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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

Concealed Carry Coming?

Political, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

The Sunday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial page carried a surprise.  The editorial board indicated that it could/would support concealed carry laws IF…

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Tea Party - Flash In The Pan?

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

The ‘Tea Party’ movement has prompted all kinds of commentary, including some that is intentionally derogatory from quarters that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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Will He Or Won't He?

Political, Wisconsin

Will Tommy Thompson finally decide to get back into the political fray and run against Feingold for the Senate seat that is up for grabs?

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Bipartisanship?

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

Bipartisanship has been the cry from the Obama Administration since it took office.  “Give us your recommendations Republicans, don’t just sit on the sidelines and snipe at ours.”

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New Politics?

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

Liberals have, somewhere along the timeline of politics, become Progressives.  I presume this occurred as the result of them having sufficiently sullied the popular interpretation of the meaning of the term “Liberal” more that it did as the result of any preference for the new term “Progressive”.

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This & That - February 8th...

Germantown, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Village Board

Super “Super Bowl” Game

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Village Buzz - February 9th...

Education, Germantown, Quality of Life, School Board

School District Happenings

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Village Buzz - February 10th (Updated)

Germantown, Police, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, Village Buzz

Village President Candidate’s Forum

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Bipartisanship In Action

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The nature of ‘bipartisanship’ is for there to be a real relationship between the two major political parties rather than simply ‘lip service’ to the concept.

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Read His Lips

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

Read his lips.

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Where Do We Go? How Do We Get There?

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

Where do we go and how do we get there?  Where do we want our government to go and how do we propose to get it from here to there?  Can we afford all the government we have or should we find ways to curtail the pure cost of government?  Do we have too many layers of government, or do we need all the representation we have?

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Back Home

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

Back Home.

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Tumultuous Political Year

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

We are in a most interesting political year.  It has already been tumultuous simply from the perspective of the number of current officeholders who have opted to drop out of politics.

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Offensive Rules Are Just That!

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The rules of offense that our troops are laboring under today in the ‘Stans are offensive to me; and, I suspect, to the troops although they’ll likely not say anything to that effect.

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The New Jersey of the Midwest?

Economy, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Wisconsin

The new governor of New Jersey has done exactly what he said he would do when he campaigned for that office.  He came out a day or two ago with the announcement that he had, by executive order, shut down the spending of some $2.2 Billion over the remaining four and one-half months of the current fiscal year in order to deliver a balanced budget at year's end.

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Unemployment & The Economy

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

Things aren’t good around our community and around our state, and around our nation.  We see unemployment running rampant, and there seems little real indication that our economy has regained the bounce in its step.

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Instant Heroes

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

Instant heroes are those people who find themselves in the moment where they decide to render aid and assistance to others rather than turning their backs and driving away.

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Health Summit Set-Up

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

The President called for a bipartisan health care summit; it is scheduled for Thursday, February 25th.  The President will be the ‘moderator’, and has just posted “his plan”.  He will be a very impartial moderator if we are to believe his rhetoric.

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Thursday Massacre?

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

The President’s efforts to revive the health care reform debate are looking more and more like pure politics.  In other words, his push looks like it is “all show and no go”.

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Are Profits Bad?

Economy, Quality of Life, Taxes

There appears, from time to time, a debate amongst commenters to this Blog that discusses “for-profit” and “not-for-profit” organizations and the relative merits of each.  The general thrust often devolves into the relative good or bad that ‘profits’ represent.

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Health Care Summit

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

The Health Care Summit is just over as this is being written.  The discussions pretty much followed the general party lines; the Democrats want to continue down the path they have had us on for the past year or more; the Republicans want the current efforts scrapped and the entire process begun again with open discussions and incremental rather than wholesale changes made.

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Winners & Losers - February 26th

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

Winners & Losers

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The Good Old Days

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

Monday marks the day that Medicare payments to physicians are to be cut by approximately 21%.

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