Government Waste

Monday, November 21, 2011

On Sunday, November 20, the La Crosse Tribune reported that Governor Walkers Budget Repair Bill cost La Crosse County $300,000. This calculation was attributed to County Administrator Steve O’Malley.

I heard on NPR (National Propaganda Radio) that the downfall and killing of Libyan leader Muammar Ghaddafi was a great public relations coup for the Obama administration. Less than 48 hours after that program came word from the Libyan rebels that they intend to institute Sharia law in Libya. Could it be that we have gone from the proverbial frying pan into the fire? Methinks the great public relations coup is somewhat tarnished by this new development. Recall that before the hostilities heated up, our CIA and military were working with these rebels, who were known to be influenced by al Quaida and the Muslim Brotherhood, before the US and NATO bombings softened the resistance of loyalist forces. So is this result so surprising?

I wonder, was this-Sharia law- part of the plan from the beginning? And SHOULD we be involved in civil wars in other countries?

Recently I had the opportunity to look at the new congressional districts map. I noticed the significant changes right away. Northern Juneau County, the most conservative area in the county, went to District 8, where Republican Congressman Sean Duffy replaced long time Congressman, Democrat David Obey. Northern parts of Congressional District 3, St. Croix and Vilas counties, all areas with a conservative voting history, also became part of District 8. Adams county came over from District 6, and areas including heavily Democrat Wisconsin Rapids and Stevens Point came from District 8 to become part of Democrat Ron Kind’s District 3. This is an obvious ploy to secure the seat of Sean Duffy, but at what expense? When you add it all up, I think the Republicans of the Third have just as much reason to be upset as the Democrats of the Eighth. Despite having been hauled before the Government Accountability Board twice during the campaign, and despite running a more personality based than an issues based campaign, Republican Congressional Candidate Dan Kapanke came within a whisker of defeating long time incumbent Kind. Now that opportunity, if not lost altogether, is made much more difficult. So to secure ONE seat, the Republican legislature has forfeited the opportunity to have both seats.

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.