Vol. 7    No. 26
DECEMBER 27, 2012

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Reflections/Jonathan Gramling
                          Wishes for the New Year
By the time that you read this, we will have said good-bye to 2012 and hello to the challenges of 2013. And
as we go into the New Year, I am grateful, as a friend of mine puts it, that “I am vertical’ and able to see
the New Year arrive. There are those who were not able to make it to this leg of the journey and I think of
them in a moment of silence and commemorate, no matter how big or small, the contributions that they
have made to our lives.

I am grateful for the positive things that happened in 2012 like the election of President Barack Obama and
the fact that The Hues barely made it into the black financially. I hope that is a sign for better things to come
in 2013.

I have a lot of hope for 2013 and believe things will get better than they have been for the past few years.
Here are some of the things on my wish list:

1) Within the next 12 months, I hope that measures are passed on a federal level that will prohibit the sale
of military-grade weapons and ammunition clips that contain dozens of rounds to civilians. There is a
difference between possessing weapons of mass killings and weapons used for hunting and protection of
people’s homes. If the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut aren’t enough to spur action on these
measures, how many more young people are going to have to sacrifice their lives for the vast majority of
people in this country to say enough is enough? Why should my right to live be subordinated to the right of
someone to own these weapons of mass destruction?
2) In 2013, I am fairly confident that we will be on the way to passing meaningful immigration reform.
Republican opposition to meaningful immigration reform and President Obama’s implementation of
Deferred Action and support for the Dream Act were major factors contributing to 70 percent of Latino
votes going for Obama. Republicans can see the writing on the wall and will want to be able to claim
some responsibility for passing immigration reform and thus creating better prospects for them to win
national elections in the future.
3) I am wishing that the number of people incarcerated in Wisconsin’s prisons and jails will decline in
2013. Right now, we have approximately 22,000 people incarcerated, almost double that of Minnesota.
And a very disproportionate percent of them are African American males. In the upcoming biennial budget,
I hope that a bi-partisan majority passes increased funding for drug treatment for offenders so that they get
the treatment and training they need in order to avoid the revolving door of prison once they are initially
released. I hope the people of Wisconsin understand that we can no longer afford to warehouse 22,000
people who are making a minimal — if any — contributions to the state and their communities.
4) I have hope that the Madison Metropolitan School District will hire a dynamic individual to be Madison’s
next school superintendent, an individual who knows what it takes to set an urban, diverse school district
on the path of academic success for all students. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll see a narrowing of the
academic achievement gap, even if it is only by a tenth of a grade point. I wish for some movement in the
right direction.
5) During 2013, I hope that the unemployment rate dips below seven percent, which would mean that
several million jobs will have been created. Our economy is poised for a more rapid recovery rate than it
has seen in the last few years. People have been retraining and going back to school to improve their job
prospects. If we want to reduce the number of people in our prisons — whose incarceration is a drag on
our state’s economy — then we need more life-sustaining jobs to be created to give them hope and an
alternative to behaviors that lead to recidivism.
6) By the end of 2013, I hope that President Obama and like-minded people in Congress have left Social
Security and Medicare alone. While measures do need to be taken to ensure their long-term viability,
Social Security and Medicare and the measures needed to correct them have nothing to do with the fiscal
cliff and the current budget deficits. Republicans want to use the present budgetary crisis to weaken these
programs and eventually eliminate them, something conservatives have been trying to do since the 1930s
when Social Security was enacted. Remember that the current budget crisis was the result of the Iraq and
Afghanistan Wars and the Bush budget cuts. It wasn’t caused   by Social Security and Medicare.
7) In 2013, I hope that we get the cost of our health care system under control. I hope that we can once
more look upon health care as a helping profession instead of as a profit center. I had a colonoscopy last
fall that cost over $5,000. I was in the hospital for about 1.5 hours, so the cost was over $3,000 per hour.
And the doctor’s fee was only about $350. I pay $571 per month and I still have to pay $1,350 toward the
procedure. Health care is eating up an increasing percent of our gross national product and we’re getting
less bang for the buck. Health care, in my humble opinion, is a right. How could we consider ourselves to
be a civilized country — and some would say Christian — and not provide it as a right?

And there are two other things that I will wish for, that The Hues is in the black for 2013 and “I am still
vertical” heading into 2014.

Happy New Year everyone!