Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2017 | Week of April 24 | #1200 It was October 1997. I think it was my first week on the job with Wisconsin Family Council. It was certainly my first assignment having to do with legislation.  The mission? Attend a public hearing and take notes.  I remember walking up to the capitol and finally finding the North Hearing Room. I sat on the  right side of the room facing the front, on an aisle seat towards the back.  I had a legal pad...

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2017 | Week of April 17 | #1199 The March 31 edition of Wisconsin Taxpayers’ Alliance’s publication, “Focus,” had some pretty eye-opening information regarding income tax in Wisconsin.  For instance, did you know that Wisconsin’s income tax is the nation’s oldest?  It’s true. Our income tax was enacted in 1911 and even predated the U.S. income tax.  From the start, Wisconsin income tax has been what is known as a “progressive tax.” ...

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2017 | Week of April 10 | #1198 “Yeah, yeah. Judicial activist judges are judges that disagree with you. We know. We get it.”  I’ve been told that countless times. In essence, the scoffers and mockers are saying judicial activism is just in my head and is a defense mechanism I use when a court hands down a decision I don’t like. Let me put this simply. That’s a bunch of poppycock, hogwash, baloney or balderdash. I hope that’s clear...

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2017 | Week of April 3 | #1197 Child abuse of any sort is wrong. The Bible tells us it is better that a millstone be hung about a person’s neck and he or she be cast into the sea than that a person offend a child.  So why do we tolerate and consider as politically correct a certain form of child abuse today? I’m talking about parents who foster in their children the idea that their biological sex is wrong and worse, these parents sign...

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2012 | Week of March 27 | #1196 I’m not positive, but I’m fairly confident I was pretty cheap to adopt. Of course, that was a long time ago. In fact, I was adopted during the so-called Baby Scoop Era, a period following World War II and lasting to 1970 when there was, sadly, a lot of babies born out of wedlock. My adoption was through a private agency in Georgia; and therefore, it may have been more expensive than had it been a public...

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2017 | Week of March 20 | #1195 The Family Prosperity Initiative is a project of the American Conservative Union. It is based on the idea that communities, states and nations are only as strong as the married dad-and-mom families that make up these entities. Two excellent economists use their experience and expertise to analyze data—lots of data—to create an annual index ranking all 50 states as to how well off their families are....

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2017 | Week of March 13 | #1194 In one of his classic wry statements, former President George W. Bush once remarked about the budget, “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” Isn’t that the truth? Government budgets can be absolutely mind-boggling. As ornery and as irritating as understanding a state budget can be, it’s important that we have at least a vague idea of how the government is spending our money and a more...

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2017 | Week of March 6 | #1193 A year ago at this time, pro-life organizations were doing last-ditch efforts to try to get the state legislature to pass a bill that would ban the trade and use of the body parts of aborted babies.  All efforts failed. In spite of having strong conservative majorities in both houses, too many legislators, and Republican leadership in particular, were too nervous about the bill to schedule it for a vote...

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2017 | Week of February 27 | #1192 “Make America great again.” Maybe it’s a pretty good campaign slogan, but what really needs to happen to make America great again?  Can a president do that on his own? Or even in cooperation with Congress? Or is America’s greatness determined by factors different from economic policies, trade agreements, immigration laws, business regulations and foreign policies?  I believe America’s past, present...

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2017 | Week of February 20 | #1191 “If they can do this to me, they can do it to anyone.” That’s what 72-year-old Christian grandmother and creative professional Barronelle Stutzman of Washington State said in a news interview recently. Barronelle was referring to the state of Washington coming after her in a no-holds-barred fashion when in 2013 she politely and graciously declined to use her God-given creative gift to beautify the...

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2017 | Week of February 13 | #1190 You, yes you, have an opportunity to be a difference-maker next Tuesday! Are you prepared to do that? Are you ready to vote knowledgeably, responsibly and prayerfully? Next Tuesday, February 21, Wisconsin has its spring non-partisan primary election. This election narrows the field of candidates to two per race.  No candidates in any race are running based on their political party affiliation, hence...

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2017 | Week of February 6 | #1189 Who is responsible to educate children? The local community? The state? The federal government? The parents? A combination of these? This really isn’t a question with lots of correct answers. There’s one correct answer, and that is parents.  I base that answer on my authority source—the same source I use for every issue we evaluate—the unchanging, inerrant Word of God. Others in answering this...

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2017 | Week of January 30 | #1188 “Where else can you buy hope for a dollar?”  I just kind of stared at the person who said that to me in a conversation about gambling. “That’s really what people say about gambling?” I asked in disbelief.  At first I wanted to scoff at the stupidity of the idea; but quickly I was saddened as I realized how easily people sell not only their dollars but almost their souls for some hope. That brief...

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2017 | Week of January 23 | #1187 The highly anticipated, much reported inauguration of America’s 45th president is now history. Now the governing begins.  It’s often difficult for elected officials, whether president or school board member, whether federal or state, to leave the campaign rhetoric, shift from transitioning and actually govern. On January 3, newly elected or re-elected state senators and state representatives took...

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2017 | Week of January 16 | #1186 I was recently asked to be part of a pre-inaugural panel for National Public Radio. NPR was doing 4 of the panels nationwide, and Milwaukee was one of the four locations. The general topic was what do we want our new president to know about our community. I was asked to representative Christian conservative families. In the audience last Wednesday evening was the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial...

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2017 | Week of January 2 | #1184 Republicans in Wisconsin have unprecedented majorities in our state legislature. We have a Republican governor. But what will that mean in the legislative session that begins this week in Madison?  Will it mean we truly strengthen, preserve and promote God’s plan for marriage and family, the sanctity of human life and religious freedom? The answer to that question rests in a couple of things. First, it...

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2016 | Week of December 26 | #1183 Enjoy this week of relative national and state calm because next week the fun in Madison and in Washington D.C. begins in earnest. A newly elected state Assembly and Senate and US House of Representatives and Senate will be sworn in, and we all know what that means. News of differing agendas, driven by differing personalities and world views will fill the airwaves and internet, along with stories of...

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2016 | Week of December 13 | #1182 In the midst of this wonderful Christmas season, have you considered the “Christmas Family”?  Certainly, the preeminent message of Christmas is that the Son of God came to earth, took on human flesh and lived the human life. Christ did not just live the human life, though; He lived the ultimate, Holy Life and died the ultimate, sacrificial death, so that we could have the ultimate, undeserved...

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2016 | Week of December 12 | #1181 Last week Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., announced it is now an Authorized Group with the Department of Motor Vehicles for the purpose of requesting a specialty license plate. The choose life plate has been almost ten years in the making. We are excited that within the next eight to twelve months, Wisconsin pro-life citizens will be able to purchase a beautiful license plate that expresses their views...

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2016 | Week of December 5 | #1180 Your vote for president in the election held on November 8 is now being counted—again.  This statewide recount is a waste of manpower, at a minimum, and it really doesn’t matter who is paying for the endeavor. What matters is protecting your vote. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, requested recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, states where Trump won but with slim margins....

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2016 | Week of November 28 | #1179 While the national and state media are now all abuzz over the presidential vote recount in The Badger State, I’m going to ignore it this week for the purpose of this commentary because I can’t let November go by without talking about adoption. Annually, November is recognized as National Adoption Month. States run major campaigns encouraging people to adopt children who are in the foster-care...

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2016 | Week of November 21 | #1178 During this week of Thanksgiving, I like to think Americans really will be expressing their gratitude to God for many things: families, homes, safety, jobs, health, churches, friends, food, freedom, opportunities and much more.  Gratitude is always appropriate and following in the ways of the earliest settlers of this country and having a national Day of Thanksgiving is most appropriate.  I wonder,...

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2016 | Week of November 14 | #1177 Election 2016 is now in the history books. Hopefully you had a part in this history by casting a knowledgeable, responsible, and prayerful vote and by encouraging others to do likewise.  Now we live with the results of the election. A couple of quick thoughts regarding those results. First, character still matters. Good policies typically come from good people. Second, as Christians we need to...

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2016 | Week of November 7 | #1176 In the summer of 2010, I took a trip I had long wanted to take—a journey that took me to such places as the Green at Lexington, Massachusetts.  I wandered around that now peaceful park, remembering as I took in the minuteman statue and the other memorials, that in April 1775 that Green had been anything but peaceful as the opening shots of America’s War for Independence were fired by our early...

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2016 | Week of October 31 | #1175 What an election cycle this has been! I can’t imagine anyone hearing this commentary anywhere in America is caught by surprise by the news that we have a national election next week. Each day—and sometimes every hour–seems to bring new controversy and breaking news about the presidential election. That said, this election has presented us with some more-than-usual challenges in how we think...

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