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How Scott Walker Brings Out the Worst in the Left

Imagine that I’m a political consultant. This week, my clients, who are all government employees, are hopping mad about cuts in their state’s spending.

“Don’t worry, folks,” I tell them, muttering something random about “optics” and “externalities,” which is the oldest political consultant trick in the book. “Here’s the plan. Gather a group of about 100 protestors, invade a quiet residential neighborhood, and shout through bullhorns at the governor’s house!”

Talk about winning hearts and minds! Lest you doubt, the plan gets even better. Having forgotten that the governor lives in the state governor’s mansion, not his old house—details, details—my gullible group of protestors will actually be bellowing at a house where the governor’s elderly parents live, all alone!

Read more by Heather Wilhelm at RealClearPolitics.com

Why welfare, food stamps, and other programs often discourage work

Food stamps, welfare, Medicaid and other tax and transfer systems can sometimes penalize people for earning that extra dollar of income

Economists and many policymakers generally agree that our tax and transfer systems should promote opportunity, work, saving, and education rather than consumption. The problem is these programs often penalize people for earning that extra dollar of income. Rather than promoting work and savings, these implicit taxes punish such otherwise positive behavior.

These penalties occur in TANF (formerly welfare), SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), Medicaid, the new health exchange subsidy, Pell grants, student loans, and unemployment compensation. The tax code also is loaded with disincentives to work, save, and study.

Read more by Gene Steuerle at csmonitor.com

Branch, County & District Caucuses in 2015

RPW STATE CONVENTION: May 15-17, 2015, LaCrosse, WI

DISTRICT CAUCUSES:
*First District Caucus: Sat. March 21, Registration at 8:30, Caucus at 9:00. at Copper Falls Restaurant, 102 Allen St., Clinton, WI
*Fourth District Caucus: Sat. March 28, Registration & Buffet Breakfast begins at 9:30am. Caucus starts around 10 - 10:30am. Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI.
*Fifth District Caucus: Sun. March 22. Hilton Gardens Hotel at Park Place. The location is right off Hwy 41/45 at Good Hope Road. We will have the brunch followed the our caucus business.
*Sixth District Caucus:

COUNTY CAUCUS:
The official caucus of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County (RPMC) will be on Sat. February 21, 2015.
Special guests are Vicki McKenna of WISN Radio and 6th CD Rep. Glenn Grothman.
Registration at 8:00am. Breakfast will be served at 8:30am. The caucus will begin at 9:00am.
Location: Radisson Milwaukee North Shore, 7065 North Port Washington Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217
THIS IS A MEMBER EVENT ONLY. Membership renewals must by made no later than Thursday February 12, 2015 to be eligible to vote. New members must join no later than Friday January 23, 2015 to be eligible to vote and attend the meeting.
Caucus agenda includes election of Executive Board officers and members-at-large for 2015 to 2017; adoption of rules, credentials, resolutions; constitution changes tabled from last year; vote on delegates/alternates; and any other business to come before the caucus.
REGISTER ONLINE FOR COUNTY CAUCUS

If you want to be on the RPMC Exec Board, contact Jay Hintze.

SIX BRANCHES OF THE RPMC:
There is no admission charge for branch caucuses (caucii?), but you must be a current member of the Republican Party of Milwaukee County to participate in your local caucus.
If you want to be on the board of a local branch of the RPMC, contact the current branch chair, and attend your local branch caucus.

1. Milwaukee North: Sam Hagedorn, chair
Tues. January 20, 2015, 7pm at Mama’s on 78th & Burleigh.

2. Milwaukee South: Michael Murphy, chair
Mon. January 19, 2015, 6:30pm, at Joe’s K Ranch, 4840 S. Whitnall Ave., Cudahy, WI 53110

3. Northshore: Avi Zarmi, chair
Wed. January 21, 2015, at the Glendale Radisson Hotel. The Lincoln Dinner starts at 6:00; the caucus will be at the end, probably 7:30 or so.

4. Southwest Suburban: Roseann Dieck, chair, swsrepublicans@hotmail.com
Wed. January 28, 2015, 6:00pm, at Franklin Public Library, 9151 West Loomis Road, Franklin, WI

5. Wauwatosa: Becky Geary, chair
http://wauwatosarepublicans.com
Wed. January 21, 2015, 6:30pm, at the Wauwatosa Fire Department on Underwood.

6. West Allis/West Milwaukee: Ron Rieboldt, chair
Thur. January 29, 2015, 7pm at the RPMC HQ.

The Opposition Takes Notice of Scott Walker

The smears against Romney at least occurred during the actual campaign.

One of the low points of the 2012 presidential campaign came from a spate of news stories about Mitt Romney’s alleged bullying of a college roommate. The Left would not allow the allegation to die, and Romney was finally forced to issue a public apology for what he rightly termed “high school pranks that may have hurt others,” as though this had any relevance or bearing on his fitness to serve as president of the United States.

At least in Romney’s case, they waited until there was actually a campaign.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

The Walker-Stupid, Obama-Genius Myth

On Joe Scarborough’s MSNBC show this past week Yale-educated Howard Dean added a new word to the lexicon of Democratic condescension, “unknowledgeable.”

“Scott Walker, were he to become president, would be the first president in many generations that did not have a college degree,” said Dean of the Wisconsin governor. “And that’s a problem.” Scarborough countered later in the conversation, “Well, nobody is accusing Scott Walker of being dumb because he didn’t graduate from college except you.”

“I didn’t say dumb,” Dean clarified. “I said unknowledgeable.”

Despite their self-designation as the party of the people, the Democrats will reinforce this “unknowledgeable” theme at every opportunity. Through their control of the media, they have been rigging political IQ tests for the last half-century, if not longer.

Read more by Jack Cashill at AmericanThinker.com

Vicki McKenna talks with guest Avi Zarmi from PJ Media about anti Semitic graffiti in Madison

http://www.wiba.com/media/podcast-upfront-with-vicki-mckenna-vickimckenna/vicki-mckenna-hr1-monday-25816730/

Vicki talks with guest Avi Zarmi from PJ Media about anti Semitic graffiti in Madison. Plus guest Jed Babbin talks about the Middle East and more.

Congressman Sean Duffy at RPMC Reagan Day Dinner

https://vimeo.com/119655959

on Friday Feb. 13, 2015
at Serb Hall, Milwaukee, WI

We’re Thankful for Global Warming

If not, How much colder would it be?

Science displays at Wisconsin State Parks will tell you that glaciers covered our landscape, ending just 12,000 years ago.

We’re talking Ice Age. During the several (yes, more than one) ice ages that Wisconsin has experienced, glaciers reached as far south as southern Illinois.

This means that ice, up to a MILE-THICK, covered this state, and carved out features like the Kettle Moraine. A six-inch snowfall like we get now and then in winter is not what caused these earth changes.

More glacial maps from NationalAtlas.gov and UW-Green Bay.

Question: What did the Indians do back then to cause the ice to melt away? Or did they just happen to be the first settlers after the ice melted away? Melted then, by what?

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The Smartest Guys I Know Are Moving to Tax-Free States … Should You, Too?

Last week, I learned four different friends are doing something that will save each of them tens of thousands – or even hundreds of thousands – of dollars each year.

They’re moving…

And they’re not the only ones. Many of the smartest guys I know are moving this year.

They’re not just thinking about moving… They’re not saying “maybe someday”… They are doing it right now.

The reason why is the amazing part, as you’ll see. And it might make sense for you to consider moving, too. Let me explain…

I spoke with a friend on the phone last week… “What are you doing in Washington state?” I asked him.

“I’m moving here,” he said. “I love California. But moving to Washington state saves me $133,000 a year in state taxes on every $1 million I earn.”

This is not just a millionaire thing…

Read more By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud at DailyWealth.com

Support Governor Walker, and the Republicans in the WI Senate and WI Assembly, so this doesn’t happen in Wisconsin.

Scott Walker vs. Ideological Purity

What evidence is there that Walker supports amnesty and Common Core?

In Into the Whirlwind, her classic memoir detailing nearly 20 years in the Soviet Gulag as result of Stalin’s purges, Yevgeniya Ginzburg tells of an episode in a boxcar, in transit from one labor camp to another. Ginzburg was an orthodox Soviet Communist, whose son was taken from her and who was imprisoned solely because her husband, a historian, had unknowingly published an article which deviated slightly from the party line. This happened unknowingly, because the party line changed after he submitted the article to his editor, who proceeded to publish the now errant article (G-d only knows what happened to the editor).

In the incident mentioned above, Ginzburg tells of another woman in the car. She was a prisoner just like the rest, though she had been in custody much longer than most. She was utterly ostracized by the others, and would share nothing with Ginzburg and could only speak to her through gritted teeth. Her crime? She had been a Social Revolutionary, a Menshevik, rather than an orthodox Bolshevik, and she refused to recant her error and repent of her sin.

That’s what ideological purity gets you.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

Scott Walker Takes Next Step: How Might He Govern as President?

Three recent Wisconsin events give a portrait of his decision-making on domestic issues.

On January 27, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) announced the formation of a 527 committee called Our American Revival, unveiled a new website, and issued a statement which included the following:

To move this country forward we need new, fresh leadership from outside of Washington. We need leaders who are bold. That’s how we build a better future for our children and grandchildren. We’ve done it in Wisconsin and it can be done across this country with the right leadership.

Walker’s statement refers to his actions in balancing Wisconsin’s state budget, closing an unconstitutional deficit hole of $3.6B while actually cutting state taxes and capping local property taxes. He achieved this mostly by curtailing the hitherto virtually unrestrained power of public employee unions, to the intense dismay of the Wisconsin Left. Walker’s statement also comes on the heels of a major speech delivered over the weekend to Iowa conservatives, in which he urged policies that “go big and bold” in tackling such major public policy problems.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

A good year – thanks to the president being ignored

Remember one year ago, when President Obama was claiming that unless Republicans again renewed the temporary, extra-long unemployment benefits enacted in the depths of the recession, the economy would suffer?

Remember how his advisers claimed that if Congress let unemployment benefits return to normal, 240,000 jobs would be lost, and how a New York Times columnist claimed it was because Republicans liked to “afflict the afflicted”?

Republicans did not heed the president. The unprecedented 99 weeks of extended benefits expired. Unemployment benefits returned to normal.

And last week, President Obama was declaring 2014 “a breakthrough year for America.” Remember that?

A groundbreaking new study explains why it was such a good year, Investors Business Daily reports: It was because Republicans ignored Obama’s advice, as 60% of the jobs gained last year were due to the cutoff of extended unemployment benefits.

I’ve said as much, but now others are saying so, too. . . .

Read more by Sen. Ron Johnson at RonJohnson.senate.gov

Scott Walker Wows ‘Em in Iowa

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Scott Walker wowed them in Iowa at whatever this thing was, this Republican, slash, conservative, just wowed them. And you know me, folks, if you have spent any time listening to this program in the last two years, you know that I believe Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican Party if they are serious about beating the left. Scott Walker has shown how to do it. And apparently he showed up and he made a speech on Saturday that had people telling them it reminded them of the speech I gave at CPAC.

Read more by Rush Limbaugh at RushLimbaugh.com

Iowa Freedom Summit 2015 Scott Walker Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmra5Xp_T10

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in Hot Seat Over VA Scandal

Her office appears to have buried a report on a major painkiller prescription scandal.

Last year, reports began surfacing of major abuses at the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) center in the city of Tomah, Wisconsin, involving the issuance of numerous prescriptions for massive doses of opioid pain killers. The abuses eventually resulted in the death from overdose of a 35-year-old Marine Corps veteran, Jason Simcakoski.

He was receiving a cocktail of 15 different prescription drugs (including Suboxone, intended to help combat addiction to opiates) when he died in the hospital’s psychiatric ward.

Read more by Avner Zarmi at PJmedia.com

VIDEO: Scott Walker’s Speech That Has The Political World Buzzing

Missed it live on Saturday? We have it for you here. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s speech to the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit. As we told you yesterday, the speech is getting rave reviews… which continue to pour in.

Read more at RightWisconsin.com

Iowa Freedom Summit 2015 Scott Walker Speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmra5Xp_T10

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