The opportunity to make your own decisions about your life begins with hard work, but for some people living with disabilities, just getting a foot in the door can be a challenge.
Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to visit several locations across the state where employers have opened their doors to people of all abilities, to very positive results.
At Features Sports Bar in Holmen, Brady and Joe gave me a tour and told me how much they like their boss, the customers, and the new friends they made there. At Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau, Thao told me how he enjoys the job he’s held for several years now.
The owners and managers of businesses like these recognize ways to maximize the value that people like Brady, Joe, and Thao bring to the equation, by focusing on their abilities, instead of their disabilities.
Let's have an honest debate about whether or not law-abiding citizens should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on school property around the state. It won't surprise anyone out there that I am in favor of letting law-abiding citizens defend themselves, their loved ones, and their neighbors. As I have stated before, 'We are the silent sentinels defending our communities.'
My opinion on this matter really has very little to do with emotion or any particular belief systems. It is almost entirely based on real world facts that I have been analyzing my entire adult life. Decisions are best made when you analyze facts and then weigh the pros and cons of performing actions based on that real world information. Very bad decisions get made whenever anyone makes a decision based on what 'feels' good. See Obamacare as an example...
So, let's look at some facts:
On Sunday, I signed a bill providing $100 million in property tax relief for Wisconsin's families, farmers, seniors, and small businesses. With this bill, the typical Wisconsin homeowner will save approximately $680 over four years.
That's a stark contrast from the path property taxes were on in the past. In the decade before I took office, property taxes on a typical home skyrocketed by 27 percent. Now property taxes on a typical home will have dropped in three consecutive years. We were able to provide this relief because of higher than expected growth in state revenue due to our growing economy and job creation. Also because of our sound management of the state's finances, the state of Wisconsin spent less money than anticipated in the last fiscal year.
As an IT professional it's difficult to put into words how frustrated I am over this whole Obamacare web site S.N.A.F.U. We create web application solutions in the private sector all the time without soaking our customers for $600 million per project! Are you kidding me?! Do you have any idea how many Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance policies that could have paid for? But these dolts just flushed it down the toilet of a web site project to nowhere... And now they're going to flush even more money down the toilet to pay contractors to fix it. How can these people look at themselves in the mirror? Sheesh!
What do you expect when two-thirds of the federal government is controlled by Marxist Democrats?
The deal would reopen the government with a stopgap spending bill running to Jan. 15, and would extend the government's borrowing authority through at least Feb. 7. It would also require both the House and Senate to name negotiators to try to reach a final deal on a 2014 budget, giving them a December deadline.
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