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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

They Live to Fight Another Day...Over Our Money

Taxes, Political, Economy

Considering the hand that was dealt, the Republicans came out of this dust-up in better position than expected.  The Bush tax rates were largely codified permanently and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was made permanent without the need to have it annually updated for inflation.  The AMT will now be automatically updated.

The vaunted ‘fiscal cliff’ is still out there but that won’t be dealt with until mid-February, if then.  It lives to make more shenanigans possible by the ruling class as it works to do away with fiscal cliffs.  We have some very serious cuts that need to be made, especially in the Defense Department.  That must be balanced against the still very dangerous world in which we live.  We have some social welfare programs, not the least of which is Social Security, that need to be made self-sustaining either through greater contributions, lesser benefits or a combination.  That has always been a ‘third rail’ for politicians.

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Our President

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

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Quotations for Reflection

Potpourri, Quality of Life

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Richfield Lioness Contest

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri

Press Release


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Making a Splash

Wisconsin, Political, County Board, Quality of Life

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ObamaCare Revisited

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

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Checks & Balances

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Afghan Agreement?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Is It Time To Revisit?

Village Buzz, Village Board, MATC, Political, Wisconsin, Education

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So There!

U.S., Political, Economy, Healthcare, Employment, Taxes

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Executive Orders to Control Guns

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

An interesting array of things the President issued his orders concerning today; certainly not as daunting, on the surface, as some had opined.  There are probably going to be some additional actions and among those may be the EPA weighing in on lead containment.  I doubt this is going to cut into the fever of gun purchases evidenced every time I drive past Gander Mountain and Cabela's; if anything, it will increase the fever.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

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Gun Control

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Trojan Horse?

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life

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A Coming Together of Trajectories...

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, People Making A Difference

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Political Pettiness

U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Education, Quality of Life, School Board, Village Board

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Is This The Way It Will Be?

Quality of Life, Wisconsin, Political, People Making A Difference

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The "Nuclear Option"

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Grunts & Gruntettes?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Defining Political Boundaries

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Sheriff Clark & His PSA

Wisconsin, U.S., Quality of Life, Political, People Making A Difference

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Its On Sale...

U.S., Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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The Hawks Have Their Game Going Bigtime

Village Buzz, Germantown, Education, People Making A Difference

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