Saturday, April 19, 2014

GOP presents "Slipping into the Abyss" agenda.

The conservative clip dump is here. I decided not to do whole stories on the following videos, because they truly do speak for themselves. Rancher Cliven Bundy forever.

This conservative talker shows us how he sees you and me in the future oligarchy:

The right wing attack on voting. It's still hard to believe anyone with a functioning brain would think any of this makes sense:

What is it with Republicans and all their Nazi comparisons. Or the Obama dictatorship:

Drone Hunting? A creation of our national gun crazy mentality. Idiocracy is here:

Louie Gohmert's incredible look at the separation of church and state:

Castration in D.C. by Joni Ernst:

States Compete for Workers with Higher Minimum Wages.

Uh oh, "stuck in his conservative ways" Scott Walker might be behind the curve again with his old fashioned "work hard for less" ethic. 

Bribing Out-of-State Business is so Old Fashioned: States are now competing for...employees. A real curve ball for conservative type’s still blowing smoke about the virtues of working for nothing and supposedly paying your dues. Sorry guys, thanks to you, this is the new world of disposable jobs.

WEAU: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) signed a new minimum wage law raising wages to at least $9.50 an hour by 2016. With Wisconsin’s minimum at $7.25, there's some concern people may choose to move or work in Minnesota for a higher wage.

For border counties like Pepin, there's some question whether people making wages below $9.50 would drive or move for a bigger paycheck, and what that would do to businesses in Wisconsin.

David Klein is the store manager at Countryside Co-op in Pepin said (it) could get more competitive when Minnesota raises its minimum wage over the next three years.

There's also some concern people would move out of the state for higher pay. Some say Wisconsin will have to follow suit in the near future but that could mean fewer jobs or higher prices.

“You're going to need to be competitive, so therefore, if they're going to offer $9 an hour, then you need to be competitive and seriously look at that or at least make it close,” Pepin County Board Supervisor Jim Kraft said.

Second Amendment Chaos!

How activist are the conservative Justices on the Supreme Court? Read the following and decide for yourself who makes a better case over the Second Amendment. Daily Kos:
The Washington Post has published an opinion piece from Justice John Paul Stevens in which he analyzes the history of the second amendment, and recent Supreme Court decisions to support his contention that the interpretation of the Second Amendment advanced by the NRA (and recently accepted by the courts) is contrary to the intent of the framers.   According to Stevens:
"For more than 200 years following the adoption of that amendment, federal judges uniformly understood that the right protected by that text was limited in two ways: First, it applied only to keeping and bearing arms for military purposes, and second, while it limited the power of the federal government, it did not impose any limit whatsoever on the power of states or local governments to regulate the ownership or use of firearms. Thus, in United States v. Miller, decided in 1939, the court unanimously held that Congress could prohibit the possession of a sawed-off shotgun because that sort of weapon had no reasonable relation to the preservation or efficiency of a “well regulated Militia.

When I joined the court in 1975, that holding was generally understood as limiting the scope of the Second Amendment to uses of arms that were related to military activities. During the years when Warren Burger was chief justice, from 1969 to 1986, no judge or justice expressed any doubt about the limited coverage of the amendment."
The article continues:
District of Columbia v. Heller (which found that individuals had an individual right to bear arms and keep a handgun to be used for self-defense) and McDonald v. Chicago (which found that Chicago could not prohibit citizens from owning handguns) were contrary to the historical intent and interpretation of the second amendment.

Five years after his retirement, during a 1991 appearance on “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” Warren Burger himself remarked that the Second Amendment “has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”

Stevens' solution ... proposed change to the second amendment would read as follows:“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.” The entire opinion piece is well worth the read.

ObamaCare forced a majority of Americans to see the horrors of our Insurance Based Health Care System.

The most uncovered fact about the Affordable Care Act was then sudden realization by most Americans of how screwed up our health care system was, once they had it explained to them with the opening of the exchanges.

No one in the media pointed out that those covered by their employer were also now learning the ins and outs of our dysfunctional health insurance “system.” After 20 years, I already knew about this stuff. Opposition and outrage grew when people suddenly became aware of the costs and power of insurers through the introduction of ObamaCare.

Unaffordable deductibles? Big surprise folks, that’s a major part of the GOP’s push for Health Savings Accounts. If you don’t like high deductibles, ask a Republican why they think you should have what they call “skin in the game,” besides whatever life threatening disease you’re fighting.

GOP Attack Permanent: The vilification of “ObamaCare” is now set in stone. Republicans have soured public opinion enough on the ACA that it's never going to change. Our insurance based system is by nature outrageous, unfair and complicated beyond words. From Bloomberg News:
Paul Krugman is puzzled: "Over the weekend I had dinner in NYC with some very smart, sophisticated people; yes, all of them liberals. And almost everyone in the group was under the impression that Obamacare is still going badly … [H]ere we have smart, pro-reform people living in a state where reform is going really well. And they don’t know it!"-Krugman

The main explanation (sorry to beat this drum again) is more basic: The law is designed to do poorly in polling, at least once Republicans put up a united front against it.
It's what the public doesn't see or will ever notice getting coverage:
(The public) might have noticed if they benefited from the closing of the Medicare doughnut hole or took advantage of free preventative-care doctor visits. Some might have post-college kids who were able to stay on their insurance.

For most of us, Obamacare isn't that visible, and the benefits often are the least visible part. Don’t expect it to get better; it’s going to be less and less likely that people will identify the benefits they are receiving with “Obamacare.” In five years, plenty of those in the exchanges won't realize that under the old system they would have had a pre-existing condition that would have barred them from being insured … they almost certainly won’t realize that their minor medical condition would have qualified.

Given all that, once Republican opposition guaranteed that the ACA would be controversial it was likely that it would poll badly, even if it worked well -- and even if it worked so well it couldn't be repealed … This isn't the result of media bias, or the administration’s failure to win the spin; and it’s not even a sign that the law isn't working as intended. It’s just the logical outcome of the way the law is set up.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Rep. Robin Vos' Tea Party challenger one issue Common Core opponent, likes Secession too.

Despite coming in at half the rate of the public school system scores, Republicans continue to push the expansion of vouchers statewide.

But when it comes to an untested but encouraging concept like Common Core, kill it now before it destroys our children.

That’s what we’re having to deal with from conservative hardliners who just won’t budge from any part of their ideological failings. Their belief system is infallible, like the Bible, which is also part of their platform.

With conspiracies about Europe’s Common Core attack on American education, and claims secession is possible and not unconstitutional, Assembly wise ass Rep. Robin Vos has a primary challenger. Racine Journal Times
Bryn Biemeck of Mount Pleasant says she will run as a Republican against Vos, R-Rochester, to “bring new ideas and a fresh outlook to the party.”
The new idea and fresh outlook? Kill Common Core. This secession supporting “state’s rights” teabilly is just another sign Wisconsin is becoming the new most southern state…

Her primary issue is the Common Core education standards and eliminating them in Wisconsin … She said her opposition to Common Core is part of her strong support of states’ rights, also mentioning a secession resolution … as something she supports. The resolution “supports legislation that upholds Wisconsin’s right, under extreme circumstances, to secede,” according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Biemeck believes in “approaching states’ rights (with) that attitude. Ideally, Wisconsin should govern itself and should make its own decisions about its people.” 

Walker Republicans usher in new "Red Scare?"

The "Red Scare" is back, but in two different ways. 
1. Republicans fear commie "socialism" via ObamaCare, gay marriage, gun regulation
and the redistribution of wealth in a pay gap reduction. That won't do, and they want to take the country back.
It isn't RED yet?

2. Ironically the same GOP that continually resurrects forms of the "Red Scare," to basically beat back liberalism, also wants to turn Wisconsin..."Red." Looks like Dylan Ratigan was onto to something when he named it "Corporate Communism."
Researching images for this post, I ran across this very interesting book about other "Red Scares" that believe it or not, bear an amazing similarity to the tea party Republican campaign today. Here's a description of Landon Shorrs book, pictured here, from 2012:
The loyalty investigations triggered by the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s marginalized many talented women and men who had entered government service during the Great Depression seeking to promote social democracy as a means to economic reform. Their influence over New Deal policymaking and their alliances with progressive labor and consumer movements elicited a powerful reaction from conservatives, who accused them of being subversives. 

Author Landon Storrs draws on newly declassified records of the federal employee loyalty program--created in response to fears that Communists were infiltrating the U.S. government--to reveal how disloyalty charges were used to silence these New Dealers and discredit their policies. The loyalty program not only destroyed many promising careers, it prohibited discussion of social democratic policy ideas in government circles, narrowing the scope of political discourse to this day.
 What's old is seemingly new. Walker has already hinted that he will run for president if the Senate flips to Republican, which would give him ultimate power to do whatever he "thinks" is best for us. Remember Paul Ryan's comment?
Upfront's Mike Gousha asked Ryan about all the polls that directly contradicted Ryan's positions on the minimum wage, extending unemployment etc. Ryan just laughed. 
"It sounds simple...but if I believe this is counter productive for the very people we're trying to help...and will hurt them by doing this, but it's politically popular, what does that say about you as a moral person...leaders have to take positions that may not be popular sometimes if they think they're doing the right thing."

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Secessionists are traitors!!! And oh yea, it's not Constitutional tea party patriots.

"Efforts to secede are an effort to overthrow the constitution of the United States. And can frankly be called a traitorous activity."- Mordecai Lee, Prof. of Governmental Affairs, UW Milwaukee.

That's how the audio below, from WPR's Joy Cardin Show, starts off. Mordecai Lee is about as middle of the road as they get, so that's saying something. I've included a few good listener calls too in this edited piece, one challenging Lee on being called a traitor.

Ed Schultz also talked about Wisconsin Republican efforts to leave the secession door open, with The Progressive's Ruth Conniff:

Here are just a few images I found that I thought wiped away any doubt that only a few right wing outliers are to blame:

Really Voters, Walker's Broken Jobs Promise OK?

Hey, even thought Walker's jobs promise failed miserably, he was just "aiming high." Jaw dropping?

Online headline changed
When I saw the story pictured here, I wasn't surprised. Republicans like Scott Walker only have to say it doesn't matter to get every one to back off. From having affairs to actual corruption, if they tell the press and voters they're not going to talk about it...end of discussion.

After 5 years of Republican whining about Obama's unforgivable list of "broken" promises, you'd think this would be an uncomfortable situation for Walker. Nah, he's a dreamer...he tried.

And all Walker had to do was just allow the state to keep up with a normal recovery. But Walker made it worse:
Northwestern: The downturn was the most severe we'd had in 75 years. The debt hangover, of families owing more than what they were worth, was unprecedented. So the probability of meeting his target is virtually zero. Despite all the rhetoric, there's no clear evidence that any “growth policies” that state governments adopt have any real effect. But the rhetoric is exactly the point. Almost everything Walker has done as governor – the union busting, the tax breaks for the well connected – have been justified because “it will create jobs.” So yes, since that's the standard Walker has consistently raised, how well he's created jobs is a standard he should be held to. So should Walker be judged on his job creation record? Yes he should – as a total, utter failure.
From WKOW, Walker's actual galling statement:

Here's an interesting clip from his newest ad. The media let Walker's campaign use the biggest most outrageous lie go unquestioned, so they started the ad with the GOP's free market Wall Street failure...the Great Recession. Yes, they're using their own ideological failure to bash Democrats, and oddly, getting away with it:

Welcome to the Oligarchy: Citizens have ZERO impact on Government Policy Changes!!!

An amazing bit of research just came out confirming our very uneasy suspicions that it doesn't matter what the public, it's what money wants in D.C..

Frightening stuff. This is a must see because it finally clarifies the disconnect between the people and their government. Below I've provide a few example from today headlines.

Chris Hayes and guests discuss the end of democracy:

So when you see stories like this, now you'll know it doesn't matter anymore (I'm not suggesting giving up):
TPM: Poll: 64% Of Americans Say Obamacare Should Remain Law: Bloomberg News found that a combined 64% of Americans said they support keeping the law in place. That includes 51% who said it should be kept but may need some small changes and 13% who said it should be left alone. Only 34% said it should be repealed.

NY Times: According to a Gallup poll last year, 71 percent of adults (91 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of independents and 50 percent of Republicans) said they would vote for a law that would raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour on Election Day if they could. But, as one would expect, Republicans in Congress are chafing.
The same can be said for gay marriage and background checks for gun purchases. We really don't count anymore. Here's more on the study from Common Dreams:
study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question:
"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, ..."
and then they go on to say, it's not true, and that,
"America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened" by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead "the nearly total failure of 'median voter' and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy. The authors of this historically important study are Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, and their article is titled "Testing Theories of American Politics." 
“Economic Elite Domination theories do rather well in our analysis, even though our findings probably understate the political influence of elites. Our measure of the preferences of wealthy or elite Americans – though useful, and the best we could generate … using this imperfect measure … The real-world impact of elites upon public policy may be still greater.”
The clear finding is that the U.S. is an oligarchy, no democratic country, at all. American democracy is a sham … The U.S., in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious "electoral" "democratic" countries … “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” That's it, in a nutshell. 
One more thing:
 "Ordinary citizens might often be observed to 'win' (that is, to get their preferred policy outcomes) even if they had no independent effect whatsoever on policy making, if elites (with whom they often agree) actually prevail."
And since this is a trend going back to the 80’s, it oddly suggests our conservative activist Supreme Court Justices are actually the ones “progressing,” leading us into our oligarchic future.

Democrats take lead in Health Care policy.

While the news is good, Democrats are now left a lot of time before the midterms for the Republicans to bash the Affordable Care Act unmercifully. That's because no one can sign up again until later in the year, after the elections. If the numbers had been allowed to increase with new signups, with no limits the first year, the growing numbers would bolster public support.

As it is, the ACA will actually lose numbers (churn) due to many getting finding work, getting employer provided care. Here are the numbers:
Reuters: Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll:
32% of respondents in the online survey said they prefer Democrats' plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans.

In a February poll, just around 25% said Democrats had a better plan … increased to 31 percent in March and 32 percent in April.

Republicans' healthcare plans had the backing of 24% in the March survey, (sliding) 6 percentage points in April.
If the Republicans weren't their own worst enemy…I hate to think what would happen:
"Democrats have not managed to have a huge lead over Republicans so much as Republicans have managed to damage their own position and stay behind Democrats," said Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson. "That's because people don't view the Republican Party as standing for any particular healthcare system." 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hey Suckers, Let's elect a Part time Governor we'll never see, who also broke his biggest campaign promise.

With small property tax cuts homeowners see disappear via school referendums, and major tax cuts to businesses that aren't creating jobs, Wisconsin voters are now being asked to reelect a governor who broke his biggest promise on jobs, is near last for business starts, and may not be around for part of his 2nd, 3rd and fourth years in office?

Who does Scott Walker think he's kidding? If Mary Burke doesn't sum it up this easily soon, we're in big trouble:
WKOW: Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) will not commit to fulfilling all four years of a second term if he is reelected in November. Just a day after kicking off his reelection campaign, Gov. Walker was dodging questions about how long a possible second term might last. 

"What I'm gonna stay focused on and committed to is telling the people of the state what I plan on doing in the next term.  I want to be Governor and that's the only thing I'm focused on right now,"  said Gov. Walker.
"I want to be governor"...he's got a plan...that's it. And he's still blaming Doyle/Burke for the job losses during the Great Recession. Will Burke finally shut that talking point down? Here's WKOW's Greg Neumann:

Burke responded....
Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke responded to Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign kickoff by challenging his record as a jobs creator.
“Under Scott Walker, Wisconsin is falling behind. In job creation, we are 35th in the country and second to last among Midwestern states. Worse still, we are one of the worst in the country in new business starts,” Burke said. “Walker’s game plan has failed. Giving tax breaks to out of state corporations and those at the top is not how you create jobs. And it’s not how you grow the middle class.”

Walker's Voter Suppression Laws gets another look....

Slate's Dave Weigel has been doing a great job of covering tea party candidates around the country. This time around he included you know who, Scott Walker. 

His headline caught my attention right away:

Weigel wrote this: 
The 2012 election went incredibly smoothly in Wisconsin. Starting on Oct. 21, two weeks before the end of the election, voters could show up to early-voting sites and be done with their annual civic duty. Not registered? You could do that in person. Busy all week? Show up on Saturday or Sunday. The ease of the thing helped push Wisconsin turnout to 73.2 percent of eligible voters, up from 72.4 percent in 2008, the second-highest in the country. (Damn your eyes, Minnesota!)

This was clearly a problem, and it had to be fixed.
"Gov. Scott Walker has quietly signed into law a bill that limits in-person absentee voting to no later than 7 p.m. during the week and no weekend hours." 

Richest Country in the World shamed over proposed $25 Minimum Wage in Switzerland!!!

Wow, and we're arguing over $10.10 and hour?

Too Many Laws on the Books by Big Government Politicians? You're talking about "small" Government Republicans, right?

I never did have enough time to look up the number of laws our small government Republicans passed in the last 3 and a half short years.

So imagine how thankful I was when I got this clueless reminder from Republican State Sen. Frank Lasee bragging about the last two years. He did half my home work for me. Again, we're talking small government types here:

Funny, current Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner was measuring success by how many laws they could repeal. Isn't it fun having it both ways and not being called out for it. Until now.

Even the GAB thinks second John Doe needed, say substantial evidence gathered.

Scott Walker and right wing groups like Wisconsin Club for Growth (god I hate their goofy names) have basically admitted their guilt in regards to the second John Doe investigation. What are they trying to hide trying to get the investigation stopped? Not everybody believes our First Amendment rights included illegal campaign coordination, even if it means keeping Walker in as governor.
jsonline: Former judges on the state Government Accountability Board voted unanimously last year to authorize the investigation of fundraising and spending by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and his allies during the recent recall elections, according to a Tuesday court filing.

Dean Nickel, an investigator hired by the accountability board to assist with the investigation, said in the 10-page filing that he believes the substantial evidence gathered in the probe "coupled with the GAB's unanimous approval of the investigation directly refutes plaintiffs' witch-hunt theory."

Nickel's brief is one of a series filed with the federal court on Tuesday in a bid by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his aides to get a federal appeals court to intervene in the high-profile John Doe probe … review a decision last week by U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa in Milwaukee refusing to dismiss the lawsuit against them.

GOP downplays talk of Secession, but it can happen here. Like early 1900's "Sedition Map."

For those who believe Republicans when they say all this talk about Wisconsin seceding from the union is mere fantasy, see what happened back in the early 1900's. With the vilification of "liberalism" and talk of a permanent one party state, is Scott Walker ushering in a replay of 1917?

This is a repost: This appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal as a cute sidebar story. For me it was anything but. It could happen again: 
Sedition Map
The night before America entered World War I, President Woodrow Wilson told a friend, “... Lead this people into war, and they’ll forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance.”

Within weeks, Wisconsin was being called “The Traitor State.” Our 700,000 immigrant and first-generation German residents had no desire to make war on their brothers and cousins. One journalist visiting in 1917 called us, “really the most backward state I've struck in its sentiment toward the war.” Embarrassed by the charges, the state Council of Defense and the Wisconsin Loyalty Legion joined forces to suppress anti-war opinion through persuasion, intimidation and harassment.

Under their state-sponsored propaganda campaign, anyone with ties to Germany could be attacked for disloyalty. “Conformity would be the only virtue,” Wilson had predicted.

In Ashland, people who spoke against the war were tarred and feathered. When Republican Sen. Robert La Follette voted against America’s entry into the war, he was called “a pusillanimous, degenerate coward.”

Everything German became suspect. In Wausau, the National German American Bank changed its name to The American National Bank. La Crosse banned the teaching of German in its elementary schools. Sauerkraut was renamed “liberty cabbage” and wieners became “hot dogs.”

In less than 18 months, public opinion in Wisconsin swung from largely anti-war to overwhelmingly pro-war. It was a triumph of public relations, achieved long before marketers had viral videos, Facebook posts or hourly tweets in their toolkits.
War on Teachers for Disloyalty. The professor also said "he was robbed:"

Ashland, Wisconsin, Monday April 1, 1918: PROFESSOR OF NORTHLAND TARRED AND FEATHERED TAKEN FROM ROOM BY MOB: Masked Men Take Him Half Mile From The City, Give Him a Coat Of Tar and Feathers and Let I Him Walk Back Home. Professor E. A. Schimler, teacher of languages at Northland college, was taken from his room last night about midnight by nearly a dozen masked men, taken to a lonely spot about a half mile from the city, stripped of his clothing and given a substantial coat of tar and feathers. After treating him to the coat of tar and feathers, the men in the party jumped into waiting automobiles and sped back to the city. Schimler, when left by the mob, found his undergarments and walked back to his boarding house. The police were then called … when he arrived at city hall, he was in such a condition that there was no question in any one's mind but that the mob was very liberal in the use of tar and also had on-hand a lot of feathers.
Or how about the jaw dropping Wisconsin State Council of Defense:
“…the Wisconsin State Council of Defense worked with federal officials to ensure that Wisconsin citizens would support the American cause during World War I. It outlines food drives, Liberty Loan promotion, recruiting activities, the Council's journal  "Forward", and other home-front efforts which, in the words of one historian, tried "to change an antimilitaristic democracy into an organized war machine."
Or the Loyalty Legion...would I kid you?
“The Wisconsin Loyalty Legion was created to support the U.S. effort in World War I. During 1917-1918 it organized media campaigns and public events in order to (in the words of one historian) "stifle dissent and generate conformance to an inflexible and irrational standard of loyalty." 

The Republican Party's Secessionist Convention

Secessionist talk coming from the Republican side of the aisle is nothing new. I'm thinking southern states, most notably Texas.

So what’s up with Wisconsin's Republican Party leaders denying any interest in secession? It’s just a matter of time, and Republican dominance, that adopting such an idea will take hold. Red states secessionist talk is just part of the conversation.
"Be it further resolved that we strongly insist our state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin's 10th Amendment rights, and our right to secede, passing legislation affirming this to the U.S. Federal Government."
Secessionist Impulse: Who’s surprised the GOP’s amped up hatred of government would naturally lead to state’s rights and secession? Not me, but party leaders in Wisconsin “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” deny it’s a serious problem. From an April 4th article by Dan Bice:
jsonline: Dan Feyen, chairman of the Republican Party's 6th Congressional District, sent a memo to all Republican lawmakers making clear that he did not support the resolution … He noted that the proposals were adopted after many people had gone home.
Wow, nothing wrong with adopting proposals after people had gone home? Sneaky? No excuse.
Joe Fadness, executive director of the state GOP, (said) "Each year, hundreds of resolutions are discussed and debated at the local level before being forwarded to the state.
Funny, patriotic Democrats never seem to include secession in any of their talks.
GOP members of the Assembly and Senate were not taking the resolution seriously. "It makes us sound like Texas," said the veteran lawmaker.

But we are trying to be just like Texas in every way, including secession:
Michael Murphy, vice chairman of the Republican Party's 4th Congressional District, added that he personally supports Wisconsin's right to secede from the United States if the state's voters so choose.

Nine Republican lawmakers came under fire in 2012 for another creative reading of the 10th Amendment. The GOP legislators told a tea party-aligned group that they would back a bill to arrest any federal officials who try to implement Obamacare in Wisconsin. "Just because Obama was re-elected does not mean he's above the constitution," state Rep. Chris Kapenga of Delafield told the Journal Sentinel at the time.
Kapenga must have missed the Bush/Cheney push to create the “Unitary Executive,” a super powered Republican president, lord and master over the other two branches of government. (The GOP has made it clear they would defy popular opinion to install their agenda) 

For example; take their “public flogging” of Republicans who don’t agree with the parties Borg like agenda:
Feyen forwarded a second resolution that expressed a vote of "no confidence" in Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon and Rep. Steve Kestell of Elkhart Lake. The two have come under fire from some conservatives for supporting the Common Core State Standard … The Republican Party's 2nd and 4th congressional districts passed similar no-confidence resolutions for Olsen and Kestell. "It's more of a public flogging, if you will, from our delegation," Murphy told Wisconsin Reporter.

Notice too how the Tenther's write the united States of America, with a small u. 

False Equivalence: Unfortunately, reporter Dan Bice seems to think a “death with dignity” proposal by Democrats is in anyway comparable or outrageous as Borg like adherence to state’s rights, Second Amendment remedies and secession. Don’t think so Dan. 

Heritage Foundation's Jim DeMint can't stop Lying.

Quick Hit: Another outrageously obvious right wing lie finally crushed?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Reason Why Single Payer is the Answer to Health Certainty.

The idea that the free market will somehow maintain or improve the quality of health care, while competing with other companies and lowering prices, not only sounds impossible but exposes the entire U.S. population to a unworkable policy that would take years to repair. That will result in hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths, pain and suffering for an ideological whim that we all know in our gut won't work.

The cost just might be going up too, even with the competitive marketplaces. I've always felt that health care, based on profit, will result in businesses gaming the system and raising costs. That's why a single payer system is a better idea, no tricks and our government is accountable to us.
Vox: A four-year slowdown in health spending growth could be coming to an end. Americans used more medical care in 2013 as the economy recovered, new reports show. Federal data suggests that health care spending is now growing just as quickly as it was prior to the recession. More health spending can sometimes be a good thing: it might reflect more Americans gaining health insurance and seeking out needed medical care as the economy recovers.
 "If we cannot get health care spending under control there's no hope for the federal budget," says William Gale, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "The main hope, if we don't get health spending under control, is global warming gets us all before health care spending gets us all."
Don't let health care get us. Why single payer is the only answer:

Cliven Bundy: Biggest Tea Party Freeloader!!!

Really, CLIVEN BUNDY! What a perfect name for a freeloading Nevada rancher who refused to pay a grazing fee to the fed for the last 20 years. He doesn't even recognize the federal government, who he calls a trespasser, and "a foreign government."

An armed militia even showed up to defend Bundy. But they're not unpatriotic Americans are they? The Bundy clan see themselves as the victims of a despotic government. You know, the kind of despotic government one of the Bundy brothers described this way:
"...with these agencies making these codes and saying there law. And then they've got law enforcement, and judges, and prisons, and courts, and everything to enforce those laws...when none of them have been legislated, and they're all unconstitutional."  
Even my conservative friend in Milwaukee thinks Bundy is wrong.

My favorite is the militia guy who came up with the idea of sacrificing the women first:
"We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front. If they're going to start shooting, it's going to be women that are going to be televised across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers." 
Now that's real courage. But this stuff is so priceless, I couldn't resist including this Sean Hannity interview with Cliven Bundy. What a meeting of...the minds?

It's so nice to see cattle saved...just to be slaughtered later. "Take the federal bureaucrats guns away," says Bundy.

Just as good, MSNBC's Chris Hayes got the real insiders story from Nevada reporter Jon Ralston:

Fox News: Federal land managers backed down in a weekend standoff with Bundy after hundreds of states' rights protesters, including armed militia members, showed up to protest federal officials seizing his cattle. Some protesters had their guns drawn and pointed toward law enforcement, some of whom were also armed, on the scene -- ultimately, no shots were fired and the Bureau of Land Management reported that officials left over safety concerns. Bundy owes more than $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees. BLM long ago revoked Bundy's grazing rights on that land ... Bundy, though, claimed ancestral rights to the land. 

State GOP Secessionist Convention to Nominate Scott Walker for Governor...maybe President of the State.

Hey, both sides do it…like voting on seceding from the United States? Don’t just blame Republicans.

That was the hard sell from Scott Walker to the press, who by the way, bought into it hook, line and sinker. It’s just something that gets brought up…
WPR: Walker said it was the kind of resolution that sometimes gets brought up at a state convention. “Both Democrat and Republican activists often have a variety of different issues they debate at caucuses and conventions,” said Walker. “Many of them are mainstream things. Other ones, like this one, are probably a bit off from where a lot of Republican elected officials like myself are at.”
Just "a bit off?" At the state’s annual Republican convention next month, where these same banana Republicans will also nominate Scott Walker, they’ll party line vote to secede. Second Amendment remedies anyone? 

And if you've ever watched Fox News, every day presents a new “extreme circumstance” just begging for secession.
The resolution would say the state Republican Party supports legislation that upholds Wisconsin's right, under extreme circumstances, to secede … it is very much symbolic. This particular symbolic vote will take place at a convention where Republicans will formally nominate Gov. Scott Walker for a second term in office. 
From WKOW's Greg Neumann:

Walker outsources state sign Job from Wisconsin Company.

When you hire a company from the deep south to do interstate sign jobs, dumping a local company that's been doing it for 30 years, that's outsourcing. Blame Scott Walker.

Their decision is final too. This has been in dispute for a while, and maybe that's what made the administration even more resolute in changing companies, despite costing businesses that advertise on the blue interstate signs even more. Who knew being "open for business" meant a preference for out-of-state companies at the expense of local employers.
Walker stiffs Wisconsin Company
jsonline: The company that had been providing the work for nearly 30 years, Derse-Wisconsin Highway Business Signs of Milwaukee, had proposed a price cut, but businesses won't see that reduction because the work went to the Georgia firm. The new contract gives the work to Interstate Logos, a Georgia-based subsidiary of billboard giant Lamar Advertising Co., and keeps prices at the same amounts they have been for years.
The Walker administration even went as far as throwing out this cheap shot at our state based company:
State officials contend businesses will get better service under the new contract, which starts May 1 and is good for 10 years. In an email announcing the decision Friday, state traffic engineer Bill McNary wrote, "Interstate Logos will provide better signs and better response in the maintenance of signs."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Democratic Party Devoid of Imagination and Powerful Populist Message!

My eyes glaze over when I hear Democrats talk about the issues. Why? They seem to be caught in 1990's loop of tired old talking points that honestly don't mean anything any more.

When Mary Burke appeared on WKOW's Capitol City Sunday at 9 am, everybody in our local broadcast area hit the snooze button. My god that campaign needs some help. "As I travel around the state"..."...stand behind their words"...and a grocery list of the same old, same old; the need for an educated public, skills needed for our workforce...blah, blah, blah. That's an exciting fresh attention getting message?

UPDATE: 4/15: Burke noticed business start rate.
Burke didn't even bring up Wisconsin's near last place position nationwide in business creation for gods sake. Has the campaign even picked up a newspaper since the recall? This is a boring rehash of the Barrett "challenge."

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin's Mike Tate lacks the creative juices to even hold brainstorming session like so many marketing firms. Democrats already have the populist agenda sewn up, but just don't know how to frame it in a way that excites voters. And Democrats need to attack the failed Republican agenda fearlessly, confidently.

Start with our Wallets: Walker's is getting incredible mileage out of his empty property tax cuts. That screams "target" to me. What's the benefit of a tax cut when communities everywhere are approving referendums that not only wipe out Walker's cuts but spends more overall? Imagine what would happen if the entire state pitched in to support our schools, a funding reformulation like the one State Sup. Tony Evers came up with, freeing up local community budgets for other things.  

Hold Walker and Business to their Jobs promise: Businesses were gung ho about Walker's right wing small government, no tax agenda. They even promised job creation. Where are the jobs? And if there's a skills shortage, where's the higher wages? Until we see "supply side" job creation work, we need to hold the line on further cuts. 

Regional Business Hubs: A collaborative effort to work with Illinois in the creation of a Midwest regional business hub, tying Chicago to Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee. Walker's petty pilfering of other state businesses not only pours taxpayer cash into corporate welfare, but ignores the benefits of working together for the benefit of both states and job creation.

Oddly, Kelly Westlund's campaign positions against Rep. Sean Duffy are powerful, fresh and devoid of the meaningless cliches mentioned above. She should be getting more media attention just for her fearless fighting style and clearly framed political positions. See her here on Upfront with Mike Gousha.