Robert Burke for Governor – Libertarian
Wisconsin Liberty Coalition
Wisconsin Liberty Coalition
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March 5th, 2014
Robert Burke for Governor – Libertarian
Wisconsin Liberty Coalition
Wisconsin Liberty Coalition
February 25th, 2014
In a short five minute video today the Libertarian Candidate for Governor, Robert Burke, outlined a different vision for addressing the heroin problem in Wisconsin. Among the recommendations were a call to investigate the role of Fast and Furious in the spread of heroin in America, a look at results from Portugal’s decriminalization success, and a look at new treatments not available in Wisconsin due to both state and federal laws.
February 20th, 2014
Please give me 3 minutes to explain why I’m running. If you are free please join our Second Annual convention at The Orchard in Baldwin this Saturday (2/22) at 9 AM. It would mean a lot if you would join us.
LIBERTARIAN PARTY PIERCE-ST. CROIX COUNTY
Second Annual Convention The Libertarian Party Pierce-St. Croix will be holding its Second Annual Convention on Saturday, February 22nd,at The Orchard Restaurant in Baldwin (571 Highway 63).
Part I will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The topic will be the Damages of Victimless Crimes featuringLeft of Center Legal Counsel, Andrew Nelson, Esq., of Nelson & Lindquist, S.C. The other speaker will be Robert Burke, Libertarian Party Chair & Candidate for Governor.
Part II will be a Lunch Candidate Roundtable Discussion with Candidates for Local Offices.The topic will be State and Local Government: What a Libertarian Government Looks Like at Street Levelfeaturing Robert Burke and St. Croix County Candidates, Joe Brost and Chad Briggs and North HudsonPresident Stan Wekkin. Please join us for what should be an informative and motivational event. See you there.
Robert BurkeChairman,Libertarian Party Pierce-St. Croix
(Membership not required to attend. No RSVP required. There is no cost for either part but lunch will be atyour discretion.)
February 18th, 2014
I made the decision recently to run for Governor with one simple goal, to offer a consistent Libertarian voice to the debate. I’m practical about my chances, I’ll openly admit that. My primary goal as candidate is to recruit and run people for office this fall. Please visit wisconsinlibertycoalition.org as I’m looking for candidates to run for office.
On Saturday, February 22nd the Libertarian Party Pierce St Croix will hold it’s second annual convention at The Orchard in Baldwin, WI, at 9 AM. Presenter Andrew Nelson, legal council for Left of Center in Hudson, will speak on the damages of victimless crimes. The second hour will be an open forum discussion about the cost and effectiveness of our current policies and other ways to solve our problem.
At 11:30 St Croix County Supervisor Candidates Joe Brost and Chad Briggs, as well as North Hudson Village President Stan Wekkin and I will host a luncheon on local viewpoints. We openly invite all candidates for the spring elections; we’d like differing perspective on what is happening here and discuss ideas.
There is no charge to attend either segment, you do not have to join or be a member of the party to attend, and lunch is at your discretion. RSVP not required.
February 12th, 2014
February 11, 2014
Contact: Paul Ehlers, Chair Chair@LPWI.org
Rhinelander, WI 8:30 AM
Libertarian Party of WI To Hold Press Conference 2/17 State Capitol
The Libertarian Party will be holding a press conference at the Wisconsin State Capitol 1st floor rotunda on Monday, February 17th at 12 PM to announce the 2014 campaign plan and introduce candidates for office including candidates for Governor, Robert Burke of Hudson WI, Secretary of State candidate Andy Craig of Milwaukee, and Attorney General candidate Tom Nelson of Madison.
“Every poll is clear, the voters want another choice on the ballot,” says Robert Burke. “We are clearly not going to fix this by electing different people to the two teams that created the problem.”
“We are offering a choice that’s being denied by the pick-your-poison establishment,” says Andy Craig, Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State. “This election we will properly frame the 2014 debate: Authoritarian vs. Libertarian.”
“It’s a bold plan,” says state party chair Paul Ehlers. “We are calling it the Wisconsin Liberty Coalition and our focus is bringing back hope to young people of Wisconsin who are unemployed and deep in student and public debt.”
Across America there is a housing bubble, a student loan bubble, a government debt bubble, and a trust in government bubble; and they are all popping. The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is committed to persevere through the crisis of confidence these events always create. Throughout history it is in these times of duress that countries go to war, give up freedoms, and worst of all, elect tyrants. This time the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin intends to offer peace, freedom, and an end to this debt and death paradigm.
Robert Burke, Candidate for GovernorExecutive DirectorWisconsin Libertarian CoalitionRobert.Burke@LPWI.org715-441-0287
February 1st, 2014
What else is there to say? Real disposable income drops by more than the collapse in 2008-09, Pending New Home Sales has collapsed by the most since 2010′s “recovery,” and the most common descriptor on the state of the nation in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll is “Divided.”
The bonus of the week came from Matt Drudge of the DrudgeReport.com, who cryptically tweeted this week, “Have an exit plan.” But hey, here in Wisconsin we have a billion dollar surplus and nothing but green shoots everywhere because government, and not central bank intervention, fixed our problems.
Hope we all enjoy tomorrows Pot Bowl. I predict more people on the losing team care less than ever before. Oh, and they will be hungry.
January 31st, 2014
While conventional wisdom says I’m getting lazy using someone else material, efficient markets say I am using what is just laying around. Me? I say I’m just looking for the truth.
Tonight President Obama delivers his fifth State of the Union address (sixth if you count his unofficial 2009 address), during which he is expected to engage the usual custom of issuing a variety of new promises.But what of past promises? Have they been fulfilled?
Do you remember that in 2009 he promised to create universal private retirement savings accounts?
Or his 2009 promise to close Gitmo?
Or his 2010 promise that ObamaCare would not interfere with Americans’ existing health-care plans?
What about his promise to pass immigration reform, which he has repeated in almost every State of the Union address during his presidency?
Grabien went back and looked at all the promises Mr. Obama made in these five speeches. We count 82 promises that remain uncompleted. See for yourself.
[Full 12 minute video link][Condensed 4 minute version]
Here’s the full list of unfulfilled promises:
1: The American Investment and Recovery Act will create 3.9 million jobs over two years 90 percent of which will be in the private sector.
2: The HARP plan will help millions of families struggling to refinance and make payments on homes declining in value.
3: The recovery plan will double America’s supply of renewable energy in three years.
4: The largest investment in research funding in America’s history will spur discoveries and breakthroughs in energy, medicine, science, and technology.
5: Thousands of miles of power lines will be laid, bringing electricity to cities across America, and creating thousands of jobs.
6: By making homes and buildings more efficient, we will save billions of dollars on energy.
7: “We will launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched the lives of nearly every American, including me, by seeking a cure for cancer in our time.”
8: Promoting and funding preventive care will keep Americans healthy, and keep ObamaCare costs low.
9: To bring down the deficit by making government more efficient.
10: “I pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.”
11: $2 trillion will be cut from the budget over the next decade.
12: For families who make less than $250,000 per year, “you will not see your taxes increased a single dime.”
13: Comprehensive health care reform will strengthen Medicare in the years to come.
14: To develop a plan to strengthen Social Security in a similar way …
15: … While creating tax-free universal savings accounts for all Americans.
16: To close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
17: A new high-speed railroad in Tampa, Fla., funded by the Recovery Act.
18: The investment in research could lead to more efficient solar cells, or treatment that kills cancer cells but leaves healthy cells.
19: To build a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in the U.S.
20: To pass an energy reform bill that incentivizes clean energy.
21: ObamaCare allows the insured to keep their doctors and their plans.
22: ObamaCare reduces costs for families and companies.
23: ObamaCare will bring down the deficit by $1 trillion in the next two decades, according to the U.S. Budget Office.
24: To balance the stimulus and recovery spending, “starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years.”
25: “Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need, and sacrifice what we don’t—”
26: “— And if I have to enforce this discipline by veto, I will.”
27: “We will continue to go through the budget line-by-line, page-by-page, to eliminate programs that don’t work.”
28: A bi-partisan fiscal commission will ensure that budget reform, and that won’t be a “Washington gimmick.”
29: The Senate should restore the pay-as-you-go law, which led to budget surplus in the 1990s.
30: “Tonight, I’m calling on Congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there’s a vote, so that the American people can see how their money’s being spent.”
31: “I will not give up on trying to change the tone of our politics.”
32: “We should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system —”
33: “— to secure our borders, and to enforce our laws—”
34: “— and to ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation.”
35: To meet energy goals, we will need to use wind, solar, natural gas, nuclear, and clean coal.
36: “Now, I strongly believe that we should take on once and for all the issue of illegal immigration.”
37: “I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws —”
38: “— and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows.”
39: “We will put put of Americans to work repairing our crumbling roads and bridges. We will make sure this is fully paid for —”
40: “— attract private investment —”
41: “— and pick projects based on what’s best for the American economy, not politicians.”
42: Give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail in the next 25 years.
43: Make it possible for businesses to provide high speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of Americans in the next five years.
44: To lower the corporate tax rate for the first time in 25 years.
45: To reduce barriers to growth and investment by reviewing rules for unnecessary burdens on businesses.
46: ”So tonight, I am proposing that this year, we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.
47: The Affordable Care Act will slow the rising costs of Medicare and Medicaid.
48: To rein in frivolous lawsuits by reforming medical malpractice laws in order to lower costs.
49: To re-organize government agencies to make the government more effective and efficient.
50: To create a website which details all government spending.
51: “If a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it.”
52: “If companies that choose to stay America and gets hit with the highest tax rate in the world, it makes no sense, and everyone knows it. So let’s change it.”
53: “I want to cut through the maze of confusing training programs, so that from now on, people like Jackie have one program, one website, and one place to go for all the information and help that they need.”
54: “It is time to turn our unemployment system into a re-employment system that puts people to work.”
55: “I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration.”
56: “I am proposing that every state — every state — requires that all students stay in high school until they graduate, or until they turn 18.”
57: “Tonight, I am directing my administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential off-shore oil and gas resources.”
58: “This country needs and all-out, all-of-the-above strategy, that develops every available source of American energy.”
59: “We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years. And my administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.”
60: “I’ve ordered every federal agency to eliminate rules that don’t make sense. We’ve already announced over 500 reforms.”
61: “We will also establish a financial crimes unit of highly trained investigators to crack down on financial fraud, and protect people’s investments.”
62: “I’ve asked this Congress to grant me the authority to consolidate the federal bureaucracy, so that our government is leaner, quicker, and more responsive to the needs of the American people.”
63: To end partisan gridlock based on strongly held ideology.
64: To enact Medicare reforms that give the same savings as the reforms of the Simpson-Bowles commission.
65: “We’ll reduce tax-payer subsidies to prescription drug companies —”
66: “— and ask more from wealthy seniors.”
67: “We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare.”
68: Save money by getting rid of tax breaks for the wealthy.
69: Reform taxes that rewards job creation and reduces deficit.
70: Cut red tape to make it easy to obtain oil and gas permits.
71: Create energy trust to drive development of new technology to shift cars and trucks off of oil and gas.
72: “I propose a fix-it-first program to put people to work on our most urgent repairs.”
73: To make pre-school available to every child in America.
74: To make affordability and value a factor in deciding which colleges receive federal aid.
75: “The time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
76: To raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.
77: Incentivize hiring of currently unemployed people.
78: Put people back to work rebuilding run-down neighborhoods.
79: Give tax credits to businesses that hire and invest.
80: Remove financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and encourage fatherhood.
81: “By the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over.”
82: “Our government should not make promises we can’t keep, but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.”
January 30th, 2014
Having been laid off in 2012 I understand deeply the pain it can cause. Hope you are doing ok Chris. Let me know if you want to do something about this…I need candidates. For the record, PATCH is a quality platform in search of a vision.
Media reporter Jim Romenesko hears that local news network Patch’s new owners, Hale Global, fired as much as two-thirds of the company’s editorial staff today.
We are hearing the same thing.
Patch used to be owned by AOL. It was actually cofounded by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. He invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the company over several years. Patch never proved to a viable business. It got to the point where Armstrong almost lost his job over it. This month, AOL reduced its stake in Patch to a minority holding.
A source familiar with Hale’s plans for Patch says the network will shrink to 250 sites from nearly 1,000. In Connecticut, for example, Patch’s staff has been reduced from ~100 to ~5. This source says the 750 or so zombie sites will aggregate regional news and try to partner with local bloggers.
This source says “Patch as a local news reporting entity? They put a bullet in its head today.”
January 29th, 2014
While I try and balance my news intake across multiple awake sources, it is helpful when someone writes a blog that encompasses what I am reading into a single coherent piece so I can share. Such is the piece today from TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com.
Disclosure: I am currently long Charmin, Coffee, and Laundry soap.
Have you been paying attention to what has been happening in Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Ukraine, Turkey and China? If you are like most Americans, you have not been. Most Americans don’t seem to really care too much about what is happening in the rest of the world, but they should. In major cities all over the globe right now, there is looting, violence, shortages of basic supplies, and runs on the banks. We are not at a “global crisis” stage yet, but things are getting worse with each passing day. For a while, I have felt that 2014 would turn out to be a major “turning point” for the global economy, and so far that is exactly what it is turning out to be. The following are 20 early warning signs that we are rapidly approaching a global economic meltdown…
#1 The looting, violence and economic chaos that is happening in Argentina right now is a perfect example of what can happen when you print too much money…
For Dominga Kanaza, it wasn’t just the soaring inflation or the weeklong blackouts or even the looting that frayed her nerves.
It was all of them combined.
At one point last month, the 37-year-old shop owner refused to open the metal shutters protecting her corner grocery in downtown Buenos Aires more than a few inches — just enough to sell soda to passersby on a sweltering summer day.
#2 The value of the Argentine Peso is absolutely collapsing.
#3 Widespread shortages, looting and accelerating inflation are also causing huge problems in Venezuela…
Economic mismanagement in Venezuela has reached such a level that it risks inciting a violent popular reaction. Venezuela is experiencing declining export revenues, accelerating inflation and widespread shortages of basic consumer goods. At the same time, the Maduro administration has foreclosed peaceful options for Venezuelans to bring about a change in its current policies.
President Maduro, who came to power in a highly-contested election last April, has reacted to the economic crisis with interventionist and increasingly authoritarian measures. His recent orders to slash prices of goods sold in private businesses resulted in episodes of looting, which suggests a latent potential for violence. He has put the armed forces on the street to enforce his economic decrees, exposing them to popular discontent.
#4 In a stunning decision, the Venezuelan government has just announced that it has devalued the Bolivar by more than 40 percent.
#5 Brazilian stocks declined sharply on Thursday. There is a tremendous amount of concern that the economic meltdown that is happening in Argentina is going to spill over into Brazil.
#6 Ukraine is rapidly coming apart at the seams…
A tense ceasefire was announced in Kiev on the fifth day of violence, with radical protesters and riot police holding their position. Opposition leaders are negotiating with the government, but doubts remain that they will be able to stop the rioters.
#7 It appears that a bank run has begun in China…
As China’s CNR reports, depositors in some of Yancheng City’s largest farmers’ co-operative mutual fund societies (“banks”) have been unable to withdraw “hundreds of millions” in deposits in the last few weeks. “Everyone wants to borrow and no one wants to save,” warned one ‘salesperson’, “and loan repayments are difficult to recover.” There is “no money” and the doors are locked.
#8 Art Cashin of UBS is warning that credit markets in China “may be broken“. For much more on this, please see my recent article entitled “The $23 Trillion Credit Bubble In China Is Starting To Collapse – Global Financial Crisis Next?”
#9 News that China’s manufacturing sector is contracting shook up financial markets on Thursday…
Wall Street was rattled by a key reading on China’s manufacturing which dropped below the key 50 level in January, according to HSBC. A reading below 50 on the HSBC flash manufacturing PMI suggests economic contraction.
#10 Japanese stocks experienced their biggest drop in 7 months on Thursday.
#11 The value of the Turkish Lira is absolutely collapsing.
#12 The unemployment rate in France has risen for 9 quarters in a row and recently soared to a new 16 year high.
#13 In Italy, the unemployment rate has soared to a brand new all-time record high of 12.7 percent.
#14 The unemployment rate in Spain is sitting at an all-time record high of 26.7 percent.
#15 This year, the Baltic Dry Index experienced the largest two week post-holiday decline that we have ever seen.
#16 Chipmaker Intel recently announced that it plans to eliminate 5,000 jobs over the coming year.
#17 CNBC is reporting that U.S. retailers just experienced “the worst holiday season since 2008“.
#18 A recent CNBC article stated that U.S. consumers should expect a “tsunami” of store closings in the retail industry…
Get ready for the next era in retail—one that will be characterized by far fewer shops and smaller stores.
On Tuesday, Sears said that it will shutter its flagship store in downtown Chicago in April. It’s the latest of about 300 store closures in the U.S. that Sears has made since 2010. The news follows announcements earlier this month of multiple store closings from major department stores J.C. Penney and Macy’s.
Further signs of cuts in the industry came Wednesday, when Target said that it will eliminate 475 jobs worldwide, including some at its Minnesota headquarters, and not fill 700 empty positions.
#19 The U.S. Congress is facing another deadline to raise the debt ceiling in February.
#20 The Dow fell by more than 170 points on Thursday. It is becoming increasingly likely that “the peak of the market” is now in the rear view mirror.
In light of everything above, is there anyone out there that still wants to claim that “everything is going to be okay” for the global economy?
Sadly, most Americans are not even aware of most of these things.
All over the country today, the number one news headline is about Justin Bieber. The mainstream media is absolutely obsessed with celebrity scandals, and so is a very large percentage of the U.S. population.
A great economic storm is rapidly approaching, and most people don’t even seem to notice the storm clouds that are gathering on the horizon.
In the end, perhaps we will get what we deserve as a nation.
January 28th, 2014
It seems that the swooning season for political junkies is in full swing as President Obama prepares to wow us with more rhetoric designed to placate the masses and introduce the next part of the economy yet fully owned by the always benevolent government,Treasury IRA’s. Bit meet chomp. Chomp, bit.
This revelation comes on the heels of many more threats of unilateral action by the president as reported by the Wall Street Journal, which may be his only remaining path asHouse Democrats are opening speeches with announcements to retire before the SHTF, followed by an admission the Affordable HealthCare Act was less affordable for our youth than previously anticipated. This was the case for Representative Jim Moran, who’s best assessment was that youth today believe they are more “invulnerable” than previous generations.
I think the word he was looking for was “unemployed.”