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?
Is the swine flu as bad as the plague? It was important enough to close all of the schools and not have them make up the days. Will this save taxpayer money? Will this create a little surplus to do further next school referendum for about six weeks? Closing only 21 schools seems like only doing half the job. Why not close all the schools and fill up tanker trucks with bleach and hose everything down top to bottom? Since the kids are going to be out of school and probably in movie theaters or at the Penny arcade, I think we should hose them down too. The news clips showed the janitor wiping down the hot lunch table. I felt confident he was doing the right thing, but don't the hot lunch tables get wiped down on a regular basis anyway? Perhaps there's more to this problem than just swine flu.
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.
When there was a Boeing 747 flying low near lower Manhattan, people ran for cover thinking the unthinkable was going to reoccur. A jet could be used as a weapon to end the lives of innocent Americans. But, we found out later that the plane was actually one that is sometimes used as Air Force One for the president of the United States. And the jet was not there to cause terror or to be a drill for the people in lower Manhattan, but was there for photo opportunities.
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.
In 2002, Jim Doyle ran on a platform of not increasing taxes. In 2009, it will be hard to find a tax that he is not going to raise or would think about raising it he was given the chance. The over expansion of social programs in the bureaucracy is a travesty.
Sometimes I find it hard to fathom what the government of Wisconsin is doing and why it is doing it. The upcoming budget has a glaring example of either the stupidity of the state government, the selfishness of the governor, or the pay to play political scheme that is going on in Wisconsin and is allowed to continue to do so.
In the state budget, there is a provision to change how personal injury lawsuits will be handled in the future. Why the media does not even bring this up is beyond me. This represents even the worst of the liberal agenda that is being shoved down our throats as part of the political trend we are now in. From what I have heard, and they don't get any facts from the media because they do not report on this, personal injury lawyers can now sue any party of an accident for all damages, medical and others, if the other party is at fault for as little as 1%.
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.
Well, after a couple years of a fake façade, I find it hard to detect any amount of sincerity or credibility in anything Pelosi now says. This week, even the Democrats are no longer pleased with the level of face time given to her lies, half-truths, and poor recollection of events that is now receiving a lot of media attention. Pelosi, like many Democrats and the liberal media, are just having a dilly of a time convincing the American public that they were always against torture a.k.a. enhanced interrogation techniques and blaming the whole thing on the Bush administration. Yes, the Bush administration is even responsible for Nancy Pelosi's ignorance.
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?"
Even for people who don't smoke, the smoking ban can be thought of as intrusive and over-regulated because government does not need to be in every aspect of our daily life. Freedom means the freedom to make poor choices. Freedom to make poor choices should result in having to live with the results of your poor choices. Yes, everyone knows smoking is bad for you. Yet people still smoke. And when people still smoke in manifest the diseases that come along with it, the responsibility should remain with the smoker. But they're not. But medical costs are sometimes passed onto society through higher insurance premiums, government intrusion, and lawsuits to the tobacco companies who somehow reached into their pockets and force them to buy cigarettes.
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.
Nowadays, few politicians repeat this refrain. It no longer inspires us like it used to because it is no longer true. America's best days may now be behind her. President Barack Obama recently said that he wants to change the way Americans life is going to be in the 21st century. Liberals will be hopping on board for this new mantra chanting that no greed will be conquered. They will have secularly done God's work by stopping out one of the seven deadly sins. But is the liberal agenda going to bring us to the utopia of the future?
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.
The tax-and-spend liberals are throwing out trial balloons in order to pose an excise tax on sweet and carbonated beverages and even chocolate milk. For many years, these so-called sin taxes were imposed on things like liquor, cigarettes, and gasoline. These were the three evils of society. And now Coca-Cola et al. and chocolate milk are being added to the items subject to the excise tax.
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.
This team is going to continue to cost the county millions of dollars for the foreseeable future. Until the taxpayers are reimbursed in full by the lies told to us not only by Mercer, but by Ament, Ott, and Dobbert, there is no joy in Milwaukee. The fleecing of the taxpayer will continue.