Friday, February 03, 2012

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 this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

State of the State
Article V Section 4 of the Wisconsin constitution reads:
He [the governor] shall communicate to the legislature, at every session, the condition of the state, and recommend such matters to them for their consideration as he may deem expedient.
This year I fulfilled my constitutional obligation as your Governor and delivered the 2012 State of the State Speech on January 25th. Below you’ll find a few excerpts from the speech:
When I addressed you in this chamber last January, Wisconsin had suffered through three years of 150,000 of our fellow citizens losing their jobs. The unemployment rate was 7.5%. And after years of tax increases and budget tricks, Wisconsin faced one of the largest budget deficits in the country.
Now, our unemployment rate is down from a year ago. In fact, it's the lowest it has been since 2008.
We are turning things around. We are heading in the right direction.
During the past year, we added thousands of new jobs. And we balanced the state budget. We balanced it -- without raising taxes; without massive layoffs; and without budget tricks; all of which allowed us to put more than $1.2 billion of new state money into Medicaid programs like Badgercare and FamilyCare.
Tonight I'm happy to report that after three years of losing 150,000 jobs Wisconsin actually added thousands of new jobs in 2011. New business formations are up by over 2%. And our unemployment rate is down from a year ago.
In fact, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is not only lower than the national average but much better than our neighbors to the south in Illinois.
Nearly every state in America faced a budget deficit in 2011. So what did other states do? Some, like Illinois, raised taxes - but that only made matters worse. Other states used massive layoffs to balance their budgets. We avoided that in Wisconsin.
Some states cut core services like Medicaid. But in Wisconsin, we added some $1.2 billion to Medicaid and our reforms allow us to expand FamilyCare - our long-term care program for seniors - all across the state. Still other states opted to use budget tricks. But I didn't want to pass that burden on to my sons and their generation. I want our kids and grandkids to inherit a Wisconsin even greater than the one we did. With that in mind, we balanced the $3.6 billion budget deficit with long-term, structural reforms. We thought more about the next generation than we did about the next election.
And isn't that what the people elected us to do? We kept our promises.
For the five years prior to last year, the average school tax levy increased $220 million per year. Our reforms led to the first decrease in the school property tax levy in six years. The total school tax levy actually went down by more than $47 million.
That means real money in the hands of real people. People like Pam Petry of Rice Lake. Mrs. Petry saw her property tax go down by more than $100 this year. Or people like Gail Griswold of West Salem who was surprised to see her bill go down, too.
Our reforms helped protect these taxpayers and thousands of others across the state.
You can watch the entire State of the State speech by visiting
Redesigned Website
This week my office launched a redesigned website ( that makes it easier to display information for all residents to view. The website highlights my efforts to improve our education system, help the private sector create jobs, and a number of other government reforms.
A few of the neat features on the new website include:
-Statistics on the 2011-13 biennial state budget;
-A recently released report from the Governor’s Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse;
-Copies of previous e-updates;
-The ability to follow changes to the website through an RSS feed; and
-Copies of prepared speeches I have given in the past.
I encourage you to contact my office if you have any specific suggestions or ideas to further enhance the website.
Just Ask the Governor: Part III
Each e-update I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from somebody who contacts my office directly.
Question: What is your position on mining in Wisconsin?
Answer: Currently Assembly Bill 426, which updates Wisconsin’s mining regulations by creating new laws specific to ferrous (iron) mining, has passed the State Assembly and is awaiting action in the State Senate. The new regulatory process created by the bill would expedite the approval of a mining application, while maintaining environmental and natural resource protections. A new mine would create hundreds of good paying jobs onsite and thousands across the state.
Mining has been an important part of Wisconsin’s heritage—“badgers” are named after those who worked in mines and a miner is prominently displayed on our state flag.
I believe that to justify risking millions of dollars in capital investments, job creators deserve to have certainty in our state’s permitting process and to know that our regulations are science-based and predictable. At the same time, we can put in place a process that allows us to maintain our high standards for clean air, clean water, and clean land.
I commend Chairperson Mary Williams (R-Medford) and the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy, and Small Business for travelling to Northern Wisconsin twice to receive input from the citizens who will be most affected by the proposed taconite mine in Iron and Ashland Counties.
I believe the Assembly Republicans took the right action by passing this bill and continuing to focus on the creation of jobs in Wisconsin.
I urge the Senate and Committee Chairman Neal Kedzie to take this bill up quickly in order to continue job growth in Wisconsin.

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


Governor Scott Walker

Mark Neumann at Scott Walker Rally

Ron Paul Military Donations Nearly Twice Those of His GOP Rivals and Obama—Combined

Ron Paul Military Donations Nearly Twice Those of His GOP Rivals and Obama—Combined

Active-military men and women support Dr. Paul about three times more than Obama, and six times more than combined Republican opponents

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign raised more campaign donations from active-duty members of the military than all other presidential candidates combined—Republican or Democrat—according to a Paul campaign internal analysis.

A veteran of the Cold War-era, Paul raised more than $150,000 from active military in the fourth quarter. This comes after the Congressman out-raised all GOP candidates – including all GOPers combined, and President Obama singularly – in the second and third quarters of last year. Dr. Paul also outraised his GOP competitors in a head-to-head comparison during his 2008 run for the presidency.

Especially notable is that Paul raised about triple the amount Obama received and about six times that of all currently-competing Republicans—Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Buddy Roemer, and Rick Santorum—combined.

Taken together, this means Dr. Paul raised approximately double the money from active military than all the candidates from both parties combined.

Romney and Gingrich each received around $10,000, meaning Paul trumps them by about 15 times in a head-to-head matchup.

“Whether it’s his loyalty to the Constitution, the fact that Ron Paul is the only veteran running, his foreign policy to end nation building, or his Plan to Restore America, veterans are responding to Ron Paul’s candidacy loud and clear,” said Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

“The question ultimately comes down to, ‘What do the troops know that the other candidates don’t know?’ Plain as day the answer is that the men and women in uniform heroically serving our nation seek a shift away from deficit-financed overseas wars, and from the painful reality of returning home to lingering health issues and unemployment among peers. Dr. Paul is the only candidate to have made clear where he stands, and he stands with the veterans and active-duty soldiers,” concluded Mr. Benton.

The data are derived from a Paul campaign independent analysis of FEC reports on contributors who listed their occupation and employer when contributing. A graphic illustration of the results can be viewed here.

To view the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign’s veterans-themed ad, click here. To view its subsequent foreign policy-themed ad, click here.

To read Dr. Paul’s open letter to President Obama defending veterans’ benefits click here. To read National Campaign Manager John Tate’s statement elaborating on Dr. Paul’s support of legislation to honor and care for World War II-era Filipino veterans, please click here.

As a first basic step, those wanting to join the active “Veterans for Ron Paul” nationwide coalition should visit the official web page by clicking here. Prospective members should also send an email to, writing the coalition name in the subject line.

I Am Ron Paul: Restore America Now

h/t: The Daily Paul

My Oath, my Obligation, OUR OPPORTUNITY!

Ron Paul’s Visionary Foreign Policy

Ron Paul’s Visionary Foreign Policy

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Military-focused super-PAC forms in support of Ron Paul - The Hill's Ballot Box

Military-focused super-PAC forms in support of Ron Paul - The Hill's Ballot Box

Way Up North: Just So There's No Doubt

Way Up North: Just So There's No Doubt: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceiv...

RIA Novosti: Russia to Build 6 Submarines Annually – Deputy PM

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More States Move to GOP in 2011

More States Move to GOP in 2011

Down the Toilet

Google to allow censorship of Blogger content - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

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CRG of Racine: This is what Election Fraud Looks like!!

CRG of Racine: This is what Election Fraud Looks like!!: Election Fraud it's all in the family! I took the time to take a cursory glance at the 700 pages of Alpha sorted names from the Wangaard...

Governor Nikki Haley Speaks To South Carolina State Association of Executives

Catholic League News Release



February 2, 2012
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on what happened last week in Providence, Rhode Island:

On January 25, Thomas Tobin, the Bishop of Providence, decided to reach out to “Occupy Providence” by allowing the homeless to seek shelter in Catholic churches; the city had turned down a request by the group to set up daytime shelters. The next day, “Occupy Providence” activists showed their gratitude by crashing a pro-life rally, shouting down a speaker, stopping a priest from offering a closing prayer, and throwing condoms at Catholic schoolgirls. In short, these left-wing activists have turned into urban bullies who need to be stopped.

To say that Catholic bashing is in vogue is an understatement. From President Obama who is seeking to intimidate Catholic institutions by forcing them to prostitute their moral convictions, to “Occupy” maniacs who respond to goodwill by engaging in thuggery, it is open season on Catholics. We will do what we can to constructively channel the anger, which is palpable.

Contact “Occupy Providence” official Susan Beaty:

Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
Phone: 212-371-3191

Attorney General Eric Holder Set to Take Hot Seat at Fast and Furious Hearing

Attorney General Eric Holder Set to Take Hot Seat at Fast and Furious Hearing: Attorney General Eric Holder takes the hot seat today in what is expected to a contentious hearing over the botched ATF gun running operation “Fast and Furious” before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The committee has been investigating the actions by ATF and...

Business Insider THE TRUTH ABOUT NEVADA: Ron Paul Has Never Looked Happier

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Ron Paul Speaks At 'Hispanics in Politics' Event in Las Vegas

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

h/t: SaveOurSovereignty3

RIA Novosti: Russian Navy to Receive Mistral Warship in 3 Years

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GOP senators to release plan to stop triggered defense cuts - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

GOP senators to release plan to stop triggered defense cuts - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Ron Paul Celebrates 55th Wedding Anniversary, Surprises Wife with Gift

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GOA News: Holder in the Hot Seat, GOA on the Hill

Gun Owners of America

As Attorney General Eric Holder Continues
to Sizzle on the Hot Seat ...
GOA is on the ground,
advising House committee members

Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee tomorrow morning to answer for his failed leadership in regard to Operation Fast and Furious.
This operation, which was shepherded by Obama’s Justice Department, has led to thousands of guns being smuggled into Mexico -- and to the deaths of two federal agents. Holder has already been caught in several lies and appears to be digging in his feet even further.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa will be grilling Holder once again and has threatened the Attorney General with contempt charges if he continues stonewalling.
Issa warned that if the Attorney General continues to obstruct his investigation, “this committee will have no alternative but to move forward with proceedings to hold you in contempt of Congress.”

GOA staff has been working closely with House committee members, and we will be attending the hearings and reporting to you on developments -- both public and behind-the-scenes.

Ron Paul Releases Economic ‘Plan to Restore Nevada’

Ron Paul Releases Economic ‘Plan to Restore Nevada’

Commonsense plan offers Nevada the tools and relief needed to thrive


HENDERSON, Nevada– 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul released today a simple yet innovative ‘Plan to Restore Nevada’ to help Nevada get out from under its unfortunate standing as a leader in joblessness, housing foreclosure, and federal interference.

“Ron Paul is the only candidate with a serious plan to help Nevada with its pressing problems and make it number one in all the right categories, rather than a leader in housing foreclosures and joblessness. It reinforces the idea that Dr. Paul’s economic vision for America, based on returning authority to the people and the states, is the right prescription for our economic ills and indeed it can bring about lasting, sustainable prosperity,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

The plan helps Nevada residents, workers, retirees, debtors, home buyers, homeowners including those facing foreclosure, job-creators like the tourism industry, federal land ownership victims, and other stakeholders renew the Silver State’s economy and sovereignty after decades of disastrous Washington interference.

The five key elements of the ‘Plan to Restore Nevada’ include:

1. Restoring Nevada’s Job Market
2. Restoring the Housing Market
3. Restoring Tipped-Worker Wages
4. Restoring a Common Sense Visa System
5. Giving Nevada Back To Nevadans

Full plan details are available by clicking here.


Russia Lays Down New Corvette

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Press Release: Ron Paul Campaign Again Calls on Newt Gingrich to Make Good on Ron Paul Supporter Abuse

Ron Paul Campaign Again Calls on Newt Gingrich to Make Good on Ron Paul Supporter Abuse

Eddie Dillard’s wearing a boot – have the Gingrich staff responsible been booted? And, who pays?

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign again called on Congressman and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to rectify the damage his campaign staff did when it injured and humiliated a Florida Ron Paul supporter at a voting precinct.

Yesterday members of the Gingrich team assaulted 29-year-old Ron Paul supporter Eddie Dillard in the Orlando suburb of Windermere, Florida. Details of the appalling incident can be found here.

Mr. Dillard sought medical attention and X-Rays revealed that his foot was fractured. He has been referred to an orthopedist and is currently in a walking boot.

Mr. Dillard has also been in touch with law enforcement and is filing criminal charges.

Today the Ron Paul campaign is calling on Congressman Gingrich to make good on the injuries Dillard sustained.

“Newt’s campaign staff broke Eddie Dillard’s foot, yet we still have not heard from Gingrich about how he plans to right the situation. Today, we are calling on Newt Gingrich to pay for Eddie’s medical bills. In addition, we wish Eddie a full and speedy recovery,” said Ron Paul 2012 National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton.

Ron Paul On Campaigning In Maine And Nevada

FBI Uses Chainsaw In Raid On Wrong Fitchburg Apartment « CBS Boston

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RIA Novosti: Russia to Modernize 30 Tu-22M3 Bombers by 2020

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Founding Fathers Quote

The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.

James Madison

Ron Paul Finishes Last in Florida, Says He’s Just Getting Started

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Update from the House Republican Study Committee (RSC)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

RSC Update: A Ponzi Scheme in ObamaCare?

From the Chairman

Q: What law did the top Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee call a “Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing Bernie Madoff would be proud of”? A: Sen. Kent Conrad was talking about the CLASS Act – a section of ObamaCare designed to look like it reduces spending in the first few years. In reality, it’s an unfunded entitlement that would explode the deficit even more.

The Obama administration even stopped implementing the program after being forced to admit last year that it isn’t sustainable. It remains part of the law, however, and there’s still a risk they could try to implement it anyway.

ObamaCare hurts small businesses, costs jobs, gives unaccountable bureaucrats control over your health care decisions, and blows a huge hole in the budget. It’s unconstitutional and full of gimmicks like the CLASS Act.

House Republicans won’t stop pushing for full repeal of ObamaCare until we succeed. In the meantime, however, there should be no reason to keep on the books a section of law that both parties agree just doesn’t work. When the House votes tomorrow on repeal of the CLASS Act, it will be interesting to see whether or not the Democrats really want to eliminate this government-backed Ponzi scheme.

God Bless,

Congressman Jim Jordan

Chairman, Republican Study Committee

RSC Media Activity – RSC 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. Doug Lamborn (CO-05): Stop the Madness: National Debt Threatens Our Prosperity; The Foundry, January 24.

· Rep. Sandy Adams (FL-24): 1,000 Days Later, No Budget from Senate; The Orlando Sentinel, January 24.

· Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10): Obama's 'Blueprint for America' Is Built on a Cracked Foundation; The Columbia County News-Times, January 25.

RSC Member Activity – RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

· Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) introduced a bill to prevent the massive tax increase scheduled to take effect January 1, 2013 and another to codify religious liberty protections for chaplains and military service members.

· Rep. Tom Graves (GA-09) introduced a bill to make hidden taxes and fees on airline tickets transparent to consumers.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.

· The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releases its annual report on the long-term budget and economic outlook today.

· Tomorrow, the House will vote on:

· H.R. 1173, to repeal the CLASS Act.

· H.R. 3835, to freeze the pay of members of Congress and federal employees.

· H.R. 3567, to prevent welfare payments from being used in strip clubs, liquor stores, and casinos.

· H.R. 496, to reduce the budgets for House committees.

· On Thursday, the House will vote on H.R. 3582, to make the CBO consider the full economic impact when analyzing legislation.

· On Friday, the House will vote on H.R. 3578, to end the CBO’s practice of assuming that discretionary spending will automatically increase every year along with inflation.

RSC Reports

· Each week the House is in session, 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.

· The national debt is now larger than our entire economy. Click here to read “A Short History of Federal Deficits and Surpluses.”


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Ron Paul's Speech after Florida Primary: "We've Only Gotten Started"


RELEASE: Maloney To Run For Governor

MALONEY FOR WEST VIRGINIAFor immediate release: Thursday, January 26, 2012
(304) 376-5038

RELEASE: Maloney To Run For Governor

"We started something last year. Now it’s time to finish it," Says Maloney
MORGANTOWN – Bill Maloney, the Republican nominee in the 2011 gubernatorial special election, will run for the Office of Governor.

Maloney announced his intentions to run for governor with his wife Sharon and a group of supporters at Ruby's & Ketchy's, a Morgantown family restaurant, this morning. He then filed his candidacy paperwork with the Secretary of State in Charleston thereby becoming an official candidate for the Republican gubernatorial primary.

The following are excerpts from Maloney at this morning's announcement:

"Thank you all for joining us today.
"And it’s great to be here at Ruby's and Ketchy’s! Judy Frum and her family have been home cookin' here since 1958 -- the year of my birth.
"Back in the day, Judy coached our daughters cheerleading squad for the mighty Ashebrooke Pistons. Thanks to all of you and everyone else who gets involved in their communities!
"That’s why Sharon and I are here. Like we have been fortunate enough to do our entire lives, we want to be involved and make a difference. The stage just keeps getting a little bigger.
"Like many West Virginians, we started out living in trailers. First at Independence Hill, then at Healthy Heights back in 1984 when we started North American Drillers. With a lot of determination and hard work we grew our company into something really special.
"We have lived the American dream. We worked hard, strived to do the right thing and were ultimately successful. There are those that think there is something wrong with that -- they are misguided.
"This is still America! This is West Virginia! Where Mountaineers are always free!
"Over the course of last year’s election, it was clear that the people of West Virginia were ready to move on from the days where bureaucracy and corruption held our state back. We came as close as we did because our message resonated with thousands of West Virginians.
"While we have come so far, there is much still left to do to ensure that West Virginia becomes all it can and should be:
"We can make the business climate better.
"We can cut a wasteful bureaucracy.
"We can eliminate needless regulations that hold back job growth.
"We can elect a new president, and you can be sure I won't be voting for President Obama.
"We can make things better in West Virginia. That's what it’s all about and that's why I'm running for Governor once again.
"All we want is more for our state. All we want is a better future for our children.
"We started something last year. Now it’s time to finish it. Let's win this election for the people of West Virginia!
"Thank you all for your dedication to the cause!"

Bill Maloney was the 2011 Republican nominee for governor of West Virginia. A proven job creator, Maloney has built his own businesses and provided jobs to hundreds of West Virginia families. Maloney isn’t a career politician, and he will bring real-world experience and a fresh approach to Charleston. He believes in lower taxes, smaller government and more opportunity. Maloney’s 'can-do' attitude helped to save the lives of 33 trapped Chilean miners recently. Maloney and his wife Sharon live in Morgantown and attend Chestnut Ridge Church. They have two grown daughters, with a grandchild on the way.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Press Release: Ron Paul Campaign Calls on Newt Gingrich to Apologize for His Staff Assault on Ron Paul Supporter

Ron Paul Campaign Calls on Newt Gingrich to Apologize for His Staff Assault on Ron Paul Supporter

They say the culture of an organization is a reflection of its top executive and today’s deplorable behavior against Ron Paul supporter Eddie Dillard in Florida reflects very poorly on Congressman Gingrich.”

LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign is requesting an apology and decisive action from Congressman Newt Gingrich and his campaign for abuse the latter organization perpetrated against a Ron Paul supporter.

The incident occurred in the Orlando suburb of Windermere, Florida and involved 29-year-old Ron Paul supporter Eddie Dillard, who was injured during an exchange with the Gingrich campaign.

Mr. Dillard arrived at his polling site, the Winderemere Baptist Church, and noticed a Gingrich supporter holding a Gingrich sign, so to reciprocate he returned to the scene with a Ron Paul sign. The area he chose was public space but it had been identified by the Gingrich campaign as the very place where Gingrich would be visiting. As the Gingrich staff moved in, members of the security detail and/or other staff warned Mr. Dillard, telling him to exit from the public space. When Mr. Dillard exercised his right of free expression by remaining there, simply holding the sign, Gingrich’s campaign team escalated the situation and, noticing Mr. Dillard was wearing flip-flops, dug their heels in his foot and reportedly directed each other to step on Mr. Dillard’s feet. Mr. Dillard, to be sure, was injured, harassed, and inconvenienced.

Reporters from Yahoo! News were on the scene and covered the story here.

In response to the incident, the Ron Paul Presidential campaign released the following statement. Below find comments from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton:

“They say the culture of an organization is a reflection of its top executive and today’s deplorable behavior against Ron Paul supporter Eddie Dillard in Florida reflects very poorly on Congressman Gingrich.

“I call on Congressman Gingrich to publicly apologize to Mr. Dillard.

“In addition, we ask that those Gingrich campaign staff directly involved in the episode be immediately terminated.

“There is simply no excuse for the type of violent, boorish and abusive behavior demonstrated by Mr. Gingrich’s campaign. We hope Mr. Gingrich understands this and takes the actions we recommend.”

Ron Paul In Colorado

h/t: The Daily Paul

Federal Government Pay Tops Businesses: CBO Report

Federal Government Pay Tops Businesses: CBO Report: It pays to work for the government. Compared with private sector employees, federal workers are paid about 16 percent more when benefits including health insurance, retirement plans and paid vacation are taken into account, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office. While wages...

Alaska's Thriving Economy, Will It Be Allowed To Grow?

I was reading an excellent article today on Alaska's strong economy and possible future trouble with declining oil production.  Alaska would not be facing a production delcine if the federal government would gotten out of the way years ago.  In my opinion, there is no Constitutional right for the federal government to steal land from the Western states and limit how those states develop their natural resources. 

It is time we demand candidates for federal office explain where they stand on land rights issues in the West.  It is past time the states have the land returned back to them.  The only thing that will hold Alaska down is the federal government, and quite frankly can't you say that about most issues facing this republic?

Intel chief: Bin Laden death crippled al-Qaida - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

Intel chief: Bin Laden death crippled al-Qaida - Air Force News News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

Founding Fathers Quote

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.

Thomas Jefferson

Ron Paul: The Time Is Here, The Time Is Now

The establishment and their groupies are running so scared that they are creating movements to get Ron Paul out of the race; they demand that we leave the party.  I say this; we are the party now.  We are the future and the younger the voter the higher percentage that voting base supports Ron Paul, freedom, liberty, the Constitution, and standing up to big government and out-of-control police states.  Over that last 40 years big government and the abusive police state has propagated into a grotesque existence.  The further down you go the age groups of voters the more abuses they have been subjected to by the establishment and police state and the more pugnacious they become.

One cannot beat down a dog and be surprised when it bites.  You cannot steal one's money, freedom, privacy, individuality, sovereignty, and safety away and be surprised when they stand up and say no more, no matter what the cost.  The establishment has abused us long enough and we have our own movement, we are the party and without us Ron Paul (Constitution, liberty, freedom, sovereignty) supporters there is no party that can ever win another election again.  If we truly leave and form our own third party, the Republican Party will cease to exist in anything but an exiguous manner.  They would never have control of anything again because they will have no base comprehensive enough.  Don't think that we would favor being enslaved by a majority over being bellicose as a minority preventing the majority from achieving it's dictoral goals.

Both sides of the establishment need to stop trying to court, analyze, detach, and segregate Ron Paul supporters to your own party's peril.  We are here, our vote cannot be bought, third party is inevitable; if Ron Paul so chooses not to exercise a third party option there is always our write-in option.  Why would one place their vote for a Republican or Democrat coercion when we can write-in our vote for Ron Paul and why would one underestimate that Ron Paul supporters would rather confront the establishment than bow down to it and obediantly vote for them.

Sen. Ron Johnson: Report from Washington

January 27, 2012

Senator Johnson Praises Success of St. Croix River Crossing Project
If you pay attention to the news from Washington, D.C., you might believe that Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on anything. But I went to Washington willing to work with anyone who will acknowledge a problem and help develop real solutions. A case in point is the bipartisan agreement that has now been reached on replacing the Stillwater lift bridge.
Traveling around western Wisconsin, the need for a new bridge crossing over the St. Croix River is obvious. The current bridge has been a problem for decades. It is 80 years old, and was rated “structurally deficient” in 2008. The Interstate 35W bridge, which collapsed in Minnesota in 2007, received a considerably higher rating than the Stillwater lift bridge.
The lift bridge was never intended to carry the level of traffic that it currently does. The Twin Cities has seen enormous growth since 1930 — as has the entire region. A bridge that was sufficient 80 years ago is simply inadequate now. All too often, drivers are caught in backups that stretch for miles. This has created serious safety concerns, as motorists cut corners and look for ways to cross the river more quickly.
The outdated bridge poses more than just a safety concern. This inadequate infrastructure imposes limits on economic growth in the region. When workers and commerce can’t move quickly and efficiently, jobs, investment, and growth go elsewhere. This has become a serious problem for people on both sides of the St. Croix River.
My experience in manufacturing and business has also taught me how economic development can positively affect an area when a major project is initiated. The economic impact of a new bridge on the local communities — both during construction and after — will be decidedly positive. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, more than 6,000 full time workers will be required during peak construction. In addition, this upgrade of an important element of regional infrastructure will help facilitate economic development for decades.
It has been 30 years since the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota began working with the Department of Transportation to determine a way to replace the bridge. It has been nearly 10 years since a group of 27 stakeholders started meeting to try to develop a concrete plan. And it’s been six years since those stakeholders came together in near unanimity on a way forward: the existing bridge would be retained for pedestrian and bicycle crossings, while a new one was built for vehicles. That bridge would be built with a combination of state and federal money — funds that have already been provided. With clear direction and buy-in from those most affected, it seemed only a matter of time before the project was under way.
Since then, the biggest obstacle has been federal regulations that prevented a new bridge from being built. The well-intentioned Wild and Scenic Rivers Act effectively blocked any action. Instead of seeking a balance between economic development and environmental protection, some interest groups have resolutely stood in the way of a compromise.
Despite this opposition, Wisconsin and Minnesota members of Congress from both parties worked together to break the logjam. In November, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the St. Croix River Crossing Project Authorization Act. Both Congressional delegations then met with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to express support for the legislation. The bill grants an exemption that allows the crossing to be built with safeguards to ensure it has a minimal impact on the environment. The bill was approved by the Senate Monday.
Passage of this legislation is an important bipartisan achievement of the Congressional delegations of Wisconsin and Minnesota. It would not have been possible without the hard work of bill sponsor Senator Amy Klobuchar, who has been a real leader on this issue, as well as myself, Senator Al Franken and Senator Herb Kohl. Hopefully the House with the strong leadership of Representatives Michele Bachmann, Chip Cravaack, Sean Duffy, and Ron Kind will soon pass the bill and deliver a common sense win for the entire region.
Senator Johnson Calls for Presidential Leadership on Deficit
Tuesday marked 1,000 days since the Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a budget. Last year, President Obama’s budget was so unserious, it lost in the U.S. Senate by a vote of ZERO to 97.
Last year, President Obama extracted an agreement from Congress that will ultimately increase the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion - more debt than the United States accumulated in its first 200 years of existence. It will take Washington less than two years to blow through that debt limit.
Even the smallest businesses and organizations produce budgets. Failure by the Democrat-controlled Senate to pass a budget is a national scandal. Proposing and adopting a budget is essential if we are to begin to get federal spending under control. We are committing intergenerational theft. It is wrong. It is immoral. It must stop.
For the first time in nearly three years, we can only hope President Obama, Senator Harry Reid and the Senate Democrat majority will do the job the American people expect of them and commit to passing a budget by the legal April 15th deadline.
Senator Johnson Commends March for Life
On Monday, hundreds of thousands of Americans of all ages, races, and faiths and from all walks of life came together in Washington for the March for Life. Many of the people who were here have been making this trip annually for years – following their consciences and dedicating themselves to a common cause.
I want to thank you for committing your time and efforts to changing hearts and minds. It has been said that a society is judged by how it treats its weakest members. There is no one weaker in the American family than the unborn child. We all look forward to the day your commitment and support is finally rewarded.
Senator Johnson Responds to State of the Union Address
On September 30, 1987, our total federal debt was $2.3 trillion. It took our ancestors over 200 years to accumulate that much debt. Last year, Washington passed an agreement that will increase the debt ceiling by another $2.1 trillion, and we’ll blow through that in less than two years
Today marks 1,000 days since the Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a budget. Last year, President Obama’s budget was so unserious; it lost in the United States Senate by a vote of ZERO to 97. Not one member of the President’s own party voted for his budget, and he put no pressure on Senate Democrats to pass one of their own. As a result, the largest financial entity in the world, our $3.6 trillion federal government, is running totally out of control.
On the single greatest threat currently facing America, our unsustainable deficit spending and growing debt, President Obama and his party have shown absolutely no leadership. Instead, the man who said he would unite us has purposely sought to divide us by pitting one group of Americans against another.
In his efforts to divert attention away from his miserable economic record, he is targeting scapegoats in order to blame anyone but himself and his policies. He fully understands the ugly division he is sowing in America, but his willingness to do so demonstrates his lack of good will in working with those of us who genuinely want to solve our fiscal problems.
President Obama is talented at giving a good speech, but his actions speak far louder than his words. He says he wants to create jobs, invest in shovel ready infrastructure projects, and reduce America’s dependence on Middle East oil. But then he kills the Keystone XL pipeline, and the 20,000 jobs and $20 billion of private sector infrastructure spending that died with it.
In the year ahead, Americans will have a choice. Do we want to follow President Obama down his path of bigger government, unsustainable debt, higher taxes and energy costs, a government takeover of healthcare, and anemic economic growth? Or, do we want to put our nation on a path toward true prosperity and economic security?
That prosperity can only be achieved by growing our economy though the private sector, reducing Washington's spending and over regulation, maximizing our domestic energy resources, repealing Obamacare, and enacting common sense, pro-growth tax reform.
It is time for America to choose.
Senator Johnson meets with constituents at a March for Life Event
Senator Johnson speaks at a press conference calling for the Senate to pass a budget
Senator Johnson speaks with constituents traveling from Wisconsin
Senator Johnson questions economists about deficits and debt at a Senate Budget Committee hearing
Mobile Office Hours Announced Around Wisconsin
This week, I announced that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency, or regarding other federal matters.
Tuesday, January 31st, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Howard Village Hall, Duck Creek Meeting Room
2456 Glendale Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54313
Tuesday, January 31st, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Shawano County Court House, Lower Level Room A
311 North Main Street, Shawano, WI 54166
Wednesday, February 1st, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cadott Village Hall
110 Central Street, Cadott, WI 54727
Wednesday, February 1st, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thorp City Hall, Council Chambers
300 West Prospect Street, Thorp, WI 54771
Wednesday, February 1st, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Taylor County Courthouse, West Entrance Conference Room
224 South Second Street, Medford, WI 54451