January 23, 2010
January 22, 2010
Fanny and Freddy haven't paid back a dime, don't intend to pay back a dime, will likely need more bailout money and paid fat bonuses to executives.
January 21, 2010
NEWS BLOG (WSAU) Candidate for Governor Tom Barrett visited Wausau yesterday.
WSAU news sent a reporter to cover the visit.
Nothing unusual happened. A candidate gave a stump speech about the economy and jobs. All typical campaign-trail stuff.
But everything leading up to yesterday’s Barrett appearance was not typical.
Barrett’s campaign never told us that he was coming to Wausau. His stop in Wausau was mentioned in a newswire story from his stop in LaCrosse a day earlier. No press release was sent to our newsroom. No campaign representative called us.
Knowing that he was coming, we were looking for the time of Barrett’s arrival. We went on-line and searched for his web site. I’m sure he has one. But for you search “Tom Barrett for Governor”, his official campaign web site doesn't come up. A Facebook fan page does… but that’s maintained by his supporters, and doesn’t have a campaign schedule.
We searched the on-line phone book for Barrett campaign headquarters. We couldn’t find it.
We made contact with another news organization in Milwaukee. Could they share some contact information with us? All they had was the Mayor’s office in Milwaukee. Not a campaign office.
Eventually, after a call to a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, we had a phone number where we could reach someone from the Barrett campaign.
Isn’t one of the lessons from Massachusetts that you can’t run a lackadaisical, disorganized campaign and expect to win? Tom Barrett is the likely Democratic nominee for Governor. Many people consider him the front-runner. Barrett and his supporters should not expect a victory unless they get their act together.
Chris ConleyOperations Manager-Midwest Communications,
I wonder if this will be listed by Capper as another reason Barrett will win?
I don't have anything concrete to share yet I'll just say I really don't believe the field is set yet.
Yesterday's disappointing election results show deep discontent with the pace of change. I know the OFA community and the President share that frustration.
We also saw what we knew to be true all along: Any change worth making is hard and will be fought at every turn. While it doesn't take away the sting of this loss, there is no road to real change without setbacks along the way.
We could have simply sought to do things that were easy, that wouldn't stir up controversy. But changes that aren't controversial rarely solve the problem.
Our country continues to face the same fundamental challenges it faced yesterday. Our health care system still needs reform. Wall Street still needs to be held accountable. We still need to create good jobs. And we still need to continue building a clean energy economy.
The President isn't walking away from these challenges. In fact, his determination and resolve are only stronger. We must match that commitment with our own.
But it won't be easy. Real change never is. For that reason, I am grateful you're part of this fight with us.
This could just be the drivel they are feeding the Ozombies out there, but the reason presented here is not why they lost on Tuesday.
People were not discontent of the "pace of change" they were discontent with the change as presented. The people weren't happy with Congressional Leadership that froze out the other side of the aisle, bought votes and made dirty insider deals with big labor. That race swung toward Brown when Harry Reid bought off Nebraska.
The American people do not want government taking over health care, they do not want a massive increase of debt and they do not want government taking over more industry. What they really want is jobs, real jobs, not "saved" government jobs through non-stimulating stimulus bills that just pass on debt to future generations.
Yesterday the President announced his plan to nationalize the student loan program. (His Chavez streak is showing again) Gee, what's next on the President's list of things to take over? I believe it will be our banking system. The President is lashing out against those who paid back their TARP loans with interest. The left always needs a villain after all.
They'll make excuses and call Martha Coakley a bad candidate. The truth is people didn't vote against Martha Coakley, they didn't vote for Scott Brown either, they voted against health care reform in its current state, against Congressional leadership and against Barack Obama.
Do the folks want health care reform? Sure they do, they would like to see costs lowered. You do that with competition in the free market. Open up interstate commerce, do some real tort reform, encourage innovation, take government OUT of the picture. Just because people don't want a government expansion does not mean they don't want reform.
Liberal elites have a problem, they truly believe they are smarter than everyone else and I believe they will their egos by pushing their radical agenda even harder. That tactic will not serve them well in November.
They are marginalizing the TEA Party movement by insulting attendees, calling them vicious names and refusing to listen. I have news for the left, this movement is being fueled by average ordinary citizens, not right wing radicals. Many of them are centrists and independents getting involved for the first time in their lives. Insulting and belittling those people only serves to strengthen their resolve.
Their is a fundamental change happening in our country and so far the left is not listening.
January 20, 2010
What do you think health care reform will do to the price of your insurance?
More Expensive 58%
Don't know 12%
Considering all the rhetoric saying they were trying to lower costs is there any wonder Scott Brown won?
UPDATE: I wonder what Russ Feingold's perception of the same question would be?
Don't Know 4%
More Expensive 2%
January 19, 2010
By Andrew W. Griffin
Oklahoma Watchdog, Editor
LAWRENCE, Mass. — Minutes after the polls opened at Guilmette School here in Lawrence, school teacher Diane MacDonald drove up into the parking lot in a car sporing a Scott Brown for Senate bumper sticker in her back window. Stopping her to talk, MacDonald told Oklahoma Watchdog that for over a week she had been blasted with emails from her teacher's union telling her and other teachers to be sure and vote for Democrat Martha Coakley.
Pointing to her Brown sticker, MacDonald smiled and said, "I'm really in enemy territory being a school teacher." Noting the pro-Coakley email blasts from her union, MacDonald added: "They are using school computers to send out those emails. That's illegal."
MacDonald said that while "you can't do that," referring to using public computers to send partisan messages, she said that she'd be looking for trouble by responding.
Still, other teachers have whispered to MacDonald that they are supportive of Brown but are afraid to voice their opinions publicly.
Andrew W. Griffin is the editor of Oklahoma Watchdog.
Teachers using school resources to push the Democrat agenda? That can't be true!
January 18, 2010
Inaction speaks louder than work. Blue.
Wrong room. SER
enhance his performance. Dean.
moronic and abjectly stupid. TAB
fun with out of context Kevin. (That's what MRQ is all about)
relying on the government cheese Trog
we can splurge and go to Arby's. Owen.
TRQ (Twitter Random Quotes)
terribly ugly CFR
out of ammo Patrick
First Dammit Egg
good plumbing ju ju Corky
at least I have Jack Bauer TheAndyMan
they got Bavarian pretzels Rebecca
Is this your knife? Nick
nightmares shall follow Peter
What a crap sandwich those geniuses made. TheTeditorial
Was I the first? Carrie
The blood was orange Sara
my neighbors who put their trash cans out today for pickup are virulent racists. Chris.
HOW 'BOUT DEM SAINTS! KB
you need something stronger.....like Heroin TAB
getting rusty. Kevin
the tool of the devil. Sean.
Considering a catheter Pete
like having Eddie Haskell for a senator Jones.
self-glorifying. Wigdy (again?)
Neubauer wrote the bill and then emailed it to Racine area Assemblyman Cory Mason who submitted Neubauer's bill with his own name as author.
Neubauer has been a frequent contributor to Cory Mason.
So while Mason is insulting area residents who dare to attend an outdoor political rally he is taking legislation favorable to a contributor, written by that same contributor and passing it off as his own work?
This is simply outrageous behavior by Cory Mason. I hope the local media picks up on this story.
Cory Mason is an embarrassment.
WKOW TV Broke this story.
Update: The Journal Times has a story up on this now. How they failed to catch the Neubauer contributions is beyond me.
Proposed RTA Legislation Catapults Racine/Kenosha Counties Hotel Room Tax to Highest in the Nation
We need visitors, for business and pleasure, to come to Racine County, spend money visiting and enjoying our county, including overnight stays in our hotels and motels. However, proposed legislation to pay for the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority (RTA) would slap on a hotel room tax of 21.1 per cent- the highest in the country- and would hurt our chances to attract more visitors!
The proposal could cost our visitors a room tax of $21.10 a night for a $100 room! The current sales and room tax rate at most hotels and motels in Racine County now is 13.1 percent or $13.10 for a $100 room night. That translates into an additional $8.00 a night for people to stay with us. Our guests can quickly figure out that we are not visitor-friendly and if stay in nearby Milwaukee County where the tax on a $100 room is $14.60 at Milwaukee's 14.6 per cent room tax rate.
The Board of Directors of Real Racine opposes the inclusion of the hotel room tax to help fund the RTA. We do not want to slam the hotel door on business travelers and tourists who can find lodging in Lake Geneva, Milwaukee County or Lake County, Illinois at 7 per cent less!
Our goal is to put "heads in beds" and keep our visitors here. That is the primary use of the existing room tax. It is what makes the room tax a "sustainable" source of tourism promotion funding in that it is used to bring in more visitors who spend money throughout the community and therefore replenish the fund. Funding mass transit will not do this. The recession makes it difficult enough. In 2009, we experienced a 4 per cent decrease in room occupancy and a $4 decrease in average rate which together meant a 12.5 per cent drop in revenue for lodging properties. Slapping on the nation's highest hotel room tax would exacerbate the situation
.Check out how Racine County and Kenosha County would stack up against other cities around the country.
Kenosha County 21.5%( proposed) -ouch
RACINE COUNTY 21.1% (proposed) -ouch!
San Francisco 15.58%
New York 14.75%
Las Vegas 12%
Source: Boston's Office of Budget Management, July 2009
Please contact our legislators and tell them that we don't want to have the highest lodging taxes in the Country. The legislation has not been introduced, so now is the time to request that room tax be removed as a funding source in the bill.
Senator John Lehman (608) 266-1832 Sen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Robin Vos (608) 266-9171 Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov
Representative Bob Turner (608) 266-0731 Rep.Turner@legis.wisconsin.gov
Representative Scott Gunderson (608) 266-3363 Rep.Gunderson@legis.wisconsin.gov
Representative Corey Mason (608) 266-0634 Rep.Mason@legis.wisconsin.gov
Let's keep our tourism initiatives on track and not lose our visitors to our neighboring counties and we can all get a good night's sleep.
January 17, 2010
Yes Ed, we know the left approves of electoral fraud.
That’s hope, all right.
Now if there was only change amongst the elites.
Oh…and I love how “climate change” is a “fear” and a factor in deciding how close we are to destruction.
If this was the best thing to do for MPS why didn't they try and do this years ago?
So Brown is up – in some polls – by one or two points and even in others? Yippee!
Best line I heard all weekend:
“That lead is well within the margin of ACORN.”
One if by land, 2 if by discovered ballots.
(and before any of you piranhas chide me for spelling Massachusetts, I actually had to copy it off the screen capture to get it right)