Saturday, February 26, 2011

Irate, Tireless Minority: Ahh yes, Civility

Irate, Tireless Minority: Ahh yes, Civility

Protester Shows As Much Respect For Veterans Memorial As You 'd Expect

Absolutely heartbreaking the total lack of respect for this Veterans' Memorial. There is a general decline in respect. Few people respect each other, our national landmarks, or the flags of our Republic why should we be surprised that they don't respect a Veterans' Memorial. If you have children please take some time today and teach them to respect those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I like to point out that in Wisconsin they take pride in honoring their veterans. There are beautiful war memorials everywhere you go throughout this state. It does not matter if you're in a large city or a small town there will be a beautiful memorial dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  These protesters have only hurt their own cause, the citizens of Wisconsin overwhelmingly support those who are serving or have served.

The state has made great sacrifices during the current war, few towns it seems have not been touched by the losses that have been suffered. The pro-union protesters should keep that in mind.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch On Hannity

Friday, February 25, 2011

Wisconsin Union Protest: Myth vs. Fact

Barack and a Hard Place

Sen. Ron Johnson On Fox Business

Wisconsin Divided For Now

A recent poll shows Wisconsin divided over Gov. Scott Walker's budget fix bill. This is obviously positive news most state residents are hearing an unbelievable number of distortions and misrepresentations of the governors bill. Once the budget fix is actually passed and the voters see that Gov. Walker's policies are working they will be behind him fully.

It truly is a shame that so many are misleading the public instead of sitting down and having a reasonable discussion over the governors policies for the state. Wisconsin has suffered under a severe lack of leadership for years now the tough choices have to be made and it's a relief to see that Gov. Walker is willing to make those tough choices.

The only way we'll see jobs returned to the state is if we can get our financial house in order and lower taxes. Every day the Senate Democrats spend hiding out of state increases the likelihood of mass layoffs remember when you lose your job it was the Democrats and their games that cost you it.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ireland Still Stands For Life

Here's a positive story that the Irish voters are not happy with political parties that support abortion and the killing of innocents. Unfortunately Ireland finds itself in this situation because it has lost much of its sovereignty to the European Union the only way life would truly be protected in Ireland again is if they can rid themselves of the EU and its anti-life laws and policies.

It's truly sad to see how far Europe has fallen from its Christian roots America is not far behind and the number of abortions committed every year in this Republic is horrifying, may God looked down with mercy.

State Senator Joe Leibham On The Budget Fix

Capitol Connection

By State Senator Joe Leibham

February 24, 2011

~ Information on Senate Bill 11 ~

Governor Scott Walker has unveiled a proposal that seeks to provide local government elected officials (city council members, school board members, etc.) with the authority to make decisions regarding most issues related to the people they employ. In addition, the plan would specifically require most government employees, including myself, to pay a greater portion of health care premium costs and half of the annual contribution to pension/retirement plans. Governor Walker believes these changes are necessary so that state and local elected officials will have all the tools needed to best manage upcoming budgets that will receive less state aid due to our ongoing budget crisis and economic slow down.

Without a doubt, the Governor’s proposal (officially known as Special Session Senate Bill 11) has created an historic level of interest and concern. It has been an amazing week as tens of thousands of citizens from our state (and now on a daily basis – more and more people from across the nation) have decided to participate in the law making process by sharing input with their government, protesting or demonstrating in public rallies. While things have gotten a little intense at times, overall this has been a positive experience.

The amount of input provided to me and questions asked has also been amazing. Thousands of district residents have called, e-mailed, or visited with me personally to discuss the bill, ask questions, and share their thoughts both in support and opposition. While I have tried my hardest to return calls, meet with people personally, and respond to e-mails, the sheer volume has been a challenge to manage. I appreciate everyone’s patience as I work to read and respond while managing all of my legislative responsibilities.

Many of the contacts have included questions about the bill. In an effort to provide answers, below I have attempted to summarize the major questions raised and provide factual information regarding specific provisions in the bill:

Will existing public employee contracts be impacted by the provisions in this bill? Existing employee contracts cannot and will not be impacted by the bill. The provisions included in the bill will only go into effect after an existing contract comes to an end.

What is required in the bill regarding contributions to state pension plans? State, school district, and municipal employees that are members of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) would be required to contribute 50% of their annual pension payment. The payment amount for WRS employees is estimated to be 5.8% of salary in 2011.

What is required in the bill regarding contributions for health insurance? State employees would be required to pay at least 12.6 percent of the average cost of annual health insurance premiums. Local employers participating in the Public Employers Group Health Insurance Plan would be prohibited from paying more than 88% of the lowest cost plan. Local government employers who use other health insurance plans or are self-insured would be able to set the contribution rate and the subject would be prohibited from the process of collective bargaining.

Will legislators and the Governor be required to participate in these changes to health care and pension contributions? All elected officials including legislators and the Governor will be required as of April 1, 2011 to make these contributions for health care and pensions. For elected officials the pension contribution is estimated to be 6.65% of salary in 2011.

Will public employees still be allowed to form unions? Public employees will still be allowed to form unions. An annual vote will be required to maintain certification as a union, and dues would be collected by the unions, not by the employer.

What will happen to the process of collective bargaining? The process of collective bargaining would continue for the establishment of the base wage for represented public employees.

Will there be caps on base pay? Base wage increases could not exceed increases in the consumer price index (CPI) unless approved by a referendum.

What will happen to items like overtime, premium pay, merit pay performance pay, pay schedules and automatic pay progressions? These items will be determined by the local employer (school board, local municipality, county board, etc.).

What will happen to various workplace rules that are currently bargained for collectively? At the local level these items will be managed and approved by the local employer. For state employees, work place rules would be developed by Office of State Employment Relations and approved by the legislature’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations.

What workplace protections will remain for public employees after passage of the bill? Wisconsin’s Civil Service System (WCSS) will not be changed by the bill. WCSS is a system for hiring, retaining, and promoting employees based on an objective assessment of their qualifications and ability to do their work. The system that has been in place since 1905 is grounded on two cornerstones: hiring decisions are merit based, and removal from service must be based on just cause. An employee cannot be discharged, suspended, or demoted except for just cause. The system includes two processes under which a public employee can pursue a grievance against their employer. The first is through the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission and is found in Wisconsin Stats s. 230.44. You can view this statute by visiting:

Matters which affect an employee’s condition of employment are covered by a grievance procedure found in chapter ER 46 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code:

In addition, the bill now requires, per an amendment I sponsored, that a local government employer either adopt the WCSS or establish a grievance system that covers at least all of the following: (a) a grievance procedure that addresses employee terminations; (b) employee discipline; and (c) workplace safety.

If a local governmental unit creates a grievance procedure under these provisions, the procedure must contain at least all of the following elements: (a) a written document specifying the process that a grievant and an employer must follow; (b) a hearing before an impartial hearing officer; and (c) an appeal process in which the highest level of appeal is the governing body of the local governmental unit.

Are law enforcement officers exempt from the provisions of the bill? Fire fighters, law enforcement officers, and members of the State Patrol are exempted from the provisions in the bill.

How many votes will be required to vote this bill out of the Senate? The state constitution requires twenty (3/5’s of the total members) senators present for the vote to take place, but only 17 votes (a simply majority of the total members) for the bill to pass.

As the legislative process and deliberation continues on this bill, I am hopeful this factual information will be helpful.

Founding Fathers Quote

For these blessings we owe to Almighty God, from whom we derive them, and with profound reverence, our most grateful and unceasing acknowledgments....That these blessings may be preserved and perpetuated will be the object of my fervent and unceasing prayers to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.

Public School Teachers Now Using The Kids

Mark Belling as talking about public school teachers who are encouraging their students to wear red to school tomorrow to show support against Gov. Walker's budget fix. Other callers are calling in saying that there union is encouraged them to discuss the budget fix with their students.

You can listen live by clicking here or by listening to his podcast. Our children are no guinea pigs for unions and school teachers they should worry about teaching the children about math science and reading not their own political agenda.

Way Up North: Prayer Request from The Sandbox

Way Up North: Prayer Request from The Sandbox

Please pray for the "Darkhorse Battalion": 3rd Battalion 5th Marines. The name itself is prophetic, and they are facing enough crap in the sandbox that they’ve even made Snopes (!

Pray specifically:
* Pray for protection from bullets and from the 100 lbs IEDs which bad guys are now using to destroy the bulldozers that the Marines are using to remove IEDs.
* Pray for Divine rest; they’re sleeping (some) but not resting, and they do not need a 2-front war!
* Pray the enemy would be struck with confusion, equipment malfunction, mental disorder, cowardice.
* Pray for the advancement of the Kingdom, among both Marines and locals.

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Wisconsin for Wisconsinites

Apparently not satisfied to just bring in out-of-state protesters the unions are now bringing in foreigners to help them strategize. It should only be the opinion of Wisconsin residents that matter in this debate, it's we who have to pay the taxes and we who should have the final say. I think it's time for all the out-of-state protesters to go home and worry about their own states.

Gov. Scott Walker Delivers Fireside Chat

Will you Stand with Scott? Let's show the unions they don't run Wisconsin.

Montana Republicans Stand Up To The Feds

In a showing of strong leadership Montana Republicans have been voting on a number of bills to nullify federal law that they feel violates states rights.  While Montana's governor may disagree with them, I see this as a step in the right direction one that more states should follow.

Governor Walker Speaks to Wisconsin Employers

Pardon Our Grammar, Construction in Progress

We have treated ourselves to a new voice recognition program. While this program is going to become a useful tool in keeping up with this blog there will be a training/adjustment period of time. The software has to learn both of our speaking styles and try to figure out just what it is that we are saying. If our posting gets a little choppy for while please pardon the errors. It may be a little bit of a thorn in the side right now, but once it is trained it should do its job quite nicely. I just want to say," I got a new toy!"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Way It Is

Have just one thing to say about the Democrats and the liberals out protesting Gov. Walker's budget fix bill; that's the way it is. They sit all haughty in their seats when they are in control. They throw around their weight and jam legislation down our throats and asked back to us to accept it as being the way it is. If our side protests or objects in the slightest. We are tazered spit on slapped and arrested.

Now that the Democrats are in the minority, and they are subjected to the expectations of being the minority they don't want to play by the rules; at least not the rules of the job. They want to continue making up their own rules and their own demands and when that doesn't work they throw a tantrum.

I would just like to point out that when conservatives protest they leave the location in a better condition than when we got there. When liberals protest they leave trash and damaged property everywhere they have been. They are destroying the Capitol building in Madison with their filth, trash, and on cleanly behaviors. It will cost the state untold dollars to clean up and repair, all at the taxpayers expense.

There is also a double standard when it comes to treatment by the police of the protesters. One tea party protesters were at the capital police forced them out of the building at 6 PM each night, but with the liberals and unions protesting they are sleeping in the halls and disrupting the Capitol building 24 hours a day. I don't see the police making the liberals leave in the evenings or controlling the mobs running amok. Maybe they sympathize with fellow union members and have found a way to show their support.

Liberals need to learn that they are not always going to get their way. They also need to learn that screaming, intimidating, and threatening harm will not muster sympathy for themselves. In this case all it has done is made the tax payers their political adversary who they were willing to betray by abandoning their post. This is one fight they should never have picked; it's kind of hard to believe or empathize with someone making twice your salary and claiming they'll be impoverished if they have to contribute a mere 12% of their health care premiums and a portion of their own retirement. Tax payers in many cases are paying twice that on a salary half the size.

Like Third Graders

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Catholic League News Release


Dr. Bernard Nathanson died February 21 at the age of 84. In 1969, he co-founded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, NARAL (now NARAL Pro-Choice America). In time it became the most radical pro-abortion organization in the nation. A practicing abortionist, Nathanson soon had a change of heart, and by the mid-1970s made public his epiphany. In 1985, he released "The Silent Scream," a powerful film on the development of babies in the womb.

After much deliberation, Nathanson, an atheist Jew, decided to make a religious conversion as well. He was baptized by New York Archbishop John Cardinal O'Connor in 1996. When asked why he chose Roman Catholicism, he said that no religion matches the special role for forgiveness that is afforded by the Catholic Church; given his early career, he felt it only right to set anchor there.

One of Dr. Nathanson's greatest contributions was his courage in telling all the lies that the pro-abortion community has told over the years. May he rest in peace.

Using Obama Quotes

Gov. Scott Walker On Hannity

Ron Paul: Central Economic Planning at its Worst

Last week, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) presented its results to the Financial Services Committee. As with most other politically-appointed commissions, the results of the FCIC's investigation were easy to predict. Established by the same congress that gave us national healthcare and with a majority of its members appointed by those who seek to solve every problem with more government intervention, it was no surprise that the commission's findings would favor increased government intervention in the economy. Minority members were not substantively involved in the commission's operations, and the commission attempted to exclude their dissenting views by granting them very limited space to do so.

However, even the minority members of the commission failed to consider the most important cause of the financial crisis, namely the Federal Reserve’s loose monetary policy. Almost a century ago, in 1912, Ludwig von Mises published his great work The Theory of Money and Credit. This was the first systematic description of Austrian Business Cycle Theory (ABCT), which explains the origins of the business cycle in monetary expansion. This theory explains why so many businessmen make so many of the same errors at the same time. Yet not a single member of the commission undertook an analysis of the financial crisis from an Austrian economic viewpoint. [read more]

Founding Fathers Quote

If we are wise, let us prepare for the worst.

George Washington

Wis. Protesters Shout Down Fox News, MacIver

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wis Doctors Hand Out Fake Excuses to Protesters

Seems a little unethical. One wonders how they don't have their medical licenses revoked. Isn't it amazing how the left just goes by its own rules and never seems to be held accountable. Well, last November they were held accountable and they need to remember that.

Wisconsin Thanks You For Doing The Right Thing Gov. Walker

In the midst of a union and member temper tantrum, that at times seems almost coup d'état, Gov. Scott Walker has stood firm behind his plan. In a rare and genuine (for a politician) display of concern for state and taxpayer our governor is keeping his campaign promises. Gov. Walker and the Republicans have been left with the burdensome task of cleaning up the disaster Gov. Doyle and the Democrats made of our state and its economy. No surprise, they are taking on the real work alone as Democrats have abandoned their posts and constituents.

We now need to keep pressure on our representatives to support Gov. Walker in his brave effort to pass this modest budget fix, which will avoid potential massive layoffs to balance the budget. Instead of protesting and acting like spoiled children the unions and members should be thanking Gov. Walker for being so gracious with this olive branch he has offered in this economic crisis.

I challenge anyone who believes his budget fix is exorbitant to prove that paying 12 % of their health insurance premium and contributing their portion of their own retirement burdens them any more that it does us struggling non union wage earners. I imagine there would not be too many takers on that since the only thing that would be proven is that they are most likely over compensated considering the fact that they don’t even care enough about their job or the children they educate to show up to work and let the state balance its budget.

Being American doesn’t mean you are entitled; it means that you have the opportunity to succeed or fail according to your efforts and actions. The rest of us must contribute to our health insurance and retirement and do not empathize with temper wielding unions and members who have entitlement issues.

Thank you Gov. Walker from this grateful Wisconsinite for caring about our state enough to make the difficult choices and not back down in the face of mob coercion.

Founding Fathers Quote

Your love of liberty - your respect for the laws - your habits of industry - and your practice of the moral and religious obligations, are the strongest claims to national and individual happiness.

George Washington

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on the Madison Protests

Maclver Institute has done an amazing job cutting through all the rhetoric and reporting the truth. Imagine if the mainstream media was half this competent; we would have a much better informed citizenery.