Blue Collar Blogger

Dad, husband, baseball coach, writer, community activist and crappy guitar player...I tend to stand a little to the left on most issues. I don't get my news from Fox "News" - and neither should you.

Would Someone Explain Why I Have To Pay $15 To Ask Paul Ryan A Question

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I don't order pay per view events at home and I most certainly am not going to a pay per view event with my elected congressman.

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Be Cruel To Your School

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School is back in session, which means the mornings are crazy, the days are longer and the evenings are spent doing homework, pickin out outfits and packing lunches. And on top of working nearly 60 hours per week I also have to find time to hold "computer class" at home on our one family computer. Why? Because of budget cuts this year and projected budget revenue loss in Greendale, the computer lab has been completely eliminated at my children's school.

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Some Kind of Monster

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Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett, a Republican, will not be pressing charges against David Prosser, the conservative WI Supreme Court Justic who was accused of choking fellow Justic Ann Walsh Bradley.

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Do Me a Favor and "Google" Something For Me . . .

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rick perry + apostolic reformation church + C. Peter Wagner

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The WI GOP Prepares For An Assualt on Womens' Rights

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State Rep. Michelle Litjens, R-Oshkosh and state Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, are co-sponsoring a bill that would require any woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound before having the procedure and tighten regulations for clinics that perform abortions. "This is about protecting women," she said. "This is not about abortion." ~

Now call me niave, but when Government steps in and tries to tell you what you can and cannot do with your own body, isn't that considered BIG GOVERNMENT? In fact, mandating certain medical procedures upon a woman is BIG FAT GOVERNMET at an ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFETT at a right-wing fast food restaurant that has just failed their last health inspection - and Senator Lazich is wearing a bib and has loosened her belt.
Now I understand that Senator Lazich is a Christian and prefers to call herself "pro-life", but the fact is that she and Rep. Litjens are pushing their religious beliefs upon the rest of the 5 million residents of WI, making them more "anti-womans' rights" than "pro-life". To me, someone who is "pro-life" is against war, votes for protecting the rights of the elderly, the poor and the sick. And since Senator Lazich has voted to take reduce Medicaid for the poor and reduce Medicare benefits for the elderly, she certainly is NOT "pro-life".
Like Senator Lazich, I too was raised a Christian. In fact, I went to Catholic school for 9 years and am a seasoned veteran of the religious rhetoric about abortion and ect. The difference between Senator Lazich and myself (besides the fact that her public sector job offers her health insurance and benefits while my private sector job does not) is that while we were both raised Christians, I don't beleive in pushing my religious beliefs upon everyone else. After all, this is america right - home of the free.
If Senator Lazich wants to force women to have an ultrasound (at whose cost?) before obtaining a legal abortion affored to women by the laws that govern our great country and the Supreme Court well, then -
  • The Senator should have to live 6 months confined to a wheelchair as an elderly citizen in a nursing home, who has let her drivers license expire, and who has to rely on the kindness of family or strangers to get to the DMV to obtain a new ID before she votes on the new VOTER ID LAW.
  • The Senator should have to empty her savings account and take a low-paying job where she is not offered health insurance before she is allowed to vote on reducing benefits for BadgerCare, or Medicaid.
  • The Senator should have to live as a 79 year old woman whose entire monthly income is her social security check, and see half of that income disappear with prescription drug costs before she votes to change the state Medicare program over to Medicare Part D for seniors, which will cost seniors an average of at least an extra $500 per year in prescriptions.
  • The Senator should have to work as a kindergarten teacher in a low-income school for a few weeks before she votes to cut $840 from public education and dramatically increases class sizes and shrinks teachers' rights and work place conditions.

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