Archive for March, 2011

The Fed hasn’t been able to pass a budget since last year, one excuse after another and a new deadline is coming up.  So what’s the plan?Blame the Tea Party!

On April 8th, funding for the federal government runs out and a number of lawmakers are saying that they won’t pass another short-term extension. The battle in Congress got particularly heated today when Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer was caught on tape on a conference call urging fellow Dems to blame the Tea Party for a possible shutdown.

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Obama’s Socialism Works?

An interesting study in the reality of applied socialism in a class study.  Check it out.  Excellent example!

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before,but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”.

All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

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In a recent Executive Order signed by Gov. Walker, Executive Order 18, what should be seen as progress and an end to unfair discrimination has instead been turned around by the AFL-CIO as a slam against workers again, specifically against young workers, an end to apprentice jobs.

Walker Slams Door on Young Workers, Ends Apprentice Jobs

Walker quietly issued an executive order this month suspending rules that require contractors on state projects to employ workers under the state apprenticeship program.

Walker’s executive order, his 18th, was not distributed as a press release, unlike the prior 17, each of which can still be read on the “Media Center” section of the governor’s website.

Under the apprenticeship program contractors provide on-the-job training in a skilled trade to apprentices and also pay them wages as they attend classes at a technical college or other institution. It is overseen by the state Department of Workforce Development, and carried out at the local level by the state’s 94 local trade committees, boards staffed by local employer and employee representatives.

Like apprenticeship programs around the country, Wisconsin’s is a pathway to good, skilled middle-class jobs for young workers. State Rep. Barbara Toles (D) says suspending the rules will:

negatively impact people’s ability to gain access to apprenticeships, especially minorities and women.

In actuality what Gov. Walker did was to rescind EO 108 which requires that companies that bid on govn’t jobs have apprenticeship programs.  While apprenticeship programs are all well and good, this discriminates against companies with do not have these programs, which may offer more specialized services and which may be able to bid lower on the projects.

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Technorati Tags: AFL-CIO, Executive Order 18, lies, unions, Wiscinsin

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Reporter locked in closetSo much for the promised “transparency” of the Democratic party!

Last week a Orlando Sentinel reporter,  Scott Powers, “who was sent over to the Winter Park home of Alan Ginsburg this morning as the designated “pool reporter” — aka scribe — for the fundraiser where Vice President Joe Biden is appearing on behalf of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Turns out the veep hadn’t arrived, but about 150 guests (minimum donation $500) were already in the house. So to prevent Scott from mingling with the crowd, a member of Biden’s advance team consigned him to a storage closet — and then stood outside the door to make sure he didn’t walk out without permission.”

Seems like the MSM is treating this as amusing while the blogosphere is on fire about it.  Just wonder what the media portrayal would be if the Republican did something like this?  There’s be a call for heads!

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Ok, I have a confession to make.  For most of my life I admit that I have been mostly apolitical.  I’ve called myself an Independent mostly because I didn’t pay enough attention to politics to actually choose a side.  Pathetic, isn’t it?

Well, a few months ago I started opening my eyes to what’s been going on around me.  I live in Wisconsin, it’s my adopted home state for more than a dozen years now.  For the past few years, in the peripheral, I’ve notice little things about this wonderful state disintegrating; morals, ethics, the hard work ethic, etc.  I’ve seen taxes go up and up and up and seen nothing in return.  Some of the very reasons I moved from the east coast to WI were disintegrating before my very eyes and the more I tried to find out why, the more my research took me in the direction of the politicians, specifically the left leaning politicians of this state.

And The Education Begins…

Last November I decided it was time to stand up and show that I had a voice.  I researched the political candidates; the platforms they were running on, their past records, anything I could find, then I made my decisions using the information I gathered and voted.  I voted based on the principals that I myself practice; fiscal responsibility, don’t spend what you don’t have, smaller govn’t because I have a brain and am a reasonably intelligent person and can make my own decisions in my life. I also admit that I basically voted against most any incumbent on the ticket because obviously they weren’t doing the job for WI, they were only doing the job for themselves or for special interests or they didn’t have a position with enough strength to make any kind of change.  Time to ring in the new.  In the end Wisconsinites seem to be feeling the same way.  Most incumbents out with Conservatives taking control and leading the way.  Now it was time to wait and see what would happen.

It didn’t take long.  Governor Scott Walker took office and hit the ground running! He inherited a state with a $137 million budget deficit with approximately a $3.7 billion shortfall in the 2011-13 budget.  There’s also a $58.7 million payment to the State of Minnesota after the end of a tax-reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and its neighbor; as well as an additional $200 million that the state is under court order to return to a medical malpractice fund.

NOTE – I’m going to try to do a brief overview here, way too much to go into detail on and there are so many details and so much that has happened here in WI since Gov. Walker took office.  I hadn’t planned on even getting into this but day after day and week after week my frustration level has risen to the point that I need to speak out.  The propaganda, misinformation and outright lies that are surrounding this debacle in WI are just mind boggling!  I went into this open-minded and read and researched, talked to people and listened to differing opinions and as someone who has considered their self to be politically Independent,  I have found myself moving further and further to the right!

As for Gov. Walker, one of his promises was to bring/create 250k jobs in WI and in his first step to do this he has implemented measures to make WI business friendly by offering incentives to bring new businesses in.

The first bill would provide a total personal income or corporate tax break for two years for businesses that relocate to Wisconsin. The incentive would be retroactive to Jan. 1 and would lower state revenue by an estimated $1 million over two years. Firms receiving it cannot have done business in the state for at least two years before moving here.

The second bill would add $25 million to the Economic Development Tax Credit program, bringing it to $98.1 million. The credits can go to businesses that locate or retain corporate headquarters in Wisconsin, create jobs, make capital investments or train workers. (JSonline)

Then the left starts throwing out accusations that Gov. Walker basically manufactured the budget deficit and handed out $140 million in tax breaks and spending which was proven to be blatantly false.

The Budget Repair Bill; The War is On!

Knowing that the upcoming budget was going to include massive cuts to balance WI’s budget shortfall, Gov. Walker unveiled his Budget Repair Bill. The idea behind the bill was to “balance the budget and lay the foundation for a long-term sustainable budget through several measures without raising taxes, raiding segregated funds, or using accounting gimmicks.”

The most obviously contentious provision of the bill was it’s aim to reign in the power of the public sector unions by eliminating collective bargaining for all but wages and increase public employees contribution to their health coverage and retirement by 12% and 5.8% respectively.  This included all public sector unions with the exclusion of police officers and firefighters.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has said he excluded the two groups from the bill—which curbs benefits and strips public-employee unions of nearly all collective-bargaining rights—to ensure that their critical public-safety work would continue free of disruptions or delays that such changes could cause. (WJS)

One of the components regarding unions included that no longer would the govn’t collect unions dues.  Public employees would have the option of sending them in or not and you can imagine that this didn’t sit too well with the unions.

Sure, there was a lot more to the Budget Repair Bill but in Gov. Walker’s bid to limit the unions’ power and get their hands out of the pocket of the taxpayer, he had figuratively thrown down the gauntlet and the reaction was as if they, the public workers and unions, had been sentenced to death, and maybe, in a way, they had to a degree.

Let The Protests Begin!

First, 17 hours of hearings and it didn’t take long for the Capitol to be overrun with throngs of people.  And then WI’s “honorable” Democratic Senators, instead of doing their job, decided to flee the state to IL on 2/17, ostensibly to give the public time to learn what was in the Budget Repair Bill. The 61 hours of debate in the Assembly to pass the House since the Senate Dems were holding the state of WI hostage by stalling the Bill in the Senate.

Three weeks later, after our beautiful Capitol had been occupied with people living and sleeping and protesting inside and out, the Democrat Senators were still refusing to return and do their jobs.  During that time, all the while saying they would be willing to give in to the financial concessions, the unions were scurrying around negotiating new contracts and contract extensions (Just a few examples 1, 2, 3 ).  Kind of makes you wonder the real reason the Dems were staying away, doesn’t it?  Oh, and many, if not most of these contracts of course did not include the concessions that the unions said they would be willing to give… surprise, surprise!  Some of them even included raises, even after the 2011-13 Budget was unveiled showing about a billion dollars in cuts!

And as our Capitol was awash in protesters, the MSM continuously portrayed the protests as civil and peaceful.  You didn’t hear them talk about the damage, approximately $350k worth, to the Capitol.  You didn’t hear about them defacing the Civil War Monument, you didn’t see the signs; vile and profane, to put it mildly, and much, much more.

Other interesting tidbits…

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Are Liberals Patriotic?

A liberal’s view on patriotism…. not very patriotic!

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The Obituary of Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, by the name of Common Sense. Common Sense lived a long life but died from heart failure early in this new millennium. No one really knows how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals, homes, factories and offices, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare and foolishness. For decades, petty rules, silly laws and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense.

He was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to come in out of the rain, the early bird gets the worm, and life isn’t always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adults are in charge, not the kids), and it’s okay to come in second (or even last, as long as your best efforts were given).A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, and the Technological Revolution, Common Sense survived cultural and educational trends including body piercing, whole language and “new math.” But his health declined when he became infected with the “If-it-only-helps-one-person-it’s-worth-it” virus.

In recent decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing regulations. He watched in pain as good people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers. His health rapidly deteriorated when schools endlessly implemented zero tolerance policies, reports of six year old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen suspended for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student. It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but cannot inform the parent when the female student is pregnant or wants an abortion.

Finally, Common Sense lost his will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, , criminals received better treatment than victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional sports.

Finally, a woman who was stupid enough not to realize that coffee is hot, and was awarded a huge pay-out for her stupidity, caused Common Sense to finally throw in the towel. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepbrothers My Rights and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

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I Vote Democrat Because….

I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine, as long as nobody is offended by it.

I voted Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies through abortion so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.

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