Having a good memory can sometimes be a curse. Sure, it comes in handy while watching Jeopardy, but at other times they can cause a lot of frustration. For instance, remembering what campaigns are about after the election results come in.
Thinking back to 2008, I remember watching all kinds of my current debates in which Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards all got together on the stage and try to outdo each other on how well they are going to be working with people of the other party to bring America together and watch great things happen. America was at its most divisive in recent memory and we needed to come together. Candidates of both sides pledged the coming together. The Democrats won. America became even more divided.
After the midterm elections in 2010, the administration again pledged to work with the opposing party. We know how well that went. The president looks for a photo op saying that he wants to work with Republicans and then goes on the campaign trail proclaiming how ignorant, evil, selfish, you name it the Republicans are. And then he expects them to come over to his way of thinking?
Enter 2012. Again we had candidates claiming to work with the other party. Or at least wanting to. Again, the Democrats won and went right back out on the campaign trail proclaiming how ignorant, selfish, evil, you name it, the Republicans still are. And again, compromise only is achieved when the Republicans you be there principles and accept the Democrats'.
The 2014 election and the president on the campaign trail saying that all his policies are on the ballot even though his name is not. And he wanted America to vote accordingly. They did. While the Republican majorities in both houses of Congress increased, the president again said he is looking forward to working with Republicans, and then went on to pledge a veto to everything that comes out of Congress. That's how Democrats cooperate.
Now as national security and terror threats become a priority again, the president is once again on the campaign trail with his State of the Union address trying to rally support for things such as free community college. And I'm sure he's trying to find any way he can to make community college free for all Democratic voters and ignore any and all input from the other side. What has America come to?
Until the Journal Sentinel cut back drastically on the number of letters it publishes from readers, about once a week there was always some nut that would be writing in pleading for all the commenters to beg their legislators to raise their taxes on all utilities in the name of stopping global warming. This makes one want to ask, exactly who is doing the goose-stepping?
Where are the liberals?
The recent sale of the Milwaukee Bucks has all the earmarks of what liberals believe to be wrong with America. First, they've been bought by hedge fund managers from Wall Street. Hedge fund managers are generally the most hated members of society. These new owners are greedy. They have earned fortunes of $1 billion each in their lifetimes. The only way they could've done that is by cheating every person that they have run into, according to liberal doctrine. They are from out of town. How could two guys from New York City, Wall Street even, they hailed his new heroes and saviors of the city? Why aren't they regarded as file capitalists? I can't figure it out.
We've had Obama care for almost 3 months now. Has it turned the United States into the government run utopia that were promised? Not by a long shot.
Outside of two weeks ago, I don't think I meant anyone who would put the words polar and vortex into the same sentence. We may not know what it is, or where it came from. But we do know what the cause is: global warming.
Climate change scientists have the explanation ready for us. Because of the excessive carbon dioxide that we put in the air in the past 30 years, the border that keeps the polar vortex from blowing down to this part of the country has been weakened by humans. So let's ask the question, when it stops being so bitter cold, does that mean the actions of humans have fixed the polar vortex border? That has to be the on the explanation; cause and effect.
In today's world, the Democrats think they know what truth is. These are the same people that for five years have been telling us things like,"if you like your health plan you can keep it. If you like your doctor you can keep it. Premiums will go down by $2500 per year per family. The prejudice against 501(c)(3) groups does not exist. The attack in Benghazi was caused by a video." Do I need to go on?
Now but it was uncovered that there was a traffic jam caused by the Chris Christie administration, the Democrats think that they need to seek the truth. Governor Christie has come out and said that he did not know at the time that the bridge was being shut down purposefully by people in his administration. The Democrats don't believe it because they don't want to believe it. These are the same people who when President Obama was given the distinction of having the life of the year, they all flew to his defense saying that all politicians lie. All politicians have to lie in order to get their programs passed. It's a means to an end. Boy, that's good news for the citizens of the United States. They are just pawns in a Machiavellian game of chess.
The Democrats are starting early with having the New York Times and 60 min. come out and try to convince us that the attack and Benghazi was really caused by a video. Even California Senator Barbara boxer is not buying that.
By now, I'm sure you've probably given up on the New Year's resolution. But, that's all right. It was just too tough. That's how things are going to be in America now. If it involves too much work in order to achieve your dreams, they probably weren't meant to be. But that's okay, it's not your fault.
Now that our latest budget and fiscal crisis is behind us nationally, the Democrats are taking victory laps believing that they have completely humiliated Republicans, conservatives, and anybody else they consider to be opposition. So, let's do a little follow-up. Let's see if the all-powerful, all-knowing, complete package Democrats have answers now to questions previously unanswered:
How can anyone discount the vindictiveness and contempt that this administration is now showing towards the American people? The government shutdown is not the first time that this is been demonstrated. President Barack Obama wants to make any interaction with the government during the shutdown as painful as possible. And for what reason?
Are we finally going to get the truth about Benghazi? After seven months of trying to skirt the issue, it is finally going to be brought up again. Perhaps this time we will get to the truth.
A few weeks ago it was tax day in America. With just over 50% of American citizens working today and paying taxes, fewer and fewer people take note.
President Obama released his tax returns, like all presidents do, and there was not a lot of surprise. One thing that the media and the citizens should have taken notice of is that the president's effective tax rate is 18%. That's right, 18%. Barely more than what the administration was lambasting Mitt Romney for paying.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden seemed especially energized on the campaign trail. They are doing what they do best--campaigning. They've also been recently criticized for having no second term agenda. And how do they answer? With a recently thrown together pamphlet with several points on how they will conduct their second term.
I, like all of you, share the concern with the national debt. This is been a perennial topic for generations, and because we're still talking about it today, no viable solution has been reached. I am also in agreement that the time to act is now in order to preserve it fiscally fit nation for our future and the future of those who come after us. At the end of last month, we concluded our fourth year in a row in which the national debt has exceeded $1 trillion. Obviously, Washington is not serious about seeking a solution to this long-term problem of long term debt.
At this point of the presidential campaign, there doesn't seem to be a lot of enthusiasm for a change. In fact, a lot of the Democrats are confident that they are going to win and already believe the race is over. I would like to argue that they are wrong, but I have read the latest polling and it is not looking favorable for the Romney camp. I cannot even assume that they are oversampling Democrats.
What is going on in the world today? After four years of failed economic policies by the current administration, we are now gaining valuable insight to the failed foreign policies of this administration. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are taking the usual course of action for this administration-blaming someone else.
Last week's Republican national convention showed to the country, and much to the dismay of Democrats, that Republicans are not a bunch of back towards, toothless, redneck, gun toting hillbillies. The speeches, the rising stars, the unity, is all being brushed aside so that there can be ridicule done towards the presentation of Clint Eastwood.
We are now entering the part of the presidential race in which things are going to start to get interesting. Nearly every day or at least once a week there's going to be major polling released about how the candidates are doing nationally and in the swing states. With each poll, there'll be plenty of spinning.
I sometimes wonder how anyone could think of voting for Barack Obama in the upcoming November election. With that economy looming, liberals, Democrats, and water carriers are all spewing the same talking points again and again. What sets the question, what are Americans supposed to? Are we supposed to accept 8% unemployment as normal? Is 1% growth in GDP now considered to be great? Is the tax system that is already burdensome supposed to be considered too low?
We certainly can't take this opportunity to waste a long hot summer with few days of rain without mentioning our global warming is going to make something like mild winters and storm free summers and turn it into something terrible. This is something to be feared.
The changes that have come to this country in the past few years seem unbelievable. We have become more polarized politically than perhaps any other time in US history. We spend five or six years pleading for us to come together. That time has ended. Whether it's hopeless or not, we now stand to be hopelessly and helplessly divided. Welcome to the new era of the United States.
With the primary season finally winding down, the presidential candidates will finally be able to go head-to-head for the next six months. It's going to be interesting and it's going to be ugly. It's going to be inspiring and it's going to be negative. It will be a time to remember and a lot to forget.
Four years ago, candidate Barack Obama expressed his interest on how to make the United States self-sufficient for its energy needs. This includes sharp increases in the price of coal, which translates into high electric rates, and perhaps five dollar per gallon gasoline.
It's the economy, stupid. It's the economy again. It's always the economy. The question is: what factor is most important to voters at any given election?
Lefties could not wait until enough time had passed to start filling out petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker. Public places were full of people just begging citizens and potential voters to sign the petitions. Then, when time came to submit them to the government accountability board, they proudly paraded them in caring the boxes on their heads.
What is going on in Wisconsin? First, the Brewers were supposed to win it all this year. They didn't make it to the World Series. How about the Wisconsin Badgers? They lost in the Rose Bowl for the second year in a row. And last weekend, the Green Bay Packers gave everyone in the state to sour stomach. They had a championship caliber season and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Only three days into 2012, news hawks and pundits alike are making conclusions about the November election. Democrats and Republicans are both smelling victory. But the cynics are not as optimistic.
On the heels of the fresh victory for taking credit for giving all working Americans a $40 a week tax break for two months, president Obama jetted off to Hawaii. During the holiday season, several presidents have taken a surprise trip overseas to visit the soldiers defending our freedom and show some appreciation for the sacrifices that they have made in their lives for us. But not president Obama. His trip only went partly across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. I guess he couldn't turn a trip to visit our soldiers into a campaign event, so the idea never came up again.
Instead of working on the payroll tax cut bill, or a jobs bill, or a deficit reduction plan, President Obama decided to spend his time in a one-on-one interview with 60 min. In that interview, Steve Kroft actually asked some interesting questions. President Obama seemed like he was conceding that it was going to take more than one term and more than one president to solve our economic problems. I couldn't agree more. President Obama is certainly not solving them in this term.
We are now entering the time of year in which we must now seriously consider who the Republican nominee is going to be for the presidential election in 2012. The nomination field is set, and one must be chosen. On the Democrat side, they already know who they are nominee is going to be. There is no contest. But, we should ask, why?
It's official. The United States government and its elected officials are not going to do anything about the long-term debt. It's going to continue to grow, and it doesn't seem to be a large concern for anyone anymore. If it ever was.
What is happening with the occupying wall street protests? Recent reports have shown that municipalities across the country are interested in clearing the streets and parks of all the youngsters who started out by exercising their First Amendment rights.
Nothing in moderation. But, will we ever get what we want? In Wisconsin, like the rest of the nation, we want better times. We want more economic opportunity. We want better results. We want a better economy. We want sunnier days. Is it too much to ask?
The past few years, we are being led to believe that government is the solution to all of our problems. If we only had more services! We could feed the poor, we could heal the sick, we could educate the children. If we only had lower taxes! We could keep more of our own money. We could spend more to stimulate the economy in our own way. We could save for our retirement. If we only had higher taxes! We would have better schools. The bridges could be replaced. The elderly could have a better retirement. We could have more and better teachers. We would be safer because of more policemen.
As a political scientist, there is nothing I find more interesting than presidential politics. And in the subject of presidential politics, there is the continued fascination of the presidential election. Even though each presidential election is historic in nature, what a person has to do to become president becomes more and more questionable. What we do to our candidates is even more disturbing. Especially if you're the opposition.
The past couple of weeks, there has been more action by the president trying to revive the economy than there has been in the past three years. Logically, this is because the campaign for 2012 has begun.
When the occupying of Wall Street movement began, I will admit that I thought that it would be perhaps only a couple of days and everybody would go home. Nothing would've changed, but isn't that how demonstrations like these work? Make some noise, get a little publicity, then go home and continue your routine.
Not being able to run on his record, President Obama is proposing a stimulus bill to be paid for by the richest 1% in America. That's what he wants us to believe, anyway.
After weeks of saying he will not run for president, after answering the question hundreds of times with what I thought was a solid "no", America awaits a decision by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The 2012 presidential campaign is now in full swing. On one hand, it makes it very interesting because Americans always want to know who their next leader is going to be. On the other hand, it means that the next 14 months are going to be months of divisiveness, partisanship, and arguments.
We are now three years into the Obama presidency. Is it too early to start looking for results on his economic policies? The results are so disturbing that even the liberal media outlets cannot sufficiently spin them into praise for their anointed one.
Last Thursday, news junkies across the country were tuned in to their favorite channel in order to watch the president deliver a much anticipated speech. What we believe we saw, may be as different as the channel that it was watched on.
Last week, President Barack Obama announced that he would be delaying implementation of several EPA regulations. This came as quite a surprise to me because I thought part of the whole agenda of the progressives and liberals in this country was to make sure that now would be the time that the earth began to heal. Now would be the time that the oceans stopped rising. Now would be the time that the air got cleaner. This becomes necessary because all progressives and liberals know that business owners and job creators will cut every corner to maximize their profits and pollute to the fullest extent of the law. That's why we have laws.
Soon after Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the presidential race, the mainstream media seized their opportunity to see what could be done to discredit him. His faith makes him evil and his success made him a failure. His job creation has made him a bum.
By now, we've all heard of the Magical Misery Tour. President Obama is touring the Midwest telling Americans to buy American made products on a brand-new million-dollar bus purchased from Canada.
More than $31 million was spent on the recall elections here in Wisconsin. That doesn't count the states portion of what they have to kick in to run the polls the day of the election. And what's the result? The Democrats did not regain control of the state Senate.
When the debt deal was completed and signed into law on August 2, the dumb dumb citizens of the United States were assured by the president that crisis would be averted. So what happened? The United States lost its AAA rating. The stock market dropped 1100 points over three sessions. After almost 3 years of age poor economy that does not seem to be getting better, it gets worse.
What is going to be the net effect after these recall elections are finally settled? Will they finally be settled? Will people be happy? I'm sure some will be. Will the recalls be over? Or will we be gearing up for a new round of recalls? Will the union fields and tax-and-spend liberals be gearing up their hate fest for Scott Walker and send us into another six months of negative campaigning and advertising? Civility has become a bad word.
A couple of years ago, the president of the United States told us deficits don't matter. That was also to infer that the national debt does not matter. Today, and for the past couple of weeks, it seems like the national debt is all that matters.
Does hot weather cause global warming or is it the other way around? Is it a timely discussion or just a lot of hot air? Perhaps I can summarize an article I had read recently in the left-wing publication,"Liberal Lies And How to Tell Them." Then it will all make sense.
After 2 1/2 years of the Obama administration, one thing we can say for certainty-the president and his team know absolutely nothing about economics.
The fourth of July is a unique holiday. People celebrate the fourth by thinking that they are celebrating our independence from Great Britain that was declared in 1776. But what are many people actually doing? It is the day when left-wing extremists will leave the Prius in the garage, and load up the minivan or the SUV with a charcoal grill and drive down to a crowded beach or park and fire up the barbie by dumping about a half can of lighter fuel on it and cook up a bunch of brats and hot dogs.
It seems that more than ever now, it has become imperative that government at all levels need to rein in spending and tighten their belts to experience the limited growth that our economy has been producing for the past few years.
Like many news junkies, I like to look at the polls. The politicians like to look at them too, although they deny being influenced by them. The most prominent poll that comes on a regular basis is the poll on presidential approval. Two half years ago, President Obama started out fairly high in the presidential approval ratings. This, of course, was expected. And as everybody knows, it's all downhill from there.
I was quite pleased earlier this week when I heard the statement from County executive Chris Abele's office. He is not going to spend taxpayer money on a modern art project.
I can't believe it either. A week after I got tired of hearing the Anthony Wiener story, I'm bringing it up myself. My first impression of Wiener was that he wasn't loud, overbearing twerp. Yes, most of this is based on our differences in politics. But he was a rising star in the Democratic Party. Now he has become the butt of many a joke. Yes, most of them are because of his name. But the latest ones he has brought on himself. It's like he picked his own name.
Even though we are still about a year and a half away from the presidential election, the Republican field is starting to take shape. Trouble is, there's not a lot of optimism in the current field. And the Democrats, being of the high moral character that they are, are looking for the weakest candidate to get nominated so that President Barack Obama can cruise to a second term. And of course, with all of this non-effort, the United States will continue to fall into mediocrity. What a great vision for America!
I can't figure it out. Tax-and-spend liberals will grab their picket signs at the drop of a hat and truck on over to Madison to march in front of the Capitol and scream "unfair"if they believe a tax break would be given to a corporation especially if it were initiated by a Republican. But if there were to be a tax increase for specific use of, let's say a sports venue, then that's all well and good.
Herb Kohl is calling it quits. After four terms, and becoming 19th in seniority, he is moving on. Recently, Herb Kohl made the news for bringing a defense contract in Wisconsin that will build ships in the Marinette area. I agree that this is good for Wisconsin, but what else has he done in his 24 years?
Osama Bin Laden is dead. A commitment made almost 10 years ago has been fulfilled. If he was not brought to justice, justice was brought to him. I doubt that there have been very many tears shed over this. So where are the pictures? As a country who believes in freedom of the press, and people who naturally rubberneck with curiosity to see people at their worst, big brother government is going to shield us from ourselves for our own good. As part of a growing minority in America who still pays federal taxes, I believe I am due a picture.
In a recent poll, it had been reported that approximately 40% of Republicans are not happy with the current field of presidential candidates. This will include the candidates who have declared their intent to run and those who are expected to run. The big question is twofold; can any Republican candidate beat Barack Obama in 2012, and if he can, can he be an effective president? When I say effective president, I'm referring to someone who can lead the country in the direction of prosperity and bring American greatness again. I do not mean effective as relevant to our past two presidents.
President Barack Obama finally released his birth certificate in order to put to rest a distraction that takes our attention away from the real issues today. Even though the left brought it up more often, it is conservatives and Republicans who will get blamed for keeping this on the front burner. Three weeks of Donald Trump finally pushed the administration to releasing the document. We'll speak to rest? I'm sure there is a lot more spin to come. I'm sure the name-calling from the left is just getting started. After all, we have a year and a half until the election. We know it's got to get nasty. However, I agree with the president when he said that we've got bigger problems in this country. Then of course, he flew off to Chicago to sit on the Oprah Winfrey show.
Whenever I read the column written by George Will in the Washington Post, I have to open another tab in my browser for an online dictionary. Then I have to ask myself two questions. First, how does he come up with these words? Second, will I be able to use one of these words in a conversation at any time? Well, the other day George used the word blatherskite and I had to look it up. When I read the definition, I can only think of one person-Barack Obama.
This week, President Barack Obama assumes the role that he loves best-candidate for president of the United States. As we have seen over the past two and half years, Obama enjoys being a campaigner much more than he does enjoy being president. As president, he is being held accountable. As a candidate, mistakes he makes can be attributed to speaking to his base.
A few years ago when I was flipping through the channels on the television, I came across an old rerun of My Favorite Martian. In this episode, Uncle Martin was dictating a letter. As he spoke the words, a typewriter across the room put the words to text. And of course, no one was actually doing the typing. The typewriter was doing it on its own.
When this was dreamed up in the mid-60s, people probably thought that this is pure science fiction. Yet less than half a century later, we know that it is fact. This can be done today. It isn't done the same way as it was in 1964, because today, hardly anyone uses a typewriter anymore.
Over the past two years, the mission and agenda of the Obama administration has been to increase America's dependence on the government. Perhaps this is why the media was taking so many steps to make this look like a dire situation. Why, without the government the soldiers would not defend our shores. The police would not secure the streets. And the teachers would not be in the classroom-this time for a different reason. But what would actually happen with the government shutdown?
Every once in a while, a creative person will come up with a new idea or a new phrase in which they think that it is just the best phrase and people will be jealous of what a good phrase that is. People will be jealous that they did not come up with it themselves. And it will be a good phrase until somebody points out house to put it really is. A good example of a phrase like that is; winning the future.
Election day for county executive is fast approaching. Did the primary election actually give us two candidates worth choosing from? There are many people who will say yes.
I find it at least mildly ironic that the person who has been issued for 2009 Nobel Prize for peace has now ordered military action that has begun what has been called the Americas third war. Once again the United States is engaged with military action on another Muslim country. Wasn't part of President Obama's agenda a mission to help Muslim countries feel better about themselves and the United States? Are we accomplishing these missions?
A few weeks ago when it was clear that the NFL owners and players were going to have a lockout, President Obama was asked by a reporter if he was going to intervene. President Obama said that he would not stating that it's something that the owners and the players union have to work out and it was not a subject that the president should be involved in. I was in complete agreement with the president. The president has far more priorities that need addressing and his complete attention than what is going on in the NFL especially during the off-season. I was hopeful that he was going to come to his senses and find that he has far too many crises to attend to and forgo a waste of time explaining his brackets for March madness. But I was wrong.
The world makes sense to me now. Well maybe not the entire world, but at least the government budgetary process. This week, we learned why it is become next to impossible, if not completely impossible, to cut back on any of the federal budget. We will have to keep borrowing $.40 of every dollar spent. Any further tax reductions will become a thing of the past. Senate majority leader Harry Reid brought it home for America-the Cowboy Poetry Festival.
I was hoping for an interesting season of political debate about the budget process. At the local level, it could get ugly. At the state level, it has been ugly all along. At the federal level, it's just plain chaos.
The 2012 presidential race has not begun yet. After a two-year process in the last cycle, it's a good thing that it has not started yet. While the Republican side of the election appears to be wide open, it is generally assumed that Barack Obama will again be the Democrat nominee. No surprises here.
Once again, for the third year in a row, deficit hawks from the current administration, the ones who are preaching fiscal responsibility, have a message for us: deficits don't matter.
It's hard to believe that another election day is rapidly coming upon us. It's an election only for local offices, but still I was looking for a lot of negative advertising. After all there's a Supreme Court seat up for grabs. We can't expect civility from the Supreme Court justices, can we? It's what I've come to expect. And there is a contested race for county executive.
We have seen the state of the union and apparently were not spending enough money to sustain it.
From the early days of the country, Congress has engaged in passing symbolic measures. Such measures have declared holidays, recognized accomplished citizens, and passed other measures which at the time may have seemed important but have actually had no impact on day-to-day life for the long-term.
Recently there was a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which discussed new teaching methods. In the coming years, it was reported that teaching methods and learning methods for longer include a pencil and paper. What hath God wrought?
The attempted assassination on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords represents a sad day in America. Lives were destroyed and America was changed. As a result, we will now be rethinking the way that we approach and have access to our elected officials. What made America great was the access that we had to our lawmakers in the approachability that they made available to us. They are one of us, they are representative of the people.
The 112th Congress is about to get started. As always, it is accompanied with hope and aspiration that the right issues will be handled in an effective way. What is important this year? Is it the same thing as last year? Or the year before?
It'll soon be time to kick off the 2012 presidential election season. As expected, President Barack Obama will be seeking a second term. Much to the surprise of conservatives, the president does have a record of accomplishment to run on. Americans like to see their president succeed. That's because we want America to succeed. However, we don't need a lot of stuff that needs to be repealed because it was done wrong in the 1st place. President Obama has this baggage too.
It was just about 30 years ago when President Ronald Reagan stated in his first inaugural address that a major objective of his presidency was to reduce the size of government and reduce government spending and eliminate deficits. He stated that while many of the programs were started with good intentions, people's hearts were in the right place but their heads were not. These ideas are just as current today as politicians at all levels of government try to address government spending and eliminate deficits.
We are barely 6 months past the midterm election which evidently sent a short-lived shock to the elected officials in Washington. Congress has returned for a lame-duck session and it has proved to be a less than stellar spectacle of what the American people expect.
I don't know if the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believes that it is being fair and unbiased, but it seems that up until last week, there was regularly an article or a letter to the editor written by someone sensible, who believes the $810 million train between Milwaukee and Madison is a farce, it is always preceded by some not who believes it is the best idea since sliced bread. Well, Frederick Rohwedder doesn't have a thing to worry about.
Over the past couple of years, there have been countless articles, countless blogs, and countless conversations on the perils of greed in today's economy. Progressives and liberals have engaged in class warfare in their effort to put the Americans into two categories-the haves and the have-nots. A have not is simply someone who does not have all the material things that they want in life. So, who are the haves?
Now that the election is over, we can move onto another issue that is going to be as polarizing and divisive as anything that has come up prior to November-a high-speed train in Madison.
When Scott Walker was elected governor earlier this month, it was a sign that the majority of the electorate would be looking forward to a new era of fiscal responsibility the government.
In the age of information, 24-hour news, the Internet, instant messages, and even tweaks, how can we be certain that the information then we are getting is reliable? Is to turn to newspapers and TV for truth. Nowadays, we're getting opinions at best. But what about the information that the government is giving us? As much speed like to trust our government, we know we are being lied to. Even if we aren't able to call them direct lies, we know we are being persuaded to think in a particular direction. We should be persuaded to think.
There is little Governor Jim Doyle needs to do from now until January to further his assurance that he is the worst governor in Wisconsin history. There is no better example of this than the half fast train that he wants to build between Milwaukee and Madison. In an 11th move, the governor realized that Tom Barrett was not going to win the election for governor. And being the shyster that he is, Governor Doyle decided to seal the deal with contractors to spend the money and start construction before anyone could stop it. Hopefully it would get to a point where it would cost about $100 million from the state taxpayers to pay it back if construction was stopped. So why did we elect this guy twice? He clearly does not have the best interest of the citizens of Wisconsin in mind. Like any real Democrat, he's only concerned about himself.
The midterm election has finally arrived. It may be the one time, every couple of years, when the voice of the citizen, the voice of the voter is finally heard. If it counts, well, that's another story.
I did not know that there were so many climatologists in the country today. There seems to be quite a concentration of them even here in southeastern Wisconsin. They all seem to know quite a bit about global warming and how higher taxes will solve the problem.
This started out to be an interesting election cycle. It was going to be the resurgence of the conservative. It was going to be a referendum on Obama. It was going to be a wavy election. It was going to have surprise results. But as we get closer to election day, it could be turning out like everything else-full of apathy and disgust.
In a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine, President Barack Obama admitted that there are no shovel ready projects for the stimulus bill to fund. The admission seemed almost surprising that the president finally admitted what many of us have known for the past year and a half.
Democrats have long labeled the Republican Party as having no ideas. As he tried to push their legislative agenda through the Congress, they stifled any input from just about every Republican and then proclaimed that the Republicans had no input and no ideas.
Is every election about the future? If they are, we must take a look at where we have come, the direction we are on currently, and where we want to go. A catch phrase which is often used is; are you better off than you were two years ago?
Can anyone effectively answer this question; does Russ Feingold deserve another term in the United States Senate?
We are about to the halfway point of the Obama administration. And what do we have to show for it? Are we better off than we were two years ago? Are we on the right track? Can the damage of this administration be reversed?
Are there any undecided voters out there? Having just gone through the primary election, we've probably gotten enough information on the candidates for governor and Senate. All we have to do is to remember to show up on November 2. Yet, we continue to be bombarded with advertisements. The Robo calls will probably begin very soon. Too soon. That's a frequency increases of the number of ads we are going to be exposed to for the next month or so, it will probably include enough negativity to show that the candidate we want and the candidate we oppose will have so many negative points, it could convince even the most loyal voter to stay home.
It was recently reported that the recession that has plagued America since the end of 2007 has been over since the middle of 2009. So, why does it feel like it is not over? One would think that after a year we should at least have the mindset that we are all of the recession and well on our way to a robust recovery.
In his quest to gain ground in the governor's race here in Wisconsin, Tom Barrett has begun to run an advertisement savoring his hero status he acheived at the state fair last year. What would've happened had Tom Barrett not intervened, is of course, speculation. The crime itself and the perpetrator will not be discussed. What we will discuss is Tom Barrett's basis of thinking which is also speculation.
Why does America need a new stimulus package? Could it be... the last one failed?
Contrary to what they've been saying, Democrats are watching the recent polls. Although it's not looking too good for them, Republicans have to be cautious and off not think that they've got victories all sewn up. Yes, the question remains; if they are handed back control of Congress, will they be effective stewards? Will they be able to steer America in the right direction again?
Are we getting mixed messages from the Obama administration? It seems like only a couple months ago, Vice President Joe Biden was out talking this as Recovery Summer. More recently, President Barack Obama, fresh off a two-week vacation in which he could ignore his constituency and concentrate more on what the polls are telling us, comes out and says he needs to do a full scale attack on the economy. What would this attack do? Is he trying to make it worse? From what we have seen in the past two years, I think he is.
Coming off his vacation in the Gulf Coast, President Obama heads up to Martha's Vineyard for another much-needed vacation. All is well in America. All as well if we believe our president. President Obama promised us that he would not rest until the economy had recovered. President Obama promised he would not rest until the Gulf Coast had been restored to its original beauty. President Obama promised us that he would not rest until everyone who is looking for a job can find one. Now that he is resting, we can put a checkmark in the completed column for these issues. If condition B. occurs, that means condition A has been met, right? Perhaps were not supposed to include math or logic in these postings.
Although quite predictable, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been running stories about the Senate race here in Wisconsin that are not exactly objective. And in true liberal fashion, if you're not in lockstep with the progressive agenda, you're considered a mouth breathing troglodyte.
It often seems like President Barack Obama needs to do little else to prove to the American people that he is completely out of touch with them. I don't personally know anyone who was killed on Sep 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks in New York City. I believe rebuilding the towers is taking too long and there is far too much emphasis on the memorial process to try to appease the people who lost loved ones. However, building a mosque two blocks away from the Ground Zero site is a slap in the face to every American. I find the president's comments completely offensive.
When it comes to predicting the outcome of the Senate race in Wisconsin this fall, it is currently considered a tossup. This of course means that there will be a plethora of advertising between now and November 2. And as the case is with all political advertising, the facts are being twisted so that you draw a different conclusion from what actually has occurred in the past few years. Like all progressives, Russ Feingold is banking on you not paying attention to what he has been doing and only basing your judgment on his performance on what he will spoon feed you through his ads.
It seems like only yesterday when we were anticipating the advent of the summer of recovery. Now, it seems like summer is over. It's not because we've torn off several pages of our calendar, it's not because of the hot weather is gone, and it's not because the children are back in school already. It's because there is no summer recovery. It was all an illusion. It was like one of those happy dreams that we wake up from all too early.
As we get closer to the election day, it's time to start paying attention to the U.S. Senate race. Do we want hope and change or do we want the status quo of the last 8+ years? It sounds like the 2008 election all over again. Only this time with the U.S. Senate.
Actually, the Obama administration admits to one mistake. I'm not going to take a lot of time to discuss the Shirley Sharrod episode, because that is an actual distraction of what is really going on in America.
We've all known for years that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel panders to the liberal and Democrat candidates no matter how bad they are. That's an assumption that we'll just have to live with. They are starting to come up with some so-called news stories comparing Senator Russ Feingold to candidate Ron Johnson. If we are aware of this bias, we sometimes have to remind ourselves that it exists in order to read these columns without having to be interrupted to run to the cabinet to get the Alka Seltzer.
President Obama is looking forward to the summer. Congress will be in recess and he can make appointments without the consent and advice of the Senate. He can tour the country using Air Force One to avoid the day-to-day responsibilities of his office and do the one thing he does well-campaign. He will be putting forth his best effort to further divide the country politically and do it all on taxpayers dollars.
Some days it's just plain difficult to understand what is going on in America today. One thing we do know is that the United States is on the wrong track. Unfortunately, the government seems content to not only stay on this track, but to pick up speed.
The Arizona immigration law seem to have been a situation that could and should have been handled by the state of Arizona and backed up by the federal government. Instead it has turned into an us versus them situation. Consciously choosing not to enforce the immigration laws that are on the books, the federal government is not letting Arizona worked on solving their own problem. There are either too many Republicans in Arizona or not enough unions in Arizona. During the summer of 2008, immigration was a hot issue. The many candidates for president at the time all have plans on how to handle the immigration problem on the border with Mexico. Then, the economy tanked and the priority shifted. Immigration was shelved albeit promised to be handled in the first year of the Obama presidency. We now know that a year and a half later, things are getting worse.
When President Barack Obama was in Racine the other day, he had to face some unexpected questions about the success or lack of success with the so-called Recovery Act. As we know from previous experiences, President Obama does not do well when asked questions posed with an opposing viewpoint. Apparently he has gotten used to the notion that he will come into a city, make a speech, answer a couple of questions any long-winded fashion and leave with a higher approval rating.
Peggy West is a big fat idiot. And I say that with the endearment and admiration that Joe Biden often displays. Isn't it great when we can take a phrase from another great Democrat-Al Franken-and paraphrase it into a situation that is relevant today. Only liberals don't like it when you use their own logic against them. I won't spend a lot of time examining the statement that she made, I'll let others do that. But the fact that someone would say it's and believe it at the time it is simply astonishing.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico clearly out of hand, the Obama administration is creating a diversion to hopefully get that failure of policy out of the headlines. Showing that the Obama administration has a thirst for controlling the message of the media like Pravda did for the Soviet Union, the administration came out with a propaganda piece called the Recovery Summer. What a pile of crap this is.
In true progressive form, we can apply a double standard and feel good about it. Because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we have a common hate: BP. And through this common hate, we can publicly extort, shakedown, and make hateful statements about this company and feel good about it. It's practically patriotic.
We are closing in on the second month of having crude oil gush from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. This is then called the worst oil spill in American history. It is also working towards another worst-worst managed crisis in American history.
A couple of weeks ago, it looked like the Obama administration was not taking charge of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But recently, President Obama came out and said that he was in charge and the buck stops with him. At first, I found that hard to believe. But after some reflection and looking at the facts, I can now see that the Obama administration was in charge from day one. As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Let's take a look at that pudding.
With the Senate race here in Wisconsin, there really is no need to take an interest in a Senate race in Pennsylvania. There's not much excitement going on with the race here, so why is Pennsylvania important?
After five weeks of oil leaking out of the floor of the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama, in an un-presidential form, has come up with a solution of what needs to be done-"Just plug the damn hole!"I'm sure many Americans were thinking, golly! I don't think anyone has come up with a solution yet. Thanks for showing some leadership, President Obama.
Although I like to sometimes believe that there are a lot of Americans who share the belief that we are being taxed too much by a government that is too large and spends way too much money, or sometimes seems to be an equal amount of people who are willing to pay higher taxes. And they just don't raise taxes on themselves, they raise them on you and me too.
A few short weeks ago, there was a 900 point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average that occurred within about a half hour's time. Why this happened, I don't think we know for sure yet. This is been called the "flash crash." The stock market recovered within the hour and outside of the panic, it was a fairly normal trading day. Yet Congress has to have an inquest on this. Why?
It has been just over a year and a half when Congress orchestrated the TARP build to rescue the banks and save the American economy from fiscal collapse. It was then that the word bailout became part of the American political fabric. Since that time, the banks that had been lent the money I paid it back with interest. This was supposed to be the investment that taxpayers have hoped for that paid off and resulted in a profit. Even if it was a small profit. But since that time, the TARP money has become a political slush fund for the president and his administration.
As we turn the pages off our calendar and move further into 2010, we review the economic numbers from the previous month and determine whether or country and its economy are moving in the right direction. Last Friday, after the unemployment numbers came out for April, President Obama made a statement saying that his tough yet unpopular policies that they made the hard decisions to pass, are working and producing results. Let's take a look at those results.
Recently, there was a study group formed for the sole purpose of finding out how much money they could convince taxpayers in southeast Wisconsin to waste. It consisted of four people. They kept it to a small number because why have a large committee formed with a predetermined outcome? They were formed to see if it would be feasible to continue a political agenda of pushing forward a streetcar program in downtown Milwaukee.
Hindsight is always 2020. It is always easier to point out what has gone wrong than it is to do what is right while events are unfolding. A good example of this is what is going on right now in the Gulf of Mexico.
You may have lived through the Summer of love. You may have watched the Summer of George. What will 2010 bring? If it's anything like the direction that the country has been going in the past year and a half, we are in for finger-pointing, name-calling, hate mongering and polarization.
In a recent front-page story, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a news item about a citizen who effectively stole $700,000 from the Wisconsin Shares program. This is a state run program that shells out money to just about everyone who completes the paperwork. You don't have to do anything at all to earn it other than to from the government and the taxpaying citizens of the state. The cases that have come to light have shown that there are no consequences criminally for cashing in on this generous program. After all, it's for the children.
The state legislative year ended on Apr 22, 2010. As one commenter put it, it went out with a whimper and not a bang. For the most part, this is good news.
In a recent speech, President Barack Obama once again demonstrated how arrogant and out of touch he is with mainstream America. It was also a very poor attempt at humor. It was not funny. He was speaking to a lefty group of core constituents who are probably in the 47% of America that does not pay taxes and can't get enough of a "stick it to the rich"attitude.
When health care reform monstrosity was passed, President Barack Obama drew a conclusion that the American people would suddenly begin to like it once they saw what was in it. According to recent polls, more than half of the citizens in America statistically, still oppose this bill and they do not like it.
Two years ago, the United States began looking for ways to become less polarized politically. Dissatisfied with the policies of the Bush administration, we sought a new beginning. Whether or not we had one, we did not go in the correct direction. We elected a president who campaigned on the promise of bringing people together. In debates, candidate Barack Obama touted his talent of having the ability to bring people who disagreed together. Since becoming president, President Obama has done the opposite. He has continued the polarization of political ideologies in this country. We have become less united.
Having rammed down our throats the health care reform bill, the Democrats and progressives are now in a position to recoil and continue to force the progressive agenda on the American people whether they want it or not. Recent polls have shown that they do not. The Democrats who only listen to their own rhetoric believe the American people want higher taxes and want more regulation. More entitlements and more government handouts are in the future of people and all you have to do to get this is the underachiever and sell yourself short.
Well, they did it. Congress has shoved the helathcare reform bill down our throats. And now, after a year of talking points, misdirection, outright lies, etc., it is being followed up by a bunch of statements that have just about the same degree of sincerity. President Obama came out and said that he followed the will of the people. Even the most liberal polls showed opposition greater than 50%. He said Congress pushed back on the interests of the special interest groups. While demonizing the insurance companies, the administration cut deals with the unions, pharmaceuticals and the AMA. He said the process rose above politics. Nothing could be further from the truth. This process was all about politics. Just take a look at all the backroom deals, arm-twisting, bribes and vote buying that was needed just to get to 216 votes. Even the pro-lifers sold out for a sheet of paper signed by the president. But that's still better than the deal Wisconsin gets-all the Wisconsin Democrats in Congress gladly donated their vote for nothing in return. That's the deal we get here in Wisconsin -- nothing.
The last week, President Barack Obama said that all the arguments have been made, everything has been said, and it is time to vote on the healthcare bill. Yet, since he has said that, he has not stopped making speeches and jaunting around the country giving Democrats rides in Air Force One in order to help them make up their mind on how to vote on the healthcare bill currently going through Congress. President Obama said he wanted an upper bound vote. Well, the way that the votes are tallying up, the total equals down.
Are you looking for a new avenue to relieve yourself of the overabundance of money that you would have in your pockets? Are you tired of going to work in bringing home a paycheck that covers your day-to-day spending and may even allow you to have a large screen TV in your home or a new car in your driveway? It's time that we come to terms with our selfishness that has rubbed off on us from those greedy years that the United States experienced back when George Bush was president.
Health care reform and climate change. Two recurring news items. At the end of 2009, it seemed like we were going to be able to move beyond these two stories. But they keep coming back. Is it Groundhog Day? Is it a recurring nightmare?
2010 was supposed to be the year that the Obama administration turns their main focus to job creation and economic recovery. After a couple of weeks, the focus was again shifted towards the passage of a government run health care bill.
The Louisiana purchase was not enough. But Cornhusker Kickback was not enough. The omnibus bill was not enough. The federal government is now going to kick into high gear wasteful spending across the United States in an effort to shore up the reelection of Democrats in the fall election. In short-the Obama administration is going to waste taxpayer money buying votes.
Athletes trained for decades. They waited for years. Finally came their chance to participate in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver British Columbia. But where's the snow? It was 50° and raining. The hopes were dashed, the dream is gone. And it's all attributed to global warming.
It did not take long for the Liberals to jump on Sarah Palin for writing a few words on her hand during a keynote speech at the Tea Party convention. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was also poking fun at Sarah Palin by writing words on his hand. That just goes to show how immature this administration will behave. What Gibbs did should be an embarrassment to the administration. But it wasn't.
President Barack Obama claims he is not an ideologue. He came to office with an agenda in mind. He promised the American people hope and change. However, the American people had a different idea of what hope and change meant than President Obama.
Last week, President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address. After two years of having the media, political pundits, and citizens in general fall all over themselves toting what a great speaker but president is and how provoking he is motivating the country to unite and make the United States a better place, this particular speech seemed less than inspiring.
The Democrat arrogance that has been emanating in this country has also been greatly slowed down. The political parties nationalized the Senate race in Massachusetts. It became a referendum on Obama care. The citizens of Massachusetts became a voice for the nation and spoke loudly and clearly that Congress and the Obama administration must take a new direction for America to be successful.
The Milwaukee public schools are set to improve starting this year. This of course, sounds like a headline from the Onion. And of course it could be. Whether it be here, at Logos of the Bogus, or the Onion, either way, it is a joke.
President Barack Obama and the Democrat leaders in Congress are once again at the level of desperation for the healthcare insurance reform bill that has been going through Congress for about a year. Perhaps soon, we can get to the point to where the current bill will finally be defeated. Then, we can start over using bipartisan ideas of real reform that America will want and agree with.
"We want our money back."Sometimes it's hard to believe that that statement actually came from President Barack Obama. But then we remember that it came from the antibusiness sentiment of the Obama administration. President Obama gets a perverse sense of pleasure whenever he thinks that he can stick it to the banks. First, Obama thinks that he saved the American economy by bailing out the banks. Now, he wants Americans to think that banks are the root of evil in America today.
We have survived one quarter of the Obama term already. As difficult as it got, we have survived. A year of failure and lies is certain to be followed by three more years of failure and lies. America voted to give Barack Obama the chance to heal the country's problems. We took his promises at face value and placed our hope in him and his administration with one caveat-the plans had to work.
Having just transitioned from 2009 into 2010, one thing we can say is that it has been a year like no other. Then again, we can say that about every year. We do say that about every year.
With the demise of America's future being put on the fast track, I am able to find humor in a few comments that others have made about the cash for cloture deals that have been going through the Senate to pass few days. One story goes like this: a woman is asked if she will sleep with a senator for $2 million. She says yes. Would you do it for five dollars? She says no, what do you think I am? His answer; we've already established that, now we just need to find your price.
A news story came out recently that said that Democrat districts are receiving more in stimulus funds in Republican districts. The margin is almost 2 to one. I thought this was common knowledge. This is the entire design of the stimulus bill.
In a recent interview with 60 minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, Barack Obama sat back and referred to the so-called "fat cat" bankers and said, "They don't get it."
Governor Jim Doyle does not want to waste his last year in office. Although it is well-known that he is a lame duck, it becomes more apparent every day that he is also a lame brain. Being one of the worst governors in Wisconsin history, Doyle intends to leave the state in far worse shape financially than when he took office. Even the poor budget that is destined to create a huge shortfall by the end of the term, Doyle is not satisfied that Wisconsin residents are taxed enough.
While accepting the Nobel prize for peace in Oslo,Norway, Barack Obama humbly said, "My accomplishments are slight." This statement is as true today as it was two years ago when he decided to run for president of the United States. His accomplishments are slight. What are they?
A little over a year ago, in what was probably the last major bipartisan piece of legislation passed by Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike came together to pass what became known as TARP. It was sold to the American people as a bill that would buy up troubled assets from banks to make them stronger in order to secure the financial system of the United States. What it actually did, was provide continuity to the financially shaky financial institutions which allowed them to meet payroll including huge bonuses to their CEOs. Whether or not this was good, it allegedly kept the United States from total economic collapse. For some large banks, it was intended to be alone to be paid back possibly at a profit for the taxpayers. It was sold once as a short-term investment that was going to make money for the taxpayers.
As we close in on the end of December, we begin to think about the accomplishments that have occurred over the year and the good things that have occurred over the year. It is one of these that I want to talk with you about today. After months of expanding the government, spending money that we don't have, and discounting skepticism about a fraud that has been placed upon the people of the world, let alone the United States, the government today has finally made an announcement proclaiming a most dangerous pollutant that is in our air today. It is carbon dioxide.
President Barack Obama's speech on Afghanistan was hyped to be one of the most important speeches he will make during his presidency. Did his performance rise to the occasion? It did not. At a time when he needed to rally the United States to get the people behind him to support for escalation of this war, if that's what he wanted to do, he came up short. Whenever Obama needs to do something that is in the interest of the United States of America, he looks to appease his political base.
With the Senate passing the health care bill, the Democrats are becoming confident, if not downright arrogant, that this is going to pass. The liberal media reports this as a first step on the long road. Yet Senate majority leader Harre Reid says that he can see the finish line. With the way these massive bills have picked up momentum, it does not seem outlandish that the bill can be passed and made into law by years end.
President Barack Obama has said in recent interviews that he is becoming worried about the future of America's debt. The annual deficits are beginning to pile up and the national debt is finally becoming something to be concerned about.
In last year's Democratic primary, candidates Barack Obama debated the other candidates at the time. Included were Joe Biden, Christopher Dodd, and Hillary Clinton. The question that had come up was one of experience. Hillary Clinton hammered at candidate Obama saying that he did not have the experience to be president and take that 3 AM call. Obama acknowledged that he did not have the experience, but he thought he had any quality that trumped experience -- judgment.
The healthcare bill that is currently going through Congress is not about the uninsured. It started out that way. It was a major part of last year's presidential campaign. Even earlier this year, there was a national concern about insuring the uninsured. With the mounting job losses in the economy being killed by the socialist principles of the administration, we needed to keep the uninsured insured and provide low-cost medical access to those people who would otherwise have to go to the emergency room. My, how things have changed.
Congress did it. They passed the 1990 page healthcare reform bill. I wonder how many members of Congress actually read it. I'll bet it was a lot less than 220.
Nobody expected the number of jobs saved or created by President Obama stimulus bill to be accurate. Even the Democrats know that the number of jobs created is very low. And everyone outside of the Obama administration knows that verifying a saved job is impossible. There is no way to quantify any saved jobs. But every month the administration rolls out their numbers and touts how well they are doing. Of course if they didn't, there would be a consensus that the stimulus bill was a complete failure. The whole $787 billion of it.
The presidency of the United States is a unique position. It is a big job. It takes someone who is willing to work hard, very hard for a very long time. And that's just to get elected. Although compared to a private sector job, the presidency does not need near what a CEO would make, especially nowadays, but that's not why people seek the office. It is the position in the world. It is the place in history. It is the opportunity to lead a nation for what will seem a very short time in retrospect, but a very long time while it is occurring.
Why do we have a county board of supervisors in Milwaukee County? Do we need this level of government? What do they do? Anything? Anybody?
It wasn't that long ago when Barack Obama was calling the war in Afghanistan a war of necessity. After taking office in January, President Obama acted like he was going to show the people of the United States and show the world how to effectively end a war. He had his motivation-he would out do President Bush. It was Bush and Iraq versus Obama and Afghanistan.
Can anyone tell the direction that the Democrats are going with regard to the government takeover of health care, or as they call it "reform", especially with regard to the public option? Every day it's something different. It's in. It's out. It's in with the option to opt out. It's out with the option to opt in. Which is it?
I cannot figure Liberals out. The Liberals spend money they don't have and take money that somebody else earns and spend that too. Even in these bad economic times, when people in the private sector have to forgo raises, contemplate salary cuts, and deal with tax increases at every level of government. That's if they're fortunate enough to keep their job continuously. But governments don't seem to care.
24 hour news channels have only been around for about 29 years. In that period of time, only about five presidents have been affected. Of course as time goes on, the later presidents have dealt with the 24-hour news channels more than the early ones. Not all have existed for the entire 29 years. But now, we're seeing something different. A United States president and his administration are now propagandizing themselves with their agenda to target one news organization -- Fox news.
For the past couple of years, liberal bloggers have spent a lot of time pounding away at their keyboards asserting their disdain at what they believe are the untruths delivered to them by the George W. Bush administration. They call them lies. A select number of the liberal bloggers have professed their objectivity to their political leaning. If one is to take this at face value, these bloggers will be turning out blog after blog proclaiming the same from President Obama. They will be calling him a liar. And in the eyes of those who hold them to be objective, they will be correct.
Even the close supporters of President Barack Obama will acknowledge that the president did little if anything to actually earn the Nobel Peace Prize. A century ago when Theodore Roosevelt or Woodrow Wilson were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, it was because they had put effort into ending a war or bringing peace to the world without achieving world peace.
After almost 2 years of continuous praise from the media, president of Barack Obama is now facing some pushback. With almost constant unrelenting acclaim of how great Obama was going to be and what a great information America was going to experience to the point of being sickening to anyone who looks at things objectively, the enthusiasm is starting to wane.
It is becoming increasingly rare to actually see some responsible leadership from an elected official. However, we are seeing it again from Milwaukee County executive Scott Walker. And of course, the critics are out to cast stone's at the glass House of fiscal responsibility.
One day after Jimmy Carter turned 85 years old, he gets another example of how racism is turning the Obama presidency into a series of bad luck events.
The Empire State building in New York City is aglow in red lights to honor the Communists in China. From 1949 to 2008 such recognition in the United States of America would've seemed unbelievable. What has happened? Has political correctness taken us to honor communism? Or is this a trial balloon for the direction of America?
America is clearly on the wrong track. Only a year ago there were plenty of naysayers who were panicked because they believed America was on the wrong track. Well, were on a different track now yet the future looks even bleaker.
The schoolchildren are finally learning a new song to sing the praises of the accomplishments of the current occupant of the White House. One has to ask, why did it take so long? The children had to wait eight months to learn a new song that praises equal pay for equal work. Why are the schoolchildren being forced to sing about equal pay? Should they just be singing about equality of outcome?
The Democrats have come up with a new health care bill that is going to provide government takeover of the health care system for a reduced price that was once around $1 trillion and has now been reduced to the low, low price of $856 billion. This new plan does not include a public option. Two weeks ago, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid vowed publicly that they would not support any of their reform bill that did not include a public option. Why the change?
Jimmy Carter was elected president in 1976 as a result of the country becoming fed up and disgusted with the Republicans because of Watergate in the pardon of Richard Nixon. It was a Washington outsider and was swept into office with a close vote total and high expectations. He became a mediocre president with marginal effectiveness. His campaign created what was called the misery index. It added up the inflation rate and the unemployment rate. He campaigned on the notion that if someone had a misery index greater than 10%, they should not be president. When Carter left office in 1980, his very own misery index was about 20%.
There are some things that keep bothering me in some of speeches that President Barack Obama presents regarding his health care plan. But the mainstream media does not cover them. Cable news does not cover them. So how am I supposed to expect answers to the questions that I have? No one will ask them for me. No one will answer them for me.
In order to forge ahead with the government take over of health care, the Democrats in Congress needed a game changer. Last week's presidential address to a joint session of Congress was not a game changer they were looking for or needed.
Once again the liberals and Democrats don't seem to get it. Barack Obama was elected as a candidate of hope. Along with that hope, he promised to bring some bipartisanship. Bipartisanship is yet to be seen. He was supposed to bring people together. The country is becoming more polarized. The country was viewed to be going in the wrong direction and he was to put it in the right direction. What he has brought in the name of change has put us on a worse course.
August has not been a good month for President Barack Obama or the Democrats in Congress. Especially trying to gain momentum for their failing health reform bill HR 3200. Hopefully September will continue in that direction.
It has been demonstrated time and again that many people who start a home-based business, or a small business based on "helping people", becomes a license to steal from public funds. But if it has anything to do with the program where we think a child is involved, people tend to look the other way.
The Democrats finally be scraping the bottom of the bay for the last few tricks they think they have been at in order to convince the American people that government takeover of health care is a good thing. They can't sell it on its merits-that's why people are against it. If the Democrats wanted to present what is in the bill, they would first have to read it. So of course, that's not viable. So the Democrats are resorting to what they believe got them victory last November-calling the opposition bigots and racists.
Continuing to be on the subject of this cool summer is the health care reform that Congress is trying to force upon us in order to have the government take over that President Barack Obama wants. The opposition of the citizenry continues to grow as does the Democrats; ignorance to listen to their constituents.
The debate over government takeover of our health care system is continuing. And that's good thing. The value in the level of tension that accompanies such discussions is debatable. Who's being honest? Who's being rude? Who's being un-American? These too are debatable.
Governor Jim Doyle has announced that he will not run for a third term. My jubilance is short-lived because I'm still reminded of all of the things he has done over the past 6 1/2 years to screw up the state.
There's been a lot of attention lately steered towards the disruptions of the town hall meetings being conducted by members of Congress. Much of the focus has been on blaming the danger on Republicans and conservatives. Yet the media outlets will agree that the more that people find out about this health care reform bill, the less people like it.
President Barrack Obama is leading the Democrats in Congress and asking them to pass a bill which will create government takeover of health care and health insurance. He is doing this to save cost and reduce deficits-so he says. Anyone who has any knowledge on these subjects clearly knows that this is a bald-faced lie. It's going to cause higher deficits in the future. The deficits are going to be higher than, well, now. And this year's deficit in his quadruple what it was for the previous deficit. Even higher than the Bush administration.
The progressives and liberals in Congress don't seem to get it. As they continue to try to shove unwanted legislation on the proverbial throat of America, they are turning a blind eye to the growing opposition. When the lefties oppose policies, ideas, and the people who are less radical than they are, they call it grass-roots protesting. When the citizens of the United States protest the liberal socialist agenda, they are called a manufactured mob.
It was only a couple of short weeks ago in which the people of America were asking, "where are the jobs that the stimulus package was supposed to create? Where is the recovery that it was supposed to produce?" The response from the Obama administration was that it's still too early to look for results because only 8 to 12% of the money allocated towards the recovery act had been paid out.
In last week's press conference, President Barack Obama was looking for a game changer in order to pass his plan for government takeover of health care system. He did not get it.
President Barack Obama has been in office for about six months. The citizens of the United States are now better equipped to solidly answer the question, "are we better off than we were a year ago?"
At the time we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of man's first walk on the moon, we are virtually shelving space exploration program in America.
What is President Obama thinking? He spent most of last year telling us how bad the economy is. We believed him. He convinced 52% of the electorate that he could fix it. We believed him. Earlier this year, he wanted the citizens and Congress to draft a stimulus bill that would quadruple the national deficit. He told us it was needed. We believed him. Obama said that if it was passed, the economy would begin to recover and unemployment would not rise above 8%. We believed him.
Last week the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article that took issue with Gov. Jim Doyle on the business climate in Wisconsin. After years of getting used to the editorial board endorsing everything democratic, everything liberal, and it took me a surprise that they would be dissenting against their beloved Gov.
When it comes to using energy, we have all been long taught not to waste. I'm not one of those climate change nuts that thinks that we're all going to boil in about 35 years, but I also am a believer in not wasting energy. If at least for one reason, it's also a waste of money to waste energy.
I am getting sick and tired of Sonya Sotomayor and the over-coverage the media is providing with it. I'm tired of the spineless Senate saying no one is going to go against the confirmation. I'm tired of the historical aspect of it. And I'm tired of seeing her homely face. Here's another accolade for her: homeliest Supreme Court Justice. She even beats out Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the ugly department.
Newsflash: the stimulus did not work. What's the solution? How about more of the same? If it didn't work once, the second time will surely produce the desired result.
Sure, it began as a good idea. Universal health care coverage for all Americans. Universal health care coverage for all Americans at a reasonable price area universal health care coverage for all Americans that had no out-of-pocket expenses, and everyone gets superior health care. The best intentions are not going to create the best result.
In a recent letter to the Milwaukee Journal, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold wrote an op-ed piece regarding his stance on the climate change bill currently going through their United States Congress. In it, he goes on to say that he is listening to the voices of his constituency in Wisconsin. And as human nature allows, his ears are perking up when he hears a reinforcing opinion that matches his, and his tuning out many of the voices of the opposition which he does not want to hear and chooses not to listen to.
America often does not know what direction it wants to go. It needs leadership. It needs strong leadership to take it to a stronger tomorrow. Every four years we elect a president to take us in the direction in which the country needs to go. In 2008, we clearly missed the mark.
One would think that after months of complaining, and being cynical about how this trustworthy a tax-and-spend liberals could be, that Congressional Democrats could not possibly do anything that would make me more disappointed in them. But they have.
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle recently called on the Wisconsin State Legislature to meet and pass a budget so that it can be enacted by its deadline July 1. His justification for this was so that the budget cuts could be enacted and would save Wisconsin taxpayers money. Somehow, I find this hard to believe.
Once again President Barack Obama is urging the citizens of this country and the House of Representatives to act quickly. We must act now to fix another one of the worst crises in America. We must fix health care. Well, the health care system in this country is in need of reform but the problem is way too large to be fixed vaguely and as quickly as Obama wants us to do.
Six months after spending more money in that six months than other administrations have spent an entire term,(even adjusted for inflation,) President Barack Obama is now going to revert back to his campaign promise of pay-as-you-go. Extra in one area would be counterbalanced by cuts in other areas or by tax increases. Democrats are going to love that last part.
Democrats generally think of themselves as being better than everybody else. This is because they blame all of their problems on the Bush administration and being anti-Bush than simply makes them better. In their opinions.
When President Obama says he does not want to run the automobile industry, you can count on that-to be a lie. When President Obama says he does not want to run General Motors, his actions speak to the contrary. He began by forcing out General Motors Chairman Richard Waggoner. He then ordered a restructuring of the company to include ending half its brands and laying off about 20,000 people in the meantime. General Motors will now be forced to manufacture small, cheap, unsafe cars that America does not want. However, the liberal agenda will force them on the marketplace giving us no other choice than to buy these small, cheap, unsafe cars. It will be a political victory similar to what happened in Germany in the 1930s. The Germans were all happy with the Volkswagen beetle.
The joint finance committee of the Wisconsin state legislature should be voted out of office. The kinds of items that be placed in the next budget for this state can only be considered as stupid, idiotic, and other adjectives like these. When battling with the 6 1/2 billion dollar deficit, they chose to only increase the spending by about 6 1/2%. With revenue falling because of the recession, because of Jim Doyle's mishandling of the business climate in this state, and the desire to be ahead of the curve on socialization of the economy, we are going to be headed to an even worse situation in two years. Be prepared.
There was a recent article after the lawsuit between Milwaukee County and Mercer placing a large majority of the responsibility of the recent pension scandal on Mercer. The article goes on to release Tom Ament and his other band of thieves of the responsibility of bankrupting the county because of the enriched retirement schemes they had agreed to. Well, I am not relieved. Tom Ament is not exonerated.
The smokers warned us. Even some non-smokers threw their support for the non-acceptance of the smoking ban. They warned us that once they passed a ban regulating where you could smoke that there would be more to come. They posed the question-what's next? French fries? Coca-Cola? Chocolate milk? Yes, we figured these would come. It would not be a question of if but when. And it came soon.
Those of us who are old enough to remember the 1980s and 1990s and were paying attention to politics back then remember many politicians would include the phrase, "America's best days are still ahead."It seemed inspiring at the time and was not overused to the point where it became ineffective and cliché. They meant it in the American people could honestly believe it.
If there's one subject that most people can agree on, yet there seems to be so many people who are on the wrong side of the issue, it has to be a smoking ban. It's about as basic as any left and right subject. If your politics lean to the right, any regulations imposed by those on the right rob Americans of their civil liberties. If your politics leans to the left, any regulations imposed by those on the left are treated as, "why didn't mean to post this earlier?"
In January 2007, the newly elected speaker of the House of Representatives for the United States Congress, Nancy Pelosi, was so proud that she broke the glass ceiling for millions and millions of women who might have been held back either in business or government that she could just not get over herself anymore.
News flash: Wisconsin is in a fiscal mess. For six years, Jim Doyle has been granted stewardship of the state's government. At this point in his second term, we would need about two upgrades to call it a complete disaster. The liberals who got him elected should be in Paris did not ashamed of what they have done. It is because of what Jim Doyle has done and that is bring the state government to the lowest level of responsiveness and accountability to the citizens of the state.
My, how time flies. This fall, it will be years since the terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center bringing down what was once the tallest towers in the world and icons of American ingenuity. Yet, there was a test a short while ago to see if the people in New York City still remembered despite the claims over the years "we will not forget." Yes, we remembered.
It is my sincere hope that Logos of the Bogus finds you all well. After all, we are in the worst crisis of public health since the bubonic plague. I'm surprised the government has not issued a public statement using that phrase. How are we supposed to move ahead in confidence without self-doubt and fear riding as a monkey on our back?
With a $5 billion deficit for the biennial Wisconsin budget, Jim Doyle and the Democrats are doing everything they can to see if they can sneak tax increases out of the citizens of this state. Yet he knows an election year is coming, and he is nervous already because he is deciding to run character assassin ads about a prospective opponent. Budget after budget of huge tax increases is finally getting noticed. With huge federal budgets and even huger deficits at the federal level, increasing taxes is becoming unpopular. The state missed its chance to do huge increases when they were popular to do so. So now what is next? Budget cuts?
When I first heard of the April 15 tea parties, I thought they were just some low-profile propaganda began by Fox news. I thought the most popular one could be held in somebody's living room and be attended by the same number of people who would have someone like Mitt Romney over for a campaign stop. As it turned out, it was a lot bigger than that. Yet, how they were received along with their effectiveness is judged purely politically.
It's hard to believe that the election for governor is still a year and a half away. At that time will be a deluged with a media blitz that will be replete with muckraking, character assassinations, and mudslinging. Good old politics in Wisconsin. Although no candidates have announced yet, it is expected that Jim Doyle will be looking for a third term, and Scott Walker will be seeking the Republican nomination. Yet already, the Democrats have come out with a television commercial already aimed at Scott Walker.
It began with the mea culpa tour in Europe. Barack Obama was apologizing to all the nations of Europe because the United States had been poor cosmopolitans citizens. President Obama met with many foreign leaders and apologized on behalf of the United States for what he believes were mistakes in our history. He then went to Turkey and cleared the United States was not a Christian nation. Now, don't mistake me for one of those Bible thumping people who wish to replace the science textbooks with the Old Testament, but what can we expect next? The end of Christmas is a national holiday? No more Easter egg rolls for the children at the White House?
The idea of homeownership is taking a beating recently. The economic crisis which has caused our current recession is blamed from having its roots based in homeownership gone awry. I can agree with and only partially. The people who have bought homes who could not afford what they were getting into should shoulder some of the blame. As should people who speculated and bought mortgages with interest-only terms banking on a rapid appreciation of the home value in some sort of get-rich-quick scheme should also bear responsibility. Yet, people are coming out with ideas saying that homeownership is not for everyone in the Bush administration should not have convinced Americans to achieve the American dream of home ownership.
President Barack Obama took his first European trip as president of the United States. Of course, the liberal media is touting this as a huge success. It would be an even larger success of Air Force One were to come back empty.
The future of the American car industry is in serious jeopardy. The origin of the demise of General Motors certainly began within. It moved too slowly, its products are priced too high, its quality was perceived as being too low. One would think that a company as large as General Motors who has been able to withstand recession and boom times for about 100 years may have finally met its match. Another mistake was turning to the United States government for aid. Or is it a bailout?
One of the most overused phrases today by our political leaders is that we are living in unprecedented times. Although the economic cycle regularly goes from prosperity to recession, we're being led to believe that recessions are not only avoidable but their origins have specific points of blame. Many of these points of blame can be directed to people. Governments and the media would have us conclude that these decision-makers can and should be eliminated and we will live happily ever after.
A few weeks ago President Barack Obama said in a statement that his administration will not govern out of anger. And because we have seen that the president likes to double his chances of being correct, the government is now governing out of anger. We are being led to believe that this is out of a course of action brought on by the greed of American capitalists employed at AIG. Well, let's take a step back. If the president and Congress have taken time to look at what is in the stimulus package that was being rushed through Congress, they would have found the items that they are acting so surprised to have uncovered. Congress and the president signed into law the bailout providing AIG with the funds to pay out the bonuses. Now they believe they are righting a wrong by taxing 65 people in this great land of ours.
There seems to be more and more proof available to the political aware that Barack Obama is in over his head. As America still struggles to pull itself out of this economic crisis, Americans are also looking for leadership. Democrats have been whining for years about the shortcomings of the Bush administration and his times stay tough, they continue to blame Bush for their failings. Strong leaders will stay focused and work toward solutions. For strong leaders, it does not matter who created the mess nor does it matter who gets the credit when problems get solved. I doubt if you'll see any of that in this administration.
One would think that after a lot of publicity on how important it is to spend money wisely with the severe downturn in the economy, the government would lead the way. With the immalleable support of the left and the leftist media, public supporting business is at an all-time low. Cases like that of Bernard Madoff, and the AIG bonus payout have not helped restore Joe sixpack's confidence in the business world. Since last fall, people have looked to the government for their solutions. They looked for answers and bail outs. People are looking for anything except how to do things themselves.
When George Costanza was once asked why he got out of bed in the morning, he replied, "I like to get the daily news." This is funny because it is true. I'm sure there are lots of people across America who like to get the daily news. With seemingly endless hours of local news, and with multiple channels on cable with 24 hour a day news, you would think that it would be easy to find limitless and interesting news. Unfortunately that is not the case.
When Barack Obama was campaigning for president, he pledged that if elected, he would hit the ground running. It was clear that America had avoided in its leadership. George Bush left Americans yearning for leadership. It was time for change. Even though it's six weeks into the administration, it is clear that we have cut the cord from George Bush. What has happened since January in what is happening now is the responsibility of the Obama administration. It does not make sense, nor can it be considered effective leadership to continually blame George Bush for what is going on in our country today. Of course, the economy is on the forefront of everybody's mind. We are in a recession. This will now be known as Mr. Obama's recession. Unless of course it turns into a depression.
President Obama said we must act quickly to turn the economy around. He then signed into law a bill called the stimulus package that does not spend most of its money for two more years. President Obama said we must not take fiscal responsibility for the federal budget. He then proposed a budget that will quadruple the annual deficit and then work towards cutting that in half. This still means that annual deficits will be double what they were in the Bush administration. That's if he achieves this goal in four years. President Obama said we must end ear marks and then goes on to sign another bill that is replete with earmarks. President Obama may have finally realized that the stock market has plunged about 5000 points since he was elected. Obama then goes out to make a public announcement encouraging people to buy stocks. Then, of course the stock market dropped another 300 points. Who would be taking investment advice from this president?
One of the most popular polls in America is the one for how popular is the president. It gets reported as a yes/no poll asking Americans if they approve of the way they approve of the way the president is doing his job. This question is usually followed up by one asking if Americans believe that the country is headed in the right direction. Although the results are generally reported in a yes/no format, it usually seems difficult to answer this question definitively one way or the other. There is usually a lot of gray area. Until now.
I was watching a rerun of the old M*A*S*H program the other day. In this episode Charles Winchester was having a euphoric experience while talking about his cognac. This reminded me of someone else who has more than just a passing fancy with cognac-Darnell Cole. Darnell Cole, former president of MATC, recently drink eight cognacs and then when driving. This according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Nothing wrong with that, or is there?
In the past we have heard politicians talk aboard corners of their mouth. They will say one thing and do another. Some people call this hypocrisy. However today, there is a new spin on this label formerly called hypocrisy. Now, when you say one thing and do another, you are doubling your chances of being right. There can be no better example of this in the Obama administration.
Things must be going pretty well here in Wisconsin as far as the economy goes. The budget woes are just about over. Wisconsin is going to get about $9 billion in stimulus money from the federal government. Is this the fix we need? Will it prevent taxes from going up? Of course not.
Several years ago, I saw television program featuring Lee Iacocca. He was promoting his new book; Where Have All the Leaders Gone? When asked about how he thought George Bush was doing as president, he replied, "they're in over their heads." After that, I never really had a great deal of confidence in Bush anymore. This past week, watching President Obama and his economic team fuddling through passing in stimulus plan and mumbling through a new wave of TARP money, I realized too that Barack Obama is in over his head.
I cannot think of a better example of how society has to dumb things down for the slowest person in the country than what is happening with the conversion to digital TV. Sure the government screwed it up by confusing people as to who would need a converter box. The coupon program could have been depleted by people who did not need them yet applied for them because they thought that something free was coming to them. Having them expire was also not a brilliant move. But because there are so many people who have procrastinated and did not want to spend an extra $40 for a converter, the conversion date is now being delayed.
It looks like Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail again. Instead of trying to get elected, is trying to sell us what is becoming known as the spendulous bill. If we do not buy what is being sold, it will be shoved down our throats anyway. This is in stark contrast to how he campaigned when he was seeking election to the office of the presidency. He promised time and again to go through every spending bill line by line and ensure the American people that what was being spent was going to work. Now he wants a bill passed with so much spending in it that we will not know what is in there for years to come. It is supposed to be a stimulus package to get the time he rolling immediately. However, from what we are told from the people who have looked at it, is that a lot of this will not be spent for 2 to 3 years. Are we still going to be in a recession in that amount of time? If this type of spending goes through, I imagine we would be.
Economic stimulus. Liberal agenda. A needed bill. Wasteful spending. Another bailout. These are only a few of the terms that can be used to describe the latest spending bill by Congress. The Democrats want it passed immediately. The Republicans are trying to slow it down. Because of the lack of impact that the first bailout had, this one should be slowed down more. It was only three months ago when we elected Barack Obama president because he seemed to be more fiscally responsible with the federal budget. Compare to John McCain, Obama was to add a lot less to the debt of the United States over his term. Obama said that he would go through the federal budget line by line cutting wasteful spending. Now, he is front and center pushing for the largest spending bill ever put through Congress. Obama wants it passed before he would even have time to go through two pages line by line. Some fiscal responsibility.
Leadership used to be about serving others. But in Milwaukee, leadership is all about serving yourself. Lena Taylor, a state senator who had run for Milwaukee County executive last year, seems to think that laws do not need to apply to her. She thinks having a conversation is all about talking over somebody else's words and not letting them get a word in edgewise. Therefore, if you can talk louder than the person you are talking to, you win the argument. But does that make you right?
The Journal Sentinel the other day, proved my point of a liberal tax-and-spend bias that is taking over the media today. Of course, I'm not due all the credit, this is been widely known for years now. However, when it is so blatant, it almost makes people sick.
Reporting that Milwaukee County government is again wasting taxpayer money is becoming about as newsworthy as saying that the sun is going to rise in the East. Unfortunately it gets about as much reaction as that headline. Having to Milwaukee County supervisors schedule a taxpayer financed vacation to Washington DC to watch Barack Obama become the 44th president is about as coincidental as the two supervisors thinking that the citizens of Milwaukee County are stupid enough to believe they are story. Toni Clark and Elizabeth Coggs should be ashamed of themselves. They should be made pay back the County for the expense of their trip and should resign from office. That is the only way that they will be prevented from doing it again. I did just see a news story where they were going to pay back the County. They should. The scumbags ought to resign too. It's too bad that they couldn't do the right thing before getting caught and having some bad publicity.
The educational system in America leads us to believe that the citizens of this great country have complete unbridled liberty to agree or disagree with the government and have absolutely no consequences provided you are not a direct threat to the personal safety of anyone in government. We are led to believe that the government takes no direction in education of the citizens of this country in terms of propagandizing the American way. Throughout her school years we scoffed at governments who had done this in the past such as the Soviet Union, Germany prior to World War II, and most recently Iraq. Although we believe this to be true, it is time to examine whether this is the actual practice here in the United States and what its role will be in a new administration.
Okay, nobody's perfect. Except for the possible exception of Barack Obama who was presented to us as the Messiah by the Democrats. His inauguration as the most anticipated date since Easter. Not Easter of last year, but the first Easter when Christ rose from the dead. When Obama began organizing his economic team, he was praised by selecting the smartest group of people since Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes. He chose Tim Geithner to head the Treasury Department. And now Geithner is under some scrutiny for not paying taxes.
The federal government's bailout programs, which have since been really named recovery plans, have become the latest example of an overgrown governments way of giving the citizens of free lunch. It seems like everybody wants a bailout. The financial sector got theirs, the auto industry is getting theirs, and the biggest they allow program yet is still being put together by the new Congress to be implemented by the new administration. Endless free money for everyone. How could there possibly be a downside?
As the days to the Bush administration dropped to a close, we will soon be experiencing the full Monty of an Obama administration. Due to the lack of leadership that George Bush has been showing recently, Barack Obama has unofficially been assuming his presidential duties. Even when he pulls out his placard, with the office of president elect on it, he's still chance the mantra that we only have one president at a time. What, because Bush has been mailing it in, he hasn't been exactly locking horns with anyone and few have even complained. But, because Obama has been parading himself out to a lot turn with his 'office of the president elect' placard on it, we have been getting a few insights of what we can expect once January 20 rolls around. Well, probably January 21, because with the inaugural balls and everyone falling all over themselves noting that what an historic day January 20 will be, the federal government will be mailing you in that day too.
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle is practically kicking himself because of his actions from last year which he now views as a mistake-not raising taxes high enough. Nearly a year after one of the largest tax increases in Wisconsin history, it is once again time to break the record for largest tax increase in Wisconsin history. With the legislative session starting, the tax-and-spend Democrats are in charge. So look out.
As we cross the threshold from 2008 to 2009, the time comes for many people to write down some New Year's resolutions. And of course, they always include the perennial lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, swear less, etc. etc. etc. And because these New Year's resolutions primarily focus on our bad habits, the things we wish to change about ourselves to make us better some how, usually last for about two weeks. Whether that is good or bad, I don't know. Focusing on bringing ourselves of bad habits is usually doomed to failure. So why even do it?
I have finally settled on what I think will be my Christmas wish for 2008. Or should I settle on what my Christmas wish should be for 2008? Oh, if there was just enough money for everyone to be happy. As we know, what we wish for does not really make a whole lot of difference. And of course, there is no way of determining how much money everyone would be satisfied with. And if I thought it would make everyone happy, I would be dead wrong.
With re-worked bailouts, stimulus packages, and the re-awakening of credit, it's clear someone wants you to spend your money. Just a few months ago, when credit was really tightening up, Americans were becoming scared to spend money. Payments could not be made, interest rates were too high, owns for hard to get, and job losses were looming. The media had scared us all into thinking this was happening to everyone everywhere. And when we were convinced, we did not like the result. The stimulus checks that had come to us from the government did not get spent on things that we could not afford. Instead, some of them wisely got put towards retiring old debt, or possibly even saving. While living within our means is good for us individually, the economy as a whole suffers. So now, the task at hand is to get consumers to believe that they have unlimited income potentially, in unlimited time to pay off debts. Asset appreciation will soon be on its way back. It's time to forget about the tough times already. Thank goodness we somehow survived.
In what most must consider a surprise move, Barack Obama has denied all wrongdoing from his staff in the senate seat for sale scandal. This must come as is shock to anyone who has even a passing fancy with politics. One can almost visualize how this story rolled out: Obama calls on his transition team to gather in a room, Obama stands up and says, "If anyone is involved raise your hand." No hands go up. Obama then asks for his office of the president-elect placard and the press release begins. It becomes as anticipated as a Nostradamus prediction.
In a few short weeks, all of the excessive ballyhooing from the Democrats who claim that George Bush is the worst president ever may soon have their own crow to eat. The reprise of a Democratic administration may have the characteristic of our most recent Democratic president-the continual scandal. There was a prediction made by a prominent media person in Milwaukee who has claimed that whenever a Democrat runs on a platform of reform, they turn out to be more corrupt than what they believe they would be flushing out. I thought this was a gutsy move by predicting this, however I do not find myself disagreeing.
I am becoming disheartened with the recent rash of bailouts coming from the United States government. Although it never seemed like a good idea, people like the secretary of the treasury convinced us that it would be the lesser of two evils. Yes, taxpaying Americans would now be forking over money to financial institutions who made bad decisions and paid executives millions in a heyday that was not too long ago. Some of these institutions were deemed too big to fail. Yet we have seen the results of what has happened when companies like Enron, WorldCom and others went bankrupt. It impacted a lot of people, some went broke, some went to jail. And America survived.
As January 20 approaches, it will slowly be revealed to us whether we are able to collect on the promises that were repeated for the last year in this long presidential campaign or if we have to grant a pass saying it was election year rhetoric, that was all. Comprehensively, Americans were promised change. And now, as Barack Obama begins to put his administration together, we were led to believe by the Obama campaign that we could just sit back and watch the miracles happen. If anything was questioned, the Liberals would fire back calling the questioners bigots. Any dissension would be un-American.
It seems like only a few years ago when the Green Bay Packers would be playing several games on Monday night football. When that would happen, there would be a large amount of absenteeism at the Janesville GM plant. The managers at the plant would go on to remedy this situation by adding a bunch of TVs. How many trucks would get produce that many? I don't know, but apparently the employees had a good time watching football during a day at work. This coming Monday night may be one of the last for the Janesville GM employees to enjoy a night of hard labor and football simultaneously.
Kudos to Dan Bice for his continuing coverage of who is getting huge payouts in exchange for retiring from County service. He is a true watch dog. However, like all watchdogs, a little noise is made. The bite will have no teeth. And after a while, the noise will subside and all will be forgotten. All will be forgiven. And that's too bad.
Just when I thought that these so-called advisory referendum for the countywide sales tax was based on people not understanding the question because it was written in a way that was set to produce a predetermined result, a new poll comes out which is even more slanted and producing even more misdirected results for the casual observer. And of course this poll was taken to days after this "advisory"referendum was voted on. From Monday's Journal Sentinel:
"If you knew that the majority of metro areas in the United States fund transit by sales tax and that a portion of southeastern Wisconsin's sales tax is paid by visitors from outside the region, which of the following would you prefer be the primary source of funding for public transit services in Southeast Wisconsin: Sales taxes, paid on all non-essential consumer purchases; payroll taxes, paid by all who work in the region; property taxes, paid only by property owners; or vehicle registration fees, paid by vehicle owners?" (47% picked sales taxes, far more than any other option.)
- "Some people have suggested expanding public transit in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties. If you knew that transit was seen as a top priority for the economic future of our region by top business and economic development leaders, would you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose expanding public transit in this region?" (78% voiced some degree of support.)
I don't know whether I am amazed or dismayed by the election results. Not talking about the presidential race of course, that was not a surprise. However, some of the other results are going to have far reaching and possibly your reversible effects. This of course involves raising taxes.
On election day, the tax-and-spend liberals a Milwaukee County are ready willing and able to do whatever it takes to insult its citizens, lie to the taxpayers," under estimate the intelligence of the people of Milwaukee County. Yes, they are trying to trick you into believing their lies that they will actually reduce the tax burden in the county. They want us to believe that they are actually going to reduce property taxes by measurable amounts. As we've seen in the past, nothing is further from the truth. They want you to volunteer for a high sales tax. The tax-and-spend liberals of Milwaukee County must believe that if you are going to elect Barack Obama as president, you are already geared up for higher taxes, so let's just throw the sales tax into the mix. It's your vote.
Both four and eight years ago, the Republicans outspent the Democrats in the presidential race. When this happened, the Liberals got out and yelled "foul!" Democrats accused Republicans of buying and stealing the elections. However, this year is different. This year the Democrats are outspending the Republicans by wide margins. Barack Obama is outspending John McCain by huge amounts. I don't know what the totals are because that would involve research. And my associate here at Logos of the Bogus just went off for his afternoon nap.
The presidential debates had not produced a memorable moment or a knockout punch. Although in the last debate, one of the more memorable moments I think, was a Freudian and slip by John McCain. He referred to Sen. Obama and Sen. Government. But there's too much truth in that line to chuckle and forget.
We are now entering the final three weeks of on over two year presidential campaign. What started out as a breath of fresh air, a new era of history, and an open campaign has become a whimpering pile of negativity. The campaigns started out covering issues of immigration and the war in Iraq. It has now moved on to the economy-which it should. Most presidential elections are decided on the economy even in times of war.
The Supreme Court has begun its annual fall session. They have picked the cases in which they will decide. In a news release, the media reported that the Spring Court has not taken up any cases on abortion, race, or other social issues which can polarize the citizens of the country.
After being placed on the hook for a $700 billion financial bailout, I think we're due a few answers. First, and most basic is who is to blame for this big mess? Is it the oligarchs on Wall Street? Is it the politicians in Washington? Is it the Americans who have spent more than they earn for long periods of time? Is it the mortgage brokers who gave mortgages to people who could not afford them?
Never before have I seen times like these. Well, I'm not that old so maybe that's a good thing. This nation once saw government as the problem. Government was not to be trusted, and all politicians were crooks. Government was too big, government was too slow, government took too much of our money. But recently attitudes seem to have changed.
We are in the middle of what has been called the greatest financial crisis in this country since the Great Depression. I am not sure what degree this is true. I'm not sure I want it proved either. But to solve it, Congress wants to spend 700 billion of our taxpayer dollars.
Barely 3 weeks into the school year, and the school board in the city of Milwaukee has given up. I am presuming that the school board is made up of elected people who had been sent to Washington with the task of making the schools in Milwaukee better. No, wait. They have been elected to stay right here in Milwaukee with the task of bettering the schools. In one of the most blatant and ignorant attestations, the school board wants us to believe that they are going to dissolve the Milwaukee public school district.
Everyone who is running for office this year has adopted the same slogan: change. As a grade school student soon to decide that political science would be my life's work, the teacher divided the electorate into two major classes; conservatives and liberals. Conservatives usually ran on the status quo. They like things the way they. Liberals want change. They do not like things the way they are.
Calling these legislators hypocrites would be offensive to the regular hypocrites. They would need a promotion to be considered phonies. Even the First Amendment to the Constitution would not protect me from calling these people what they really need to be called. How can it be considered other than a complete betrayal of the citizens of this state for legislators to go to Madison, pass bills that will raise taxes on the citizens, and pay no taxes themselves.
Although local liberals are out waving the banner looking for change at the national level, back on the local scene, it's business as usual -- raising your taxes. Yes, the same people who are blaming the current administration for making life worse, once again want you, the taxpayer, to go through the effort of earning money so they can take it away from you and spend it as they wish. This is the same group who have been screaming for relief to working families that they are struggling putting clothes on their kids backs, putting gas in their cars to go to work, putting food on the table, and making the mortgage payment now want to take more money from these people in the form of taxes.
Here in southeastern Wisconsin, we often say that we like certain environmental values. Like peace and quiet in our home neighborhoods, cleaning air, and hassle free traffic patterns. There are only two things that could interrupt our veneration for these values: the Green Bay Packers and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Last week, like many Americans, I watched the television coverage of the Democratic national convention. As a result, I have come to conclusions about several different things. First of all, there are a lot of weird looking people in America. There's really no blanket statement, you can make about the crowd that was there from the camera shots provided. Some people were dressed professionally, mainly the politicians and speakers in suits. Some people were dressed in business casual. Others look like they were on the trading floor of Let's Make a Deal. Monty should have pointed them to the curtain and maybe they could have stood behind it.
From all the analysis that I have heard, I believe I am the only one who is not surprised that Barack Obama did not pick Hillary Clinton to be his running mate. I thought it was fairly obvious that the Clintons and the Obamas do not like each other. And why would they? They had a long hardfought drawn out primary season that has resulted in some bad blood. Although Hillary promised to campaign wholeheartedly for Barack Obama, you can see that her level of sincerity is quite low. Former President Bill Clinton does not have any nice words to say at all about the nominee. Yet both plan to speak at this week's convention.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama has been referred to as an eloquent speaker. This label has come from both fans and critics alike. When he is in front of the TelePrompTer on the podium, he is at his best. The John McCain camp, often shakes in its boots at the thought of going mano a mano in a forum that would favor this type of set up. However, when he has to speak off-the-cuff, the story is quite different.
With the most recent news surrounding former presidential candidate John Edwards, we are able to see what a shallow pool of integrity the Democratic Party has offered to us this year in their candidates. Then they expect us to elect one of them, president of the United States. I had numerous times referred to this year as the most open presidential race since 1952. This was supposed to be the year that offered us the best candidates from the largest field. This was supposed to be the year are we could custom make our president from an off the rack world. I have to stop using that analogy because we were shortchanged by both parties.
Barack Obama is planning a no lose situation. Just like he did in the primary season, he is shifting his positions so that there is very little difference between him and his opponent. This way, we will vote based on personalities. And who has more charisma in this presidential race? We all know the answer to this.
Only a few short weeks ago, it seemed like everybody was complaining that gas was reaching $3.50 per gallon. Now we are cheering, because gas is $3.75 per gallon. The price of a barrel of oil has never been more volatile. Do we need to import more? Do we need to drill less? Do we need to seek alternative sources for energy? Sometimes I think that if I could just get crude oil out of my life, it will rid me of a lot of uncertainty.
Last week, once again, the members of the Milwaukee County supervisor's board had to reach for the Zoloft and phone number of their closest grief counselor as their efforts to irresponsibly raise taxes upon the citizens failed. Not long ago, after they've raised the issue of imposing a wheel tax to support public transportation in a county, it was dismissed as a stupid idea by sane taxpayers and most everyone outside of the Milwaukee city Council. Then two efforts were raised to increase the sales tax in Milwaukee County by 1%, to fund parks and public transportation. It was vetoed before it could even be put on the November ballot. In some ways, I would like to see it on the ballot so that the responsible voters could send a message to these elected officials, showing how much this idea could be shot down.
Is July 1 approached, it became time to change the calendar. For Barack Obama, it became time for him to change positions on one of his bedrock principles. Being the presumed nominee for president this fall, someone should have clued him in that Democrats usually do not change their positions until just after the elections. Just ask Jim Doyle.
What is a carbon footprint? I would bet that if you asked any number of people, what a carbon footprint actually is, you could not get to people that would be able to define it for you. Even if they did, it would only be in the very faintest of terms. Apparently it has something to do with the amount of garbage that you may use in your lifetime, the amount of energy you consume, and any flatulence that may sneak out. Nobody knows what a carbon footprint is, but we know that it is not good.
Last week we learned that WE energies had just been granted their third rate increase approval for this year. Well, being that it's only about the middle of the year, we can expect three more, right?
It seems like you barely get over the task of being disgusted with these tax increase proposals from the Milwaukee County Board and another one gets thrown on the table. About one day after the tax proposal to raise the sales tax in Milwaukee County one half percent to fund the transit system, a new tax proposal to raise the sales tax in Milwaukee County one half percent comes to fund the parks. Of course, the Milwaukee County Board only has two ideas for raising taxes-a wheel tax and a sales tax. After the board thought about raising the sales tax to fund public transit, the needed a new tax to fund the parks. After about a half hour, there had started hurting because they could not come up with an idea so they too decided to pile on with the sales tax.
Well, last week we learned that Barack Obama, changed his mind and now found that it would be morally correct to forgo a position that formerly was a cornerstone to his campaign. He would not except federal funding to finance his campaign for November. This way he can get more money from all his donors so that he will have enough to buy the presidency in 2008. You see, the federal funding would not leave him enough money to do this. The public amount would be too small. And as we know, a little ain't enough.
Last Thursday Journal Sentinel reported a story about how Barack Obama would opt out of the public financing system breaking his pledge with the American people he had made earlier. This is of course purely political. For Barack Obama it is just another event in a series of moves that will prove that he is just a regular politician. He's doing things purely for political gain. This is based on public reaction to what he would normally do. Just like quitting his church. Or wearing the flag lapel pin again.
It seems like the tax-and-spend liberals are at it again. We had just gotten past the point of discussing how dumb the wheel tax is as a source of revenue for the county and they are again discussing raising the sales tax for Milwaukee County. Any time the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors sits down to think of new ways to increase revenue to improve the part transit systems, they only have two ideas. 1 Wheel tax -- 2. Sales tax.
It's as if they come into their meetings, and say let's think of new ways of raising taxes. Of course they write two of their own two taxes they can think of , the wheel tax and the sales tax, and after that, their heads start hurting and so they just end the session and conclude that they will just cycle through those two ideas. When one idea gets shot down they will just go back to the other one. They have no other new ideas. None.
It has been almost a week since the end of the Democratic primary season. And we still don't know who Barack Obama's running mate will be. Will it be Hillary? Will it not be Hillary? Even though conventional wisdom would state that it is much too early to speculate and to decide on who the running mate will be, there has still been about three months of speculation.
Although it was about 20 years ago, the largest political gaffes made was when then Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled the word potato. But since then we have had George Bush give us enough gaffes to fill several books. They are not large books, but there are several out there.
Over 30 years now, that I know of, people have been complaining about the price of gas, no matter what it is. I'm getting mighty tired of all the news about high gas prices. Back around 1974, the price of gas inched its way up to 34 cents per gallon. People were so outraged over this high price that they decided to get out of their cars and pumped their own gas in order to save two cents per gallon. It may seem foolish when we think back on that situation in today's context, but it was a real problem back then. We were mad, and we weren't going to take it anymore. Yet the price increased again.
In the early 1950s, President Harry Truman, regularly complained about not being able to pass the legislation through Congress that he thought would be better for America. He blamed the 'do-nothing Congress.' It seems like we're having a similar situation with the state legislature. They can't get anything effective completed.
It seems like the Democrats want it both ways this year. At first they wanted a well contested primary season. Now they have a new slogan: Hillary get out! At first he wanted all the votes counted, just like they did in 2000. Now they want to forget about Florida and Michigan. At first they wanted their delegates to the proportionally assigned. Now, because Barack Obama does not have enough delegates to secure the nomination as of today, winner take all may not have been a bad idea. However, if the delegates were a signed on the winner take all basis, the nomination would have been secured by Clinton. Not even the Democrats want that.
Several years ago I attended a meeting of a local government. As an open offer to all the citizens, they would start out each meeting by opening the floor to any in attendance who could speak on any subject. Although open ended, I think he would have steered it to subjects of local interest for which the governmental body could address. At this particular meeting, a citizens stood up and voiced his concern over the amount of noise in his neighborhood, which bothered him. He told of many Sunday afternoon's he would be relaxing in his hammock taking a nap in his beautifully landscaped backyard. Then, uninvitedly a group of motorcycles came off the street and drove back and forth quite loudly, past his house repeatedly. This bothered him so much that he has to have a noise ordinance put in place to prevent such an interruption in the future.
Although it may seem hard to believe, we are about to enter the home stretch for the presidential race. Under the two-year process, we are finally getting into the last six months of this race. Hopefully, by this point, you have had a chance to make up your mind on who you want to be the next president. Looking back over the whole process let's ask, are we really going in the right direction?
The pharmaceutical companies clearly have to be behind this one. After an abundance of available vaccinations, we got reports that this was the worst year for flu in more than four years. This of course comes after last year when we had a so-called shortage of vaccinations. Of course there was no shortage, there was just the fear put in by the pharmaceutical companies that enough people would not get their shots so that more people would be consulting their doctors in order to get the flu shot. And of course who pays for these flu shots? Either the government or private insurance companies.
I swear there has not been a golf story involving a tournament in the past 10 years, where it also had to include the status of Tiger Woods. There is also on another interesting parallel to this type of reporting, including the Catholic Church. Or for that matter, any religion story involving controversy. All references to Catholics have to include a tagline about priests molestation.
If you've been outside lately, have you noticed anything changing? Does it feel like the universe is getting warmer? Perhaps it's the earth, getting warmer. Maybe it's climate change caused by man. Maybe spring has finally arrived.
We knew the day was coming. We knew it would be a big day for the media. It was Brett Favre's retirement. And with all of the Packer fans in Wisconsin who believe that they are the number one Packer fan, I did expect this to be a big story. We knew it would even be the lead story. But I did not expected to be the only story available on television's local news. I did not expected to be the only story on television's local news for multiple days.