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Off the Editor’s Desk 2-28-2024

Tidbits and quotes

“Ours is a world of nuclear giants, and ethical infants. We know more about war than about peace, more about killing than we know about living.” —General of the Army, Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981)

The U. S. Senate passed a single bill that addressed aid to Israel, Ukraine and the southern border, but it only reduced the number coming into this country from the southern border to somewhere around 5,000 daily, and that is not acceptable to the Republican led house, so it stalled. Lets have three separate bills we could then get the aid to Ukraine that is so needed to fight the Russians.

“When enterprise was free and government was limited, we all prospered.” —Tim Nerenz, Ph.D.

The president opened the southern gates three years ago, he and he alone can lock them.

What happened to the manufacturers in our great state of Wisconsin? “Back in 1970, manufacturers paid 18.2 percent of Wisconsin’s property taxes, the major source of school funding, and in 2010 those who remained paid 3.7 percent,” according to Tim Nerenz.

In 2022 the total equalized valuation in our great state of Wisconsin totaled over $644 billion dollars. But only 2.6 percent was in manufacturing. Where did they go and why?

If all the equalized property in the state were sold and turned into cash to pay down the national debt, it would only reduce the national debt by less than two percent. The equalized property value is on property that is tax-paying property only, and does not include value of public property like schools and municipal owned property. 

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” —Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” —President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Our debt has piled up to somewhere around $34 trillion dollars and that is on the backs of our kids and grandkids. We as a nation are now looking at big expenditures including several billion in student debt relief, money for Ukraine, Israel and to support the millions of people that were not invited into this country, some of which have already found trouble in New York at the expense of police officers. But, apparently we will never stop spending money that we do not have. And politicians, especially Democrats, have found that opening the federal pocketbook to the voters is a way to get re-elected.

“The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.” —George S. Patton (1885-1945)

“A private central bank issuing the public currency is a greater menace to the liberties of the people than a standing army. We must not let our rulers load us up with perpetual debt.” —President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

In a story titled “On the road to waste and fraud, Ken Wysocky notes that the “bridge over the St. Croix River between Oak Park Heights, Minnesota and St. Joseph, Wisconsin, cost $27 million more than its initial $647 million price tag.”

“Taxation without representation is tyranny.” —James Otis (1725-1783)

Thanks for reading!     ~Carlton

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