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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

'Safe and sound at the barbershop...'

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

 The morning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a front-page story titled ‘Safe and sound at the barbershop’ credited to Jason Stein.  It dealt with Damien Smith, a youth organizer for Safe & Sound who has put together a Monday session with a barber where young inner city men gather to talk with him while they receive a haircut.  This was an eye-opening story, for me at least; it provided me with the view these young men have of themselves and their individual destiny as they live life day-by-day in the Amani and Harambee neighborhoods of Milwaukee, among the highest crime-rate areas in Milwaukee.

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John Doe Redress...

Political, Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Milwaukee County, People Making A Difference

The WI Supreme Court killed the John Doe investigation that has gone on and on, but that is small comfort to those who were dragged into this mess in the first place.  There is no redress available for those whose lives have been upended and who have been dragged through innuendo and half-truth and outright falsehoods.

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Care For Another Helping of Crow?

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

Given the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court might disrupt the flow of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) depending upon how it rules in the next couple of weeks, Wisconsin’s Sen. Ron Johnson(R) has been working to put together a bipartisan bill that would solve the problem of premium subsidies while extracting some give-backs from President Obama.

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Three For One...

Political, Quality of Life, Wisconsin, U.S., Police, Milwaukee County

It seems that every time I am at something of a loss for the subject of a nearly-daily blog, there are two possibilities that seem to be omnipresent: The Wisconsin Supreme Court and the never-ending John Doe investigation.  Actually there is probably a third, and that would be whatever is the current revelation concerning Hillary Clinton.

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DA Made the Only Decision He Could Make...

Political, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

Dane County’s District Attorney considered all the evidence and found, correctly from my perspective, that the officer accused of over-reacting resulting in a death was innocent of any charge.  But then he seemed almost to be apologizing to the crowd that would demonstrate even though the evidence he had considered led him to a decision contrary to their desires; the only decision supported by the evidence.

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Germanwings Flight 9525

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

The following piece is posted on the Town of Lisbon, Maine website and was posted by the group named at the end:

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"Clinton Cash"...

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

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A Bridge Too Far?

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

With the 50th anniversary of the Selma, Alabama march just recently observed, I found myself thinking about the manner in which Blacks were being treated at the time and the strides that have been taken since to right those wrongs.  Much remains to be done, but progress has been very visible except in certain pockets where the only way change will occur is for the haters to pass away to be replaced with people who don’t hate.  Unfortunately fifty years doesn’t seem enough time to heal all those wounds.

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A Political or Apolitical Decision?

Police, People Making A Difference, Political, Quality of Life

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission upheld the firing of former officer Christopher Manney last evening.  Was this a political decision or was it an apolitical decision?  There are certainly two distinct camps when that question is raised.

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Five Years Ago Today...

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

Five years ago today we found ourselves with a new law that has been generally known as ObamaCare.  It was passed in the dark of night and still is not fully understood even by those who theoretically knew what it was they were doing.

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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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ISIS Will Escalate...

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

The press-dominating killings by the group known as ISIS, whether beheadings or immolation, are pure and unadulterated evil no matter whether in the name of a religion or not.  The most recent act was obviously designed to get more attention than the ‘simple’ beheadings had been receiving.

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John Doe Limbo...

Milwaukee County, Political, Wisconsin, Quality of Life

John Doe limbo.  That is where we seem to be for the moment.  There is no sign that the John Doe investigation in which the Government Accountability Board (GAB) has been involved is going forward, but there also is no sign that it has really ended.  The players and those people who were ‘played’ are in a state of limbo as this slow-motion process unfolds…or doesn’t unfold.

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When Is It Time?

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

Politics aside, as much as that is possible, it strikes me that this accident might well have been the jogging that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) might need to realize he is at the effective end of his political career.  I italicize the word accident since I have never heard a definitive explanation for the injuries Reid suffered.

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Really? Intentional ACA Data Releases

Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Healthcare

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water…

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Democrats Look For New State Leader

Political, Wisconsin, Quality of Life

I’m pretty sure that Mike Tate is a decent guy. He has been, of course, the head of the state Democratic Party for the past six years as mentioned in the No Quarter piece by Dan Bice in this morning’s Journal Sentinel. Tate announced his decision to hang up his spurs at the end of this tour. His worst decision, in my opinion, was hiring Graeme Zielinski as the Party’s spokesman. That decision led to some of the nastier things I have seen and heard to this point in politics at any level. Zielinski seemed to have a problem with his off-the-cuff remarks. At least I think they were off-the-cuff. If they were what passed as well-thought comments by Zielinski, I am giving him way too much credit. The Democratic Party has suffered under Mike Tate’s tour at the helm. I suspect some of that suffering was simply based on the product being sold to the public, but some likely was simply the result of poor judgment by the Democratic Party leadership. That can’t all be blamed on Tate but he was sitting at the top of that structure and he was no doubt a big part of the decision-making that occurred on his watch. He claims to be leaving a stronger party in his wake, but the former party head takes umbrage with that statement. Bice characterized the recent elections as a “blood bath” for the Party. Wisconsin is an interesting state that has been pretty evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. Governor Walker won three races for his Governor’s seat but none of the three was what could be called a run-away victory. These past six years have been a good run for the Republicans. I’m not sure that Tate is entirely responsible for that. Even with a fairly even split between the two parties, there are people who think seriously about for whom they will vote. President Obama has had a hand in this mix too, I suspect, since his coattails were very handy for others in state level races. We’ll have an opportunity to see how well the Democratic Party does under new leadership in the future.

Did Petraeus Betray Us?

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

General David Petraeus may have more problems in the very near future.  His case has been reviewed by the U.S. Justice Department and the findings indicate that he should be charged.  It now sits on the desk of Attorney General Eric Holder and news reports indicate that it isn’t uncommon for Justice Department officials to reject these kinds of recommendations.

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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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Interesting Poll Results...

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

President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief of our military forces, has received his grade as offered by those active duty members of the various branches in a poll recently conducted:

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Buckle Your Chin-Strap Milwaukee (Updated)...

Political, Police, Quality of Life, Military

 Buckle your chin-strap Milwaukee.  The Dontre Hamilton non-announcement is set for 10:00AM this morning, and we now know that no charges will be issued.  There are out-of-towners prepared to play games as the result.

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Will There Be A Response?

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

The cyber-attack suffered by Sony Studios has, so far, gone unanswered.  Sony pulled the premier of its reportedly poorly done comedy that ends with the North Korean dictator’s head being blown off.  That was a major victory for those who launched the cyber-attack and for all those who lurk in the shadows of the cyber world thinking about how they would disrupt this or that.

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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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The Gates/Panetta/Hagel Club

Military, Political, U.S.

The Gates/Panetta Club gained another member over the past few days.  Chuck Hagel becomes the third member of that club that has been created by President Obama’s hiring and/or firing for the lead position at the Pentagon.

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Big Man On Campus!

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

 Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has landed the job of a lifetime for a policy-wonk such as him.  He is the incoming Chair of the United States House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee.  This committee position is often referred to as the fourth most important position in our nation’s government after those of President, Senate Majority Leader and House Majority Leader.  It has been chased after by some of the greatest political figures in our history and has been typically held by people at much more advanced ages.

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"Extraordinarily Transparent" Indeed

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

 The several clips (at four so far) from MIT Economist Jonathon Gruber’s presentations where he discusses the creation of the Affordable Care Act, Obama Care as it is commonly known, have  elicited the following quote from White House press secretary Josh Earnest:

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Voting on Election Day...

Germantown, Political, Potpourri, Wisconsin

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Mary Burke's "Not So Great Week"

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

(Note:  Early voters can change their votes if they choose to do so before the election.  They must go to the Clerk in their jurisdiction, indicate they wish to change their vote and the ballot will be located for them.)

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Remember 'She's a Disaster'?

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

Mary Burke being referred to by her predecessor at the Department of Commerce as “She’s a disaster” apparently was rather soft compared to what we now learn courtesy of Matt Kittle at www.WisconsinReporter.com who dropped the bombshell that now explains the time lapses in her resume’ that we’ve discussed earlier.  Mary Burke was recalled from Europe and fired by her family over “steep overseas financial losses” and the “plummeting morale” of her staff.

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The CDC and Ebola...

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

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A Blessing of Riches...

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

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Nasty Old Walgreen's...

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

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A Couple of Things...

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

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Border Woes of Our Own Making...

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

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Changing Face of the Law

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

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Wisconsin Club for Growth Goes After GAB

Political, Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Taxes

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What Were We Thinking?

Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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A Long Season of Ugly...

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

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Surprise!! Conyers Can Run Anyway!

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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I Wonder...

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

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Talgo Myth?

Political, Taxes, Wisconsin, Potpourri

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Benghazi Will Not Go Away That Easily

Political, Quality of Life

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4/20 Day

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

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A 95 Year-Old's Opinion of President Obama

Political, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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They're kidding. Right? Another Extension?

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

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Gallivanting & Globe-trotting

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

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Elections Have Consequences...

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

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He Made That Look Easy...

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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Where Are The Leaders?

Political, Quality of Life

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Closer & Closer To Real Numbers...

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

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The Putin/Obama Drama

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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President Obama Makes Another ACA Change

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

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Military Force Reductions...

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

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Cruz Makes My Head Hurt...

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

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The John Doe Is Closed...So Why Is It Continuing?

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

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Things Important & Things Relatively Unimportant

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

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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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Neat, Plausible & Wrong...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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If It Limps & Quacks...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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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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Heavy-Handed John Doe Investigations

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

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Did He or Didn't He?

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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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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Anticipatory Banning...

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

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Too Much Kool-Aid?

Quality of Life, Political, People Making A Difference

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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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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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Peggy Noonan's "Low-Information Leadership"

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

Peggy Noonan has penned a blog that makes for an excellent read, in my opinion at least.  She deals with ObamaCare and President Obama.

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ObamaCare Website Functional?

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

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Inflight Mobile Device Use

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

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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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Let The Record Show...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Health Plan Cancellation Received?

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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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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Just Keep Moving! There's Nothing To See Here!

People Making A Difference, Political, Police, Quality of Life

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Ruminations for a Saturday Morning...

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

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Charley Reese's Final Column

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

Charley Reese is a retired columnist for the Orlando Sentinel.  This is lengthy but well worth time it takes to read it through.

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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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Betty & Frank...

People Making A Difference, Political, Quality of Life

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"Too Big For Its Britches"

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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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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ObamaCare Marketplace

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

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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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Game Day Is Almost Here...

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

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Not a Good Week For Unions...

U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Education, Healthcare, People Making A Difference

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Voter Suppression, pure and simple...

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

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Infamous Anniversary...

U.S., Quality of Life, Political

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ACA & The Young Invincibles

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

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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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The RNC, CNN & NBC

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

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The Muddle East

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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Government Shutdown?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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What, Me Worry?

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

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A YouTube Piece That Says A Lot...

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

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Should the Goose and the Gander Fare Equally?

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

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An Injustice In The Making

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Political

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Muddy Waters of ObamaCare

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

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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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A 'Cadillac' Health Plan?

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

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The "Nuclear Option" Circa 2013 (Updated)

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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A Five Week Presidential Campaign Season?

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

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Parts of ObamaCare (ACA) Delayed

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

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Between One Man and One Woman?

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

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Our Lame Duck President

U.S., Political

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Politics & Cynicism

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

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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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What is Edward Snowden?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Internet Sales Tax?

U.S., Taxes, Political, Economy

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Erosion of Trust

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

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Budget All Nighters?

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

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A Special Election? Really?

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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Proportionate Return of Taxes Paid?

U.S., Wisconsin, Taxes, Political

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So, what is the problem?

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

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Is It My Imagination?

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

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Does Congress Want The Postal Service To Fail?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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At What Price?

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

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Did She or Didn't She?

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

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What a Great Program!

U.S., Quality of Life, Political

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Does Wisconsin Need A Treasurer?

Wisconsin, Taxes, Political

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Could the Mainstream Media Finally be Aroused?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Is the IRS a Political Arm of Government?

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

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Residency Requirements Changed

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life, Milwaukee County Board, Taxes

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Benghazi Reviewed

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

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The Benghazi Hearings

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

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving...

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

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I Am Confused; Not An Uncommon State

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

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Connecting Job Report Dots...

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

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Yet Another ObamaCare Hiccup...

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

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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...

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

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Don't You Even Think About Crossing That 'Red Line'

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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We Knew More Than We Thought...

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

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End the Dithering

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

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Exemption From ObamaCare? Why Not...

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

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The Benghazi Bus...

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

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Once Again, What Were They Thinking?

Wisconsin, Taxes, Political, Quality of Life, Milwaukee County Board

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The "Good Old Days"...

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

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Coincidence or a Grand Scheme?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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A Mouse In The Corner...

Wisconsin, Education, Political

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What is he thinking?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Post Election Thoughts

Village Buzz, School Board, Political, Germantown, Wisconsin, People Making A Difference

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Election Day Is Upon Us...

Wisconsin, Political, Education, Quality of Life, Germantown, School Board

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Continued Sequester Silliness

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

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Trust But Verify...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Supreme Court Race Brings Out the Worst in Some

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

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Open Microphones...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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ACA So Far Bans Health Insurance Agents

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

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Will "Affordable Care" be Affordable?

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

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An Old-Fashioned Filibuster

U.S., Political

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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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News Flash - Walker Not Indicted

Wisconsin, Political

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Not a Bad Gig...

U.S., Taxes, Political

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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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Residency Requirements?

Wisconsin, Political, Education, Fire Department, Police, Quality of Life

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Medicare Advantage Targeted

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

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What Were They Thinking?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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The Minimum Wage Discussion

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

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The Distinguished Warfare Medal...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Vote Next Tuesday

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

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State of the Union & Response

U.S., Political

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More Quotations for Reflection...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Political, Taxes

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Pension Envy

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

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Sen. Hagel for SecDef?

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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Welcome Mr. Secretary...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Sheriff Clark & His PSA

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

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Defining Political Boundaries

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

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Grunts & Gruntettes?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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The "Nuclear Option"

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Is This The Way It Will Be?

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

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Political Pettiness

U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Education, Quality of Life, School Board, Village Board

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A Coming Together of Trajectories...

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

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Gun Control

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Executive Orders to Control Guns

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

An interesting array of things the President issued his orders concerning today; certainly not as daunting, on the surface, as some had opined.  There are probably going to be some additional actions and among those may be the EPA weighing in on lead containment.  I doubt this is going to cut into the fever of gun purchases evidenced every time I drive past Gander Mountain and Cabela's; if anything, it will increase the fever.

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So There!

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

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Is It Time To Revisit?

Village Buzz, Village Board, MATC, Political, Wisconsin, Education

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Afghan Agreement?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Checks & Balances

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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ObamaCare Revisited

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

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Making a Splash

Wisconsin, Political, County Board, Quality of Life

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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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Hobby Lobby & The Morning After Pill

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

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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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Rice Out of the Running

U.S., Political

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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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UN Control Over Internet?

U.S., Quality of Life, Political

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Is Democracy a One-Way Street?

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

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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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Split in the Ranks?

Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

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What Does It Say About Us?

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

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Is This How It Will All End?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Has MATC No Shame?

Germantown, Political, Taxes, Wisconsin, Education

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The Middle East Powder Keg...

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

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More Than Meets The Eye?

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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The Second Term Has Begun

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

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Benghazi Revisited

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Thoughts On The Election...

U.S., Wisconsin, Political

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I Was Obviously Wrong!

U.S., Wisconsin, Political

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Could It Be? A Landslide?

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

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Politics and Religion

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

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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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Romnesia? How About Obamnesia!

U.S., Political

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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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"What Did He Know, and When Did He Know It?"

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Rite-Hite Letter to Employees

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

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The Benghazi Timeline

Political

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Watch Dogs & Lap Dogs

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

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Tired of Perpetual Politics?

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

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Candy & Company

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

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Swing State Swing

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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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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Who Loses Tonight's Debate?

Political, People Making A Difference

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Bumbling Benghazi

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

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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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Early Voting - Good or Bad?

U.S., Political

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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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Lay-off Notice Delay Requested by Administration

U.S., Taxes, Political

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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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Military Mentors Going To Afghanistan

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

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What Will November 7th Bring?

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

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Mileage-Based Fees?

Political, Wisconsin, Taxes, Quality of Life

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Political Polarization

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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The Nanny State & Brick Walls

U.S., Wisconsin, School Board, Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Education

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'Daily' Briefings?

U.S., Quality of Life, Political

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The Politics of the Middle East

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

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No Coincidence; This Was A 9/11 Celebration!

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

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Dog Whistle Politics

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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The Amateur...Quite a Book

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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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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"To Be Announced"

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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It Can't Be Easy...

Political, People Making A Difference

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Take Back the Capitol

Political, Police, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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"Morning Joe"

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

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2016, Obama's America

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

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Shoot Some Soldiers...Grow A Beard?

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

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Do The Right Thing...

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

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Will We or Won't We...

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

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'Friendly' Fire?

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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Government Stockpiling Ammunition?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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A Cancerous Tumor...

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

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Sue Black Fired?

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

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OpSec...

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

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Will He Stay or Will He Go?

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference

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The Energizer Bunny

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

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Political Bits & Pieces

U.S., Wisconsin, Political

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Ryan is the Choice

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

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Hate Politics?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life

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Ryan or Rubio or ?

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

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The Veep Sweepstakes

Political, U.S., Wisconsin

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Chick-fil-A Demonstrations

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

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Eye of the Beholder?

Political, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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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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Hovde The Leader?

Wisconsin, Political

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Will Such Incidents Ever End?

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

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Retire Bush Tax Cuts?

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

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Obstruction of Justice?

Wisconsin, Political, 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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Meno. Falls Is In the Hotel Business

Quality of Life, Political, People Making A Difference

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Were We Wise?

U.S., Political