As has been reported in the past few day the UW system has overcharged their students by roughly $1 billion. This means that our future leaders have had to take out $1 billion in loans that they didn’t have to. Because you pay roughly double the amount on a loan, this means $2 billion robbed from our future economy. This means that our youth now will be paying off part of a loan for 20 years that they didn’t have to. This will hurt our economy for decades to come as these loans take decades to repay. Who should be fired? Will someone be fired? I’d be willing to bet no. Education and government in general when they make a mistake, they say sorry and promise to never let it happen again. It always happens again. Those who make the laws get permission to break them.
Last Saturday The University of Chicago hosted the American Polish Advisory Council and their first Midwest edition of the Polish Americans in Politics Series, a nationwide series to encourage civic engagement in communities with significant Polish-American populations. Panels of distinguished speakers on topics included: -Winning in the Heartland: Campaign experiences of candidates from across the Midwest and Immigration Reform and the Visa Waiver Program. As a Polish-American, I was honored to be chosen as a panelist on the former: Campaign experiences of candidates from across the Midwest. It was my understanding that the purpose of the workshop was to encourage fellow Polish-Americans to become politically active and ultimately help field Polish-American candidates for public office at every level. On a panel weighted with Illinois Democrats, sadly this was not to be the case.
As a common sense conservative, I do my absolute best to accept the fact that I disagree with some of the facets of the movement today. I am not a big fan of some of the Anti-Isreal talk I hear chattered in my circles and I am certainly not in support of the isolationist policies that many conservatives expose these days, but I respect their opinions as long as they respect mine. I choose to seek out what unites us rather than what divides us.
Earlier this month, Tea Party Perspective published a piece bashing Governor Walker on changing his stance on the current smoking ban in Wisconsin. The piece was written by a man who goes only by the name of Marshall. To give credit where credit is due, the piece is well written and well thought out. Too bad it is also smug ands self-serving.
One would probably have to read the piece to understand my rebuttal so if you have not read it yet please do it now. Continue reading
Tax Freedom Day One Day Earlier as the Tax Environment in Wisconsin Improves
MacIver News Service | April 15, 2013
April 15th has been celebrated as Tax Day in the United States for over five decades. However, when it comes to taxes, another day should receive a greater amount of attention. That day is what the Tax Foundation has titled, Tax Freedom Day.
The 5100 Bar in McFarland was where conservatives gathered to celebrate the Constitution and the successes Wisconsin has enjoyed with the implementation of Act 10, Concealed Carry and the passage of the Mining Law. They also recognized where Wisconsin still has work to do. That is where most of the attention was focused.
A variety of topics were covered at the event from 2nd Amendment issues, to energy independence, to a discussion on Common Core Curriculum and property rights led by popular talk show host Vicki McKenna. Continue reading
Most will look at the title of this piece and assume that I have taken up smoking crack or at least drinking heavily. After all this state just elected the most progressive US Senator in our Nation’s history and helped to re-elect a President who is closer to a socialist than any of us even want to admit. With all that in mind let us examine the successes and failures for the conservative movement in Wisconsin since 2010.
Everybody who follows politics or at least knows US history, knew that 2010 would be a solid election cycle for the GOP. It is very common for the party who presides in the White House to lose seats on the Federal and State level during the mid-term elections, but no state in the Union turned more red than Wisconsin.
In one election cycle we won back the Governorship, the State Senate, the State Assembly, the US House of Representatives, and elected a man who ran as a tea party candidate to the US Senate. All in all not a bad election cycle. In fact it was the most successful one for the GOP ever in Wisconsin history.
Tom Anthony is running for Milwaukee county supervisor in the 17th district. He is a solid tea party candidate who is genuinely feels that political service should be limited and not a career. Tom is interested in looking at things differently, to see problems as challenges. He feels that “ Looking at things from a different “mindset” allows us to address them with a different attitude and perspective.”.
I had an opportunity to ask Tom a couple of questions as well. Tammy: When did you decide you were going to run for Joe’s vacated seat? Tom: I have known Representative Joe Sanfelippo since he was elected as a County Supervisor.
We had many discussions regarding County Government and reform when he was at the County Board. When Joe announced he was going to run for State Assembly, as I was working on his campaign he and others asked me if Continue reading
This week was full on Tea Party victories. From Wisconsin to DC the bells of freedom and economic opportunity rang. Although the elections of November still sting, it is weeks like this that give our movement hope and purpose. They also remind us that with every event that happens there is opportunity. Let us review the week that was.
Let’s start with the great local news on jobs in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Senate put jobs ahead of special interest and passed a comprehensive mining bill that will create thousands or jobs. On Thursday, the Legislature did the same and now the bill is heading to Governor Walker’s desk to be signed into law. Having seen some of the devastation that Obama’s terrible economy did to Northern Wisconsin, I know how badly these jobs are needed. On behalf of Wisconsinites everywhere, thank you Wisconsin GOP.
There was another huge victory this week for We The People and believe it or not it was in of all places Washington, DC. US Senator Rand Paul, along with a handful of his allies, spent nearly 13 hours filibustering the nomination of CIA director John Brennan. Continue reading
Just think, over 1/6 of a million of law abiding Wisconsin residents have received a license to legally carry firearms.
The State of Wisconsin has collected nearly $8.4 million dollars in fees from us for the “privilege” of exercising our “rights”.
Now imagine the all that money back in the economy rather than being filtered through the government.
US Rep. Gwen Moore’s current salary of $174,000 per year was scheduled to be automatically raised to $175,900 this year. HR 273, a bill to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for all Federal employees including members of Congress was introduced on January 15, 2013. On February 15, 2013, while the people of her district languish in poverty, Rep. Moore voted NO on the elimination of her own pay raise. The bill passed despite Rep. Moore’s NO vote 261 to 154 with 16 not voting.
On December 27, 2012, the President issued Executive Order #13635 that provides an across the board pay adjustment of 0.5 percent for federal civilian employees. The executive order was issued in anticipation of the expiration of the current freeze contained in H.J.Res. 117, the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, which will expire on March 27, 2013. Because of the way federal pay adjustments are calculated, the executive order triggered an automatic pay adjustment for Members of Congress in addition to federal employees and officials. In response to its scheduled pay adjustment, Congress continued its freeze at 2009 levels through FY 2013 in H.R. 8, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.