I'm really tired of hearing about the Second Amendment! To be clear, that is because Wisconsin has a better constitutional amendment to protect our rights.
• Some critics of the Second Amendment bring up the unfortunate wording about a well organized militia. I don't want to be sidetracked to a debate about a militia. Wisconsin's amendment is short, clear and to the point. It is hard to misinterpret.
• Some critics note that the Second Amendment was written centuries ago and weapons were different then. Wisconsin's amendment was written in the 1990s. And, unlike the US Constitution, was approved, twice in statewide referenda!
Gun rights activists worked hard to pass our gun rights amendment then. Why don't they refer to it now?
Well, okay, Article I, Section 25 doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, does it? I still like the content.
"The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose."
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The solution to school shootings in the Milwaukee area is to get the government out of education. Like every other program and service that is offered by the city, it is never properly managed and often the failing bureaucracy claims that they are underfunded to cover up their shortcomings. The problem has never been underfunding the problem is that government does not have adequate incentives to create an effective education system. Increasing taxes only further burdens citizens who would already have difficulty paying for private education. Some parents work multiple jobs just to make ends meet and are not able to spend enough time with their children to notice that they are developing behavior issues. Coupling that with the continued expectation that the government is capable of covering for our parental duties is creating this environment.
What our current public school system often does is it puts children in large schools with large classrooms where each individual student’s needs could not possibly be met by the limited staff available to them. The promise by the government to act as a pseudo parent cannot possibly be fulfilled. Frustrations created out of feelings of being left behind along with the isolation that it creates for those who may not be as well equipped to deal with the stresses of maturing into adulthood are what causes a lot of these problems.
Privatizing schools which allow each school to provide more individual care to each student would be far more effective at stopping the violence than placing armed guards and metal detectors in each school. These are supposed to be placing of learning and nurturing development. This cannot happen if the exterior appearance is indecipherable from a prison. The current public school system is based on an outdated model that has not been effective in decades (if it was ever truly effective at all) and is unlikely to change without competition. A private school system would encourage innovation to attract students.
Fitchburg, WI, February 20th, 2018 – Libertarian candidate for Governor of Wisconsin Phil Anderson has released a comprehensive plan for reforming the Wisconsin criminal justice system.
“The injustices that Wisconsin’s ‘justice system’ inflicts on our residents must end now,” insists Anderson. “This system will, by next year, incarcerate more people than ever before in Wisconsin history. Currently, the incarceration rate of African-American men is 2nd highest in the country. This must end, and will end, if I am elected Governor.”Read more
WASHINGTON Nickolas Sarwark, Libertarian National Committee
The president gave a speech on the State of the Union to Congress. It was a mixture of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sadly, more of the latter, too.
Let’s start with the good stuff. The president called for Congress to pass right-to-try legislation. That would be legislation that would let terminally ill people get experimental medications that would potentially save their lives, and get government out of the way.
He called for reducing regulations, and actually pointed out that this administration has reduced regulations more than any other administration in history. That’s also good, because every government regulation that goes away is another rule about how you live your life or run your business or raise your family that’s no longer standing between you and your pursuit of happiness.
He talked about the booming economy, which is really good, although not really the government’s fault. That’s the fault of people like you, working hard to feed your families and build a better life for yourselves. But we’ll give him credit for that, because there’s not really that much else.
There were tax cuts, and a lot of Americans are going to spend less on their tax bill. The Libertarian Party supports that. That shifts us into the bad a little bit, though, because with those tax cuts there were no government spending cuts. And everyone knows the simple math that if you don’t bring in as much money, but you keep spending as much money, you’re going to add to the national debt.
Even worse, the president called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill — $1.5 trillion. There’s not going to be any more money to spend on that, and the government only gets money by taxing, so what that really means — to break it down into terms that are meaningful to you or me — is $4,658 for every man, woman, and child in this country. Since that money’s not going to be paid for now, that means that you and I won’t pay for it. It’ll be our children and our grandchildren crippled with a national debt that’s completely untenable, that will crush their dreams. So, that’s probably not so good.Read more
For Immediate Release: January 23rd, 2018
Contact: Phil Anderson
Anderson for WI Governor
Anderson for Governor: Walker Wants Millions to Bail Out Obamacare
Fitchburg, WI, January 23rd, 2018 – In what is clearly a panic move in response to recent GOP electoral setbacks, Scott Walker is proposing a series of interventions in the health insurance market that are aimed at propping up the failing Obamacare program.
Walker wants to spend $50 million in state tax money another $150 million in the form of a Federal giveaway to bail out health insurance companies and continue to duplicate Medicare Part D with a state program. Walker claims he will pay for the state portion with unspecified cuts to Medicaid.
“If the health insurance market is destabilized it is 100% because Madison and Washington broke it,” said Phillip Anderson, candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for Governor. “It’s becoming clear that this bungled attempt to control healthcare is now a bipartisan disaster.”
Walker’s new proposal for health insurance giveaways follows a GOP budget that increased spending on schools, and a $4.5 billion taxpayer giveaway to Foxconn.
“Madison politicians on both sides of the aisle are joining forces, not to fix Wisconsin’s problems, but to find new and innovative ways to wreck markets and spend tax dollars to ensure their re-elections,” said Anderson. “And of course, they are moving quickly to protect insurance companies, as they do with all their sponsors.”
I recently argued that corporate interests were working hand in hand with regulators at the Federal Communications Commission to stymie the advance of Television White Space Technology (TVWST) in Wisconsin and called on legislators to take action. Last Thursday, Governor Scott Walker demanded that the FCC finalize rules broadening access to broadband internet by advancing TVWST.
Absurd FCC regulations have kept rural Wisconsinites without access to high-speed internet for far too long.Read more
On Oct. 26, President Donald Trump declared opioid abuse a public health emergency and promised to redirect federal resources to
the problem. In his speech announcing yet another war on drugs, Trump told a story about his brother Fred’s addiction to a completely legal substance: alcohol. We all know how disastrous alcohol prohibition was in the early 20th century, so could a
new government battle against opioids be any more successful?
“Of course not,” said Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark. “Drug wars have been failing for over 100 years. The role of government is to deal with people who hurt other people, steal from them, or violate agreements. That’s it. Futile attempts to prevent people from harming themselves with drugs don’t fall under that umbrella.”
According to drug abuse historian David Courtwright of the University of North Florida, there were an estimated 300,000 opioid addicts at the peak of addiction in the 19th century, representing an addiction rate of 0.48 percent of the population.
“This is a stunningly low percentage for a time when there were essentially no drug laws,” Sarwark said. “Morphine, opium, marijuana, cocaine, laudanum, and other currently illegal drugs were freely available, with or without prescription and in many unregulated patent medicines. Today, according to the rehabilitation specialists at Addictions.com, there are 12 million illegal users of opioids. That’s 3.9 percent of today’s population — an eightfold increase.”
Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a small but stable correlation between opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths from any opioid, legal or illegal, between 2006 and 2010 — roughly one death per 13,000 prescriptions. In 2010, federal pressure caused a decrease in legal opioid prescriptions. The correlation between opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths turned sharply negative. Fewer legal prescriptions led to more overdose deaths.
“Reducing the supply of legal prescriptions for opioids is pushing people into black market heroin/fentanyl abuse,” pointed out Dr. Jeffrey A. Singer, a Phoenix surgeon and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. “The no. 1 cause of drug deaths is drug prohibition. We need to change our focus to harm reduction. We need to change from a war on drugs to a war on drug deaths.”Read more
Front page story in Wisconsin Gannett newspapers reports how politicians from the Fox Valley treat home owners and young adults.
"A new law has closed Wisconsin's "social host" loophole and could allow local law enforcement to once again go after parents who enable underage drinking... Now, a recently-passed state law gives municipalities the authority to pursue these cases again." [Story here: http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/2017/12/21/punishment-underage-party-hosts-reinstated-law-closes-loophole/969422001/ ]
“Fixed” a “loophole? The social hosting laws are nuts.
- “Underage” drinkers refers to young adults aged 18-20. They have reached the age of majority. They aren’t hurting anyone.
- Telling parents or anyone else that they can’t decide who is invited to a party on their property or what refreshments may be served is just wrong.
- If the young adults are prevented from attending a supervised party in someone’s home, what are the chances that they may find an unsupervised venue? Unintended consequences?
The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin, the Party of Principle, thinks Wisconsin has enough punishment. We need more common sense in Madison.Read more
Libertarian candidate for governor says he offers a break from two-party bickering
by Lisa Speckhard, The Cap Times
There are a lot of declared Democratic contenders for governor of Wisconsin in 2018, but Republican Gov. Scott Walker thinks they’re all pretty much the same. "For me, it really doesn't matter who comes out of that primary; it’ll be more of the same," he said right before announcing his run for re-election.
Phil Anderson, the chair of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin and another gubernatorial candidate, agrees. But he thinks voters will get "more of the same" whether they vote for a Democrat or Walker.
“People know what the two-party system is. They resign themselves to it, but they know that it’s corrupt. They know that no matter who’s the governor, a Democrat or Republican, spending goes up and up and up and up,” he said. “More intrusion into our lives increases all the time. And they’re really, really tired of it.”
Anderson appeared on the Sunday political talk show “Capital City Sunday,” to talk about his bid for governor. As a libertarian, he advocated for small government, small spending and a big emphasis on local control. “We want to give the state of Wisconsin back to the people of Wisconsin,” he said.
Veterans Day, a day to recognize veterans and their service, was called Armistice Day when I was a child. On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, my classmates stood, faced the east, and had a minute of silence to remember the signing of the armistice which ended “The Great War"
On November 11, 1918, the world finally had enough of the irrational killing spree known as World War One. Twenty million individual human beings had perished in what was the largest military conflict the world had yet seen. Many thousands more died of starvation and disease after the war. World War I convinced much of the world of the insanity of war.
America had lost 112,000 of its soldiers in a conflict which had little to do with American interests. Americans found themselves extremely disenchanted with war, and, like the rest of the world, they observed Armistice Day as a time to remember veterans and appreciate the blessings of peace.
After the Korean War, President Eisenhower signed a bill in 1954 that changed the name of the national holiday to Veterans’ Day. There were good intentions: America’s veterans of wars other than World War I deserved some recognition.
[Note that the State Journal headline was not "Victory" but "Peace."]Read more