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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Democrat Mary Burke goes after Big Government Republican policies. Wants a return to Local Government Control.

What is rarely debated is now getting traction by the Mary Burke campaign, and couldn't be more surprised.

Republicans are often heard talking about downsizing government. What they intentionally left out, before the word government, is "liberal." They're all about BIG government conservatism.

Under Scott Walker, local control went out the window. It could have been worse too, had it not been for the overreach written into some bills that even a few Republicans couldn't sign on to. WSJ:
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke pushed back Friday against state laws that strip away local decision-making, suggesting such provisions should be eliminated from future state budgets … in a 27-page document laying out her position on rural issues.
“We have laws on the books that prevent local governments from providing needed services to their citizens, in order to protect the interests of big business … one potential solution may be to prohibit use of the state budget as a vehicle for new laws that would strip existing authority from local governments.”
Since 2011, Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers have wrested from local governments control of cellphone tower siting, shoreland zoning restrictions, landlord-tenant regulations, public employee residency requirements, family medical leave rules for private companies and large soft drink bans, among other things. Other proposals, such as limiting a local government’s ability to regulate frac sand mining, didn’t pass.
The Republican response made my list of Humpty Dumptyisms:
Republican leaders have defended the measures as striking the right balance between protecting local control and taxpayers…
…by taking it away? The frightening thing is, they really don’t see a problem, as exemplified by this Walker campaign statement:
Walker campaign spokeswoman Alleigh Marre responded that the governor “has taken significant action over the last three-and-a-half years to support and strengthen Wisconsin’s rural communities.”
Then what about the Burke list of proposed changes giving control back to local governments? Did she just make it up? Yikes. I also like Burke's push for community internet services:
Burke also laid out proposals for expanding broadband Internet access, such as repealing a 2003 law that restricts municipalities from providing high-speed Internet service.

Walker was for Common Core, before he was Against It!!!

Scott Walker may regret he ever brought it up: Repealing Common Core.

First off, if you want to know what's happening in our public schools, check out WisSoapBox. It was there I found out Walker didn't just supported Common Core, he put it in writing (in red below).

Think about it: When Scott Walker announced he wanted to repeal the Common Core standards, he was essentially turning our educational system over to those low information, conspiracy laden tea party voters who have a penchant for misspelling the simplest protest signs. That's Scott Walker:
Whoopsie-doodle... Governor Walker stepped in it.
jsonline: Walker's statement calling for dumping Common Core comes after he has worked with the state DPI for the past several years on education reform issues that all hinge on successful implementation of the standards.
But, but what?! Oh, so Gov. Walker was for it before he was against it? (Oh 2004 Kerry campaign.) Seriously, if anyone wanted to know why he wasn't saying much about Common Core before now, this is why - He actually worked with them and utilized them in a lot of what he did with respect to school accountability.
In his 2011-'13 budget veto message to the Assembly, Walker wrote that his budget supported greater accountability and performance in K-12 education by "investing $15 million in the development of a statewide student information system and requiring the Department of Public Instruction to implement new pupil assessment based on mastery of Common Core Standards by 2014-15."
Will Mary Burke or the media run with this?

GOP tantrum over phony IRS Scandal seeks to help tax dodgers by using programs for seniors.

The supposed IRS scandal targeting both liberal and conservative groups seeking tax exempt status for essentially helping candidates advertise and reach voters, has allowed Republicans a way to encourage tax dodging and defunding the much hated IRS. That in turn starves government of its much needed revenue stream. 

It’s so easy to tear things down, isn't it? When it’s your own country…well, that’s saying a lot.

Wisconsin’s House Republicans want to do just that, by cutting the IRS budget by 3%. But that’s not the ugly and devious part: They want to help tax dodgers by taking those IRS cuts...to fund programs for seniors. You can’t make this stuff up. Roll Call:
IRS Enforcement Cuts: The House voted to shift $10 million from Internal Revenue Service enforcement activities to programs that help seniors and other taxpayers. Overall, the bill cuts enforcement spending by 25 percent, from 2014 in response to the agency’s targeting of certain conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. A yes vote was to reduce the IRS budget for catching tax cheats.
Voting yes, and pitting seniors against catching tax dodgers (I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this one): Paul Ryan, James Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble. Who comes up with this stuff?

Voting an obvious no, Mark Pocan, Ron Kind and Gwen Moore. Sadly, it's important votes like this that don't get any media attention. Party differences are dramatic. 

Not able to Lower Corporate Taxes, GOP tantrum seeks to expand off shore tax havens for Business.

At first I thought, “Why would Democrats vote against a tax deduction for corporations who donate food to charities?”

Here’s why: Rep.’s Paul Ryan, James Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble, angry they can’t reduce corporate tax rates, want corporations to reincorporate overseas to avoid paying taxes. You read that right. 

Nice strategy, don’t you think. Of course that only increases our deficit by reducing revenues even at current spending levels. Ever get the feeling the GOP wants to make things worse? Now you know they do. Roll Call:
Corporate Tax Avoidance: The House defeated a bid by Democrats to deny benefits under HR 4719 (Charitable Deductions, National Debt bill) to businesses that reincorporate overseas to avoid U.S. taxation, a process known as “inversion” that is becoming increasingly prevalent.
Voting to discourage corporate tax dodging through “inversion,” were Democrats Mark Pocan, Ron Kind and Gwen Moore.

Voting to allow corporations to off shore their profits to avoid paying their fair share of taxes? Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy and Ribble. Way to go guys, one way or another you'll bring this country down to its knees. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Walker's Negative jobs numbers make 4 of first 6 months in 2014!!!

Finally, a Scott Walker jobs breakdown showing negative numbers for May and June. Cap Times:
Wisconsin experienced a second straight month of private-sector job losses in June, meaning the state has seen negative job growth in four of the first six months of the year.

The losses, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, largely … have overcome the downturns for a net total of 8,500 jobs added in the first half of 2014.

In June, Wisconsin lost 1,200 private-sector jobs, with seven of 10 industry sectors experiencing negative growth over May. The state also had seasonally adjusted monthly job losses in January (200), February (5,300) and May (900). It posted gains of 7,300 jobs in March and 8,800 in April.
Here's the interactive graph for future reference: 

Mary Burke ad takes on Business Bashing Gov. Walker, who has his own big Off Shoring Problem.

Here's the latest ad and response to our business bashing governor, Scott Walker, the guy who says he's open for businesses...willing to pay into his campaign chest. The "fairy tale" Walker told about off shored jobs at Trek ran into the wall of reality with the revelation WEDC Chairman Walker off shored business himself:
WKOW News: At least two companies that received financial awards from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) later outsourced jobs to foreign countries, with one of those companies receiving a second WEDC award after the fact.
Here's Mary Burke's ad:



WKOW's Greg Neumann detailed Walker's problem with Trek, and how he pulled the company from a WEDC ad campaign that touted Trek as one of five world class companies. Petty and small:

Common Core not a Law that can be Repealed, and some Republicans oppose Walker's election year antic.

In the following WKOW Greg Neumann report, our gallivanting governor and out-of-state billionaire favorite Gov. Scott Walker had the audacity to say this:
"I don't like the idea somebody from out of the state setting out standards."
And Walker's out-of-state campaign contributors meddling in out local county and school board elections? Who's in control? Common Core standards leaves local control in place, and he damn well knows it. And repeal would mean work, and Republicans have no intention of earning a paycheck now, says Sen. Scott Fitzgerald:
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitgerald (R-Juneau), expressed caution Friday. "While there may be some support next session for repealing the current standards, developing the new standards that satisfy everyone's concerns will be much more difficult, especially with a superintendent of public instruction that adamantly opposes making any changes."


So what's all this talk about "standards set by people in Wisconsin.” What does it mean? What idea is frantically waiting in the wings that is so much better? At least one Republicans, not siding with the right wing authoritarians, has decided to tell the truth about their intentions. WSJ:
The Republican leader of the Assembly’s education committee Rep. Steve Kestell: “It’s election time and politicians’ No. 1 worry at election time is knocking down anything that might cost them a vote here and there.”

This Common Core issue is controversial, because the controversy has been created. It’s really a manufactured controversy if I’ve ever seen one, but it’s there nonetheless and politicians go crazy with fear if there is something they don’t understand and can’t respond to easily, so the easy way to respond at this point is to say we’re just going to get rid of it. No one has made a valid argument for (abandoning Common Core) based on rationale thought. That just hasn’t been done. There’s been a lot of rhetoric, there’s been a lot of hyperbole. Maybe the best thing to do is to get it out of the way and move on because people have become obsessed with it. And what it’ll amount to is renaming it and calling it something else.”

Kestell said he expects a bill to repeal Common Core will be successful, but only if it did not give authority to the Legislature to approve or turn down standards, like the previous bill did. He said it will be tough to find qualified experts to participate in drafting new standards based on how the issue has been “mishandled.”“Credible people are going to be very wary about getting involved in a phony process.”
Before you get to depressed, Superintendent Tony Evers had this calming reassurance:
State Superintendent Tony Evers said he believed most districts would carry on with Common Core, despite the governor's comments. "The superintendents in this state get it and the teachers in this state get it," Evers said. "They control this issue. The governor doesn't. The Legislature doesn't. They do. They just need to continue on."
But Kestell is not the lone Republican telling the truth. Sen. Luther Olsen said Common Core isn't anything that can be "repealed:"
Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), chairman of the Senate Education Committee and a vocal supporter of the standards, said there's actually nothing to "repeal" with Common Core. That's because the standards are not codified in state law ... "I think you're going to see districts stay the course on the path they're on, regardless of what's happening in Madison," Olsen said.

School districts can still use whatever curriculum they want. They could even adopt their own standards, but they will be tested on Common Core-aligned goals via the new state test. Wisconsin is expected to spend $23 million in state and federal money this fiscal year on testing associated with the Common Core, according to a memo last year from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The bureau could not determine the costs of dropping the Common Core and adopting a different set of tests, the memo said.

Walker Repeal of Common Core puts GOP politics in our Public Schools and Statewide Control over Education.

Repealing Common Core after four years of taxpayer spending and implementation is Scott Walker's to those who cried the loudest; the tea party. Rampant conspiracy theories about Common Core are at the heart of their opposition. Here's a clip of Republican Rep. Don Pridemore, when he ran for State Schools Superintendent, spouting total Common Core tea party lunacy:



Since before vouchers were introduced in Milwaukee around 1992, Republicans have trashed public education. The GOP blamed those greedy union teachers for every problem. Under the banner of saving our failed public school systems, Republicans have been pushing privatization.

Great Public Schools, or Failing Public Schools? If you talk to WISN's conservative radio host Jay Weber, he'll tell you how we suddenly have the best schools in the country. The same goes for Rep. Paul Farrow. From audio of Weber's show this morning below;
-You'll hear how great our schools have been.

-You'll hear how those who read about the Common Core curriculum said that's not what we need in Wisconsin. Wrong, Common Core is NOT a curriculum. 

-Building big data bases. Wrong, even Bill Gates is pushing secure storage of all student information. 

-Political oversight by our legislature, the "voice of the people?" Farrow wrongly says states will teach the same exact thing, claiming again Common Core is a curriculum, which it isn't.
Local control is another way of having political fiction taught in our schools: This has already happened:
Farrow: "When you look at the level of manufacturing that we have in Wisconsin...we've got be able to teach those nuances by our state. But it's that other area that has to be flexible by state, so they can teach what the kids need in their region, for their state to be effective."
 You mean like this:
ABC News: Wyoming, the nation's top coal-producing state, is the first to reject new K-12 science standards proposed by national education groups mainly because of global warming components ... Board President Ron Micheli said the review will look into whether "we can't get some standards that are Wyoming standards and standards we all can be proud of." Gov. Matt Mead has called federal efforts to curtail greenhouse emissions a "war on coal." 


As for Jay Weber, he misses those days when our parents were able to do math in their heads. When did we stop doing that?

Walker Trashes Successful Wisconsin Company to get Reelected. Not Open for just any Business it seems!

Our incidental governor seemed surprised his recent campaign ad was being criticized for attacking a successful Wisconsin company that employs over 1000 people. Scott Walker would never do that:
Gov. Scott Walker told reporters on Thursday that he's not using his campaign to attack the Trek Bicycle Corporation, even though it began airing a 30-second commercial this week that blasts Democrat Mary Burke and her family business for outsourcing jobs. “I'm not attacking anything,” he said … “…she's taking credit for building that company into what it is today.”
So this is how Scott Walker talks up successful companies in Wisconsin, from his campaign site (NOTE to Out-of-State Businesses, just stay on Walker’s good side, if you know what I mean):
1. Burke fails to mention they have 800 employees overseas.

2. Officials at Millionaire Mary Burke's family company say that more than 99% of their bicycles are manufactured in other countries.

3. In 1995, the Department of Commerce awarded $875,000 in taxpayer money to Trek Bicycle to construct a facility in Walworth County. In 2000, the State of Wisconsin forgave a portion of that money ($392,300), and subsequently, while Trek still owed taxpayer dollars, Trek filed a plant closing and mass layoff notice with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. 

4. The Trek CEO was well aware of low wages, dismal working conditions and poor environmental standards in China, yet the company shipped Wisconsin jobs there anyway, their concern being high taxes - not worker conditions. 
This isn't the first time Walker trashed a company or industry not on his list of favorites. The irony of course is that everything they bash Trek for supposedly doing, are much touted major policy positions of the GOP. In fact they would love to loosen environmental standards, safety regulations and get rid of the minimum wage. Walker also chairs the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, that gave out taxpayer money to companies who've off shored jobs as well. But he forgot to mention that.

Here's Trek CEO John Burke's response:
WPR: Mary Burke's brother John Burke, who is Trek's current CEO, blasted the Walker for making what he said were false statements about the Wisconsin company. John Burke shot back accusing Walker of making false claims “to try to harm the company” that his family had worked hard to build. “Mary Burke did not make any manufacturing decisions; I did,” said Burke. “If I had not made the decision to source product globally, including from the United States, Germany, Holland and China, there would be no Trek and no 1,000 Wisconsin Trek jobs today.”


So does Scott Walker love Trek? You be the judge with your vote on election day.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Falling behind the other GOP “leaders,” Scott Walker decides to Repeal Common Core!!!

I'm beyond furious over the purely political gamesmanship of Scott Walker and his Republican pirates. As a parent of a 12 and 15 year old, I have seen the wonders and amazing progress my kids have made based on Common Core.

School districts are now being told the estimated $25 million local taxpayers paid in since 2010 will be tossed, so Walker can shore up his base of low information voters here and nationwide. I'm wondering how many parents like me are fuming over this partisan campaign tactic. Using our kids for his reelected is pathetic:













jsonline: Joe Zepecki, campaign spokesman for gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, said Thursday's release "is a desperate election year move by a career politician to shore up his extreme right wing base. The transparency of the political nature of this move could not be clearer. The legislature isn't in session. He offers zero explanation for why wants to undermine efforts to improve our educational standards from 38th in the country and zero plan for moving forward. Why the sudden change of course after 3 years of DPI working on implementing these standards? "
For starters, Common Core doesn't take away local control. What would really take local control away is Walker's repeal of Common Core and the new set of standards crafted by big government politicians in Madison, instead of local and national educators.

The Beloit Daily News wrote this editorial today, even before Walker's announcement:
Some (governors) are even beginning to sing from the hymnal, suggesting it’s all some kind of federal plot to steal children’s brains. Nonsense.

Keep in mind the pump was primed by American concerns the country’s students were not keeping up globally, and that improving competitiveness would require more standards and more consistency. That’s why business came to the table, to push harder for economic primacy.

There’s an old saying in the private sector: What gets measured gets done. It is impossible to uphold standards without measuring progress and performance, a process that creates databases about children in school. This is a work in progress, and that’s a good thing.

What should raise hackles, though, is the constant negative drumbeat by radical politicians claiming Common Core is some kind of plot against America and its children. For Heaven’s sake, that’s ridiculous.

Ask yourself: A broad coalition of smart people set the Common Core process in motion. That doesn’t mean it is perfect. But would you rather your kids and the standards they learn by became the playground of politicians, subject to the wild ideological swings of that realm? Not us. Common Core is a good start, based on a reasonable goal. As Bill Clinton once said in a different context, “mend it, don’t end it.”

Minnesota GOP Governor Candidate hates jobs and business, promises to "Go all Scott Walker."

It would have to be a very dry, tongue-in-cheek joke from Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson, to make sense out of his recent amazing comment:
"If we had a Republican Senate and Republican House, then we can go all Scott Walker."
A well-deserved quick correction from Democratic Farmer Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin hoped to set the record straight for those not following Wisconsin's dissent into a joblessness:
"I don't know why anyone in their right mind would want Minnesota to be like Wisconsin. For Jeff Johnson to insinuate that any way (or) stretch of the imagination that somehow being like Wisconsin is a good thing is absolutely the wrong thing to say if you are running for governor in Minnesota."
Yes, joblessness, as described by the Mary Burke campaign press release:
One day after career politician Scott Walker launched his latest attack on a great Wisconsin company (Trek), new jobs numbers reveal Walker's continued failure to create jobs. Following the latest release, which revised May private sector job creation down to a loss of 900, and showed for the first time a loss of 1,200 private sector jobs in Wisconsin in June, Burke for Wisconsin Communications Director Joe Zepecki said.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Walker’s Refusal to Expand Medicaid leaves Up to 35,000 without Coverage.

The numbers were late, and for good reason; Scott Walker ran out of ways to hide the disaster he created for so many Wisconsin families, by not expanding Medicaid.

The administration again repeated the excuse they floated a few months ago:
DHS: “Selecting a qualified health plan through the Federal marketplace isn't the only option that the transitioning BadgerCare Plus members had for securing private health insurance coverage,” said Secretary Kitty Rhoades. 
The phony baloney idea anyone would buy health care from the private sector, without getting a subsidy, is by itself insulting. Or that a spouse didn't include family members by choice on their employer provided plan.

Here's the sad breakdown of numbers:
Of the 62,776 transitioning BadgerCare Plus members;

34,915 had incomes above 133% FPL and would have had to transition to the Marketplace regardless of whether or not Wisconsin had accepted the Medicaid expansion.
But nearly 35,000 didn't make it into the exchanges.

35,000 are left to fend for themselves!!! That’s a big big number. It’s just what we predicted would happen. Walker’s excuses may appeal to the more gullible low information “stand with Walker” voters, but shouldn't pass muster with family members trying to make ends meet. Check out this twisted numbers spin:
24,660 selected a qualified health plan through the Marketplace as of June 13, 2014 or are now eligible for BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid.
Even the 24,660 number is a likely over-estimate, because in reality, only...
18,801 selected a qualified health plan through the Marketplace.

4,867 are on BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid.

992 were flagged as being on BadgerCare Plus/Medicaid and selecting a qualified health plan.
Walker's "100%" coverage scheme is a monumental failure, and the numbers prove it. No spin can change the facts. That's why the state is now running a Medicaid deficit:
jsonline: The federal government is paying roughly 60% of the cost of covering the additional 97,509 people who gained coverage through BadgerCare Plus under the Walker administration's plan.

Walker rejected the additional federal dollars ... that would have paid the full cost of their coverage for the first three years, eventually dropping to 90% of the cost.

The decision to reject the additional federal money is estimated to cost the state more than $100 million in the current two-year budget and hundreds of millions of additional dollars in subsequent years.
The Mary Burke campaign noted:
In the wake of news reports from the Associated Press and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel showing that 61% of Wisconsinites kicked off of Medicaid did not buy insurance through the federal healthcare exchange.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our New Founding Father: Paul Ryan's Orwellian Word Salad Constitution.

What the hell is the "American Idea," part of a new rant by Paul Ryan, and why should we conform to it? 

Is Ryan referencing the wingnut "think tank," Free Enterprise Institute, and their Center for the American Idea? Ryan even says it's our "duty" to oppose everything he doesn't stand for.

But the term American Idea isn't the only ingredient in his word salad. "Popular consent" is also thrown in for good measure. Popular consent is another way of saying majority rule, which negates the Constitutional protections of the minority.

Paul Ryan's New Constitution; His path of "principled renewal" is a license to make unpopular decisions. 

Here's a little taste of Ryan's rank authoritarianism. His all-or-nothing most recent word salad path to prosperity: 
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan today argued the American Idea “imposes a duty” to oppose programs such as Obamacare and Dodd-Frank that “subvert popular government and impose administrative rule.” 

Ryan said in a speech at Hillsdale College such government programs cannot be reformed or restructured and must either end or be “replaced by something completely different and consistent with popular consent and self-government.”

“No reform is possible without recognizing this problem. No reform is worth pursuing that does not turn against this rule and take us on the path of principled renewal.”

Ryan called for conservatives to oppose progressives’ view of administrative rule with a set of policies that comply with the Constitution. He also called for restructuring those government programs that can be saved “within the bounds of limited government.”’

“Self-government under the rule of law is the conservative touchstone,” Ryan said. “It rests upon human equality and our equal endowment with fundamental rights. It helps us identify measures that conform to the American Idea, and those that weaken or conflict with the American Idea. There’s our sure guide for reform.”

Scott Walker's inadvertent Admission of Guilt in John Doe 2?

The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch review of the SB 654 drafting files pretty much proves Scott Walker knew he was on the wrong side of the law, and tried to cover up his crime with legislation that would exempt him and his donors from similar activities in the future.

The author of the legislation, the uncomfortably odd Sen. Mary Lazich, was the perfect choice to carry out Walker's legal slight of hand. 

New documents indicate that just weeks after the first subpoenas were issued in Wisconsin's "John Doe" criminal campaign finance probe in October 2013, senate Republicans had begun working to change state law to legalize the activities under investigation.

Legislative Republicans surprised many in the state in March of 2014 when they tried to rush Senate Bill 654 through the legislature to explicitly carve-out an exception to the state's campaign finance statutes for so-called "issue ads" ... The John Doe investigation was never mentioned during testimony on SB 654 , even among the bill's opponents.

Senate elections committee chair Sen. Mary Lazich (R) had begun working on the bill five months earlier, in October 2013 -- just weeks after secret John Doe subpoenas were issued to Wisconsin Club for Growth, the Walker campaign, and other groups.

The timing provides further evidence that the legislation was designed to have an impact on the conduct under investigation in the John Doe. Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause Wisconsin, now says "this is more than coincidental." "I'm just in disbelief at how brazen this is," he said. 

ObamaCare forcing employers to use Part Time Workers? No.

Finally, statistical proof the GOP has creatively constructed another outrageously ridiculous myth about ObamaCare. 
The Atlantic: The remarkably durable myth that Obama has presided over a "part-time economy," where full-time work has been devastated by his relentlessly anti-capitalist policies. The gist is that the U.S. economy only makes part-time jobs now, and Obamacare is hastening the demise of full-time work. It turns out that the entire increase in part-time employment happened before Obamacare became a law in 2010. As for the claim that involuntary part-time work is replacing full-time work? I think these two lines tell you all you need to know.
Here's the graph that not just explodes the myth of expanded part time work thanks to ObamaCare, but proves no GOP lie is big enough anymore for the purpose of misleading their constituents:


Prosperity through Magic; WMC Freeloaders want everything for Free.

In a press release titled “Making Wisconsin Irresistible to Business,” WMC President Kurt Bauer made it very clear he wants everything without paying for it with tax revenues. How that’s possible is anybody’s guess. 

Perhaps in another press release, Bauer can provide the magic incantation we’ll need to take the place of money:  
The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) Board discussed what reforms would make Wisconsin irresistible during its recent strategic planning meeting. Among other things, Board members identified the need to lower the state’s traditionally high income and property taxes…
…there goes the needed state revenues for...
…maintaining transportation infrastructure at a time when gas tax proceeds are declining, ensuring K-12 students are better career- and college-ready (both four year and technical).
 Shall we try "Mekka lekka hi, mekka hiney ho?" "Klaatu barada nikto?" "Bibbidi-bobbidy-boo?" "Abracadabra...?"

Monday, July 14, 2014

Walker's record on Slow Job Growth and our ever Increasing Debt.

Supply side Republican diehards have seen their economic dreams turn into one nightmare after another, culminating into what we now call The Great Recession.

The hard work it would take to readjust their ideological thinking is apparently not going to happen. Remember, this is a party of elected freeloaders who get their legislation from lobbyists, all the while despising every taxpayer supported second.

Fiscal Conservatism Fails Again: Scott Walker's economic report card is dismal, as we can all see by Wisconsin's poor showing nationally and in the Midwest. For Walker, slogans and spin can't alter the facts.

The Wisconsin Budget Project charted Scott Walker's failure:
The number of private sector jobs in Wisconsin grew by 1.2% in 2013, compared to 2.1% nationally. State lawmakers have passed dozens of tax cuts since 2011, but that hasn’t spurred job growth. Despite nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over four years, job growth in Wisconsin continues to be slower than anyone would like, and our growth in gross domestic product is also well below the national average.  
While CEO's praise their willing dupe Scott Walker for all the tax cuts, these "job creators" forgot to...create jobs. I'm still waiting for the day a business cut its own revenues because they think people should keep more of their hard earned money? That's what they keep telling government to do, and Republicans are dumb enough to take the bait.

That's not all: And the state’s debt under Walker continues to climb, with no apparent plan in place to solve that problem. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau's chart, Walker has increased our debt every year he's been governor, and then some:


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Walker bashes Burke for Land Purchase, despite defending that same Purchase to HUD.

One small detail absolutely trashes Scott Walker’s attempt to deceive voters about a $12 million Mary Burke land deal that never resulted in job creation. The ad states:
"As Jim Doyle's commerce secretary, Mary Burke spent $12.5 million dollars to buy a vacant lot for a company that said it had no plans to create jobs in Wisconsin." 
But look who defended that same deal:
jsonlineThe Walker administrations own housing official, Lisa J. Marks, has questioned HUD's findings, according to the documents released Tuesday. Marks argued to HUD that while the Abbott jobs didn't materialize, the purchase that blocked the truck stop opened the door to major spinoff development, including Uline's new corporate headquarters and distribution facility that already employ more than 850. And Pleasant Prairie officials talk up the 2006 deal, saying the plan was part of a long-term strategy involving Abbott.
Strike before the Truth is Known: This is Walker’s MO. In fact, all Republicans do this without retraction.

As for Burke’s feelings on this:
A Burke spokeswoman said Tuesday that the candidate strongly disagrees with HUD's finding and would challenge it if elected governor.