Wisconsin

Commuting with Julie – WI at the GOP Convention

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Scottie Walker will be making a speech at 10:30 EST tonight, just in time for everyone at the convention to leave.  It’ll be a chance for him to embarass Wisconsin once more.  Speaking of embarrassments, Ron Johnson, who pledged not to attend the convention, will be there as well.

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America

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Nice song found on YouTube. Here’s what it said in the About Section:

This song began in a songwriting residency with 5th Grade students of American History in Campbellsport, WI. I really liked the chorus, and reworked the verses over time… finishing it with inspiration from my fellow Wisconsinites during the 2011 protests against our Governor and the influence of money in our State politics. I will always be proud of the peaceful, passionate and sustained protest of my fellow citizens in that time. It’s the finest example of American patriotism one could hope to witness.

The song is by Ken Lonnquist, who wrote yesterday’s song post.

Less Government…

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A song by Ken Lonnquist, which explains what’s happening in Madison, WI. Anytime someone is arrested for protesting or even just watching protestors; all our freedoms are threatened.

You can carry a gun into the Wisconsin state capital, but you’ll probably be arrested if you carry a guitar.

Romney’s Lack Of A True Tax Plan

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I write this just hours before the second Presidential Debate. As I write this, Romney is pulling slightly a head of President Obama in the polls. Given the plus/minus ratio, President Obama has not only lost his lead, he is effectively tied with Mitt Romney. This is without Romney releasing more than two years of his taxes, with Paul Ryan still dazed by his debate loss to Vice President Biden and without the Romney/Ryan team releasing a full and complete tax plan.

The latter of these is my greatest concern. You can’t cut $5 trillion out of Federal revenues without cutting the Federal budget severely. Period.

Romney/Ryan aren’t stating what will be cut. They aren’t detailing what loopholes they’re going to close. Will they take away the mortgage deduction? Early in his campaign, Romney said he would for families earning more than $250,000 but that didn’t go over well, so his team backed off as quickly as they mentioned it.

The only spending cut Romney actually promotes is the $444 million spent each year on public television. That’s less than a percent of our spending – big savings there. But, he’s talking about cutting $5 trillion in taxes. To leave the deficit as is, $5 trillion will have to cut from our spending and what should be cut?

You can’t cut defense. In addition to the welfare of our country, there are economic issues to consider. We spend less in defense, defense companies lay off employees and unemployment rises.

What about infrastructure? That has to be ruled out. Our nation’s roads, bridges and other structures are in the worse shape. We have been neglecting the majority of our infrastructure (exception is Wisconsin).

There are other programs. Romney wants to eliminate the Department of Education, that would be a huge savings and a very bad idea. We need to educate our nation’s youth, not throw them aside like yesterday’s news.

I’m just throwing ideas out here, because Romney/Ryan certainly never give us any.

Be warned: the great state of Wisconsin elected Scott Walker after he promised to lower taxes and create 450,000 jobs in his first four years. So, far, Walker has cut some taxes (mine haven’t dropped any), cut Education spending in the state and the unemployment rate – after a slight drop – is 7.5%. This isn’t the highest it has been under Scott Walker, but it is back on the rise.

In New Jersey, where Christie reigns, their unemployment is 9.9% – higher than the Nation’s. If the economy is what you care about, then Romney’s policies are not what you want. They aren’t working on the state level (cut taxes, cut spending ) and they won’t work on the national level.

Governor Walker’s Protest Problem

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Governor Walker appointed David Erwin the Capitol Police Chief. And, now, this veteran of both our armed services and the state patrol has set out to rid our Capitol of people who exercise their First Amendment Right to hold a peaceful protest. Agree with the protestors or don’t agree; it doesn’t matter – Chief Erwin and his force are making a mockery of both our government and the men and women officers who know the difference between a peaceful protester and a terrorist.
Both the  Madison Professional Police Officers Association and the Dane County Deputy Sheriffs Association have condemned his actions. Apparently, much like our Governor, Erwin doesn’t care. Arrogant people like our Governor and Erwin don’t have the ability to process any idea that is contrary to their own. To Erwin, disagreeing and protesting against your government equates a terrorist attack. I’m guessing that “the right of the of the people peaceably to assemble” that our First Amendment guarantees wasn’t taught in his history class. Maybe he missed that day.

This probably makes the Capitol quieter, so the Republican Legislators can get back to screwing over the Wisconsin people without having to answer to any of them.
If you’re heading to the Capitol, keep this in mind – Carry a concealed weapon, you’ll be fine. Speak your mind, go directly to jail, don’t pass go and don’t collect $200.

Religious Liberty

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According to Paul Ryan – Congressman from Wisconsin’s First Congressional District and Mitt Romney’s running mate; “The Contraceptive Mandate is an affront to religious liberty.”

Apparently, Congressman Ryan doesn’t understand how religious liberty works in this Country. Your religious liberty ends where my religious liberty begins. If you don’t want to use birth control, then don’t use it. That’s your choice and your right. However; don’t stand in my way waving your religious freedom flag and denying me my right to make a healthcare choice.

Now, I can hear some people arguing that you can make your choice, as long as I don’t have to pay for it. This mandate does make birth  contraceptive a part of the insurance plan, so in a way, we’re all paying for it.  But, let me cut you off at the pass. I don’t want to pay for war and amazingly, with my taxes, I do. War is an affront to MY religious liberty, but I don’t hear anyone on the right trying to stop war. I don’t want to pay more in taxes so that a rich person can have a tax break. I don’t want to pay for oil subsidies and, yet, I do. I didn’t want to pay for TARP and, yet, I am. So, don’t give me this shit that “The contraceptive mandate is an affront to religious liberty.”

Because it isn’t.
Allowing anyone to deny a woman the right to birth control – that’s an affront to humanity.  That’s one step back for women’s rights and that, my friend, is unacceptable.

The Country has gone Crazy!

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I just saw a headline that Mississippi (or was it Missouri? In either case – a place where dumb people live) is voting on an amendment declaring a fertilized egg as a person. A PERSON! Does anyone else realize how STUPID that is? It is insane.

And, it doesn’t stop there…

The morons in the Wisconsin State Legislature have voted that you can carry a concealed weapon into the chamber. Well, that’ll never com back to bite them in the ass! 😛

And, finally, if you purchased Groupon stock today in their IPO, then you’re a moron. $28.00 per share for a company that had over a $200 million loss? Based on this stock price the company is “worth” $12.8 BILLION. Heads up, jackasses, it ain’t worth shit until it turns a profit.

Whew! I feel much better now.

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