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- Category: News/Views
- Published on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:58
- Written by Jim Maas
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Once again the Governor has declared the state of the State "Strong," and indeed there are areas where strength can be seen throughout the state. His work to bring greater school choice, teacher accountability, and parental control to the education experience is important and applauded. His legacy in this area will be remembered. The teachers of the state should know that you truly are fortunate to have the most fully funded pension in the nation.
It is also a positive that Wisconsin has increased its rainy day fund by 165 times. I love when you take a non-existing number and multiply but, indeed in the end it went up.
What was missing from the Governor's state of the state was any real mention of the economy or the upcoming budget. While we are told unemployment is at 5.2%, this discounts our youth who are disproportionally unemployed and since they have never had a job they are not considered unemployed. Also ignored were the college graduates unemployed or underemployed and deeply in student debt. This is an issue destroying our youths prospect at reaching the American dream and it needs to be addressed.
And, totally missing from the governor's speech was any mention of the carnage setting in for Wisconsin's Frac Sand Industry. Just last week, an additional 7,000 unemployment claims were filed above the average for our state. This industry rode the Shale oil boom and while Wisconsin is enjoying less expensive energy, I fear this industry downturn will hit our rural communities very hard. These are good paying jobs that supported these areas and as the shale industry goes, so shall Wisconsin Frac Sand and the surrounding economies.
For this reason alone, I'm calling Governor Walker's claim that "Wisconsin has 7600 more jobs than before the recession" inaccurate. Even if accurate the day the speech was written, it is likely to plunge in spectacular fashion, shortly.
On the government efficiency front, It was nice to see Governor Walker take my lead, suggesting the merger of departments and shrinking of government Bureaucracy...something I proposed in the 2013 Response to the State of the State. However, the suggestion of merging the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority in order to provide, and I quote, "A one stop shop for professional and financial services" is a horrible idea. Both agencies should be abolished.
First, Governor Walker would merge these into the Public-Private Venture Capital Bank called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, his 2010 Frankenstein invention after eliminating the Department of Commerce. Merging these two would be like giving Frankenstein a bride. I can't say this enough; taking private tax-payer dollars, sending them to Madison to apply all the "efficiencies of Government," and then sending a fraction of that tax dollar back out to be distributed to private business owners is not only ripe for crony handouts, but will never be as good as leaving the entire dollar in the economy to begin with. The only people who win are the few in Government who handle the tax dollars, and the few in private business who receive them.
The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin would like to be very clear in our next statement; Governor Walker has no professional training in running a venture capital firm and should not be the chair of this entity. Both entities should be eliminated tomorrow and taxes cut correspondingly to their budget.
Wisconsin has wasted more money in other programs that should be ended such as the entire Wisconsin Tax Incremental Finance Model, which currently has 73 such districts reported as either distressed or severely distressed, meaning they are not generating the tax base of their original plan after millions in taxpayer funds have been spent, according to a May 2014 report. This practice and these districts around the state were sold as urban revitalization plans when what they really are is bailouts for the owners of the private property. More moral hazard and crony handouts.
- Category: National
- Published on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 16:20
- Written by Jim Maas
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On the first Tuesday of January, the usual suspects (Congress) take the traditional solemn and sacred oath of office. Representatives shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support our Constitution, according to Article VI, clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution. Only then can they go about their business of “getting things done” without a thought about the Constitutionality of it.
For example, a statement by Representative Reid Ribble, “The men and women of Wisconsin’s 8th District elected me to do the people’s business, and I believe that it is my responsibility to tackle the hard issues, make the tough decisions, and work to get things done for the American people."
That is wonderful. We have a suggestion for the Wisconsin delegation. Please make sure that things get done which are constitutional.
For example, we now know the government spies on its own citizens, in violation of the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches. Congress knows it and hasn’t stopped it or punished those who spy or order the spying. The only people in trouble with the government are whistleblowers who have exposed these crimes!
Recently, Senator Feinstein exposed a problem with a government agency which commits torture. The Eighth Amendment, as well as common decency and moral codes prevent cruelty to those in custody.
- Category: About Us
- Published on Sunday, 27 December 2009 19:53
- Written by Super User
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The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is committed to America’s heritage of freedom:
- Individual liberty and personal responsibility
- A free-market economy of abundance and prosperity
- A foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade
As Libertarians, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest and we welcome the diversity that freedom brings.
We seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals control their own lives and are never forced to compromise their values or sacrifice their property.
We believe that no conflict exists between civil order and individual rights and that individuals, groups, or governments should not initiate force against other individuals, groups, or governments.
We invite you to join us in the partnership for a more free and prosperous America.