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Who said it?

09.10.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”

A: Dwight D. Eisenhower

The President spoke, now hear the experts at the CYP Healthcare event.

09.10.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

When:  Wednesday, September 16th, 5:30-7:30

Where:  La Dolce Vita (1673 N Farwell)

CYPers will gather at La Dolce Vita (1673 N Farwell) and hear the truth about so-called health care reform from real experts:  young doctors from among our ranks who will see their practices dramatically changed by a poorly conceived government takeover of healthcare.

CYP encourages its members to come, learn, and encourage our elected representatives to vote against government healthcare.  It’s up to us to let our elected representatives know how we feel about this–after all, we’re going to be paying for it.  This is perhaps one of the most important political battles of our generation and we should get involved.

To contact your elected representatives right now:  http://joinpatientsfirst.com/

 http://www.fightbackwisconsin.com/

 I read President Obama’s speech from last night.  President Obama suffers from a myopia that many attorneys have.  Just because you can say the words in a rhetorically appealing way and even a very convincing way, you cannot change the underlying facts.  To me (and I’m interested in what others have to say), there are two facts that Obama is at very least fudging:  first, that there is a crisis in our healthcare.  Untrue.  Most people like their healthcare and Americans have some of the best healthcare in the world.  There are problems in the growth of spending and in the number of uninsured people.  If there were a crisis, then Obama would be justified in the major changes he wishes to make.  He is trying to manufacture a crisis that voters simply do not see.  When he tries to solve this crisis with dramatic intervention and billions of dollars of new spending, people will look at it and disagree.

Second, Obama is claiming that he can increase the number of people who have insurance and decrease costs without changing the outcome for people who have insurance.  He may be able to walk on water and raise the dead, but I’m not certain that all the saints in heaven could pull off that trick.   To claim differently is to play pretend.

 

We need a new state treasurer: Jason Punzel

09.07.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/57666737.html

Dawn Sass, the current Wisconsin state treasurer, is not very professional, what with the (1) hiring of relatives on the state payroll, (2) not coming to work to mow the lawn, and (3) not reporting travel funded by others.

There’s a big backlog of unclaimed property held by the state (which is the primary job of the state treasurer to fix).   Dawn doesn’t know when it’s going to be fixed, because she was in California last week:

As the state treasurer’s office tried to eliminate the biggest backlog of unclaimed property requests in at least a decade, state Treasurer Dawn Marie Sass headed to California.

Sass spent much of last week at the posh St. Regis Monarch Beach resort in Dana Point, Calif., for the National Association of State Treasurers annual meeting. In addition to attending informational sessions and giving a talk on Wisconsin’s unclaimed property program, Sass went on a two-hour sea-life cruise.

Sass did not disclose on her state ethics statements that she attended similar corporate-funded conferences in 2007 and 2008. The state’s ethics enforcement agency said it was unclear whether the travel needed to be disclosed, although such disclosure is generally required under state law.

The trip comes at a time when Sass’ office is rife with tension over the hiring of her niece and other family members for temporary jobs, as well as a wave of job vacancies for permanent positions. The niece spent some of her five-week stint on the job traveling with the treasurer, even though she was supposed to be processing claims and working at the office’s front desk.

There’s more in the article; the jist of it is that Dawn is kind of an embarrassment to the state.  Good thing CYPers can meet the next Wisconsin state treasurer Jason Punzel at our September 29th happy hour (stay tuned for details).  Jason is a real professional who is going to clean up the property backlog and allow Wisconsin families to have more ways to save and invest for college.

Who said it?

09.03.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

“Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive.”

William F. Buckley Jr.

What I wouldn’t give for a little of his dry, dry wit on and his opinion on this healthcare debacle.

Healthcare townhall meeting went well, if only the Congressman would have shown up

09.02.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

http://www.jsonline.com/business/55948507.html

Read this article for a good rundown of (1) why the Congress should throw out this monstrosity of a healthcare reform and we should start over and (2) a good example of a politician not listening.

Even better, you can join Americans for Prosperity www.fightbackwisconsin.com

or you can meet the writer of the article, John Torinus at our November happy hour.

In the meantime, join us for our Sept. 16th healthcare information hour at La Dolce Vita.

Do we still have gun rights?

09.01.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

There’s only one way to find out:  join CYP for our first skeet shoot.

 

DATE: Saturday, September 12th
TIME: 2:00-5:00
LOCATION: Cudahy Sportsman’s Club, 5350 S. Sheridan Drive, Cudahy  (a 15 minute drive from downtown)
 
MORE:
Join CYP for a fun day of skeet shooting.  Here is your chance to learn shotgun basics and exercise your second amendment rights at the same time~We will have experienced shooters on hand to help you get started and a safety instructional course prior to shooting.  If you’ve never shot a gun before, this is the time to learn–beginners are encouraged.  We will have guns on hand to borrow if you need one.  We’ll have some NRA t-shirts to give away and a gun raffle.
 
Just bring $12 and a friend.

Back to School

08.31.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

With all the recent discussion of health care reform, it is easy to forget that most children are going back to school this week. Education has been a sore spot for administrations of both parties and, while largely a state and local issue, solutions at both the federal and state level have been identical in many respects.  If we only throw more money at the problem, the argument seems to go, the education system will improve. The argument ignores any number of other factors that contribute to a child’s success or failure, including but not limited to whether the child finds support in his or her studies at home, the quality of instruction, and whether children, especially in urban areas, are going to school in an environment free of violent crime. Some of these factors can be controlled by policy decisions; others cannot.

Wisconsin has been somewhat of a pioneer in the education area. School choice, hailed by many parents and decried by WEAC, has come under recent attack, and it appears that this trend is spreading. President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress recently shut down Washington, D.C.’s school voucher program to new students.  The result of this decision was the placement of 216 qualifying students who had planned to attend private schools into 70 public schools. What is staggering about the decision is the level of violence and criminal activity in those schools, according to the Washington Post:

The report pays particular attention to the plight of the 216 students who had planned to attend private school before the administration rescinded their scholarship offers while Congress debates the future of the program. The study looks at the 70 public schools to which these students have now been assigned and finds there were 2,379 crime-related incidents, including 666 violent incidents (one of which was a homicide), for the 2007-08 school year.

Voucher programs have been successful in areas where they have been tried and have been used to give opportunities to groups that may otherwise face life at a disadvantage. These programs are not perfect (some improve performance in reading but not math, for example) and they do not solve the (many) issues facing today’s public school systems, but they could provide one of the pieces necessary to solve the education puzzle and afford students opportunities now. However, instead of facilitating change that is supported by some evidence of success, those currently in power are interested in following the same old routine and placating the same lobbyists. The negative long-term ramifications of these decisions are many and avoidable.

An Observation about America

08.28.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

When I was college, my government professor said that Alexis de Touqueville’s Democracy in America was the best political book because it was about the best governing system and it was about the most important democracy.  That’s true, and de Touqueville is still just as relevant as the day his book about our democracy was published.  The fact that the professor had just written a new translation may have swayed him, too.

In the same vein was  David Brooks’s column on Ted Kennedy.  Studying America, David Brooks writes:

We in this country have a distinct sort of society. We Americans work longer hours than any other people on earth. We switch jobs much more frequently than Western Europeans or the Japanese. We have high marriage rates and high divorce rates. We move more, volunteer more and murder each other more.

Out of this dynamic but sometimes merciless culture, a distinct style of American capitalism has emerged. The American economy is flexible and productive. America’s G.D.P. per capita is nearly 50 percent higher than France’s. But the American system is also unforgiving. It produces its share of insecurity and misery.

This culture, this spirit, this system is not perfect, but it is our own. American voters welcome politicians who propose reforms that smooth the rough edges of the system. They do not welcome politicians and proposals that seek to contradict it.

I see this every day.  In no other country does capitalism play such a central and vital role and there are advantages and disadvantages to that.  But it is the reality that we live in, and the reality that we choose.  David Brooks leaves it unwritten, but it’s not hard to see that this attitude, whatever the political persuasion of people in power or the president’s approval ratings, will ensure that the current government-interventionist wave will break and recede.

A Positive Comment on Health Care

08.26.2009 · Posted in Uncategorized

A common accusation put to conservatives these days is that we are nay-sayers blindly hating on the left side of the political aisle. Make no mistake, there are plenty of issues out there to be upset about right now (health care and the ever-ballooning deficit come immediately to mind), but I did come across this article yesterday pertaining to a town hall held by far-left Senator Russ Feingold and will give some positive credit where it is due.

Sen. Feingold says that he cannot declare whether he will support a health care reform bill until he actually sees one. He also says that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s assessment of opponents to the health care proposal discussed during the last session  as “evil mongers” was “unfortunate and inappropriate.”

These statements are rational positions (I never thought I’d see the day when I referred to Sen. Feingold as “rational” about anything, and I still can’t locate any meaningful issues on which I agree with his stance when it comes to congressional votes, but I’m just being fair). The source of these moderate, non-committal statements seems relatively obvious: midterm election season is coming up quickly. Feingold recognizes the importance of not (immediately) marginalizing large sectors of constituents who oppose the idea of a government-run health system. It is important to continue to make our voices heard on this and other issues and remind those we send to Washington who they represent. With enough civil debate on the health care issue, it is still possible to prevent our leaders from making a costly mistake.

On that note, don’t forget to come to CYP’s upcoming events, including tomorrow’s happy hour at Coast featuring Rick Graber and our health care event on September 16 to network with other conservatives on issues important to you (and enjoy a drink or two in the process).