Friday, December 30, 2011

Ron Paul plans whistlestop Iowa tour with Sen. Rand Paul - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Ron Paul plans whistlestop Iowa tour with Sen. Rand Paul - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

A Guide to the Presidential Candidates’ Proposals to Cut Spending

A Guide to the Presidential Candidates’ Proposals to Cut Spending

E-Update from the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update from the Desk of Governor Scott Walker



One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. In an effort to improve communication, periodically I will be sending out an e-update to provide you with more information about what is going on in state government. Please feel free to share with this update with your family, friends and others who may be interested in state government operations.



Protecting Property Taxpayers


Throughout December homeowners received their property tax bills. The average property tax owner saw their tax bill stay the same or decrease for the first time in years.


Just last week I received a special letter from a Fox Valley area family. They said they were very thankful for our reforms, and they actually enclosed a gift card for the amount their family saved on property taxes this year. Gestures like this mean the world to me. Everything we’ve done is to lay the groundwork for a better future for the next generation, which is why I’ll be donating the cards to various charities throughout Wisconsin.


The school portion of the property tax levy was down one percent across the state. It’s important to point out that school tax levies increased on average $162 million a year—each of the last five years. By comparison, this year we put $228 million back into the pockets of property taxpayers in this area alone. That amounts to $69 for every man, woman and child in the state.



Reforms and Results


Earlier this year long-term, structural changes were made to fill in Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion budget deficit and help local units of governments balance their budget without increasing taxes.


Simple changes have saved taxpayers millions, such as allowing local units of government and school districts to take competitive bids for public employee health insurance plans and reforming overtime rules.


I created a website (www.reforms.wi.gov) to track examples of the savings realized from these reforms. This website has video testimonials from local government officials talking about balancing their budgets, a breakdown of the savings in each county and a categorization of how these savings were achieved.


Reforms.wi.gov goes beyond simply listing the savings from having public employee’s to pay a little bit more toward their pension and toward their health insurance premiums (which is still well below what federal government employees pay and well below the average Wisconsin citizen). This website also shares examples of how the reforms have actually improved government services.


I encourage you to visit this website, to learn about the savings realized in your county.




Weekly Radio Address


One of the other ways I communicate each week is by partnering with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute a brief radio address once a week. The audio files of these radio addresses may be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177.


Previous topics of the radio address include, but are not limited to SeniorCare, encouraging educator effectiveness, property taxes, making government more efficient, and honoring Wisconsin’s veterans.


A new radio address is posted each week at 10 a.m. on Thursday. I encourage you to check out the radio address website each week to learn more about your state government.



From my family to yours: Happy New Year


As we close out 2011 my wife Tonette, and our two sons would like to wish you and your family a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year.


It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.


Sincerely,


Governor Scott Walker

Ron Paul is winning, so Iowa doesn't matter



Long version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soHAOVZzXtA&feature=youtu.be

h/t: The Daily Paul

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Susana Martinez Has Conservative Cred, High Approval Ratings : Roll Call Politics

Susana Martinez Has Conservative Cred, High Approval Ratings : Roll Call Politics

RIA Novosti: Timeline of Bulava missile launches

RIA NovostiTimeline of Bulava missile launches Timeline of Bulava missile launches
17:38 28/12/2011 The RSM-56 / 3M30 / Bulava / SS-NX-30 intercontinental ballistic missile is the latest Russian solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile.>>

Ron Paul Could Win the Nomination and the Presidency



h/t: RonPaul.com

Proposed Washington State Map Gives GOP Hope : Roll Call Politics

Proposed Washington State Map Gives GOP Hope : Roll Call Politics

In Case You Missed It: Bachmann Key Aide’s Statement on Sen. Kent Sorenson Defection

In Case You Missed It: Bachmann Key Aide’s Statement on Sen. Kent Sorenson Defection

Corps to Marines: Don’t say ‘psyops’ - Marine Corps News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Marine Corps Times

Corps to Marines: Don’t say ‘psyops’ - Marine Corps News News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Marine Corps Times

Founding Fathers Quote

The thirteen States are thirteen Sovereignties.

James Wilson

The Catholic Alaskan: Our One-Year Anniversary

The Catholic Alaskan: Our One-Year Anniversary: This time one year ago, I was standing in an empty house recovering from a 16-hour flight with four kids and a cat. And marveling that we'd ...

Happy New Normal!

Revolution Pac Ad: The Compassion of Dr. Ron Paul

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Talks Veterans Issues in Des Moines Register Op-Ed

In Case You Missed It: Ron Paul Talks Veterans Issues in Des Moines Register Op-Ed

Huge Victory For Ron Paul!

Exciting announcement out of Iowa tonight after Ron Paul gained new supporter at the expense of an opponent. It's amazing with all the vicious attacks Ron Paul has endured over the last few weeks, that his campaign is still growing and advancing; it just goes to show that the voters are no longer falling for the Republican bullying tactics. DC establishment watch out the Constitution is back in style.

Distortions Over Substance

A lot of Republican bullies continue to cast Ron Paul and his policies as kooky, fringe, racist, extreme, and so on. There seems to be a never-ending supply of distortions for them to recklessly throw out. We rarely actually see an intelligible argument for why Ron Paul and his policies are wrong. The reason is really quite simple; it would point out their lack of conservative substance. What passes for conservative policies now-a-days are just big-government power grabs. 
Unable to continutally justify endless wars and empire-building, most Republican talking heads resort to constant fear tactics such as a lone terrorist will destroy a city or some third world country wants to wipe us, and our allies, off the face of the earth. It is repeated so often, and with such conviction, that one could almost think they mean it; until you look at the policies and laws they advocate. If they were truly worried of a terrorist bomb going off in an American city would our borders and ports be wide open? Would our Navy and Air Force be shrinking at alarming rates?

Instead of a response to an alleged foreign threat we see nation-building that enriches international corporations and an chilling police state that increasingly imprisons innocent Americans at the whim of law enforcement and government officials. The President has even claimed the unconstitutional right to assassinate American citizens, and has done so.

I am no weak-kneed liberal, I am a veteran, and I do believe we have real enemies. I just don't think that shredding our Bill of Rights and endless wars make us safer. They put our Constitution at daily risk while ignoring real threats like an emerging China and a strengthening Russia.

Next time you hear some Republican bully decrying Ron Paul and his policies just remember it is substance that matters. Please take the time to educate yourself and form your own opinion, just like a bully on a playground these bullies wilt when confronted. The truth is always more powerful than even the most crafty propaganda.

Way Up North: Part 1: The Problem

Way Up North: Part 1: The Problem: You feel it, don’t you? That slow, inexorable tightening of cold fingers around your throat? You know something is wrong. Every year ....

Ron Paul Ad - Washington Machine

NASA: Image of the Day


Orange and Blue Hazes

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward the south polar region of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and shows a depression within the moon's orange and blue haze layers near the south pole.

The moon's high altitude haze layer appears blue here; whereas, the main atmospheric haze is orange. The difference in color could be due to particle size of the haze. The blue haze likely consists of smaller particles than the orange haze.

The depressed or attenuated layer appears in the transition area between the orange and blue hazes about a third of the way in from the left edge of the narrow-angle image. The moon's south pole is in the upper right of this image. This view suggests Titan's north polar vortex, or hood, is beginning to flip from north to south.

The southern pole of Titan is going into darkness as the sun advances towards the north with each passing day. The upper layer of Titan's hazes is still illuminated by sunlight.

Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural color view. The images were obtained on Sept. 11, 2011 at a distance of approximately 83,000 miles (134,000 kilometers) from Titan. Image scale is 2,581 feet (787 meters) per pixel.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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

Obama to ask Congress this week to raise debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion - TheHill.com

Obama to ask Congress this week to raise debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion - TheHill.com

Ron Paul is Taking the GOP Back to its Conservative Foreign Policy Roots

Ron Paul is Taking the GOP Back to its Conservative Foreign Policy Roots

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Founding Fathers Quote

There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.

George Washington

Pro-Ron Paul PAC to combat ‘racist claims’ in new web advertisement - The Hill's Ballot Box

Pro-Ron Paul PAC to combat ‘racist claims’ in new web advertisement - The Hill's Ballot Box