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.
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.
The Obama Administration’s irretrievable collapse into feckless incompetence and weakness punctuates 100 years of failed Progressive domestic and foreign policy in America. What began in the early 1900’s as a noble battle over reform of the electoral process, women’s suffrage, modest Social Security, government inspection of food, and the improvement of wages and working conditions, especially for women and children, has devolved into a self-loathing, America-hating, neoliberal movement waving the banner of illegal immigration, increased national debt, bloated public employee unions, divisive, race-conscious politics, neutering our Armed Forces, a failed war on poverty that has left over half of America receiving government assistance of some sort, the obliteration of the American Black family, and the doubling of the national debt in the process.
President Barack Obama has a new “go-it-alone” strategy which he highlighted in his recent State of the Union Speech. His tool will be something called “executive orders.” Also known as “proclamations”, these executive orders have been used by every president since George Washington to act decisively in times of war, respond quickly to natural disasters or economic crises, to encourage or discourage regulation by federal agencies, or to promote civil rights. In his speech, Obama said:
It was bound to happen. Like most parents, I had successfully fooled my children as long as I possibly could, feigning confidence, using rhetorical questions, and mastering the internet in order to convince them that I was smarter than I actually was. Whether the problem was homework, the opposite sex, or competitive sports, they felt comfortable coming to me, confident that I would have the right answers.
Phil Robertson is a reality television star on A & E’s Duck Dynasty. He is an inventor, a patent-holder, a former all-state, three-sport athlete, the patriarch of global $40 million business and at age 29 was baptized and became a devout Christian. Phil lives outside Monroe, Louisiana and has never minced words about his faith. In a recent interview with GQ magazine he was asked a very specific question, “What, in your mind, is sinful?” Robertson responded: