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Charles Koch Speaks Out

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011


Crony capitalism and bloated government prevent entrepreneurs from producing the products and services that make people’s lives better.


Years of tremendous overspending by federal, state and local governments have brought us face-to-face with an economic crisis. Federal spending will total at least $3.8 trillion this year—double what it was 10 years ago. And unlike in 2001, when there was a small federal surplus, this year’s projected budget deficit is more than $1.6 trillion.

Several trillions more in debt have been accumulated by state and local governments. States are looking at a combined total of more than $130 billion in budget shortfalls this year. Next year, they will be in even worse shape as most so-called stimulus payments end.

For many years, I, my family and our company have contributed to a variety of intellectual and political causes working to solve these problems. Because of our activism, we’ve been vilified by various groups. Despite this criticism, we’re determined to keep contributing and standing up for those politicians, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are taking these challenges seriously.

Both Democrats and Republicans have done a poor job of managing our finances. They’ve raised debt ceilings, floated bond issues, and delayed tough decisions.

In spite of looming bankruptcy, President Obama and many in Congress have tiptoed around the issue of overspending by suggesting relatively minor cuts in mostly discretionary items. There have been few serious proposals for necessary cuts in military and entitlement programs, even though these account for about three-fourths of all federal spending.

Yes, some House leaders have suggested cutting spending to 2008 levels. But getting back to a balanced budget would mean a return to at least 2003 spending levels—and would still leave us with the problem of paying off our enormous debts.

Federal data indicate how urgently we need reform: The unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid already exceed $106 trillion. That’s well over $300,000 for every man, woman and child in America (and exceeds the combined value of every U.S. bank account, stock certificate, building and piece of personal or public property).

The Congressional Budget Office has warned that the interest on our federal debt is “poised to skyrocket.” Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is sounding alarms. Yet the White House insists that substantial spending cuts would hurt the economy and increase unemployment.

Plenty of compelling examples indicate just the opposite. When Canada recently reduced its federal spending to 11.3% of GDP from 17.5% eight years earlier, the economy rebounded and unemployment dropped. By comparison, our federal spending is 25% of GDP.

Government spending on business only aggravates the problem. Too many businesses have successfully lobbied for special favors and treatment by seeking mandates for their products, subsidies (in the form of cash payments from the government), and regulations or tariffs to keep more efficient competitors at bay.

Crony capitalism is much easier than competing in an open market. But it erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want.

The purpose of business is to efficiently convert resources into products and services that make people’s lives better. Businesses that fail to do so should be allowed to go bankrupt rather than be bailed out.

But what about jobs that are lost when businesses go under? It’s important to remember that not all jobs are the same. In business, real jobs profitably produce goods and services that people value more highly than their alternatives. Subsidizing inefficient jobs is costly, wastes resources, and weakens our economy.

Because every other company in a given industry is accepting market-distorting programs, Koch companies have had little option but to do so as well, simply to remain competitive and help sustain our 50,000 U.S.-based jobs. However, even when such policies benefit us, we only support the policies that enhance true economic freedom.

For example, because of government mandates, our refining business is essentially obligated to be in the ethanol business. We believe that ethanol—and every other product in the marketplace—should be required to compete on its own merits, without mandates, subsidies or protective tariffs. Such policies only increase the prices of those products, taxes and the cost of many other goods and services.

Our elected officials would do well to remember that the most prosperous countries are those that allow consumers—not governments—to direct the use of resources. Allowing the government to pick winners and losers hurts almost everyone, especially our poorest citizens.

Recent studies show that the poorest 10% of the population living in countries with the greatest economic freedom have 10 times the per capita income of the poorest citizens in countries with the least economic freedom. In other words, society as a whole benefits from greater economic freedom.

Even though it affects our business, as a matter of principle our company has been outspoken in defense of economic freedom. This country would be much better off if every company would do the same. Instead, we see far too many businesses that paint their tails white and run with the antelope.

I am confident that businesses like ours will hire more people and invest in more equipment when our country’s financial future looks more promising. Laying the groundwork for smaller, smarter government, especially at the federal level, is going to be tough. But it is essential for getting us back on the path to long-term prosperity.

Mr. Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. He’s the author of “The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World’s Largest Private Company” (Wiley, 2007).




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WWII Veteran Sniper Ted Gundy, Age 87, Proves He Can Still Qualify. Shoots 1000 Yard 5 Inch Group.

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

At 87 and he is still one of the world’s finest marksman. Now get this. His 5 inch group was 3 for 3, all head shots.

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How public schools teach children to hate freedom and humanity

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

Ann says that kids are fed anti-capitalist, anti-freedom propaganda almost daily. I would say that my experience in college almost mirrors that description.

Ann says that kids are shown Al Gore’s debunked movie several times before they graduate with no balance. I know this is true as I just went through this with Riley High School and my child.

Ann says no one, and I mean no one will stand up in public schools and tell kids how capitalism lifts people up. How it brings wealth and gives people more of a chance for upward mobility. Well in my case in college that was not completely true. I did have one professor who spoke very well about capitalism. The administration fired him for it.

Ann mentions “The Story of Stuff” Marxist indoctrination video – you can see it and a complete refutation HERE.

Ann McElhinney, director/producer of Not Evil Just Wrong and Mine Your Own Business, speaking at Tea Party American Policy Summit in Phoenix (AZ) on February 26th 2011. For more, please see and follow Ann on Twitter @annmcelhinney.


Lou Dobbs on this indoctrination video called “The Story of Stuff”

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AIM: American Tax Dollars for Al-Jazeera-inspired Terrorism

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

Amazing. Your money being used to fund enemy propaganda, but Democrats say we cannot cut funds for this nonsense.


An analysis of the propaganda campaign to get Al-Jazeera carried by more cable and satellite systems reveals an interesting fact. The terrorist TV channel is already available through something called MHz Networks. And it turns out that the MHz Networks is supported by the American taxpayers at the federal and state levels.

MHz Networks is a division of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting and receives over $2 million a year from federal and state governments. In this case, because Commonwealth is based in Virginia, the culprit is the state of Virginia. However, Governor Robert F. McDonnell has proposed eliminating state funding of public broadcasting by cutting $2 million in fiscal 2012 and $2 million in fiscal 2013. Even if state legislators go along with this proposal, that still leaves the federal subsidies for Commonwealth and MHz Networks.

According to figures supplied by Joseph H. Koch, Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, $1.4 million of that $2 million came from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is funded by Congress. The CPB distributes taxpayer money to public broadcasting stations and entities.

Since Al-Jazeera is totally owned, run, and paid for by the Emir of Qatar, officially known as “His Highness,” this means that American tax dollars are paying for foreign propaganda in the U.S.

Not only that, but American taxpayers are being fleeced on behalf of an Arab dictator with billions of oil dollars. The Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, is number 8 on the Forbes list of the “richest royals,” with an estimated net worth of $2.4 billion. His channel has been labeled “the greatest Arab media organization” by the Muslim Brotherhood, which has spawned various terrorist organizations and is now poised to take power in Egypt and perhaps other countries.

MHz distributes Al-Jazeera, as well as the Moscow-funded Russia Today channel, under the rubric of “Programming for globally-minded people.”


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AWESOME: Rand Paul Launches on Busy Body Bureaucrat.

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

I have some disagreements with the good Senator, but today my hat is off to him. It must have felt SO good to tell one of these looters what we all are thinking.

Oh and if you do not know exactly what I mean by a looter please do not make yourself look silly by trying to guess.

My family had to buy one of these new, expensive “super energy saver” washers with no agitator and uses very little water and energy which is being pushed by the government. The washer is a disappointment. I always have to use the extra rinse feature and with heavy clothes I sometimes have to wash them twice.

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ABC News: 18 boys and young men gang rape 11 year old girl. Film it. Pass it around school.

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

The story is further complicated because the boys were all black and the girl was Latino.

Anyone have a theory. I do.

Maybe the valueless, Godless, “progressive” public school system doesn’t impart the kids with a sense of duty and restraint. But that is just a theory.

Here is the LINK.

How can a community heal from this?

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ABC News: Peace Corps facilitated the murder of one of its own volunteers. 1000 volunteers sexually assaulted, gang raped in last decade. Peace Corps stonewalling.

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

And that is a quote folks.

Peace Corps made a female volunteer write down everything SHE did wrong to get raped..including being out too late… 5PM.

ABC News story and video – LINK.

The video’s are in a series so be sure to watch them all.

More video HERE.

I went through this story very carefully and as far as I can tell this is a solid piece of journalism. Readers know that we are critical of the elite media with good reason, but when they do good work to look out for the folks they deserve credit. Good work ABC.

UPDATE – May 12 2011. Peace Corps chief expresses regret for sexual assaults on young volunteers

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Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) Sued for Sexual Harassment: “Unwelcome Sexual Advances” and “Unwelcome Touching” – Elite Media Mum

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

Judicial Watch:

Hastings Allegedly Retaliated Against Victim for Complaining About Conduct

Alcee Hastings

Washington, DC — March 7, 2011Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it filed a lawsuit on March 7, 2011, against Florida Democrat Congressman Alcee Hastings on behalf of a female employee who was repeatedly subjected to “unwelcome sexual advances,” “unwelcome touching” and retaliation. The alleged harassment and retaliation began in 2008, when Hastings was Chairman of the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. The Commission is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Also named is the Commission’s former staff director, Fred Turner. Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit on behalf of Commission employee Winsome Packer (Packer v. US Comm. On Security & Cooperation in Europe, and Hastings and Turner (CV No. 11-00485 D.D.C.))

According to Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, filed on Monday March 7th with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia:

For over two years, from January 2008 through February 19, 2010, Ms. Packer was forced to endure unwelcome sexual advances, crude sexual comments, and unwelcome touching by Mr. Hastings while serving as the Representative of the Commission to the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Although Ms. Packer repeatedly rejected Mr. Hastings’ sexual attention and repeatedly complained about the harassment to the Commission Staff Director, Fred Turner, Mr. Hastings refused to stop sexually harassing her. Rather, Mr. Hastings and Mr. Turner began to retaliate against Ms. Packer—including making threats of termination—because she continued to object to Mr. Hastings’ conduct.

Ms. Packer was particularly vulnerable to such threats because she was a Republican working for the Democratically-controlled Commission, a point that both Mr. Hastings and Mr. Turner used to threaten and intimidate her. Eventually, the emotional distress, anxiety, and humiliation caused by the sexual harassment and retaliation caused Ms. Packer to suffer severe health problems and forced her to leave her prestigious position.


According to Judicial Watch’s complaint, “Mr. Hastings’ intention was crystal clear: he was sexually attracted to Ms. Packer, wanted a sexual relationship with her, and would help progress her career if she acquiesced to his sexual advances.” These advances included: Making multiple demands that Ms. Packer allow Rep. Hastings to stay in her apartment while she served as the Commission’s lead staff representative overseas; subjecting Ms. Packer to unwanted physical contact, including hugging her with both arms while pressing his body against her body and his face against her face; inviting her on multiple occasions to accompany him alone to his hotel room; making sexual comments and references to Ms. Packer, and asking Ms. Packer humiliating and inappropriate questions in public, such as “What kind of underwear are you wearing?”

After Ms. Packer repeatedly rebuffed these advances and reported them to her superior, Mr. Turner, and other officials (including Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)), Hastings allegedly scolded her for not being a “sport” and for rejecting him after he had “come to [her] as a man does a woman.” He said he was very upset she had reported his behavior to Mr. Turner: “How dare you complain about me! You had better forget about being Republican.” Moreover, Hastings and Turner then allegedly took retaliatory actions against Ms. Packer by repeatedly threatening her job at the Commission, by refusing to allow her to return from overseas to her position as Policy Advisor in Washington, D.C., and by intentionally marginalizing her from her colleagues. Hastings also pressured Ms. Packer to buy him personal gifts and make a campaign contribution to him.

As a direct result of Mr. Hastings’ sexual harassment, Ms. Packer experienced insomnia, anxiety, depression, high-blood pressure, and developed symptoms of coronary artery disease. At one point, these symptoms were so severe Ms. Packer collapsed and was rushed to the emergency room. Ms. Packer has been prescribed medication and is under the care of a physician because of the severity of her heart problems.

“The allegations against Alcee Hastings as detailed in this complaint are outrageous. Is Congress so far gone that its members think they can get away with the most base sexual harassment of staff! For two years Hastings subjected Ms. Packer to a never-ending barrage of unwanted sexual advances. And when Ms. Packer tried, time and again, to put a stop to it, he resorted to threats and intimidation to force her compliance. Even after Hastings’ behavior caused Ms. Packer’s physical collapse, he would not relent. We look forward to holding Alcee Hastings and the other defendants accountable for their unlawful behavior in court,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Hastings, a former federal judge, was impeached by the House and, after a trial, removed by the U.S. Senate from the bench in 1989 for bribery and perjury.


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John Stossel Special on Atlas Shrugged Book (now upcoming film)

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

If you read just one book in your life besides the Bible it should be Atlas Shrugged. It is fun, a total page turner, completely gripping, and you will walk away smarter and with a much better understanding of human nature.

The trailer: 

Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club.

The man with the southern accent said that Rand is an Aristotelian. He is difficult to understand. I would say that such a statement is 85% true.

The challenge.

View this clip. It will very likely offend you, especially if you are a college student.

View this clip now. Get the book. Read the book. Don’t let the length bother you. Once you read the first 30 pages you will not be able to put it down. When you are finished come back and view the clip.

You will realize that how you percieve the world and man after will be far superior and you will see in the clip what others are mentally and/or spiritually incapable of seeing.

Welcome to a new world you never knew existed.

Questions to consider:

As you can see, Hank is disgusted with the other people in the room. Why?

When asked if he cares about the poor and downtrodden Hank says no. Is Hank being flippant or does he really mean it?

Hank gives plenty to charity and provides thousands of people with good paying jobs. If he doesn’t care why do those things?

Could it be there there are poor people that Hank does care about and those he doesn’t? Yes? No? Explain.

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MEP Nigel Farage: EU Financial Transactions Tax is Kamikaze Economics

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

The only thing more economically ignorant than American leftists are economically suicidal European leftists as MEP Farage so correctly demonstrates. The tax that has been proposed is so painfully du…. well I will let him say it. He has the cool accent.

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Paul Ryan: Official US Debt Projections

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

Get it yet?


Obama’s Debt Commission Chair’s Speak Out! To Increase Govt Revenue We Must: Lower the tax rates to 8, 14 and 23%. Make a new lean tax code. Lower the corporate tax rate. Public sector unions over reach. Democrats not serious about budget. Republicans should push for larger cuts.

Sen. Durbin Tells FOX News Sunday: Dems Will Only Cut $10.5 Billion From Bloated Budget – UPDATED!

Via Business Insider:

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Wisconsin Budget Battle Over. Republicans Win. Chaos in Madison. Updated Continually, Union Violence, Damage to Capitol.

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

[IUSB Vision Editor’s Note – Sometime down the road. A few months or a couple of years from now, these videos from recent weeks will be replayed in the elite media and attributed to the Tea Party.  I will bet lunch. Any takers? Our previous Wisconsin roundup post is HERE. ]

UPDATE March 28, 2011 – Fleebagger Democrats finally come home. It is about time.



The leftists react.

Democrats who left the state are having a fit. Just so you have story straight. The Democrats abandoned their constitutional duty to engage in unusual and illegal tactics to reverse the will of an election. So the GOP used a much less unusual and perfectly legal procedural tactic and oh no THAT is unfair the Democrats are claiming.

It seems to me that someone is upset because they got “out tacticaled” (I know it is not really a word but it sounded cute). They got “out-tacticaled” by a bunch of noobsauce Republican freshman.

If the unions are protesting for freedom, why do they want to strip people from having the right to choose to join one? IF they are what “democracy looks like” as they claim, why are unions pushing to take away worker’s right to a secret ballot?

The facts: 22 states and the federal government have far more restrictions on collective bargaining than what Wisconsin is proposing and Indiana has had the same thing since 2005. The world did not burn, the sky did not fall.


Since when does a private organization (union) have a RIGHT to have a monopoly on govt labor/hiring? Aren’t monopolies bad?

When the govt union “negotiates” with a Dem governor it is not adversarial, and as a result “the man” becomes the tax payer. Make no mistake, it IS the taxpayer unions are protesting.

Democrats have promised the govt unions the moon for those big donations and leave a future governor holding the bag to pay the bill.

Gov Christie in New Jersey went to the union halls and told them the truth, [paraphrasing] “The guys before me who promised you all this stuff lied to you, they knew we couldnt afford it. Don’t boo me, I am the first guy who is telling you the truth, but if we reform it now we can get you more than if the system crashes” – Video –

Talk to the voters like adults. really they can take it. You just have to make the case.

UPDATE I – Governor Walker Speaks in WSJ – LINK

While it might be a bold political move, the changes are modest. We ask government workers to make a 5.8% contribution to their pensions and a 12.6% contribution to their health-insurance premium, both of which are well below what other workers pay for benefits. Our plan calls for Wisconsin state workers to contribute half of what federal employees pay for their health-insurance premiums. (It’s also worth noting that most federal workers don’t have collective bargaining for wages and benefits.)

For example, my brother works as a banquet manager at a hotel and occasionally works as a bartender. My sister-in-law works at a department store. They have two beautiful kids. They are a typical middle-class Wisconsin family. At the start of this debate, David reminded me that he pays nearly $800 per month for his family’s health-insurance premium and a modest 401(k) contribution. He said most workers in Wisconsin would love a deal like the one we are proposing.

The unions say they are ready to accept concessions, yet their actions speak louder than words. Over the past three weeks, local unions across the state have pursued contracts without new pension or health-insurance contributions. Their rhetoric does not match their record on this issue.

UPDATE II – Wisconsin Lawmakers Get Death Threats – Bomb Threats.  WTMJ:

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes (SIC)
will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain
to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it
will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit
that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for
more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in
the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me
have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that
support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing
with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand
for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many
others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult (SIC) you by arriving at your house and putting a
nice little bullet in your head.

UPDATE III – Gateway Pundit

Protesters have penetrated the inner assembly hallways.  Assemblymen are trapped in their offices with their doors barricaded. Protesters are trying to break into their offices.

The Wisconsin fleebaggers are still hiding out in Illinois.

MORE… John Jagler, spokesman for Jeff Fitzgerald, on phone with Fox. They are trapped in his office.  Had to literally step over protesters outside his office.  Protesters waving signs.  Go limp when police lift them for removal.  They are pounding on glass and doors, jiggling locks.   They are “vowing to hold this ground”.

Wisconsin Capitol police just announced: “Capitol bldg is on lock-down until it is secured”.

UPDATE IV – Capitol is unsafe – LINK

MADISON – State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the situation at the Capitol is “unsafe.”

Fitzgerald appeared on Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Morning News.  He’s concerned about the ability for business to take place inside the Capitol.

“Law enforcement is doing the best they can, but they’re just undermanned,” Fitzgerald said.

Protesters forced their way into the Capitol following the senate vote Wednesday night.  Fitzgerald says many of those protesters had help getting into the building, claiming “When the Democrat staffers opened the windows for protesters to get in…that’s not how democracy is supposed to work.”

UPDATE VIndiana not Urbana!

Indiana legislators make a new song about fleebagger Democrats. On the left is our friend Tim Wesco. This is the only time you will see him on the left. Our pal Greg Dudeck comments, “Wesco has some good pipes.”

Listen to the lyrics carefully. Hilarious.

UPDATE VI Death threats – 

UPDATE VII – Presidential Candidate Herman Cain on Wisconsin

UPDATE VII – Police escorted legislators out of the capital due to threats.

UPDATE VIIIMegyn Kelly with Jesse Jackson – Democrats lied, Gov Walker did make concessions on expanding collective bargaining in other areas.

Notice how Jackson speaks in platitudes that could not stand 10 minutes of serious examination.

If this was a Tea Party protest Jackson would be saying,  “Awe look at these oppressed white folks. I would say poor but since even after this is passed they still have a sweetheart deal which leaves them paying less than half what others pay for their benefits and with wages that are much higher than the state average. Give me a break.”

UPDATE IXAnn Coulter vs Sean Hannity on how Gov Walker handled the PR Campaign.

Ann is right. If it wasn’t for some debate on Fox, talk radio, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and smarter politicians in other states, the Wisconsin GOP would have been destroyed in the public image much worse. Even if Gov. Walker would have someone of my profession to help him out he would have been much more effective. Heritage provided some great talking points which are accurate, so have many bloggers and yet very few of these are being used. There is no excuse for it. The GOP communications machine lets its constituency down repeatedly. The talking points I wrote would best any argument form the other side.

UPDATE XMore Death Threats Via Boots & Sabers

Found under Glenn Grothman’s office door today:

UPDATE XI – Andrew Klavan: Behold! Your Public Sector Unions at Work.

UPDATE XIIWisconsin House Passes Amended Bill.

UPDATE XIII – Indiana State House Worker Assaulted by Union Thugs

Adventures in the left’s “new civility”.  IndyChannel:

INDIANAPOLIS — A state worker told police she was assaulted by three men during Thursday’s union rally that brought thousands of people to the steps of the Statehouse.

The 33-year-old Department of Child Services employee said she was taking a smoke break at the west end of the Indiana Government Center South building just after 12:15 p.m. when she was approached by three men who asked her to use her electronic pass to let them in the building.

When she refused, directing them toward the public entrance, she said the men pushed her, causing her to fall backward, off the sidewalk, and hit her head.

The woman flagged down a Capitol police officer to report the assault. The officer said the woman had a bump on her head and that her clothes were muddied from where she fell onto the ground.

UPDATE XIV – Speaker Bosma Statement

I sincerely support the right of every Hoosier, and even their out of state colleagues, to appear at the Indiana Statehouse as they did today, and to have their say.  But the misrepresentation of the Republican proposals before the General Assembly – even by our Democrat colleagues – continues to amaze me.

No reasonably informed person can honestly state that our desire to transform public education is an effort to destroy it.  In fact, our hope is just the opposite – to make outstanding education options, whether public or private, available to every Hoosier family regardless of their income or zip code.

Likewise, no reasonably informed observer can honestly state that our proposals are designed to “eliminate the middle class” or drive workers to “the minimum wage for life.”  Our goal is just the opposite – to create high skill high wage jobs for every Hoosier worker, whether those jobs are union supported or non-union supported jobs.

This is the clear agenda House Republicans ran on in November, and this is what we continue to stand for today.  We will continue to advance these proposals at every opportunity, if only our Democrat colleagues will return from Illinois.

UPDATE XVHalf of Indianapolis protesters bussed in from out of state (Via Hoosier Access)

Here are the numbers reported by the Indiana State Police

Here are the states where the buses were from:

60 – Indiana

48 – Illinois

7 – Kentucky

2 – Michigan

1 – Florida

At its peak, law enforcement estimated 8,000 people.

UPDATE XVI – POLITIFACT: The MacIver Institute says average annual salary and benefits for Milwaukee Public Schools teachers tops $100,000 – TRUE!   LINK

UPDATE XVII –  Herman Cain on the courage of governors


UPDATE XVIIIAyn Rand on “Collective Rights”

UPDATE XIVPamela Gorman – When You Watch MSNBC and it looks like there is a huge crowd of protesters…

UPDATE XV – NewsReal: Seven Child Molesters Protected by Teacher’s Unions  LINK

UPDATE XVIWTNJ: Businesses receiving threats from unions LINK.

UPDATE XVII – Iowa passes limits on collective bargainingLINK.

UPDATE XVIII – Conservatives Fight for Taxpayers with New Ad!

UPDATE XIX – O’Reilly Blasts Left for Death Threats & Elite Media for Ignoring It

UPDATE XX – Average Government Union Wages in Wisconsin, Comrades!

By Bob Schneider

The Wisconsin Taxpayers have been raped for a very long time:

2010 Wisconsin Teacher Actual Wages

AVERAGE WAGE AND BENEFITS (remember this is for about 9 months of work)


Milwaukee                   $86,297

Elmbrook                     $91,065

Germantown               $83,818

Hartland Arrwhd      $90,285     (highest paid teacher was $122,952-lowest was $64,942)

Men Falls                      $81,099

West Bend                    $82,153

Waukesha                    $92,902

Sussex                          $82,956

Mequon                       $95,297

Kettle Mor                  $87,676

Muskego                      $91,341


Arrowhead – Bus Mng – Kopecky –                                      $169,525

Arrowhead – Principal – Wieczorek –                                 $152,519

Grmtwn –  Asst Princ – Dave Towers –                                $123,222

Elmbrk  –  Burliegh Elemetary – Principal Zahn-           $142,315 (for a primary school!!)

Madison – Asst Principal – McGrath –                                $127,835

UNIVERSITY of WISCONSIN STAFF (2009 salary alone):

Michael Knetter – Prof of Bus  –                                      $327,828

Carolyn Martin – Chancellor Mad –                              $437,000

Hector Deluca – Prof of Nutritional Science –          $254,877 (really??)

(source: -as the UW removed salaries from being posted online in 2007- why if they are so low?)

How about some other “public servant job” ???  What do they make?

Madison Garbage men (2009 salary only):

Garbageman, Mr. Nelson earned                        $159,258 in 2009, including $109,892 in overtime and other pay.

Garbageman, Greg Tatman, who earned         $125,598

7 Madison garbage men made over                  $100,000

30 Madison garbage men made over               $70,000


136 Drivers made more than         $70,000

54 Drivers made more than           $80,000

18 Drivers made more than           $90,000

8 Drivers made more than             $100,000

Top Driver made                                $117,000

(Source WTMJ)

(In contrast, the average private bus driver makes $9 to $13 an hour (about $20,000 yr) with no pension, or healthcare.)

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UPDATE XXI – The Oppressed Teachers Speak! – Teachers Union Leader Calls WI a Revolution, Wants To Learn From Socialists, Says Republicans Evil.. (See the chart above)

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