Gary is an author, trial lawyer, Mequon-area resident and town of Cedarburg supervisor. He is a columnist for the News Graphic and writes for several Wisconsin area magazines and is a national columnist with The American Thinker and PJ Media. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and has three sons ages 18 to 28. Gary won Ozaukee County in his bid for the Wisconsin Assembly's 60th District in 2011, but came up just 58 votes short.
President Barack Obama has a new “go-it-alone” strategy which he highlighted in last January's State of the Union speech. His tool is something called “executive orders.” Recently, Obama took to the podium and announced his plan to legalize up to 5 million illegal aliens, he claimed that he had the authority to do so, and his administration claims presidents do this all the time. But there is a huge difference between what the President of the United States just did and what all presidents before him have done. In order to appreciate the history power grab and stop pointing at the executive orders of George W. Bush, you must appreciate the law behind the concept of an executive order.
On April 10, President Barack Obama and two former Democrat presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the legacy of former President Lyndon B. Johnson at Johnson’s presidential library in Austin. Never one to let facts get in the way or pass up an opportunity to mislead his country, the president cast LBJ and the Democrat Party as champions of civil rights and said that without LBJ’s push to end legal segregation he himself wouldn’t be in the White House. Racism, political correctness, and a civil rights struggle without end are all seemingly essential to the survival of the Democrat Party. But it was Dwight D. Eisenhower and Republicans who are to be credited with the advance of modern civil rights – not LBJ and the Democrats who fought it every step of the way. In fact, the depth of Johnson’s strong opposition to civil rights is a convenient fact lost to political history. Honoring the success of civil rights in America and reminding ourselves how far we have come is important and laudable. Rewriting history is not.
The triumvirate of media, academia, and Hollywood has been referred to as the Axis of Liberalism. The media with its liberal bias swooned over the election and re-electon of Barack Obama and has helped influence public discourse during significant watershed moments in our country's history. Academia, out of touch with most of America, still favors reparations for slavery and by a 13 to 1 margin votes overwhelming on the left, yet a majority of Americans ship their young, impressionable children off to these spider holes for liberal indoctrination, paying dearly for it in the process. Hollywood elitists with time on their hands spout liberal party lines and adopt leftist causes because it is a smart career choice, and the world appears to listen.
Washington, D.C., the state of Illinois, and the city of Detroit could all learn something important from the Town of Cedarburg. All government entities, no matter how big or how small, must live within their means. The Town of Cedarburg is the only municipality in Ozaukee County to not raise its property tax rate for 7 years in a row. Last month the town again froze its 2014 property tax rate at $2.32, one of the lowest of the 16 municipalities in Ozaukee County. It continues to be a shining example to local, state, and federal government agencies across the country which have fallen prey to the Svengali-like lure of out-of-control tax and spend policies and unnecessary growth and spending. The Town of Cedarburg has been able to do this for one simple reason – its board is made up of conservative business owners who remain steadfast to the simple, inexorable policy of running government like any other business. The results are undeniable.