production returned to the 1929 level], '46 [the private economy really turned around], or '54 [when commercial and stock market values got back to 1929 levels]...we're in something like that today...[after meetings in DC with Treasury & FDIC where they expect that the economy will be bouncing back in 2011] ... I personally don't believe that...green shoots will get stomped on immediately...the irony is that the economy in Washington is in fact doing extremely well -- there is so much government spending [including lobbyists]...they're rockin' and rollin'...2008 was the year of the collapse, 2009 was the pause [due to printing $1Trillion]...[looking ahead] you see asset values declining...the mortgage was the one thing you were always going to pay due to the positive equity in the home [not anymore]...it's a grassroots revolt against the banks...just getting started...[those whose home mortgage is greater than value of home are "modifying" their loan on their own]..."
The KingWorldNews interview podcasts are worth downloading and listening while you exercise or commute!
Response's to Obama's Oval Office Speech
Peggy Noonan: A Snakebit President -- Although Peggy doesn't acknowledge that Pres. Clinton's "luck" was a direct result of tax-cutting, de-regulating, welfare-reduction policies Reagan and the Rep Congress put through, she writes "...but the lack of adequate federal government response appropriately redounds on him...The first weekend in May, when water was rough, contractors hired by BP to lay boom "mostly stayed ashore," according to a local official. "Shrimpers took matters into their own hands, laying 18,000 feet of boom," compared to about 4,000 feet by BP's contractors [an example of a crony capitalist working within a system of gov't-mandated restrictions and gov't-created bribezilla regulators]...There is a growing meme that Mr. Obama is too impressed by credentialism, by the meritocracy, by those who hold forth in the faculty lounge, and too strongly identifies with them...and the president never sounds weaker than when he suggests his predicament is all his predecessor's fault..."
Overwhelm the System (Obama's Economic Plan)
Religion of Peace News...
New | I am a Muslim (says our POTUS to the Egyptian Pres)
New | Of Mosques and Men: Reflections on the Ground Zero Mosque (video)
Muslims attack Jews this April on UWM campus to deny celebrating the founding of Israel (4/10).
Muslim Murders Vatican Cleric in Turkey -- Turkey turns back in time to religious "prosecution."
Barack Obama in Kenya 2006 and 2007 supporting genocide-flamer, Presidential wannabe relative Odinga on US taxpayer funds. (video)
(Link to the pact between Odinga and Nat'l Muslim Leaders Forum - calling for Sharia law, persecution of Christians, etc.)
Geert Wilders (from Holland) on Islam: "...In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims..."
Hannity on Homegrown Jihad: training camps in the U.S. (video)
Wafa Sultan speaks out about how she came to repudiate her religion (of peace) beliefs.(video) (She's writing The Escaped Prisoner.)
We Con the World (video)
A Mosque (or two) on/near Ground Zero (upwards of 8,000 protest).
Dennis Prager: If Israel Is Not Evil, the Work Is in Big Trouble -- "If Israel is the decent party in its war with the Palestinian Authority and Hamas -- and nearly all the world's countries, nearly all the world's media and the United Nations are morally wrong [as reflected in their condemnation of Israelis and sympathy for Palestinians] -- what hope is there for humanity? If the world's moral compass is that broken, are we not sailing into a dark age?"
Read more at BadgerBlogger.
Related: Mark Steyn also writes a good column about Israel, Turkey, and the End of Stability.
Instead of shrugging, Ron Johnson is running for office | George Will 5/26/10
'The most basic right,' Johnson says, 'is the right to keep your property.'...What Samuel Johnson said of Milton's "Paradise Lost" -- "None ever wished it longer than it is" -- some readers have said of "Atlas Shrugged." Not Johnson, who thinks it is 'too short' at 1,088 pages...."
Update: Listen to and watch Johnson's convention video with segments from Charlie Sykes' show below. Rasmusson Poll Wisconsin Senate: Feingold 46%, Johnson 44%; polled Tuesday, May 25, 2010 before Wall withdrew.
Perryman brought to light the 1875 Civil Rights Act, the first law that dealt with accommodations and equality and was passed by a Republican-dominated Congress. To their eternal shame, Democrats in 1883 convinced the United States Supreme Court to declare the 1875 Civil Rights Act as "unconstitutional." Eleven years later in 1894, Democrats passed the 1894 Repeal Act to overturn the previous civil rights legislation passed during Reconstruction by Republicans...[all that and more] Ignored by the media today, as they attempt to paint all Republicans as racist, is the fact that Jim Crow laws were enacted by Democrats to force private businesses to refuse services to blacks..."
Candidate in Race to Unseat Feingold MKE J/S 5/15/10 [& gets WISGOP endorsement 5/23]
Of Crony Capitalism and European Austerity | George Will 5/12/10
A Real Housewife of Wisconsin (interview with Rachel Campos Duffy) 5/7/10
CAMPOS-DUFFY (in photo): Yes, there’s a difference between an emotionally draining person and a person who is genuinely in need. A person in need is not necessarily a drain. In fact, when I serve others through volunteer work or some charitable gesture, I don’t feel drained. I feel great! Not so with an emotionally draining person. Let go of relationships that leave you feeling down, anxious, or even depressed. Stop beating your head against the wall wondering if it’s you. Let it go. You may actually be doing you both a favor by freeing up your lives to find other, more edifying friendships and experiences....Motherhood isn’t just something we do for our kids and family. It’s also something we do for ourselves...." "I think our generation seeks balance between professional and family life. Thankfully, taking time off to be with your young kids no longer always means the end of your career. However, it will most likely involve redefining what success means."
Fast and Furious 4/10
6 minute video - only a bit of which is needed to get the difference between a grassroots Tea Party and an astroturfed Coffee party.
Filtering History: "...slaves and enslavers alike have been of every race, religion and nationality...If the history of slavery ought to teach us anything, it is that human beings cannot be trusted with unbridled power over other human beings." T Sowell
Sensenbrenner says Let Us Pray - "Wisconsin made national headlines recently when U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb of Wisconsin’s Western District ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of church and state...[However] Holding a Day of Prayer does not “establish” any religion, nor does it require anyone to take part in the National Day of Prayer...[or] to pray to a specific god or pray a specific message – it merely presents an opportunity to do so if they so choose in the way that they choose."
State Rep Kevin Petersen answers the question: Is the National Day of Prayer Constitutional?
"According to the Fed research, 'states with greater economic freedom – defined as the protection of private property and private markets operating with minimal government interference – experienced greater rates of employment growth.'... It is not a coincidence that among the states identified as least free in the Fed study are New York, Hawaii and Alaska, the three most heavily unionized workforces in the country."
Paul Ryan describes the tipping point today: Per the Tax Foundation, "20% of Americans get 75% of their income from the Federal Government; so they're dependent upon the Government already. Another 20% get 45% of their income from the Federal Government; so they're reliant upon the Federal Government. A full 60% of Americans...get more benefits in dollar value from the Government than they pay back in taxes...Once this budget is fully put into the place, 3 out of 10 families in America are either supplying or supplementing the incomes of 7 other families in this country." Adding regulations and regulatory agencies, when they didn't catch the problem in the first place, is not the path to take."
Under crony capitalism the government picks the winners and losers (creating a permanent, business-essential industry to try to make sure you are one of the winners).
The Big Alienation - Uncontrolled borders and Washington's lack of control: Peggy Noonan explains that "Once existing laws are enforced and the border made peaceful, everyone in the country will be able to breathe easier and consider, without an air of clamor and crisis, what should be done next."
Here's my [Steyn's] question for the left - for women, gays, "progressives" generally: Which currently Muslim city would you wish to live in? I don't just mean visit, or pass through for a couple of years. I love Amman and Cairo, but that's in part because I know I have a return ticket to New Hampshire. So in which Muslim city would you like to live permanently? Make your life, build a career, raise your kids. And, if you're having trouble answering, why do you think Brussels and Antwerp - and many other European cities - will turn out any different?"
Not Too ‘Hip’ and ‘Edgy’ for Censorship | Mark's follow-up (4/24/10)
"Don’t worry about Iran’s nuclear program, but if you meet a tea partier waving some placard about the national debt, try not to catch his eye....On Earth Day, lame politicians dig a hole and stick a tree in it. But aggrieved Muslims dig a hole and stick a couple of comedy writers in it. Celebrate diversity!"
After the Crash, a Crashing Bore 4/9/10 by Peggy Noonan
*AIG ($AIG) barely avoids liquidation - buy it and enjoy percentage gains in the thousands!
*Unemployment remains at around 10%, inital jobless claims are still climbing - so buy some specialty or even luxury retailers!
*Mortgage rates are inching higher and housing has not truly bottomed - so snag some Hovnanian ($HOV), some lumber names and why not a little Home Depot ($HD).
*Oil breaks out above $85 - and the airlines go wild!
*Congress passes a de facto takeover of Healthcare - OMG! Healthcare stocks are rallying on the news of their newly subjugated status!
*Commercial RE is a time bomb - REITs! I gotta have more REITs!" (Do you feel like everyone else must be taking crazy pills?)
HT Joanne Jacobs who has a terrific summary and the comments are on point!
Fast and Furious 3/10
All the latest on WI Legislative and church-related pushes are at The Truth USA.
The Tea-Party Express is coming to Milwaukee Wednesday, April 7th at 9:30 am at State Fair Park!
JT Harris describes the Democrat Stockholm Syndrome. You've heard of the Stockholm Syndrome (where the prey identifies with the predator)? The comments are thoughtful. Join in the conversation!
WI Motor-Voter Registration - Senate Bill 640 Get your views distributed at the hearing scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, 2010---10:00 a.m. State Capitol (attend if you can).
Our Education page has 3 new additions to it re: African-American studies, not making the classroom a political platform, and how reading provides role models.
4-Day School Weeks Might Be Coming to Illinois -- with the backwards logic to "save" money (substituting current 5 day week with 4 longer days or a longer year -- so the amount of time in the classroom remains the same).
Chuck Norris warns of the Riders on the Storm. You are aware of the building storm about to descend on D.C., right?
Mark Steyn warns us of Tattered Liberty "...what will ensure it [America's decline] is if the American people accept decline as a price worth paying for European social democracy..."
James Thunder covers Black History Month and Lincoln. A great chronological history of Lincoln's anti-slavery efforts.
Brit Niles Gardiner recognizes that the Congress Health Care Vote: [is] A Dark Day for Freedom in America.
Red Skelton explains the Pledge of Allegiance.
After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisors and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman who spoke to the Prime Minister said today.
“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House phone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea..." HT GlobalPerspectives
Same Stats? Different message.
The Framers set out a path for us, and we've strayed from it. And the first thing any rational man does when he's lost his way is to look at a map. If you think, as I do, that America has taken a wrong turn, studying America's Revolutionary history is the first step to helping us find our way back -- just as millions of Tea Party patriots have done already..." Click here or title for full text. (Interesting history summaries.)
An Arab and Oil Fest
War for Islamic Sharia Law by D.L. Adams: "We now fight a war around the world and at home against Islamic brutality against us (our so-called "war on terror") motivated entirely by the doctrine of Islam, yet we fight two wars to create and prop up two new Islamic countries bound to the same doctrine -- folly."
Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling (in Brazil): "You read that headline correctly. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is financing oil exploration off Brazil." This was back in August, Soros is supposed to be at head of
A Terror Trial Debacle Happening Right Now | Michelle Malkin describes a "civilian trial" going/gone awry. [Aside: Military detainment options for terrorists were set up in 2002 with Gitmo as key component.]
<-- Don't forget to watch the video...
In Rawls and Fairness, Sowell says, "...Trying to change whole cultures and subcultures in which different individuals are raised would be a staggering task. But the ideology of multiculturalism, which pronounces all cultures to be equally valid, puts that task off limits. This paints people into whatever corner the accident of birth has put them..." He does a great job turning current assumptions on their head.
He added that the history of Congressional regulation of corporate involvement in politics had a dark side, pointing to the Tillman Act, which banned corporate contributions to federal candidates in 1907...'Go back and read why Tillman introduced that legislation,' Justice Thomas said, referring to Senator Benjamin Tillman. 'Tillman was from South Carolina, and as I hear the story he was concerned that the corporations, Republican corporations, were favorable toward blacks and he felt that there was a need to regulate them....'" Click the title for the article. Click on Justice Thomas' picture to listen to his talk. He's incredibly compelling and personable.
GDP Data Overstates Economy's Health | per MSNBC!
Carteresque by Mona Charen
• 2,409 pages (by comparison, the legislation that created Social Security was just 82 pages long)
• $518 billion in tax increases (Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office)
• $466 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid (CBO)
• Many costs of the legislation won’t begin until 2014, but taxes will be imposed immediately (CBO)
• Federal outlays for health care would increase by about $200 billion between 2010-2019 (CBO)
• $26 billion of unfunded mandates to states over the next 10 years that will likely result in higher taxes (CBO)
• Would increase non-group premiums by $300 per individual and $2,100 per family (CBO)
• Up to 10 million people will lose their current health insurance coverage under the bill (CBO)
• Adds a 10% tax on indoor tanning services (Section 10907)"
Debt US to Pay Increases
The interest rate that we have to pay to finance what OUR government officials are borrowing to fund their pet projects+: "The yield on the benchmark 10-year note climbed to 3.84 percent from 2.21 percent at the end of 2008, according to BGCantor Market Data...The 10-year yield will rise to 4.01 percent at the end of 2010, according to the median of 60 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. The two-year note yield will climb to 1.96 percent, according to the median response in a separate Bloomberg survey." Translating that into dollars is mind-boggling. Also, don't forget two-year notes get rolled over at the end of a two years when interest rates are likely to be very high!
per WSJ: Fed Chief Edges Closer to User Rates to Pop Bubbles
Threatening and regulating banks into providing mortgages to people in areas and under circumstances that a bank would not prudently do so created billions in risky loans that were destined to default. "Instead, [of blaming that, Bernanke] said, the problem was lax regulation, which permitted banks to issue a slew of exotic mortgages that households later had trouble paying." A part-truth. But it was and is government, not business, practices that march everyone down the path to serfdom.
How Offshore Oil and Gas Production Benefits the Economy and the Environment
Energy and Environment - a chapter from Heritage.org's candidate briefing book.
The Fiction of Climate Science - Thatcher funded scientists to counter global-cooling alarmists way back when. $$ alters many paths.
All about Movies
Modern Cinema Hasn't a Clue about Eroticism by Alicia Cohan
"The Blind Side" Should Trouble as well as Inspire by Star Parker (and about the real Michael Oher)
Community Organization "Walking the Edge of Immorality"
We were convinced that ANYONE who was president would have done what Bush did, and would have set that right tone of leadership in the wake of that disaster. President Gore, President Perot, President Nader, you name it. ANYONE, we assumed, would have filled that role perfectly.
Well, we told you before how much the current president, Dr. Utopia, made us realize just how wrong we were about Bush. We shudder to think what Dr. Utopia would have done post-9/11. He would have not gone there with a bullhorn and struck that right tone...The world needed George W. Bush, his bullhorn, and his indominable spirit that day…and we will forever be grateful to this man for that..." HT JT Harris
The Vilification of Rush (analysis by The Hutch!)
And the song Happy Birthday (video provided on his page) is an amazing testimony. See if you aren't moved by it. It's definitely worth the listen.
Sales 101: Obama's Violated First 3 Rules of Selling
Milwaukee T.E.A Party by the Lake
Taxed Enough Already! Thousands of like-minded Americans turned out 9/19/09 express themselves and let others know that what they heard is how they feel, too. JT Harris has a great description of his time there. Other links to photos and speeches:
* BadgerBlogger posts speeches by Scott Walker, Michelle Malkin Sherriff Clarke, an astrophysicist, JT Harris, and more!
* Michelle Malkin follows up with Obama's unbelievable response to ACORN getting funding. Her new book is Culture of Corruption.
* a link to photos of signs will be coming as soon as I can get to it.
Listening to a Liar (Lessons on Critical Thinking)
Thomas Sowell Listening to a Liar Part 2: "No message has been more welcomed by the gullible, in countries around the world, than the promise of something for nothing..."
"President Obama tells us that he will impose various mandates on insurance companies but will not interfere with our free choice between being insured by these companies or by the government. ... Mandates by politicians are what have driven up the cost of insurance already. Politicians love to play Santa Claus and leave it to others to raise prices to cover the inevitable costs... Politicians have driven privately owned municipal transit systems out of business in many cities, by simply imposing costs and restricting the fare increases needed to cover those costs. The federal government can drive out private insurance the same way that local politicians have driven out private municipal transit and replaced it with government-run transit systems."
From Diversity to Globalization...Read Amazon reviewers about The Post-American World: "The central thesis of the book is that the pax Romana (Roman peace) model of American foreign policy needs to be replaced by a community organizer foreign policy model. America's considerable military power must be used with great restraint as power and economic status shifts from west to east. The detailed discussion of some common misconceptions about educational differences between the US and other countries reveals the author's ability to carefully reinterpret misleading statistics." "The Post-American World points to the need for America to adopt new ways of doing business with the world, one that is based on 'consultation, cooperation, and even compromise' as opposed to go-it-alone unilateralism. American success in the 21st century will depend on how these newly ascendant powers will be integrated into existing institutions such as the G8, the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO."
Forget the Fairness Doctrine; We have (other) ways...
What's in the July Unemployment number? Part Two
What's in the July Unemployment number? Part One
"...Going further into his research, Holmes uncovered a quote from the Chairman of one of the largest banks in American in a New York Times story with the headline '...Bank Head Sees Credit Restoration and Recovery Nearing'...Intrigued by this missive exploring the light at the end of the tunnel, Holmes stopped reading and reached for his ever present smoking pipe when he realized that it was a quote from Albert H. Wiggin, retiring chief of the Chase National Bank in an interview published on January 9th, 1933. Not only was this a historical precedent for a bank executive calling a bottom way too early, but it turns out that Wiggin was a scoundrel. The Pecora Commission investigation into the Wall Street crash uncovered that Wiggin had been shorting his own company's stock even as his firm and others were supporting the market via investment pools..." Michael A. J. Farrell of Annaly Capital Management, Inc. writes a riveting tale. HT ZeroHedge (emphasis ours)
Health Care Articles Worth the Read
The Barackracy Booms
Marginalizing Sarah Palin [destructive propaganda]
Banksters Love Cap and Trade [companies learn they gain by focusing on political self-interest, rather than competing in the free market]
Peter Theron, candidate for WI 2nd Congressional district, responds to recent Cap and Tax act passed by WI. "If signed into law, Cap and Tax, based on politically-correct science, will increase the price of fuel, increase the price of electricity, and increase unemployment. It will not “promote the general welfare” and so should be scrapped as quickly as possible." Read it all.
Cap & Tax Passes House 219 Yes 212 No
Find out who voted how. Hint: 8 RINOs voted YES (Bono Mack, Castle, Kirk, Lance, LoBiondo, Reichert, Smith, McHug) Thanks to WFRW & WI Sen. Grothman's office for keeping us up to speed.
1200 pages total...300 added at 3 am. Do ya' think they know what they are signing on our behalf?
"Fiscal Policy: The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on an anti-stimulus package that in the name of saving the earth will destroy the American economy..." by blogger JT Harris
Great Texan RNC advice: Stop whining about the Bush admin!
Rep. Bachmann: Sign petition to stop funding Acorn
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Letter to the Editor--Please write one, too!
I can't help commenting on many recent Journal Sentinel editorials and letters to the editor. With regard to the state budget, many say that, while it is painful, we must increase taxes and fees, especially on higher-income individuals who are presumably able and willing to pay because Wisconsin is such a wonderful place to live.
With regard to health care reform, many are enthusiastic about universal coverage with a public plan option, presumably at a lower cost with the quality of care and access to care for all remaining as it is now.
My personal observation of even moderately well-to-do individuals is that at retirement, nearly all leave Wisconsin to become residents of more tax-friendly states. They may maintain a summer residence in Wisconsin, but their taxable dollars go elsewhere. This is a process that leads to Wisconsin gradually becoming a poorer state. Add to this the Doyle administration's public policy that is anti-business and pro-trial attorney, and one can see clearly the future of Wisconsin.
If one wants to see the end result of public health care financing, just look to Canada. No one disputes that the quality of care there is high. It is excellent, but it is unavailable to anyone not willing to wait in a lengthy queue. That is how costs are controlled for the masses. Of course, politicians always have immediate access to care, so what do they care?
The delusion of the masses is that policies can be changed with no unintended consequences. President Barack Obama and Gov. Jim Doyle were elected with significant majorities in Wisconsin, and the people likely will get what they think they want.
James E. Greenlee, M.D. Fox Point ***
Obama's Speech in Cairo, Egypt (AP's version)
dshort and Heritage chart it for us...
I say Cap and Tax. You say Clean Energy and Security Act. Call the whole thing off!!
"The granddaddy of all bear markets, 1929 –1932, had six false alarms with an average gain of 47 per cent..."
Heritage.org provides perspective on budget numbers
North Carolina warns of non-conservatives wresting control of Republican party. Considering conservatism works every time it's tried...
The Department of Homeland Security describes terrorists that sound a lot like us! Really!?!
$100,000,000+ of "...waste in every area - inefficient payroll processing, overqualified maintenance teams, even pencil sharpeners that cost more than $100. The report also found more than five dozen [60+] central office jobs with six-figure salaries [$100,000+]."
"...Reminds me of when Mayor Daley decreed to the National Guard and law enforcement "shoot to kill" all looters caught out after curfew during the 1968 Chicago riots. No one shot and no one killed and no one dared be on the streets of the Windy City, because everyone knew old Dick meant it..."
There sure is a better way!
"Do you believe that it is moral and just for one person to be forcibly used to serve the purposes of another?" Answer that and read on!!
Are you ready to trust the free market? Take a moment to think about what that really means and the benefits behind this leap of faith
Lost in an Energy Wilderness (when there's Abundance all around us!)
Created in 1977, our own Department of Energy purposely leads us farther and farther away from energy abundance.
Mike Adams, Townhall columnist and UNC professor, offers a cure to the rampant Socialist Teaching Disorder (STD) on our colleges today.
Haven't we already "discussed" this topic? Read how world DE-population is the more likely trend these days.
Investor's Business Daily sounds yet another warning signal.
"While 57.8 percent of professors want to encourage students to be “agents of social change,” only 34.7 percent said teaching the classics is very important, notes Chronicle of Higher Education"..."The classics are works about social change, in one way or another. That’s true of Greek tragedy, of Chaucer, of Shakespeare, of Milton, of Defoe, of enlightenment philosophers, of romantic poets, of Victorian novelists, of modernist writers. Some register upheaval in their form, some in their content, some do both. Some try to provoke change, some try to register and reflect on it, some try to resist it. But great literature is always hooked into the great tensions of its time — even as it is also hooked into a longer tradition." Thanks to Joanne Jacobs for highlighting this for us on March 6.
Walter Williams outlines why we do NOT want more government in our health system. See related video on the Canadian system, too.
"President Obama's staff has created a group, headquartered in the offices of the Democratic National Committee, called "Organizing for America." Its mission is to "redirect the campaign machinery into the service of broad changes in health care, environmental and fiscal policy. They envision an army of supporters talking, sending e-mail messages and texting to friends and neighbors as they try to mold public opinion." Three days after Obama was sworn in as President, an announcement video was sent to 13 million people." article