Today: Vote Rob Cowles in the 2nd

If you live in the Wisconsin 2nd Senate District you need to get out & vote for Rob Cowles.  This recent letter to the editor explains why:

For years, Cowles has consistently said we need to balance our state’s budget without gimmicks, stop raiding funds to balance our state budget, and stop using one-time money to continue bloated state spending.

Last fall, Wisconsin elected people that have done those very things. For the first time in years, the state eliminated a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall. Wisconsin finally has a balanced state budget without using gimmicks or one-time money.

Wisconsin has paid back funds that the courts ruled were illegally taken and used in the last budget cycle. Important programs like Medicaid are receiving an additional $1.2 billion over and above the last budget cycle to help the poor and the elderly. And for the first time in a long time, many of Wisconsin’s schools are balancing their budgets without tax increases and without laying off good, hard-working teachers.

Lower taxes, strong schools, helping those in need, eliminating billion-dollar budget deficits without gimmicks and giving Wisconsin its first truly balanced budget in over a decade.

Wisconsin needs to stay on the path moving “FORWARD”, that happens by keeping Rob Cowles and the other Republicans facing bogus recall elections in office.

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One thought on “Today: Vote Rob Cowles in the 2nd

  1. Shortly after reading Mark Twain’s recently published autobiography; I came to the realization that the situation he faced, and wrote about in his autobiography, in the late 1880s through 1912 is the same one we face today. We are surrounded by hyper-partisanship; the two prime political parties are more divided than ever, to not be one-hundred percent in agreement with the dogma of a party is to be branded a DINO or RINO, damned for your own thoughts.

    Twain faced the same issues with the presidential election of 1884 and the contest between James G. Blaine the republican candidate and Grover Cleveland, the democrat. Blaine was well known for his corruption. Blaine was one of the dominant Republican leaders of the late 19th century, and champion of the “Half-Breed” faction of the GOP. Nicknamed “The Continental Liar from the State of Maine,” “Slippery Jim,” and “The Magnetic Man,” he was a magnetic speaker in an era that prized oratory, and a man of charisma.

    Twain and a number of other prominent men of the era, could no longer stomach the partisanship nor could they support a person whom they considered untrustworthy and fraudulent. Further they determined that what was needed was for these men of influence to publically make a show of voting for the best candidate or policy regardless of the party.

    Twain and these others became known as Mugwumps. It was said by their detractors they had their mug on one side of the fence and their wump on the other. History has portrayed Mugwumps as traitors to the cause. Finally, Twains autobiography, written contemporaneously sheds a different view from the men that were the Mugwumps of their day.

    Twain said, “ “We, the Mugwumps, a little company made up of the unenslaved of both parties, the very best men to be found in the two great parties – that was our idea of it… Our principles were high, and very definite. We were not a party; we had no candidates; we had no axes to grind. Our vote laid upon the man we cast it for no obligation of any kind. By our rule, we could not ask for office; we could not accept office. When voting it was our duty to vote for the best man, regardless of party name. We had no other creed. Vote for the best man-that was creed enough!”

    This concept has resonated with me as what is necessary today. We all need to start to vote for the best person, the best idea, the best policy. We are a nation founded “of the people, by the people and for the people” yet we have allowed our political psyche to be coopted and captured by collectivist views. We are often damned if we dare to disagree with even the most minor points. Today we need to again become Mugwumps. There is a good site (yes this is CO not COM). You can find out more.

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