Saturday, November 06, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
One suggestion that I did not see was some sort of parental rights legislation. I think too many places have been meddling in roles that rightfully belong to the parent.
1. Pass voter ID.
2. Eliminate same day voter registration.
3. Pass conceal carry.
4. Join the national lawsuit to repeal Obamacare.
5. Repeal combined reporting and pass a package of pro-business legislation.
6. Kill off the high speed rail project and all wasteful commuter train projects.
7. Kill off the Regional Transit Authority Board. Don’t create any boards that have taxing authority.
8. Bring back TABOR or some taxpayer bill of rights.
9. End the minimum markup law.
10. End all state mandates and subsidies for Ethanol.
11. Get rid of the mandatory emissions test for Wisconsin autos.
12. End the state tax on Health Savings Accounts.
13. Repeal the Planned Parenthood sponsored Sex Education bill.
14. Allow school districts to negotiate for health insurance on the free market.
15. Create a rainy day fund from excess or unexpected revenues that pour into the state coffers during boom times.
16. Eliminate the state income tax on retiree pensions to help keep them in Wisconsin.
17. Freeze the property taxes of retirees to keep retirees in Wisconsin.
18. Move on reasonable Tort reform.
19. Undo the mandatory car insurance law that Doyle and the democrats passed as a gift to the trial lawyers.
20. Ten percent across the board pay cuts for all state employees.
21. Repeal the law that allows the state to kill off Indian team nicknames.
22. Investigate and reform the state’s child welfare system.
23. Go after the fraud in the Food Shares program.
24. End early retirement for public employees, so they can no longer live off of a state pension longer than they ever worked at the job.
25. Change the state law to make MATC and other tech school boards elected positions and accountable to the taxpayers.
26. Reinstitute the QEO for teacher pay.
27. Eliminate the rule that has Wisconsin taxpayers paying for 2/3 of the cost for all school building projects.
28. Drop the residency requirements for Milwaukee school teachers and city workers.
29. Negotiate new or different compacts with the Wisconsin Indian tribes.
30. Require Wisconsin cities to enforce immigration laws. No Sanctuary cities.
31. End any state funding of National Public Radio.
32. Stop the excessive building of roundabouts.
33. Reform the DNR. End gimmicks like. Earn-a-buck and the wholesale slaughter of herds as a ‘management tool’ for CWD.
34. Change the law to require DNR wardens to get search warrants before they can search cabins and property.
35. Repeal the statewide smoking ban.
36. End the ridiculous rule that says every state building project needs to set aside one percent of the total cost of the project for artwork.
37. Expand and/or allow for statewide School Choice.
38. Expand and/or allow for more Virtual Schools.
39. Increase the reimbursement rate for doctors who see patients on welfare.
40. Review, reform and reduce the number of people on Badgercare.
41. Review and repeal the so-called ‘smart growth’ environmental requirements and restrictions, which have hit the point of absurdity.
Sen. Herb Kohl sent out yesterday an email announcing that Wisconsin will be building ten Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). I have been a strong supporter of this program and this is great news. The ships are built in Marinette, WI, a beautiful part of the state.
My wife and I took our children up there to see the USS Freedom right after she was launched and I plan to take the kids back up to see the new ships. Unfortunately, our photos did not turn out very well, so the above photo is from the Navy and not from our trip. Here is Sen. Kohl's press release.
Throughout the afternoon and evening, a project known as the Littoral Combat Ship will be making news in Wisconsin. I’ve been working with the U.S. Navy on this matter for some time. And I want you to have facts and figures about why this is great news -- both for our national security and for working men and women in our state.
The Navy has announced its intent to accelerate plans to buy Littoral Combat Ships, including ten ships to be built by Marinette Marine over the next five years. This will get these valuable ships to our sailors faster, and bring 5,000 jobs to Wisconsin.
The Littoral Combat Ship, or LCS, is a new and innovative ship and the 55 ships the Navy plans to acquire will be the backbone of our 300 ship fleet. These fast, flexible ships will do a variety of missions. The Navy plans to use the LCS to hunt submarines, drug smugglers, pirates, and terrorists. It will be able to support our troops on the ground by providing fire support from the sea, relaying communications around the world, and supporting unmanned aerial vehicles like Predator drones. It will be a valuable tool in clearing mines and keeping vital sea lanes in the Persian Gulf open. It will also be able to get close to shore and insert or pick up special operations forces in hostile areas. The LCS is the ship we need for the conflicts we face today and will confront in the future.
What makes this ship a real change from the past is the way it is designed to be both capable and cost effective. It has a modular design, which means that for each different mission a LCS is sent to do – it will be able to switch out weapon systems so it has exactly what it needs. In the past a Navy ship did only one mission, but the LCS’s ability to switch out its equipment means it will be able to do many. This gives the Navy flexibility to respond to different threats – and save taxpayers’ money.
One of the reasons that the Navy has decided to change its plans for the LCS is because Marinette and its prime contractor Lockheed Martin have done an amazing job of driving down costs for the taxpayers. I have talked with Marinette Marine and Lockheed Martin’s CEO many times this last year discussing how they need to cut costs to win – and they responded. Their aggressive pricing has put this ship on track, and will get the Navy more ships faster.
The workers of Marinette Marine also made this possible with their commitment and craftsmanship. Their work ethic and ingenuity has made us all proud. This is a great example of companies and the Pentagon working together to get the best for our men and women in uniform.
For Wisconsin – this announcement means jobs. Both in Marinette where the company expects to hire 2,100 employees over the next couple of years, and around the state. Subcontractors, like DRS, Fairbanks-Morse, and other companies will see an uptick in orders. Marinette Marine believes that these ten ships will spur an additional 5,000 jobs around the state at a much needed time. Each ship Marinette builds will pump almost $300 million into our economy. This contract can help turn around the manufacturing sector in our state – and drive growth.
The Navy has confidence in Marinette and Lockheed Martin because they have seen results. The first LCS Marinette Marine built, the Freedom, is already doing well as part of the Navy, participating in anti-drug operations and on maneuvers in the Pacific. Marinette’s second ship, the Fort Worth, is under construction and expected to be finished around the end of the year.
We have worked with Marinette Marine closely to make this a reality: contacting the Secretary of the Navy, arguing for their company in Congressional hearings, working to get a winning deal. Today we are starting to see the results. Marinette Marine and Lockheed Martin have worked hard for our sailors and our country – and their success shows.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010 Ryan Jones
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided last week to relabel as an Islamic mosque the tomb of Rachel, one of Israel’s matriarchs, and demanded that Israel remove the site from its National Heritage list.
UNESCO also said Israel had no right to add the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, where most of the rest of Israel’s patriarchs and matriarchs are buried, to the National Heritage list.
Israel responded on Wednesday by suspending all cooperation with UNESCO. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said the suspension will remain in place until UNESCO reverses its decision.
In a statement released last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office decried the ludicrous nature of the UNESCO decision:
“The attempt to detach the Nation of Israel from its heritage is absurd. If the nearly 4,000-year-old burial sites of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish Nation – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah – are not part of its culture and tradition, then what is a national cultural site?”
Sites such as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb (which sits on the edge of Bethlehem) present an inconvenient truth for the pro-Palestine movement and its supporters, who want to claim that the Jews have no historic ties to this land.
Once again, the UN has shown itself to be anything but an impartial broker by ignoring historical evidence and embracing Muslim revisionism.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
“Today, the Federal Reserve has entered uncharted territory. Diluting the value
of the dollar by continually increasing the supply of money poses an
incalculable risk. Instead, Congress needs to embrace pro-growth fiscal policies
to stimulate our economy rather than masking our fundamental problems by
artificially creating inflation. The American people deserve a government that
protects the purchasing power of the dollar."
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Greenville, SC Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund, made the following statement regarding the election of Ron Johnson to the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.
"Ron Johnson defeated an entrenched incumbent in a blue state today because he wasn't afraid to run on conservative principles. Ron made it clear throughout this race that he was running to join the fight, not the Senate club. I was honored to be an early supporter of Ron's campaign and I look forward to working with him in the Senate to end earmarks, balance the budget, and repeal President Obama's health care takeover."
SCF invested $589,507 in this race.
The Senate Conservatives Fund is a political action committee dedicated to electing true conservatives to the United States Senate. SCF invested over $5.6 million in conservative candidates during the 2009-2010 election cycle.
On the Senate I would love to know why the voting irregularities in Nevada are being overlooked and possible election laws being broken by Reid's campaign. West Virginia hurt; I really wish we would have won that. California was disappointing. I thought it would be more of a race.
While we may not have the majority in the Senate, we do have enough to stop any activist judges or unconstitutional legislation. We will hold Senate Republicans responsible if they cave in. In 2012 there will be 23 Democrat Senate seats up for election, mostly in conservative states. I hope you will join me in supporting the Senate Conservatives Fund so that we can make sure those seats are picked up by conservative Republicans. Sen. Mitch McConnell is a weak leader and we will need to replace him. If not in the 112th Congress then by 2012.
Tonight was a great night for the Republic, don't let the media convince you otherwise. We cannot afford to lose any of our dedication or excitement. It is going to take multiple elections to reclaim our government. If people had not stayed involved we would not have this historic victory tonight so thank you to all the conservative voters, the Tea Party Express, all the Tea Parties, and Mark Levin; just to name a few.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Wisconsin has just freed itself from the oppressive, job-killing rule of the Democrat Party. Congratulations to Scott Walker, his campaign staff, and all the volunteers across this great state who made this possible.
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Senator-elect Rand Paul
Washington, D.C. – United States Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Tuesday on the election of Senator-elect Rand Paul:
“For nearly two years, Kentuckians have said they want their government to focus on jobs and the economy. And at every turn, President Obama and Washington Democrats have ignored the people, and pursued their own left-wing agenda. Tonight, Kentucky voters sent a strong message to Washington by electing Dr. Rand Paul to the United States Senate. His message of reining in outrageous Washington spending and the overreaching policies of the Obama Administration resonated throughout the state. Senator-elect Paul ran a great campaign, and I am excited to have him as my colleague in the Senate next year to help us stop this crippling agenda.”
On a side note, I just wanted to put this out there; I believe, without hesitation, that Sharron Angle won tonight. I also believe that if Harry Reid is named the winner it is only because alleged voter fraud and election law violations by Reid's campaign.
When my neighbor voted at 10:40 this morning there was 267 ballots cast. I just returned from voting and we are at 361 as of 12:30. The voting booths were full and more people were coming in. That is extremely good turn out for our area. SR is going to be voting after work so I will be able to update the numbers when she gets home. Don't be left behind, vote. It is time for the arrogance in DC and Madison to end.
Monday, November 01, 2010
Currently we hold 24 governorships. I think we will pick up a minimum of 11 Democrat controlled governorships leaving us with 35 total after election day. In the House I believe we will pick up 86 seats including Wisconsin's 3rd, 7th, and 8th congressional districts. I believe an early sign that we are headed for this kind of pick up is if we take West Virginia's 1st congressional district. In the senate I am extremely optimistic. I believe we will pick up 13 seats; WA, CA, NV, CO, ND, AR, WI, IL, IN, WV, PA, DE, and CT.
The polls are completely inaccurate. They are using 2008 and 2006 turn out models. Those were both good years for the Democrats. This year is going to be a very good year for the Republican; thereby making those model unreliable.
On a personal note, on Wisconsin I see us winning the governorship and both the state senate and assembly. However, none of this is going to happen unless you get out and vote. I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that we have a massive turn out. The Republic is literally at stake.
RSC Update: Monday, November 1, 2010
From the Chairman
The U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an anemic 2% in the third quarter of 2010. That’s not nearly enough to create the millions of jobs needed to bring unemployment down. Clearly the uncertainty and job-killing policies coming out of Washington continue to hold off a real recovery. Take the bailouts, for instance. While Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner claims they are “completely behind us,” TARP remains alive and well. Around $180 billion has not been repaid, and the Treasury Department even has another $82 billion still obligated to go out the door.
With taxes rising, spending going up even faster, bailouts still in motion, and ObamaCare increasing costs for patients and employers, Americans across the country are looking for a smarter and more conservative approach from their elected representatives. As always, the RSC stands ready to provide the solutions.
Congressman Tom Price
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
RSC Media Activity – Republican Study Committee members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Geoff Davis (KY-04): How the Largest Tax Increase in History Will Impact You if Washington Fails to Take Action; Weekly Column, October 26.
· Rep. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19): Printing Press Prosperity; The Washington Times, October 28.
Outlook – Here is a preview of upcoming Democrat proposals to advance their liberal agenda.
· While pushing for higher taxes, Speaker Pelosi’s Democrats’ have failed to take any action on the tax hikes set to take effect on January 1, 2011. Millions of families and small businesses have delayed economic decisions as a result of this uncertainty, and they face the prospect of a wide array of job-killing tax increases just sixty days from now. Click here for more information.
· Each week, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The media feels that Delaware voters are too ignorant and docile to vote for a Conservative. I don't believe it for a second. The good people of Delaware can see the Republic is crumbling. Jobs are disappearing, our schools are dysfunctional, and liberal extremism is destroying the bonds that have held this great country together for generations.
No state is out of reach this election. Just because the Democrat Party has turned into a soulless, self destructive entity does not mean that caring Democrat voters are willing to follow them.
What a classy candidate. Ron Johnson is a credit to this great state and his common sense, down-home values are needed in Washington. For an outsider he has run an amazingly effective campaign. His ad team is by far the best I have ever seen. Not a single ineffective ad. They all mattered to everyday Wisconsinites.
States would decide for themselves how to handle important issues like abortion, education, development of their natural resources; all areas the federal government has no role. A drastically reduced and restrained federal government would bring prosperity flooding back into the Republic.
Republican Candidates Election Night Gathering
Johnson, Petri, Walker,
Leibham, LeMahieu, Kestell, Endsley & Priebe
Tuesday, November 2,
8:00 p.m. - ?
Aviation Heritage Center – Sheboygan Cty.
N6191 Resource Drive – Sheboygan
(Hwy. 23 to Hwy. TT – North on TT
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