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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

Let Us Hope This is the 'Real Marco'...

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

Way to go, Marco!!  Finally, The Donald had to withstand a dose of his own medicine and he wasn’t very good in that role.

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Politicians and Zero-Sum Games...

Economy, Employment, Politics, Quality of Life, U.S., Taxes, Healthcare

Zero-sum games are played by politicians with nearly every proposition they offer.  A zero-sum game can be defined as any situation in which each participant’s gain or loss is exactly balanced by the losses or gains of the other participants.

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What Would a Trump Presidency Look Like?

Politics, Quality of Life, U.S., Taxes, Economy, Military

The Trump phenomenon looks to continue rolling along with nary a hiccup.  He is not a conservative, and has never given signs that he was/is except to lay claim to the title.  He has a checkered business past even though he’d have us forget the bankruptcies; none of the FOUR were personal so they apparently don’t count in his world.  Eminent domain is simply a useful tool to assure his facilities’ parking lots are large enough.  The individual lives that happen to get in the way are, apparently, of no concern to Trump.

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Whatever Will Be Will Be...

Economy, Employment, Healthcare, U.S., Politics, Quality of Life

I have tended toward more politically-themed blogs of late than during non-election periods and came to the realization yesterday that I have been sucked into the vortex created by the candidates and news coverage.  Between the bombast of Mr. Trump and the purloined e-mails and Benghazi issues of Ms. Clinton, it has become too easy to slip into the political gutter.

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On To New Hampshire...

Politics, Taxes, Economy, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, U.S.

Republicans picked Cruz by about a 3.5% edge over Trump in ballots cast during the caucus event in Iowa.  That also saw Trump finishing in second (24.3%), with Rubio in a very respectable third place with 23.1% of the vote.  The nearest challenger after third place was Carson at 9.3%.

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Which Will It Be? Unlikeable or Unthinkable?

Politics, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, U.S., Taxes, Economy

Which will it be?  Unlikeable Hillary or Unthinkable Donald?  That is a distinct possibility as Iowans troop to their respective caucus sites tonight to cast their votes in the homes of fellow Iowans in the most unique approach to primary elections we have.

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Winners & Losers?

U.S., Politics, People Making A Difference, Economy

Who won in the Republican Candidates’ Iowa debate hosted by Fox News last evening?  Mr. Trump may’ve scored just by not being there.  That made the process more appealing for me since I wasn’t wishing he’d be quiet or that he would quit with his assorted grimaces and faces.  His absence also served to make Mr. Cruz the target of most of the other candidates on the stage last evening, and that proved interesting.

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The National Review on Donald Trump's Candidacy...

Politics, People Making A Difference, U.S., Terrorism, Taxes, Quality of Life, Economy

The National Review has taken its position on the candidacy of Donald Trump and has published the thoughts of many conservatives on its website.

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Politics in 2016...

Economy, Healthcare, Military, Quality of Life, Taxes, Terrorism, Politics, U.S.

Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s Mayor, for now at least, is just about as effective and loved as his former boss, President Barack Obama.  Emanuel has proved that he is, like his former boss, in over his head.  He loves the trappings but seems indisposed to handle the day-to-day issues.

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Happy New Year?

Economy, Employment, Healthcare, People Making A Difference, Politics, Quality of Life, Taxes, Terrorism, U.S.

It is almost humorous now; the dumping of more of Hillary’s State Department e-mails continued yesterday when about 5,500 pages were released.  State has apologized for being unable to get to this job sooner, and then mentions that it will release more next week.  She even hides behind the Christmas season.

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Vulnerabilities...

U.S., Terrorism, Economy, Military, Quality of Life

Our country has serious issues relating to data network security, and the violation of those networks by foreign agents.  This is a critical issue since we could be plunged into almost total chaos by the planting of malicious code.  Our national power system is among the targets and Iran appears to have been the latest culprit although North Korea has been in that same mode on a regular basis.

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The Lesser of Evils - 12/13/15

Politics, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, U.S., Terrorism, Taxes, Healthcare, Economy

The lesser of evils?  Is that what the next presidential election will come down to?  Will we be forced to go through the exercise of deciding between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?  That could very well be the outcome of this political season.  Hillary is a dead-lock for the Democratic nomination unless she finds herself indicted on some issue she has so far covered up from her Secretary of State days, something like Benghazi for example.  And that, frankly, is the longest of long shots no matter how much we conservatives might hope for such an outcome.

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Our President & Global Warming...

People Making A Difference, Politics, Economy, Military, Terrorism, Quality of Life, U.S.

The display of President Obama declaring that ‘global warming’ is the greatest threat our country and the world faces defies reality.  We face a greater and more immediate threat in the world that the President seems to wish would go away since he isn’t actively taking any meaningful steps to engage it; and that is the threat of terrorism represented by ISIS/ISIL.

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The UAW and Kohler Co...

Economy, Employment, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life

The UAW strike at Kohler Co. has shown a surprising, at least for me, gap between what the union has said to its members and what the company is saying to the press and its striking employees.  Maybe this is a genuine difference of opinion but one would think that facts would be essentially factual.  One or both sides in this strike may be at fault to one degree or another.

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Politics of Personal Destruction?

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

Politics of personal destruction?  That seems possible, even probable, in the world that Donald Trump occupies.  Mr. Trump seems to automatically move to a destructive approach applied to anyone and everyone who either gets too close in the polls or who is bold enough to question Trump’s positions on various subjects.

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House of Cards or Pig in a Poke?

Healthcare, Economy, Employment, Politics, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

The Affordable Care Act, now much better known simply as Obamacare, is experiencing some financial difficulties but the cavalry is riding to the rescue.  Or is it?

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Fox Business Debates...

U.S., Politics, People Making A Difference, Economy, Military, Taxes

The Republican Presidential candidate debates tonight promise to be interesting.  Given the hosting channel, Fox Business, and the people who will serve up the questions and control the debate (if debates can ever be controlled), I expect we’ll see a very professional, no nonsense debate tonight.  The panel members are comfortable in their own skins and have no need to try to be the ‘star’ of the evening.

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Milestones...

Economy, U.S., Politics, Military, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

There are milestones…and then there are MILESTONES.

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Funny If It Weren't So Sad...

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

As the saga of the selection of a Republican Speaker of the House continues, we are seeing the ugly underside of this Congressional group as portrayed by the current ‘conservative’ element which is more the ‘ultra-conservative’ element as it presents itself.  The largest group calls itself the House Freedom Caucus and is apparently the group that convinced Rep. Boehner to give up his seat.  There is another group led by Rep. King (R-IA) talking up the preferred candidate of the Conservative Opportunity Society.

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Confront or Ignore?

Economy, Employment, Healthcare, Politics, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

Many of us have heard of the ‘Cadillac tax’, as it is called, that is part of Obamacare (the inappropriately named Affordable Care Act).  That tax is designed to hit those with ‘rich’ health care benefit plans.  It assesses a significant penalty tax to discourage employers from retaining the health plans that cover most ‘everything’ from first dollar forward.  Those typically have been thought of as being the plans negotiated and/or sponsored by unions for their members, although some non-union employers use very generous health plans, also.

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Labor Day 2015...

Economy, Employment, Politics, Quality of Life, Wisconsin, U.S.

Special Notice:

A ‘Support Law Enforcement’ prayer vigil gathering will occur in the Germantown Police Department courtyard at 7:00PM on Monday (Labor Day) evening.  It is expected to last until approximately 7:30PM.  Please join if you are available and so inclined.

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102 and Counting...

Quality of Life, Politics, People Making A Difference, Milwaukee County, Economy, Education, Employment

102 since January 1st…homicides in Milwaukee, that is.  That is about one every 2 1/3 days.  102 killings in 236 days!  That pace will see nearly 160 deaths by years’ end.  The majority of those occur in the inner city.  I don’t know how many have been solved versus how many are unsolved, but that doesn’t change the facts.

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The Trump Juggernaut...

Politics, People Making A Difference, Economy, Taxes, U.S.

Clarence Darrow, an attorney who was a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, is quoted as saying:  “When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.”

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A Potentially Critical Shortage...

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

We have been hearing about a shortage that has an astounding story behind it even though it refers to a shortage of relatively small creatures defined as “pollinators”.  We are in danger of losing some of the things we dearly love to eat since these “pollinators”, typically honey bees, have been declining in numbers.

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A Curmudgeon's First Debate Take-away...

Politics, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, U.S., Economy, Employment, Healthcare

Take-aways from the first two Republican debates if you’re interested in my thoughts…

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Happy Birthday Medicare & Medicaid...

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

 Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law 50 years ago today by President Lyndon Baines Johnson who praised former President Truman for getting that ball rolling.  Here we are five decades later observing the two programs that are an integral part of life in our country, and that are huge federal budget items.

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Healthcare Merger Mania...

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

Health care insurers have been in a merger frenzy; fearful apparently that they might either get taken over or get lost in the dance of elephants.  The top five in size have now succeeded in making that group the top three presuming that all requisite governmental approvals are received.  These three will control a significant majority of the total market.

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Drone Drama...

People Making A Difference, Economy, Politics, Quality of Life

We are involved in the ‘Drone drama’ whether or not we wish to be involved.  Drones have captured much of our attention.  We were watching the audience at a recent July 4th Concert in Woodland Park, CO where a drone was being used to gather video to be used later in advertising, etc.

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Bernie or Hillary?

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

Madison lived up to its reputation yesterday when the Alliant Energy Center was filled with enthusiastic supporters of Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont.  Sen. Sanders is a self-described “democratic socialist” and is in the race to become the next President of the United States. He almost makes Hillary Clinton ‘seem’ conservative; almost.

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6 To 3 In Favor Of ObamaCare...

Healthcare, Politics, Quality of Life, U.S., Economy, People Making A Difference

The long awaited, or so it seems, decision on ObamaCare by the U.S. Supreme Court has been published and in a 6-3 decision the Supremes have upheld the language and say that the magic four words (established by the state) were ‘ambiguous’ but that all who enroll have access to the premium assistance given their view of the totality of the law.

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Political Dynasties

U.S., Politics, People Making A Difference, Economy

Dynasties seem all the rage these days.  Hillary and Jeb are banking on their belief that dynasties haven’t fallen on hard times.   Mark Belling hit on this yesterday and made the point that both campaigns use only the first name of each candidate.  We see Hillary and we see Jeb.  We don’t see Clinton and we don’t see Bush.

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Hackers Got Us; Will We Learn?

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

The federal government has been hacked and it seems rather likely, in spite of their protestations to the contrary, that this was done at the hands of China.  We have known of China’s organized approach to hacking and we have been shown pictures of the buildings from which all this activity seems to be driven.

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Mandatory Voting?

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

Mandatory voting; an interesting subject and especially interesting since it was mentioned a few days ago by President Obama who seems to think that people ought to be required to vote so that they would lose their right to complain about the outcome of the election.  I doubt seriously that those deciding to not vote are the ones who, the next day, complain about how the election turned out.  I also doubt that the President thinks that to be the reason he might like mandatory voting.

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We Need To Get This One Right...

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

We spend a lot of time, many of us anyway, on trying to promote the candidate(s) of our choosing.  Many spend a lot of money on that effort, as well.  For some, this is an exercise of personal power as we see with the billionaires who throw tens of millions upon tens of millions of dollars into the fray.  For the majority, this is an exercise in the use of freedoms guaranteed us by our Constitution.  For whatever our reasons, many of us are thoroughly engaged in the outcome we favor.  Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.  Some of those outcomes hang with us; I still remember the field of flowers suddenly being destroyed in the flash of an atomic bomb explosion that took Barry Goldwater to the loser’s position in the first election in which I became an active volunteer.

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Other Right-To-Work Thoughts...

Employment, Political, Quality of Life, Wisconsin, Economy

Right-to-work has taken center stage within the Wisconsin Legislature.  As was to be expected, this became an immediate political football with the Democrats decrying the possibility and the Republican leadership saying they can pass it and will pass it.

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Bad, Bad Staples...

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

President Obama has taken a shot at Staples, Inc. because this company has had the audacity to try to find the best ways to work with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while obeying the law and delivering good results for its stockholders.  He has said they are “undercutting” his law and says further that large corporations should not use the health insurance issue as an excuse for cutting wages.

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ObamaCare Premium Subsidies...

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

Those signed up for ObamaCare this year are averaging $268 per month in premium forgiveness.  There are some 6.5 million people in that category.  That totals nearly $21,000,000 annually in subsidies paid by the government to the health plans providing the coverage.  It is easy to see why the major health insurance companies were so eager to jump onto the ObamaCare bandwagon.  Their revenue streams have taken a significant jump and their profits have increased also.

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Homeland Security Shut Down?

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

It is surprising to learn (tongue firmly in cheek), but our Congress is fighting over the budget numbers for the Homeland Security Department.  I had to think hard about just what this Department is responsible for and who it oversees.  If there is going to be a budgetary lapse, just who will be affected and at what cost to our country?

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The Wisdom of Solomon...

U.S., Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Politics, People Making A Difference, Healthcare, Economy

 The Wisdom of Solomon would be handy for our U.S. Supreme Court as it decides the issue raised concerning government subsidies to help pay for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.  A look at the current information for Wisconsin gives some background:

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The State of the Union...

U.S., Politics, Quality of Life, Employment, Economy, Healthcare

The State of the Union, in the opinion of the President, is different than it is in my opinion. I know that cuts absolutely no ice except in my mind. I also know that it appears I am in for a very long two years. This was obviously to be expected since he is liberal and I am conservative. He is striving to leave his mark on the office and I would have him do as little harm to our country as possible. His interpretation of events seems to contrast with my interpretation; and, I fully understand that my interpretation influences no one but me…and maybe a handful of other like-minded people. This all serves to point up just how important elections are, and that goes for every election from that for a Village Board member to that for the President of the United States. We sometimes seem to think that we can sit out an election without doing any harm having done so. That may sometimes be true but we take a decided risk if too many of our persuasion have the same idea. We are beginning the process of selecting the Republican candidate for the next Presidential election. The folks in Iowa will have some say in this process as will those in other states that have active political groups. We appear to be among the states that will have a candidate in this race. Governor Walker is making all the moves and saying all the things we’d expect from a prospective candidate for President. Some would have him in the top three on the Republican side. I don’t know if that is a good spot to be in if people become jaded in their expectations of what he’ll say and do along the way. He’ll still have to make some decisions for the state while he is on that trail and those may not necessarily be the kinds of decisions that will enhance his standing. We are also in the process of selecting the most favored Democratic candidate. There are several who seem to believe they have a decided advantage in that process by dint of name and/or past service. It remains to be seen just who that candidate will be but the race to that end will be interesting to watch. If the current President proves nothing else than that governing experience is important, that is fine. We cannot, in my opinion, afford to have another learn-on-the-job President given the state of our nation (notwithstanding President Obama’s opinion on the subject), and the state of the world in which we live. A sitting or former Governor would seem better qualified from the executive perspective. He or she would’ve been there and done that, so to speak, even though the decisions at the national level are so very much more critical than at a state level.

Affordable Care Act Test Vote?

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

Republicans reportedly will test the waters on changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by proposing to move the definition of full time from the current 30 hours per week back to the traditional 40 hours per week.  They feel this is the slam dunk issue if one exists.

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Off to a Great Start for 2015

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

The following came to me this morning from a good friend and I thought it worthy of being shared.  My comments are found at the very bottom of the piece.

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Normalizing Relations?

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

Normalizing relations?  With Cuba?  Wow.

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Unforeseen Consequences in ObamaCare

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

 A largely unanticipated issue has apparently been recognized:  medical debt appears to be a significant issue on credit reports.  That is not too surprising except that it affects about 20% of the people in the country to one degree or another.

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Obamacare Spikes Coming...

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

The December 9th Opinions page in our Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an article written by Stephen T. Parente titled “Obamacare spikes are coming”.  It discusses the relatively hidden things in that law that will almost assure a major spike in the cost of health care coverage that will hit in 2017 and after.  Mr. Parente is the director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota.  He is also a professor of health finance at the U of M.  With his credentials having been displayed, we can proceed to the expectations he sheds light on:

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Do Republicans Remember How To Govern?

Political, People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy, Education, Employment, Taxes, U.S.

With the defeat (a/k/a dumping) of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), there are some amazing numbers floating around:

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Let's Hear It For OPEC...

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

Let’s hear it for OPEC…and especially for OPEC’s continued greed and perceived lack of alternatives.  The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has decided to avoid reducing the production of its member countries which almost assures a continued slide in the price of gasoline that you and I pay at the pumps.  I paid $2.689 as a Costco member yesterday; I cannot remember paying this little for a long time (little, of course, being a lot more than I used to pay).

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High Political Theater

Politics, U.S., Quality of Life, Economy, Employment, Education

 Where does anyone begin to review and assess what our President did last evening?  He, of course, claims that what he did was completely within his legal authority.  He told us that he wasn’t doing anything that every Republican president since Reagan did with Executive Orders.

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Don't Squander The Opportunity...

U.S., Politics, Taxes, People Making A Difference, Healthcare, Economy, Employment

The Washington world is one of intrigue, broken promises and broken laws.  That promises to be demonstrated more and more as we find ourselves watching the final two years of the Obama Presidency with a Republican-dominated Congress.

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Cap Times: Still Having a Tough Time Accepting

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Politics, People Making A Difference, Economy

The Capital Times in Madison seems to have difficulty in accepting the fact that Governor Walker managed yet another victory.  Oh, it accepts the fact that Walker has won three times in a row but it somehow has managed to reach the conclusion that even if Walker won, his policies lost.

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"Tell me about it."

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

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One Down, One To Go...

Politics, People Making A Difference, Economy, Employment, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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Race for The Governor's Office...

Politics, Wisconsin, Taxes, Education, Economy, Employment

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$15 per Hour?

Economy, Politics, U.S.

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Nasty Old Walgreen's...

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

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Israel and the Middle East Revisted

Politics, U.S., People Making A Difference, Economy

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A Real & Willful Disconnect?

U.S., Taxes, Politics, People Making A Difference, Economy

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Will The Costs Of ObamaCare Be Sustainable?

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

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A Long Season of Ugly...

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

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The Impact of the ACA is Behind Us; Right?

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

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Republicans Avoided Embarrassment This Week-end

Wisconsin, Politics, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Economy, Employment

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I Wonder...

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

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Pandering For Votes

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

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Implications of Keystone XL Delay

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

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Farewell Ms. Lightning Rod

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

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Looking For a Health Insurance Policy?

U.S., Quality of Life, Politics, Healthcare, People Making A Difference, Economy

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7.1 Million People Enrolled...

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

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Is This Really Wise?

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

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A Man With a Pen and a Phone...

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

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Nature: Difficult to Control

U.S., Wisconsin, Economy, Employment, Quality of Life

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Closer & Closer To Real Numbers...

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

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President Obama Makes Another ACA Change

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

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Chess & Marbles...

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

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American TV No More...

Wisconsin, Economy, Employment

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Valentine's Day Is A Big Deal...

U.S., Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Economy

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Kicking The Can...

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

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The Politicization of Health Care

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

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Just When You Think It Can't Get Any Worse...

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

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Intentional or Coincidental Market Disruption?

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

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Continuing Saga of ObamaCare...

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

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More Employees Working Part-Time?

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

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ObamaCare Is A Greater Concern Every Week.

Healthcare, Quality of Life, Political, Economy

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Gross Ineptitude or Intentional All Along?

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

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Get It Together Republicans!

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

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Will It Never End?

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

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The Realities of ObamaCare

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

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ObamaCare Site Issues

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

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ObamaCare Website Functional?

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

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Everything You Need to Know About ObamaCare

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

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The Slippery Slope of Wealth Redistribution

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

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Is the Iran Deal a Good Thing?

Political, Economy, U.S.

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What Do We Do Now?

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

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Blatant Usurpation of Power

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

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Will The President Lead? If Not, Getting Out Of The Way Will Help!

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

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Ruminations for a Saturday Morning...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Political, Germantown, Economy, Healthcare

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It Seems Like Forever...

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

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In a Hole? Stop Digging!

Political, U.S., People Making A Difference, Economy, Healthcare

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Bad Apple Insurers?

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

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Is This Mess The Insurance Companies' Fault?

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

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Naive, Disingenuous or Liar?

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

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Waukegan or Kenosha?

Wisconsin, Political, Economy, People Making A Difference

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Washington, We Have a Problem 2

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

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ObamaCare In The Full Light Of Day

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

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Is ObamaCare A Train Wreck?

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

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Krauthammer Hit The Nail On The Head...

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

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HHS System Worse Than Thought...

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

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ObamaCare and Nationalized Health...

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

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Washington, We Have A Problem!

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

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Enough Already!

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

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Non-Essential?

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

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Shutdown Was Never In Doubt...

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

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Debt Ceiling Debate

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

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Right Track or Wrong Track?

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

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What? Me Worry About PPACA?

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

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Now That Is Diversification...

Wisconsin, Potpourri, Economy, Employment

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Fiscal Sanity...At All Levels

U.S., Wisconsin, Taxes, School Board, Political, Education, Germantown, County Board, Economy

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Parts of ObamaCare (ACA) Delayed

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

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Dangerous Confluence of Events

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

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What Are They Thinking?

U.S., Political, Taxes, Economy

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If It Quacks Like a Duck...

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

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What Congress Has Wrought Bites Back

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

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Internet Sales Tax?

U.S., Taxes, Political, Economy

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Budget All Nighters?

Wisconsin, Taxes, Political, Quality of Life, Education, Healthcare, Economy

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Caterpillar vs. Steelworkers

Wisconsin, Economy, Employment

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Connecting Job Report Dots...

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

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End the Dithering

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life, Education, Taxes, Economy

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Little Things Mean A Lot...

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

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Cyber Security

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

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Continued Sequester Silliness

U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Taxes, Economy

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Will "Affordable Care" be Affordable?

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

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Obesity in Wisconsin

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

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Keystone XL Might Stand a Chance

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

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Wow! A Senate Budget?

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

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The Duplicitous Fourth Estate

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

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SEQUESTER!

U.S., Taxes, Economy, Political

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The Minimum Wage Discussion

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

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So There!

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

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Our President

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

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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.

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My Dusty Crystal Ball...

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

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Loopholes?

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

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Is It Time?

U.S., Political, Economy, Taxes

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When Elephants Dance...

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

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Random Thoughts...

Village Buzz, People Making A Difference, Germantown, Economy

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The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight?

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

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Dear Washington. Get real!

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

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State Insurance Exchanges

Wisconsin, U.S., Taxes, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Economy, Employment

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Kabuki Dancing to the Edge...

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

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What Does It Say About Us?

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

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The Middle East Powder Keg...

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

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The Second Term Has Begun

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

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Could It Be? A Landslide?

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

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Important Decisions Required By Year-End

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

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One Week To Go

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

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Rite-Hite Letter to Employees

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

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Candy & Company

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference, Economy

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Taxes Increase If Bush Cuts Ended...

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

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Winners & Losers...

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

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Debt Will Kill Our Country

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

This video (click here) will show you, in a few short minutes, the predicament we've permitted ourselves to get into, and it is sobering at the very least.

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Oh To Be Able To Take It Back...

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

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Altitude or Attitude?

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

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Great Debate #1 is Amazing

U.S., Political, Economy, Employment, People Making A Difference

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Great Debate #1

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

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What Will November 7th Bring?

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

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The Politics of the Middle East

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

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"Are you better off?"

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

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The Final Stretch

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

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2016, Obama's America

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

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A Cancerous Tumor...

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

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The Energizer Bunny

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

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Ryan is the Choice

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

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Ryan or Rubio or ?

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference, Economy, Healthcare

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Circular Firing Squad - 1

Wisconsin, Political, People Making A Difference, Economy

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PPACA - The More Things Change...

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

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Retire Bush Tax Cuts?

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

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Corn For Food, Or Corn For Ethanol?

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

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Dear Governor Romney...

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

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A Couple of Things on a Saturday Morning

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

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Romney and the NAACP

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

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Sobering Thoughts

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

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ObamaCare/PPACA Winners & Losers

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

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Entitlements Unlimited?

Quality of Life, Political, Economy, Taxes

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ObamaCare (PPACA) Decision Critical

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

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Does the Emperor Have Clothes?

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

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Are You Satisfied?

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

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Happy Tax Increase

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

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Week In Review

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

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The Debates Are Finished!

Wisconsin, Taxes, Political, Quality of Life, Economy, Education, Employment, Germantown

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Dance of Fools?

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

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Two Weeks To Go

Wisconsin, Political, Economy, Employment, Quality of Life

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Will America Be Ready?

U.S., Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Political, Education, Economy

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What Drives The Recall Election Now?

Wisconsin, Political, Economy

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ObamaCare...The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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

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Fewer Left Standing...

Wisconsin, Political, Taxes, Quality of Life, Economy, Employment

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Huge Election Next Tuesday

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Economy, Education

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Does China Already Own Us?

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

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A Bit 'Inside Baseball', But...

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

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The "Presumptive Nominee"

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

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Are We the Next Europe?

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

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Lame Ducks Might Foul Our Nests

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

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Ignorance Might Be Bliss, But...

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

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The Donald's View of ObamaCare...

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

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Ryan 'likes' Romney

U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Economy

Paul Ryan, as you already know, made Mitt Romney his selection in the race for the Republican nomination.  That may be enough of a push to assure a significant victory for Romney in our election. 

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The Cost of Uncertainty

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

Uncertainty is at the root of much of the disruption we face today in the various markets that exist in our economy.  When that is coupled with energy costs, we have the makings of a tough summer and fall right when we will elect or re-elect a president.

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Lipstick On A Pig

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

Private sector adds 233,000 jobs was the headline on the story in the morning Journal Sentinel.  Then followed the statement: Unemployment rate unchanged at 8.3% after 3 strong months.

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The Newest Republican Senate Candidate

Wisconsin, Political, People Making A Difference, Economy, Taxes

Eric Hovde is officially in the race to replace Sen. Herb Kohl (D) who is not running for re-election.  Hovde has a lot of competition and will take his lumps as the long-time politicians who are his opponents in the Republican primary work him over.  Hovde has made a lot of money, so he is similar to our other Senator, Ron Johnson (R), in that he can provide a lot of funding from his own bank account if need be, and that is likely to be needed given the number of hands already reaching out for contributions.

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Iran, Israel & Us

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

The latest step in the dance that has been ongoing for a long time took place yesterday in the Whitehouse when President Obama met with Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

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Volt Jolt

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

General Electric announced a tough new program that required its employees with company vehicles to use Chevrolet Volts or lose their company auto privilege.  This involved GE buying tens of millions of dollars worth of these electric vehicles.

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Obama Budget Magic

U.S., Taxes, Economy, Political

President Obama has published his version of a 2013 budget, even though his Democrat-controlled Senate is unlikely to do the same since they haven't for well over 1,000 days in spite of the requirement they do so.

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The White House, Health Care & Old Folks

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

There is little secret that this White House wants to control virtually everything about our lives.  Health care, of course, has been the big target since PPACA (a/k/a ObamaCare) was passed in the dead of night.

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Circular Firing Squads

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

The last, I hope, Republican Presidential candidate debate was televised last evening.  I watched a good portion of it after returning home late in the evening.  First, I thought that John King of CNN did a decent job of spreading time around and of staging the questions.

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A Thousand Words

U.S., Political, Economy