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Date: August 5, 2010

Harley-Davidson – Leaving Milwaukee?

In the news this morning is an article – rumors of which I’ve been hearing about for months – that Harley Davidson wants to move their operations to another state.  (The rumors I heard was they were moving to Canada.)  At issue is the company’s desire to “cut millions of dollars at the factories that build the bikes”.  According to the article, they plan on making their decision within the next two months.

Also, according to the article “The company, he (Harley chief executive Keith Wandell) said, would also be open to incentives to keep the 1,630 manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin.”  I’m sure those incentives include tax breaks paid for by us – the taxpayers of Wisconsin.

And, is Harley-Davidson suffering?  Are they about to go broke?

Not according to their financial report:

“Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) reported second-quarter 2010 income from continuing operations of $139.3 million, or $0.59 per share, compared to income of $33.4 million and earnings per share of $0.14 from continuing operations in the year-ago quarter.”

Granted, sales of Harleys are down, but with the economy suffering as it is – isn’t that to be expected?  Harley-Davidson is the best motorcycle in the world.  Their sales will bounce back.

I don’t want to see 1,630 of my fellow Wisconsinites to be out of jobs, but do we really want our state to bend over and give incentives as a bribe to keep them here?

I know what’ll happen.  Our cash-strapped state will give in, save those jobs and the tax payers of Wisconsin will pay for the privilege of having Harley-Davidson motorcycles built in Milwaukee.

Woman finds out about Husband’s double life

On the day after a Federal judge struck down California’s Prop 8 (which bans gay marriage), news comes out about a wife discovering that her husband had married another woman.  I wonder if that will lead to divorce or if the right wing, anti-gay groups will still claim that gay marriage is bad for straight marriages?

Why I’m voting Democrat in November

We had eight years of Republican plans, tax cuts, wars and where did it get this country?

Before Bush II, 90% of the nation’s wealth was held by 10% of Americans.  After Bush II, 90% of the nation’s wealth is held by 1% of Americans.

We are in the midst of two wars, a financial meltdown and unemployment that hasn’t been this high since 1982 – under Ronald Reagan.

And, how do the Republicans want to get us out of this mess?

They want to drive down the same potholed road of tax cuts and deregulation.  We’ve driven down this road before and it is why, in the word’s of our President, we’re in a ditch.

Thanks to the Tea Party’s misguided movement, the Republicans have decided to come to their senses and cut the deficit.  They are claiming lower taxes will make the world go round and it is simply not true.

Their idea of lower taxes is to make the upper 1% pay less than the lower 50%.

Their idea of change is business as usual.

Their idea of health care is to hand you a band aid while you bleed to death.

There is no way I’m going to vote Republican come November.  We can’t hand them back the keys to the kingdom.  There is too much at stake to let the party of no back in control.

Vote Democrat in November 2010.

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