Wednesday, December 28, 2011

NOT Ron Paul for President: Did you know he wishes Israel doesn't exist?

Ron Paul said he thinks Israel should't exist.  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4167257,00.html  His 12 year aide says that Ron Paul says this often.  Apparently Ron Paul also thinks that the Israelis should leave and give the land to the Palestinians.  Why would Israel give its land away?  Further, isn't it true that Newt Gingrich revealed that the Palestinians are a fiction, and, Ron Paul was there when Mr. Gingrich said it?

Since the new beginning of Israel in 1948, the United States has been a major supporter of the State of Israel.  In fact, our own United States President Truman's vote was a significant help in establishing the State of Israel.  That is something that the United States has, and always should be proud of.  Further, the United States and Israel are allies and friends.  Allies and friends help each other out.  Israel helps the United States.  The United States helps Israel.  We have similar values as well.  The United States should help foster such a nation in this part of the world.  It is also good for the United States to have a strong friend in that part of the Middle East, where so many people hate the United States and its citizens, and burn our flag and our Presidents in effigy.  Why would any US Congressman encourage the giving away of land to people who hate the people of Israel and the US?  Further, the Palestinians elected for their governing body Hamas, a terrorist organization.  Why would Ron Paul have any nation give away its land to a people governed by a terrorist organization? 

Israel is the land of Israel, the Israelis, and the Jews.  That is the it is, should be, and always will be.  And, Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel, which is obvious.    

Where does Ron Paul get his repugnant ideas?  How in the world does he get elected to Congress?  Ron Paul's ideas are repugnant to good and common sense.  Israel is a nation, in the land of Israel, and will always be so.  Further, that is the way it should be and, the United States should support that.  Further, the United States has a long history of assisting Israel both militarily and financially and that should continue as well.  The United States should be part of assisting this small beacon of democracy and light in this very hostile and turbulent part of the world.  Overwhelming selfishness is not the answer to our debt and budget woes.  The main guiding priniciple in what the US chooses to do or not is whether something is the right thing to do or not.         

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holy Land Foundation, a friend to CAIR and Keith Ellison, Loses Appeal

Jobs, prosperity, an article by Tim Nerenz, Ph.D

MOMENT OF CLARITY: Downward Wisconsin







November 19, 2011Downward Wisconsin

We used to make things here in Wisconsin.
We made machine tools in Milwaukee, cars in Kenosha and ships in Sheboygan.  We
mined iron in the north and lead in the south.  We made cheese, we made brats,
we made beer, and we even made napkins to clean up what we spilled.  And we made
money.

The original war on poverty was a private, mercenary affair.  Men like
Harnishfeger, Allis, Chalmers, Kohler, Kearney, Trecker, Modine, Case, Mead,
Falk, Allen, Bradley, Cutler, Hammer, Bucyrus, Harley, Davidson, Pabst, and
Miller lifted millions up from subsistence living to middle class comfort.  They
did it - not “Fighting Bob” La Follette or any of the politicians who came along
later to take the credit and rake a piece of the action through the steepest
progressive scheme in the nation.

Those old geezers with the beards cured poverty by putting people to work.
Generations of Wisconsinites learned trades and mastered them in the factories,
breweries, mills, foundries, and shipyards those capitalists built with their
hands.  Thousands of small businesses supplied these industrial giants, and tens
of thousands of proprietors and professionals provided all of the services that
all those other families needed to live well.  The wealth got spread around
plenty.

The profits generated by our great industrialists funded charities, the arts,
education, libraries, museums, parks, and community development associations.
Taxes on their profits, property, and payrolls built our schools, roads,
bridges, and the safety net that Wisconsin’s progressives are still taking
credit for, as if the money came from their council meetings.  The offering
plates in churches of every denomination were filled with money left over from
company paychecks that were made possible because a few bold young men risked it
all and got rich.  Don’t thank God for them; thank them that you learned about
God.

Their wealth pales in comparison to the wealth they created for millions and
millions of other Wisconsin families.  Those with an appreciation for the
immeasurable contributions of Wisconsin’s industrial icons of 1910 will find the
list of Wisconsin’s top ten employers of 2010 appalling:

Walmart, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Milwaukee Public Schools, U.S. Postal
Service, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Menards, Marshfield Clinic, Aurora
Health Care, City of Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

This is what a century of progressivism will get you.  Wisconsin is the
birthplace of the progressive movement, the home of the Socialist Party, the
first state to allow public sector unions, the cradle of environmental activism,
a liberal fortress walled off against common sense for decades.  Their motto,
Forward Wisconsin, should be changed to Downward Wisconsin if truth in
advertising applies to slogans.

There is no shortage of activists, advocates, and agitators in this State.  If
government were the answer to our problems, we would have no problems.  The very
same people – or people just like them – who picketed, struck, sued, taxed, and
regulated our great companies out of this state are now complaining about the
unemployment and poverty that they have brought upon themselves.  They got rid
of those old rich white guys and replaced them with…nothing.

Wisconsin ranks 47th in the rate of new business formation.  We are one of the
worst states for native college graduate exodus; our brightest and most
ambitions graduates leave to seek their fortunes elsewhere.  Why shouldn’t they?
Our tax rates are among the worst in the nation and our business climate,
perpetually in the bottom of the rankings, has only recently moved up thanks to
a Governor who now faces a recall for his trouble.

In 1970, the new environmental movement joined unions and socialists in a
coordinated effort to demonize industry.  When I was in college, the ranting
against “polluting profiteers” was like white noise – always there.  They won,
and here is the price of their victory: in 1970, manufacturers paid 18.2% of
Wisconsin’s property taxes – the major source of school funding - and in 2010
those who remained paid 3.7%.

So who is it that caused the funding crisis in our schools and the skyrocketing
tax rates on our homes?  It is the same ignoramuses who are sitting on bridges,
pooping on things, and passing around recall petitions.  The unemployed 26-year
old in the hemp hat looking for sympathy might look instead for some inspiration
from Jerome I. Case, who started his agricultural equipment business at the age
of 21, miraculously without an iPhone 4s.

Mr. Case got rich by asking people what they want and making it for them.  He
did not get rich by telling people what he wanted and waiting for them to do
something about it.  If you want to declare war on your own poverty, memorize
that.

In the last decade alone we have lost 150,000 manufacturing jobs in this state –
over 25%.  And it’s not just jobs that have been lost; the companies that
provided them are gone.  Those jobs are not coming back, no matter how long we
extend unemployment benefits pretending they are.  The 450,000 people who still
work in manufacturing in Wisconsin are damn good it at, but we are now
outnumbered by people who work for government.  A significant number of the
latter are tasked with taxing, regulating, and generally harassing the former.
While it is true that many manufacturers chased low-wage opportunities on their
own, many more were driven out of the state by the increasing cost of doing
business here.

It is a myth that unions improve wages.  If you consider only the 1,000 jobs in
a closed shop, you might think an average union wage is, say, $30/hr.  But if
you add in the zero wages of the 10,000 jobs lost in companies chased out by
union harassment, the average of all 11,000 union workers is reduced to
$2.72/hr.  Do you know the average wage of union iron miners in this state?
Zero.  And the left is fighting hard to keep it that way in Northern Wisconsin -
looking out for the working man, they call it.

It is also a myth that free trade causes job losses.  Over the past three years,
U.S. manufacturers sold $70 billion more goods to our Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
partners than we bought from them.  Conversely, we suffered a $1.3 trillion
trade deficit with countries where no FTA’s exist.  I doubt that kids are going
to learn that in our government-union monopoly schools – it doesn’t fit the
narrative.

No one wants to see another person suffer in poverty, and liberty is the best
economic policy there is.  The great industrialists of Wisconsin took less than
a generation to lift millions up to a life of dignity, pride, prosperity and
good will.  When enterprise was free and government was limited, we all
prospered.

Those great men of industry were not anointed at birth to be rich; they rose
from nothing to great wealth through their own hard work and the value they
added to their employees and their customers through choice, competition, and
voluntary exchange.  That is the only sure path to real prosperity; the debt
economy is a temporary illusion.

Look again at the list of our famous industrialists and the list of our current
employers.  Who would you wish your child or grandchild to grow up to be?  Who
do you think will do more good on this earth – Jerome I Case and his tractors,
or the Coordinator of Supplier Diversity at MPS.

If you chose MPS, then apply now – that job is open, and it pays up to $72,000
plus benefits and early retirement.  Go in peace and save the world.  Me, I'm
going with the tractor guy.


Moment Of Clarity” is a weekly commentary by writer and speaker Tim
Nerenz, Ph.D.

 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nov. 29, 2011 5th Congressional District Debate

Unfortunately, Donald Allen edited out over 30 minutes of the debate:  http://ustre.am/:1h8qc

Chris Fields stated that Saddam Hussein got a bad deal, that all troops should be brought home, that he would cut Pell grants, private Social Security. He is also pro choice, pro gay rights, and stated that re funding for Israel starts at $0.00.  Chris Fields has also publicly stated that he applauds Keith Ellison's representation of muslims.  Chris Fields is also a Libertarian.

Lynne Torgerson the only true conservative in this race supports individual responsibility, free market solutions, balancing the budget, cutting spending, peace through strength, is pro life, 1 man 1 woman marriage, fighting radical Islamism, pro Israel, pro women's rights, greenish on environment and food.

Lynne Torgerson for Congress and Two Putt Tommy

Lynne Torgerson for Congress and Two Putt Tommy at the 5th Congressional District Debate on November 29, 2011: 

Article about the CD5 GOP Debate

The Saint Louis Park Patch wrote up a report about the debate on Tuesday. Check it out to see what you missed...

stlouispark.patch.com
Torgerson, Katch and Fields take on Rep. Ellison, spending, big government