Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Founding Fathers Quote

If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.

John Adams

Supreme Court Takes Up Affirmative Action Case

Supreme Court Takes Up Affirmative Action Case: The Supreme Court said today it would take up another hot-button social issue – affirmative action – around the time of the next presidential election. The court has agreed to hear a case brought by Abigail Fisher, a white student, who says she was denied...

RIA Novosti: S-400 Missiles Deployed in W. Russia

RIA NovostiNew S-400 Triumf air defense systems have been delivered to Russia’s Western Military District and will be put on alert duty in a monthS-400 Missiles Deployed in W. Russia
15:09 21/02/2012 New S-400 Triumf air defense systems have been delivered to Russia’s Western Military District and will be put on alert duty in a month>>

Bullying Still An Issue For Wisconsin Students

Interesting article about how students feel on a range of issues affecting them. I found particularly intrieging the response about bullying. We recently suffered a bullying issue with our autistic son. I am happy to say that the school has effectively dealt with the issue and it is no longer continueing. This is why it is so important that when parents know their child is being bullied that they not back down until the school also acknowledges it. Bullying can be stopped, as our case proves, when schools and parents work together. Everyone wins when bullying is tackeled as a serious issue. Thumbs up to our school district. After all, it is about the children.

h/t: Crivitz School District

Ron Paul Ad - Rick Santorum a Conservative?

Ron Paul Hits the Campaign Trail in Michigan

Ron Paul Hits the Campaign Trail in Michigan

Makes three-day visit to the Great Lakes state

LAKE JACKSON, Texas– The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign announced today the candidate’s schedule. Congressman Paul will make a three day visit to Michigan ahead of the state’s primary on February 28th.

On February 26th Dr. Paul will address small business owners at an event in Hudsonville hosted by Terry Bowman, founder and chairman of Union Conservatives, a group of union members who are opposed to being forced to pay unions dues as a condition of employment. The following day Paul will address students and supporters at Michigan State University.

Details of the events are as follows. All times Eastern.

Sunday, February 26th

4:00 p.m.
Speech to small business owners
The Pinnacle Center
3330 Highland Drive
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Monday, February 27th

4:00 p.m.East Lansing Rally
Concert Auditorium
Michigan State University
149 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Please note a more detailed schedule will follow as more events are added.###

RON PAUL IS THE CHOICE OF THE TROOPS! (march on the White House)

Ron Paul Believes Social Issues are Winning Issues if They Are Constitutional Issues

Ron Paul Believes Social Issues are Winning Issues if They Are Constitutional Issues

Ron Paul Leads in Defense Contributions

Ron Paul Leads in Defense Contributions

Monday, February 20, 2012

In Desperate Attempt to Save Obama, NPR and AP Hype Another Catholic Church Scandal

In Desperate Attempt to Save Obama, NPR and AP Hype Another Catholic Church Scandal

Ron Paul Rally In Seattle, WA

h/t: Ron Paul Flix

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

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. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and on Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

Ready, Set, Build! Initiative for Shovel-ready Site Certification Launched
This week I announced the “Ready, Set, Build!” initiative to identify certified sites for business development in Wisconsin. For years, the lack of certified sites has been a weakness in growing jobs in our state. Now with “Ready, Set, Build!” job creators can come to Wisconsin with the ability to grow right away.

This intiative will increase the availability of pre-certified property ready for development, which will help attract and grow jobs in Wisconsin. Site certification will eliminate many of the delays associated with shovel-ready site identification, and ultimately increase Wisconsin’s competitiveness for business growth and job creation.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will be overseeing the “Ready, Set, Build!” proram and will be in charge of selecting a qualified businesses to provide site certification services. The WEDC is in the process of selecting a qualified firm with experience in corporate site selection and site certification. It is anticipated that the site certification program will be available for implementation in spring. A number of factors will go into evaluating these sites, such as minimum site size, utility and transportation infrastructure in place, physically and technically developable, environmental assessments, quality of labor force and support by local communities.

“Ready, Set, Build!” will help eliminate the lost opportunities for job creators looking to start a new business, expand or locate in Wisconsin by resolving pre-development issues involving things like clear titling, permits, zoning or public infrastructure.
This new initative will provide yet another opportunity for job creators to come and stay in Wisconsin. You can view a full report on the “Ready, Set, Build!” intiative by accessing the following website: http://walker.wi.gov/Images/News/2.14.12%20READY%20SET%20BUILD%20REPORT.pdf.
Wisconsin Exports Grow in 2011
This week the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released information showing there was a record high in 2011 for Wisconsin agricultural exports, with a total value of $2.85 billion. The state’s agricultural exports in 2011 grew by 18% over 2010. Overall Wisconsin exports for 2011 increased by 11.4% to $22.0 billion according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

It is good news for our state’s economy that exports in Wisconsin are increasing. This shows how companies in Wisconsin are taking advantage of opportunities around the world to grow their own business and grow our economy. I am particularly pleased that agricultural exports continue to be strong—businesses and family farms from all across our state are exporting their products to customers around the world. It is important that we look to markets beyond our borders as one important strategy to produce job-creating growth for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin was ranked 16th among states for agricultural exports in 2011, an improvement from a rank of 17th in 2010. The top agricultural export markets for Wisconsin in 2011 were Canada, Mexico, South Korea, China, and Japan. The most valuable agricultural export category in 2011 was cereal grains, which includes wheat, corn and barley. Other top agricultural exports categories include beverages, dairy, eggs, and honey, baking-related products and miscellaneous foods.

Aside from agriculture, Wisconsin’s industrial machinery exports, which account for 31% of all state exports, increased 8.3% over 2010. The products with the largest increase in exports were construction and farm machinery and refrigerators and freezers. Exports of electrical machinery, transportation equipment, and paper products also increased in 2011. The top export markets for Wisconsin in 2011 were Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, and Australia. Exports to Canada accounted for 32.3% of the state’s total exports, an increase of 17% over 2010.
Apply to Serve in State Government
We have a substantial number of open positions available on various state boards, commissions and in other areas of state government. Please visit walker.wi.gov/Serve-Wisconsin to find information on these positions.

Positions frequently become available, so if you are interested in serving please apply and our office will keep your application on file. If you’ve been looking to get involved in state government this is a great way to use your skills to serve the residents of Wisconsin!
Just Ask the Governor: Part V

Each e-update I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.

Question: Why did you choose to greet President Obama?

Answer: This week President Obama visited Wisconsin for the first time in about a year. The White House reached out to my office earlier this week and invited me to welcome the President to Wisconsin.

I have the utmost respect for the Office of the President of the United States.

I’ve used these opportunities to greet the President to share a few small pieces of Wisconsin sports with him. The last time President Obama came to Wisconsin I gave him a Packers jersey, this time I gave him his own Brewers jersey that had “Obama 1” printed on it.
I was also pleased that the President highlighted two companies we worked with during the past year to create jobs in Wisconsin. I worked closely with the City of Wausau to bring Collaborative Consulting to our state. The President also mentioned Diamond Precision Products, another company our administration worked with to help them grow in our state.

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

Sen. Ron Johnson: Weekly Report from Washington

February 17, 2012

Senator Johnson Comments on President Obama's Proposed Budget
Before I was sworn into the United States Senate, I ran a manufacturing company for 31 years. I learned to look past the symptoms of a problem to identify the root causes. And to me, slow growth and weak job creation are the symptoms of the problem: the root cause is the size, scope, and cost of government. In 2010, government at all levels consumed 39.2 percent of our economy. Nearly 40 percent of our economy was filtered through government at some level. Our national debt – which was just $2.3 trillion at the end of fiscal year 1987 – will reach $25.9 trillion by 2022, under President Obama’s budget.
As former Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said, the national debt ‘is by far our biggest national security threat.’ Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently said that the dynamic is ‘clearly unsustainable.’ Instead of tackling the problem, the President is proposing the largest tax increase in American history – one which would destroy jobs rather than create them. The President has talked about cutting spending. But he proposes $47 trillion in spending over the next ten years, as compared to the $46 trillion he proposed in his last budget. That’s not a cut. He has no proposal to save Social Security and Medicare. He has ignored the risks of rising interest rates and slowing growth – either of which would add trillions to our debt and deficits. Quite simply, he has failed to lead.
Senator Johnson Questions Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on President Obama's Budget
Click here to watch my questions for Secretary Geithner on President Obama's 2013 budget.
Senator Johnson Testifies Before House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Click here to watch my testimony.
On Wednesday, I was invited to testifiy to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing, “Why Reshuffling Government Agencies Won't Solve the Federal Government's Obesity Problem." Below is the testimony I gave:
Good morning Chairman Issa, Ranking Member Cummings, Members of the Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in today’s hearing.
We are entering the fourth year of an administration that promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of its first term. The United States incurred a deficit of $459 billion in 2008, the year before President Obama entered office. Yet the deficit grew to $1.4 trillion in FY2009, followed by $1.3 trillion in 2010, $1.3 trillion in 2011, and OMB has just projected another deficit of $1.3 trillion for 2012.
Any proposal to consolidate operations that would actually reduce spending would be welcome and should be enacted. But when placed in proper perspective to the magnitude of our budget and regulatory crisis, President Obama’s requested fast-track reorganization authority looks more like an election year talking point than a serious cost cutting proposal.
Why should the American people take this proposal seriously when President Obama’s FY 2013 budget adds $10.6 trillion to our current debt level, and proposes spending $47 trillion over the next ten years? This compares to his budget from last year that proposed spending $46 trillion over ten years. Where are the spending cuts?
The Federal Government is obese. For fifty years, from 1960 through 2008, federal spending averaged 20.2% of Gross Domestic Product. Last year, it exceeded 24%, and without reform, will consume 35% of our economy by the year 2035. As Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke stated in his testimony before the Senate Budget Committee last week, “this dynamic is clearly unsustainable.”
Federal spending is the visible portion of government fat. Federal regulations are the less visible plaque clogging the arteries of our economy. According to a study commissioned by the Small Business Administration, it cost $1.75 trillion to comply with federal regulations in 2008. That amount is larger than all but eight economies in the world, and is a burden imposed by Washington on job creators each and every year.
Re-shuffling agencies, akin to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic, will do little to slow the out of control growth of the Federal Government. Instead of saving costs, consolidation efforts could take on a life of their own. For example, while the mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a worthy one, no one knows if the cost of consolidating 22 agencies is worth the price-tag. A 2011 study by Ohio State University estimates that the total cost to the economy of homeland security measures tops $1 trillion. With more than 230,000 employees, DHS is now the third largest Cabinet department. Yet an unqualified audit of its operations remains elusive and unfulfilled.
And let’s face it – the Federal Government is replete with unfulfilled promises. Our $16 trillion war on poverty is impoverishing America. In 1965, 0.3% of the population (561,000 individuals) received food stamps. Today, that number has increased to 46 million, or 14.8% of all Americans. During the same time period, the percentage of families living below the poverty line has only slightly declined, from 13.9% to 11.1%, but the absolute number of individuals in poverty has almost doubled from 24 million to over 46 million. Partly as a result of government programs making out of wedlock births financially possible, those birthrates have skyrocketed from 7.7% in 1965 to 40.6% last year - with obvious negative economic implications for those families and federal, state and local budgets.
These are not metrics of success. They are profoundly disappointing metrics of abject failure.
As someone new to this process, it is apparent that Washington’s bias is geared for addition and rarely subtraction. Last year proved that the current political makeup of Washington does not possess the courage or will to adequately limit the growth of government. Enforceable spending controls, like the Commitment to American Prosperity, or CAP, Act and a Constitutional Amendment to limit the size of government, must first be passed to force everyone to negotiate spending priorities and entitlement reform. Everyone should be at the table, and everything should be put back on budget, subject to annual appropriations and 75-year solvency standards.
To address the growing regulatory burden on job creators, a regulation moratorium should be put in place until measures like the United Kingdom’s “one-in-one-out” rule and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, or REINS, Act can be enacted to achieve regulatory balance.
And finally, a bi-cameral Sunset Committee should be established with the sole mandate of identifying federal rules, regulations, and laws that do more harm than good and then recommending their elimination. In a government where most activities are additive, a permanent Sunset Committee would provide a formalized process for subtraction. That would be a welcome change.
Thank you for the opportunity to testify.
Senator Johnson Meets with Constituents Visiting Washington, D.C.
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.
Monday, February 20th, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mount Horeb Municipal Building, Board Room
138 East Main Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
Tuesday, February 21st, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
St. Croix Tribal Hall
24663 Angeline Avenue, Webster, WI 54893
Tuesday, February 21st, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Administration Building, Peter Larson Room
13394 West Trepania Road, Hayward, WI 54843
Wednesday, February 22nd, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Montreal City Hall
54 Wisconsin Avenue, Montreal, WI 54550
Wednesday, February 22nd, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Butternut Village Hall
301 Michigan Street, Butternut, WI 54514
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Prentice Village Hall
403 Center Street, Prentice, WI 54556
Friday, February 24th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Stephenson Public Library, Community Room
1700 Hall Avenue, Marinette, WI 54143

NRCC Raised $4.8 Million in January

NRCC Raised $4.8 Million in January