October 24, 2009

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OK, so pretty much all the lefties considered the Obamanation known as “cash for clunkers” a rousing success.
But, as per the usual leftie M.O., they can never think too far enough ahead to see the repercussions of their actions – let alone the byproduct.

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The Race for Russ Feingold's Senate seat just got more interesting.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday October 24, 2009
Contact: Terrence Wall, 608.345.0701

T. WALL FILES PAPERS FOR U.S. SENATE


Middleton, WI -- Terrence Wall announced that he has filed papers to run for the Wisconsin seat in the United States Senate (2010). Wall is a Wisconsin-raised, self-made entrepreneur who started from nothing and built a number of successful businesses. He is the founder of T. Wall Properties, a builder of office properties headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin and is considered an expert in economic development and job creation. Wall also founded the DaneVest Tech Fund, an investment capital fund that specializes in advising and providing capital for Wisconsin based technology start-ups so that they can grow and still remain in Wisconsin. Wall also formed The Wisconsin Foundation, a non-profit foundation specializing in philanthropy and training and assisting other non-profits in how to conduct capital campaigns for special projects.

Wall has been a significant contributor to charities in Wisconsin, including the new American Family Children’s Hospital, the Henry Vilas Zoo, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, the Madison East Side Community Center, and the Boy Scouts of America. (Wall is an Eagle Scout.)

Wall has an economics degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a business degree from the Wisconsin School of Business. Wall got his start during the real estate recession of 1989 when there were no real estate jobs available – so he went out and started his own business. His first acquisition was a run-down 48-unit apartment complex that a bank sold him after foreclosure, providing Wall with 100% financing since he had no money. Wall spent the next few years cleaning, fixing and improving the property using ‘sweat equity’. He boot-strapped his way to success through hard work and risk taking.

“This country is headed in the wrong direction, and I feel I can make a contribution towards helping get it turned around,” Wall said. “I look forward to building the infrastructure and team over the next few months as we prepare for a campaign start in the spring, and I challenge my opponent to run a clean campaign and one well grounded in an honest debate of the issues rather than personal attacks. The voters will have a clear choice in November 2010.”


The left wing has established their talking point. Wall established a Delaware corporation due to a more favorable business environment. Our pal Zach at Blogging Blue is all outraged about it yet somehow he has no issues trying to raise money for Gwen Moore who voted to continue funding ACORN. (nice priorities)

Ooooo he did a legal and smart thing, hang him from the rafters. Evil job creating profiteer.

What these left wingers will never get is they should make Wisconsin someplace people want to business. Growth is good.

Wall brings the cash to compete with Feingold and a history of creating jobs.


Make Mine Freedom (1948)

October 23, 2009

Bumper Art


Perspective

Cheney: Make a decision.



Real Debate's Opinion: It is clear the White House would rather fight a war against Fox News than deal with our own troops. This is the most important decision the President has to make and he refuses to do so. He is turning the White House into the Waffle House.
Leaders lead, blaming your predecessors is ridiculous. Man-up, accept your role as the elected leader and lead. If you don't have the stomach for the fight pull our troops out of harms way and deal with the consequences. You own Afghanastan now President Obama, deal with it. You have had more than enough time to make a decision.

The 3 am phone call came, you let the machine answer it and have not returned the call. At least Hillary would have answered the call.

About that new age of transparency Obama promised.

Suckers.

How can you tell a Democrat is lying?

Their lips are moving.

October 22, 2009

The funniest clip you will see today.

Thanks Contessa.

Damned teleprompter

Has Hell Frozen Over--Again?


What does it mean when I agree with a Eugene Kane opinion piece??? Either it's the end of the Mayan calendar--meaning the 2012 end was mis-translated and it's really the end of the world in 2009, or I've been jettisoned into a parallel universe, or Hell has officially frozen over again.


Could it mean Mr. Kane actually has some common sense? Nahh. It's gotta be one of the three other reasons listed above.

A Menace To Public Safety

Jeff Wood arrested again for OWI.

Third time in a year, second in a month.

The time for excuses is over, this guy has got to go.

October 21, 2009

Guess the number game

66.5

UPDATE: 66.5%, the percentage of Illinois home health care workers who voted against unionization.

Loaded Web.

FYI for the bloggers out there.

I recently became aware of a blog directory that is geography based, Loaded Web.

Seems like a good service, you might want to check it out.

Geert Wilders Dutch lawmaker speaks at Temple University

Polite tolerant lefties again.....

October 19, 2009

Those Adult Stem Cells Continue To Do Amazing Things...

A shame the left would rather play abortion politics than really advance medicine.

MRQ I admit....I giggled....

MRQ

Are all Wisconsinians acromegalic blog whores? RSM

I'm so relieved. Ann

I blame Scott Walker. Egg

I'm older than I look. Lance.

Marrying a stripper. Elliot.

The problem is stupid people. Heather

don’t play with what you don’t understand Madame Zoltar

Dick and Lips. Phil.

Pretty nippy out. Kate.

Something fishy about them. Steve

I don’t take orders from the federal government Joe via Kate.

beat-up, manhandled, tackled Kevin

BORROWED the money Elliot

TRQ (During the Packer game edition)

blown coverage. TAB

please please please keep it up. Klwall

I love the fat guy Dan

DO NOT STOP Todd

the game in the stores Bizymare

I will staple those flags to the refs. heathercore

Aaaaa-aaaaaaaaa--aaaah .. ah... uh... yeah BelleKarper

Poor Lions. BadgerBlogger

TRQ - Regular Stuff

splattered like a watermelon at a Gallagher show Conrad

My carbon footprint calculator runs on oil. Dr. Blogstein. (This is why WE LOVE DR BLOGSTEIN)

Starting Monday, I'm juicing at the gym. Allahpundit

Playing the role of Don Quixote...ME!!!! jimmiebjr

My stupid Dad. Me.

Air Farce One. Prince of Wales

get them some scotch Carrie

don't forget me!! CFR

bikini mud wresting Lisamanna

"Order Cialis" is following me on Twitter! Tom

Butters: "But I heard ACORN helps pimps and their bitches!" Hammer

I admit....I giggled.... Sarandipity

Blame Italy. Cindy


Baby Got Back Stacy

Now I can collapse unconscious. Egg

Attention Palin Fans.

Sarah is coming to town.

Go figure.

Can we call it swine flu yet?

Health Care Reform Defined

(A gem from the email this morning)


Let me get this straight we're going to maybe have a health care plan written by a committee whose head says he doesn't understand it, that will be passed by a Congress that hasn't read it (but exempts themselves from it), signed by a President that also hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke.

A good reminder from Senator Hopper

From The Northwestern

Commentary: Government finance 101: Why they fund essential services last

It seems to be an unofficial rule of government budgeting: Spend money on the least popular things first. That way, when the money runs out, it's only vital programs that don't have enough. After all, it's easier to sell a tax increase for vital programs like public safety than it is to raise taxes for less popular pork project earmarks.

Two weeks ago, this rule was illustrated again when Senate Democrats rammed through committee a 58 percent increase in the tax on hard liquor, about $20 million per year, with only a few minutes notice. There was no opportunity for the public to weigh-in or for Republicans to develop alternative ideas.

This new tax increase, so the argument goes, is to pay for cracking down on drunk driving. Drunk driving is a serious problem in Wisconsin and stiffening penalties for it is long overdue. The Northwestern even went so far as to label OWI reform, "the most important piece of legislation this session."

What was left unsaid, however, is why the state can't find the money in its existing budget for such an important program. Wisconsin is spending $5 billion more in this budget than the last one, but OWI reform is getting none of the new money. While $20 million is a lot, it represents only about 0.06 of 1 percent of Wisconsin's existing $62 billion budget. One would think that the money could be found without a tax increase.

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Photo: MJS

October 18, 2009

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Sarah Palin on Health Care Reform.

I agree with all of her points.

Good Intentions Aren't Enough with Health Care Reform

Now that the Senate Finance Committee has approved its health care bill, it’s a good time to step back and take a look at the long term consequences should its provisions be enacted into law.

The bill prohibits insurance companies from refusing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and from charging sick people higher premiums. [1] It attempts to offset the costs this will impose on insurance companies by requiring everyone to purchase coverage, which in theory would expand the pool of paying policy holders.

However, the maximum fine for those who refuse to purchase health insurance is $750. [2] Even factoring in government subsidies, the cost of purchasing a plan is much more than $750. The result: many people, especially the young and healthy, will simply not buy coverage, choosing to pay the fine instead. They’ll wait until they’re sick to buy health insurance, confident in the knowledge that insurance companies can’t deny them coverage. Such a scenario is a perfect storm for increasing the cost of health care and creating an unsustainable mandate program.

Those driving this plan no doubt have good intentions, but good intentions aren’t enough. There were good intentions behind the drive to increase home ownership for lower-income Americans, but forcing financial institutions to give loans to people who couldn’t afford them had terrible unintended consequences. We all felt those consequences during the financial collapse last year. Unintended consequences always result from top-down big government plans like the current health care proposals, and we can’t afford to ignore that fact again.

Supposedly the Senate Finance bill will be paid for by cutting Medicare by nearly half a trillion dollars and by taxing the so-called “Cadillac” health care plans enjoyed by many union members. The plan will also impose heavy taxes on insurers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, and clinical labs. [3] The result of all of these taxes is clear. As Douglas Holtz-Eakin noted in the Wall Street Journal, these new taxes “will be passed on to consumers by either directly raising insurance premiums, or by fueling higher health-care costs that inevitably lead to higher premiums.” [4] Unfortunately, it will lead to lower wages too, as employees will have to sacrifice a greater percentage of their paychecks to cover these higher premiums. [5] In other words, if the Democrats succeed in overhauling health care, we’ll all bear the costs. The Senate Finance bill is effectively a middle class tax increase, and as Holtz-Eakin points out, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation those making less than $200,000 will be hit hardest. [6]

With our country’s debt and deficits growing at an alarming rate, many of us can’t help but wonder how we can afford a new trillion dollar entitlement program. The president has promised that he won’t sign a health care bill if it “adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade.” [7] But his administration also promised that his nearly trillion dollar stimulus plan would keep the unemployment rate below 8%. [8] Last month, our unemployment rate was 9.8%, the highest it’s been in 26 years. [9] At first the current administration promised that the stimulus would save or create 3 to 4 million jobs. [10] Then they declared that it created 1 million jobs, but the stimulus reports released this week showed that a mere 30,083 jobs have been created, while nearly 3.4 million jobs have been lost since the stimulus was passed. [11] Should we believe the administration’s claims about health care when their promises have proven so unreliable about the stimulus?

In January 2008, presidential candidate Obama promised not to negotiate behind closed doors with health care lobbyists. In fact, he committed to “broadcasting those negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are. Because part of what we have to do is enlist the American people in this process. And overcoming the special interests and the lobbyists...” [12] However, last February, after serving only a few weeks in office, President Obama met privately at the White House with health care industry executives and lobbyists. [13] Yesterday, POLITICO reported that aides to President Obama and Democrat Senator Max Baucus met with corporate lobbyists in April to help “set in motion a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign, primarily financed by industry groups, that has played a key role in bolstering public support for health care reform.” [14] Needless to say, their negotiations were not broadcast on C-SPAN for the American people to see.

Presidential candidate Obama also promised that he would not “sign any nonemergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days.” [15] PolitiFact reports that this promise has already been broken three times by the current administration. [16] We can only hope that it won’t be broken again with health care reform.

All of this certainly gives the appearance of politics-as-usual in Washington with no change in sight.

Americans want health care reform because we want affordable health care. We don’t need subsidies or a public option. We don’t need a nationalized health care industry. We need to reduce health care costs. But the Senate Finance plan will dramatically increase those costs, all the while ignoring common sense cost-saving measures like tort reform. Though a Congressional Budget Office report confirmed that reforming medical malpractice and liability laws could save as much as $54 billion over the next ten years, tort reform is nowhere to be found in the Senate Finance bill. [17]

Here’s a novel idea. Instead of working contrary to the free market, let’s embrace the free market. Instead of going to war with certain private sector companies, let’s embrace real private-sector competition and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. Instead of taxing the so-called “Cadillac” plans that people get through their employers, let’s give individuals who purchase their own health care the same tax benefits we currently give employer-provided health care recipients. Instead of crippling Medicare, let’s reform it by providing recipients with vouchers so that they can purchase their own coverage.

Now is the time to make your voices heard before it’s too late. If we don’t fight for the market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven reform plan that we deserve, we’ll be left with the disastrous unintended consequences of the plans currently being cooked up in Washington.-

[1] See http://tinyurl.com/yjs3mgf
[2] See http://tinyurl.com/yfuw3k3
[3] See http://tinyurl.com/yfxq8ca
[4] See http://tinyurl.com/ykefsk6
[5] See http://tinyurl.com/ygf42fj
[6] See http://tinyurl.com/ykefsk6
[7] See http://tinyurl.com/lkvgsp
[8] See http://tinyurl.com/nx4nh6
[9] See ibid.
[10] See http://tinyurl.com/yhhr56v
[11] See ibid.
[12] See http://tinyurl.com/yhzhkvg and http://tinyurl.com/lhyr9o
[13] See http://tinyurl.com/yksd6h3
[14] See http://tinyurl.com/yl9gg27
[15] See http://tinyurl.com/yknpxd6
[16] See http://tinyurl.com/d2k5hb
[17] See http://tinyurl.com/yf8qmfh

Only in Wisconsin.


Yep, it was a scam.

Details pending.