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www.MiddleWisconsin.com October 2013


The Harvest of October
Welcome to our October issue, the month of the harvest. We celebrate harvest time with colored leaves, bright orange pumpkins, and vegetable gardens in abundance. The full moon and bright stars grace our night. Our October issue shows harvests of many kinds: We look at the harvest of statistics estimating the cost of Medicare in 2035. - the numbers showing cuts are not needed. We consider the harvest of producing too many weapons and then having to deal with total reliance on war to solve problems. “You reap what you sow.” The Harvest Camp in the Penokees brings increased respect for the Lac Courte Oreilles people who live in the woods a few miles from the site of the iron mine. We see the harvest of labor and what happens when the full benefits of the economy are taken away from workers. We look at the harvest of a governor who promises jobs then says “It is not about jobs.” We consider the harvest we have reaped for so many years from our vibrant public schools - at the rising efforts to keep these schools vital and public. We consider the potential harvest of upcoming elections and what they might mean for us all.

The Harvest...............................1 Cuts to Medicare .......................2 Chemical Weapons ..................3 Harvest Camp ...........................4 Working Wisconsin ...................5 Not About Jobs………………...6 We’re Proud ..............................7 Public School Parents...............8 Rural Public Schools ...............10 Letter to Mary Burke.…………11 We Want You..........................13

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Cuts to Medicare Not Needed
By Jeanne Larson - Phillips

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In other words, the new CBO Medicare spending will cost less than previously thought. projections might imply that This is from the words of Dean Baker, co-founder of the Cenmuch of any needed cuts in ter for Economic and Policy Research, in the new Congresspending on seniors has alsional Budget Office (CBO) projection. ready been accomplished. Just two years ago the CBO projected Medicare spending would be 5.9 percent of GDP in 2035. The CBO now projects Baker states there is enormous waste in our health care sysit will cost 4.6 percent of GDP in 2035. The 1.3 percentage tem. We spend more than point decrease translates to about $220 billion a year less twice as much per person as spending in today’s dollars. the average in other wealthy countries. Despite this positive news from the CBO, major newspapers Baker points out that if revenue were still at the 1990s level and mainstream news outlets continue to repeat the Wall of 21.1 percent of GDP – the level the CBO at that time had Street mantra of groups like Campaign to Fix the Debt, the projected for the indefinite future – the primary budget Can Kicks Back, and Third Way: We had tax increases in would be in surplus for almost 20 years and the debt-to2012. Now we must cut or privatize Social Security and GDP ratio would be falling sharply. Medicare. What can you do? S.500, H.R.1029—Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act of 2013, to eliminate the cap on payroll tax on income above Let US Representative Duffy and Senators Johnson and Baldwin know that what Wall Street’s lobbyists and big $250,000 money campaign donors want—a “grand bargain” with cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits—is not in their Cuts to these programs are usually put in the context of a constituents’ best interests or what their constituents want. “grand bargain” which would increase taxes, (so-called shared sacrifices). Suggest instead that they support these bills to save Baker made an interesting comparison in his op-ed. The new Social Security and Medicare: CBO projections imply roughly $2,600 less in spending per *S.740, H.R.1588—Medicare Drug Savings Act, requiring year on each beneficiary, or a reduction in spending of drug companies to provide rebates to Medicare on prescrip$5,200 on a senior couple. tion drugs for low-income seniors that are eligible for both This is for an age group with a median cash income of about Medicare and Medicaid; $20,000 a year. Then he looked at the increase in the revenue side of the “grand bargain,” the tax increases that took *S.117, H.R.1102—Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotieffect the end of 2012: couples earning $500,000 a year pay ation Act, to permit the government to negotiate prices with drug companies for Medicare seniors; about $3,000 a year more in taxes. Baker notes the lower Medicare costs come from lower projected cost growth and not cuts in services. He asks: “If we had crafted a grand bargain three years ago, would anyone have suggested cuts in Medicare and Social Security that would have cost a typical senior couple more than $5,200 a year?” Please call your representatives now: Senator Ron Johnson, Wash. DC 202-224-5323 Oshkosh office: 920-230-7250 Rep. Sean Duffy: 202-225-3365 Gov Scott Walker: 608-266-1212 State Senator Jerry Petrowski, 29th district 608-266-2502 State Rep. Mary Williams, 87th district: 608-266-7506

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Get Rid of Chemical Weapons
By Philip Anderson – Maple The United States should be taking action on chemical weapons. But it should not be military action. And it should not be just about Syria's alleged use of them. It should be a coordinated diplomatic effort to eliminate these weapons.

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“When justice rules instead of force, I want to be in that number , when justice rules instead of force.”
Solidarity Singers Madison, Wisconsin

We should be working diplomatically to promote reductions in weapons of all kinds. We should be leading by example to find peaceful ways to resolve conflicts. We should be building the infrastructure to deal with “rogue” nations and leaders. But over many years, and under both parties, we have not led the world toward peace and justice. Too often we have undermined international efforts to build a more peaceful world. We have generally opposed the United Nations except for when we needed a fig leaf to cover our military actions. We refused to ratify the treaty banning landmines. We abrogated the anti-ballistic missile treaty. We have refused to support the World Court or to accept its jurisdiction over our actions. The time to talk about accountability, responsibility, credibility and sending messages is before violations of international norms happen. Unfortunately, our credibility in these areas is not good. We used napalm and agent orange in Vietnam. We used depleted uranium ammunition in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are the biggest seller of weapons around the world. We have a stock pile of chemical weapons and the capacity to use them. American companies sold the chemicals to Saddam Hussein. We routinely ignore international law when it serves our commercial and ideological purposes as demonstrated by Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, the CIA, and a long history of illegal military interventions in many countries. So why are we demanding action on one small incident in Syria? And why must that action be a military response? Could it be that the arms manufacturers need another bailout? Our response to the incident in Syria is an excuse to justify military action against the Assad regime. If we were really concerned about the manufacture, distribution, or use of chemical weapons, we would be actively working diplomatically to eliminate them.

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By Virginia Kirsch - Wausau

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“If we continue to address the environment where we live as though we’re the only species that lives here, we’ll create a disaster for ourselves.”
― Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day, Former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator

Since last March, members of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe have lived in Harvest Camp, on public lands. It is the place of an Ojibwa village one hundred years ago. The purpose of the Harvest Camp is to “harvest” the woods, to explore its resources: tourism, healing plants, maple syrup, wild onions, mushrooms, and timber. The vision is that this old mountain range becomes the Penokee Hills National Heritage Park. I visited the Harvest Camp and walked the trails from one tent to another. We saw the individuals’ tents for sleeping as well as their covered areas for work: carving walking sticks, caning chairs and other furniture, as well as harvesting wild rice. There is a tent for cooking and supplies. Porta-potties are on sight and fresh water is delivered daily. It is a beautiful place to live. A few miles down the road is the site of the proposed taconite mine, planning to be the world’s largest iron ore mine. Never mind that the ore is third-grade and can not be mined at a profit. (There is more profit in harvesting mushrooms, wild onions and berries.) U.S. Steel explored the mining area twice in the 1950’s and found nothing of interest. Drilling test holes at the site of the mine was done in July and pure artesian water bubbled up. We remember that all water is connected. The channels of underground water are complex. A mine would surely destroy the pure waters, waterways connected with miles of trout streams and Lake Superior, a jewel of the earth. What is behind the State Legislature passing the mining bill? The bill contains the right to bury radioactive waste, a project worth $2.5 billion a year. There are 21 aging nuclear power plants. The Federal Government is looking for places to bury the radioactive waste. Ports on the Great Lakes already exist. Railroads could be built to transport the waste. Michigan lawmakers are speaking out against a Canadian proposal to store nuclear waste underground less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron, in Kincardine, Ontario. Ontario Power Generation wants to store low and intermediate-level radioactive waste deep inside limestone caverns nears its Bruce Nuclear Generating Station. The site is about 120 miles upstream from Lake Huron intakes that provide drinking water for much of Southeast Michigan. There is concern about the recent history of earthquakes in Ontario. It is not possible to guarantee that those caves would safely hold the radioactive waste. Harvest Camp is beautiful. The site is remembered reverently by many people. You are welcome to visit, to learn more, and help fight the destruction that a poorly regulated open pit mine would bring to this area. What is to be harvested? Beautiful land and water giving sustenance to the people, or destructive storage of radioactive waste for money for a few? The question is ours.

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Working Wisconsin

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Real-World Economics 101
By John Spiegelhoff – Merrill American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

”They have taken untold billions that they never toiled to earn, But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.”
Solidarity Singers Madison, Wisconsin

I remember long ago when entering college as a freshman that many of the classes that I could choose had “101” as a suffix such as English 101 or Biology 101. This was a basic course and, if I wanted more specifics, I could take the next course level. Not being business oriented, I didn’t take Economics 101. But I have learned a lot about economics in the real world. I have learned that big businesses hoard their cash. This behavior has contributed to the record income inequality in this country. When ordinary workers aren’t paid family sustaining wages, they don’t spend as much. When ordinary workers don’t spend, the economy doesn’t grow. Big businesses have experienced record -breaking profits throughout the last thirty years. Some CEO’s make 400 times the salary of their employees. Allegiance to the almighty dollar is the primary objective. They have no allegiance to their workers. This is a textbook definition of greed. If you were to ever suggest that companies have an obligation to share their wealth with their workers, you would be chastised as a “socialist” or a “liberal”. You would be told that you don’t understand capitalism or the economy. The fact is most people do understand economics. They understand they make less than years before. They understand that a healthy economy entails more money in the hands of workers which equates to a thriving economy. A healthy economy puts money in the hands of the workers who then spend that money. Trickle up economics. Viewing employees as “costs” and minimizing those “costs” whenever and wherever employers can is demeaning and selfish. Companies cannot survive because workers can’t afford goods and services. Employers have choices in the future of our country. They can continue to focus on making record profits by exploiting their workforce which is economic treason. Or they can share their extraordinary wealth with the country and the workers that enabled them to become wealthy. Paying employees as little as possible under the guise of “capitalism” masks the fact that employers are making a choice. Such choices have consequences in Economics 101. Ordinary workers didn’t have to go to school to learn this. It is time to demand better from our employers and our elected representatives.

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It’s Not About Jobs
By Joyce Luedke - Hayward

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“It’s really not about jobs,” was Governor Walker’s reply while at Northern Wire, in Merrill. August 26th to a reporter from WJFW, Newswatch 12, Rhinelander. Scott Walker had promised to create 250,000 new jobs by the end of 2014. January 2011 through June 2013 saw 67,182 jobs created. Wisconsin continues to lag behind the national rate of job creation. Wisconsin is 45th in projected job growth and 34th in job creation as of September 2013. Sadly on September 27th, Governor Walker once again blamed the poor job numbers on the recall election. Statistics from Workforce Development of Wisconsin from 2011 through 2012 give some startling facts: Over 60,000 people in that two-year period have had their lives altered by layoffs or permanent job losses. This statistic is for Mass Layoffs from companies with 50 employees or more. The 60,000 does not include companies with fewer than 50 employees-no statistics are available for this group. The 60,000 statistic does not include government workers. We can safely assume that the 60,000 statistic is much larger. According to Heather Thompson at Wisconsin Workforce Development, the crucial statistics/ data regarding layoffs and job numbers for Wisconsin will no longer be available through Workforce Development because they lost their funding due to the sequester. Another example of how the sequester is harming our right to know. Heather will be re-assigned to another department. Another element to the Newswatch 12 story was added on August 27th. Walker’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, asked Channel 12 to remove the video from its website. Channel 12 declined. Requesting that the segment be removed is in keeping with another incident that Scott Walker was involved in while a student at Marquette University. The Marquette Tribune, 10/26/2010, reported the incident. As a sophomore, Walker ran for president of the Associated Students of Marquette University. Walker was “found guilty of illegal campaigning.” At first the Tribune’s editorial board endorsed Walker’s opponent John Quigley with a statement that either candidate would be effective. Walker’s supporters threw hundreds of The Tribune in the garbage after the editorial was printed. Later, The Tribune revised its editorial saying Walker was “unfit for presidency.” As a senior at Marquette, Walker abruptly left and never graduated. Is he walking away from his promise of jobs in the same way he walked away from Marquette?

“We have a moral obligation to continue to fight back. We have children and neighbors and grandchildren to fret about. Can we walk away? Nope. Now how do we fight back?”

-Ed Garvey (Founder, editor and publisher of FightingBob.com.)

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We’re Proud of Our . . .
neighborhoods, towns, and cities, diverse heritage and customs, strong work ethic, safe and healthy environment in which we can grow and prosper,

Communities and Our Public Schools
- The Power Behind Our Wisconsin Way of Life
The founders of States understood the unique role Public Schools play in maintaining a strong country and the liberty of its people.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
- Thomas Jefferson

67.3% Students from private/ parochial schools the United

Public Schools
Assure EQUALStudents opportunities for all our from Public Schools children Guarantee EVERY child access to a free education UNIFY our diverse population Prepare students to be responsible members of our local, state & national COMMUNITIES
Funding public schools is one of the RESPONSIBILITIES we share as citizens.
Just as we pay taxes to support our police force, fire fighters, highways & military, we pay taxes to support our public schools. Our investment in public schools makes our communities, state & country a stronger, safer and better place for us ALL. By Tom Ivey - Wausau Total 24.3%

“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. - President John Adams

“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” -- George Washington

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Parents of Public School Children Happy With Their Public Schools
Where Do Statewide Voucher School Students Come From?
Total 75.7%
3.3% HmSchooled 4.9% No School

0.1% From Out-of-State

3.3% Home Schooled 67.3% Students from private/ parochial schools

4.9% No School

Total 24.3%
Students from Public Schools

Wisconsin’s (Statewide) Parental Choice Program (WPCP) failed to attract students from public schools. An overwhelming majority of students (75.7%) enrolled in the new program did not attend a Wisconsin Public School the previous year. Less than 25 % of students enrolled in WPCP transferred in from public schools. “School Choice” is not really the issue, nor is “quality.” Wisconsin parents can already choose where they want their children to go to school – public schools, public charter schools or private/parochial schools. Research shows that public school students of similar economic backgrounds do as well as their private school counterparts, and in many cases better and for less. The real question is… “Should tax dollars be redirected from our community’s public schools to fund a family’s personal decision to ‘opt out’ of their neighborhood public school and send their children to a private or parochial school?” Parents who participate in the WPCP are eligible for a voucher and tax credit (deduction) to cover the cost of attending a private school. While the money to support the WPCP does not come directly from school allocated tax dollars, it does come out of the pool of money we call “the State Budget.” This impacts the amount of state budget money available for schools, local governments and other functions. By Tom Ivey - Wausau Continued on Page 9

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Parents of Public School Children Continued . . .
Currently, the WPCP schools in Central Wisconsin are: Marshfield – Columbus Catholic Schools (83 students) Stevens Point & Plover – Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools (106 students) Wausau & Rothschild – Newman Catholic Schools (94 students) Wisconsin Rapids – Assumption Catholic Schools (109 students); Immanuel Lutheran School (40 students). Eventually, those pushing for the new law want to eliminate all restrictions and provide vouchers & tax credits for all students regardless of income. The projected cost of such a goal would exceed $700 million dollars just to cover all the students currently attending private and parochial schools in Wisconsin.

Senate Education Committee Discusses SB76 - a Bill Allowing Out-of-State Companies to Run Local Schools with Our Tax Dollars.
Wisconsin has 238 Charter Schools authorized by, and under the supervision of, our local school boards. New legislation is being considered which would expand the number of entities able to authorize privately run charter schools. The net result would be private companies running private charter schools to profit from our tax dollars. Unlike the funding from WPCP vouchers and tax credits, under SB76, funding for these new private charter schools would come off the top of monies allocated for all public schools, thereby, directly reducing the amount of money available for our community public schools. This disproportionately affects school districts with low property values as they are challenged to make up the lost funding through local property taxes. As of October 12th SB76 has not been released from committee, so there can be no action. However, this could change, so keep your eyes open. Ask your Legislators to focus on funding our public schools and support Wisconsin’s constitutional guarantee of a FREE, QUALITY, PUBLIC education for all. Sen.Petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov Telephone: (608) 266-2502 Sen.Tiffany@legis.wi.gov Telephone: (608) 266 -2509 Rep.Spiros@legis.wisconsin.gov Telephone: (608) 266 -1182 Rep.WilliamsM@legis.wisconsin.gov Telephone: (608) 266 -7506 http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/default.aspx Statewide Contact Information

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Keep our Rural Public Schools Strong
Forty-four percent of the 860,000 Wisconsin students attend rural public schools. In the latest Wisconsin state budget, public schools did not receive the needed financial support. All schools are feeling the pinch, but for rural areas, it could mean more school consolidations and closings. Closing a public school in a rural area is devastating for the community.

”Living and attending school in the middle of nowhere is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
-Michael Perry, New York Times bestselling author, humorist, and rural Wisconsin resident

To that end, the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) was organized in 2012 . It is to help rural school districts use their facilities and staff to their best advantage. Members include educators, school board members, business leaders and other concerned people. More than 100 school districts have joined the Alliance. WiRSA plans a conference in our area in Stoney Creek Inn, Rothschild, November 13-14. Click here for more information and registration forms. Topics and speakers include:

2013—2014 Wisconsin School finance, Statewide Private School voucher Program and Results of Research on the Milwaukee Public Choice program. Speaker is Jeff Perti, DPI Policy Analyst, University of Oklahoma Power of Technology in Rural Schools. Speaker is Kate Morrow, Apple Distinguished Educator and National Presenter. Learn more about a small town teacher leading students to big things. Advanced Manufacturing & Gold Collar Careers in Rural School Districts. Speaker is Mark Tyler, OEM Manufacturing President * Joni Geroux, UW Stout Outreach Coordinator The Future of Rural Public Schools in Wisconsin. Speaker is Senator Kathleen Vinehout, Alma, Wisconsin Attracting and Retaining our High Performing Educators. Speaker is Helen Ryley, Lead Consultant, Educational Services, Benchmark One. Tips, tools and solutions to attracting, developing and retaining peak-performing educators in rural districts with limited resources. Whole Grade Sharing in Rural School Districts. Speaker is Rick Pederson, Sumner/ Fredericksburg, Iowa School Districts Superintendent. This structure is used by 70 school districts in Iowa as an alternative to consolidation. WI Rural Education Center: UW Oshkosh, Rural Schools & Community Partnership. Speaker is Fred Yeo, UW Oshkosh. Ways K-12 school districts and rural communities can utilize university collaborations. Addressing the Future Needs of Rural Schools & Communities. Speaker is John White, U.S. Dept. of Education

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Michael Perry is the speaker for the Dinner at WiRSA conference. He will tell stories about living and going to school in rural Wisconsin.

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A Conservative’s Letter to Mary Burke
Democratic Candidate for Governor
Dear Ms. Burke, Like others across Wisconsin, I recently received notice of your intent to run as a Democratic candidate for governor. I am delighted to see a woman running for this position and I am sure you have much to offer. Your previous experience as Commerce Secretary is invaluable, and as a former small business owner, I admire your work as a corporate executive. As a conservative, however, I am adamantly opposed to the radical use of a business model in government. It has led to the “government bashing for private gain” ideology that is now truly threatening democracy in America. I do not want my government run like a business. I want it run like a government - for all, and with no thought of profit or privatization. Ms. Burke, these are a few of the questions I feel any candidate for governor must answer clearly and without political spin before I can consider giving my support:
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People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters. That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people.
- Elizabeth Warren

Are you against privatizing government functions? As a conservative. I wish to preserve the traditional functions of government as established by my parents and grandparents. Are you against selling off public assets to corporations and developers? I wish to maintain the traditional public ownership of government assets paid for by my predecessors. Are you against privatizing prisons? As a conservative, I believe law enforcement and criminal justice should remain, as always, public functions with no profit motive. Are you against privatizing water utilities? As a conservative I believe public ownership of water and sewer systems has served our communities well for many decades. Will you explain to the public that it is the concentration of wealth, illegal, unethical Wall Street "products," and the undermining of progressive and corporate taxes that have caused deficits and debts - not runaway government spending? As a conservative I wish to reinstate regulations such as the Glass-Steagall Act, that were established by my ancestors after the Great Depression to limit the criminal behavior of the financial sector. I also wish to return to the traditional progressive taxes established by Republican President Eisenhower that required the wealthy to pay their share. These taxes resulted in low unemployment because they ensured the fair distribution of wealth necessary for robust consumer product demand - the only true job creator. Will you fight tooth and nail to protect the environment from corporate abuse? From a “conservation” perspective, events in the Penokees and with sand mining are shameful. Will you openly speak out against any attacks on the Wisconsin retirement system? Will you support an effort to include all Wisconsin wage earners, both private and public sector, in the Wisconsin retirement system? As a conservative I believe we should return to the secure defined benefit pensions of the past that served Americans so well and protected them from the predations of Wall Street inherent in 401 K’s etc. Will you join with other governors to support a financial transaction tax limiting computerized high speed Wall St. trading? I wish to return to the conservative tradition of Wall Street investing in America rather than the gambling and financial manipulation currently plundering our states and communities. Continued on Page 12

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Letter to Mary Burke Continued . . .

Will you join with other governors to fight against cuts to social security or Medicare/ Medicaid and support an inflation adjusted hike in the payroll tax cap? As a conservative I wish to see no reduction in these long established earned benefits. Will you fight to keep the UW system public? I wish to preserve our traditional public Universities and schools. Will you openly explain to the public that it is the DeVoss family, the Walton family, the Broad family and other wealthy people who are seeking to turn Wisconsin's public schools into a profit making venture for their own personal gain? Will you speak out against "tax credits" for people sending their kids to religious or private schools that drain critically needed funds from our public schools? Will you fight to encourage the growth of both public and private sector worker unions? As a conservative I realize that traditional worker unions helped distribute wealth fairly and enabled a vibrant middle class and the traditional “American Dream.” Will you lead Wisconsin in the fight for a constitutional amendment to overturn the radical, precedent destroying "Citizens United" decision? Will you fight to get corporate money out of Wisconsin politics? I wish to protect our democracy from moneyed forces and return to a conservative time when businesses and corporations actually cared about America. Where is your own campaign financing coming from? Will you publicly use and broadcast the names of Wisconsin legislators who are members of ALEC and explain to the public just what ALEC is and the harm it has done? Will you tell the public what harm Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce have done to the state and explain how their recent television add "Thank you Governor Walker" about all the jobs he has "created" is a lie? Will you fight for an inflation adjusted hike in Wisconsin's minimum wage and explain that it is demand that creates jobs, not extreme wealth in the hands of hedge fund managers who wipe out paper mills with financial gimmicks? Will you explain to the public how radical "trickle down" economics deliberately and methodically redistributed the wealth upward? Will you support a state public bank like the one in ultra-conservative North Dakota that made that state virtually immune to the “Great Recession?” http://publicbankinginstitute.org/ Will you support the Affordable Care Act and use it as a stepping stone toward universal single payer healthcare? Will you re-establish a sense of community - a sense that the people of Wisconsin are in this together and it is not every man for himself? It is a conservative Wisconsin tradition.

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world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
― Arundhati Roy


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Ms. Burke, good people of all political stripes are looking for someone who will fight for them. A politician who will do so can be successful. Sincerely,
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Dave Svetlik

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