Saturday, February 1, 2014

This is so today's Republican...

A jaw dropping conversation with a real American:

This is unique to conservatives. They're not all this extreme, but many more are predisposed to lean this way:
FreakoutNation: Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) attended a breakfast event with the Tea Party organization Tulsa 9:12 Project last week, a woman said, “Obama, he’s not President, as far as I’m concerned, he should be executed as an enemy combatant,” then went on to ask the congressman about “the Muslims that he is shipping into our country through pilots and commercial jets.”

She said, “This guy is a criminal and nobody’s stopped him.”

Right Wing Watch notes, Bridenstine didn’t respond to her call for the president’s execution, but agreed that Obama is “lawless” and said he rules “by decree” and through the United Nations.

San Francisco Minimum Wage Success Story Ignored by Republicans.

Democrats are left debating something that depends on simple logic: Pay higher wages, increase spending and demand. It's that simple, really. And yet we have to argue with Republicans about this.

Perhaps the information below can be used to defuse the right wing lunacy about protecting "entry level jobs" so they won't disappear. I mean really, think about that. Business Week:
Courtesy of Mother Jones Magazine
San Francisco's Higher Minimum Wage Hasn't Hurt the Economy: For those who need more evidence, a new book hopes to persuade them. When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level argues that San Francisco’s decision to increase the minimum wage and offer other benefits, such as sick leave pay, hasn’t hurt the city’s economy at all.

The three editors—all labor experts—found:
From 2004 to 2011 overall private employment grew 5.6 percent in San Francisco and 3 percent in Santa Clara County. Other Bay Area counties saw an overall 4.4 percent drop during that time.

Among food-service workers, who are more likely to be affected by minimum-wage laws, employment grew 17.7 percent in San Francisco, faster than either of the other Bay Area counties. A few notes: San Francisco’s minimum wage is indexed to inflation and now stands at $10.74.

Consumers, though, did have to pay slightly more at the restaurants. “We did see a small increase, 2.8 percent, in food prices compared to other counties.” 

GOP Fictions on Minimum Wage said with Straight Face...believable?

I've always said, "It's tough to run against an opponent who flat out lies about everything." Democrats could spend all their waking hours correcting them, but that just loses elections.

The same is true of the lies spread about the minimum wage. Rep. Paul Ryan is spreading that lie to make the case that it's just another Democratic giveaway. But really, voters should come away thinking maybe Ryan isn't telling the truth about a lot of things, which would be true. Business Week:
Does raising the minimum wage cause job loss?
I had to this the Onion?
No. The best economic research, and real world experiences with minimum wage increases, confirms that raising the minimum wage does not cause job loss. The decade following the federal minimum wage increase in 1996-1997 ushered in one of the strongest periods of job growth in decades. Analyses  of states with minimum wages higher than the federal floor between 1998 and 2003 showed that their job growth was actually stronger overall than in states that kept the lower federal level. The most sophisticated minimum wage study  to date, published in November 2010 by economists at the University of Massachusetts, University of North Carolina, and University of California, compared employment data among every pair of neighboring U.S. counties that straddle a state border and had differing minimum wage levels at any time between 1990 and 2006, and found that minimum wage increases did not cost jobs. A companion study  published in April 2011 found that these results hold true even during periods of recession and high unemployment. For more research on the effect of the minimum wage on employment, click here . 
Does raising the minimum wage hurt teenage workers?
No. A recent rigorous study by economists at the University of California examining the impact of minimum wage increases on teen unemployment found that even minimum wage increases implemented during times of high unemployment – such as the recessions of 1990-1991, 2001 and 2007-2009 – did not result in job losses for teens or slow employment growth.
Critics like to suggest that the last increase in the federal minimum wage in 2009 caused a spike in teen unemployment.  But as a NELP report  demonstrated in 2011, teen unemployment rises faster than adult joblessness during every recession – whether or not the minimum wage goes up. This is because teens are the last hired, and so are always the first fired when the economy shrinks and adults compete with them for scarce jobs. 

Not his bag, Walker forced to sign social issues legislation into law? That's what he's selling.

It was bit ironic that a "social issue" turned up in the Wisconsin State Journal this morning at the same time our wise presidential wannabee, Scott Walker, is warning Republicans not to focus on that stuff. Yet every GOP representative from Wisconsin voted for more abortion restrictions and against medical privacy for women. It's true:
“One of the things I encourage other Republicans, not just governors, but other Republicans running or in office, is our focus should be on the things we’re elected to do,” Walker said. “Just in general we shouldn’t take the bait and get off on other subjects.”
What, Democrats are baiting Republicans to attack women's health rights and privacy? Nothing is ever their fault, is it? And yet...:

Scott Walker's amazingly simple ploy; he lets his Republican social engineers send him stacks of "wedge issue" bills to sign into law. That scheme has not only kept him out of the limelight, but it's made Walker appear moderate to independent voters.

And that's what he's telling his fellow Republicans to do now; legislate, pass but don't talk about social issues. The people don't need to sweat the small stuff.

Walker thinks Wisconsin's just not ready for Marijuana, as state falls further and further behind.

Opposite Day everyday in Republican World: Is Scott Walker moving the state "forward?" Opposite day!

With not even a mention about the possibility of allowing medical marijuana, Walker has decided for us that we're just not ready yet. jsonline:
"I've never experienced this, but I can't imagine people socially smoking the way people have a beer or two at a wedding reception. There's a huge difference out there. So in the end, I understand why people make that argument (for legalization), but in our state, I don't think we're ready for that."
What, you're surprised?

Our moral leader, the people's go to father figure, always knows what's best for his citizens.

You can bet if Rep. John Nygren's daughter needed medical marijuana instead of treatment for heroin addiction, we'd have it in a heartbeat.  Guess we'll have to wait for a Republican legislator to be personally affected first, before we even think to help someone else's kids or adults that could use treatment.

GOP & AG Van Hollen pick next Attorney General for voters.

The party that hates it when Democrats endorse their leading candidate must be suffering from projection, ya think? Headline Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Attorney General Van Hollen endorses Brad Schimel as his successor.
Yet the liberal elitists in Wisconsin are running 3 candidates. Must be some kinda election year trick. 
Democrats have a three-way primary for the office, with Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and state Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee all committed to a run so far.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Republican Judge withdraws endorsement, again cites Walker Recall Blacklist as reason.

When will the media ask why a perfectly legal democratic process like a recall, is being used to silence Walker's opposition? In this case a "nonpartisan" judge.

This is authoritarian behavior, and it's unquestionably a form of government censorship. And yet, the judge withdrawing his endorsement is repeating a similar action he took against a judge he unseated after referencing the blacklist. Any one?
jsonline: An Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland, elected after attacking the incumbent for signing the Gov. Scott Walker recall petition has withdrawn his support for a Milwaukee judicial candidate after learning she had also signed the recall petition.

Laura Gramling Perez, a Milwaukee County court commissioner, is running for Branch 32 of the county's circuit court … added that the signature and wrong address that Election Watch found online were not hers.

Executive Order Debate? Has Cable News Gone Mad? And what about Bush's mind boggling "Unitary Executive" idea?

If you ask any Republican if they remember the Bush/Cheney argument for the "unitary executive," where Bush would have had ultimate power over everything...they don't remember. I remember it well, and so did Barney Frank in this rare public mention. From Al Sharpton yesterday:

Another phony issue, another major distraction; despite the history of Republican presidential executive orders that should have stopped this media driven debate cold, the conservative low information voter welcomes just one more thing to bash our socialist, undocumented first black Kenyan born president. Of course it has nothing to do with racism or their inability to tolerate another biracial Cheerio's ads.
BloombergNews: In the aftermath of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, there is a lot of confusion about the phrase “executive actions.” “Executive orders,” issued by the president personally, often involve large-scale, government-wide matters.

Executive orders are nothing new. In his first five years, Obama issued 167 executive orders -- a lower rate than George W. Bush (291 over eight years), Bill Clinton (364 over eight years), George H.W. Bush (166 over four years), Ronald Reagan (381 over eight years), or for that matter Dwight Eisenhower (486 over eight years). 

In the general category of “executive action,” much of the most important work comes from “regulations,” which typically have the force of law.

Before they are finalized, significant regulations are subject to careful scrutiny within the executive branch, and also to a process of public comment. They must also comport with the law. For this reason, it is misleading -- a kind of rhetorical trick -- to suggest that they are “bypassing Congress.” On the contrary, Congress has previously authorized them through legislation. Most of them are not subject to serious legal challenge.

Ice Fishing Setback: Drone attack on thirst blocked by FAA.

The question I have about the viability of delivering beer through drone filled skies; how do you know your precise co-ordinates, and what about mid-air collisions? 

Like a half conscious mouth drooling alcohol induced fantasy, this video may disappoint ice fishing enthusiasts everywhere....

FoxNews: The Federal Aviation Administration has put the brakes on a brewery's plan to deliver cases of beer to ice fishers on lakes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Wisconsin-based Lakemaid Beers recently adopted its own version of a delivery drone … the Lakemaid Beer Drone, has been tested on several frozen lakes. The company recently posted a video on YouTube that shows a shop keeper getting a call for a delivery, writing down co-ordinates and strapping a case of beer to a drone. The drone then delivers the beer to ice-fishermen on a nearby lake.

Lakemaid Beer Company’s president, Jack Supple, told the Star Tribune the Lakemaid Beer Drone is grounded for now. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Great Recession deniers at MacIver Institute blame Minimum Wage on high unemployment.

Sshh, don't mention the Great Recession. The two charts below are being used by the right wing bumblers at the MacIver Institute to prove just how bad raising the minimum wage would be for the poor. Workers would even get their hours cut. Ouch.

Um...the Great Recession? Like Scott Walker blaming former Gov. Jim Doyle and Mary Burke for job losses around...2008, the MacIver Institute is blaming high unemployment on a hike in the minimum wage around...2008.

What happened around 2008? Oh yea, their glorious Great Recession.

Take ownership guys, after all, all your charts are base on it.

Rich still spending money, saving even more, despite warnings against recent tax increase!!!

As it turned out, that "job killing" tax increase on the wealthy didn't decrease their spending at all, and didn't hurt their ability to still put away huge amounts in their savings accounts.
Business Insider: In a new note to clients, UBS's U.S. economics team led by Maury
Harris and Drew Matus (say) people making more money save a bigger chunk of their paychecks. Harris and Matus … believe this buffer will blunt the impact of recent tax hikes. "We believe that the recently legislated higher household sector taxes in 2013 considerably overstate the related negative consumption impacts," they write.

Higher Federal income taxes on relatively wealthy taxpayers should be accompanied by a drop in savings … Saving rates increase sharply at higher income levels…
The Bad News we Already Knew: I received this interesting note from my Wonkblog email:
Obama wants businesses to raise pay. Here's why they probably won't listen. "Companies have discovered that precisely by keeping wages lower, they have been able to boost profits to record levels and fulfill their ultimate goal: rewarding shareholders. In a report released earlier this month, Goldman Sachs chief U.S. chief economist Jan Hatzius noted that the strength in corporate profits is "directly related to the weakness in hourly wages."" Jia Lynn Yang in The Washington Post.

Our Tea Party Partisan Presidential Wannabe Scott Walker; Bad Manager.

Even the general media pundits see our dictatorial governor as THE example of an ideologically driven politician, and not “managerial” in any way at all. 

Take for instance this article in USA Today titled: "State of the states: What to do with their surpluses?" The response from Democratic governors differs greatly from the one standout Republican governor mentioned in the article, and for good reason, it's irresponsible

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Republican: "What do you do with a surplus? Give it back to the people who earned it. It's your money," he said.
   • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat: "We have gone from a $10 billion deficit to a $2 billion surplus in just three short years," he said. "We can increase our investments in education, health care, economic development and still provide more tax relief."

• California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat: "Boom and bust is our lot and we must follow the ancient advice, recounted in the Book of Genesis, that Joseph gave to the Pharaoh: Put away your surplus during the years of great plenty so you will be ready for the lean years which are sure to follow."  
Quite a stark contrast?

When he took office, Scott Walker described himself as a small business man trying to solve the states financial situation. A laughable self image to be sure. Only a career politician would suggest giving back revenue any other business would use to strengthen their economic well being. He’s a strict by the book tea party conservative ideologue:
"With the exception of high-profile governors — like Walker — who might have national aspirations, most governors tend to avoid ideological messages," said Daniel Coffey, an assistant professor at the University of Akron who has studied State of the State Addresses. "They're more managerial in their approach to governing, especially in their approach to budgets," Coffey said.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rep. Huelskamp poster boy of current GOP. And according to recent polls, Americans still trusts them to Govern our economy.

Another Republican moment of lunacy. And you think these guys should run the country? Holy crap!
Rep. Tim Huelskamp went off on the president on Twitter during the State of the Union address, then defended the tweets in a heated interview where he called MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow a “cheerleader.”

The Rise of Iron Fisted Republican Power and Entitlement. Here Comes Michael Grimm....

Blogging Blue highlighted what we’re seeing more of these days under one party Republican rule, especially here in Wisconsin. This really isn't just one isolated incident either. It’s manifest destiny, an attitude of entitlement by Republican thugs. Blogging Blue wrote:
Conservatives, especially here in Wisconsin, are really fond of attacking so-called “union thugs,” but here’s an example of a Republican Congressman acting like an absolute thug. Watch as Republican Rep. Michael Grimm of New York.
I added on the follow-up story where the reporter described what happened.

For conservative voters, this should be an unsettling insight into their party. How could this not be a threat to their freedom and liberty too?    

Walker Flips Position, Injects himself into legal System to Fire Teacher. This after rejecting a Veterans pardon. But Walker loves teachers?

Firing teachers at will is something Republicans have been working on for a long time. Now they have their first execution to prove their "moral" purity.
"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator."-Bush
No Pardons-the Law is the Law: Scott Walker believes in the legal system so much that he even turned down an Iraq war veteran's request for a pardon (the guy wanted to become a police officer):  
jsonline: Walker has said he doesn't consider pardon requests because he doesn't believe he should inject himself into the criminal justice system. "To me, the only people who are seeking pardons are people who have been guilty of a crime and I have a hard time undermining the actions of a jury and of a court."
Flip Flop: "Undermining the actions" of the court(s): Even a decision by the state's highest court of law didn't slow Walker down in what he saw as an election year story of "moral" values. After a court ordered a fired teacher to be reinstated and the state Supreme Court agreed, Scott Walker's respect for the law and courts disappeared. After all, didn't Walker just defeat and vilify teachers? 
WSJ: Gov. Scott Walker has asked State Superintendent Tony Evers to begin license revocation proceedings for a Middleton teacher reinstated to his job this month after being fired in 2010 for looking at pornographic images at school. “After hearing from concerned parents..."
Here's Channel3000's coverage:

Actually only one parent.
Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said the governor sent the letter to Evers after hearing from one of those parents. In an email last week, an aide to the governor told parent Kira Dott that the matter was under the jurisdiction of the local school board and “further from the Governor’s jurisdiction as this was decided in the courts.”
Flip Flop: Just like that, Scott Walker is setting out to undermine the local school board and courts, in a big way. Here's a short history, a legal process Walker is about to reverse: 
Other teachers also found to be violating the district’s policies on Internet and technology were not fired. An arbitrator ruled in 2012 that the district “has just cause to discipline Harris but because the penalty of discharge is excessive, arbitrary and an abuse of discretion, the penalty needs to be reduced to be comparable to other penalties for similar offenses,” and that he should be given a 15-day suspension instead.

Circuit and appellate courts upheld that ruling. Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to hear the school board’s appeal of the arbitrator’s ruling, prompting the district to comply with the ruling and reinstate Harris.
 But a little known law passed in the shadow of Act 10 has suddenly put Walker in control:
A law known as Act 84 that was passed in 2011 further clarified immoral conduct to include looking at pornography on school computers. In the letter, Walker said “it appears (Harris’) behavior meets the definition of ‘Immoral conduct’” … giving Evers the ability to revoke Harris’ license … reforms Walker worked to put in place that gave “local school districts the tools they need to hire and fire teachers based on … professional conduct. 
"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator:"
 “We have a legal system in this country,” Harris’ lawyer, William Haus said. “You go through four years of litigation and now the governor chimes in? There has to be an end of a process ... you can’t go through four years of expensive litigation and it goes all the way to the Supreme Court and suddenly we have someone who knows better.”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Walker a drag on our future, keeping our kids from doing better than their parents.

Just in time for Scott Walker's attempted reelection, bad news that should add to Mary Burke's arsenal. While Republicans claim to care so much about leaving our kids a better state and lower taxes, it won't matter much if their policies also keep our kids from doing better than their parents
The Washington PostA surprising map of mobility: "Which parts of the country do you think have done the best job ensuring that children born to working-class families do better than their parents? California, with its booming tech industry? New York, with its financial wizards? Utah, with its deep social ties and communitarian values? Try Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Mississippi do the worst job helping kids advance."-Ezra Klein

Ridiculous Voluntary GOP Health Care Plan costly, exacerbates problems in old system.

The Affordable Care Act’s main focus has been on the individual market. That’s where all the GOP criticism has been aimed at so far. 

So let's change the subject: As a distraction, Republicans today came out with their own reform plan that centers on employer coverage. So let’s take a look at it anyway.

Remember when Republicans backed a number of plans that took the health insurance deduction away from employers? That would have forced employers to drop their coverage, which in turn, would have force employees off their plans, take their doctors away. 

Knowing this, Republicans had to “softened” their extreme position: 
Washington Examiner: In consideration of the backlash against the way that Obamacare has disrupted people’s insurance coverage, the new GOP proposal … instead of scrapping the employer health insurance tax exclusion, the proposal would merely cap it at 65 percent of the average plan’s costs. The savings generated the cap … would be used to help finance tax credits to be offered to individuals earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level (or annual earnings of about $35,000 for an individual). A new division of the U.S. Department of Treasury known as the Office of Health Financing would administer the credits. Obamacare’s subsidies are more generous and go up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.

In cases where individuals qualify for a tax credit high enough to cover the cost of a plan but never sign up for insurance, states have the option of automatically enrolling them in a default policy, though the individuals would also have the ability to opt out.
So really…no plan, it’s optionalThe 35 percent left over will be considered part of an employees income, and taxed. A tax increase. More voluntary reform:
Under Obamacare insurers can only charge 3 times as much to older Americans as younger … The Coburn-Burr-Hatch proposal would allow insurers to charge older Americans 5 times as much … states would be permitted to set their own ratio below that amount, or opt out of the requirement altogether.
No plan, but it’s optional. And profits are also increased. Or how about change that isn't really change at all:
Pre-existing conditions … the GOP proposal would require insurers to offer coverage to anybody who has applied as long as they have maintained continuous coverage, without Obamacare’s full ban on the practice … incentive for everybody to maintain their insurance coverage negating the individual mandate.
That’s what we have already. Out of work? Try making the premiums. That’s right you can’t. Another option, but don’t count on it:
In cases where individuals qualify for a tax credit high enough to cover the cost of a plan but never sign up for insurance, states have the option of automatically enrolling them in a default policy, though the individuals would also have the ability to opt out.
I wish I were joking. Here’s one of the most irresponsible ideas yet:
The proposal would also expand the use of tax free health savings accounts by allowing funds to be withdrawn to pay premiums for long-term care insurance and COBRA.
So when you’re sick, you don’t have any money left after paying for your premiums. This is for the wealthy folks, who can add money anytime they want. Most people with high deductibles don’t have anywhere near the full amount in their accounts, I know, I've been there.
Instead of expanding Medicaid, the proposal would reform it to give more flexibility to states and allow Medicaid beneficiaries the option of using their tax credit to purchase private coverage. The proposal encourages states to adopt medical malpractice reforms.
Voluntary again. Good luck with the CBO grade:
The Congressional Budget Office has not evaluated the proposal, which hasn't been put into legislative text. But the authors argue it would be “roughly budget-neutral over a decade” and “competitive” with Obamacare when it comes to how many people would be covered.
Voluntary, yet budget neutral? Wow. Oh, and this…
The new Coburn-Burr-Hatch plan would not usher in a free market for health insurance in the United States.

Right Wing gives Walker pass on Jobs Promise, but goes after all the Obama broken promises...he never made.

Funny thing, I checked Wisconsin Reporter and the MacIver Institutes websites and didn't find one story about Scott Walker's broken jobs promise. Not one.

Odd isn't it, when all you're hearing from the right wing these days is how Obama broken his promises.

Promises by the way he never really "promised." Republicans always make and get away with empty promises, a tactic not taken up by Democrats. That's why Walker's campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs stood out for voters. Who would be that crazy unless they thought they could do it, right? Suckers.

So today the right wing is filled with reminders of all the supposed broken promises Obama didn't actually make. It's not just hypocritical, but red meat-like bullshit conservative voters just gobble up.

Upfront's Mike Gousha wrote a comment as well about the Marquette poll that reflected the public's low expectations of the governor.

Ironic? The tweet below comes right after Scott Walker's "empty rhetoric, broken promises" state of the state speech:

Walker Celebrates Radio Talk Hosts Right Wing Spin Machine Anniversary. Shameless Admission?

Jaw dropping and crass? While Democrats bump into walls trying to shape a message, the right wing propagandists are openly celebrating the anniversary of another misinformation network of fake outrage and sidetrack issues.

And the governor publically and shamelessly loves it.
Message to Democrats, since there's nothing secret about their authoritarian right wing intentions, why are we still talking about compromise?

More accolades pouring in...

Monday, January 27, 2014

That Giant Sucking Sound? Voters taken in by Slick Scotty.

I am a little surprised, and maybe pretty much a stick in the mud for complaining so much about Scott Walker.

The new Marquette University poll proves Wisconsinites love Scott Walker and believe just about everything coming out of his party bosses press releases and media machine. Walker's 47% lead over Democratic opponent Mary Burke, at 41%, isn't just amazing, it's the defensive mechanism voters feel after giving everything up to Walker in reaction to the Great Recession caused by Gov. Doyle.

Wisconsinites need a leader, a tough father figure who stands his ground, no matter what people say.

I know this is just an early poll, who cares right, but if by now it isn't obvious where this state is headed...who am I to say.

Despite Walker's opposition to what the public really wants in that same poll, he's still...okay. A nice mild mannered guy. Jobs, safety nets, higher pay...Walker remains detached and unruffled.
62% said they would like to see the minimum wage increased, with 35% saying they didn't.

33% said they would like to see the $7.25 an hour minimum wage increased to $9, and 25% would like to see it raised to $10.
53% would like to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term jobless, while 42% were opposed.
It is true Wisconsinite's don't care about health care, or about getting their own federal tax dollars back to cover more people. What a hassle.

Taxpayer support of sick people in state's high risk pools, so insurance companies can make a profit from just healthy people, is a lot better than a buggy website that offers tax credits and competition.
35% had a favorable view of health care reform and 56% had an unfavorable view.
Perhaps Wisconsin is getting just what it deserves for a government, with Republican voters happier than heck being told how to live their life under the ruling party's definition of freedom and liberty.

I had no idea so many people living in Wisconsin hated what this state had become over the last century.

Small Businesses Uncertain, afraid of being Blind Sided by another Economic Crash!!!

BizTimes Executive Editor Steve Jagler may have started a whole new conversation nationally with this interesting tidbit from the Council of Small Business Executives; since they don't want to be caught by surprise again by another economic collapse, the uncertainty of "deregulation" may be holding business back.
Jagler: "They will forever, I think, be wary of what could blind side them again. They are determined not be blindsided and bloodied like they were with the Great Recession."   
This is a big story, and a scoop by Upfront's Mike Gousha:

Something never mentioned by the GOP, because it would explain the higher unemployment rate, is the new business model hatched from the wreckage of the Great Recession; a reduced permanent work force supplemented by part time workers during times of higher demand. And since demand lags do to lower wages, more people remain out of work.

Like tort reform that attacked the victims of medical errors instead of preventing the errors in the first place, the GOP is now attacking the unemployed instead of the reasons for slow job growth and anemic demand. Nothing ever changes because of them.

GOP Says Planned Parenthood profiting off Abortion, which still hasn't reduced unwanted pregnancies. Huh?

My head is spinning after following this GOP tweet down the rabbit hole: abortion…contraception…unwanted pregnancies…an old 1999 CDC report. 

Looks like social engineering, wedge issues are front and center for the GOP in 2014. The following first paragraph shows how a mass of disconnected factually untrue statements combined with actual statistics are spun into GOP truth:
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The Root, a “black media” subsidiary of The Washington Post, claims that “safe” abortion and contraception save women’s lives. Special correspondent Keli Goff presents a free advertisement for Planned Parenthood. Never mind the abortion chain has never reduced the national unintended pregnancy rate…EVER. The CDC reports (since they started tracking this data in 1995) that the national unintended pregnancy rate hasn't been reduced at all. It’s still 49%. But, Planned Parenthood has successfully increased their share of our tax dollars (now at over $540 million per year) and nationwide abortions since then, currently aborting nearly 330,000 annually.
Unintended pregnancies happen to both married and unmarried women, and in some instances, it’s not always a bad thing. It’s all part of the confusing upside down “keep-them-guessing” blitz of unrelated ideas salad that has made the Republican tea party a laughing stock, yet still a force to reckon with thanks to low information voters. 

This alarmist racist rant pretty much says it all about how bad those minority communities are:
We have more access to contraception and “comprehensive” sex education than ever before yet the black community is plagued with exponentially higher STDs (8 times higher Chlamydia cases and 20 times higher Gonorrhea infections than majority population), massively higher abortion rates at up to 5 times that of whites (e.g. New York State), and devastatingly high fatherlessness where 72.3% of black children are born into homes without fathers. Single female-led homes are the largest contributor to child poverty, increasing poverty risk by 5 times. How’s that for empowerment?
If we just didn't have areas like that…?

Making a Profit off Educating our kids GOP's big campaign promise for 2014!!!

The GOP will be running on the issue of vouchers this upcoming election, but it won't really be about education. It's another marketing ploy to soften their problematic anti-minority image, the one they've so meticulously constructed over the last 50 years.

That's why I found it interesting to see Upfront's Mike Gousha comment on this issue at the same time RNC knucklehead Reince Priebus started tweeting the wonders of "choice" and how profiting off our children's education somehow empowers parents:

The not so subtle Priebus tweet:

Gee, ya think Jeb Bush might be running for president too? 

Just the fact that students are now referred to commodities should tell you something. 

Republican State Sen. Dale Schultz won't run. Can't identify with his party anymore.

Sad to say my favorite Senate Republican at the Capitol is not seeking reelection. It's goodbye for now from Dale Schultz, who is hinting at a comeback somewhere else:
State Senator Dale Schultz says he's walking away after a lengthy career, choosing to retire after spending the last few of his years in political turmoil. He laments the state of his party, and admits to still feeling "uncomfortable" with his vote last session on voter ID.

"While I certainly believe we need to safeguard the integrity of the ballot box, I think we have crossed the line on a couple of occasions," said Sen. Schultz. "And it’s been a very uncomfortable situation for me having to vote along with the caucus because I've tried to be a good Republican."
Here's the story from Channel3000/WISC:

WKOW's Greg Neumann featured this pre-recorded interview with Schultz on the same day as his announced retirement. Wanna know why I like him, because he makes more sense and articulates his positions so much better than what we're getting from the Democrats:
Schultz: "Before I talk about what I think is warranted or what I'd like, I want to tell you about what my constituents think..."

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Republicans want insurers to make money, by making taxpayers to pay for sick people in state run high risk pools.

Okay, maybe now conservatives and tea party losers will finally get the message. It can't get anymore obvious than this:
Economic Times: Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has suggested transition legislation that might initially eliminate some provisions ... Two separate House Republican proposals would address the needs of people with pre-existing conditions through state-run "high-risk" insurance pools.
Socialized Risk: The state-run, taxpayer supported high risk pools would take all of societies sick, and let healthy premium paying "customers" add to insurers bottom lines. What a deal?

For Democrats, it's best to frame it this way; taxpayers take the sick and insurers take the healthy. I dare any Republican to make that sound fair.