February 13, 2009

GOP Leader Boehner Floor Speech Opposing Democrats' Trillion-Dollar Spending Bill

For those who still need to finish their Valentine's Day Shopping.

In the email today...

"The Proposal"

When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems to happen is they reduce their staff and workers. The remaining workers need to find ways to continue to do a good job or risk that their job would be eliminated as well. Wall street, and the media normally congratulate the CEO for making this type of "tough decision", and his board of directors gives him a big bonus.

Our government should not be immune from similar risks.

Therefore: Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435 members to 218 members and Senate members from 100 to 50 (one per State).

Also reduce remaining staff by 25%. Accomplish this over the next 8 years. (two steps / two elections) and of course this would require some redistricting.

Some Yearly Monetary Gains Include:$44,108,400 for elimination of base pay for congress. (267 members X $165,200 pay / member / yr.)

$97,175,000 for elimination of the above people's staff. (estimate $1.3 Million in staff per each member of the House, and $3 Million in staff per each member of the Senate every year)$240,294 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork barrel ear-marks each year. (those members whose jobs are gone. Current estimates for total government pork earmarks are at $15 Billion / yr)

The remaining representatives would need to work smarter and would need to improve efficiencies. It might even be in their best interests to work together for the good of our country? We may also expect that smaller committees might lead to a more efficient resolution of issues as well. It might even be easier to keep track of what your representative is doing.

Congress has more tools available to do their jobs than it had back in 1911 when the current number of representatives was established. (telephone, computers, cell phones to name a few)

Note: Congress did not hesitate to head home when it was a holiday, when the nation needed a real fix to the economic problems. Also, we have 3 senators that have not been doing their jobs for the past 18+ months (on the campaign trail) and still they all have been accepting full pay..

These facts alone support a reduction in senators & congress. Summary of opportunity:

$ 44,108,400 reduction of congress members.
$282,100,000 for elimination of the reduced house member staff.
$150,000,000 for elimination of reduced senate member staff.
$59,675,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining house members.
$37,500,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining senate members.
$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork added to bills by the reduction of congress members.
$8,073,383,400 per year, estimated total savings. (that's 8-BILLION just to start!)

Big business does these types of cuts all the time.

If Congresspersons were required to serve 20, 25 or 30 years (like everyone else) in order to collect retirement benefits there is no telling how much we would save. Now they get full retirement after serving only ONE term

Racine wants a new library...

I agree with Denis.

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K/T Kate

This Just In....




Got it from a few friends...you've probably already seen it, but I thought it was worth a laugh on a Friday morning.

No wonder the Democrats are such fans of handing out condoms! It all makes sense now.

Calvinomics

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Hillary, interrupted.

So, what exactly is HRC's role in the administration?
Is she full of hope and what is she, herself, looking to change?

From The Hill (emphasis mine):

Vice President Biden has moved vigorously to stake out foreign
policy as his turf. His visit to Afghanistan, right before the Inauguration, could not but send a signal to Hillary that he would conduct foreign policy in the new administration, leaving Hillary in the role of backup.(kinda makes her redundant already...)
Richard Holbrooke, the former Balkan negotiator and U.N. ambassador, has been named special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. He insisted on direct access to the president, a privilege he was denied during much of the Clinton years.("direct access"....like a cabinet member?)
Former Sen. George Mitchell (D-Maine), negotiator of the Irish Peace Accords, was appointed to be the administration’s point man on Arab-Israeli negotiations. (would this make him 3rd string behind Joe & Hillary?)
Samantha Power, Obama’s former campaign aide, who once called Hillary a “monster,” has been appointed to the National Security Council (NSC) as director of “multilateral affairs.” (AWESOME....stay tuned)
Gen. James L. Jones, Obama’s new national security adviser, has announced an expansion of the membership and role of the NSC. He pledges to eliminate “back channels” to the president and wants to grow the NSC’s role to accommodate the “dramatically different” challenges of the current world situation. (so......does HRC need to come up with an even more dramatic plan?)
Susan Rice, Obama’s new United Nations ambassador, insisted upon and got Cabinet rank for her portfolio, and she will presumably also have the same kind of access to Obama that she had as his chief foreign policy adviser during the campaign. (nobody puts chief foreign policy advisor in a corner. Oh, wait....would that be HRC?)

By the way........wher is Hillary? I know the news hasn't been about foreign policy as much as the looting of America's future the last couple of weeks, but, seriously...what's she been doing?

Can't say she's waiting for the new president to be sworn in any more.

February 12, 2009

Rep. Vos on the State budget bailout bill.

Governor Doyle Puts Forth Budget Bailout Bill

Today Governor Doyle put forth a bill to bail out the current budget because it will be about $600 million in the hole by June 30 of this year. By law, this must be addressed before we even consider the $5.7 billion budget deficit we're looking at for the upcoming budget.

The plan put forth today increases taxes on health care, internet downloads, businesses and retail sales. In fact, it increases taxes by $1.2 billion over the next biennium. The scary thing is that this is just the beginning. We'll likely see more tax increases to patch up the $5.7 billion budget deficit when Governor Doyle presents his budget to the Legislature on Tuesday.

While increasing taxes was a predictable move given the doom-and-gloom speech we heard from him during his State of the State address last month, it's still unfathomable to me that Governor Doyle would raise taxes on families and small businesses in the middle of the worst recession of the post-war era.

What's worse, even with these tax increases, Governor Doyle won't come close to fixing the $600 million budget deficit. His bill proposes spending an additional $9 million to existing programs before the end of June, and still pushes a $362 million deficit into the next year. So that's $362 million more to pile on to the $5.7 billion we will face when the new budget comes out.

Right now, Wisconsin has the 4th worst budget deficit in the country. Governor Doyle and the democrats are telling everyone who will listen that this misfortune is purely due to the economy and they are not to blame. But it takes work to make it into the top five; Governor Doyle has worked on this for six years by being irresponsible with every single budget he's written. He expanded programs, increased spending, charged up the state credit card, and didn't plan for the future. Now we have a worse situation to deal with than almost every state in the country. It's inexcusable.

The budget bailout bill is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday. If you would like to encourage other Racine County legislators to vote against this bill, you can email Senator Lehman at Sen.Lehman@legis.wi.gov; Representative Mason at Rep.Mason@legis.wi.gov; and Representative Turner at Rep.Turner@legis.wi.gov.

State Representative Robin Vos
State Capitol - Room 321 East - Post Office Box 8953 -
Madison, Wisconsin 53708
Phone: (608) 266-9171 -
Toll Free: (888) 534-0063 -
Fax (608) 282-3663
Email: Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov
On the Internet: Representative Vos' Web Site

February 11, 2009

Chairman Price Outside Speaker's Office As Stimulus Deal is Announced

Tag me will you...

I was tagged on the 25 things no one knows about me thing on Facebook so many times I lost count....

My Response.


25 Reasons I will not reply to the 25 things no one knows about me thing.

1. Brett Favre’s retirement.
2. Global warming.
3. I blame Scott Walker.
4. My co-worker has a headache
5. My back hurts.
6. Because I’ve been tagged on this 20 times already meaning I would have to come up with 500 things no one knows about me.
7. My dog ate the list.
8. The stock market is down.......... again.
9. I’m waiting for a bail-out
10. Gas Prices.
11. Frankly I prefer the mystery of not having people know about me.
12. I’m a non-conformist.
13. Too busy fighting the KRM rail insanity.
14. Chuck Schumer says I don’t care.
15. American Idol is on.
16. Global warming. (it is worthy of being listed twice)
17. Won’t someone think about the children?
18. Waiting for Israeli election results.
19. I earned this protest.
20. Waiting for more charges against Gary Becker, Democrat, Racine.
21. Shopping for Valentine’s Day.
22. I’m Irish so I must be too drunk to generate a list. (Feel the irony?)
23. Playing Sheepshead.
24. I fell asleep.
25. Obama will do it for me.

Now I'm supposed to tag people to produce their own list of excuses.

STOP THE INSANITY, No one gets tagged.

Except Aaron.

More charges for Becker.

Democratic former Racine Mayor Gary Becker is now facing two additional child porn charges....

February 10, 2009

Government controlling your health care.

Call your elected representatives NOW!

Stimulus my ass, the Senate has slipped in a provision to make sure your Doctor is doing what Uncle Sam wants.

This is from Betsy McCaughey, former Lieutenant Governor of New York:

One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”


Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.

Oh but it gets worse, Uncle Sam will now decide what treatments Grandma and Grandpa should have...

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.


In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye.

Read the whole thing here.

The next person who tells me this is stimulus gets punched in the nose. This is not stimulus, this is government ramming themselves down our throats in every way possible hidden in something called stimulus.

They are trying to scare us into letting them control every facet of our lives. And they are going to try and cram this crap sandwich down our throats before the American people have an opportunity to learn what is being done to them.

Do not let that happen. Pick up the phone and call your Congressmen and Senators and kill this ridiculous expansion into our privacy.

Freedom of choice my butt.

Find your Congresscritter here.

Find your Senator here.

Question...


If things are truly as bad as Emperor Obama claims, why the heck is he always smiling so much?


You would think his expression would be a bit more dire.

Drinking Right Alert



Some months we need it more than others...

This is one of those months.

Tonight, Papa's, be there.

I'll be there after the County Board meeting.

Schumer: The American People Don't Care About Pork Projects In Stimulus

He's an ass.

I care, quit wasting my damned money you jerk.

February 9, 2009

MRQ OF THE YEAR

And now ladies and gentlemen it is time to announce the coveted MRQ Of the year award.


Congratulate Mr. Lance Burri.


"Bloviating Troglodyte" would make a great name for a blog.


Congratulations to all of our participants throughout the year. Keep those MRQs coming!

MRQ, the King has no undies

It was a bum rap. Althouse.

Unless you have a dog Patrick.

DON'T SCREW IT UP! Paul.

he’s an idiot. Owen.

the King has no undies Dad29.

the zoo smells better Alex.

this is arrogance. James.

boogie boarding in it LMS.

Great Fiscal Suicide Act of 2009 John.

I enjoying putting hot girls with low self-esteem through college as much the next man. Sniper One.

Twitter is fun. Kevin.

TRQ

ethihcs? white house?? does not compute Chad.

pity parties are fun sometimes. Jimi.

horribly painful. Nick.

OMG OMG OMG OMG Lance.

likes fluffy stuff right out of the aerosol can Jones.

developing dementia Jimi.

usually useless TAB.

Feeling depressed. Michael.

love is a minefield... Alison.

When you take a goat's picture, does it say "feta"? Scoff.

I LOVE the smell of snowmobile exhaust. chris.

Plastic bod....plastic brain Old Broad.

Whoa, just bought a snuggie and it's the stupidest thing ever. Justine.

Dear Spammers, Get a Life! Dr. Blogstein.

Still no snickers bars in the vending machine at work. Wigdy. (Original TRQ reference 11-10)

Come to the Dark Side: We have Cake Darth

i'm not a pro Amy.

If trillion-$ spendulus is "lean," Oprah's anorexic. Malkin...

I don't like it when someone shoves their package in my face Chad.

I wonder if it's too long for TRQ (or if @realdebate would understand it) Egg. (Yes, and no)

First Jerry Rice...

Now LT? Say it isn't so.

This...

Is just wrong.

Nostimulus.com

What can you do?

Tell them NO on this ridiculous spending spree.

Sign the petition at Nostimulus.com.

(wait a bit before signing, it appears the site has been crashed from sheer volume)

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