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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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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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We The People Stimulus Package

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BalancingI’m one of those people who has always tried to avoid anything that smacks of politics because I don’t agree with either side enough to call myself one or the other.  It depends on the issue for me.

When it comes to the Republicans, to me it seems as if they don’t seem to really give a damn about your average American, they’re in it for the big guys and big bucks.  Handling out tax breaks to the ones who need it the least.

When it comes to the Democrats, it looks like they don’t really care about the average American either, they want to save the poor, the indigent, the illegals.  They want to hand out tax money, my hard earned money to people who sit on their asses with their hands out whining “feel sorry for me.”

Sure, there are some people who truly need help and that’s different but to continue to hand out money to able-bodied people who can work but who find it easier to play the government game, no, sorry, stop being damn leeches on society!

With all this money that the current administration is handing out in an effort to stimulate the economy, luckily Obama is demanding some accounting for where it’s going and what it’s being spent on.  How well that is actually going to work out only time will tell.  We can only hope we won’t see the same kind of abuses the banking system and Wall Street has been able to get away with since Bush just handed them billions and let them do with it whatever they wanted.  Yeah, love those trips and bonuses, they sure earned that as the companies deteriorated and continue to deteriorate.

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Look What Has Grown from the ACORN

Lady Liberty CriesWhat a great look inside the idiotic mind of a typical ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) thug.

Here is Stuart Varney of FOX Business interviewing Bertha Lewis, Executive Director of the New York branch of ACORN, about the recent invasion of private property by the criminal enterprise… ACORN;

Stuart Varney: Do you think you got a right to these houses?

Bertha Lewis: I think the homeowners have a right to stay in those homes until the administrations plan can be implemented…yes I do.

Stuart Varney: They got a right to the house even though they haven’t paid their bills?

Bertha Lewis: They have been paying their bills…I think it’s a false thing to say that people haven’t been paying their bills.

Stuart Varney: No, their delinquent on their mortgages.

Bertha Lewis: Well, they maybe delinquent on their mortgages but there are people still do that.

Stuart Varney: They haven’t been paying their bills

Bertha Lewis: There are millions of millions of people who are…

Stuart Varney: Doesn’t matter, they haven’t been paying their bills.

Bertha Lewis: Being foreclosed on every day and so we have a plan in place and people need to stay there..

Stuart Varney: What right do you claim to stay in a house that you can’t afford and you cannot pay the bills and what right do you have to get my money to pay for you? I’ve read the constitution, I don’t see that right…

Bertha Lewis: Well, I don’t see the right that banks have to get 700 billion dollars to get bailed out

Stuart Varney: No, no, that’s a different thing…

Bertha Lewis: That’s all part of the same thing…

Stuart Varney: No it’s not…

Bertha Lewis: Every 13 seconds, Stuart, people are getting foreclosed on and they have the right to protect their homes and to protect their communities. It’s the most American thing you can do to protect your community.

Stuart Varney: ACORN is well known for looking at banks and saying “give us a loan,”….they don’t give you a loan so you scream racism you then invade their offices and demonstrate outside the private homes of bank executives, you embarrass the banks and you force them to give you loans on favorable terms, now…those loans cannot be repaid, you will not leave those homes and your claiming a right to stay in them and have a right to my money to make sure you stay in them, again…I come back to it Bertha, they may be be foreclosing every 13 seconds but you have absolutely no right to that house.

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Now I have to tell you, this has been one of my pet peeves for about forever – the abuse of the welfare system and social programs by lazy, do-nothing, pop-out-more-babies, sit-on-your-ass, drugging, drinking wastes of human life!

Welfare and many of the social programs out there should be used only as a stepping stone, a way to get through a tough time, to get back on your feet, but how many people turn them into a lifestyle, sucking on the government tit and being supported by us, the American taxpayer, while they do nothing, forever?

I am sick to death of hearing people whine that they can’t do anything, that they have no skills but they sure seem to know how to get through the red tape to get those government checks so they can continue to sit on their lazy asses.  People who receive disability but pop out baby after baby so they can get more government benefits, benefits on top of benefits. People who have learned how to work the system to squeeze out every red cent.

I admit, I am short on sympathy and long on cynicism.  Take a look around, be sure to open your eyes, and you’ll see it too.

And the government complains about the debt and raises our taxes!

It’s time for a reform, past time for a reform!

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