Leadership used to be about serving others. But in Milwaukee, leadership is all about serving yourself. Lena Taylor, a state senator who had run for Milwaukee County executive last year, seems to think that laws do not need to apply to her. She thinks having a conversation is all about talking over somebody else's words and not letting them get a word in edgewise. Therefore, if you can talk louder than the person you are talking to, you win the argument. But does that make you right?
It should be an embarrassment for a state senator to drive in such a fashion that would draw the attention of police and then argue with them and use your position to get out of the ticket. She certainly does not know the meaning of lead by example.
Economic stimulus. Liberal agenda. A needed bill. Wasteful spending. Another bailout. These are only a few of the terms that can be used to describe the latest spending bill by Congress. The Democrats want it passed immediately. The Republicans are trying to slow it down. Because of the lack of impact that the first bailout had, this one should be slowed down more. It was only three months ago when we elected Barack Obama president because he seemed to be more fiscally responsible with the federal budget. Compare to John McCain, Obama was to add a lot less to the debt of the United States over his term. Obama said that he would go through the federal budget line by line cutting wasteful spending. Now, he is front and center pushing for the largest spending bill ever put through Congress. Obama wants it passed before he would even have time to go through two pages line by line. Some fiscal responsibility.
The federal stimulus bill is somehow supposed to make everything a reality. Economic growth, balanced budgets, increased jobs, they're all supposed to be in there. State and local governments across the nation are making wish lists that will make all of this spending a reality. We were promised infrastructure and we will get a little bit of that along with just about everything else. Wisconsin is no different. Local governments along with the governor are making wish lists that will spur the economy here and plug that he would hold that's in Wisconsin's budget. If there were only enough money to go around.
It looks like Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail again. Instead of trying to get elected, is trying to sell us what is becoming known as the spendulous bill. If we do not buy what is being sold, it will be shoved down our throats anyway. This is in stark contrast to how he campaigned when he was seeking election to the office of the presidency. He promised time and again to go through every spending bill line by line and ensure the American people that what was being spent was going to work. Now he wants a bill passed with so much spending in it that we will not know what is in there for years to come. It is supposed to be a stimulus package to get the time he rolling immediately. However, from what we are told from the people who have looked at it, is that a lot of this will not be spent for 2 to 3 years. Are we still going to be in a recession in that amount of time? If this type of spending goes through, I imagine we would be.
If we are in this unprecedented time, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and we only know what doesn't work in stead of knowing what will work, that should certainly be the case to slow things down a little bit. Recessions normally last about 18 months. And from all the backdating that has been done to when we originally got into this recession, we should be hitting rock bottom and beginning the long climb up. Instead, we're growing the government and unprecedented rate to an unprecedented size. And from what we know from history, government does not contract. Even the presidents who promised smaller government could barely slow down the growth of government.
I cannot think of a better example of how society has to dumb things down for the slowest person in the country than what is happening with the conversion to digital TV. Sure the government screwed it up by confusing people as to who would need a converter box. The coupon program could have been depleted by people who did not need them yet applied for them because they thought that something free was coming to them. Having them expire was also not a brilliant move. But because there are so many people who have procrastinated and did not want to spend an extra $40 for a converter, the conversion date is now being delayed.
As a cable subscriber, the moving of the conversion date does not impact me, except for those annoying public service announcements and crawls on just about every local station program has been very annoying. Even in this tough economic times, if you have saved money by not paying the satellite companies or the cable company, you should have 40 bucks to spend on a digital converter. If you don't, TV must not be that important to you. Even people who are upset and cannot understand why the government is making the change, many have been able to get a converter box even with a coupon. Remember, this is the same government that is forcing you to buy a new TV or a new TV converter box is the same one that will be spending $1 trillion to jump start the economy. The kindly old government that is assisting citizens in buying these converter boxes are made where?
Several years ago, I saw television program featuring Lee Iacocca. He was promoting his new book; Where Have All the Leaders Gone? When asked about how he thought George Bush was doing as president, he replied, "they're in over their heads." After that, I never really had a great deal of confidence in Bush anymore. This past week, watching President Obama and his economic team fuddling through passing in stimulus plan and mumbling through a new wave of TARP money, I realized too that Barack Obama is in over his head.
As a candidate, Obama proved that he will say anything to get elected. He promised to control spending and to eliminate waste from the federal budget. In his first major piece of legislation, he demonstrated that the liberal agenda is far more important to being passed than sticking to principles that people believed he would have. The stimulus plan is about $1 trillion of pork project shifting the direction of the country toward socialism. Apparently the Democrats are interested in revenge for not getting through the programs that they wish they had gotten through in the past eight years and are going to enact them all in one day. Tuesday. As families and businesses shift their focus to cutting costs and making hard choices limiting their growth which may further deepen the current recession, the federal government has pulled out all the stops giving us unprecedented growth and undoubtedly wasteful spending. Is this enough? Of course not. The money that was supposed to be spent quickly, is being spread out over three years. At least. This way, the Democrats can lower our expectations for a fast recovery while setting themselves up for taking all the credit if the economy turns around either this year or next.
Things must be going pretty well here in Wisconsin as far as the economy goes. The budget woes are just about over. Wisconsin is going to get about $9 billion in stimulus money from the federal government. Is this the fix we need? Will it prevent taxes from going up? Of course not.
It seems too bad that the two senators from Wisconsin have not done anything in almost 20 years in order to bring some federal money into this state. Our two Democratic senators and Democratic Governor have never been on the same page in order to get effective programs funded in this state. The amount of money that we get from the federal government is pathetic compared to what is being sent. Wisconsin is clearly a donor state.
In the past we have heard politicians talk aboard corners of their mouth. They will say one thing and do another. Some people call this hypocrisy. However today, there is a new spin on this label formerly called hypocrisy. Now, when you say one thing and do another, you are doubling your chances of being right. There can be no better example of this in the Obama administration.
I'm getting sick and tired of hearing Obama blame Bush for all the ills in the world. Or at least all of the ills in today's economy. Whether or not Bush is the origin of today's economic problems is becoming more and more irrelevant. It's time to stop pointing fingers and work on the solutions. It doesn't matter who caused the problems, Americans are looking for solutions. Results. Pointing fingers is not going to bring prosperity. Obama is the president and this is going to be known as Obama's recession. After all, he campaigned for the job and now he's got it.
I was watching a rerun of the old M*A*S*H program the other day. In this episode Charles Winchester was having a euphoric experience while talking about his cognac. This reminded me of someone else who has more than just a passing fancy with cognac-Darnell Cole. Darnell Cole, former president of MATC, recently drink eight cognacs and then when driving. This according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Nothing wrong with that, or is there?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently did a 72 part story about 72 people whose lives were affected by the consequences of drinking and driving. Sometimes do to themselves, sometimes due to others. In each case at least one life was destroyed or ended early due to the decision of thinking and driving. In the state assembly, some representatives and senators were introducing legislation that would affect how drinking and driving would be handled if you got caught. Yet for all the publicity that this issue has gotten, little will change. In Wisconsin, people like to drink and drive. It gets condoned.