Politics


Concerns of Wisconsin Veterans

Wisconsin Veterans
CONCERNS OF WISCONSIN VETERANSMary Burke (gubernatorial candidate) held a listening session in Wausau for Wisconsin veterans. This is what she heard. The Director of DAV (Disabled American Veterans) spoke first.  DAV works for high quality lives for veterans through advocacy. They meet with leaders at the state level as well as at the national level. They also give free assistance to vets. Last year, 25,000 rides were given to Wisconsin vets. DAV plans to hold a gubernatorial forum this fall and asked if Mary Burke would attend. Janice, a veteran, spoke of the ...

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Corporate Tax Dodger…General Electric

Government Lobby
Corporate Tax Dodger . . . General Electric This is the fourth in a series on corporate tax dodgers that will be presented over the next several weeks. These summaries are taken directly from the report on Corporate Tax Dodgers by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies “Over the last 15 years, GE has spent more than $284 million lobbying Congress, an average of $100,000 every working day for the last decade and a half.”Given that General Electric (GE) is one of the largest tax dodgers in America, it is a complete mockery of hardwo...

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Wausau Move to Amend in the Wausau Daily Herald

Move to amend
A group of Wausau citizens are working to protect our democracy.  They are looking to get the money out of politics and having our government more accountable to the citizens, not to whoever gives the most money.  Super PACs and lobbyists are drowning out the ordinary person’s voice and putting our representatives in a difficult position.  These representatives find it difficult to listen to the people when the “big” money speaks louder.  With a Constitution amendment regulations again can be put on campaign finances and all citizens will have a voice.Read ...

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Move To Amend Comes To Wausau

Move to amend
Volunteers are knocking on doors this month in Wausau, asking people if they wish to sign a petition to bring a nonbinding resolution to the November 4 ballot. This resolution will call for a constitutional amendment stating that money is not speech.Move to Amend seeks a 28th Amendment saying that corporations are not people and that money is not speech. In 2010 the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United which allows corporations to give unlimited amounts of money to politicians. This has made our democracy available to the highest bidder.People across ...

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We Are Not A People Divided

Liberal-Conservative
A version of this article was previously published in the Wausau Daily HeraldIt is said that Americans are divided, that conservatives and progressives have irreconcilable differences represented by the Republican and Democratic parties.  But perhaps a more accurate assessment is that we have been deliberately divided and are no longer represented by either political party.  Perhaps we are not as divided as we think.Conservatives and progressives alike feel anger for the looting of Americans that occurred in the bailout of Wall Street banks.  We are united in ...

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The Struggle between Freedom and Safety

The recent tragedy near Santa Barbara, California, where a lone gunman killed six innocent individuals, has ignited yet another firestorm of commentary regarding the growing divide between those who value our unalienable rights and those who place a value on public safety.  This constant struggle between both sides can often times leave more questions than answers.  Whose viewpoints are right?  Which takes precedence over the other?The answer to that question lies at the very bedrock of who we are as a society, and ultimately, who we want to be.  A middle-gro...

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Lewis, Anthony. (2007). Freedom for the Thought that We Hate, A Biography of the First Amendment . . . a Book Review

The viability of any democracy depends upon a system of laws which serve to protect the fundamental rights of its citizens.  One of those fundamental rights, found here in the United States and championed in many other parts of the world, can be found in the First Amendment.  The storied history of the First Amendment lends not only to its continued relevance in our democracy, but also to the numerous challenges it has faced throughout our history.  Understanding the importance of the First Amendment within the framework of its evolution within our society can not only ...

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Why Women Should Support Women (written by a MAN!)

Women Supporting Women
It's amazing that in 2014 we're still fighting over equality for WOMEN. Equal pay for women is an example. This seems like a simple issue of fairness and family values. Women do make less than men for the same work. Women are the primary breadwinners in many families. Yet Gov. Walker ended the state equal pay law. This week the Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked DEBATE on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have helped women fight unequal pay. But it doesn't stop with pay. Opposition to health care reform impacts women more than men. So do attacks on voting ...

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National Security: Less is More

national-security
The Pentagon, and all the other national “security” spending, is a major reason we have  taxes, deficits, and budget problems.The Center for Defense Information, a think tank run by former military officers say:“Pentagon costs, taken together with other known national security expenses for 2015, will exceed $1 trillion.” “There is much more than $495.6 billion in the budget for the Pentagon, and there are piles of national security spending outside the Pentagon...” They list total national security spending outside the Department of Defense ...

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“New Math” in America Today… 8 Billionaires = 1,401,069 Teachers

Rich
There were 1,401,069 public school teachers west of the Mississippi River* in 2013, including Hawaii, Alaska, and the two largest school systems in America – Texas and California. At a national average of $56,383 (a livable wage), their combined income was $78.9 billion.The top 8 incomes in America in 2013 were:In other words, eight people made as much as all of the teachers west of the Mississippi and had $4.3 billion to spare.   (* Average teacher salary used because it represents a fair and just wage – a wage level at which a person can support ...

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