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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

Village Buzz - July 9th

Germantown, Political, Quality of Life, Village Board, People Making A Difference

Discrimination Suit Filed...

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Perpetual Election Seasons...

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

President Obama has his head down and is charging to the goal line, seemingly oblivious of the mood of the country.  He continues to demonstrate that his apparent goal was to gain office and to make as many changes of as significant a nature as possible before he had to stand for re-election.  For any President to have been compared to former-President Carter in such a short time after taking office certainly must be significant.  Even the mainstream media has picked up on those vibes.

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Is There a VAT in Your Future?

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

VAT – Value Added Tax – looks more and more likely for the U.S.  It is widely used in other countries (over 130 have it) and our government does not appear to be thinking at all seriously about cutting our country’s expenses.  We can’t continue to spend more than we have, but our elected officials do not seem to understand that very simple rule of economics.

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Republicans Ready to Govern?

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

The last time the Republicans had the role of leadership in our national government, they did a poor job.  They spent money that we didn’t have and that didn’t need to be spent.  Political cronies were recipients of government largess.  There seemed little, if any, conviction as to how to guide the country.  Waffling was the watchword; positions were wishy-washy.  Politics was more important than governing.  Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

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My "Shadow" is Gone

People Making A Difference

“Shadow” was a 1st Sergeant in the National Guard unit I was assigned to following receipt of my shiny new 2nd Lieutenant’s bars many years ago.  He was wiry, a little shorter than me and had a twinkle in his eye.  He was, I have just learned, about 13 years my senior.

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Berwick's Recess Appointment Differs From Most

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

The recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick, to become the head of Medicare and Medicaid with the tangential duties as overseer of the new ObamaCare health plan, will prove to have been a critical appointment made without the Senate’s advice and consent role in place.

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Bits and Pieces - July 19th

Germantown, Quality of Life

Barleypop

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There Ought'a Be A Law

Economy, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Wisconsin

The old bromide, “there ought‘a be a law” came to mind yesterday with the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision that the raiding of the Patient Compensation Fund by our Governor and legislature was improper.

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Stop the world; let me off...

Quality of Life, U.S.

That seems the mantra of many Americans these days.  When asked, by the Rasmussen polling organization, “Do you favor a one-year moratorium on all new regulations?” a plurality favored doing just that.  38% favored a moratorium while 34% opposed it.  28% couldn’t decide; maybe they’re so over-loaded that they’re unable to think any longer.

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Unemployment Benefit Extension?

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

The extension of unemployment benefits raises some very tough issues.  On the one hand, we have high levels of unemployment.  On the other, we have no money to continue these benefits if jobs are not forthcoming sooner rather than later.  On the one hand, there are few jobs available and that might be the worse issue, but the apparently compassionate thing to do is to extend benefits.  On the one hand, we are being considerate of those who are not employed.  On the other, we risk creating a whole new group of dependent Americans.

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