Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wis 21st Senate Debacle

Christian Schneider wrote an interesting article in this weekends Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the Wisconsin 21st Senate District primary. The articles focus was on whether one candidate was too conservative, not conservative enough or just the right amount of conservative .
Schneider laid some interesting groundwork and imposed some compelling questions. As usual my questions weren't the ones that Mr Schneider looked at. 
Van Wanggaard had a choice to make, vote yes on Act 10 and possibly lose his Senate seat for a short period or vote no and keep the seat for a very short period.

This isn't the first time in recent memory that the right vote cost a politician their job. The first was George Petak and his vote concerning Miller Park and Racine County being a part of the stadium tax syndicate, the second was when Senator Tom Reynolds withheld his vote on the state budget until automatic tax gas increases were taken out of it. Both men stood their ground and ended their legislative careers.

Van Wanggaard faced a similar situation but he had the safety net underneath his decision. One of the concerns the senator had was for the safety of his family. The Democrats unwisely unleashed there hatred not only on legislators during this contentious time but on their families, threatening to do physical harm. This has no place in politics yet you see this way too often when certain groups don't get their way.

An underlying truth in Van Wanggaard's decision was redistricting. It was common knowledge that the Republicans would take advantage of the their newly won majorities in the Assembly and Senate to strengthen those majorities in both of those houses, something the Democrats thought they would have the opportunity to do had they kept control of both.  So Wanggaard 's choice was 1 - vote for Act 10 and possibly lose that office for a couple of years with the opportunity to run again in a stronger Republican district or 2 - vote against Act 10 and probably keep his job for a couple years and face a strong primary challenge this year.

Unfortunately for Wanggaard he seems to have drawn the short straw on both accounts.  
The sad part of this primary is not the qualifications of either Wanggaard nor his primary opponent, Jonathan Steitz, but the reaction of those supporting both of them with disgusting actions and less then party building personal attacks.
I really don't understand nor appreciate the intense feelings by either camp, because when you have to resort to name calling, verbally attacking one another and just overall repugnant behavior you need to reassess what you're doing.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Slow Down Girl

Dan Bice is reporting that Marina Dimitrevic "used her key cards to park her car and enter and exit the county courthouse on only 16 occasions between April 14 and June 20."

I bet she can't wait for the August recess the County Board takes each year to slow down some.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I Dislike Being a Republican

It took me years to become a Republican. I've always been conservative in my views but I'd never been interested in being a part of a political party.

My interest in partisan politics started with the advent of cable TV in Milwaukee and watching the Iran Contra and the Judge Bork hearings. They still didn't sway me to join the party, but the arrogance of Democrat's running those hearings turned me further away from that party.

The tipping point came when I ran for the Assembly and had to make a decision between being a Democrat or a Republican. As I looked at the platforms for each party it wasn't a difficult choice - I am a republican.

But not everything about being a Republican is ice cream and warm apple pie.

I dislike being a Republican because of party in-fighting.  Every organization has people with different gifts and ideas on what is and isn't important. Even the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians about the importance of every part of an organization when it says, "Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
The problem is when we refuse to acknowledge the importance of those with different gifts and views. Those with the power are pleased with the way things are and those out of power demand and work for change. 

Maybe we should talk some advice from Martin Luther, 
"In Essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love"

I dislike being a Republican because of the top down mindset of some in the  organization rather than the bottom up viewpoint. Using the Bible as a reference again it teaches us that the best leader is the best servant. If more politicians and party leaders would take this wisdom to heart there would be a dynamic change not only in the Republican Party but in cities, counties, the state and our nation.

I dislike being a Republican when elected politicians stray from our core principles with an arrogance of them knowing better than years of history.  Respect of the Constitution and equality under the law, limited and effective government, individual freedom and opportunity for everyone should never ever take the backseat to any other views.  Our platform is not a suggestion box, it's the foundation for everything we stand for.

As much as it seems that I dislike being a Republican something I know for sure - I'd hate being a Democrat.

Give me the Money - Part City

The Finance & Personal Committee of the City of Milwaukee has put on hold a proposal to raise its "livable wage" to $10.10 immediately, with an increase to $11 & some change next year.

The discussion in committee was excellent. A note to Ald. Hamilton, it's not a wise idea to use the  Milwaukee County Board as a barometer of good ideas.

I'll be recording the show on the City Channel tonight to watch it again and post more later.  My first question is why hasn't this been discussed in the media.  I think the city did a fine job of meeting behind closed doors to deflect input.

Time to contact your alderman and find out what's going on citizens.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day

Natural Laws - the Declaration of Independence and Us

The first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

When you build a home it is of the utmost importance to build that structure on a solid and firm foundation.  The first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence does just that and uses the laws of nature and nature's God as that foundation.

This has been my study the past few weeks.  Natural Law and it's place in the founding and the future of our Country.  

The Declaration of Independence is based on Natural Law, while the Constitution is a conventional law, a man-made law. To understand the difference, conventional laws are created by man and can therefore be destroyed. Natural Law derives itself from nature, a force beyond man’s control; therefore, it is unalterable.
My focus is, should and can conventional law (the Constitution) stand freely without the foundation of natural law and common sense?

More to come in the future as I read and learn more.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Democratic Diversity pt 2

The DPW, Democratic Party of Wisconsin, recently held their state convention up in the Wisconsin Dells.  It was joyous event by all liberal accounts.

Extremely honest though not really meaning to be, Mary Burke promed to be bi-partisan should she upset Gov. Scott Walker - or in other words Sen. Chris Larson and Rep. Peter Barca you'll remain in the minority party come next January.

Speaking of minority (heck of a segue) as I gazed upon the leadership on the stage in Baraboo I again noticed the lack of diversity for the Dems.

To be fair I used Mr. Google to see what other pictures I could find of the gathering to disprove my account.  Here's what I found.

It's scary when Mike Tate is the poster boy for diversity in your party.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ald. Wade's Marathon Rant

Chris Ponteri of Longrun Athletics, LLC. wants to bring a Marathon to Milwaukee next April and every April afterwards.  It's an interesting idea and should be a success if his presentation is any indication.

Alderman Willie Wade started off the questioning of Mr. Ponteri at the hearing of the Milwaukee Public Works Committee.  Wade turned this into a racial tirade of embarrassing proportions.

Wade's chorus - 43% of Milwaukee is black and he's tired of European Americans telling African Americans what is good for them.  His complaint is that no African Americans were on the planning committee for the Milwaukee Marathon and had zero input on the route.  The race (pun intended) would travel through downtown and the near south side and despite Wade's insistence the race (again pun intended) would pass through Ald. Coggs and Stampers districts. 

Word to Alderman Wade - this is a running event.

Wade would like the race to go through his 7th aldermanic district and when he rhetorically asked if the Ponteri talked to him while planning the race, Wade complained that he hadn't.  When told his office was contacted and Mr. Ponteri was told Wade wasn't interested in talking to him, Wade glossed over that and said he's now interested.

The alderman said "out of respect" Ponteri's organization should have met with the black aldermen, even though Ponteri did talk to the then Common Council Chairman Willie Hines and in later testimony Ponteri said he did talk to Ald Coggs.

Chris Ponteri was also attacked by Wade for living in Wind Lake and coming into Milwaukee to make decision for the African Americans, Wade told Ponteri it was the alderman's job to address high unemployement in the African American community. 

How is WADE doing on that?  He was first elected in 2003 and the question begs to be asked, what jobs has Wade brought in?

It seems that attacking someone who's interested in bringing an event into the City is not the best way to attract other outside entrepreneurs to make Milwaukee their home.

Wade had the gall to blame European Americans for "the position [Milwaukee] is in" because African Americans are left out of decision making process.
Willie Wade - you're an alderman, do your job and take some responsibility for your actions or lack of actions and results.

The committee mellowed with a Kumbaya moment towards the end as Wade, Joe Davis and others all said that they wanted this event to happen.

My alderman, Jim Bohl, summarized the problem with Milwaukee politics when he said that if Ponteri had to talk each of the 15 alderman and Mayor Barrett that he would have had 16 different routes and 16 different cooks wanting their piece of the pie.

For a true understanding of some of the challenges with Milwaukee jobs creation people need to watch Common Council and County Supervisor Committee Meetings.  It ain't Keeping Up With the Kardasian's but it highlights the dysfunction and problem with local politics.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Stamper Abstains from Abstention Viewpoint

Being a bit busy I only had the chance to watch the afternoon session of my monthly fav TV show, the Milwaukee Common Council's Licensing Committee.  It was a fairly uneventful afternoon session, but one thing caught my attention.

Alderwoman Milele Coggs who was sitting next to new Alderman Russell Stamper abstained from a vote on an applicant for a Class D Operator's License.  Stamper's reaction - none, nada, silence.

As I stated last week when Stamper was a County Supervisor he sponsored a resolution that forced other Supervisors to give reasons for any voting abstentions.  I wondered what the new Alderman would do when confronted by an abstention in his new position.

It seems with his lack of a press release condemning the abstention he has spoken volumes concerning his true intentions as a County Supervisor - the move was strictly a political vendetta against my County Supervisor Deanna Alexander.

Eventually the fake and false outrage come to the forefront and the silence of enablers is deafening. Rainey & Romo-West are you listening - do you hear it.