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VIDEO: Wisconsin GOP Delegates Hone In on Key Issues

Republican delegates attending the party's national convention in Tampa this week share their views on what issues matter most in the presidential race.

What are the top issues in the presidential race and what should Republican candidate Mitt Romney focus on as he takes on President Barack Obama this fall?

Four of the delegates from southeastern Wisconsin who are representing the Badger State at the Republican National Convention talk about matters most to them this campaign season.

Bernard Forand August 28, 2012 at 08:30 PM
@The Anti-Alinsky also commented on VIDEO: Wisconsin GOP Delegates Hone In on Key Issues. "Wow Bernie, now you've just moved onto flat out lies: "...debt to GDP Bush 20.7% Obama at 15.1 % that = 5,6% reduction..." OMB numbers posted above. Enough said. "Obama’s war in Libya took less than a year to obtain the objective" Hardly a war, Obama had the military shoot a few missiles into the country while the revolutionaries did the rest. "Then goes on to drop and snatch Osama...". It was Navy Seal team 6 that KILLED Osama, and after years of intelligence work "Then proceeds to rain down on all terrorist organizations leaders taking out a sizable portion of their organization and its ability to survive." That's been happening for years. "$Trillions upon $Trillions for the republican 2 nine year wars..." Remember 9-11 "...not to mention the Billions and Billions on bail out of the republicans buddies on Wall Street..." TARP was supported by Obama. Let's face it Bernie, not only are your conclusions wrong, now your facts are as well" Bernie replies; Anti suspected this would happen to you. Hysteria as the world around you is not what you have always been advocating. Now a giant step would be to admit it. You Know like my name is Anti and I’m a……. I’ll leave that to you for it is you that must say it….. Take comfort we will be here for you… Gear head go give him a hug. He needs you now..
Bernard Forand August 28, 2012 at 08:38 PM
@ Bren also commented on VIDEO: Wisconsin GOP Delegates Hone In on Key Issues. "The Tea/GOP/Koch is handing America a bunch of b.s. and calling it pumpkin pie!" Bernie replies; Good one “The Help” will appreciate that.
Bren August 28, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I watched West on one of the political programs--seemed more about making points and less about waiting his turn and being part of a dialogue.
Bren August 28, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Guys, the last time the U.S. economy was in this condition was the Great Depression. It took government spending and World War II to get out of it. I recently read a novel written in the early 1930s. The resonant quote was, "Folks have to get used to getting by on less." What we are experiencing mirrors what happened in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Perhaps this really is GD 2.0. Businesses that have gone under will never hire people again. Companies that are saving labor costs by offshoring, with few exceptions, have proven that profit comes before patriotism and those jobs will never come home. Home values have plummeted, kids are graduating college with $50-$100,000+ in student loan debt and are finding $10/hour jobs. The world has changed. Since the lessons of the Great Depression were forgotten we must make sure that we remember the awful lessons our generation has learned. It's pointless to compare growth/loss with better times, or blame a president in his first term for a debacle that was 15-20 years in the making. I want to give Obama a second term to give his administration's strategies an opportunity to percolate.
Bren August 28, 2012 at 09:02 PM
a quiet conservative, the economy crashed on George W. Bush's watch and you are blaming Barack Obama for the rubble. Some of us actually do remember the pre-Obama years, you know...
GearHead August 28, 2012 at 09:22 PM
@ Rees, speaking of rhetoric, I just figured you were asking a rhetorical question, one by which you were making a political statement, and not really looking for an answer. But my understanding of civics tells me when the congress submits a (Paul Ryan) budget, and the Senate (Harry Reid) submits no budget, and the president submits a budget that receives ZERO votes, then the budget continues to stumble along at the inflated rate (basis adjustment) from the stimulus-porkulous bill, enacted under a Democrat congress. You remember the Dems in control of both houses, don't you? Dave Obey writing the porkulous bill, Pelosi telling us "We have to vote on the ObamaCare bill to find out what's in it!" Geez Rees, grab another cup of coffee or something. Not thinking too clearly today, are you? The Republicans in Congress will not be blamed for the bloated budget, record TRILLION dollar overruns, and trillions more of both accumulated and unfunded debts.
Terry August 28, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Well then Bren, as a student of history, you would also remember that the foundation for that crash was set in the Clinton years, when he and the democratic congress forced the banking industry to loosen lending requirements to allow more lower income home purchases. Or is your memory selective?
Bren August 28, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Terry, I'd say the trouble started in the 1960s with raids on Social Security to pay for the Vietnam War and accelerated from there. It may have started even earlier. This situation has been brewing for decades but was accelerated by decisions made by the Bush administration. If you are referring to CRA, this was not the Pandora's box. A number of issues led to the housing crisis over time.
Keith Schmitz August 28, 2012 at 09:38 PM
True a little over wrought.
Terry August 28, 2012 at 10:00 PM
It was accelerated by decisions on both sides, and for decades. The mismanagement of our budget and economy has been very much a equal opportunity problem. It is no more fair to blame the inherited problem on Obama than it is to blame it on bush. Where they both deserve criticism, is their inability to solve the problem. And as such, time for someone else to try.
John Zywicke August 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Tea Bagger conservatives can't stand the truth, that's why they want Rommel/Lyin'
John Zywicke August 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
You got that backwards Bush left the Biggest Debt Legacy, living on a credit card.
Jay Sykes August 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Lots of 'contributors', from both government and the private sector, to the housing crisis. While legislation does get 'tweaked' along the way, the main core philosophical changes or 'tipping points' in the legislation that cumulatively 'became the housing crisis' as we know it, and the President that approved them: LBJ removing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the US balance sheet to hide the costly Vietnam war. Carter, the Community reinvestment Act. Clinton and the elimination of Glass-Steagall Act.
Bernard Forand August 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM
@ Terry also commented on VIDEO: Wisconsin GOP Delegates Hone In on Key Issues. "It was accelerated by decisions on both sides, and for decades. Bernie replies; Acceleration to debt was not equally divided. A study has been made that indicates republicans shoulder the blame. Regressive republican’s policies that continuously returned us to debt accumulation disproportionately to democrats. Pedro Santa Clara and Rossen Valkanov Concurred that the democrats fared better than the republicans by a wide margin. Democrats had consistent above average returns. Most Republicans had lower than average returns and greater volatility. Santa Clara and Valkanov attribute the difference in returns to the stock markets being systematically and positively surprised to discover that democratic polices in a 80 year time frame of quantifiable data, are the best economic stewards for the nation. Differences are substantial. Democrats had a respectable average return of 9.6% as when compared to republicans 0.58% average returns. If an employee’s 401[K] plan was fully invested in stocks at a value of $100,000, at the beginning of the employee’s 40 years of labor, apply this to both parties for returns. Republicans Nest egg would have accumulated $224,375. Democrates Nest Egg would have accumulated $ 3,912,210. Page one continued.
Bernard Forand August 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Page two continued; Now at $5,000, initial nest egg investment. Republicans Nest Egg would have accumulated $126,027. Democrats Nest Egg would have accumulated $1,985,526. Page one continued. ‘The Presidential puzzle; Political Cycles and the stock market” Accessed December 14 2011 http://personal.anderson.ucla.edu/rossen.valkanov/Politics.pdf and the journal of finance, Vol.LVIII, no.5October 2003 In addition;http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/ Nobel Prize Awarded site Which supports Debt To GDP figures. Last 4 years of Bush attributed 20.7% to debt to GDP. Obama of the 3 years has a Debt to GDP of 15.1%. A reduction to debt of 5.6% in spite of all the sabotaging efforts’ of the republicans. { Hostage/Ransom} scenarios. Their present republican financial planning is similar to Herbert Hoover/ Bush…? Returning us once again to failed policies. Study presented by; Pedro Santa-Clara Nova School of Business and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) Rossen I. Valkanov University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management
The Anti-Alinsky August 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Bernie, We gone around this dance a dozen times and I'm getting tired of your nonsense. You have one link to a politifact article with the wrong conclusion, a broken one to an alleged Rossen Valkanov, and a third to moveone.org, the most bias media piece since "Mein Kampf". Your posts just don't have anything to back them up!
Bernard Forand August 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
@The Anti-Alinsky also commented on VIDEO: Wisconsin GOP Delegates Hone In on Key Issues. I'm getting tired . politifact alleged Rossen Valkanov Bernie replies; "Ryan's Budget, Robin Hood in reverse," Economic Policy Institute http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278939&id=48818-18896842-LWo0J9x&t=4 It is your numbers that I have been using that you have no validation for them. Back to question # 1 that you continuously ignore. Answer that one and then we can move on to question 2 that you are ignoring as well. You forgot one site I used was your site! Question #1 where are the numbers for Bush? You have one to Obama’s three. Then we will do the same thing to those numbers that you do with Obama’s numbers. Still can not find the numbers you are using. William couldn’t find them either. We both found the Debt to GDP however that has Bush at 20.7% debt to GDP Obama at 15.1% to debit GDP that = a 5,6% reduction to debt to GDP. Your sites of Wikipedia and Fox are questionable as well. Politifact is a right leaning site. Obama has had the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/may/23/facebook-posts/viral-facebook-post-says-barack-obama-has-lowest-s/ Now observe the Bar chart near the top on right. All republicans had the greatest spending increases to democrats. Your naïve rhetoric does not disqualify their facts as much as it does you. Now why not go get some rest.
Ima Hippee August 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Bren - your comments are irrelevant. Go back to designing bumper sticker slogans. You wasted yourself there. You want to have cred?
Luke August 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM
@Bernard, That study has already been debunked in several places. Barron's has already reported that the study depends on chance happenings as well as sample selectivity. Another study indicates that returns from investment cycles are spread out over 6 years, and the first year is wasted due to the time it takes to get bills passed.
Ima Hippee August 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Bernie - give your keyboard a break! Geesh.
Ima Hippee August 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Mornimist - thinking teabagging again? You are so original. When you tilt your head, does it sound like a water stick?
Ima Hippee August 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Johnny Z - if you want tea bagging, Mornimist might be game.
Ima Hippee August 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Bernie, you should hang up your keyboard. You make little sense.
The Anti-Alinsky August 29, 2012 at 12:27 AM
(One more time, with the samelink to the OMB document on the White House website http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/hist.pdf ) YEAR ------ TOTAL SPENT ---% INCREASE ----------------(in millions) 2008 ..........2,982,544 .............9.30% (last year of Bush) 2009 ..........3,517,677 ...........17.94% (transition budget with TARP & ARRA) 2010 ..........3,456,213 ............-1.75% (first Obama budget) (still higher than 2008 by 15.88%) 2011 ..........3,603,061 .............4.25% 2012 ..........3,795,547 .............5.34% (estimate) Ima, did the link work for you?
Rees Roberts August 29, 2012 at 01:15 AM
@Gearhead recently said: "The Republicans in Congress will not be blamed for the bloated budget, record TRILLION dollar overruns, and trillions more of both accumulated and unfunded debts." Your beloved G.W. Bush gave us those overruns. If you recall when Obama took office Obama was saddled with trillions and the economy was in the tank. Do you not remember this? That is a simple fact. If you argue these simple points then your memory just wants to remember what it wants to. Simply that, nothing more. Obama, given what Bush gave him to deal with, I believe did wonders. He prevented a world wide economic collapse. In my book, he deserves another 4 years just for that accomplishment.
Bernard Forand August 29, 2012 at 02:17 AM
@ Jay Sykes also commented on VIDEO: Wisconsin GOP Delegates Hone In on Key Issues. "Lots of 'contributors', from both government and the private sector, to the housing crisis. While legislation does get 'tweaked' along the way, the main core philosophical changes President that approved them: LBJ removing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . Carter, the Community reinvestment Act. Clinton and the elimination of Glass-Steagall Act." Bernie replies; Bush administration with their laissez-faire ideology was the prime reason for Housing collapse. Same ideology of the Coolidge and Hoover era. Republicans had not learned from their past errors. Many of the impetuous reckless policies of just 3 generations before. Bush fostered excessive polices of leverage on Wall Street; subprime lending in tandem with easy credit is what led to the housing bubble. Predatory lending through mortgage brokers who had no rules, transparent or oversight to govern them. Deregulation of the financial markets at a level unseen since the great depression. Financial innovation that increased volatility. BOOM and collapse of the banking system due to a credit crunch that was unprecedented. Final straw with excessive speculation in oil, gas, real estate and hedge funds. Your assertions that we had a housing problem before that is not accurate. Yes there were inflationary and recessions that affected the housing but all within tolerable perimeters. Page 1 continued
Bernard Forand August 29, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Page 2 continued Steagall Act was a reduction in banking government banking regulation. Laws on books if enforced could have prevented the collapse. Government hands off was the motto of the republicans. Ignoring abuses and micro collapses being illuminated around them. It can be argued that total control of the government was for six years was in the hands of the republicans that could have taken action to remedy the failures as they arose. They did not! Contrary; Paulson Secretary of the Treasury, opened a derivative fund by bundling up toxic mortgages and sold them through Goldman Sach, his X employment as CEO, as a winning bet and on the backside was shorting the bets as they came pouring in. Conflict of interest? Nah not on Wall Street, busyness as usual, under regulations that were being ignored. Obama passed the Volker rule to reign in the banks under the regulations to enforce banks from proceeding their reckless investments. Frank Dodd produced a formula as to what reckless investments were to plausible sound investments. Republicans strenuously opposed! Obama’s regulations on derivative trading was attacked by the republicans with $350 Million to lobbyist to derail it. May 2010 it was finally passed. Republicans refuse to allow funds for its operation. Presently the republicans are once again advocating a return to the laissez-faire, government hands off policies. Benefiting the wealthy few and imperiling of the many.
Rees Roberts August 29, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Bernie Have you read the comments of people here? Not about your politics but the simple content of your posts. 1. You do not have to repeat what others say prior to what you say. 2. You don't have to be so dang wordy to get your point across. 3. Make paragraphs more apparent by adding additional "return keys" You are losing people and not gaining traction because of these 3 items. The main thing is to make shorter and more focused points. Cheers
Hershal Webster August 29, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I like pie.
GearHead August 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
You left out a fact or two, Rees, but who's counting? Bushs' highest budget deficit was about 400B. I decried that at the time. A big part of it was adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare, something he never got any credit for. But it isn't the job of taxpayers to pay for old folks meds. Obama's first deficit was something like 1.3T and it has gotten worse every year. Over 6T of added debt since coming into office. Totally unsustainable. Mostly because the baseline got raised with the stimulus spending failure. Not to mention the failure of the President and Senate to get real about a budget. Based on my above post, the facts are indisputable. You have your eyes wide shut. Put Obama back in for another four years and watch what used to be your country evaporate before your own eyes.

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