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Curmudgeon's Corner

cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner

ObamaCare Backlash...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

An interesting thing is happening in the world of public opinion; there is a decided ObamaCare backlash being identified by the polls.

Rasmussen, the poll I think most likely to be accurate since it polls 'likely voters', has found that there are now 58% opposed versus 38% in favor of ObamaCare.  People seem to be thinking a bit more for themselves rather than simply ignoring and/or accepting the politicians' word for what is included/excluded.  The numbers above, interestingly, track quite closely with the percentage of Democrats versus the percentage of Republicans and Independents combined.  That suggests that the indications of a significant change being possible in the elections this year might well be realized.

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The Shame Of It...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Taxes

Shame, shame, shame!

The all-powerful Democrats are now staging the latest 'behind closed doors' set of shenanigans having to do with our health care system.  The final act of bringing the two health care bills, those of the House and of the Senate, together should be conducted in full sight with a formal conference committee meeting in the open.

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Village Buzz - January 6th - Updated

Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, Village Buzz, School Board, Education, Village Board

Interesting Candidate Mix For Village President...

The time period for candidate filings closed yesterday at 5:00PM and there are three candidates to replace Tom Kempinski as Village President following his decision to not run for re-election given family issues he cited. 

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First Puns For 2010...

Potpourri

Blame the person who sent the e-mail to me:

~The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.  He acquired his size from too much pi.

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Health Care Plans Kept Under A Bushel...

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The lack of information on the Senate and House health care reform bills that has been provided to citizens is likely happening that way for a purpose.  When I visit with generally well-informed people, there seems a void of knowledge and, thus, a lack of consternation about what our health care system will look like after the passage and the President's signature.

The fact that Congress and the White House do not want us to know the specifics is telling.  The idea that the bills are available for anyone to look at is a bit ridiculous when one begins to attempt to dig through the mass of "government-speak" and "misdirection" that is to be found in the two bills.  We are not to know because that would lead to an even greater amount of public push-back than is already occurring.

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Something Afoot...

Political, U.S., Wisconsin

According to Scott Rasmussen, there is something afoot in America.  He reports today that 75% of Republican voters believe the Republicans in Congress are "out of touch" with them.  By that, they mean that Republicans in Congress are more liberal than they feel they, the voters, are in their political belief systems.

This ties in with a decided bent toward conservatism across America and makes me wonder if we are in the midst of a sea change in the political base on the right side of the aisle.  I suspect that we may be; this has been a long time coming and it might just have arrived at this point.

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Politics in 2010

Political, U.S., Wisconsin, Quality of Life

Politics in 2010...a mixed bag at best depending upon the political party with which you most closely align.

The polls generally tell the pollster whatever the pollster was looking for based upon the construction and wording of the polling questions.  The polls in Massachusetts show that both the Democrat and the Republican could be winners.  The polling that favors the Democrat candidate for Senate is aimed at the voters at large, while the polling that favors the Republican is aimed at likely voters.

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How Could This Happen?

Potpourri, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

Koss Corporation has been in the news for some time over the diversion of funds by at least one employee.

Each time a new story is printed, the estimate of dollars involved rises.  The latest number being discussed is about $31 Million, with $10 Million of that having been siphoned from the company's account in the first two quarters of their fiscal year 2010.  The losses are now reported to have originated prior to 2005 but the company says it will only look at the books for 2005 and later.

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Washington Scramble...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The "Washington Scramble" is in full bloom.  Our politicians have had a dose of reality and the scramble is on.

Sen. Feingold held a couple of 'town hall' meetings, claimed the people were about 50-50 on the subject of health care reform, and probably had nightmares those evenings.  The people were about 90-10 against, if truth be told.  Of course, as some have told us, these meetings were held in the heartland of conservatism in Wisconsin.  Time will tell.

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Bushy-Browed Curmudgeon...

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Quality of Life

It is only fitting that we pay tribute to Andy Rooney this morning on his 91st birthday.  He is among the consummate "curmudgeons" of this era.

He served as a war correspondent during WWII in Europe and received the Bronze Star from the Army for his service.

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The Race Watched 'Round The Nation...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The race in Massachusetts for the permanent replacement for Sen. Ted Kennedy is “the race watched ‘round the nation”.

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Losing Our Freedoms...

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

The charade called “health care reform” is drawing to a close…one way or the other.

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The Arrogance...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The “Ted Kennedy” seat election happens tomorrow in Massachusetts. The arrogance of the Democrats to call a seat in the United States Senate the “Ted Kennedy” seat is nothing short of astounding to me.

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Anti-Democrat, Pro-Republican?

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

Many of us who are politically attuned await the outcome of today’s vote in Massachusetts.  All the latest reports suggest that Scott Brown, the Republican, will best Martha Coakley, the Democrat by as much as double-digits.  The actual outcome is probably less important in the long pull than is the fact that Americans are signaling they desire change.

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Post-Election Take-Aways...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

Post-election take-aways; there are many but I’ll focus on the basics for today.

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What Next?

Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

What next?  The dust is beginning to settle following the upset election results in Massachusetts. 

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Village Buzz, January 22nd...

Village Buzz, Village Board, Taxes, School Board, Political, Germantown

One Down…

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Scrolls

Quality of Life

If talk of religion is a turn-off for you, you may wish to skip this blog topic.

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Politics...

Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin, Germantown

Politics has been defined as social relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power.

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Free Speech Decision

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided last week on a significant case involving freedom of speech and the impact of money on elections.  That decision has caused much wringing of hands on both sides of the issue.

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State of the State, 2010

Economy, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Wisconsin

It became clear to me last evening that I am living in a different Wisconsin than that described by Gov. Doyle in his final State of the State message.

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State of the Union 2010

Economy, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The President has delivered his first State of the Union message and I heard him say that Republican obstructionism was the reason that there is no health care reform bill passed yet.  It appears that he has chosen to ignore the simple fact that the Democrats had an unassailable majority in both the House and the Senate and him in the White House.  There are many reasons that there is no health care reform bill yet passed, but Republican obstructionism was not among them; the Republicans were not actively engaged in this effort by the Democrats other than as foils in press conferences.

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They Still Don't Get It...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

They still don’t get it, do they?

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This & That - January 30th

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

Do We Really Need Government Meddling In Bowl Games?

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