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A CONVENTION OF STATES DANGEROUS ~ Gary Bahr  – 7-17-17

Can you imagine the political hogwash that would come out of a Convention of  States to change the U.S. Constitution? Many states have already agreed to the idea in hopes of making honest federal politicians into a Congress for the good of all the people. Have they even read the Constitution? It has all the safeguards we need.

What we need is to obey the Constitution and laws that we do have or change some of the laws that benefit one person, one group or one party over another.

What we need is political parties that work together for the common good and laws that benefit and apply to all of us – including our politicians.

What we need is honest politicians like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, James Madison and James Monroe who truly worked for the common good before running for office.

What we need is educated voters that can think through a campaign and elect qualified politicians. When some of or half of the people see the Declaration of Independence on Facebook as a dangerous document against our current President Trump, we must start to teach the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in our grade schools and offer a free college education to all.

The Supreme Court was not helpful with ruling that a corporation is a person and free speech means we cannot control a corporation’s political contribution for a corporation’s greedy self-interest.

But if you think we can legislate morality in our politicians through a Convention of States, you must believe in Santa Clause, that the Earth is flat, and that the Sun and Moon are gods.

TEST OUR POLITICIANS FOR DRUG USE ~ BahrWorks – 6-25-17

Our Wisconsin Assembly wants to test public aid recipients and now public aid businesses for drug use.

Why not include politicians? They are paid by us and work for us. They must be smoking or inhaling something with all the screwball ideas they come up with.

MY WOODS by Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

In 1989 my wife Dawn and I bought an old 130 acres dairy farm.  It had 28 acres of old growth ( if you flattened out the hill, the old growth woodland I think I might have 150-180 acres).  In 1994 we planted 32,000 pines and hardwoods on 53 acres of CRP land. The planter had a special tractor he drove with one kid behind each rear wheel that put little sticks in little funnels on the back wheels to plant in the land. It took them only 12 hours. No one told me it would be a lot of work thereafter. As President George W. Bush would say, “It’s hard work”.

It is now all part of the managed forest program.

We started woods cleanup in 2006.  A crew came in to take down the Buckthorn and Honeysuckle and Grapevine and other Invasive Species. Initially I would say 90 per cent of the old growth and 50 percent of the new growth was covered with garlic mustard. I measured one Buckthorn at 22 feet.  Usually they are 10-12 feet.

GARLIC MUSTARD

I am known as the number 1 Garlic Mustard killer in the world.

Garlic mustard is the worse invasive species. It saps the nutrients from the soil and slows the life of the trees. One 2nd year plant – called – mother plants – can produce 500-2000 seeds. The next year you could have a couple thousand 1st year plants. Worse yet the seeds can lay dormant in the ground for 7 years. Seeds are also transported by deer, raccoon, humans, wild turkeys, etc. No one mentioned all this when I started spraying for Garlic Mustard in my 85 acres of woods. I think in the new growth I have the GM down to less than .001% of fields. But, like I said, you still have to walk each row to get a few plants or if you miss them, next year you have thousands of new plants.

I have been working on cleaning up our woods for several years. The invasive species – like Buckthorn, Honeysuckle etc may be winning again, but I’ll get rid of it! The Garlic Mustard is down 95% in the old growth, but you still have to walk every inch of the woods to kill the garlic mustard mother plants. That is 2000 zillion steps with a backpack full of chemical on your back. It helps if your are crazy.

It is expensive.

LOWER HARDWOOD BRANCHES

Last winter we took off most of the branches in most fields to 12-13 feet with a power pole saw. I had taken off most lower branches in the past that I could reach with a clipper when the branches were smaller. Soon we will finish the fields. Then in a few years we will attack the upper branches from 12-16.5 feet.

July 2012

Finished spraying the fence lines of the middle field today. Done spraying for this year or should I say I quit. My new Honda Brush Cutter will have plenty of work to do along these fence lines.

Poke weed is now atrocious.  It is a big tall fat weed that grows over your head, gets white flowers in summer and lots of clumps of berries hereafter.  The stems are big, fat, hollow. You will be tripping over them later this year when they die this fall.

It is very hot.  90 degree plus. Tried my new WORX grass trimmer – think it may work to clean up yard if grass isn’t a foot tall and thick. It is a toy compared to my new Honda Brush Cutter. Have started cleaning garage. Too hot in garage.

Started cleaning up my office overlooking big woods.

THE FUN OF THE WOODS

While cleaning the office, my deer: my lone young yearling (Turk), my twin yearlings (Pete and Andy), my mother deer (Dawn) and two fawns (Jen and Jena) have been visiting my small pond – 2 – 3 times a day.  I have been adding some fresh water daily. Then they like to eat grass in the shade of my little crabapple tree – especially in 90 degree weather.

The Crow came to drink. He looked and looked at where the pond sat before. Did not yet try the new spot. I call him Crow.

Yesterday one of the fawns (Jena) came up to the pond by herself. She looked in and saw her reflection. I could see the reflection from my office window. It scared her. She jump back and ran off.  Then my twin yearlings (Andy & Pete) came to drink. While they were drinking, my lone yearling (Turk) came out of the pines. He walked over to the two yearlings to make friends. They chased him away.  This is the yearling that tried last year to make friends with wild turkeys which chased him away.

Did you know the fawns can scratch the back of their ears with their hind feet!? Cute!

Next day – Jena the fawn looks in the pond and sees her reflection and jumps back. Circles the pond and looks in, jumps back. She does this a couple more times before taking a drink. Then she climbs in the small plastic liner pond and drinks. Jen, the other fawn watches all this for several minutes from 100 feet away. Then comes to the pond and Jena jumps out.

Oh what fun it is…

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Are Our Politicians Borderline or Wacko?

~ By Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

I have no classification for normal politicians. You must decide.

CITIZENS UNITED – U.S. Supreme Court rules corporations are humans and can donate to political campaigns. Are they wacko?  If corporations are humans they should be executed, killed when they do wrong. Look out AT&T, Exxon etc. Help reverse Citizens United!

TAX THE RICH – When I was born in the 40’s, millionaires were taxed 90% of income over $1,000,00 dollars. Let’s go back to that. If the rich do not want to pay the tax, they can hire more employees, improve their factory, give more to charity. The idea of lowering taxes to the rich to get more employment or factories is not working. Seems when the tax is low we have had the worse of times for employment and manufacturing.

REPUBLICANS REDISTRICTING OF WISCONSIN TO FAVOR REPUBLICANS is under attack for favoring keeping Republicans in power. Republican maverick Senator Dale Schultz was in favor of an Iowa-like nonpartisan panel to handle redistricting. One would think that that would be automatic.

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5; began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

At 9; studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14; studied classical literature and additional

languages…

At 16; entered the College of William and Mary.

At 19; studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23; started his own law practice.

At 25; was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31; wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the

rights of British America” and retired from his law practice.

At 32; was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33; wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33; took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code

and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36; was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40; served in Congress for two years.

At 41; was the American minister to France and

negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin & John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53; served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55; drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party…

At 57; was elected the third president of the United States.

At 60; obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.

At 61; was elected to a second term as President.

At 65; retired to Monticello.

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81; almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83; died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.  He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff; a voice from the past to lead us in the future.John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe… Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not… Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world… Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them… Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas JeffersonNo free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms…Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government… Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas JeffersonTo compel a man to subsidize with his taxes, the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical… Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…

 

FAVORITE SONGS by Gary Bahr for Bahr Works

I DO THE TIME

My wife wanted a big Victorian house to do a bed and breakfast. I wanted a cabin in the woods overlooking the Mississippi. We compromised. We saw the movie “I walk the Line” about Johnny Cash and my wife bought the soundtrack and played it 24/7. I got to thinking to the song, humming to the song and singing to the song. Thus The Song – “I DoThe Time” in honor of my wife, Dawn, and her Dream bed and breakfast north of Belleville, Wisconsin.

“I DO THE TIME”

She wants a big house for a B and B.

I want a cabin… and to see the sea.

I made up plans… now do not be surprised.

Because she’s mine… “we” compromised!

*

Lent her a million for her BnB.

“If I help”…she says she can repay me.

Now do it all… no payments do I see.

Because she’s mine… I work for free!

*

I do the dirty dishes all the time.

I scrub the tubs and showers and de-lime.

I keep my eyes wide open for the grime.

Because she’s mine… I tow the line.

*

I mow the trails from morning until night.

Avoiding cleaning makes it a real delight.

I sweep the walk and porch with all my might.

Because she’s mine… I do not fight.

*

I greet the guests with smiles that are sublime.

I clean the toilets and what guests leave behind.

I mop the floors and work and do not whine.

Because she’s mine… not paid a dime.

*

I do the make-work that she thinks is fine.

I’ll do it all until I’m ninety-nine.

I do the work, although I did no crime.

Because she’s mine… I do the time!

MOST SUNG SONG…

My Marvelous Little Toy

When I was just a wee little lad,

Full of health and joy,

My father homeward came one night

And gave to me a toy.

A wonder to behold it was

With many colors bright

And the moment I laid eyes on it,

It became my heart’s delight.

Refrain:

It went zip when it moved and pop when it stopped,

Whirrr when it stood still

I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will.

The first time that I picked it up

I had a big surprise

Cause right on the bottom were two big buttons

That looked like big green eyes

I first pushed one and then the other,

Then I twisted it’s lid

And when I set it down again, here is what it did:

(refrain)

It first marched left, and then marched right

And then marched under a chair

And when I looked where it had gone

It wasn’t even there

I started to cry, but my daddy laughed

’cause he knew that I would find,

When I turned around my marvelous toy

Would be chugging from behind.

(refrain)

The years have gone by too quickly it seems,

I have my own little boy

And yesterday I gave to him

My marvelous little toy:

His eyes nearly popped right out of his head

And he gave a squeal of glee!

Neither one of us knows just what it is

But he loves it just like me!

It still goes… (refrain)

ANGELS AMOUNG US

NOTE: Now I believe there are wonderful people among us who are angelic in all they do. I do not believe there are angels with wings (like in “It’s A WonderfulLife”) that are among us, in heaven or on earth. There are angels who are beautiful, sophisticated, charming and sexy – men or women – on earth.

ALABAMA – ANGELS AMONG US 

I was walking home from school on a cold winter day.

Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way.

It was getting late, and I was scared and alone.

But then a kind old man took my hand and led me home.

Mama couldn’t see him, but he was standing there.

And I knew in my heart, he was the answer to my prayers.

Oh I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above.

They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.

To guide us with the light of love.

When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees. There’s always been someone there

to come along and comfort me. A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand. A pho

ne call from a friend, just to say Iunderstand. And ain’t it kind of funny that at the dark end of the road. Someone lights the way with just a single ray of hope.

Oh I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above.

They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.

To guide us with the light of love. They wear so many faces; show up in the strangest places.

To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need.

Oh I believe there areangels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live, to teach us how to give. To guide us with the light of love. To guide us with thelight of love.

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FAVORITE HYMN:

Amazing Grace Lyrics, John Newton (1725-1807), Stanza 6 anon.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear. And Grace, my fears relieved.

How precious did that Grace appear, The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;

‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far, and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures.

He will my shield and portion be, As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh andheart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess within the veil, A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been here ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun.

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, Than when we’ve first begun.

 

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. 

I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.

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JFK & RFK by Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

I remember 1963… and the past 50 years…I was born and raised an Eisenhower Republican.  I voted the first time for Nixon. I would take that back now.

In death, JFK, changed my mind about him as I watched a nation and a world mourn the man. I shed a tear too when John John, the President’s son, saluted his Dad at the funeral.
Before JFK was killed, I had stood in Arlington Cemetery on a spot that was yet unused and thought what a nice spot to be buried.  JFK would be buried there a year later. RFK would also be buried next to him.
By the time RFK was in politics, I loved the Kennedy’s. They turned me to support equality for all, medical care for all, America for all.
Robert became my hero.
I had a chance to shake his hand when I was in college debate in Portland. Oregon. We were both staying in the same hotel. Neither of us knew the other was there.  I went to run down stairs rather than take the elevator. Up came first a dog followed by a smaller man who I looked back to see if it was Robert Kennedy. It was him. He paused. I froze, looked in his eyes, and in a second we both continued on our way. Of course I should have said hi! I missed my chance to shake his hand.
The next day he held a rally in downtown Portland. I went to see him standing on the roof of a car.
I would see him again in Salem, Oregon on the back of a train and wave. I was holding my son Trenton. His eyes looked sad. He lost in Oregon and won in California days later. I sat up all night to watch his win and hear the shots and was glued to the TV until they announced his death. Life and politics never were the same after that day.
I do not even recognize the current Republican Party and what it stands for. Eisenhower would not recognize it either. Lincoln weeps.
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IS THIS WISCONSIN OR RUSSIA? ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Meanwhile, I am thinking of running for President as an Independent because the political parties have made Independents the largest group of voters. Our best hope is to have independents decide the elections.

11/2016 – Well, Maybe not!

EVOLUTION ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

I believe in evolution. Science supports my belief. But, if I were God, I would have made evolution a natural law so that species could adapt to their environment. Maybe He did.

Could I have control over my creations, I would not have made mice, rats or garlic mustard.

I would have it rain at night after Mid-night and do like an inch and 1/2 every Saturday. The temperature would be 72 degrees during the day and 62 at night – year round.

 

SAVE BIG TAX DOLLARS AND KILL NO ONE  ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks  – 4/26/17

Let me make it clear that I would not have wanted to be aborted.

Having said that, I do not think we can legislate the morality of not allowing abortions, as those who want one will get one. It is safer to do it under a qualified physician than in a back room somewhere or do it yourself.

It is interesting that the director of the Wisconsin Right To Life can say, “No taxpayer should ever be forced to have his or her money support an activity that takes a human life”.

If that includes lives snuffed out by the Big Bomb, cruise missiles, sanctions or war we could save a fortune in tax dollars.

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> MITCH SWITCH ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Mitch McConnell said as Republican minority leader of the Senate, “No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he presided over the end of the Senate,” and “Breaking the rules to change the rules is un-American.”

As majority leader of the Senate he changed Senate rules last week to do away with filibusters to allow a new Supreme Court nomination.

He has often changed his views to accomplish his goal for the moment. The Senate may not survive such abuse of power. It certainly will be hurt by the end of reasoned debate in filibusters and the end of 60 votes for reasonable Supreme Court Justice approval.

In 2010 McConnell introduced gridlock and declared “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

When Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016 in less than an hour McConnell said the vacancy should be filled by the next president who he hoped would be Republican.

> MONEY BUYS OUR POLITICIANS  ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Do you feel conned by your President and all politicians? Is what you hoped for buried by money in politics, the Koch brothers and others.

Well, get use to it. Money controls our politicians.

Big insurance companies, hospitals and pharmaceuticals control healthcare. It is complicated. Politicians on both sides or all sides get donations from pharmaceuticals and that makes health care very complicated. Free markets are good but not good for universal coverage for all.

Government is “broke” and “broken.” It needs repair but big money interests do not want it fixed.

Citizens United decision says let the money flow to politicians and they will listen to the big contributors.

We need to first fix campaign finance. That fix is required for all good things.

 

> AGING – THE GOLDEN PART ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

A senior citizen said to me, “There sure are a lot of beautiful women these days. How come there are so many?”  I agreed with him and asked how old he was. “65”, he said. Well, I said when you were 18 you were looking at 16-18 year olds. Now at 65 you are looking at 18-65 year old women so you are seeing a lot more beauties.

> WAR ON IRAQ – WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Bush and Chaney wanted war on Iraq. The people of the U.S. and Iraq did not want this illegal war. Intelligent leaders worldwide could not justify war for revenge, oil or Halliburton contracts.

Lies were offered as proof of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Inspectors had found no such weapons. Saddam, who we setup as dictator of Iraq, was not good, but was not part of 9/11. We had disarmed him thru the U.N. Thus we could easily win a battle.

But we forgot a great lesson in history – that no nation can occupy another for long. King George, in 1776, also sent 20,000 troops to put down violence and defeat the American “insurgents”. The insurgents won.

The Bush administration called the bombing of Iraq – “shock and awe.” 3000 Americans killed and 20,000 wounded deserve better. 100,000 innocents killed in Iraq and the 500,000 plus dead by our prior sanctions created millions in Iraq and the Middle-East who now hate us.

As a nation, we should only go to war in self-defense, under real threat, or with U.N. forces. Bush and Chaney have violated every principal we stand for as a nation.

> TERRORISTS ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks 

2000 & 2017 – Terrorists are indeed a threat to world peace and stability. They have no regard for the law of their land or for international law. They torture, maim and drop their bombs on innocent people whether Republicans, Democrats, Independents, liberals, conservatives, Arabs, Jews, Catholics or innocent babies. They should be tracked down, tried and brought to justice in World Court whether hiding in Afghanistan or the White House.

> STOP THE OLD POLITICIANS (STOP) ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Voting for incumbents is irresponsible. Voting against them will send a strong message to new legislators that they must put the people first.

No politician deserves re-election! They are all lazy, inefficient and border on incompetent. They tell us what we want to hear and do nothing. All new lawmakers will accomplish more in 100 days than current politicians have in 100 years. It will be like a new beginning.

Voters should vote for incumbents because they do their best for the people. Incumbents now do good for their big special-interest contributors who help get them re-elected. Big contributors feel they can manage known incumbents.

If our politicians did what is best, we would have campaign finance reform in Wisconsin and in the nation; we would have our property taxes in Wisconsin reduced to a local tax for local property related services; we would finance education across Wisconsin with general revenues on a per student basis to provide all our children an equal educational opportunity; and we would have health care for every citizen. Because special-interests manage our politicians – we have nothing. The list of problems unsolved continues to grow because incumbents are the problem!

> FAIR TAX REFORM IS WISCONSIN CURE-ALL ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks 

Voters can get their property taxes reduced 80% by contacting their politicians now and demanding that schools and counties be taken off property taxes.

If lawmakers repeal all state tax exemption devices which unfairly benefit some citizens over others, they can finance reducing the property tax to a local tax for local services, keep people in their homes and farms, fund schools and counties, provide health care for all, provide campaign finance reform, balance the budget, exempt poverty level income from tax and not increase income or sales tax rates.

Everyone should pay a fair share of each tax. No one should be exempt from a tax that makes others pick up the difference. By not allowing special-interests to buy tax exemptions and benefits with campaign donations, politicians can restore tax fairness and eliminate special-interest influence.

A fair tax plan should assign each level of government specific duties and a tax to pay for each – thus saving money now wasted on duplication in services at the federal, state, county and local levels.

Circulate this letter to politicians and other voters. Our lawmakers will do nothing if voters do nothing.

> U.S. COULD LEAD PEACE BY EXAMPLE ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

The decency of humanity must end the insanity. Our political leaders shun nations, interfere internally with governments, demand sanctions if they don’t get their way or go to war for their greedy military-industrial complex campaign contributors.

The decent people of warring countries are not the problem. They want self-rule, love and golden rules like thou shall not covet, steal or kill. As a nation we have lost our credibility because our politicians covet oil for food and medicine, steal oil at cheap prices by threat of military force, and kill civilians and prisoners with bombs and torture. Our sanctions did not hurt Saddam. Our bombs did not get Bin Laden. Sanctions and war have killed over a million innocent men, women, children and fetuses in Iraq.

Our country is not in Iraq for God or democracy. We would not even be in the Middle East if it had no oil. For decades insurgents or freedom fighters have used their available weapons of terror to try to keep us out, just as we would fight any foreign country occupying our land.

As the world’s most powerful country we can afford to buy Mid-East oil at their price. We can even double car mileage and end our dependency on foreign oil. We do not have to use our military, CIA, FBI, tax funded organizations, food and medical sanctions or big companies to de-stabilize governments or make war for oil. $4 a gallon gas is much cheaper than war.

As individuals and as a nation we must lead by example. National example is our only effective world weapon. As a strong nation we can afford to be gentle. Intelligent leaders do not invite war. They invite leaders to visit our country to see what democracy can do. It worked with Gorbachev.

> WISCONSIN SOLUTION ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

There is an economic solution for Wisconsin. To revive the state’s economy, balance the budget and make our taxes fair, our lawmakers need to repeal our Wisconsin tax system. Current tax policy discourages construction of homes, businesses, factories and farm buildings at a severe cost to the economy and employment.

Reducing the property tax to a local tax for cities, towns and villages would create a perpetual construction boom that would employ more people than ever across the state.

Schools, counties and state can be easily funded by general revenue and revenue sharing. This 85% reduction in property taxes can be easily financed by eliminating all the unfair special interest tax exemption devices we now have on our income, sales and property taxes. Surplus revenue could first pay off our state debt and then reduce income and sales tax rates. Only one exemption should remain and that is the exemption from income tax of poverty level income for all our citizens.

Each taxpayer should write a letter, send an email, make a phone call, or visit their State Representative and State Senator, Governor and Department of Revenue and ask them to replace our current tax system with fair taxes.

> HEALTH CARE FOR ALL ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Let’s hope Democrats will vote their promise to insure that everyone has health care. Medicare for all, legislators, seniors, government employees, veterans, Moms and children, the uninsured and poor would cost less than current private premiums and various government programs. It would eliminate administrative inefficiencies. Others could still buy insurance, supplements or Medicare.

Medicare works, contains costs, pays, is paperless for the patient, your doctor decides your care and insurance companies can sell it and supplements.

Health Care For All – Why Not?

Insurance companies write policies no one understands, claim wonderful benefits that may mean you are only covered in the hospital or not at all, decide your fate over your doctor, and are the death panels that decide if you can get insurance, what benefits you get and what will be paid. Your insurer will want you out of the hospital in a day while your doctor wants more time to regulate your medicine and progress, save your life or avoid complications.

Fair financing of health care should be by eliminating all tax exemptions and a percent of income above two times the poverty level deductible from paychecks. Employers could pay half like social security or all to keep their employees.

> LAWS SHOULD BE FOR ALL ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Dear Editor, Governor, State Senators and Representatives:

I demand these democratic principles in Wisconsin and the nation:

Every voter creates a hard copy record of his or her vote for recounts if necessary.

Ethics and laws that apply to citizens will apply to politicians equally.

Ethics and campaign finance reform that forbid any politician from voting for a tax exemption, law or benefit in exchange for contributions or favors from special interests, if the bill denies another citizen equal protection under the law.

No one should be exempt from any tax, benefit or law at the expense of another.

Fair taxes; a small local property tax on real estate-related services that applies to everyone’s real estate, a lower state sales tax rate that applies to everyone’s retail purchases and to services, and a lower state and federal income tax rate on all income — exempting only poverty level income for all.

Equal education opportunity for all kids financed by general revenues on a per student basis. Social services managed by counties financed by general revenue sharing and county sales and income tax caps.

Universal health care for all citizens like the kind politicians now give themselves.

Freedom from foreign oil and war.

I give Republicans and Democrats until the next election to accomplish these things!

> BEER, DRINK RATINGS ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

#1 – Brandy and Pepsi with Green Olives

#2. – Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet

#3 – Leinenkugel: Golden Limited lager

#4 – New Glarus: Cabin Fever

#5- New Glarus: Edel Pills,

#6 – Minhas: 1845 Pilsner (I like the # Name)

> SCOTT WALKER ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks 

Run Scott Walker, Run!

2015 – Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is waiting for a call from God to run for President of the United States. He has been praying for a positive response.

Walker has done some good things for Wisconsin like saving taxpayers $5 on their property tax bills. Is that enough?

Walker divided Wisconsin into the good and the evil, but that is God’s job. Maybe Walker just means well.

God and Jesus are big Liberals. They love everyone. They want everyone to succeed, to be taken care of when care is needed, to be secure and able to pursue happiness. They love everyone including little children, gays, union workers, students, seniors, minorities and women.

Walker has harmed the little children and cut funds to children K-12, and wants to cut funding even more. He who harms little children won’t be getting a call from God or Jesus.

The Governor wants the states to decide issues like gay rights and abortion. If states could decide major issues many of us would still be working for less than the current federal minimum wage, be slaves, pay poll taxes to vote and be segregated in schools, housing and restaurants.

Under Walker, schools and colleges would become private institutions and school loans and grants would become history. Only the rich could send their kids to college.

Walker’s immigration plan depends on who he is talking to.

Under Walker, medicare, medicaid, Senior Care, the Affordable Care Act and Social Security would be slashed. Your Social Security funds could be managed by big banks, insurance companies and stock brokers – who almost broke the country in the Big Bush Recession.

Scott Walker promised jobs for Wisconsin and divided Unions to get the attention of the Koch brothers, but gained few jobs. He cut the fast train from Milwaukee to Madison and we are stuck with the bills and no train and no jobs. He rejected Federal Funds for health care and denied many health care. He slashed budgets by getting some good state employees to retire early – and lost jobs. He cut $3 billion from the state budget, gave big tax breaks to the rich, and got a $3 billion dollar deficit. Go figure.

So, Scott Walker is testing the waters and running around the country exciting crowds that favor Conservative things – hoping to convert a Liberal God and a Liberal Jesus to his brand of Conservatism – so God will make a call to him.

Neither God or Jesus are paying attention. However, if Walker can get the backing of the Koch brothers, he may not need God’s help.

He may have to go over God’s head and decide to run for President on his own.

PS. Having failed to win support for a national office, Scott is now back in Wisconsin to make “Wisconsin Open for Corruption”.

PS. Today I ran into a couple from Minnesota. They thought I might be Garrison Keillor’s brother.  He said I must know he is from Minnesota as he had a big “M” on his hat. I guessed Mississippi. He said he was insulted as Mississippi was poor in education, etc.. I said you ought be from Wisconsin… we will be behind Mississippi with another year of Scott Walker and the Republicans. He agreed. Felt sorry for Wisconsin.  People are feeling sorry for us?! At least we have the Green Bay Packers!

> POLITICIANS ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

To voters:

Our politicians:

They are elected to solve problems, not make them.

They are elected to be part of the answer, not part of the problem.

We, the people, can un-elect them. Don’t forget that.

> UFO DAY – BELLEVILLE, WI  ~Gary Bahr for BahrWorks 

It happened. UFO’s visited the Belleville, Wisconsin area back in the 1990’s as witnessed by several reliable area residents.  And, a couple not so reliable.

Since, Belleville has celebrated UFO days with a parade and other events to make a fun day on a Saturday near Halloween.

Join the fun – Watch the news.

> DONALD TRUMP ON IMMIGRATION  ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Donald Trump has gone off the deep end. His latest idea is to follow President Eisenhower’s program Operation Wetback to deport non-citizens. Operation Wetback was a brutal deportation program that disregarded any human rights and needs and rounded up Mexicans like the Japanese in World War II. But instead of offering concentration camps with food and water, Operation Wetback dumped illegal Mexican back into Mexico without regard for their basic needs or basic rights as people or families.

What Trump and Republicans do not discuss is that it is their large political contributors who need the illegal immigrants to pick their crops and do the work that White Americans avoid doing.  That is why illegal immigration is all talk by Republicans and no action and nothing is ever done about the problem.

Now, why not agree on a plan for Citizenship for immigrants? It is the logical approach. In fact, we probably have a plan in place and all we have to do is follow it.

We could build a bigger fence along the Mexican border but what about the 1000’s of miles of Western and Eastern coastlines and the Canadian border. Don’t forget that those wanting to get into America can get a visa and plane ticket anytime and then just stay here. The fact is that immigration is how many of our ancestors got to America.

The talk about tough immigration measures only gets immigrants and Spanish Americans to vote for Democrats.  It is like Republicans opening their big mouths and talking tough to win their most conservative voters and campaign contributors while losing support of the growing immigrants and Spanish-Americans who decide national elections.

Yes, it is stupid. None of our politicians have won awards for intelligence lately. It seem that talking tough on immigration keeps people from talking tough about our do-nothing politicians.  Point noted.

> HILLARY ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Hillary Clinton has emerged as the most qualified and best poised candidate for President among 20 Republican and a handful of Democrat potentials.

She alone stands out as the best choice with self-confidence, smarts, a good sense of humor, sophisticated and willing to work with fellow Democrats and Republicans and T-Party rebels.

It is a good beginning. As long as I stay out of the race, she is the best choice. I would run as an Independent as the Parties have made Independents the largest group.

> TRUMP AS PRESIDENT? ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks  4/2016

7% of the people think congress has done a good job. That is 7%.

The people simply are sick of their politicians.

Along comes Donald Trump. Savior? Spoiler?

He appeals to many dissatisfied voters in the Republican party and Republican leaning Independents. Democrats may not vote for him, but many independents might. I don’t think in these times we can dismiss him as a potential President. I might like to dismiss him and vote for the person who can best run this country. Hopefully most voters will do that. But, what if Trump is the best choice to run the country?

> SMOKING – MADE IN CHINA ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

The Chinese are smoking like they never read an article against smoking. So much secondhand smoke is like being slow cooked in a smoker – or, more like slow death to millions.  2/3rd of Chinese men are smokers while the rest of the world is easing up.

Cigarettes are cheap in China. $1 per pack. Haven’t their politicians caught on to the sin taxes? Perhaps the owner of the biggest cigarette company could do something! The big manufacturer is owned by the Chinese government – guess that is like a tax and a conflict of interest to reducing smoking. Hope our politicians don’t get that idea and start making cigarettes for tax money.

> GRANDMA, DON’T VOTE ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

My dear grandma kept a picture of Spiro Agnew on her desk so I new I could not trust her at the polls. At 97 and in a nursing home, she wanted to vote. I said, “Grandma, you do not have to vote.” She did anyway. And, she cancelled my vote I suspect.

> JUDGE REPUBLICANS BY WHAT THEY DO ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Voters must judge Republicans based on what they do when in power, not by what they promise during campaigns.

Republicans say they are for jobs and the middle class, but under President Bush the jobs went to India and the bailout funds went to rich contributors.

They say they are Christians, but do not want to feed the people or help the less fortunate.

They say they are for the right to life, but are the first to seek war, drop bombs on mothers and unborn babies, and execute prisoners.

Republicans say they are against regulation, yet let their big contributors regulate everything by money control including the stock market and energy prices. The 19 cent a gallon gas when I was a kid now sells for $3-$4.00 while in much greater supply and is the same stuff.

They want deregulation of business that led to adjustable real estate mortgage rates over 16% when fixed rates were 5.5% and led to real estate derivatives and a deep recession.

They say they are for balanced budgets and cutting deficits, but Democrat President Clinton last balanced a budget and cut deficits.

Republicans refuse to tax their rich campaign contributors but are willing to let taxes increase for the little guy. Their wealthy contributors are allowed to make workers live on less, while they give themselves gigantic raises and stock options.

They made corporations individuals with the freedom to use their money to buy elections, but seek to limit unions free speech and the right to collective bargaining.

They are making class warfare.

IS THIS WISCONSIN OR RUSSIA? ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks 

Meanwhile, I am thinking of running for President as an Independent because the political parties have made Independents the largest group of voters. Our best hope is to have independents decide the elections.
2016 Well, Maybe not!

> THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS DYSFUNCTIONAL ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

They have more often than not failed to run the country properly when in power. The last Republican President ushered in a recession while running for the office by simply stating there was a recession and when he left office by saying we were in deep trouble and had to save the super rich banks, insurance companies and brokerage firms who under deregulation abused their stockholders and customers.

Now, 20 Republicans think they can be President. That alone is WACKO!  And, Donald Trump leads the group because the people are ready to give up on those with any political experience. Cannot blame them.

The Republican Party is Dysfunctional. It is unlikely any one of the candidates can win a National Election for President. Trump has offended just about every voter and if he hasn’t, the party has.

A movie star could run and win. It has happened before.

When President Obama took office, Paul Ryan met with several Republican legislators and decided their purpose would be to oppose everything Obama sought. Everything. That seems very selfish for someone planning to run for President and for other supposed Senators and Representatives elected to help run the country.

In Wisconsin, we have a Governor who ran for President and when other states saw thru him – he had to withdraw. Republicans are in control now in Wisconsin and are up to more mischief to solidify their shenanigans. Three new bills are proposed to destroy clean government in Wisconsin – if you care about Democracy in Wisconsin, see WisDC.org for details and to  join:

• AB 388/SB 294 to ruin the  independent Government Accountability Board and allow more corruption.
• AB 387/SB 292, rewrites our campaign finance laws so that the wealthy and corporations can have more influence than ever, and
• AB 68/SB 43, which exempts politicians, and only politicians, from secret John Doe investigations.
It is Black October in Wisconsin where the above bills will destroy open government and free politicians to do anything they want without accountability. Wisconsin is open for corruption! An end to both parties would be better than the cementing in of one party.

> REBUBLICAN RAISED ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

I was born and raised Republican, but I cannot vote for Republicans.

They say they are Christians but give tax cuts and bailouts to the greedy while cutting programs to the needy.

They say they are for peace and the right to life, but caused innumerable senseless deaths in wars.

They say they love America and success, but oppose any legislation to improve the economy and jobs hoping it will defeat a Democrat President.

They want to again deregulate their bank, brokerage and insurance company contributors who caused the recent Great Republican Recession, the loss of 40% of our wealth, and double-digit unemployment.

They oppose the Affordable Health Care Act because rich Republican contributors can deduct and afford their medical bills; and repeal would make their insurance and pharmaceutical contributors richer.

Republican tax breaks for the rich and spending cuts have not created jobs.

Demonizing teachers has not helped education.

A crazy Republican U.S. Supreme Court found that Corporations are people with rights to unlimited political contributions while Republicans curtail unions and Democratic voters.

If we give Republicans enough rope, they will hang themselves. Historically the pendulum will swing because the 99% have more votes than the wealthy 1%. You cannot fool all the people all the time.

> NATIONAL PIZZA MONTH ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Today, I noticed a sign that says “October is National Pizza Month”.  And, I thought our politicians weren’t doing anything.

Now, may be a good time to do something about automatic weapons and mental health and health care.

> MCDONALDS ALL DAY BREAKFAST ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks –At last, an edible sandwich at McDonalds all day long.

Today, McDonalds announced all their restaurants are serving breakfast all day long – into the future.

I have not stopped at McDonalds later than 10:30AM as you could not get a decent sandwich. For my money, their Sausage & Egg or Ham & Egg McMuffins are very flavorful compared to their pre-made and kept-warmed hamburgers.

EVOLUTION ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

I believe in evolution. Science supports my belief. But, if I were God, I would have made evolution a natural law so that species could adapt to their environment. Maybe He did.

Could I have control over my creations, I would not have made rats or garlic mustard.

I would have it rain at night after Mid-night and do like an inch or two every 7 days. The temperature would be 72 degrees during the day and 62 at night – year round.

> WATER ON MARS ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks 

Water was and apparently is on Mars.

Personally I prefer brandy and Pepsi or whiskey and Mountain Dew.

In Mountain Dew the ingredients list includes “concentrated water”. What the hell is that? Must come from mars with a little more energy stuff included.  Perhaps it is more like the so called “Natural Flavors.”

Regardless, I am not moving to Mars. Too damn cold. Worse than Wisconsin. I would be willing to make a trip there as an Astronaut of sorts.

> BOEHNER RESIGNS ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

This is the news.

Speaker John Boehner steps down as speaker at the end of this month. I am not a Republican, but I think he was a good man in an impossible job.  Too many T-Party members make running this country impossible. Nobody can make T-Party members responsible to their duty to help run this country.

Boehner does not deserve the treatment he got. But it does allow him the freedom to speak his mind as he did by referring to Ted Cruz as a jackass. More to come no doubt.

Meanwhile, may God bless America.

> RONALD REAGAN – MODERATE ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

I have to tell you that I liked Ronald Reagan. As a moderate Republican he got my vote the first time as he promised to reduce paperwork at the bank. Well, by the time our lawmakers wrote legislation to reduce the paper work, it added 1 or 2 pages to every form we used at the bank.

Every Republican running for office wants to inherit President’s Reagan’s conservative coat, but none have his appeal of gentleness.

John Nichols of the Capital Times newspaper has this to say…

John Nichols on Ronald Reagan as a Democrat and Moderate Republican:

> MONEY BUYS POLITICIANS ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

Do you feel conned by your President and all politicians? Is what you hoped for buried by money in politics, the Koch brothers and others.

Well, get use to it. Money controls our politicians.

Big insurance companies, hospitals and pharmaceuticals control healthcare. It is complicated. Politicians on both sides or all sides get donations from pharmaceuticals and that makes health care very complicated. Free markets are good but not good for universal coverage for all.

Government is “broke” and “broken.” It needs repair but big money interests do not want it fixed.

Citizens United decision says let the money flow to politicians and they will listen to the big contributors.

We need to first fix campaign finance. That fix is required for all good things.

 

> REFUGEES, GENEROSITY, COMPASSION, LOVE ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks 

Taking in Syrian refuges is our duty as part of the world community.

We cannot expect other nations to fight ISIS with us and then say to them, “Sorry friend that ISIS has created a huge refuge challenge for your country”,  but we want no part of that problem.

We must remember the region was destabilized during the last Bush administration. Many in the Middle East learned to hate us. I remember reading that our favorable image in the region went from 75% to 7% in those years. We made many mistakes. We left a vacuum that is being filled by ISIS.

Let’s take in 2000, 10,000, 100,000 refuges. Of course we will do a background check. Is it even possible a refuge we accept may turn against us like our citizens turning against us with their brand of terrorism in our malls, in our schools and Universities and in our theaters.

When the refuges get here, let’s show them what a great country we are. Let’s give the refuges something they can write home to their relatives about – like our generosity, compassion and love. Then, perhaps ISIS will have no new recruits that hate us.

> EUROPEANS ON US ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

We took a tour of Europe and quickly found our European friends thought Americans were crazy for electing George W Bush, and re-electing him.

They also wonder why the richest nation in the world is not willing to provide health care for all Americans when we pay for it in Iraq, for our prisoners and give our politicians fantastic health care.

A lady in the tour from Florida broke her ankle in Italy. The ambulance picked her up. The hospital gave her medicine. A doctor set her ankle. An ambulance took her back to the hotel. No charge. No charge and she was a visiting American.

Amen.

They even wonder about Wisconsin and the election of Scott Walker, and re-election of Scott Walker and giving Republicans power nationally or in Wisconsin. They laugh at the Republicans.

Amen. But, who is laughing in the United States or Wisconsin..

> BRINGING HOME THE BACON ~ Gary Bahr for BahrWorks

On bringing home the bacon… Best to leave it at the store with red and processed meat which cause cancer – so says the World Health Organization. Reduce as much as possible or eliminate processed meat, seared meat, beef, pork, nitrates. Eat healthy.

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