I have been a citizen of Brookfield for 24 years and a member of the Brookfield Common Council for eight years, including two years as president. Many blogs in the past have contained false and distorting info about public affairs. I will provide truthful information and maintain an influence on city policy.
I'm sitting here watching the evening news just prior to 6PM enjoying every word of the commontators. They are so predictable. Obama's policies and legislation is damaging the country they say. Much of it was what he promised in his campaign.and now people don't like it. Congress is gridlocked and can't pass any bipartisan legislation. It's long been my position that the Congress represents their constituency . Thus, based on the vote counts, the populace is just as divided as our representatives are. What can we expect from them? Probably another two years of gridlock.
Now it's not just the trains that Scott Walker has in his bomb sights, but a number of ongoing administrative and public health projects and delay of a power plant project under Walker, that will end up, much delayed, as a stinking coal -burning plant. High speed rail is an emerging, high tech industry that other countries are embracing. Make no mistake, this is a long-range project that may take 25 year to complete just as the interstate. And as the interstate highways made our transit sytem more efficient, so too is high speed rail doing the same thing fifty years later with fuel shortages and prices fifteen times higher. We are giving up almost a billion, that's right folks, a billion dollars that was apropriated by the feds, as I recall, well over ten years ago. This money won't go back into the pot. It will go to another state and Mr. Walker will make us all look like fools. For decades, Wisconsin has been at the bottom of the list of states in the annual amounts of federal reimbursement. High-speed rail is a long term goal just as was the interstate system. The $910 million should just ab out carry us over until Mr. Walker creates all of those 250,000 jobs in three years!
Great work by the Baas family and the other participants for their work on recycling. All of us can participate in recycling to a lesser degree . Our household has been recycling for perhaps ten years without any conscious effort. The Baas' included composting in their efforts which is really admirable but involves walking outside in the winter to feed the composter. My point is: All of us can accomplish about 75 % of the recycling without composting. As a two person household, we accumulate about 15 pounds of paper products a week with junk mail, packaging cardboard, daily newspapers, and toilet paper rolls as well. You can also unlist yourselves from unwanted catalogs. Just Google to www.catalogchoice.org.
A colossal waste of taxpayers money came up again this weekend. It's called voter ID. It might prevent a dozen or so cases of voter fraud in Milwaukee and maybe another dozen around the state. Spend millions of dollars to possibly prevent a few fraudulent vote-maybe. Those with new-found political power who promised to save our money are ready to squander millions for nothing and disenfranchise probably thousands with a new bureaucracy.