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The Republican Party of Wisconsin Platform
As passed by delegates at the state GOP convention
May 22, 2010
Milwaukee, WI

PREAMBLE


For eight long years the state that once led the nation in meaningful reforms and innovation has floundered under a Democrat administration. Sadly, our state motto, Forward, has become a symbol of the past instead of the beacon that reflected our people’s traditional passion and potential for the future.

We know Wisconsin deserves better. As Republicans, we will strive to ensure the Wisconsin Spirit is no longer held in check, but flourishes to lift the hearts and minds of every Wisconsin family. The soul of that spirit embodies certain principles and values that unite us; among these:

We want to strengthen and revitalize America’s core values which unite a large majority of Americans.

We encourage proposals to enhance Wisconsin’s job climate such as reducing the tax burden and loosening prohibitive red tape that discourages job growth.

We believe our nation’s debt and spending are out of control and reforms are needed in order to curb spending and stop pushing the burden of an expanding government onto the next generations of taxpayers.

We support proposals to lower the rising costs of health care that can burden many families and employers.

We believe in freedom-of-choice learning environments by supporting a variety of educational options including, but not limited to, charter schools, home schooling, virtual schools, and a school choice voucher program.

We believe that our basic Constitutional rights begin at conception and continue until death.

We oppose efforts to restrict the ownership, manufacture, carry, or sale of firearms by law-abiding citizens.

We have an obligation to be good stewards of God’s creation for future generations.

We support efforts to become energy independent as a nation and believe we should explore all alternate energy systems.

We believe the federal income tax system is unfair and cumbersome.

We believe it is important for the President and Congress to fix the broken Social Security system.

We recognize the hazard created by the Federal Reserve and the eminent danger of a collapse in the value of the dollar; therefore, we support a full audit of the Federal Reserve to support sound money.

We believe the United States should grant citizenship only to those who want to embrace and defend American values and culture.

We believe English language instruction should be available to all who need it and we support English as the official language.

We believe separation between Church and State does not mean there can be no references to God in government-sanctioned activities or public buildings.

We believe we must help defend America and Her allies and defeat our enemies.

As Republicans, we can and will make Wisconsin and our country better for future generations.

AMERICAN VALUES AND AMERICAN SOLUTIONS

We want to strengthen and revitalize America’s core values which unite a large majority of Americans. Our goal is to provide long-term solutions instead of short-term fixes.

We believe government needs to reform the way it operates by bringing in ideas and systems currently employed in the private sector to increase productivity and effectiveness.

We believe changes in government have to occur in all elected offices throughout the country and cannot be achieved by focusing only on Washington.

WISCONSIN’S ECONOMY

We encourage proposals to enhance Wisconsin’s job climate such as reducing the tax burden and loosening prohibitive red tape that discourages job growth.

We oppose policies that could destroy jobs or make the state less competitive in the global marketplace.

REDUCING THE FEDERAL DEFICIT AND SPENDING

Our nation’s debt and spending are out of control and reforms are needed in order to curb spending and stop pushing the burden of an expanding government onto the next generations of taxpayers.

We believe federal government spending should be more transparent, earmarks should be eliminated, programs should be carefully and regularly audited, and waste should be identified and eliminated within government agencies.

We believe our elected officials should develop a roadmap for fiscal responsibility by balancing the budget, reducing and eliminating the deficit, and building a surplus in the Treasury to provide a buffer for economic downturns.

HEALTH CARE

We support proposals to lower the rising costs of health care that can burden many families and employers.

We believe free market solutions to bringing down the cost of health care such as transparency, portability, competition among insurers, tort reform, and wellness incentives should be implemented to address the underlying problems driving up the cost of health care.

We believe individuals should not be subject to government health care mandates or face penalties, and the federal government should not violate the doctor-patient relationship.

EDUCATION

We believe in freedom-of-choice learning environments by supporting a variety of educational options including, but not limited to, charter schools, home schooling, virtual schools, and a school choice voucher program.

We support reinstating state and local control of education and reducing the size and authority of the U.S. Department of Education.

We believe public schools should develop curriculum which is content rich and fact-based.

We believe history courses should include the study of the founding fathers, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers.

We support the expansion of educational options that meet the needs of students through technical training opportunities.

We believe we should dramatically increase our emphasis on math and science education.

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

We believe that our basic Constitutional rights begin at conception and continue until death.

We believe is important to have references to God in the Pledge of Allegiance. As it states in the Declaration of Independence, “we are endowed by our Creator with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” which makes clear that certain rights can’t be taken away by government.

We believe statements regarding religion and morality made by the Founding Fathers are as important today as they were over 200 years ago.

We believe the language in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Declaration of Independence are very important and must be protected. We reject the idea that because the times change so must the meaning of the language in the Pledge and the Declaration.

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

The Republican Party of Wisconsin is a vigilant supporter of the right of individuals to keep and bear arms embodied in both the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article I, Section 25, of the Wisconsin Constitution. 

We therefore oppose all efforts to restrict the ownership, manufacture, transfer, carry, or sale of firearms by law-abiding citizens.  We further oppose all efforts to require registration of firearms in the possession of law abiding citizens, as well as efforts to bankrupt firearms manufacturers through frivolous, unethical lawsuits. 

Instead, we call for proper enforcement of the many existing laws against those who commit crimes.   For safety’s sake, we encourage voluntary training in the use of firearms.  We cannot ignore the clear lessons of history regarding the tyranny and suffering which can fall upon a disarmed and vulnerable people.


ENERGY, OIL, AND NATIONAL SECURITY

We support efforts to become energy independent as a nation and believe we should explore all alternate energy systems.

We believe our current dependence on foreign oil threatens our national security and economic prosperity by making us vulnerable.

We support the building of more oil refineries in America to lower the cost of gas and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

We believe that with appropriate safeguards to protect the environment, we should drill for oil off America’s coasts to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

ENVIRONMENT

We have an obligation to be good stewards of God’s creation for future generations.

We believe we can solve our environmental problems more quickly and cost-effectively with innovation and new technology than with more litigation and more government regulation.

We believe entrepreneurs are more likely to solve America’s environmental problems than bureaucrats.

We support measures to encourage businesses to voluntarily cut pollution.

We believe we should hold city governments to the same standards for cleaning waste water as are applied to private industry.

We support the development of public and private partnerships to preserve green space and parks and to protect natural areas from development.

TAXES

We believe the federal income tax system is unfair and cumbersome.

We believe taxpayers should be given options to simplify their tax obligation including, but not limited to, a single rate system. 

We acknowledge the United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the industrialized world making it difficult for U.S. corporations to compete internationally and giving incentives for companies to move overseas. Therefore, we favor the option of a single corporate tax rate of 17% that would lower taxes for some businesses that pay up to 38% while also closing loopholes that some corporations use to pay less in taxes. This plan will make America a more attractive place for businesses that provide good paying jobs.

SOCIAL SECURITY AND RETIREMENT 

It is important for the President and Congress to fix the broken Social Security system.

We believe the current Social Security system is broken and if it isn’t reformed future generations will no longer have it as a retirement supplement.

We favor a Social Security proposal in which Personal Social Security Savings Accounts would be optional, with workers given the choice of continuing to depend on the current system with current benefits and able to pass benefits on to family members.

SUPPORTING SOUND MONEY

We recognize that our Founding Fathers warned of the dangers of allowing central bankers to control our currency, and because of this we believe we need transparency and stronger Congressional oversight of the Federal Reserve. We recognize that inflation is robbing Americans of their savings.

Because we recognize the hazard created by the Federal Reserve and the eminent danger of a collapse in the value of the dollar, we support a full audit of the Federal Reserve to support sound money.

IMMIGRATION AND ASSIMILATION

The United States should grant citizenship only to those who want to embrace and defend American values and culture.

We believe along with the majority of the American people that border control is a national security issue and current laws must be vigorously enforced.

We believe illegal immigrants who commit or have committed felonies should be deported.

We respect the efforts of legal immigrants who have gone through the legal process to make the United States of America their home. A standardized process for individuals currently with illegal status in the United States needs to be implemented in order for them to become legal citizens or residents.

We support a worker visa program making it easier for people to work legally in the United States. When applying for a temporary worker visa each worker should take an oath to obey American law. In a worker visa program each worker will receive a secure identification card that will allow the government to locate him or her.

We believe there should be heavy monetary fines against employers and businesses who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, and we must make efforts to prevent abuse and exploitation of all workers.

ENGLISH AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

English should be the official language of government. All election ballots and other government documents should be printed in English.

We believe immigrants should be required to learn English.

We believe government should make available English language instruction to all who need it.

We believe businesses should be able to require employees to speak the English language while on the job.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

Separation between Church and State does not mean there can be no references to God in government sanctioned activities or public buildings.

We believe statements regarding religion and morality made by the Founding Fathers are as important today as they were over 200 years ago.

We believe the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is perfectly in line with the United States Constitution, protected by the First Amendment.

We believe the Founding Fathers understood that religion and morality were important to creating and building this country and talked about it regularly.

We believe the best way to ensure religious freedom is to protect all religious references and symbols; including those on public buildings, lands, or documents. This includes prayer in public schools, thanking God in a graduation speech, and religious symbols being placed on public property during their appropriate holiday season.

We reject that this violates the U.S. Constitution and discriminates against those who are of other faiths or are not religious.

DEFENDING AMERICA

We must help defend America and Her allies and defeat our enemies. America should take the threat of terror by fanatical religious groups seriously.

We believe individuals suspected of terrorist acts should be tried in a military court. There should be a death penalty for someone convicted of carrying out a terrorist attack in the United States.

We believe a foreign policy based on weakness and engagement with totalitarian regimes is dangerous to America. We should go back to the principles of the Founding Fathers and adopt a non-interventionist foreign policy that first and foremost protects Americans and American interests.

2010 RPW Resolutions

Approved by Convention

5/22/10

 

2010 – 01.1 Taxes

WHEREAS, lowering taxes spurs economic growth and investment; and,

WHEREAS, the existing tax system is complicated and punitive; and,

WHEREAS, Congressman Paul Ryan advocates tax reform; and,

WHEREAS, President Bush and Congress adopted historic tax cuts in 2001, 2003 and 2004 to relieve in some small way the tax burden on the American family and to stimulate the economy;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, strongly oppose any attempt to rescind the historic Republican tax cuts adopted in 2001, 2003, and 2004; and,


2010 – 01.2 Taxes

WHEREAS, high and punitive tax rates hamper economic growth, discourage entrepreneurial efforts and innovation, and diminish an individual’s or family’s ability to realize the American Dream, and yield a greater reliance on the government for support; and,

WHEREAS, our young people leave Wisconsin for careers with businesses that thrive in states with a lower tax rate; and,

WHEREAS, married couples unfairly pay higher taxes at both the state and federal level; and,

WHEREAS, the taxation of dividends is nothing more than the taxation of the same money twice; and,

WHEREAS, the taxing of Social Security benefits is nothing more than a fee collected by the government to cover the expense of mismanaging moneys it has taken by threat of force from working Americans; and,

WHEREAS, retirees are leaving Wisconsin for states with a tax friendly policy on retirement benefits; and,

WHEREAS, the money collected by the state in the form of taxes and fees fare property of the individual citizens of Wisconsin:

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled demands that our entire tax code be replaced with a simple, fair tax system.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, believes taxation should be limited to fulfill only government's constitutional responsibilities; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports ending the practice of attaching policy-making bills to the budget and calls for each policy bill to be introduced separately by title, and be debated fully and passed by recorded votes by both houses of the legislature; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges that all taxing authorities be elected not appointed, to their positions by the voters in the communities they serve.


2010 – 01.3 Taxes

WHEREAS, every year finds governments expanding the range of their operations; and,
WHEREAS, governments, in order to pay for their enlarging operations and to fund their seemingly limitless aims, have been eager to raise taxes and fees; and,
WHEREAS, these taxes and fees have been increasing faster than population growth or income growth or inflation; taking proportionately more from the private sector, the engine of economic growth; and,
WHEREAS, governments at every level have been resistant to spending limits; and,
WHEREAS, these increasing government expenditures are threatening to put various levels of government into bankruptcy, including Chapter 9; and,
WHEREAS, it is our duty to leave our land and our government to our posterity in a better condition than which we found it;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, that we encourage the Wisconsin Legislature to enact a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) for Wisconsin, which limits spending growth for the state, counties, municipalities, schools, regional authorities to growth in population plus growth in inflation; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the enacted TABOR shall require a referendum on the next general election day for a government or regional authority to: spend above these limits, or enact new taxes or fees, or raise tax rates, or increase fees, or to borrow money.


2010 – 02 2nd Amendment

WHEREAS, the Constitutions of the United States and Wisconsin both guarantee the right to keep and bear arms; and,

WHEREAS, Wisconsin does not allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons for their self-defense; and,

WHEREAS, Forty-eight (48) states have adopted legislation allowing their citizens to obtain permits to carry concealed weapons for their self defense; and,

WHEREAS, in those states that have adopted such legislation, the number of incidents of misuse of the concealed weapons resulting in the revocation of the permits for the carrying of concealed weapons has been negligible,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges the Wisconsin Legislature to adopt legislation permitting law-abiding citizens without a felony record or a record of serious mental health problems to carry concealed weapons;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges the state of Wisconsin to pass legislation to prohibit individuals or organizations from suing manufacturers of guns and ammunition for damage caused by illegal acts committed by individuals, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports strict punishment of criminal activity involving firearms, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, opposes any efforts to restrict gun ownership by imposing taxes or fees on guns or ammunition or gun licenses and opposes any other underhanded attempts by government to undermine our 2nd Amendment rights.


 

2010 – 03  Life

WHEREAS, our founding fathers stated in the US Declaration of Independence that we are "endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"; and,

WHEREAS, life begins at fertilization and all stages of human life are precious; and,

WHEREAS, abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia violate these rights;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled:

  1. Recommends that sexual abstinence education be taught in the public schools.
  2. Urges our federal and state legislators to reaffirm the sanctity of all human life, oppose abortion, and support legislation that would establish legal protection for all human beings from conception to natural death.
  3. Urges mandating parental consent or court action for abortions performed on minors.
  4. Urges legislation be enacted to deny federal and state funding of elective abortions and the funding of school-based clinics which make referrals for abortion, and to deny state and federal tax dollars to pay for elective abortions in health care plans or abortion advocacy programs.
  5. Recommends that there be increased emphasis on adoption by the many married couples that desire to adopt children and that the adoption process be simplified and reduced in cost.
  6. Opposes attempts to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia.
  7. Demands that the selling of baby body parts and/or fetal tissue be prohibited with the exception of blood and blood products.
  8. Recognizes the potential of adult stem cell research and opposes government funding of cloning and embryonic stem cell research.
  9. Opposes state funding for RU-486 and emergency contraceptives, and recommends that no business should be forced to sell such products.

 

2010 – 04 Congressman Ryan’s Roadmap for America

WHEREAS, the Federal Government's current fiscal path is unsustainable; and,

WHEREAS, the passing of; Stimulus, Cap and Trade Legislation and Government controlled Healthcare, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democrat majorities have created a larger and more intrusive government and are limiting the potential of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, Paul Ryan has shown real leadership and has offered comprehensive solutions through his Roadmap to America's Future. Congressman Ryan has done this by capturing the power and innovation of the free-market without sacrificing the freedoms that this country was founded on; and,

WHEREAS, Congressman Paul Ryan advocates free market solutions to Medicare and Social Security;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, support Congressman Paul Ryan's Roadmap to America's Future, which transitions the Medicare program to “allow beneficiaries to choose the most affordable coverage to suit their needs,” and offers real solutions to the crisis of Healthcare, the burden of entitlements and the onerous tax and regulation climate that are limiting America's potential, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we support Congressman Paul Ryan’s Social Security proposal which makes Social Security ‘permanently solvent.’


 

2010 – 05 Election Reform

WHEREAS, confidence in the integrity of elections has been undermined by documented cases of voter fraud, particularly in Milwaukee; and,

WHEREAS, same day registration creates an enormous administrative burden on election workers that contributes to errors and fraud; and,

WHEREAS, photo identification is not required to vote in the state of Wisconsin; and,

WHEREAS, community organizations such as ACORN have attempted to steal elections; and,

WHEREAS, the integrity of our electoral system must be restored; and,

WHEREAS, misguided efforts to eliminate the Electoral College would give undue influence of elections to large cities and diminish the voting power of Wisconsinites;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges passage of legislation to eliminate same-day voter registration; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, hereby calls for the repeal of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act of 2002; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, demands passage of legislation to require voters to show government issued photo identification at the polls before they vote; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges passage of legislation to return to the requirement that voters show that they are unable to vote on Election Day before they are issued an absentee ballot; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of  Wisconsin, in convention assembled, insists that any organization that is involved in voter registration and/or elections and that is being investigated for or has been found to have committed vote fraud shall have funds immediately terminated until and unless cleared of wrongdoing; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, in order to protect our votes strongly opposes a National Popular Vote Bill; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled: 
A.    Supports legislation that requires all referendum issues be placed on the ballot at regularly scheduled elections only.
B.     Opposes local special elections for bonding purposes; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, opposes current federal “motor voter” laws and other universal voter registration legislation.


 

2010 – 06.1 Education

WHEREAS, virtual schools have come under attack by the leadership of the state teacher’s union; and,

WHEREAS, parents have the fundamental right and responsibility to educate their children and provide for their moral guidance; and,

WHEREAS, parents should have as much choice as possible in selecting the right school for their children; and

WHEREAS, vigorous competition from independent schools will stimulate government schools to strive for and achieve excellence;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled:

  1. Urges that parents of school-age children be given vouchers or tax credits designed to give all parents equal freedom of choice in education without regard to their financial means; and,
  2. Urges that religiously oriented schools not be discriminated against for exercising their freedom of religion; and,
  3. Strongly urges that the right to home school shall not be abridged; and,
  4. Urges our state legislators and local school boards to push for curriculum changes that place greater emphasis on the basics, and eliminate all programs whose objectives are social engineering or advocacy of special interests; and,
  5. Calls for the state legislature to eliminate funding of 4-year-old kindergarten, and,
  6. Urges Congress to pass legislation that prohibits schools from forcing or coercing parents to put their children on drugs and eliminates all funding for government-mandated mental health screening of all children; and,
  7. Supports academic efforts that ensure that the presentation of our history and founding Judeo-Christian principles in our educational institutions, including those of higher learning, is objective, truthful and complete; and,
  8. Urges legislation adopting alternative standards for teacher licensing that do not require a degree in education or student-teaching experience; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we support legislation to make it easier to fire unsatisfactory teachers in the public schools and to encourage performance pay for the best teachers.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we support local school districts’ decisions to set up virtual schools and parents right to participate in their children’s education and to choose virtual schools for their children’s education; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we urge libraries in all publicly-funded schools have a balance of reading materials that reflect conservative values as well as liberal values.

 

2010 – 06.2 Education

WHEREAS, access to vocational training and a local junior college campus is helpful to many; and,

WHEREAS, local schools have elected boards to give them local representation and control; and,

WHEREAS, none of the Directors of the Board of Wisconsin’s sixteen technical colleges are elected by vote of the local resident property owners; and,

WHEREAS, property tax payers are assessed taxes to support these technical colleges; and,

WHEREAS, taxation without representation is unfair, unjust, and unconstitutional;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, that by law all board members be elected to their position by the voters in the communities they serve.

 

 

2010 – 07 Healthcare

WHEREAS, Government on both the state and federal levels are attempting to take control of our health care; and,

WHEREAS, the state government has created a program called Healthy Wisconsin; and,

WHEREAS, the free market healthcare has provided the best healthcare in the world;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in caucus assembled, oppose the program called Healthy Wisconsin and any state or federal government controlled health care.

WHEREAS, socialized medicine promises less choices, rationing, more regimentation, higher taxes now, and much higher taxes in the future; and,

WHEREAS, health care costs have been distorted by the intrusion of government into the marketplace, instead of relying on competition; and,

WHEREAS, the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees to the states and their people all powers not granted to the federal government elsewhere in the Constitution; and,

WHEREAS, the 9th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees to the people rights not enumerated in the Constitution; and,

WHEREAS, the regulation of intrastate commerce is vested in the states under the 9th and 10th Amendments to the United States Constitution, particularly if not expressly preempted by federal law;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, directs both the state and the federal governments to halt the slide to health care socialism; and instead, promote the cure to problems in the health care industry by relying more on deregulation, support of health-care tort reform, free enterprise, individual responsibility, increased and market-oriented solutions; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, calls upon Congress to consider Paul Ryan’s “Roadmap for America’s Future” healthcare reforms: providing large tax credits for individuals and families to buy health insurance, opening the markets across state lines, individual policy ownership for portability, and health care transparency to allow the free market to drive down prices; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, endorses 2009 Senate Joint Resolution # 62 to amend Section 27 Article 1 of the state constitution which states the people have the right to enter into private contracts with healthcare providers for health care services and to purchase private health coverage.  The legislature may not require any person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage or to participate in any health care system or plan; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, calls upon the Republicans in Congress to continue to oppose the Democrat healthcare “reform” whether or not it contains the public option and whether or not it contains the co-op proposal.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports the Attorney’s General, JB Van Hollen’s efforts to ensure that Wisconsin residents are not subject to unfunded federal healthcare mandates.


 

2010 – 08 Tort Reform

WHEREAS, the legal and judicial systems have become increasingly misused; and,

WHEREAS, frivolous lawsuits tie up the system, increasing cost for local and state governments; and,

WHEREAS, the resources to pay these costs are becoming increasingly scarce;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports Tort Reform and the limiting of awards for punitive damages; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that taxpayers should not be compelled to pay attorney-fee awards to activist groups through the wrongful use of the 1976 Civil Rights Attorney’s Fee Act in cases attacking our religious heritage, memorials, and patriotic organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we support restricting class action law suits to those who actually suffer harm or economic loss to persons or property; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled supports a change in the Joint and Several Liability concept that would limit the award to the actual percentage of liability and elimination of the so called “deep pockets” concept.


 

2010 – 09 Immigration Reform

WHEREAS, border security is a critical part of homeland security; and,

WHEREAS, current laws, and their enforcement at the federal level, have not succeeded in preventing the massive movement of illegal immigrants across our borders; and,

WHEREAS, this situation has resulted in unsecured borders, opportunities for terrorists and a large underground economy that is reliant on the labor of illegal immigrants; and,

WHEREAS, the illegal immigrant population in the United States is estimated at 20 million; and,

WHEREAS, in our continuing war on terror, an open border is an invitation to attack; and,

WHEREAS, illegal immigrants have broken the law by their unlawful presence; and,

WHEREAS, illegal immigrants are causing increased burdens on our government agencies and public infrastructure, especially along our southern tier of states; and,

WHEREAS, the excessive amount of illegal immigrants already are a significant factor in depressing current wage rates for American citizens; and,

WHEREAS, past amnesties have only served as an invitation for additional illegal migrations; and,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports an orderly and workable solution to this matter be creating a mechanism for potential immigrants to receive legal work visas to the United States; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a law be passed, and enforced, to require proof of citizenship to register to vote, photo ID to vote, and proof of eligibility for public benefits; but,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the industries that need these immigrant employees work with various governments and other employers to help with the funding of their visas in a fair and equitable manner and also to fund the hiring of background checkers.



 

2010 – 10 States’ Rights

WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows:  “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”; and,
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and,
WHEREAS, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be agents of the states; and,
WHEREAS, today, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and,
WHEREAS, many federal laws are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, a number of states are now planning or have declared state sovereignty, and we in Wisconsin have a chance to send a message to the whole nation that we also declare our state sovereignty by supporting 2009 Assembly Resolution 51 (LRB-1273/1 relating to state sovereignty; and,

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States of America and each sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may nor usurp; and,

WHEREAS, Article IV, Section 4 says, “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a republican form of government,” and the Ninth Amendment states that, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”; and,
WHEREAS, the U. S. Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and,
WHEREAS, a number of proposals from the previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled: 
A.    Asserts the sovereignty of the State of Wisconsin under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.
B.     Urges the federal government, as agent of the State of Wisconsin, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.
C.     Supports the prohibition or repeal of all compulsory federal legislation which directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding.

 

 

2010 – 11 Opposition to Rail

WHEREAS, various raid proposals including, but not limited to the Madison-Milwaukee line, made in recent years, almost invariably add unsustainable cost to the taxpayers; and, 
WHEREAS, Wisconsin does not have the density of population necessary for the economical operation of such a system; and,
WHEREAS, the voters have not been able to vote on any proposed commuter line; and, 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in conventipn assembled, believes the public should be able to elect the members of any Regional Transportation Authority, upholding the belief of “no taxation without representation,” and, 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we oppose the expenditure of government funds on any commuter or high-speed rail line in Wisconsin.
 
 
2010 – 12 DNR

WHEREAS, because of the alarmist tone of some in the environmentalist community “solutions” have been quickly seized upon which have proven not to adequately address any real (or perceived) problem; and,

WHEREAS, we do not want to cede our national sovereignty to international law; and,

WHEREAS, there is far from a preponderance of evidence within the scientific community on the extent and cause of global climate change;

WHEREAS, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been charged with protecting our natural resources, an important and vital function of state government; and,

WHEREAS, over the years, the DNR has developed a bureaucracy to implement these protections; and,

WHEREAS, the bureaucracy is often arrogant and unwilling to work for common sense policies to allow economic growth and balanced use of our resources; and,

WHEREAS, there is no current provision for representation on the DNR board by end users of the DNR Services;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges federal, state and local governments:

  1. To wait for irrefutable evidence among the scientific community before taking any legislative action.
  2. Not to enact any legislation that will hinder the free market’s ability to address issues pertaining to climate change and the environment.
  3. Seek other, non-intrusive Constitutionally legitimate means of encouraging citizens and industry to take positive steps toward energy conservation, positive natural resource management, and development of new technologies.
  4. Encourage the removal of climate change legislation and educational action already in place due to false claims, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports:

  1. Actions to control the DNR, including breaking it into two agencies: one for conservation programs and the other for environmental protection.
  2. Legislation that would require representation on the DNR Board by at least 2 persons from agriculture and at least 2 who are known sportsmen.
 

 

2010 – 13 Cap & Trade

WHEREAS, President Barack Obama continues to push passage of “Cap and Trade” legislation in Washington; and,

WHEREAS, Governor Jim Doyle continues to push passage of “The Governors Global Warming Taskforce” legislation in Madison; and,

WHEREAS, both President Obama and Governor Doyle are out of touch with the views of average Americans and Wisconsinites on these issues; and,

WHEREAS, proposed legislation to cut emissions of “greenhouses gases” will have no measurable benefit for our environment, people, or other resources; and,

WHEREAS, human ability to influence climate has not been determined by the scientific community to any degree of certainty and the validity of scientific data said to support this connection has recently come into serious question; and,

WHEREAS, federal “Cap and Trade” legislation and state “safe climate” legislation will create large expensive bureaucracies that would result in higher prices for electricity, gas, oil, and ultimately all consumer items and would also have serious economic consequences for the business and people of our nation and state at a time when they can least afford it; and,

WHEREAS, Wisconsin would be disproportionately impacted by federal or state legislation due to our energy-intensive manufacturing economy;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges the United States Congress and the Wisconsin State Legislature to oppose all efforts to pass legislation or adopt other measures that are aimed at reducing “greenhouse gases” or “fighting” global warming or climate change; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin also supports sound climate research and opposes all state or federal legislation that is based on research that is inconclusive, incomplete, or contradictory.

 

 

2010 – 14 Elimination of the Federal Reserve

WHEREAS, Republicans applaud transparency and accountability in government and rejects government secrecy involving monetary policy that impacts the entire economy; and,

WHEREAS, serious discussions of proposals to oversee and audit the Federal Reserve are long overdue; and,

WHEREAS, the Federal Reserve can enter into agreements with foreign governments and foreign central banks and the United States Congress is prohibited from overseeing these agreements; and,

WHEREAS, agreements made by the Federal Reserve with foreign powers and foreign banking institutions should be subject to Congressional oversight; and,

WHEREAS, the United States Constitution, gives the United States Congress the authority to coin Money and regulate the value thereof and does not give Congress the authority to delegate control over monetary policy to a central bank; and,

WHEREAS, auditing the Federal Reserve will allow Congress to assert its constitutional authority over monetary policy and help to protect the value of the United States dollar; and,

WHEREAS, Congressmen Paul Ryan and James Sensenbrenner are among the 317 co-sponsors of H.R. 1207, the “Audit the Fed” bill;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin in convention assembled, in defense of the United States Constitution, demands that the representatives of the 111th United States Congress support the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 as set forth in H.R. 1207 and S. 604.

 

 

2010 – 15 Federal Balanced Budget

WHEREAS, federal spending and earmarks are out of control and are causing  harm to the national economy;

WHEREAS, no program should be spared from cuts, including education and welfare programs;
NOW, THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports a plank to the State and National Party Platforms which commits elected Republicans to support a zero-based federal budget and an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced budget for the U.S. government;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin calls on every federal elected representative to stop inserting earmarks into the federal budget, and condemns any Republican who hypocritically does so; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin opposes any increase in taxes or user fees and any new tax or new user fee as a means of balancing the federal budget.

 

 

2010 – 16 Unions

WHEREAS, union members are friends, neighbors and relatives; and,

WHEREAS, union members are part of our community, school, churches and work places; and,

WHEREAS, union members are reported to vote for Republican candidates at least 40% of the time; and,

WHEREAS, union dues are used for political purposes against the wishes of some union members;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled:

  1. Encourages each county to organize a committee of Republican union members.
  2. Encourages District union committees to promote and encourage union members to be active in the Republican Party.
  3. Supports legislation similar to the state of Washington, which requires an employer or other entity to obtain prior written permission to disburse funds for political purposes from employees' salaries, wages, or dues.
  1. Supports legislation to require open meetings for all government labor negotiated contracts.

E.   Opposes the “Card Check”/Employee Free Choice Act.

 

 

2010 – 17 Smart Growth Repeal

WHEREAS, Smart Growth legislation (Comprehensive Planning), Chapter 66.1001 Wis. Stats., was signed into law as part of the 1999-2000 budget bill; and,

WHEREAS, this land use act was never properly addressed separately by the Wisconsin State Legislature; and,

WHEREAS, the consequences of this act will result in loss of property rights, increased government regulation and economic hardship; and,

WHEREAS, legislation has been introduced to repeal Smart Growth law;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, opposes Smart Growth and calls for the law to be promptly repealed by the State legislature.

 

 

 

 

2010 – 18 Establishing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

WHEREAS, the state deficit is now reported to be as much as $5.7 billion, which is nearly double the level when Gov. Doyle came into office; and,

WHEREAS, if General Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP) would have been applied, it would have shown that Wisconsin has a significantly larger actual deficit; and,

WHEREAS, GAAP is required of all publicly traded companies; the federal government requires it for its internal auditing; most state and local governments are moving towards GAAP  and all certified public accountants must use GAAP;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled:

  1. Supports legislation to establish Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

B.  Encourages all state legislators to prioritize enacting GAAP legislation.

C. Calls on the Governor and the legislative leadership to actually balance the budget without questionable accounting tricks.

 

 

2010 – 19 Privatization

WHEREAS, government is involved in non-regulating area which could be returned to private enterprise; and,
WHEREAS, the public would be better served if these areas of government were put on the open market;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, encourages government at all levels to privatize all appropriate functions.



2010 – 20 National Motto

WHEREAS, during the Second Great Awakening, the Republican Party responded to popular sentiment and put “In God We Trust” on our national coinage; and,

WHEREAS, then like now, broad based religious sentiment grew in response to national crisis and war; and,

RECOGNIZING, that great leaders such as Salmon P. Chase, Abolitionist, Senator, Treasury Secretary and U.S. Supreme Court Justice and President Abraham Lincoln were instrumental in giving us the National Motto; and,

RECOGNIZING, that nearly a century later President Dwight D. Eisenhower, responding to popular wishes extended the “In God We Trust” motto to our paper currency as well as our coined money; and,

RECOGNIZING, with prior U.S. Supreme Court decisions that the National Motto, like the Pledge is non-sectarian and does not violate the Establishment Clause; and,

AGREEING with the late Chief Justice Rehnquist that Michael Newdow’s wishes for the National Motto and Pledge of Allegiance are a “Heckler’s Veto” and therefore petty and not serious;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, strongly encourages Republican lawmakers and Party Officials to defend the use of the “In God We Trust” motto on our money as part of our Nation’s and Party’s Heritage and if challenged in the courts, to submit Amicus briefs supporting its continued use on our nation’s money. 

 

 

2010 – 21 Benefit Equity Proposal

WHEREAS, 99% of public sector employers (state taxpayers) pick up most, if not all, of employee retirement contributions to the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRA); and,

WHEREAS, in 2010 the contributions from these same taxpayers are expected to increase due to 2008 investment losses; and,

WHEREAS, the people who fund these benefits have been responsible for funding the overwhelming majority of their own retirement contributions; and,

WHEREAS, these same taxpayers have seen their own retirement plans decimated and will have to work well past their planned retirement dates, working longer and living on substantially less; and,

WHEREAS, the private sector shoulders much more of the risk of economy fluctuations and the demands of competitive productivity than the public sector could even dream of; and,

WHEREAS, elected officials, regrettably on both sides of the aisle, pander to the public sector unions by sweetening contracts in the hopes of votes;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, calls for our legislators to bring public sector benefits in line with the private sector through a plan similar to NEWCC’s “Benefit Equity” proposal which would provide new employees in the public sector with lower pension contributions, less expensive health coverage and more reasonable leave practices, and to work to provide relief within current law allowing local units of government the flexibility to bargain for lower cost benefits by expanding what the arbitrator may consider to include local economic factors and conditions.

 

 

2010 – 22 Jobs

WHEREAS, taxes and overregulation have driven employers out of Wisconsin and prevented employers from coming to Wisconsin; and,

WHEREAS, excessive government regulations stifle the free market, and

WHEREAS, Ronald Reagan's economic advisors were right; smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation is the path to our economic recovery;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, support efforts to reduce taxes and regulation on business to allow for expansion and growth that will create new, private-sector jobs.