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Year: 2011 (page 1 of 20)

Recall Governor Scott Walker

Today kicks off the effort to remove Scott Walker from the Governor’s office.  We could’ve saved ourselves a lot of trouble and never voted him to be Governor in the first place, but that’s another story.

So, why remove Governor Walker?

He’s done almost exactly what he said he would do.  We are now all able to carry concealed weapons in this state.  He’s limited the power of those nasty unions.  Wisconsin is now open for business.  He’s created more jobs.

Um, wait, no he hasn’t.

Now, pay attention:  Governors and Presidents do not create jobs.  Small businesses and corporations create jobs.  People purchase items, which creates demand, which creates the need for more employees, which creates jobs.  Companies are not going to hire merely because they’re sitting on millions of dollars.  Most of the large corporations and companies (I am not discussing small businesses, because I don’t have the facts about them) that had trouble are now back in the black.  A lot of corporations are showing record profits on the books.  Thanks to tax cuts, subsidies and other benefits, they aren’t paying all that much in taxes.

They’re not hiring.  Why?  Because there’s no demand there.

Now, that said, I would like to point out that unemployment rate in the state of Wisconsin was 7.4% in January, 2011 – when Scott Walker took office.  With the exception of a brief moment (April, 2011 7.3%), the unemployment rate has steadily grown to a high of 7.9% to 7.8% (September, 2011).

Walker’s campaign was about how we were going to balance the budget and create jobs.  He pounded his Wisconsin’s open for Business slogan until you wanted to choke him with it.  He hasn’t created jobs.  Unemployment has gone up and not down.

Is it fair to judge him on something I really don’t think he could do anyway?  Yes.  Yes, because job creation was his own standard.  He was opening Wisconsin for business.  He was going to create jobs.  Then, he turned away the millions for the high speed rail system and cost the state 4,000 jobs.

And, the lack of jobs isn’t my only beef with him.  He’s made our state unsafe with the concealed carry law.  Sorry, no – I don’t believe that every single person who legally obtains a weapon is sane, rational and knows how to use it.  No, I don’t think being able to carry a weapon into bars and office buildings make us all safe.  Just one example:  Charles Julius Guiteau legally obtained his weapon and he used it to shoot a president.  (That’s one example, from 130 years ago, but this discussion isn’t about concealed carry.)

Anyway, there’s only been 2 successful recalls of governors in US history – let’s make it 3.

RECALL WALKER!!!

And, while I am not affiliated with this group in any manner, here is a link to United Wisconsin’s website.  You’ll learn even more information on the recall effort and why you should support the recall.

Happy Veteran’s Day

Today is the day that we honor the men and women who gave the absolute sacrifice for their country.  Without these men and women, our country would be very different than it is today.  We wouldn’t be free, the majority of us wouldn’t speak English and we wouldn’t be the amazing country we are today.

But, I wonder about those men and women who have survive.  I wonder, do we do enough for them?  Do we show our gratitude often enough?  Do we give them our thanks?

So, here’s what I purpose for anyone reading this article – starting today – every time you see a vet, tell him or her, thanks.

It doesn’t matter where you are when you do so.  If you see a soldier, Marine or sailor in uniform, shake their hand, look them in the eye and thank them for their service.  If you see someone in a hat that says veteran on it, do the same thing.  These men and women put their lives on the line for us.  They serve their country with honor and for little pay and benefits. Their families live with the separation of war and service and they’re rarely thanked.

 

Remember this:  If you can read this, thank a teacher.  If you can read this in English, thank a vet.

God Bless our vets and God Bless America.

And, now, my all time favorite commercial…


Gay Marriage Rights…

‎”Marriage is a tax shelter and a smart way for a couple to combine assets. Love is the thing that’s sacrosanct. The sooner we understand the difference, the sooner we’ll understand why Kim Kardashian’s wedding was never holy, and why countless gay couples around the United States who love each other despite marriage bans are truly righteous.” – Cord Jefferson

Shoplifting Post Over at Bilerico

Do you read the posts over at Bilerico?

If yes, then you’ve probably seen this one and if no, why the hell not?  They’re short, to the point and very well done.  I found this one (I’ve taken the liberty of putting a couple of sentences to get you started below) and I found it well written and interesting.  Anyway, click the more link to read the whole post over at Bilerico – come on, you know you want to.

I have a friend who steals. More accurately, he’s a friend of a friend, and whenever I see him he always has a story or two of things he’s recently stolen. It’s little stuff. Usually food. He can definitely afford to buy food, so it’s not about need. And I don’t think he gets much of a thrill out of stealing…more

FCC Rules…Time for them to change

I posted the following on my facebook profile.  If you’ve experienced a blackout on a channel due to the stupid network non-duplication protection, pass the word around.  It is time to have the FCC change this rule.  It gives local station’s a monopoly.  It kills competition.  The rule is from FCC 76.122.  I’m trying to find it on the FCC website to post a link here.

Enough is enough. Bones didn’t record last night because WITI Fox 6 Milwaukee has exercised their right to network non-duplication protection. Per FCC rules, Time Warner cable is required to blackout the program. Tune to channel 6 or 1006 for FOX programming.
What about MY right to watch the show on whatever channel I want? How is this fair to consumers? I should be allowed to choose the channel – not a broadcaster! Who is with me to contact the FCC and have this rule changed? I pay for the channel out of Chicago, I want to WATCH the channel out of Chicago!

Further – if you live in the Milwaukee Area – BOYCOTT WITI FOX 6.  They don’t deserve our business, since they’re so scared of competition.

UPDATE:

Here are the names and email addresses of the five chairmen of the FCC.  Let’s load up their inboxes with complaints regarding network non-duplication protection.

Chairman Julius Genachowski: Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov

A few thoughts…

  • Fact: Lower taxes do not cause more jobs.
  • Fact: Only twice did lowering the tax rate cause revenues to go up – 1964 and 1981.
  • As long as they’re peaceful, the Occupy protesters have the right to protest.  It is part of the First Amendment of the Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
  • Herman Cain’s tax plan will be bad for the economy.  It will encourage saving, but our economy is based on consumption.  If too many people save or just buy use, our economy will sink further.
  • President Bush didn’t cause the economic and financial crisis and neither did President Obama.
  • Despite what Alan Greenspan might think, liquidity isn’t the same as capital and just because a company has access to money doesn’t mean that they’re on good footing.
  • Easy credit (with the lowering of interest rates) contributed to the financial crisis.
  • Too little regulation and, in some cases, no regulation was one of the causes of the financial crisis.
  • The Republicans running for President do not understand that last statement.
  • Shortsightedness in reaching for short term profits is one of the factors that caused the financial crisis.

Jon Stewart Takes Apart the Republicans on Moammar Gaddafi’s death

I love Jon Stewart.

Obama’s Killing Christians – NOT

Why is Rush Limbaugh allowed to be on the air?  The man has never spoken the truth in his life. He’s a coward (didn’t serve in Vietnam because of a cyst on his ass) and a hypocrite. Now, Stephen Colbert puts him in his place regarding Obama sending troops to Uganda.

Cain’s Tax Plan Again

When I’m wrong, I’ll admit that I am wrong. Apparently, I was wrong in my assumption regarding Cain’s 9-9-9 Tax Plan. There are some items that I overlooked – one of which was the fact that I would no longer pay Payroll taxes of 7.65%. This was pointed out by Bob – thanks, Bob. I dug a little further and discovered I would no longer have any deductions, except charitable and, since I don’t live in the inner city, I don’t receive a tax credit for that.

When I did my original comparison, I just took my salary – what I earn from my employer – and used those figures. I only used the standard deduction and the personal exemption for the current figures. For my spending, I went through the checkbook and took out all of my spending for the month of September.

Here’s what I did this time.

I’m used September’s figures for spending. I’m added in the Payroll taxes for both the current plan. I used my actual deductions – divided out by 12 – from my last year’s income tax return. Since Cain’s plan allows for charitable deductions, I subtracted my charitable deductions from his plan.

This time it worked out that I currently pay $2,890 more in taxes now than I would under Herman Cain’s plan. Since the only criteria I was using for this plan was how it would affect me – and only me – then I have to say, it is a good plan.

Sorry, but I do.

However; here’s what I wrote the last time:

Here’s what I recommend – don’t take my word on whether or not you like the Cain Plan. Do the math for yourself. Figure out exactly how much more or how much less you’ll pay in taxes. Come to your own conclusion. That’s what we should really be doing anyway. Checking out the plans and weighing our options.

I stand by that recommendation. You should figure out whether or not this is a good plan for you.  But, actually do the math and figure it out – don’t just guess or believe what someone else writes.  Too many people will believe whatever someone emails them.  Somedays, I wonder if laziness is the real reason we’re in this mess.

Now, that I have said that, a consideration should be made for whether or not this is a good plan for the country. I’m not sure that it is. Cain has stated that the country will gain more in revenue from this plan than we do currently. I just don’t see how that is possible. If I’m saving nearly $3,000 per year, shouldn’t everyone in my situation be saving that amount? Will we really gain enough on those people who will pay more to make up the difference for those who will pay less? It’s just a thought.

Wall Street Journal – The Financial Meltdown

The video is called: End of Wall Street: What Happened. It is supposed to be the first in a 3 part series. Watch it – it is very interesting.

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