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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

One More Cut To Make...

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Education, Employment

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A One-Note Samba?

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

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A Long Season of Ugly...

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

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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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A Pleasant Experience!

People Making A Difference, Potpourri, Employment

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Quick Hits: March 27, 2014

Politics, People Making A Difference, U.S., Healthcare, Education, Employment

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Nature: Difficult to Control

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

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American TV No More...

Wisconsin, Economy, Employment

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712 to 626!

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More Employees Working Part-Time?

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

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More Unintended Consequences (or at least I hope they're unintended)

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

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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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It Seems Like Forever...

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

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ObamaCare In The Full Light Of Day

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

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Enough Already!

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

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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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Parts of ObamaCare (ACA) Delayed

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

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Got an Extra $2.9 Billion You Can Spare?

Wisconsin, Healthcare, Employment, Quality of Life, Taxes

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Dangerous Confluence of Events

U.S., Healthcare, Employment, Taxes, Quality of Life, 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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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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ObamaCare Concerns Congressional Staffers

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

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Palermo Has Been Vindicated, But...

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Little Things Mean A Lot...

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

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Cyber Security

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So There!

U.S., Political, Economy, Healthcare, Employment, 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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Getting Serious About PPACA/ObamaCare

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

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Walker Chooses Federal Exchange Approach

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

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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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Rite-Hite Letter to Employees

Political, Taxes, U.S., Employment, 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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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

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What Will November 7th Bring?

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

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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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Ryan is the Choice

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

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Romney and the NAACP

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

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Are You Satisfied?

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

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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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Two Weeks To Go

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Political Bits & Pieces

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Fewer Left Standing...

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

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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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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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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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Goodbye 2011

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

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Republican Roller-Coaster

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

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Color Me Disappointed

U.S., Political, Economy, Employment

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"One and Done?"

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

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Job Creation

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

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Hard to Imagine

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

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Oopsy...

Political, Quality of Life, Employment

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