Saturday, January 30

Scott Brown Online $$ Success

Patrick Ruffini who ehlped out Scott Brown  has his analysis of what drove the impressive $12 million online haul. Best quote:

Lesson: Blogs are still important online in driving a narrative and contributions, probably moreso than Facebook and Twitter, though I believe the latter can serve as an important signaling mechanism for bloggers and media to pick the story up and run with it. And it should be no surprise that once a story like this gets into traditional media, the impact can be magnified many-fold.

Thursday, January 28

Tommy Beats Feingold in Poll

If he didn't have a reason to run before, this should cover the last objection to Tommy entering the race against Feingold: Rasmussen has Tommy Thompson beating Feingold 47 to 43%. Also interestingly, more people have an unfavorable opinion of Feingold than favorable (48 to 47%). This confirms what I said here over a month ago that with the drop in favorability and job approval Feingold should be very vulnerable. Run Tommy run!
 

Wednesday, January 27

State of the Union First Pass

I don't know how he wants to do this, but I think that the concept is great! I can see this as being on of the first bipartisan issues Obama has brought before the nation.

He said he was setting a new goal to double US exports over the next five years: "an increase that will support two million jobs in America".

The Onion Shows Obama Sans Teleprompter



Yes, this is satire, but close to the truth about the way Obama does his speeches.

Tuesday, January 26

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Monday, January 25

Best Laws Would Come From Ladies Room.

Gist of Congressional Dem: If we could kick all the men out of Congress and make laws in the woman's bathroom health care would be ok.



Incredibly sexist.

Easy Government Cuts

If you have two kitty litter boxes for one cat, you would save time and money by eliminating redudency and switching to one. Sen. Tom Coburn was a smart idea to apply this to government:

The Senate is debating a $1.9 trillion increase in the nation's debt limit that would lift Treasury's legal borrowing ceiling to $14.3 trillion. After a $290 billion debt-limit raise last month, this giant new increase is intended to get Democrats past November's election without another reminder to voters of how much debt their spending is piling up.

Mr. Coburn has a better idea: Cut spending to a level that would allow the government to stay beneath the current debt ceiling for a few more months. President Obama promised in his campaign to eliminate "unnecessary redundancy" in government, so Mr. Coburn is calling for at least $20 billion in spending cuts on programs that are duplicated across federal agencies. That's about 4% of nondefense discretionary spending, and Mr. Coburn's amendment identifies at least 640 programs that could be consolidated.

A few examples: A 2009 Government Accountability Office report found 69 early education programs, administered by nine different agencies. A 2003 GAO report found 44 job training programs, also administered by nine agencies. The Department of Education runs 14 separate programs for foreign study exchanges. Taxpayers spend more than $300 million annually on at least nine Agriculture Department programs to develop biofuels. Too bad we can't pay for all this with wood chips.

Saturday, January 23

Government Jobs Grow

For the first time ever there are more government jobs than manufacturing jobs in the state. This is sad. Since most government jobs come at the expense of private sector jobs (how many things have you seen gov't do more efficiently?) this not only shows how much manufacturing has tanked but how the phantom of recovery the liberals preach.

H/T MacIver Institute

Friday, January 22

Virtual March For Life

For those of us who can't do the march in person, there is now a way to march online.

May we always remember the millions who have died.

Thursday, January 21

Two things Doyle Could Learn From McDonnell

Bob McDonnell is the new Governor in the state of Virginia and some of his ideas to help turn around the economy in the state should be considered by Doyle.

1. McDonnell is proposing making starting a business easier:
And he wants to make Virginia the easiest state in America in which to open a business by allowing currently licensed businesses to operate new ventures under the license they already have while waiting for a new one to be processed, ensure that new businesses can get approvals complete in 48 hours and waive fees for veterans starting a business.
As we all know, it is efficient businesses that create jobs. This sounds like a no-brainer to me. Let`s make Virginia the second easiest place to open a business.

2. McConnell wants to drill for oil and national gas offshore. Wisconsin does not have that option. However, Wisconsin could utilize resources like forests on national parks in a responsible manner in the same way. Even better, Wisconsin has to find a way to decrease the price of energy and gasoline in the state. High energy is a huge drag on the economy.

And take note: the first idea does not need one more dollar of state spending to make it happen. 0$

Campaign Finance Deform Struck Down--Huge Win for 1st Amend.

Best place to find updates: scotusblog.

Gist:

A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down decades-old restrictions on corporate campaign spending, reversing two of its precedents and freeing companies to conduct advertising campaigns that explicitly try to sway voters.

The 5-4 ruling went beyond the circumstances in the case before the justices, a dispute over a documentary film attacking then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The majority, invoking the Constitution’s free-speech clause, said the government lacks a legitimate basis to restrict independent campaign expenditures by companies.

“The government may regulate corporate political speech through disclaimer and disclosure requirements, but it may not suppress that speech altogether,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.

Children Win in Prop 8 support testimony.

While Mass. voted for change away from Obamamania, some brave people in California are working tirelessly to preserve marriage and freedom of religion.
The Alliance Defense Fund is in the middle of the fight even as the state of California fails to support their own constitution. The Alliance Defense Fund has the updates right from the courtroom.

Some of the most telling points:

The judge tried to broadcast the testimony on TV and needed the Supreme Court to step in and put it in line (not surprising from a San Fransisco judge I guess). The Constitutional opponents have been downright ruthlessly hateful in their response to supporters of the amendment threatening professional and financial ruin for those who supported this position. Partly because of these threats the Supreme Court required the witness testimony to be kept off TV.

Testimony by those against traditional marriage have been forced to concede that a children are best raised in a traditional, stable, Mom and Dad family. I think the powerful evidence of the positive influence that BOTH a Mom and Dad have is not surprising, but enlightening in a nation of high divorce and increased disrespect shown toward traditional families.

Wednesday, January 20

Forward After Brown

Here are some excellent steps that both Republicans and Democrats could do to better health care. Initiatives with wide bipartisan support.

1. Allow individual tax-deductions for premiums. Individuals who don’t get that deduction currently would be encouraged to obtain health insurance.  The poorer would be no worse or better off.  The middle-class uninsured would be on equal terms to those receiving employer-paid benefits.


2.  Broaden IRS Section 125 to allow individuals to use pre-tax income for health care  expenses.  Eliminate the current “use-it-or-lose-it” provision so such savings can accumulate toward catastrophic needs, Part D Medicare Rx “donut-hole” expenses, professional long-term care for loss of two or more of the currently defined “activities of daily living”, or other IRS Section 213 (the Section that lists allowed professional medical treatments) retirement medical care. Section 213 would be broadened to include Over-The-Counter medications, if prescribed by a doctor or dentist.  Again, the middle-class would be benefitted who aren’t employed and provided Section 125 plans or employed and not offered employer Section 125 plans.  Current health savings accounts, HRA’s and HAS’s, would remain the same, and be immediately vested if funded.


Full list here.



Wednesday, January 13

Feingold ready to toss Reid under the bus?

"I'm thinking about that and we're going to be getting together as a caucus next week and the topic will come up. I have not decided whether these comments merit that or not. They're very unfortunate. They should have never been said. So, I need to think about it," Feingold said.


After Reid's comments on Obama's race, not exactly a vote of confidence.


Personally I think someone losing their position over a comment like this is just silly. But the double-standard of the Democrats in standing by Reid after dumping Lot is worse.

Would totally friend Domino's

If this succeeds or not This has got to work. I can't see how an internet sensitive campaign like this one could go wrong. Remember, this is the same company that had some bad apple employee post a disgusting video that blew up in their face.

Monday, January 11

Ryan Prez 2012?

The corner wonders after he visited New Hamshire:

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Ryan make some interesting moves. Just last month, the House’s popular budget hawk spoke out on foreign policy in his maiden speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. Ryan, of course, downplayed the speech, joking to National Review Online that it simply enabled him “to come out a bit from my cocoon of AEI, Heritage, and the CATO Institute.” Regarding 2012, Ryan told us that he doesn't want to run since he has a young family, but does want to “help frame the debate” during what he predicts will be a “realignment election.”

Regardless of whether he runs, it’s hard not to like the guy. When I was down covering the health-care debate on the Hill, I often spotted Ryan on the House floor listening to his iPod as the Obamacare debates stretched into the late evening. Eventually, I asked him what was on his playlist. His answer: “What Is and What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin.


This would be one FUN guy to support for president if he ran. What about a Daniels/Ryan '12? That would be one powerful number crunching but powerful pair. Let's see it!

Friday, January 8

Job Hunt

I'm in the lookin' for work. If you  know of any organization of business that needs an active and enthusiastic employee, please let me know.

--Political
Campaign experience including campaign manager.

--Nonprofit
Internships at two nonprofits and consultation for several others in the community.

--Digital Communication
Website and social network experience.

You can contact me at lpillman [at] gmail.com or simply leave a comment on this post.

Nonprofit Websites--The Good, Bad, and how to Improve

Jakob Neilsen recently demonstrated that many nonprofit websites fail in the ability to connect their potential donors.

Neilsen's biggest critique was that not enough organizations provided the "mission, goals, objectives, and work and how the organization uses donations."
It is interesting to take this analysis and look at some of the big nonprofits. For example, the American Red Cross does well on demonstrating their work, and has a simple easy to see donate now button in the corner. Mission 75% accomplished according to Neilsen.

What about some local and nonprofits we see on a daily basis?

Take a more political website like Wisconsin Family Action. I was impressed to see the contribute button on the left. Nice start. They also had a clear definition of what the mission and goals of the organization. I think the hardest and most complicated part is to connect the donation explicitly to the work being done. In some ways Their sites still has a "html" 90s style to it, but that is as much a matter of style then substance. I essential elements are their.

Even an organization like Goodwill that is involved primarily though physical donation rather than monetary, did a good job of clearly showing on their front page how to "donate" and what their mission is (e.g. Our Mission).

Even a college like Beloit College Alumni here in Wisconsin did well in getting a simple "Give Now!" button up on the site. How the donations were used and what the objectives of the organization were tended to be much more vague. A student was profiled on the home page. Did they help here with a scholarship? It didn't say.

Smaller nonprofits like the local Mabel Tainter however could learn. They need donations. Why not have an easy link on their home page. We find front and center on the home page how to become a fan on facebook, but fail to have a link to donate. The mission is there and we can easily see what the donations would probably be used for my guess is that they will not recieve much until they ask.