Government Waste

Independent Study of Fire Departments

Citizens for Responsible Government (CRG) is a watchdog group concerned about the taxpayer. We recognize the need for certain governmental expenditures such as roads, schools, and security.

However, we question the need for the staff the fire department wants. We at CRG have started an independent study of fire departments in the state to see how they can operate with a much lower budget and staff per taxpayer than here in La Crosse. This evaluation will include not only similar sized cities but also ones that are larger or smaller than La Crosse.

School Board Candidate Van Doren endorses legislation expanding school choice and opportunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 March 2011.
VAN DOREN SUPPORTS STATE LEGISLATIVE EFFORT ON BEHALF OF EDUCATION

Ken Van Doren, write in candidate for Mauston School Board today announced that he was endorsing the effort in the Wisconsin State Legislature to expand educational choice and opportunity. Earlier today, Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue) announced they will be introducing legislation providing a non-refundable tax credit for religious and independent schools beginning in school year 2012-2013. The credit will start at $1,500 per year for every first grade student and $2,500 for every ninth grade student. The following year, second and tenth graders will be added to the program with additional years added each year until all students will be covered by the 2021 school year.

Educationists in Their Own Words and My Responses

Horace Mann: “Those of us involved in education look upon parents as having given hostages to our sacred cause.”

Ken Van Doren- So our kids are canon fodder? I resent that.
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-- John Dewey, founder of "progressive education" and whose programs are today the norm in public schools.
“The children who know how to think for themselves, spoil the harmony of the collective society that is coming, where everyone (would be) interdependent."

KV- Dewey was a renowned collectivist as is made clear by this passage as well as his friendship with Mao Tse Tung before World War II, and book that looked favorably upon “the Soviet experiment.” Is it any wonder that schools today are rife with collectivist, socialist, “progressive” thought?
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Dewey (Paraphrased-) “And what should happen if parents object to what we teach and how we teach it? WE should prevail because WE are the experts.”

School Board announcement

Mauston, March 22, 2011
Ken Van Doren today announced his write in candidacy for Mauston School Board. "Today I will be going to the Mauston Schools Administration office to file a Freedom Of Information Request regarding school employee absences the week of February 14 and to file as a write in candidate for school board. I realize that it is late, and that write ins seldom succeed, but I believe it is imperative to bring up issues and give the taxpayers and proponents of fiscally responsible government a voice., and give them a reason to go to the polls on April 5. It is with great reluctance that I am doing this. I have plenty of other things to do with my life, but the events of the last 6 weeks or so have so annoyed me that I feel compelled to make arguments that might not otherwise be heard. " said Ken Van Doren of Mauston. He continues:

Lessons Learned by Recent Events

Lessons Learned in Recent Protest

Teachers are often talking about “ Teachable moments,” and many saw such opportunities in the recent protests over Governor Walker’s budget fix bill. Let us examine the lessons offered by the protesters, of which teachers were among the most visible.

1. It is OK to violate contracts. Protesters support the right to contract collectively, but apparently see no problem with NOT fulfilling that contract. Many, including local teachers, took off time that they had contracted to serve to go to Madison to protest. In most private employment situations, that would have cost them their jobs.

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