On Wisconsin budget gets $500M boost
Typical short-sighted thinking. Cut taxes when times are good, and then get forced into deficit spending when times inevitably get bad again. If you want to see how it turns out, look at the Bush tax cuts followed by the Obama deficit spending. When our state reaches a point of no debt, then feel free to cut taxes. http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-cl...
On Utilities agree to clean up coal plants
"Coal is naturally contaminated with mercury, and when it is burned to generate electricity, mercury is released into the air through the smokestacks. The bulk of this mercury pollution could be eliminated with the installation of relatively simple and widely-available pollution-control devices."http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercu... These coal plants represent more than half the mercury that ends up in Wisconsin lakes - which is why there are mercury advisories on the consumption of walleye, bass, and northern out of our lakes (you are recommended to have no more than one meal per week). It's way past time to clean this up...
On Bill to ban use of aborted fetal tissue circulated
Religious freedom does not mean the freedom to impose your religious beliefs on others. Keep repeating that sentence until you understand it.
On Janesville City Council delays decision on parks' summertime dogs ban
Has any policeman ever handed out a $212 fine for someone not picking up after their dog? That's what drives me nuts (I've never seen it even once in the court reports) - if we just started actually *enforcing* the ordinance, the problem goes away quickly. The concept of punishing the many for the sins of the few is lazy - punish the sins of the few instead.
So many people use God only when it suits their purposes (which all too often ends up being greed and hatred). The reality is that stem cell research represents actual cures for diseases and chronic conditions - and cures represent a huge loss of income for doctors/hospitals and big pharmaceuticals that make a tremendous profit in 'managing' these lifelong diseases and conditions. Perhaps this is why these same people insist on 'God' being printed on our currency - since they really worship the almighty dollar.
On “Visions of the future: Young people see bright prospects for Janesville’s tomorrow” & "Vision 2020"
I got a good laugh on having river paths on both sides of the river - they are on private property from Racine to Jeffris park on the Main Street side (not to mention traversing marshland that is likely DNR-protected). Last I checked, you can't simply grab up whatever private land you want for frivolous use (and any claim of 'Eminent Domain' would be ridiculous since there would be a redundant path on the other side of the river) - this would sink the City in court costs alone. There is a huge chasm between 'idea' people and the poor engineers stuck trying to make nonsense into reality.
On Youth mostly optimistic about Janesville’s future
They hit the nail on the head - if you want to attract young people, you need things that are attractive to young people. One example is frisbee golf - Janesville has one course (which has been improving thanks to a private group), whereas a city of similar size (Appleton) has three (and has held National tournaments on many occasions due to the quality of the courses), plus several more courses in the immediate neighboring cities. They are cheap to put in and low maintenance (a lot of private groups and businesses helped sponsor holes), and would be a good use of some of the underutilized park spaces in Janesville. The Park and Rec catalog seems to target the very young and very old, with precious little in between. The age range of 18-26 wants to be surrounded by people in the age range of 18-26 (not surprisingly - this is the years where they are searching for a mate). If you want to attract them and get them to stay, you need to coordinate activities specifically for that range (otherwise your best case scenario is having the portion of the ones born here that stick around - you'll never attract new ones to replace the ones that get educated and leave). A handful of 'hip' locations (clubs and stores) would certainly help, but unfortunately that's in the 'private business' arena. Janesville has a collection of bars that are based on what we have, not necessarily what we'd want. The other option is to optimize what we do have - an aging population. We have hospitals galore, so the next step is to slap up retirement communities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. We could optimize Janesville to be a 'final destination' city for the wealth of aging boomers. Job-wise, there would be nursing and administrative positions that would pay a living wage, and plentiful low-skill assistant and home care worker jobs that pay less than a living wage (but probably a little better than flipping burgers or bagging groceries). It all depends on the future Janesville we want to see...
On Recent dog attack fuels pit bull debate
Pit Bulls (and Pit mixes) represent 61% of dogs involved in cases of human attacks resulting in death or disfigurement, but they are only 4.4% of the dog population. That is a HUGE discrepency that can't be whisked away by blaming a 'few careless owners' - there are irresponsible owners of every dog breed, and yet other dog breeds don't produce this level of damage. As with any situation, there are always empirical cases of Pits making fine pets, but when you look at the breed on the whole you simply can't ignore the blindingly obvious. http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/dog-attack-d...
On Wis. drops to 44th in private-sector job creation
As I've said several times previously, Wisconsin's failure is Wisconsin's alone and entirely driven by our failed leadership at every level (Governor, Senate, and Assembly) - the rest of the country, and more importantly the states that surround us, are doing much better than us. But if you flip the tables, we're #6 in failure and steadily rising. Soon the Republicans can proudly say we're finally number one in something... (that's just a little 'spin' suggestion for the right wingnuts that are constantly spouting their nonsense on these forums)
On Big bonuses for managers as pension payments shrink
Bonuses and salaries for fund managers should be calculated in the same way that retiree payments are calculated - then everyone has the same financial incentives. Instead, they get paid full rate during the bad years, and double during the good - if their individual efforts actually had anything whatsoever to do with the fund performance in the good years, then they should logically be punished for their "poor" performance in the bad years (just so everyone is clear, the fund performance tracks the broader market and has little, if anything, to do with the individual fund managers). The reality is that it's easier to skim off the top when times are good (ask America's CEOs how things are working out lately).
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