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BLOG REPLAY: Defending the American Dream Summit

Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson - along with national talk show hosts - were in Milwaukee Saturday to take part in daylong summit with hundreds of conservatives.

Patch blogged live Saturday from the "Defending the American Dream" summit in Milwaukee, an educational and training conference aimed at gearing up conservatives for the upcoming elections.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, along with Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Congressman Paul Ryan, joined hundreds of GOP activists at a daylong event hosted by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation–Wisconsin.

Revisit the event by checking out our Live Blog replay with videos, interviews and more.


CowDung March 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Bren: The specifics of how the information is used rests with the Wisconsin Child abuse and neglect prevention board. They are empowered to influence budget and/or legislation that can create/strengthen child abuse prevention programs. The information would also educate the people that are empowered to help identify possible abuse situations (teachers, coaches, doctors, nurses, religious leaders, parents, etc.), and protect children from abuse. Knowing that a child's home situation places them at a higher risk for abuse can be useful in getting that child help before it is too late.
Lyle Ruble March 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
@CowDung...When Grothman brought the proposal up before the Wisconsin Abuse Board, they rejected it. He decided to use his elected position to make an end run and introduced legislation. What he is pushing is correlation studies and doesn't indicate causality. There is much stronger correlation between poverty and abuse. Why isn't he insisting on that being pushed by the Abuse Board? Before defending him you need the full story. Grothman likes to sit in his mother's basement and make social justice decisions and legislation.
CowDung March 26, 2012 at 08:56 PM
If poverty is already recognized as a factor in child abuse, is it really necessary to push legislation to draw attention to it? The 'twenty times more likely' number that Grothman and his stats indicate seems significant enough to not be ignored. Correlation vs. causation really doesn't matter does it? A strong correlation should be enough to start raising awareness about the potential for abuse in those situations.
Bren March 26, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Cow, those constituencies are already very well aware of the situation. Basically this bill preaches to the choir. As I said, if Sen. Grothman came up with a bill that dealt with the fundamental issue--money--I would congratulate him.
CowDung March 26, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Considering the amount of grief that Grothman is getting for bringing up the subject, and the outright disbelief of his claim (until he presented the stats to back up his claim), I really don't think that anyone was very well aware of the situation...

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