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The Failures of the Celebrity

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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.

Barack Obama was elected as a celebrity politician. All the president said we have had relabeled leaders, leader of the free world. Well, I believe leadership is more situational than titular. A definition of leadership that I have recently heard goes as follows: a good leader would like his followers to think more of him. An excellent leader would like his followers to think more of themselves. Obama has proven himself to be more of the former than the latter.

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Senator Fiengold Hears Voices

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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.

The issue of climate change is a complex one. It used to be called global warming is now being lumped together with a bunch of other issues and gets bandied about like a religion. There are questions that need to be answered, and answered scientifically. Number one: is the temperature of the earth actually increasing? Number two: if so, and of course this is always assumed to be in the affirmative whether there is scientific proof or not, is the increase caused by a man? Number three: using the same assumption number two, can it be reversed? Number four: should it be reversed? Number five: can this reversal he accomplished through energy policy? Number six: can this reversal be achieved in a short period of time? Number seven: will the impact of the policy be effective only if the United States acts alone? The list goes on.

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The Unfairness of Universal Coverage

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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.

When Barack Obama was candidate Obama, he proposed health care coverage to all Americans at an affordable price which would be the same type of health care are best he got and the members of Congress also received. If universal health care coverage for all Americans is passed, do you think this will be part of the deal? I don't.

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A Second Stimulus?

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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.

The Democrats are going to continue underestimating the stupidity of the American people. It's what's what and office. It's what got much of their liberal agenda passed. The Democrats just cannot get enough of how elitists they are and how stupid the rest of America is. It shows in their work.

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Pride of Prejudice

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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.

 

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When Conservation Does Not Work

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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.

 

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Business Climate Change

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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.

Jim Doyle has also begun running advertisements touting what good health care is available here in Wisconsin. His actions have taken a good direction in saving and preserving the health of all the children here in the state. The commercial even admits that this is been done at a time when most governments are cutting back on their budgets. Well, that's quite telling.

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The Purveyor of Hope Says Things Will Only Get Worse

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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.

Now we are expected to listen to the old rhetoric, "we must act now, we must act quickly" to pass health care reform for the sheer political victory of the Obama administration. Nothing could be worse for America. As is the case with all of Obama's initiatives, he wants them acted on quickly and made into law before people find out what they are really doing -- ruining America as we know it.

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Space versus Nothing There

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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.

From the dawn of man, we have looked to the sky with wonder about this on celestial bodies that are there and how the earth works in relationship with all of them. Is there anyone out there? Will we fly to another planet? Will return to the moon?

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The Results are Coming In

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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?"

The Liberals have been blaming the Bush administration for all the ills in the country today. In their opinions, the entire year George Bush presidency has been a complete failure. The entire eight years. And so, playing with those rules, let's see where we are in terms of the Obama presidency.

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Barry Gaffeagain: No Need for Facts

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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.

He started out with his usual reading from the Jumbotron with a girl statement refuting most of his negatives as reported to him by the polls and Robert Gibbs. As usual, he blamed George Bush and the Republicans for his falling approval numbers. It's like he's in complete denial that members of his own party are finally wising up enough to take a look at the types of programs being shoved down America's throat.

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Beer Diplomacy

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Is there anything beer can't do? To quote Homer Simpson, "they look good, they smell good, you'd step over your own mother to get to one." Beer makes music sound better. It makes some guys funnier, it makes some women prettier. Now it's being asked to solve presidential problems. I think it's up to the task.

Anyone who's gone to college knows the redeeming social value of beer. It made friends between geeks and athletes. It gave us courage to talk to girls. It kept us from making stupid decisions like scheduling eight o'clock classes. You possibly could not learn anything that early in the morning looking out of one bloodshot eye.

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