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State Government Falls Short

Government, Politics, taxes

Sometimes I find it arduous to comprehend how people could have voted for Jim Doyle for governor.  And he even got a second term.  The mishandling of the state budget is a humiliation to the citizens of the state.  How he can increase spending and expand social programs and think that he is not raising taxes is deception beyond postulation.

With the state budget falling short Jim Doyle is looking to manipulate a guilty conscience of the taxpayer into thinking basic services will be cut or eliminated due to the treasury shortfall.  Is he trying to get the electorate to thinking we must raise taxes?  He is even considering raising taxes.  When he's not calling them taxes.  Jim Doyle never does call a tax a tax. But he is bringing up again the subject of a hospital bed tax.  Somehow Jim Doyle wants us to believe that raising this tax is not going to be paid for by taxpayers.  How dumb does he think citizens are?  If this hospital tax is enacted, the state somehow gets $450 million in federal money.  This has to be some sort of a program drawn up by Democrats in order to get higher taxes.  Why else would you reward raising taxes?  To a taxpayer who has to pay the taxes, it does not make sense.  But to a politician, it does make sense.  Maybe if I shove my head up my butt far enough, I will be able to see their point of view.  On the local media outlets, Jim Doyle was asking the question, "How can it be a tax if you get more money for it?"  That is a thought process only a tax-and-spend liberal can comprehend.

Needless to say, life in Wisconsin is not going to get any cheaper.  The tax policies are going to send more citizens and corporate citizens elsewhere.  The only people left will be recipients of welfare programs, and those working for the government.  And when government employees retire, do they stay in Wisconsin?  Do they stay and enjoy a high standard of living they helped create by raising taxes on everyone?  Of course, we know the answer is no.  The lion's share move to other states will have lower taxes.

A Letter to the Editor

Once in while there is a social issue that seems to affect a great number of people.  The smoking ban legislation is one of those issues.  When it comes time to debate, one side seldom listens to the other.  And if they are talking, they are usually screening.  But when people want to make a valid point, who they turn to?  If someone wants to discuss the medical aspects of smoking, do they ask their doctor?  No, they ask the editor.  If people have a question on policy, do they ask their legislator?  No, they ask the editor.  If someone has a question about a civil liberty, do they ask a Supreme Court justice?  No, they ask the editor.

Today I would like to discuss the few recent letters to editors at large, and we can see into the psyche of the writer.  Our first letter comes from a writer, we'll call her "Jenny."  Jenny writes that smoking is harmful.  Well, this type of breaking news seldom makes it to the front page anymore.  Yes, everyone knows smoking is harmful, but that does not stop people from continuing to smoke.  Our next letter comes from the writer who we'll call "Elizabeth."  Elizabeth writes-let the businesses decide whether they want to allow smoking or not.  Well, if there is not a specific ban, that means it is allowed.  The businesses have spoken.  Our next letter comes from the writer we'll call "Jenny"-this is a different Jenny from our previous writer.  She writes-banning smoking would not reduce a tavern's business.  Well, if this were true, there would not be a debate on such a large-scale.  Our next letter comes from a writer we'll call "Barb."  Barb writes that Chicago's ban seems to work well for all the taverns.  Well, it's a long drive to Chicago especially when you're driving back drunk.  Our next letter comes from a writer we'll call "Keith."  Keith writes that after a night in the bar he has a headache, stomachache, watery eyes and an empty wallet.  Well, this does not sound like symptoms from secondhand smoke in as much as it does the brown bottle flu.

These are a sampling of common topics written by the general public on the subject of secondhand smoke.  As always, please direct your further rebuttals to the editor.  Which editor you may ask?  I don't know.

No Time for News

News

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.

The wall-to-wall coverage was entirely fortuitous.  The rerunning and rerunning of press conferences, player reaction, and the lack of further development was ridiculous.  The entire story was summed up in three words-Brett Favre retires.  The TV news channels made a conscious decision to avoid all other news.  This is another blatant display of how TV news views its audience of having absolutely no memories.  They thought we forgot that we are in the middle of a presidential election.  They thought we forgot that there is economic news that the Federal Reserve was taking actions that is going to impact taxpayers and homeowners across the country.  They thought we forgot that there was the possibility of terrorist activity in New York City.  Instead we had hour upon hour of standing in front of a convenience store in Mississippi asking anybody who comes out with a six pack in their hand if they have any insight to what Brett Favre is thinking.

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New Ideas for Old Ideas

climate change, Government, Politics

While out on the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton promises to help the economy propel forward by having people put solar panels on houses.  In barren plains, there will be windmills generating megawatts of electricity sans pollution and extractive resources.  Are these new ideas for the 21st century?  No, they are rejected ideas from as late as the 1970s.

One of the curses of having a good memory is that I remember things from long ago vividly while trying to find more facts on these events that I had witnessed becomes increasingly difficult.  Even with the Internet.  One of these immense was an infomercial which would sell the average homeowner a wind mill.  They would hook it up to their electrical service to their house and would only need electricity from the power company when there would be long periods of no wind.  This would slow down your electrical meter.  What would make this even need more irresistible offer is that there was a law on the books that required the power company to buy the extra electricity generated by this windmill.  This would make a house virtually self-sufficient electrically.  You could even make money on this.  You would be selling your extra electricity.  But I must've been the only one who saw this infomercial because I did not see any windmills going up.  None.

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Tax Your Way to Better Living

Government, Politics, taxes

Jim Doyle is once again showing his lack of leadership and his intent to destroy life as we know it here in Wisconsin.  His proposed new spending is causing his need to raise taxes again in Wisconsin.  Having spent the last six months trying to put together a budget for the state, the governor and the Legislature have failed at putting together a good budget.  Now only six months after putting together a budget, new tax increases are being proposed to fill in the shortfall created just last year.

Last month's job losses were among the largest in the country here in Wisconsin.  And what is Governor Doyle doing to make the state more business family so that more businesses will want to expand and bring more jobs here in Wisconsin?  He's raising taxes.  While most of last year, the Legislature wasted month after month trying to piece together a budget that would hold the line on taxes, improve quality of life, and increase spending.  I don't have to be the first one to tell you that they failed.  Jim Doyle is once again trying to push through a tax bill that will raise taxes through hospitals.  If America elects a Democrat in the fall, with socialized healthcare, this will be the largest expenditure by the government.

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Sales Tax Increase is NOT the Answer

County Government, Government, Politics, taxes

Once again local Democrats are offering their sullen view on how much quality of life has eroded here in Milwaukee County.  The parks are in decline, bus ridership is skewing toward zero and the children are still sick and stupid.  And again local Democrats are urging us to hop on the bandwagon and support the only possible solution that will make things better again-higher taxes.

People are proposing an increase in the sales tax in order to make the buses better in Milwaukee County.  This did not work in Chicago and it will not work here.  Chicago is now one of the most highly taxed cities in America.  As long as we have Jim Doyle as governor, he will put his efforts into making Milwaukee number one in high taxation.  There is also that money set aside for new transportation in Milwaukee County.  $91.5 million needs to be spend on new methods of transportation.  This of course would be a gross waste of money because you cannot create a light rail system that has one small route that will connect the poor to the jobs.  $91.5 million will not cover the costs of maintaining this.  It can't.  The costs will go on forever.  And of course route upon route will have to be added further in breaking the backs of the taxpayer to create new rail system that will go somewhere.

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An Air Force of One

County Government, Government, Politics, taxes

Last week, while I was listening to the radio in the afternoon, I came across a segment by Mark Belling.  In this segment, he was just about to blow a gasket over how he believes he is one of the few people, who is aware of the latest move to increase just about every tax there is and how he believes he is the only one who is coming out against all of these needless tax increases.

I know how he feels.

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County Executive Race: Deceit for All

County Government, Government, Politics, taxes

I wish Lena Taylor would stop sending her campaign literature to me.  She doesn't have anything forr me to convince me to cast a vote for her. She only says that she is a tax-and-spend liberal.  I already know that she is going to waste more money and push for the highest taxes ever imagined in Milwaukee County history.  How she expects people to believe her cozenage, I don't know.

In her own literature, she speaks about how she will make use of untapped resources.  Translation: higher taxes.  It goes on: by identifying how to invest our dollars... translation: she is going to be spending money like crazy.  Also in the pamphlet, it says that her relationship with the Democratic Party will help her explore and maximize available funds.  Translation: she is going to bully everybody into raising taxes.

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