Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Those ever-clever Wisconsin badger state senators off hiding in Chicago. If they don't like the way the game is being played, all 14 democrat state senators sneak off into a series of secret tunnels in Illinois. Badgers do, in fact, burrow underground, living in clans of 2-15. They are known for being very fierce and they will protect themselves and their cubs at all costs. Their jaws are designed to maintain their hold with the utmost tenacity. Unfortunately, being elected to the Wisconsin legislative body means you need to show up for work at the capitol in Madison, Wisconsin and do your job by being present. What if fire fighters couldn't stand the heat and decided to leave their post and head to Illinois?
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said it best: "Out of respect for the institution of the Legislature and the democratic process, I am calling on Senate Democrats to show up to work today, debate legislation and cast their vote. Their actions by leaving the state and hiding from voting are disrespectful to the hundreds of thousands of public employees who showed up to work today and the millions of taxpayers they represent."
The 14 democrat badger senators hiding in a hole:
CARPENTER, TIM - Sen.Carpenter@legis.wisconsin.gov
COGGS, SPENCER - Sen.Coggs@legis.wisconsin.gov
CULLEN, TIMOTHY - Sen.Cullen@legis.wisconsin.gov
ERPENBACH, JON - Sen.Erpenbach@legis.wisconsin.gov
HANSEN, DAVE - Sen.Hansen@legis.wisconsin.gov
HOLPERIN, JIM - Sen.Holperin@legis.wisconsin.gov
JAUCH, ROBERT - Sen.Jauch@legis.wisconsin.gov
LARSON, CHRIS - Sen.Larson@legis.wisconsin.gov
LASSA, JULIE - Sen.Lassa@legis.wisconsin.gov
MILLER, MARK - Sen.Miller@legis.wisconsin.gov
RISSER, FRED - Sen.Risser@legis.wisconsin.gov
TAYLOR, LENA - Sen.Taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov
VINEHOUT, KATHLEEN - Sen.Vinehout@legis.wisconsin.gov
WIRCH, ROBERT - Sen.Wirch@legis.wisconsin.gov
Sunday, February 6, 2011
President Ronald Reagan
Date of Birth: February 6, 1911
Happy Birthday, Mr. President.
Some quotations from President Ronald Reagan:
Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement. * Thomas Jefferson once said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying. * How can a president not be an actor? * Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close. * Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. * I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting. * I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' * I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. * The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. * The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much. * We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added. * Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence. * Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. * Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse. * Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them. * No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. * Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth! * Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. * How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin. * Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong. * Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. * When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat. * To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last--but eat you he will. * Don't be afraid to see what you see. * Trust, but verify. * Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer. * I have wondered at times what the 10 Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress. * I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'. * Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15. * We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. * Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years. * Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
President Ronald Reagan
Date of Death: June 5, 2004