March 26, 2010

How can you tell Capper is lying?

He's typing.

Ok everyone, sing along.

Barrett's bridge is falling down

On the ground

Falling down

Transportation fund is gone

Doyle's tax folly.

Cubs Curse?


Frankly I would have thought that would have been more likely to happen with Zambrano or Pinella.

March 25, 2010

Feingold Lies

Russ Feingold voted against removing special deals from Obamacare on 3-24-2010.

He lied about that in a Racine "listening" session. He said he would not support the bill if the special deals were still there.

Russ Feingold is a party hack and a liar.

KRM Meeting

Most of the videos I took at Tuesday nights KRM meeting are now up at my You Tube page.

It looks like a couple of them had issuses and didn't make it. I'll look into that later, but you can get the flavor of things with the material that is there.

Pills for Pervs


As Glenn Beck would say, "Get out the duct tape for this one."

By 57-42, Democrats rejected an amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., barring federal purchases of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs for sex offenders. Coburn said it would save millions of dollars, while Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., called it "a crass political stunt."
So, I had to re-read this one a few times to make certain I understood it.

Question: What person in their right mind would vote to continue funding Viagra for sex offenders?


Answer: No one. (In their right mind........)

March 24, 2010

Dear Census Department

I sent in my survey the day after it arrived in the mail.

Please...

QUIT SENDING ME STUFF

Good questions Nick.

Nick Schweitzer asked the following questions on Bookface.

Could Congress pass a law mandating everyone purchase a handgun? It's necessary and proper under the 2nd amendment right?

If Congress can require you to purchase health insurance can it require you to purchase a membership to a gym? Can it require you to go too?

SUV's: Saviors

Awesome.
I love this line in the article:
[ "The winter of 1784 was also one of the longest and coldest on record in North America." ]
Um....shouldn't we get more SUV's on the roads if the harsh winter is coming?
Oh, I know!
It must have been because cap-n-trade was being strictly enforced!

Journal Times misses the story on KRM meeting.

As I reported last night, several hundred people turned out at South Hills Country Club to hear Randal O'Toole of the Cato Institute speak on transportation issues.

I was surprised this morning when there was no coverage of the event in the Racine Journal Times.

I reached out to one of their Editors and asked why there was no coverage of the actual event. He informed me that they had done an advance story instead of covering the event including an interview with Mr. O'Toole. He said the paper likes to be a "user guide for the community"

You can read that advance story here, it was a good piece.

Frankly I'm stunned that the paper had no interest in the turnout or the crowd reaction. The Journal Times has been decidedly pro KRM from an editorial stance and has always solicited reaction from advocates at public meetings in the past.

Mr. O'Toole did indicate that this was the largest group he had spoken to regarding transit issues.

It is a shame that story was lost on the Racine Journal Times.

The Journal Times also took a pass on a KRM meeting last month featuring former Young Radiator head, Fred Young sharing his thoughts on rail expansion. Better than a hundred people attended that meeting as well.

As far as I can tell the only reporter to cover the event was Sean Ryan of The Daily Reporter. His report can be found here, it is definately a pro union piece featuring lots of quotes from IBEW union head and Racine County Democrats Vice Chair Jeff Van Koningsveld. Sean if you are reading this I'd suggest you view the video I did of rail development over the last four years from the new Sturtevant depot. You spout the union talking points well but reality is much different, kudos for covering the event though.

I will continue to upload videos of the event as time allows, the first four are up on my YouTube page.

UPDATE: Not surprisingly the pro KRM Racine Left Post also ignored this event.

Wisconsin Planned Parenthood CEO Caught in Lie

March 23, 2010

Racine TEA Party KRM event.

The lovely Mrs. RDW & I Attended the Racine TEA Party KRM event this evening featuring Randal O'Toole of the CATO Institute.

Mr. O'Toole knows his material and provided a wonderful presentation.

I video taped much of his presentation in small clips which I will be uploading to my YouTube page. It will take some time to upload the video so please check back often, or better yet subscribe to my page so you will notified of updates.

State Assemblyman Robin Vos also spoke and some of his comments will be included as well.

There were several hundred people in attendance, the crowd was polite and engaged. Another wonderful event put on by the Racine TEA Party! Kudos to all involved.

3 Reasons Health Care Reform Won't Cut The Deficit By One Thin Dime.

Bumper Art


60's Utopia, are we there, yet?

Malvina Reynolds’ "ticky-tacky" song (Little Boxes) of 1962 criticized the traditional American way of life and upward mobility.

Here's the song recycled for the socialist utopia. Upon the passage of healthcare, I'd say we're about 70 percent there. You agree?




Little Boxes (recycled for utopia)

Little boxes in the village
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There’s a lock-box thermostat one
And a chilly solar-heated one
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university,
Where they all got put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There are global warming experts
And community organizers,
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all think just the same.

And they all get public health care
And all are vegetarians
And they all have just one child
Like the government allows.
And the children go in the youth corps
And then to the university,
And they all get put in boxes
And they all come out the same.

And the kids intern with Acorn (or whatever they call the next Acorn)
And have sex and have abortions,
And they all drive small electric cars,
Little boxes, all the same.
There are taxes and more taxes
That they never think to ask about
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all act just the same.

Doyle's Dirty Train Deal.

I just got the following release from Robin Vos regarding the no bid train contract given by Governor Doyle. Vos is responding to a letter from the President of Alstom Transport to Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi regarding how Alstom was cut out of a request for Proposal process.

The Alstom letter is in a format I can not copy and paste onto this page, if anyone would like a copy of it, please email me at fkd1015 at yahoo dot com.

(Outraged? Attend the special KRM meeting tonight at South Hills Country Club, 7pm)

Madison… Rep. Robin Vos (R-Caledonia) released a letter today written by the president of New York train company Alstom to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The letter provides further evidence that Governor Doyle’s no-bid contract procuring $48 million high speed train sets was crafted to favor Spanish train company, Talgo.

“As more details are exposed,” said Vos. “It’s clear that Governor Doyle and DOT officials rigged the process to specifically benefit Talgo.”

The letter, written last August by Alstom president Roelof van Ark to DOT Secretary Frank Busalacchi, sheds light on the Request for Information (RFI) process. DOT officials have used the fact that no one but Talgo responded to the RFI to deflect criticism that Wisconsin never sought bids from other companies.

Alstom says they were told that they weren’t obligated to respond to the RFI, that is was simply a way for DOT to gather information on what each company could provide and at what approximate costs. They were also told that failure to respond would in no way exclude them from the forthcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) that would open up the bidding process. A subsequent RFP was not issued.

Bob Jambois, general counsel for the Department of Transportation, testifying before the Joint Finance Committee in August, flippantly dismissed complaints from companies, claiming they made “poor business decisions”:

“If they have such a great product, I’d like them to show us the proof of that…Now I suppose instead of having an RFI process, we could call it not merely an RFI process, but a ‘really most sincerely RFI process’ - if you want to participate really most sincerely, we get down on bended knee and we beg you to provide us information about your product…Surely those executives of those companies must have….known that we were seriously contemplating replacing rolling stock…and if they didn’t…that was a poor business decision on their part. And I don’t think that the state of Wisconsin should be now stepping back to facilitate the poor business decisions that were made by companies that chose not to participate in this process.”

“The Department of Transportation is blaming businesses instead of owning up to rigging the process,” said Vos “Companies were told they weren’t required to respond to the RFI so I don’t want to hear any more excuses or accusations from the DOT. I want the real reason there was no bidding process.”

Finally, Alstom took issue with DOT’s statement that they chose Talgo because they are the only company that makes tilting high speed trains. Alstom says they also manufacture trains with tilting technology, as do many other train manufacturers. Van Ark questioned this DOT talking point in his August letter to Busalacchi, writing:

“One would think that if this requirement was so significant in your decision making that the requirement would have been detailed in the Department’s Request for Information, as it would have been determined to be paramount to meet the operational criteria for the planned services in the region. This not being the case, it is surprising that such a critical omission now becomes the key criteria to motivate a sole-source procurement”.

“The bottom line is Governor Doyle needs to prove to Wisconsin citizens that he spent their tax dollars wisely,” Vos stated. “Striking secret sweetheart deals with foreign companies is not the way to do that.”

March 22, 2010

MRQ a dirty lil' treat

telling Al Gore to go to hell? Althouse.
forever young and appealing, Mdme Zoltar
Kissing AND touching LMS
Favrenfreude Kevin

Could you live without your cell phone... BeeJay (Good question)
Good bye scarcity Brad

can’t shoot them in the head. Trog

mooooderate carping Malkin

Hope my prostate exam is to your satisfaction Rabbit

Freedom is fleeting. James T

My Majestic Steed. Lumberjack

lower quality. Mario

(D-isgrace) Zip

the world of unicorns and high-empathic dreams. Kevin

Over 300,000,000 screwed. Peter

A prostitute asked me if she could borrow $20 Bussorah

TRQ

it's not bad. Bruce.

Another day, Another.. uh Al Gore's Brain.

I'll buy you a beer Rebecca. (I thirsty too)

beginning to sound like a freecreditreport.com commercial! Shoebox

not exactly punishment Nick

I hit on three of them Carrie

a dirty lil' treat. Sarandipity

comfort in Geraldo's mustache Christian

I have your parts Hohner

Спокойной ночи мои коллеги Patrick

remember what you did. Jones
I'm not talking to you. CFR

What's in the bill?

20 things to hate in the bill from Investors.com

1. You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)

2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).

3. You would like to pay less in premiums by buying insurance with lifetime or annual limits on coverage? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer such policies, even if that is what customers prefer. (Section 2711).

4. Think you’d like a policy that is cheaper because it doesn’t cover preventive care or requires cost-sharing for such care? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer policies that do not cover preventive services or offer them with cost-sharing, even if that’s what the customer wants. (Section 2712).

5. You are an employer and you would like to offer coverage that doesn’t allow your employers’ slacker children to stay on the policy until age 26? Tough. (Section 2714).

6. You must buy a policy that covers ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services; chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.
You’re a single guy without children? Tough, your policy must cover pediatric services. You’re a woman who can’t have children? Tough, your policy must cover maternity services. You’re a teetotaler? Tough, your policy must cover substance abuse treatment. (Add your own violation of personal freedom here.) (Section 1302).

7. Do you want a plan with lots of cost-sharing and low premiums? Well, the best you can do is a “Bronze plan,” which has benefits that provide benefits that are actuarially equivalent to 60% of the full actuarial value of the benefits provided under the plan. Anything lower than that, tough. (Section 1302 (d) (1) (A))

8. You are an employer in the small-group insurance market and you’d like to offer policies with deductibles higher than $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families? Tough. (Section 1302 (c) (2) (A).

9. If you are a large employer (defined as at least 101 employees) and you do not want to provide health insurance to your employee, then you will pay a $750 fine per employee (It could be $2,000 to $3,000 under the reconciliation changes). Think you know how to better spend that money? Tough. (Section 1513).

10. You are an employer who offers health flexible spending arrangements and your employees want to deduct more than $2,500 from their salaries for it? Sorry, can’t do that. (Section 9005 (i)).

11. If you are a physician and you don’t want the government looking over your shoulder? Tough. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to use your claims data to issue you reports that measure the resources you use, provide information on the quality of care you provide, and compare the resources you use to those used by other physicians. Of course, this will all be just for informational purposes. It’s not like the government will ever use it to intervene in your practice and patients’ care. Of course not. (Section 3003 (i))

12. If you are a physician and you want to own your own hospital, you must be an owner and have a “Medicare provider agreement” by Feb. 1, 2010. (Dec. 31, 2010 in the reconciliation changes.) If you didn’t have those by then, you are out of luck. (Section 6001 (i) (1) (A))

13. If you are a physician owner and you want to expand your hospital? Well, you can’t (Section 6001 (i) (1) (B). Unless, it is located in a country where, over the last five years, population growth has been 150% of what it has been in the state (Section 6601 (i) (3) ( E)). And then you cannot increase your capacity by more than 200% (Section 6001 (i) (3) (C)).

14. You are a health insurer and you want to raise premiums to meet costs? Well, if that increase is deemed “unreasonable” by the Secretary of Health and Human Services it will be subject to review and can be denied. (Section 1003)

15. The government will extract a fee of $2.3 billion annually from the pharmaceutical industry. If you are a pharmaceutical company what you will pay depends on the ratio of the number of brand-name drugs you sell to the total number of brand-name drugs sold in the U.S. So, if you sell 10% of the brand-name drugs in the U.S., what you pay will be 10% multiplied by $2.3 billion, or $230,000,000. (Under reconciliation, it starts at $2.55 billion, jumps to $3 billion in 2012, then to $3.5 billion in 2017 and $4.2 billion in 2018, before settling at $2.8 billion in 2019 (Section 1404)). Think you, as a pharmaceutical executive, know how to better use that money, say for research and development? Tough. (Section 9008 (b)).

(Do you think this fee will be assumed by the companies or passed on to consumers?)

16. The government will extract a fee of $2 billion annually from medical device makers. If you are a medical device maker what you will pay depends on your share of medical device sales in the U.S. So, if you sell 10% of the medical devices in the U.S., what you pay will be 10% multiplied by $2 billion, or $200,000,000. Think you, as a medical device maker, know how to better use that money, say for R&D? Tough. (Section 9009 (b)).
The reconciliation package turns that into a 2.9% excise tax for medical device makers. Think you, as a medical device maker, know how to better use that money, say for research and development? Tough. (Section 1405).

(Do you think this fee will be assumed by the companies or passed on to consumers?)

17. The government will extract a fee of $6.7 billion annually from insurance companies. If you are an insurer, what you will pay depends on your share of net premiums plus 200% of your administrative costs. So, if your net premiums and administrative costs are equal to 10% of the total, you will pay 10% of $6.7 billion, or $670,000,000. In the reconciliation bill, the fee will start at $8 billion in 2014, $11.3 billion in 2015, $1.9 billion in 2017, and $14.3 billion in 2018 (Section 1406).Think you, as an insurance executive, know how to better spend that money? Tough.(Section 9010 (b) (1) (A and B).)

(Do you think this fee will be assumed by the companies or passed on to consumers?)

18. If an insurance company board or its stockholders think the CEO is worth more than $500,000 in deferred compensation? Tough.(Section 9014).

19. You will have to pay an additional 0.5% payroll tax on any dollar you make over $250,000 if you file a joint return and $200,000 if you file an individual return. What? You think you know how to spend the money you earned better than the government? Tough. (Section 9015).
That amount will rise to a 3.8% tax if reconciliation passes. It will also apply to investment income, estates, and trusts. You think you know how to spend the money you earned better than the government? Like you need to ask. (Section 1402).

20. If you go for cosmetic surgery, you will pay an additional 5% tax on the cost of the procedure. Think you know how to spend that money you earned better than the government? Tough. (Section 9017).

Answer the question.

This question is mostly for the elite thinkers like lstw, dj and the entire cabal:

What exactly is obama trying to "fundamentally transform" this country into?

We eagerly await your answers.

Guess the number game

409,200,000,000

Torches and Pitchforks


Yes, it's been awhile since I've had the time to post here. But today warrants my taking the time to at least throw out my thoughts over last night's sellout of America.

A couple of my teenage daughter's friends actually texted me last night after the "vote." You're probably as surprised as I was. They wanted to know what I thought was going to happen and what it meant for them.

And as corny as this is going to sound, it is sincere. I started crying while I was texting them; trying not to be melodramatic (although that's really the language teenage girls understand best!)

I enclose my reply here.

This is a moment that will be looked back upon by historians as the tipping point of our America as we have known her. The dems have sold their souls to their Socialist Idols. Although, I believe the republicans also share some blame for not fighting harder the last 20 years and for running scared away from media criticism and being afraid to stand up and proudly proclaim their conservative beliefs. Sure, there wasn't anything they could do this time....but maybe if they had delivered on their campaign promises and stood on principles, it would've been easier for the "independents" to tell us apart and know who to vote for. Too late now, though. Home ownership, medical breakthroughs, entrepeneurship, and the spirit of Americanism died last night.


It is indeed a tragedy.

2014

So once again another step towards Obamacare done in the middle of the night when America was not looking.

This legislation is so important that requirements do not start until 2014. Of course the taxes start right away.

Democrats will pay with their careers in November.