Saturday, March 05, 2011

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch On The State Budget

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch went on Fox business to discuss the unions, state budget, and collective bargaining. Unfortunately Fox doesn't allow embedding of the video, so click here to watch.
 
Lt. Governor Kleefisch does a great job answering all the questions, something we rarely see from politicians. I do agree with John Stossel  that the police and fire unions should be included. Once they sided with the protesters over the taxpayers they showed why they need to be included. There union is every bit as out of control as the teachers and state employees unions.

No More - Wisconsin, Stand Up

In America, in Wisconsin, the only authority that will have any power is the one who has the approval and respect of the citizens they serve. The very second they do something to betray that trust, they lose that power. We are experiencing this situation in play in Madison. The unions, the teachers, the police, and the protesters have all betrayed the trust of the taxpayers by siding against them. The only thing they have prove is that we cannot trust the teachers to teach our children, we cannot trust unions to protect individuals, we cannot trust the police to protect us, and we cannot trust liberal protesters to abide by any rule, law, or the civil liberties of anyone on the opposing side.

It is time, Wisconsin, to stand up for yourselves. It is time to stand up and say this is not enough we are not satisfied. If there side is not going to be satisfied with the modest concessions required to balance our budget then we should not be satisfied with anything less than everything. No more bipartisanship, no more selling out, no more spineless legislation; go for the whole ball of wax and settle for nothing less. It is time to play hardball. It is time to give them a taste of their own medicine.

The state Senate should be passing every piece of legislation they can in the absence of senators who stand in the way of what is best for the citizens of Wisconsin. They make up the rules as they go and I say two can play that game. If you unions don't want to make concessions then decertify them all and make Wisconsin a right to work state. If police don't want to protect and serve all citizens no matter what their political stand and then remove them for dereliction of duty and replace them with someone who will. If elected officials don't want to fulfill the duties of their office then recall them and replace them with someone who will.

The only thing that restrains power is fear of the loss of that power. Instead of cowering to the intimidation of the unions, the police, and the Democrat senators we must stand up and be heard, because if they do not fear consequences for their actions from the citizens they will become tyrants. This will not become a coup d'état, they will not take over our government, they will not tell us what we will or will not do, they will not intimidate us or our children; they will cease and desist or Wisconsin will give them no choice. Anyone willing to accept anything less is as a sheep to the slaughter and is of no use to Wisconsin.

Stop allowing the madness to continue because you don't want to stoop to their level. Stop justifying them getting away with their actions by turning the other cheek. It is not just or even Christian to allow the absence of goodness and what is right to prevail in any situation. Wisconsin contact your senator and let them know you expect the Budget to be balanced, you expect the unions to be restrained, you expect the police to protect, and you expect the Democrats to be held accountable. There is no excuse for a Wisconsin budget to not be balanced; not only balanced but to have a surplus. There is also no reason we cannot do it without raising taxes. The hard choices must be made and spending must be cut. We're smart enough to know that services targeted by Democrats do not have to suffer to make these cuts. These are threats to shut us up and nothing more. Scott Walker is doing exactly what he needs to be doing and he needs to know you support him.

Democracy for Demmies

Founding Fathers Quote

It follows than as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.

George Washington

Friday, March 04, 2011

Just Say No To A Constitutional Convention

One of the worst ideas being promoted by big government Republicans and some Conservatives is a Constitutional Convention I can think of no better way to lose the First, Second, Fourth, and 10th Amendments. The problem is not the Constitution, it' the amount of knowledge and education possessed by our population on the Constitution.

Another major problem is that many politicians who know the Constitution simply choose to disregard it and violate it at will. A Constitutional Convention will not change this attitude. The federal government has been allowed to expand unchecked ever since the end of the Civil War, states rights was made into a bad word. At the same time the federal courts lusting over as much power as they could attain aided in the destruction of our founding fathers' vision many people openly stake that while we were once a Republic we are now a Democracy. 

If that is true we have lost everything, for Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.  In a Democracy the majority rules and the minority has no rights.  If the majority decided to abolish free speech they could do it in a Democracy. In a Republic the Constitution would protect us from that ever happening. It's imperative before we go off on some half-cocked Constitutional Convention that we think of the consequences. We really need to put more thought into ideas before endorsing them.

I'm glad to see that Michael Williams has thought ahead here is his brilliant post on the subject.

Is A State Guard The Answer?


Arizona is considering a state guard, several states already have one. I think this is probably the future as the feds have basically taken over the National Guard, they left the states no other option than to form a state guard. Benefit being the state guard is loyal to the governor and to the state something the National Guard used to be.

As states move forward with nullification of unconstitutional federal laws they will require a force that can stand up to the federal government when their agents violates state law. It is the federal government's own violations of the Constitution that has led to this. If they had restrained themselves to our founding fathers vision we would not find ourselves in the middle of a constitutional crisis and states like Arizona would not feel the need to form a state guard.

Poisonous Gas Prices

FOX: DeMint Discusses Wisconsin & Nation's Fiscal Crisis

Russian military modernizing

While many in Washington DC plan on cutting defense spending, Russia is rearming and modernizing its Armed Forces. Let's make sure we don't allow arrogance to cloud reality. No doubt many in the Roman Empire felt it would never fall.

Next time you hear a politician saying why we don't need the F-22 program or increase ship building think back to this video.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Obama Administration Continues Its Assault On States Rights: Updated And Bumped

It seems the administration is moving forward with plans to permanently make millions of acres off-limits.It should be noted that most of the acreage the federal government controls is in conservative Western states and I'm sure by accident tends to be on top of resource rich areas.

I cannot imagine our founding fathers ever would've supported the idea of the federal government controlling vast areas of individual states for no purpose other than to keep them from being developed. Each state should have the right to decide what to do with its land and natural resources.

The federal government is broke, our economy desperately needs to develop our natural resources. The Feds should return this land to the states so that they can properly develop their resources and help turn our economy around. Let's hope the Western states refuse to sit still for this abuse of power and do more than pay lip service to their anger over the administration's actions.

Update:

Chairman Hastings Questions Governors on "Wild Lands" Order

Administration Admits it Doesn’t Have Statutory Authority to Prioritize Wild Lands over other Uses


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2, 2011 - Yesterday, during a Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Administration’s “Wild Lands” order, Chairman Doc Hastings questioned Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey on the Administration’s legal authority to prioritize “Wild Lands” above other multiple-uses of BLM lands.

Under the Secretarial Order No. 3310, Secretary Salazar directed BLM to re-review its land inventories to further identify lands with wilderness characteristics. Under the Secretary’s order, these lands would be designated as Wild Lands and the agency’s Resource Management Plans would be adapted to reflect this new category. Except in Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas, most BLM land is managed for multiple-uses in order to obtain both economic and conservation benefits as required by law. By focusing solely on Wilderness values in the Secretary’s directive the Administration is elevating Wilderness areas above other multiple-purpose uses.


Director Abbey admitted that the Administration does not have statutory authority to elevate “Wild Lands” above other uses. When questioned, Abbey states, “I’m not sure it exists statutorily



Designating an area as Wilderness imposes the most restrictive land use policies and places severe limitations on public access, prohibits many popular forms of recreation and severely restricts job-creating and energy-producing activities. That is why, under the Wilderness Act of 1964, only Congress has the authority to designate Wilderness areas.


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2012 just got worse for Senate Democrats

With the announcement that Sen. Daniel Akaka will be retiring and not seeking reelection Democrats will have another potentially competitive state. Unfortunately I think the best we can do in Hawaii is another RINO. Still if Democrats have to waste money in Hawaii it will take from other senate races.

Our Prayers Go Out To The Air Force

 
In an appalling attack on U.S. Air Force personnel two have tragically been killed and two others wounded. Our prayers go out to the U.S. Air Force, the killed,wounded and their families. Today we're all Air Force.

Finally Consequences For The 14 Senate Democrats



Here is uplifting news, the Republican controlled state senate has passed real consequences on the 14 cowardly Senate Democrats who fled the state.

Sen. Jeff Sessions: Battle Over The Budget Is Just Beginning

Shutdowns, Over-spending and Light-bulb Bans....Our Government Has Gone Wild!!!

Protesters Bring Anarchy To The State Capital Where Are The Police

I'm really tired of the double standard on display in Madison and the state capital. Union protesters are now apparently allowed to surround state senators and refused them access to the state capital where are the capital police that we pay. If they are unable or unwilling to do their job they should be fired and replaced. This video posted by hot air earlier today is absolutely shocking, state Senator Glenn Grothman is completely surrounded and even with the aid of a Democrat representative appears unable to gain entry to the capital. Completely unacceptable our state representative should have free access to the state capitol without worry of or fear of harm

I continually hear our side praise the police I would like to know for what, it appears that the police are on the side of the protesters. Protesters earlier had defaced the Veterans Memorial inside the capital by taping signs all over it yet the police did not stop them until citizens intervened. Let's have the truth out about what's happening in Madison the protesters are not the peaceful lovable people there being betrayed as. Instead they appear to be a intimidating mob that seems close to violence on many occasions. And the police are not the undying public servants there being portrayed as they appear to be union supporters, willing to shirk their duty in order to show there union solidarity.

Don't get me wrong I do not want any rights that existed before the protest to be changed I only want the rules to be followed that were in place. I love the access this state allows the voters to the capital building that does not mean that we should allow the building or our representatives to be threatened in any way.

Sen. Grothman is one of our best state senators a true champion of freedom that he's been treated this way is repulsive, though I have no doubt he would be the first to defend the rights of the protesters, good thing our side doesn't react the way they do this state would deteriorate quickly.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Senator Mike Lee's Maiden Floor Speech

The Bear Is Awake

Funny thing about us humans we tend to overlook threats when they're perceived as absent. Bears are ferocious creatures yet every so often they hibernate. In their absence we can become careless overconfidence, one day the bear awakes and he's hungry. That day is here the bear is awake. I'm watching are you? More to come in the near future.

Gov. Scott Walker Lays Out His Budget For Wisconsin: Updated


Gov. Scott Walker continues to demand meaningful change to the way the state operates. In his budget address he laid out a bold blueprint for returning the state to prosperity, one that would give parents considerably more control over their children's education and downsize the state government.  If this is the kind of leadership were seen after just a couple months in office, I can't wait for the rest of his term.

Wisconsin Democrats must be beside themselves in despair this afternoon. The governor made it very clear things have changed in this state. No longer will the state continue to hide a massive budget deficit hoping that later generations will have to deal with the consequences. Gov. Walker's is willing to make the hard choices now during his term. No wonder the Democrats have so horribly underestimated him they're not used to seeing real leadership. Walker after enduring several weeks of constant media attention has not withered and continues to advance his agenda forward at full speed. Take comfort Democrats that was not a Mack truck it was just Walker and don't worry you'll see lots more of him in the months to come.

If I was the White House I'd be taking notes since it's obvious that Obama only leads from the rear, he has a lot to learn; Walker would be a good role model for him. Unfortunately Washington has decided to give themselves more time to deal with the federal budget they were unable to do it in the time they had, showing once again that our future lies with the state and not with the federal bureaucracy.

Long-lived the 10th amendment and God bless Wisconsin.

Update:

You can view Gov. Walker's speech by clicking here.
Update:

Here is the complete text of the Gov.'s budget address.

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 01, 2011


Text of Governor Walker’s Budget Address




Madison–Below is the text of Governor Walker’s budget address as prepared:


Speaker Fitzgerald, Speaker Pro Tem Kramer, President Ellis, Majority Leader Fitzgerald, Minority Leader Barca, Supreme Court Justices, Constitutional Officers, tribal leaders, members of the Cabinet, distinguished guests, members of the Legislature, and most importantly, fellow citizens of Wisconsin.


Each and every one of us gathered in the chamber today hold a diverse set of beliefs – beliefs that we are passionate about sharing - and that serve to guide our actions. Each of us has a vision for a better tomorrow in Wisconsin.


But we all share something in common -- an unrivaled passion for this state and the people who call it home. We all want Wisconsin to be the very best that it can be. Yet, -- because our experiences are unique and our beliefs diverse -- our paths may diverge as we tackle today’s challenges. But even at the height of our differences, we can and must keep our promise to people of Wisconsin that they will always come first.


Democracy does not just expect differences, it demands them. It’s the manner in which we discuss and resolve those differences that leads to bold solutions and innovative reforms. I ask that we continue to be mindful of our differences – as well our similarities – in the coming days, weeks and months. Above all, let us not lose sight of the fact that we were each elected to represent the people of this state by participating in our democratic process.


I applaud the State Assembly and those in the State Senate who are here today for not losing sight of that.


Over the past few weeks, a great deal of attention has been focused on Wisconsin. That’s ok because freedom thrives each time there is a passionate debate in our society. Passion and civility can go hand-in-hand and that’s what’s on display here in Wisconsin.


But outside observers need to know that there is more to this state as well. Wisconsin is filled with outstanding workers and multi-generational employers. We have tremendous resources and amazing attractions. Most importantly, we have decent people in this state.


The good people of this state come from all walks of life – young and old, urban and rural, Democrat and Republican.


Recently, I learned of yet another story that affirms that sense of decency.


Some of our state employees at the Farm Center spent time with two brothers who jointly operate a dairy farm that was – literally - on the verge of financial collapse. One of the brothers was so stressed that he was considering some horrible options.


The Farm Center staff calmly walked the brothers through a variety options and got them through their immediate crisis. That day, our public employees not only helped someone’s life, they may have actually helped save someone’s life.


This story says a lot about the people of Wisconsin.


It certainly reinforces the financial strain that so many are experiencing across the state. Without a doubt, it shows the compassion of our people toward their fellow citizens. And it shows the professionalism of our public employees who really care about the people that they serve.


This is why we need to move this process forward and get this state working again.


I have been asked a lot over the past week about what happens next. Well, I’m an optimist. I believe that after our budget repair bill passes, tempers will cool, and we will find a way to continue to work together to help grow our economy. We will position Wisconsin to emerge from this economic downturn stronger than ever, with new opportunities for our workers and our families.
You see, for six weeks we worked together to pass bill after bill to show that Wisconsin is open for business. Most of our legislation received bipartisan support. It is my belief that we will soon get back to that type of cooperation in the Capitol.


We introduced a budget repair bill that is the first step toward addressing the long-term challenges facing our state - while laying the foundation for economic growth. The biennial budget I introduce today is built on the savings supplied by our budget repair bill – legislation, I might add, that we have already modified to address concerns expressed at the public hearing.


We need the savings in the budget repair bill because Wisconsin faces a $3.6 billion deficit. Too many politicians have failed to tell the truth about our financial crisis. They left Wisconsinites in the dark about the extent of our fiscal problems. The facts are clear: Wisconsin is broke and it’s time to start paying our bills today – so our kids are not stuck with even bigger bills tomorrow.


This deficit did not appear overnight. Wisconsin got here through a reliance on one-time fixes, accounting gimmicks and tax increases. Previous governors and legislatures from both parties took money from our tobacco settlement. They raided more than a billion dollars from the transportation fund and $200 million from the patients’ compensation fund. They increased taxes on the sick and set up shell games to draw down additional federal funds.


They relied on one-time federal stimulus dollars as if the money would be there forever – but it’s already gone.


Wisconsin owes Minnesota nearly $60 million and some $200 million to the patient’s compensation fund. In short, they governed for the short-term, with an eye only on the next election – not the next generation.


While families across this state were focused on making ends meet, the state government continued to grow well beyond our taxpayers’ ability to pay. But the time has come for us to make the tough choices necessary to put our state back on the path to prosperity.


We must work together to bring our spending in line with reality. We were elected --not to make the easy decisions to benefit ourselves -- but to make the difficult ones that will benefit our children and grandchildren.


We need a commitment to the future so our children don’t face even more dire consequences than what we face today. Together, we will change the way government works in Wisconsin. We will make it work for the people once again.


I have often repeated references to our state’s constitutional lesson, that it is only through frugality and moderation in government that we will see freedom and prosperity for our people.


Our budget holds true to these principles by balancing the $3.6 billion deficit through permanent spending reductions and innovative government reforms.


Specifically, our budget reduces all funds spending by $4.2 billion, or 6.7 percent, and decreases the structural deficit by 90 percent from $2.5 billion to $250 million – the lowest structural deficit in recent history. That’s over $2 billion we are saving from future obligations and for future generations.


That’s worth repeating. Our budget reduces the structural deficit by 90 percent. In fact, it is lower than the last eight budgets presented by Democrats and Republicans alike.


Gone are the segregated fund raids, illegal transfers, and accounting gimmicks. Gone are the tax or fee increases. Our state cannot grow if our people are weighed down paying for a larger and larger government. A government that pays its workers unsustainable benefits that are out of line with the private sector. We need a leaner and cleaner state government.


As we decrease spending, we also increase flexibility so local government and state government have the tools to deal with reduced revenue. It’s true we are reducing aid to local government by just over one and a quarter billion dollars, but we are providing almost $1.5 billion in savings through our budget repair bill. If the 14 Senate Democrats do not come home, their local communities will be forced to manage these reductions in aid without the benefit of the tools provided in the repair bill. On the other hand, if the Senate Democrats do come home, local units of government overall will actually see a net increase in revenue plus savings of more than $150 million.


Let me repeat that despite the reductions in our budget, local governments would gain $150 million overall in the next biennium – but only if the Senate is allowed to act.


While aid to local government represents the state’s largest expenditure, the state’s Medicaid program represents the area of fastest growth. Medicaid costs continue to outstrip growth in general fund revenues. Long-term care expenditures, in particular, are growing much faster than other areas of the budget. Coupled with the use of $1.2 billion in one-time federal funding – the state is facing an unsustainable budget challenge. A challenge in need of a serious and long-term solution.


While maintaining services for our most vulnerable, we must also refocus those services and find efficiencies where possible. That will mean asking some individuals to pay modest co-pays and premiums as they transition from the safety net that these programs provide to gainful employment. This will allow those individuals to begin to transition to a time in the future when they will no longer need government support, while protecting those who need these services the most.


Just as we reform our entitlement programs for the 21st century, we must also reform our education system. Clearly, we have to produce graduates who are able to compete - not only with their peers from Chicago or Des Moines - but also from Shanghai or Sydney.


And we must do so while we balance a $3.6 billion deficit. That is why -- even as we reduce school aids – overall we give schools across the state the tools to make up for those reductions with even greater savings through the budget repair bill.


Again, this is why it is so vitally important for the Senate Democrats to come back and do their jobs. If they do not, our schools face massive layoffs of teachers. However, if they do come back, overall savings for schools across the state will outweigh reductions, ultimately allowing schools to put more money in the classroom.


When I campaigned for Governor, I set as a goal that all Wisconsin third graders should be able to read at the 3rd grade level. Many have noted that from Kindergarten to 3rd grade -- our kids learn to read -- and then from 3rd grade on, they use reading to learn. We need to make sure every child can read as they move on from 3rd grade.


That’s why my budget creates a third grade reading initiative that will require all third graders to achieve basic literacy. I know we can do this and we owe it to our students to make sure we do.


In addition, we will expand choice and charter programs to insure that every kid gets a great education – no matter what zip code they live in. We lift the cap on the number of students eligible to participate in the Milwaukee parental choice program and phase out the income eligibility limits. And across the state, we allow any University of Wisconsin system four-year campus to create a charter school.


Competing globally also means enhancing higher education. To do this we will give our flagship, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the tools it needs to remain a world leader in research and instruction - while continuing to be a driver of economic development for our state. This is a decision that we discussed at length with Chancellor Biddy Martin and the leadership at UW. For the past several years, she and other UW leaders have pushed for greater flexibility. Now they will have it and soon the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee will as well.


Throughout the budget process I am open to working with lawmakers from both political parties on expanding this concept to the other campuses throughout the University of Wisconsin system. A few weeks ago, I met with all of the UW chancellors and expressed my willingness to work with them and the members of the Legislature to improve our higher education system.


We also remain committed to keeping our university system accessible to every Wisconsin student, regardless of financial resources. That’s why – even in these tough fiscal times - we maintain our commitment to the state’s financial aid program. Plus, we maintain the state’s tuition reimbursement for our veterans.


As we refocus government, public safety remains a priority. Our budget will restore truth in sentencing by repealing the early release program approved by the last administration.


We will provide additional resources and positions in our DNA lab to assist our criminal investigations. And we will make sure that our children -- those that are dearest to us -- are protected from those who would do them harm. We provide additional resources to investigate on-line predators targeting our children. The state currently has over twenty thousand IP addresses of people who prey on our children, but we didn’t have the resources to track those criminals down. Now we will.


We are proud of the leadership being provided in this area by our Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and I am thankful that even with a tough budget, we can find resources to protect our kids.


This is a reform budget. It is about getting Wisconsin working again – and to make that happen, we need a balanced budget that works -- and an environment where the private sector can create 250,000 jobs over the next four years.


During our special session on jobs, we created a public-private agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation that will focus solely on job creation. Our budget includes the resources and the organization to get the WEDC working to stimulate our economy.


Working hand in hand with our new public-private efforts at the state level, are seven regional economic development efforts around the state. In this budget, these regional economic drivers continue to receive financial support as they collaborate to get their regions and our state growing again.


Our budget also recognizes the important role that transportation plays in economic development. In order to grow, we need to move goods and people in a cost-effective and timely manner. That is why our budget ends the raids on the transportation fund, and includes a total investment of $5.7 billion in our state’s transportation system.


That’s money that will create jobs - now - and in the future. Included in our budget is funding for the accelerated reconstruction of the Zoo interchange (which actually saves us $600 million from the original plans) and additional funding to continue construction of the I-94 corridor. It also includes major investments in our transportation system all across the State of Wisconsin.


We will also encourage job growth as I fulfill a campaign promise to lower taxes on those who invest in Wisconsin-based businesses and do so for an extended period of time. We will do this by eliminating the capital gains tax for investors in Wisconsin companies that provide jobs for our people. And we include tax relief for employers who hire more people to work in our state.


In this budget, we provide real tax relief for homeowners across the state by implementing property tax reform that locks in property tax levies at the local level. Time and time again, I’ve heard from Wisconsinites who are doing more with less and making sacrifices to keep their families going. Good people like the retired couple on a fixed income or the new parents paying for daycare and the mortgage on their first house or the middle-class working family where mom and dad still have jobs, but keeping them meant taking a pay freeze. All of them, and others like them across Wisconsin, need true property tax relief and this budget delivers.


I campaigned on creating an environment where the private sector can create 250,000 jobs over the next four years. Our budget lays that foundation, by freeing taxpayers to create jobs in the private sector, by limiting the size and scope of government, and by focusing our government on meeting core priorities. Where we must make reductions, we do so wisely, by giving local governments the tools to save even more money than overall reductions in state aid.


As I have said before, our constitution says, “the blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue.”


This is the heart of our budget. We are returning to frugality and are making the long term decisions to balance our budget now -- and more importantly, into the future. We will do the heavy lifting to protect our children and grandchildren from having to make the hard decisions that were once avoided.


I know that things will get better.


Back in the 1980s – when I was growing up in the small town of Delavan – we faced similar circumstances in our state. A tough economy and a tight budget were the top issues 25 years ago.


Tommy Thompson brought into office bold new ideas and strong leadership. At the time, defenders of the status quo took offense. But by the end of his first term, those reforms helped balance the budget and those policies helped the private sector create 258,000 new jobs. I remember Governor Thompson's optimism and the excitement he created when we turned our state around back then. If we did it a generation ago, we can do it again today.


This budget is about our commitment to the future. Like every parent and grandparent in this state, I want my two sons to grow up in a Wisconsin (at least) as great as the Wisconsin I grew up in. Working together, I know we can do it.


Thank you. May God richly bless you and your family. And may God continue to bless the great State of Wisconsin.

Andre Jacque Reacts To Property Rights Victory

Rep.Andre Jacque put out the following release this afternoon on the most recent victory for property rights advocates in the state.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 1, 2011
CONTACT STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANDRÉ JACQUE (920) 819-8066






Rep. Jacque Hails Legislative Action to Protect Property Rights
Legislative Committee Suspends Irresponsible Industrial Wind Siting Rules




Madison – State Representative André Jacque (R-Bellevue) praised the 6 to 2 decision made today by the state legislature’s Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules to suspend Public Service Commission Rule (PSC 128) – pertaining to statewide siting standards for wind turbines.


The proposed rule would have allowed placement of turbines as close as 1250 feet from the homes of adjoining, non-participating property owners.


“I have heard from hundreds of my constituents who would be adversely affected by this rule,” said Jacque. “I wholeheartedly agree with the committee members’ conclusion that the standards set forth in PSC 128 are arbitrary, capricious, and present undue hardship for neighboring property owners. As written, PSC 128 is an affront to the health, safety, and property rights of residents of my district, and I remain committed to a thoughtful process at the state and local level for regulation that respects their concerns.”

Worst Performance

Sen. Pat Toomey On The Budget

Sen. Pat Toomey's latest op-ed tackles the federal budget. We need to see serious leadership in Washington DC the Republic is broken and the only cure is massive spending cuts. It's obvious that Obama and the Democrat leadership in the Senate has no intention of seriously working to curtail spending. Republicans must make a stand and demand meaningful spending cuts we can no longer accept half measures.

Good News For The Unborn Following Ireland Election

Here is a follow up on the Irish election post which I posted last week. It was a resounding victory for pro-life supporters. We can only pray that the pro-life movement continues to thrive in Ireland.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Gov. Walker's Schools Obama

It is so nice to say I was absolutely wrong, during the last election I was concerned Gov. Scott Walker was not a true conservative; he has certainly proved me wrong. He is governing with more backbone than we normally see out of a Midwestern politician. The latest examples of this is his recent schooling of Obama.

All Obama's managed to do is confirm to those who don't follow politics that he is in the unions' back pocket I also believe he's severely hurt his re-election chances by going against the voters of Wisconsin and interjecting himself into a purely state matter.

Several people on the radio have said they're shocked at the political missteps Obama making. They really shown below during the presidential campaign he and his staff made several mistakes that the media either covered up or excused away. Mistakes also are the hallmark of his first two years in office he thought he could cram an unconstitutional healthcare bill down the voters throats and suffer no political consequences. His hard left governing style has rubbed many voters the wrong way. Even independents have turned away from him, it's time he wakes up and realizes his far left governing style is not working. 

Next time he finds himself ready to offer a opinion on Wisconsin's budget I hope he will exercise a little self-control and realizes that he's president of the United States not a dictator and he has no role in state politics.

American Life League: Planned Parenthood's Bunnies



www.StopPlannedParenthoodTaxFunding.com

Some R&R


Hat tip to Rev. Paul for forwarding this to me. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so accurate.

It's Monday

Can you believe the weekends already over. Could just be me but it seems like they fly by faster and faster. Today is a beautiful 27° day with barely a cloud in the sky.

Me and my two youngest daughters spent the morning watching Beauty and the Beast and learning our sight words. It's really impressive to see how fast their vocabularies are increasing.

In national news we still don't have a budget and neither side is pushing for significant spending cuts. The Republicans by far are making the best strides in that direction but they could do better. It's no surprise that Obama is unwilling to significantly rein in spending, however it's important that the Republicans stand up for meaningful cuts in spending.

In state news the 14 Democrats senators who have fled our state are still missing in action.
They're showing a whole new generation of children what a lack in leadership truly means. I hope that our Republican-controlled Senate and Assembly will move forward on concealed carry and repealing the Planned Parenthood sex ed law Democrats crammed down our throat. School district should decide their own curriculum and parent should be teaching their kids about the birds and the bees. This pathetic law was a example of out-of-control state government, it's time to repeal it.

Founding Fathers Quote

There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.

John Witherspoon

Chairman Hastings On Energy Resources