The biggest fable of all is the “Don’t Tax the Job Creators” doctrine, formally called “Supply Side Economics”, “Trickle Down Economics” or, if you prefer, “Reaganomics”. It’s a hoax; a hoax that has persisted for 30 years in spite of contrary evidence. It will not work, does not work and never has worked (except for the very wealthy, the 1%). Graphs help make the truth vividly apparent. This graph is just one of several that show that since the advent of Reagonomics the very wealthy have exceedingly benefited more than others. Not convinced that Reagonomics is bad for you, then find more evidence at A Civil American Debate for an essay that provides a detailed factual scholarly analysis of this graph and several others.
“If there was ever any doubt that Mitt Romney’s got a disastrous plan for America—he made himself 100% clear when he picked right-wing extremist Paul Ryan as his running mate. Paul Ryan is bad for America. We can’t beat him if Americans don’t know everything he stands for”.
Above is the last paragraph of the last article in Allin’s Notes of 16 Aug. If you were not able to read it then click here to learn “everything he stands for.”
“There is too much at stake to allow pride or passion to influence your decision. Never for a moment believe that the great body of the citizens of any State or States can deliberately intend to do wrong. They may, under the influence of temporary excitement or misguided opinions, commit mistakes; they may be misled for a time by suggestions of self interest; but in a community so enlightened and patriotic as the people of the United States argument will soon make them sensible of their errors, and when convinced they will be ready to repair them.”
President Andrew Jackson circa 1830
as quoted by Jon Meacham in “American Lion”
If you thought, as I have, that Republicans in Door County were mostly of the relatively moderate breed, then you may change your mind after checking out their local website, http://door.wisgop.info/. There you will find one article after another of radical Tea Party rant — misquotes, conspiracy theories, intransigent politics, Bachmann support, and deference to the elite 1%. In a link dated July 23rd, Jim Diment claims “There’s no more room for compromise. When Republicans and Democrats worked together in the past, the result was almost always a bigger, more expensive government.”
What ever happened to center-right Republicanism? Their voices seem squelched — or perhaps, center-right attitudes only exist within the Democratic Party these days.
Many parts of the Affordable Care Act are already in effect and in use. The Supreme Court decision ensures that the provisions will stay in force. Which provisions affect you? Read this article “Affordable Care Act in Effect NOW“
The danger of looming “Sequestration Cuts” is 80K jobs lost, 9M students harmed. Read more on this new Issues page “Sequestration Will Hurt Education” Do you know what “Sequestration” means? You should. Education is not the only social service that will experience deep budget cuts. Check it out here.
Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don’t succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up.
That’s the title of an article by Sam Carmen. It’s the first page of the new OP/ED menu tab.
There is no shortage of bad jokes regarding the civil war in Wisconsin launched in February 2011. The first bad joke is a governor who has had several former key staff members be charged with and/or plead guilty to assorted … click here to read more.
Some people seem to be under the impression that if they do not volunteer to help, we can win this election. This is NOT true! I promise you that if YOU do not help, we will not win.
YOU can make calls from home, YOU can have a coffee for your neighbors, YOU can work in the office, YOU can go door-to-door talking to your neighbors who are undecided how to vote or even whether or not to vote.
EVERY VOTE will count. The Republicans know this and are spending millions of $ mobilizing. To counter their $ we need millions of hours of volunteer time including yours. Trainings are held at the Sturgeon Bay office.
We always need more volunteers!
provided by Allin Walker
For those who don’t know, ALEC is an acronym for American Legislative Exchange Council. There are now two new pages on this site about ALEC under the ISSUES tab . ALEC EXPLAINED is a quick description of the What and Who of ALEC. In ALEC in Wisconsin is a table of ALEC model bills that have been enacted into our Law, complete with titles, descriptions and who benefits.
The qualifications for President are heatedly debated every four years, this year being no exception. However, Grover Norquist (of No Tax Increase Pledge fame) espouses a new and unique approach. He envisions a President that is little more than a tool of Congress and has whittled Presidential qualifications down to one – the ability to hold a pen. Speaking at “Americans for Tax Reform – CPAC 2012” on February 11, 2012 he proclaimed the following (emphasis added):
- “All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a President to tell us what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan Budget, which cuts spending $6 trillion.
- … The Republicans in the House have passed 24 plus bills that create jobs and opportunity and strip out regulations.
We just need a President to sign this stuff
- We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. … The leadership for the conservative movement will be coming out of the House and the Senate for the next 20 years. So, focus on picking the most conservative Republican who could win for each House seat and the most conservative Republican who could win for each Senate seat.
“And then, pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become President of the United States. [laughter & applause] … This is a change for Republicans to realize that body of where we are going to be is the House and Senate doing the work with the President signing the bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”
This is not a hoax. This is not an interpretation or caricature of his speech. These are his words. You can hear him on YouTube delivering, in person, the full text of this speech.
Although Presidential qualifications are important, Democrats would do well to review the later half of the first paragraph. Note the emphasis Norquist places upon the U.S. House and U.S Senate races, where conservatives expect the heart of their battle will be waged for the next several decades. Imagine what President Obama will face if Republicans hopes for Congress come true. Scary? Then image the same result with a President Romney, a President with the prerequisite Norquest qualification!
Did you know that Wisconsin has a “Stand Your Ground” law (also called The Castle Doctrine) similar to the one in Florida that has been in the news since February? It’s true. It passed the Assembly and Senate in November 2011, signed into law by Governor Walker and published last December, It started out as Assembly Bill 69 and ended as 2011 Wisconsin Act 94. Our Assemblyman, Garey Bies, voted in favor of it. So did our Senator, Frank Lasee, who also is a cosponsor.
Laws of this subject are heavily promoted by the NRA and based upon model legislation developed by American Legislative Exchange Council (A.L.E.C.), a conservative organization comprised of politicians and corporations including Walmart (a major gun retailer).
“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.”Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Radio address, October 26, 1939
“How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?” –“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence.” – “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959