Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
A recent Wall Street Journal survey revealed that roughly 77% of economists said that repeated bouts of uncertainty from Congress have dragged down the economy in recent years. I'm not at all surprised. Seems to me that an economy thrives on certainty, predictability and governments and elected representatives that govern.
By now you’ve heard that Governor Scott Walker has suspended his presidential campaign. I’m not surprised as I predicted he was done some time ago. If you were to review the timeline on my Face Book page you’ll find it there - on August 13th.
Tosa is turning out to be a hot place not only to live and work – but to innovate. We’ve even secured the attention of other countries from this side of the globe.
"We need a commander in chief in this country who stands up once and for all and says our biggest threat is radical Islamic terrorism and we will do whatever it takes to weed that out anywhere in the world."
I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threats from radical Islamic terrorists do not wash up on American soil - If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
If any of my readers are political junkies like me the past week and a half has been like a Jesse Pinkman binge out of Breaking Bad. It's like hitting the Mother lode.
That's what I remember of it. It's been rattling around in my brain for the better part of four and a half decades. Princes and Potentates. As a wise guy teenager I got a real charge out of that.
In an earlier life I was reliably Republican. I even contributed to the reelection of President Ronald Reagan. I admired Reagan. He practiced the fine art of cutting a deal - which is good governance. And he fashioned a big tent for the GOP.
Two legislators - Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) strike a bipartisan budget deal and groups such as Heritage Action, Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity freak-out because Paul Ryan has bucked the 'purity test' and actually compromised. Gasp!
Just a bit more than twenty-four hours to go. I've stocked-up on microwave popcorn and am looking forward to settling-in and enjoying the theatrics.
Keep your damn gubmint hands off my healthcare!
Most every election I make it a point to vote early. It’s certainly convenient and besides – I usually have my mind made-up long before the polls open.
What I'd find interesting is if Mr. Gas Pains, who I believe to be an old school Republican without a party these days, is planning to vote for Romney and support the party as it has evolved ?
Or, will he stay at home....or will he actually cast a vote for the Democrat !
I'd imagine you'll dodge this question and like a seasoned politician answer it without answering it....but, sometimes people can be surprising.
If you actually answer it I think that would be very telling as to where this election will go.
I'm still on the record as saying Obama will win, and he will even get the quiet support of quite a few people who would never tell you they voted for him.
Business owners are doing well these days, look at the stock market and business profit levels. Big business is making a killing. Hardly a big reason for a change.
I had a chat with my state senator recently and among other things she asked me to share my opinion about the mining bill. I offered that mining has been part of the economy and culture of the iron range for as long as it’s been settled. If a mining bill could be passed that adequately addressed environmental and tribal concerns I had no problem with it. We could use the jobs.
By now most of you are aware that lists of those who have signed the petition to recall Governor Scott Walker can be easily accessed on the web. As clunky as they are you can at least sort by ZIP code. Being the naturally curious guy that I am I downloaded several ZIP codes into an excel file for ease of sorting and scrutiny. And I saved them - so I can check them twice. The 53213 file has 4188 lines of data representing neighbors of mine that have signed the petition. A good number of them I am personally acquainted with.