I received this in my inbox today: That’s how State Rep. Pocan characterized the $36.7 million in special favors that Assembly Democrats added to the state budget last week. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, some of these “non-substantial” expenditures include:
• $5 million in bonds for the Bradley Center
• $46,000 to purchase recycling bins for a town
• $500,000 to renovate an opera house
• $50,000 for a shooting range
• $250,000 for the Madison Children’s Museum
• $500,000 to fund the Aldo Leopold Climate Change Laboratory
• $400,000 for Native American Tourism
• $110,000 for the Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools This “Walker Weekly” email points out pork-barrel projects the Wisconsin Democrats are engaging in. The last one involves money for the Gay Straight Alliance. I am strongly opposed to this unnecessary spending, and I have my own problems with GSA that I won’t get into right now, but their are many other projects that could have been pointed out.
The strategy behind this is obvious. The Walker campaign is playing on anti-gay sentiment to score political points. They should have some dignity and not beat up on homosexuals to score votes.
You don’t mess with the USS John McCain.
The U.S. military is planning to intercept a flagged North Korean ship suspected of proliferating weapons material in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last Friday, FOX News has learned.
The USS John McCain, a navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official. The order to inderdict has not been given yet, but the ship is getting into position.
The North Koreans are able to keep embarassing us and getting p.r. victories. The upcoming missile test over Hawaii on July 4th will let them analyze and improve. We cant let them have such an opportunity. Intercept the ship, shoot down the missile.
Matt suggests that only a small majority of young voters support same-sex marriage. According to the CBS/NEW York Times poll, support has increased from 22 percent in 2004 to 44 percent now among the general public. Sounds inevitable to me. 57% of under 40s in this poll support same-sex marriage. Thats not too small. In any event the Washington Post ABC poll shows support for marriage equality at 66% among under 30’s. We are also able to find out that 45% of those supporter as “strongly support” same sex marriage. There’s some passion.
Matt also says that as voters become older they become more conservative and oppose same-sex marriage. There is numerous polling from PEW that our generation as opposed to previous cohorts supports same sex marriage. The support is higher than previous generations of 18-29 year olds.
I also want to take up the point about passion. For me, when a law restricts freedom for no good reason it should be repealed. As same-sex marriage will not affect my hoped for future heterosexual marriage or anyone elses I am for it. I think erring on the side of liberty is the best governing philosophy we can pursue. I also am a big fan of marriage and the stability it brings to relationships. Homosexual relationships frankly are not very stable, so I think getting them into the institution of marriage will be a benefit to them. It will also cut down on disease by increasing monogamy and responsibility that marriage brings. Its good social policy. So Im very passionate about it. But thats just me so what about others? Matt used anecdotal evidence so I will too. During the 2006 elections Wisconsin had a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The student crowd was only passionate about that one issue. Students went to the polls ginned up to vote down the amendment and at the same time casted votes for Democrats whereas these same voters would have otherwise stayed home.
Given the fact that the Democrats won full control of State Government in November, a statewide smoking ban was inevitable.
The paternalistic, neo-prohibitionist, nictotine Nazis will get theit glorious victory. Meanwhile, my state will lose freedom, property rights, and responsible businesses and their employees will be hurt.
Where does the Government get off setting smoking policy on private property? What if one has a dream to start a piano bar where people are free to smoke? (you know, cause its cool and nostalgic) What about all that start-up capital and the ensuing time investment that goes into being the entreprenuer of a Tavern? Does that not concern the elitists in the legislature?
If someone doesn’t like smoking in bars they can vote with their feet. If enough people don’t like it, that establishment will feel the pinch and either accomodate or continue to lose because it is inferior at running a business. The market responds to what the consumers want, whether smoking is allowed or not is already up to them. Its called capitalism.
There will be talk of a “compromise where both sides worked together” and how “most people wanted a smoking ban and we acted on behalf of them.” A majority-held view isn’t automatically virtuous. To go ahead and mug smokers and bar-owners who are in the minority is shameful and dissapointing. Some compromise.
In an apparent reversalTom Ridge may run against Arlen Specter. Ridge may give him a run for his money. Pat Toomey’s appeal would be limited to conservatives. Tom Ridge remains popular from his stellar record as Governor that earned him sky-high approval ratings. He ran the Department of Homeland Security well, and is a Vietnam Vet. I’ll take that resume anyday.
As a side note, I did not support Specter against Toomey but I consider it just stupid to say “Im happy to see him go.” The Democrats got one more in their caucus. Thats just terrific. That puts them at 60. That means moderates like Snowe and Collins have less bargaining power and have almost no incentive to remain Republicans. 3 more Democrats and 3 less Republicans is of absolutely no benefit to me. Conservatives would be ecstatic to have a conservative Democrat like Ben Nelson come to their side, and alas the Democrats are ecstatic to have Spector and laughing at Republican ineptitude. The Republican party is in no position to shrink itself and go RINO hunting. You would think some people like being in the minority. Hopefully they don’t purge Tom Ridge.
I told people shortly after the election that in at most, ten months time Sarah Palin would be launching a crypto war on John McCain. (I wish I would have wrote this but you’ll have to take my word for it.) Specifically, statements will be made critical of McCain in order to seperate Palin from the election loss. Here we are
Describing the pre-debate atmosphere, Palin told the crowd last Friday, she was “looking for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra.” “And the McCain campaign, love ’em, you know, they’re a lot of people around me,” she said, “but nobody I could find that I wanted to hold hands with and pray.”
Was this just an innocent reflection of a memory on the campaign trail? I don’t buy it.
Diane Feinstein is now leaning towards opposing the Employee Free Choice Act. (Hat tip 538.com) With Herb Kohl wavering, Specter’s opposition, and the the 2 Democrats from Arkansas poised to vote No, it just may be dead.
And not a moment too soon. Getting rid of the secret ballot lets Union organizers collect signatures and if they are gathered from 50%+1 of the employees of the firm they get a Union. This allows organizers to show up at your door, and well, intimidate you. This just seems thuggish.
As Mickey Kaus always argues, other parts of Card-Check are worse. There is binding arbitration if management and Union don’t reach an agreement in a certain time frame. You would have arbitrators come in and set the wages, benefits and rules for a private company. I find this objectionable just because It would be next to impossible. Its the ones who run that business who are the only ones who can know what the hell their doing. It is just too complicated. I agree that scrapping th secret ballot isn’t the worst part of Card-Check.
The pro Card-Check camp argues that surveys show most Americans would like to be Union members. They point out (fairly I think) the slow process in which Unions are certified and that the election process favors management. However the Rasmussen Poll shows that by a 9% to 81% margin, non-union workers would not like to be in a Union.
The pro Card-Check camp has argued that most Americans want to join a Union, they also believe higher Unionization is better for the common good, so Card-Check gives more bargaining power to the Unions. Polling is now revealing however that people do not want to be in Unions. Unions are declining because people non-Union firms as more competitive than Union-firms.