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Education and Ethics: Doyle’s Worst Nightmare PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lorenzo Vicini   

The question was raised four years ago to then-Attorney General Jim Doyle as he hoped to win the race for governor: “What will you do to make tuition affordable for UW students?” He replied, “I’m going to make sure the university is affordable for every single student.” Asked if that included supporting a ten percent cap in the budget, Doyle quickly gave his support even adding that “frankly, ten percent seems a little high to me.” College students will go to the polls this November in hopes of electing a governor who will help our financial and educational situation.

It’s funny how things have changed since Doyle’s statements four years ago. What has happened since that commitment? Students in the UW system have seen their tuition increase not only ten or twenty percent but more than fifty percent according to a Journal Sentinel study! Doyle did keep his word to try and make our universities affordable to every student though – he tried to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants (note the word “illegal”).  Furthermore, Doyle managed to decrease tuition for non-Wisconsin residents by $2000. I sense something wrong here. How is it that a governor who is supposed to be fighting for Wisconsin and its students is actually helping out everyone but native Wisconsinites?

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Defining Deviancy Down PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Dirkse   

“Defining deviancy down” is a commonly known phrase coined by the late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.  In 1993, Moynihan wrote a report entitled, "How We've Become Accustomed to Alarming Levels of Crime and Destructive Behavior," in response to the sharp increase of violent deaths apart of the so-called “culture of crime” in the early 1990s.

The report’s subtitle stated above explains the result of the concept of “defining deviancy down.”  Moynihan argues that American culture and politics, with an increase in deviant behavior, redefines deviance and lowers the “normal” level of deviancy warranted by the increase in such behavior.  In layman’s terms, with an increase in violent behavior, some crimes become normal and only extraordinary crimes are of interest to us.

 

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Security Now! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ryan Francis   

Fans of the television comedy Seinfeld remember the episode “The Serenity Now” from the show’s final season. Dialogue from the first scene of that episode reads, “Frank: Doctor gave me a relaxation cassette. When my blood pressure gets too high, the man on the tape tells me to say, 'Serenity now!' George: Are you supposed to yell it? Frank: The man on the tape wasn't specific.” That humorous exchange is built on throughout the episode as George Costanza’s father Frank continues to yell “Serenity Now” to decrease his stress and blood pressure, but the yelling instead just fuels Frank’s anxiety and makes the situation worse. On October 17, 2006, President Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law. The President characterized the new law as “one of the most important pieces of legislation in the War on Terror”, but in reality the MCA is the equivalent of the US government yelling “Security Now!” The Military Commissions Act allows the federal government to take away an American’s basic constitutional rights while claiming to do so for the safety of the country.

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A Response to Gay Marriage Advocates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dustin Wales   

On November 7th, Wisconsin citizens will get the opportunity to protect marriage by writing the definition of marriage into the State Constitution.  The amendment will appear on the ballot like this:

Marriage. Shall section 13 of article XIII of the constitution be created to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state?”

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The Euthanasia Debate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nicole Keelan   

Euthanasia is a growing political and moral debate that continues to become a major headline in today’s media. Euthanasia is otherwise known as “assisted suicide”. It is the attempt to cause death upon someone who has severe medical problems. Euthanasia is sometimes called a form of “mercy killing” to help the severely ill out of their misery.

There are numerous reasons of why assisted suicide has become such a heated topic. The first issue is the cost of medical care in the United States. Medical costs are rapidly getting higher, exceeding the rates of inflation. These financial pressures can cause an individual and his/her caregiver to lean towards Euthanasia.

In addition, morals and values of Americans have changed over the years. Traditional religious values are falling through the cracks, making ethics of quality vs. sanctity of life be put to the test.

Last but not least, psychological disorders among individuals are increasing. Suicide attempts and completions are gradually rising in America causing the Euthanasia debate to be put to the test.

 

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A Breach of Contract PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ryan Francis   

With the midterm elections about a month away, I am reminded of the 1994 House and Senate elections. At the time of the ‘94 midterms, the Republican Party had gone 40 years without holding a majority in the House or Senate. The 103rd Congress, which served from 1993 to 1994, had a Democratic Party majority of 258-176 in the House of Representatives and a 57-43 majority in the Senate.

During the fall of 1994, the GOP introduced the “Contract with America”. The contract, which borrowed heavily from the text of President Regan’s 1985 State of the Union address, was written mostly by Texas Representative Dick Armey and publicized and promoted by Georgia Representative Newt Gingrich. Armey and Gingrich’s contract promised floor votes on several pieces of legislation if the GOP were voted into the majority.

The promised legislation in the contract focused on economic issues and congressional reform. In November of 1994, the American electorate voted out of office 34 Democratic incumbents and when the dust had cleared the GOP held a 230-204 majority in the House and a 52-48 majority in the Senate.

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Professorial Polling Paradox PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mal Kline, Accuracy in Academia   

Polls that show public confidence in college professors as well as in grade and high-school classroom teachers are not inconsistent with other survey findings that show bias on the part of pedagogues everywhere. “In addition to doctors and teachers, those rounding out the top five of generally trusted occupations and professions are scientists (77%), police officers (76%) and professors (75%),” the results of a Harris poll released on August 8th show. “Conversely, the five occupations that are least trusted to be truthful include actors (26%), lawyers (27%), stockbrokers (29%), trade union leaders (30%) and opinion pollsters (34%),” Harris interactive goes on to somewhat ironically note.

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First Amendment Rights: Are We Protecting or Destroying Them? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nicole Keelan   

As of lately, a lot of religious controversies have been heating up the tabloids. Whether it is the ACLU battling the Hurricane Katrina Memorial or saying The Pledge of Allegiance in schools, the fight of separation of church and state has been taking the front pages of local and national newspapers.

The ACLU, otherwise known as American Civil Liberties Union, objective is to defend Americans rights, freedoms, and liberties; however, recently the ACLU seems to be setting poor examples by limiting the Amendment they “fight” so hard for.

Hurricane Katrina victims have had enough on their plate this past year, but that sure has not stopped the ACLU from intervening. Currently the ACLU would like a cross memorial in honor of 130 people that died during the hurricane be taken down and moved to the donating parish’s private property.

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The Left's War PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jake Creecy   
As any college student can tell you, the Politically Correct/Diversity cult’s influence on our campuses is ubiquitous. Their efforts have been successful in forcing mascot changes at many schools – not the least of which was the recent battle over Marquette University’s possible reversion back to the Warrior mascot. The Left also has been quite successful in silencing conservative thought by all manner of means. This ranges from threatening college newspapers that printed David Horowitz’s “Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea -- and Racist Too" in 2001 to the repeated vandalism of the house of a prominent member of a conservative newspaper published at Marquette University.

One of the Politically Correct/Diversity cult’s most odious attempts at forcing their vision upon our nation’s students has been the marginalization or even removal of the military presence on campuses. I think we are all familiar with the anti-ROTC bias that was prevalent in the late sixties. However, the newest form of anti-military bias is far more insidious than the overt protests held against the unpopular war in Vietnam.
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Michael Joyce: Changed Lives, Shaped the Future and Will Never Be Forgotten PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deborah Weigel   

Michael Joyce, former president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, died recently. As its first president, the board hired Michael Joyce, a savvy administrator skilled at lubricating the levers of power from the conservative John M. Olin Foundation.

To celebrate his life, I feel the need to let everyone know how substantial his contribution was to conservatives everywhere and what an amazing man he was. I find it difficult to look at a conservative idea, whether school vouchers or faith-based initiatives, without seeing the fingerprints of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

“His move to the political big time came in 1978," wrote Barbara Miner in the Spring 1994 issue of the Milwaukee-based education newspaper Rethinking Schools, "when he went to New York to work for the Institute for Educational Affairs, a neoconservative organization started by right-wing trailblazer Irving Kristol and William Simon, secretary of the treasury for Presidents Nixon and Ford. The following year Simon asked Joyce to head the Olin Foundation.”
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Alderman Michael McGee, Jr PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Dirkse   

Alderman Michael McGee Jr. is at it again.  And I still beg the question: why do people elect lunatics to public office?

The Alderman is urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would add 10 years to a prison sentencing for those convicted of murder…if the victim is black.

“Black men are an endangered species,” McGee Jr. said.  “You have to protect endangered species.  There is no other ethnic group or person in the world than the black man in America who is losing their life at the rate we’re losing our lives.”

 

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