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Off The Editor’s Desk – 7-22-2015

I was again impressed with St. Croix County Fair in its annual run last week. A big thank you to the many volunteers that put time into making it such a wonderful exhibit and success. I also wish to thank the many faithful readers of the Tribune that spoke to me during my visit to the fair and for their words of encouragement.

I read with interest the story carried by the Dunn County News taken from the La Crosse Tribune about President Obama’s visit to La Crosse on July 2nd. Obama told the crowd of over 2,000 that greeted him on the UW campus in La Crosse that Minnesota was winning the border battle because Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton had raised taxes on the top two percent of his population and raised the state’s minimum wage.

UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow told the crowd: “I think you’ll agree he’s an outstanding president, and we’re all very fortunate to benefit from his extraordinary leadership, so we want to show him our gratitude for all he has done.”

Over the many years that I have watched public institutions that are tax supported, I have wondered what they would be like if they had to produce an income from a product or service like the rest of us in business.

It appears to me that those liberal institutions of higher education tend to brainwash our children into believing that the cure for all our ills, is the government and higher taxes.

“America has always done better when we’re all in it together and everyone gets a fair shot,” Obama said. “Everybody is doing their fair share and nobody is playing by their own set of rules, and we all feel like we have a common stake in our success, from the CEO is the corner suite to the workers on the factory floor.”

How does Obama know anything about the factory floor in Wisconsin? Those factory floors have been disappearing in this state since the socialist movement of the 1930s with more taxes, rules, regulations and unions. Besides, Obama has never held a job in the private sector or produced a product and depended on its sale to make a living.

I liked him talking about working together, but with a half of the population not working and depending on the government to survive, we are not all working together. We need jobs and raising the minimum wage will only raise the cost of living.

Thanks for reading!   — Carlton