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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

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

Romney vs. Santorum

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

I meet every other week with a group of men in a Bible Study group and breakfast usually follows.  Those breakfasts often get to political discussions since there are some very strong thoughts in this group that has some quite-active Republican members.  That discussion this morning centered on Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney and the relative standing of each in the polls and in public opinion.

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Typical Government Program

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

The Federal agencies involved have just released the final regulations that govern how the simplified Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) for PPACA must be written and displayed.  This is a small part of the PPACA  bill (aka ObamaCare) that covered some 2,100 pages without really saying anything in detail about that program.  All the detail is now being formulated by the agencies, all of which are unelected and therefore beyond the public's reach so far as expressing displeasure.

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What If?

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

What if Newt Gingrich would not continue his slash and burn attacks on Mitt Romney?  What if Newt would put the need to remove President Obama from office above his personal, and seemingly petty, needs (compared to the public's needs)?  Would that make a difference in the polls that now seem to indicate Obama could beat Romney in the Fall elections?

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In The Eye Of The Beholder

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

The phrase "in the eye of the beholder" seems particularly appropriate for today.  I watched only part of the State of the Union address last evening.  That was a blessing for which I am most thankful, so I doubt that I'll watch the recording that I made.

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Random Political Thoughts

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

As I read the morning Journal Sentinel today, I was struck by the political inferences across the main section even though this publication claims to be unbiased.  (1) Dan Bice continues on the 'expose Walker' bent that he has made standard fare of late.  His "sources say" that charges will be issued in the coming days and that they likely will involve Walker operatives.  He mentions that "at least eight" of Walker's "former aides and associates have hired criminal defense lawyers".  "Insiders" have told Bice that the "next phase is focusing on the role of some of Walker's closest associates". (2) There is now an 'issue' over whether or not Wisconsin is in a deficit or not in a deficit.  The gap of some $3.6 Billion that Walker encountered when he took office was closed by the Walker government but that was on a cash basis.  So now we are exposed to the fact that under GAAP accounting there is still a deficit and that this fact was used recently in a petition to the federal government to gain its permission to cut some 50,000+ people from a state health plan if necessary.  I don't recall the continuing series of articles during the former government's time in office that traced the ever-increasing budget deficit or that condemned the use of various 'funds' (transportation and patient compensation, for example) to make possible increased state spending.  (3) A story on the national 'health care overhaul' from the Associated Press states that Wisconsin is among the states "lagging" in implementation of the wonderful new PPACA legislation that has yet to withstand U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny.  This story mentions some 500,000 Wisconsinites who have no health insurance but does not indicate that this state is among those with the lowest uninsured population in the nation.  Nor does it bother to mention that each of these 500,000 people have access to health care under federal laws that have been in force for years.  Maybe this was simply accidental story selection.  Maybe not. 

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Haves vs. Have Nots

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

We are witnessing one of the worst types of political campaigns this year.  We are watching as politicians try to convince one group that it is being intentionally victimized by the other group, and that it would really be part of the "Haves" if it weren't for the political tricks being played on it.  Class warfare, pure and simple.

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Interesting Twist in Manitowoc

Wisconsin, Employment, Economy, People Making A Difference

The union workers (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 516) at the Manitowoc Company have been fighting with the company for the past two months to get a new contract.  There have been at least three votes of which I am aware.  Each time the proposed deal was voted down, the union and company went back to the table and came up with a revised contract proposal.  In the meantime, the company hired temporary replacement workers.

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Republican Field Smaller

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

Rick Perry left the field of Republican candidates this morning.  He asked his supporters to back Newt Gingrich.  Given Perry's showing, his tossing his support to Gingrich will do very little to help Gingrich.  One of Newt's former wives, Marianne, will speak tonight on national television, and that won't help Newt either. 

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Newt Used to be Appealing

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

I was always something of a Newt Gingrich fan BUT that has come to a screeching halt.  He has always been very bright, with innumerable ideas on virtually any subject...some he probably doesn't know enough about to make his pontificate.

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Iran & U.S. in 2012

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

We have, in case you've not noticed, a Presidential election brewing throughout most of 2012.  (It already seems this has gone on way too long.)

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Goodbye 2011

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

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Print Media Solution? JS Everywhere Hopes So!

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

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Iran vs. Israel

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

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Republican Roller-Coaster

Political, Wisconsin, U.S., Economy, Employment

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Is This The Real Newt?

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