What I love about Wisconsin's Governor, Scott Walker, is the fact that he not only believes in what he says, but has the guts to follow through. Even in the midst of incredible unpopularity, he hasn't backed down. He's turning words into actions - something rarely found in political leaders in America, despite campaign promises. And we need a lot more action if we're going to save this country.
Feb. 22, 2011 |(333) Comments
Madison -- Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to make Democrats hiding out in Illinois come back to Wisconsin to pick up their paychecks.
The Senate Committee on Organization voted on a 3-2 party line vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against, to change Senate rules so that senators who miss two consecutive floor days can no longer have their paychecks dropped automatically into their bank accounts. The vote was taken by paper ballot, which allowed Democrats to cast their votes from out-of-state.
Democrats who have already missed two consecutive floor sessions will now have to come to get their paychecks directly from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) on the floor of the Senate.
"The majority leader shall provide the checks only to the absent Senator and only on the floor of the Senate during a session day," the new rule reads.
Democrats have been holed up in Illinois to block a Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill.
Last week, Wisconsin Democrats fled the state to avoid the passage of a bill (their attendance is required for the vote). They still haven't returned.
The Dems came up with a crafty move by leaving the state. This move by the Republicans just shows that the Dems aren't the only ones thinking outside the box to get their way. Republicans can dish it right back.
We'll see how long the Dems can go before they run out of money. I'm guessing we won't have to wait too long.
This week, Obama announced a plan to spend $53 billion over the next 6 years to expand passenger train service across the United States.
How about letting the private sector work this stuff out? If we, as taxpayers, dump $53 billion into this, we should get free rides for life. But even if they were free, I still wouldn't ride them. Who wants to take twice (or three times) as long to get somewhere? Plus they'll have naked body scanners at the train entrances soon enough anyway. Just because trains work in other parts of the world doesn't mean we should have them too. Trains in the U.S. are a lose-lose, and this $53 billion is a huge waste of money.
As the president gears up for the 2012 campaign, he may need to brush up on his stump speeches. Sure, he’s canned the teleprompters recently, but telling America we need to “build stuff and invent stuff” isn’t really the epitome of eloquence:
I especially liked this comment by Ironmaan:
"Ban the light bulb, ban drilling, tax the “rich”, collectivist social policies, regulate, regulate, regulate. Oh, and by the way, go invent something."
"The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall."
Cicero, 55 B.C.
A society that puts equality ... ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom ... [A] society that puts freedom first will, as a happy byproduct, end up with both greater freedom and greater equality.
- Milton Friedman
To my Democrat friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
To my Republican friends:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
"There is now 8,719 news articles that talk about an 'estate tax cut'. The estate tax is going from 0% this year to 35% next year. And that's being portrayed as a cut because it could have been 55%.
If I were to gain 35 pounds but I could have gained 55 pounds, can I count it as a 20 pount loss? NO! It's not a cut. It is not a cut. It's a hike in the estate tax; it's a hike by 35%."
- Stu Burguiere, 12/13/2010