Saturday, November 1, 2014

6th District Candidate for Congress Mark Harris casually wipes the floor with grumbling Glenn Grothman on Drug Testing!!!

I think I could listen to Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democrat from Oshkosh, talk all day about his solutions to today's problems. He was the adult in the room, with Republican State Sen. Glenn Grothman down the table from him.

Grothman looked uncomfortable, irritated and inconvenienced, throwing off answers only because he had to.

The highlight was Harris' answer on drug testing. It was the only major applause line that prompted a warning from the moderator. This is gold:
Harris: "But there's a presumption here that people that are poor are more likely to be abusing drugs, and I'm not sure we have any evidence to support that. I think it's a little insulting that we jump to that conclusion. I bet you none of the business men that are going to get your manufacturing tax credits are going to have to pee into a bottle before they get it." 

Missed Scott Walker Mistake # 2: Walker Authority about to end Family Farms and small Businesses in a single Generation.

Hey, I'm just a city boy, but isn't it time farmers knew what their conservative best buddies did to them before it's too late?

As it originally appeared back in August of 2013: Republicans have bashed the estate tax for supposedly destroying family farms, small businesses and taking a person’s hard earned money away.

Who would have guessed the Scott Walker Authority would have sneaked in a way to do what the estate tax did, and even more?

I've always argued that farmers should be voting Democratic, because Republicans have done everything they can to take their farms and health dignity away. Hell, they don’t even care about high speed internet access in rural communities.

Farmers and small family businesses, wake up, you’re about to lose it all:
Post Crescent: Provisions buried in the new Wisconsin budget dramatically expanded the state’s ability to claim dead couples’ joint property, such as Green Bay Packers tickets or the family farm, to recoup Medicaid expenses — even if the assets are protected in trusts … (to) recover Medicaid money spent on a number of long-term care programs which helps keep disabled and elderly people out of costly nursing homes.
These are the kind of people that are easily targeted and vulnerable.
The state has prioritized recovering every dollar spent on Medicaid over families’ well-being, said Carol Wessels, a Wauwatosa attorney and former chair of the state bar’s Elder Law Section Board of Directors. “My clients are stunned,” Wessels said.

Federal law requires states to recover Medicaid payouts … The state budget language goes far beyond that … would allow DHS to claim property even if it’s not subject to probate, a legal process creditors can use to settle debt after a death, or held in a trust, to protect property from probate.
Republicans targeted small businesses and family farms for dissolution or sale to who knows who… corporate buyers, for what? They changed what didn't have to be changed, to supposedly “protect taxpayers,” the old stand by excuse that shows no mercy.
The (old) regulations allow applicants to transfer some assets, such as interest in a business, at less than market value without penalty. The Wisconsin budget eliminates that exemption, which means a Wisconsin resident seeking Medicaid coverage for long-term care would have to sell his or her assets, such as a share of a family business or farmland, for full market value even if it was going to a child.
If rural voters continue to support Republicans, they won't have anything left under the Walker Authority's rule. It's true Walker gave agriculture a huge tax cut, but at what price?

But the estate tax, well that affects the really wealthy so they will continue to oppose that.

Missed Scott Walker Mistake # 1: Scott Walker screws up Medical Marijuana law!!! Parents with Children suffering Seizures forced to Move out of state.

Democrats have no excuse for not making the following story a major issue. Scott Walker and the Republican legislature did a bait and switch, posed for holy pictures and looked like real heroes. This is really cruel stuff.

Here's the story from June 5th, 2014: Just when you thought Scott Walker had a moment of compassion for the parents of children seeking medical marijuana for the treatment of their seizures, we’re now finding out it was a phony publicity stunt for the upcoming election.

Only a sociopathic monster would pull a stunt like this:  
WKOW: A bill to legalize a marijuana compound called cannabidiol, or CBD, passed the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker in April with quite a bit of fanfare.  But an amendment added to the bill to get it through the Senate says CBD can only be prescribed by a doctor who first gets a waiver from the U.S. Food and Drug and Administration (FDA), because the agency has yet to approve its use. 
This was a cruel and intentional poison pill, and Republicans knew it. They used the bill to appear sympathetic.

Researching how the other 21 states dispense medical marijuana, doctors don't "prescribe" CBD because of federal law, so what they do is “recommend” or offer a certification for the patient to receive the compound. The patient then applies with the state, receives a card, and either grows marijuana or gets their “recommended” dose from a state regulated dispensary.

That's how easy it would have been. And guess who supports this hideous con? Scott Walker. See if Walker’s convoluted comment makes any sense to you, because I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around this one:
"That was not something that was raised to us," said Gov. Walker when 27 News … But Gov. Walker still thinks requiring physicians to get an FDA waiver before prescribing CBD is a necessary precaution. "Particularly when we're talking about the focal point being largely driven by kids, while we wanted to make sure the offering was available, that it is done so in a way that's safe and manageable as well," said Gov. Walker. 
 Absolute bullshit. This really is beyond words. Here's WKOW's Greg Neumann:

Amylynne Santiago-Volker, a Dane County mother whose 9 year-old son Nic suffers up to 100 seizures per day, says she doesn't know of any family in Wisconsin that has been able to successfully get CBD to treat their children.  She says some of those families have already moved to other states such Colorado and California, where medical marijuana is legal and as a result CBD is being prescribed.

Walker's Big Lie: Blames GOP's Great Recession on Doyle, Burke and Democrats.

Our "no answer" Governor Scott Walker is one slick career politician. "Stand with Walker" yes men nod in agreement with the governors word salad responses. They even liked the following Walker stumble over the Great Recessions job losses caused by deregulation and free market principles. Yes, trickle down failed miserably.

Watch slick Scottie quickly change the subject when asked about the lunacy of blaming the recession on former Governor Jim Doyle. He knows it's bullshit, but nods yes, a standard body language response by Walker that magically works like a Samantha Steven's nose twitch.

The press should have hammered Walker on this jobs loss lie years ago. Hell, it's been the focus of his never ending run for a second term, and a ballsy in-your-face lie that proves Republicans can successfully created an alternative reality that can get them reelected. Upfront with Mike Gousha:
Gousha: "Are you saying it's the Doyle policies that caused us to lose 133,000 jobs?"

Walker: "Not all alone, but I said that was the time frame we were in, what we focused on...but again I would say, go back to people, go back before all that happened..." 
Catch that little "not all alone"...that still blames Doyle. Strategically, Walker picked a "time frame" where his party tanked the global economy so they could blame the Democrats and Doyle for it. Walker's one of many governors pulling this stunt:

Whether Walker likes it or not, Wisconsin is still a part of the U.S.. Along with the other 49 other states, Wisconsin is riding the wave of good economic news. Even here, Walker is enjoying Obama's supposed disastrous record, and taking credit for it in his meager jobs count.

Walker's best friend Chris Christie is another failed Republican voters love to embrace as a possible presidential candidate. Bloomberg: 
New Jersey had its credit rating cut one step by Standard & Poor’s, handing Chris Christie his eighth downgrade, the most ever for a Garden State governor ... the lack of progress in fixing budget gaps.
And like Walker blaming a past governor, Christie isn't to blame, it’s the credit agencies?
A potential 2016 candidate for president, Christie said, “We’re trying to address the budget situation, but the fact is that it is not something that should leave them lying awake at night worrying,” when asked whether people should be concerned about the downgrades. “This is, again, I think the ratings agencies going back and being significantly overaggressive because they were such bums back in ’08 and ’09 and they left everybody hanging out to dry.” 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Great New Burke Ad Exposes Walker's former Trek Hit Man!!

The party of racist bigots gets a little sunlight in Mary Burke's new ad. While Scott Walker smirks claiming, "I know nothing," his October surprise may just secure any doubting independents...or will it?

I would hope something this dirty would turn a lot of people off to Walker. Maybe if voters got a look at the guy who sprung this personal attack they would see the Walker connection. Big surprise:

Just to be clear, the claim made by this slimy Walker stooge was no accident:
TPM: Ellerman first made the accusation that Burke was fired. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notedthat Ellerman serves as chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party and ran as a fake Democrat two years ago in order to fight a recall of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R).

Texas conservatives not so Racist? Think again...

More Americans getting health care despite calls to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

My conservative friend in Milwaukee was happy to tell me that after "ObamaCare," more people were without insurance. That sounded logical. 

I was fascinated by his utter dislike of the Affordable Care Act, where a private marketplace of insurers compete for business based on services and price. How big government is that?

I the story below, from Yahoo's Business Insider, posted the most intriguing headline, suggesting that ObamaCare inflicted some kind of damage to the country. If you didn't bother to read the story or look at the graphs below, you would have thought the worst of the ACA.

The following report tells a different story, that reflects badly on the more conservative states. Here's a video of a GIF that shows the yearly progression of coverage from 2008-2014 (year in bottom left corner):

The truth, along with a few graphs, tell a whole different story than what I'm hearing from my conservative friend. Not mentioned below are the reforms by doctors, hospitals and insurers because of the ACA. None of this would have happened without the ACA's forceful nudge:
Since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, an additional 10 million people who would have previously had to pay full price for any health treatment can now afford an annual checkup, eye glasses, or birth control pills. Four million of them are young people between 19 and 25.

In states that embraced the ACA's planned expansion of Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor, the number of uninsured fell by nearly 40%.

Texas (which opted out of participating in the Medicaid expansion along with several other states, mostly in the South), is now the only state where more than 22% of the population lacks coverage.

In total, an estimated 3.6 million Americans who would have likely received Medicaid coverage under the new rules remain uninsured today because they live in states that opted out of the Medicaid expansion.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Corporate-funded ALEC may just amend our state constitutional for profit and Scott Walker's political power.

Does out-of-state big business and ALEC write laws for Wisconsin? You bet, and we’re about to vote on ALEC's own amendment to our constitution, for road builders.

But right wingers like “stand with Walker” Brownshirts laughed when liberals said ALEC was “evil." So these saps decided to lead us into the Soylent Green shredder and chip making machine for CEO snacking when they finally take over:

ALEC's good. All this talk is liberal fear mongering, despite the following…:
PR Watch: On November 4, Wisconsin voters will decide if the state constitution should be amended to require that “revenues generated by use of the state transportation system be deposited into a transportation fund administered by a department of transportation for the exclusive purpose of funding Wisconsin's transportation systems and to prohibit any transfers or lapses from this fund." The ballot measure reflects model legislation pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that is intended to prioritize road funding over all other types of transportation spending.

Shahla Werner, Director of the Sierra Club's in Wisconsin is worried that if the amendment passes and Walker succeeds with his multi-year effort to remove all public transit from the transportation budget, the result will be that all funds generated by state gas taxes and vehicle registrations will be locked in for roads.
Heck, that didn't sound good did it? Unless you don’t care about public transportation, a must have for the 20 something’s who like to commute. They even say they'll move to cities with the best public transportation, and leave Wisconsin far behind. 

ALEC is good. All this talk is liberal fear mongering, despite the following…:
In April 2011, former State Senator Randy Hopper authored the first consideration of the amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 23. In January 2013, ALEC member Representative Keith Ripp took up the cause, introducing Assembly Joint Resolution 2.

"A Guaranteed Fund for a Powerful Special Interest:" According to Wisconsin State Senator Fred Risser, the measure would create "a guaranteed fund for a powerful special interest."
Who cares when you have the job creators behind it:
Supporters of the amendment include Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin, Transportation Investment Coalition, Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association, Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, Wisconsin Automotive Aftermarket Association, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, and Wisconsin Concrete Pipe Association.

"It serves no useful purpose to submit to the highway lobby and guarantee them a constitutionally protected fund that can never be touched even in the case of economic crisis or statewide emergency," Risser wrote for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Pay to play Scott Walker is in the pocket of big business? God you liberals hate Walker an business so much:
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign underscore his argument … found that "the proposal is before voters because a group of wealthy special interests contributed nearly one-third -- $5.5 million -- of the $18.3 million large individual and political action committee contributions accepted by the current legislature."

And, needless to say, Governor Walker is also a major beneficiary of the amendment's special interest backers, who contributed about a third -- $15.7 million of the $45.1 million -- of the large individual and PAC contributions the governor got between 2011-2014.
It's all a fantastic coincidence.

The Daily Show looks at the Koch Brothers..

Will Wisconsin reelect the Dirtiest, Nastiest political Thug in the country, Scott Walker?

Right, Mary Burke would run for governor on her record at Trek, knowing she was fired?

Scott Walker blamed a fawning press that never bothered to vet Burke's record. Check out the the Journal Sentinel's look at the Republican/Walker operatives behind the smear, it's breathtaking.

Watching Walker's well rehearsed response to reporters, our incidental governor continues to act completely removed from this nasty October surprise, except for his carefully crafted pot shot at Mary Burke. Walker is not known for thinking quickly on his feet. From WISC:

Walker: "Any other candidate at any other time in this state's history wouldn't have made it through the primary with the kind of scrutiny that it would have warranted here. You all cover things like my thumb way more than you cover my opponent. You cover the bald spot on my head more than you cover my opponent. Wipe that whole story off the table and I think we make a convincing case with or without that, that her whole campaign in the last year since October 2013 has overwhelmingly been based on what she's against."
Funny how prepared Walker was to continue the personal assault on Burke...
Walker: "Any other candidate at any other time in this state's history wouldn't have made it through the primary with the kind of scrutiny that it would have warranted here. You all cover things like my thumb way more than you cover my opponent. You cover the bald spot on my head more than you cover my opponent." 
As you can see, even this sociopath was having a hard time containing his glee over the irreparable damage his campaign lobbed with this bomb. Smugly calm too.

Mary Burke responded to the political hit piece:
No axe to grind?
She answered questions about recent allegations that she was fired from her job at Trek Bicycle and going after those who shared the story, including former Trek president Tom Albers and Human Resources Director Gary Ellerman. Burke said her position was eliminated in a re-organization and stands by her performance at Trek.
"These are complete lies and fabrications. Tom has an axe to grind, Gary Ellerman has an axe to grind with Trek, and it just shows Scott Walker is not going to stop at anything …these are lies and the voters should look at my track record of exactly what I have accomplished."
Here's WKOW's Greg Neumann with the complete story, a tale oddly released just before the election. Weird huh? Walker said, "They can say anything they want..." leaving the issue out there for his breathlessly in the bag voters:

Will Schimel face blowback for material contained on court ordered release of videos?

Brad Schimel needs to explain why he really didn't want 5 video presentations shown to the public, now that a judge has order just 2 of them released.
jsonline: A Dane County judge on Thursday ordered the release of two videos of presentations to prosecutors made by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, the Republican candidate for attorney general.

Assistant Attorney General Anthony Russomanno said the state Department of Justice was likely to appeal the ruling, which could either permanently block the release of the videotape or delay it until after Tuesday's election.
At least one of the 5 videos is said to contain derogatory impressions of racial groups, but we can only wait and see if they're on the two released videos . If it's true, and if Schimel is the next AG, he's going to have a major credibility problem to deal with in this state as the top cop.

Chris Christie smack down "Sit down and shut up" to concerned constituent the model of conservative politics.

Chris Christie is a real head case. Despite his authoritarian outbursts and 7 credit downgrades for mismanaging the state's economy, Republicans still think he's presidential timber. Yet Obama's the disaster?

Chris Hayes featured Christie's latest smack down of a private citizen aiding the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The real story is all we need to know about this pathetic bully, and something to remembe when Christie runs for president:

Schimel's politically charged run for Attorney General suggests highly partisan influence of our legal system.

Republican accusations of "activism" rings ridiculously hollow now after so many activist decisions both at the state and federal supreme court level. Hate to say the obvious, but the GOP use of the courts kind gives that whole thing away, you know?

But the word "activism" is still being used to ignite conservative outrage over everything that doesn't fall in line with their party agenda. Despotic, authoritarian, dictatorial? Sure, but conservatism is the politics of purity and leadership. It's a majority agenda that doesn't quite see the need for minority influence.

Throughout the attorney generals debate, Republican politician/Waukesha DA Brad Schimel pummeled DA Susan Happ with the activist label at every turn. Another funny thing, Republicans always gravitate to Waukesha County when they're in trouble. Why is that?

I edited together all the highlights:

Schimel's purely political statement that Happ would make Wisconsin less safe and economy less stable;     Schimel's hands off approach to the DNR's lack of enforcement on environmental law;    Schimel's "if you work for any size of should fear her do more agenda" (because a do-less agenda is better?);     Schimel lied when he said Happ didn't have a plan for cracking down on opium use;    Schimel called Happs defense of students ripped off by a number of private colleges a hit list;   Schimel criticized Happ for seeking a second opinion, which she was right in questioning (Schimel too smart for that?);    Schimel's stupid swearing in "fingers crossed" comment that still doesn't make any sense since AG's do offer constitutional opinions the state can act on;     Schimel was wrong on criminal background checks impeding gun purchases;     Schimel wants to correct a political mistake with a political plan to move two entire state departments to his control;   the funnier moment when Schimel admitted he wasn't anybody's choice to fill the open jobs he wanted ("they didn't hire me" should tell you something).

This is what's at stake if "Homer" Schimel takes over as AG:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Walker desperation throw smears Burke, attacking her business strength to win it all. Real governor/presidential material there.

I won't dignify this very effective act of desperation to seal the deal for Walker. Real class act:

Burke and Trek Bicycle called the claims outrageous, pointing out that the statements are being made by former Trek employees who had to leave the company, are both conservative and are airing them just six days out from Tuesday's tight election.

Burke said it was "the kind of smear that has gone on since the start of this campaign."
 I just heard Mary Burke shoot back that at least a million people in Wisconsin wanted to see Walker forced out...FIRED. Nice one. 

New Study undercuts Walker's hope for high wage jobs: "Net Job Growth in Wisconsin has been in the low-wage category!"

One of the most insulting comments made by our normally detached governor Scott Walker about the minimum wage has yet get the kind of blowback it deserves.

We're supposed to be happy with Walker wish that everyone could find work that is pays 2 or 3 times more than the current minimum wage. And I wish everybody will someday win a lottery or find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

It's the most insulting, and dumb response ever, left alone by the media who treated it like a serious solution. A wish for prosperity is not a plan!

But wages are going the other way, and it's not a coincidence that Walker is slipping off to the side the real and looming problem. jsonline:
Wisconsin employment in low-wage occupations has increased markedly since 2000, with the growth accelerating since 2010, a new study by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Marc Levine finds. In the study, "low-wage occupations" have a median wage of $12.50 an hour or less, "middle-wage occupations" have a median of $12.51 to $25, and "high-wage occupations" have a median above $25. Low-wage-occupation jobs bounced back in the recovery, rising by about 130,000 from 2010 to 2013. During that same period, middle-wage occupations lost 16,000 jobs.

"Since 2010, the recovery has been extraordinarily heavily weighted — all of the net growth in Wisconsin has been in the low-wage category," Levine said.
If that doesn't get Walker's attention, which it won't, maybe this wake his voters up:
Some of that growth is from newly created low-wage jobs. But the lion's share has come from middle-wage occupations dropping into the lowest tier as their pay fell in inflation-adjusted terms. The May 2010 to May 2013 period overlaps the administration of Republican Scott Walker, whose economic performance Levine sharply criticized in an opinion article in late June. The current study does not mention Walker.

Abdur Chowdhury, an economics professor at Marquette University, said in an email that Levine's Wisconsin study "confirms what we have found for the U.S. national economy.""Since the Great Recession, and especially over the last few years, wage growth has been relatively flat. This has happened while several million jobs have been created. This indicates that the jobs have been mostly in low-skill, low-wage areas."

Hillary Clinton still crushes "Job Creator" myth.

Job creator is a marketing term for "filthy rich" and "greedy corporate CEO." It sounds so friendly.

Hillary Clinton doesn't have to apologize for telling the truth about "job creators" either.

Consumer demand creates jobs. It’s a pretty simple thing to understand, right? Not for numbskull conservatives. Here's how it works simpletons:
Things that are sold need to be replaced, and if demand is up, businesses hire more employees to keep up with that demand. That’s job creation. Even more mind blowing; consumers also supply business with employees. Without consumers, business would die.
But the comments from previous stories about Hillary Clinton’s statement are telling me GOP voters believe instead in free market Santa Claus's...benevolent corporate bosses. Businesses hire the poor unemployed sap because they feel charitable, even if it hurts their bottom line. Sure they do.

Republicans Gasped in Horror: The fallout continues, and it can only end badly for Republicans. This is not the debate they want to have. Yet the following is so ridiculous...:
The former secretary of state is as prone to putting her foot in her mouth as any other prominent political figure. Clinton tripped over her tongue by saying business don’t create jobs. “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Clinton said, contradicting what she has written in several books and in her decades of public service. By Monday, the gaffe had mushroomed into a full-blown political controversy the likes of which haven’t been seen since 2012’s infamous “you didn’t build that.” 
Infamous "you didn't build that?" Of course Obama never said that, so it can't be infamous. But Clinton is a Democrat, and should havetold Republicans to go to hell, but instead tried to make things right...a liberal weakness:
Clinton meant to say that tax breaks for corporations and businesses don’t create jobs, as she later explained. But Republicans saw the remark as revealing Clinton’s inner leftist ... Talk of the gaffe dominated conservative blogs and broadcasts, as outside groups piled on. Every presidential candidate will face manufactured controversy, but usually not before the previous election has concluded. its notable that her ventures on the campaign trail for Democrats has been mostly flawless – until Friday.
There's nothing wrong with our "inner leftist," unless the media makes it seem like there is, which was done here. But laughably, a Bloomberg columnist tried to “nail” Hillary for contradicting herself. She actually didn't in the quoted passages below, because American companies in foreign countries would only “create jobs” to keep up withconsumer demand there, and not out of charity.
That's an acrobatic pivot from what Clinton wrote in "Hard Choices." As she wrote in one passage:“There were still too many barriers and restrictions, but American companies were slowly gaining access to Indian markets, creating jobs and opportunities for people in both countries.”
Here's another example, where "job creator" again refers to consumer demand in a foreign market:
“We had worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to organize the trip because more trade between America and South Africa promised to create jobs and opportunities in both countries.”

And then there's Chapter 22, "Jobs and Energy: A Level Playing Field," which details Clinton's work to help American companies compete abroad.
“When I became Secretary in 2009, I focused on two big questions about the global economy: Could we sustain and create good jobs at home and help speed our recovery by opening new markets and boosting exports? ... And were we going to let China and other relatively closed markets continue to rewrite the rules of the global economy in a way that would surely disadvantage our workers and companies?”
There is a disconnect, and I'm still trying to distill all of this in just a line or two. Thanks to Hillary, our chance to clarify our thoughts is coming.  

Walker, Schimel pulling away with 6 days left...Wisconsinites love confident GOP Smokescreen.

The amazing shift in Wisconsin’s political leanings is becoming more pronounced, as conservative voters realized they've got a united, single minded lock step agenda that energizes their entire base. Republican turnout is almost impossible to believe.

Walker has managed the magic 50% mark, to Mary Burke’s 43%. But Burke’s disapproval numbers have gone through the roof. jsonline:
Among registered voters, 38% view Burke favorably while 45% view her unfavorably. Among likely voters, 39% view her favorably while 49% view her unfavorably.
And again, not only are Democrats unable to articulate a strong clear agenda, they don’t seem motivated enough show up to vote:
In Marquette's last poll, 82% of Republicans and 80% of Democrats said they were certain to vote. In the new poll, 93% of Republicans and 82% of Democrats said they were certain to vote. Those numbers are similar to what voters were reporting before the recall election of 2012, which Walker won by 7 points.
Wisconsinites vote no for Democrats, vote Yes for their Platform: Had Democrats been pushing their agenda as hard as rabid dog Republicans, they would won on the war of ideas. Try and figure this one out:
 60% said Wisconsin should accept federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage; 25% say it should reject expansion.

 57% back a hike in the minimum wage; 39% oppose it.
Of course voters are also convinced of voter fraud, and like it or not, will continue to see heavy regulations and tighter restrictions in the coming legislative sessions. Representative democracy is slowly slipping away, and we have ourselves to blame:
60% support a requirement of a photo ID to vote; 36% are opposed.
And it’s a sweep with the attorney generals race, that will leave GOP legislators insulated from legal challenges.
Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel is leading Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ 43%-39% among likely voters. The two are tied at 40% among all registered voters.  
There's some truth in the fact that this blog and many others preach to their choir. Conservatives will never challenge us or mention out names in their own media bubble. What their listeners don't know won't hurt them right now.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Walker won't say Burke's name!!! Says he's not running against anyone...condescending much?

Scott Walker couldn't be more clear about how much respect he has for his gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke.
Walker: " opponent."
Walker's disregard for women is evident by what he has signed into law, and not by what he chooses to say, or more importantly, not say.
Walker: "It's a lot more effective not to personalize the contrast. I'm not running against someone, I'm running for the state."
Not personalizing it by referring to her by her name? I've gotta say it, Walker's "her, come on, get serious" attitude makes my blood boil.

And for those unquestioning "stand with Walker" followers, the governorship isn't the place for a woman.

Here's WKOW's Greg Neumann with video of Walker's listless and dehumanizing sociopathic commentary:

Monday, October 27, 2014

While Scott Walker whined about Burke's outside money, he's hoppin mad he's not getting enough!!!

Tonight on All in with Chris Hayes, we're finding out there's trouble between the two massive egos, Scott Walker and Chris Christie. Seems Walker's not getting the money he thinks he needs to lock up the election.
jsonline: Despite taking in nearly $20 million for his re-election bid this year, $10.4 million of which came in the last three months, Walker is still looking for financial assistance. A federal court ruling that lifted limits on contributions from political action committees worked in Gov. Scott Walker's favor, to the tune of about $2 million. In total, he has taken in about $1.9 million more in PAC money than was previously allowed. 
Without any numbers to prove his "comeback" is real, Walker is now choosing to blame campaign spending by Mary Burke, whining he's being outspent...but:
Washington Post: So far, Republicans are actually outspending, and out-advertising, Democrats on the air. While Walker cites estimates from the Center for Public Integrity, which shows Democrats spending more, figures made available by sources with knowledge of the actual advertising marketplace say Republicans — Walker’s campaign and outside groups included — have spent $20 million on television ads this year, more than the $16.4 million Burke and her allies have spent. 
Half of Walker's funding is coming from out of state special interests. Here's the whole sordid story:

WSJ: And Politico reported Monday that at another campaign stop, Walker made a plea for additional spending from the Republican Governors Association, whose chairman is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential rival of Walker’s for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination but someone who may return to Wisconsin to campaign for Walker.

Fox News Heads Explode, part 2: Clinton called names as proof she's wrong.

Hillary Clinton stirred up a bees nest dissing trickle down, supply side economics. 

"And don't let anybody tell you, that, you know, it's corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know, that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried. That has failed. That has failed rather spectacularly."
In the most stunning and amazing example of “projection,” ever, I was directed by an anonymous conservative in the comment section to this website that supposedly offered a rebuttal to Hillary. The clueless GOP base is actually described perfectly in the article.

What conservatives don’t understand is, wait for it, is consumer DEMAND. Consumers have all the power. But the wealthy elite and corporate CEO’s, marketed as “job creators,” don’t want the riff raff to know that they need us desperately, and depend on demand.
Projection? See if you agree. It’s jaw dropping Bizarro World supply side stuff that doesn't offer one solid fact or rebuttal. Just name calling. It's laughable stuff:
Hillary — Are You Ignorant, Stupid or Just a Demagogue? Ignorance seems to be overwhelming everything. Nowhere is that more apparent than in basic economics. The political class uses economic ignorance as the basis for wild claims. So where do jobs come from? Do they just happen, sort of like Ebola? Or, as many politicians would want you to believe, are they created by government? Clinton’s statement above is dependent upon extreme ignorance, or even plain stupidity. If she truly believes it, then she is stupid. (With her background, it is impossible to claim she is ignorant.) Thus, for her to issue such a statement reflects either stupidity or duplicity. Either, in my opinion, disqualifies someone from my vote … If it doesn't represent stupidity than it is demagoguery of the worst kind. Neither deserves voting support.
Let's take a shot at public education for not teaching trickle down economics:
Sadly, ignorance regarding basic economics … we can thank our public schools. Just as Catholic schools do not teach the Muslim religion, government-run schools do not teach free markets. Perhaps it is no accident that the declining school standards are not corrected. Neither political party seems concerned with remedying the process which converts the raw material of our future into functioning citizens.
Yea, my kid is a “raw material.” Wow. I know, it’s truly beyond outrageous. Here’s projection that goes off the Richter scale:
As in so many other aspects of government, H. L. Mencken appears to have gotten it right: The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots. In the great predatory game of politics, it is the citizen who is the prey.
Would it be stupid to compare the number of working Americans just before the Great Recession to the jobs situation right now? Of course, but it’s a trick conservative minds won’t pick up on:
The miminum-wage bill for which Hillary Clinton voted passed in 2007 and took effect in stages, beginning that summer. In June 2007, the Household Survey of the BLS showed that the US economy had 146.063 million jobs in June 2007, just before the increase took place. Last month’s data showed that the US economy had 146.6 million jobs — an increase of less than 500,000 in over 7 years, not “millions of jobs” as Hillary claims here.
The fact that Clinton added nearly 21 million jobs is somehow lost in the mix, while later they did mention Reagan’s total. Funny thing isn't it? And CNN embarrassed themselves:
CNN host John King presented Clinton's comments as a fumble "a little reminiscent there of Mitt Romney saying corporations are people, too," and USA Today called the comments "An odd moment from Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail Friday - and one she may regret."
That was like Romney? Clinton also said this:
"One of the things my husband says, when people say, what did you bring to Washington? He says, well I brought arithmetic. And part of it was he demonstrated why trickle down should be consigned to the trash bin of history. More tax cuts for the top and for companies that ship jobs over seas while taxpayers and voters are stuck paying the freight just doesn't add up."
Here's the argument for "demand:"
 U.S. economic growth has historically relied on consumer spending, and middle class consumers are "the true job creators," Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz points out. Right now, the U.S. economy is "demand-starved," as Economic Policy Institute's (EPI) Joshua Smith puts it. Steiglitz says that, of all the problems facing the U.S. economy, "The most immediate is that our middle class is too weak to support the consumer spending that has historically driven our economic growth."

Vader's Internet Party threat to Putin Empire?

Out of the Ukrain, Darth Vader the candidate? This story is so amazingly well done by the press.


The candidate has recently been seen in Kiev, being driven atop a black van in clouds of smoke and fire, with stormtroopers on hand.

Getting up close with people in the streets, Vader scared some kids to tears, while teenagers were quite eager to take selfies with the potential parliamentarian.

Or how about this priceless reaction. Maybe the kid can sense something is wrong?

Vader appears to be trying to unite with his enemies too:

Darth Vader is not a newcomer to Ukrainian politics. He has previously mounted campaigns for the mayorships of Kiev and Odessa, with promises of free Wi-Fi for students and computers for all kids starting from the age of 10. Withholding his identity, the video demonstrated the Sith Lord to be truly Ukrainian, sporting the country's traditional haircut.

Fox News Heads Explode after Hillary Declare's: "Don't let anyone tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs!!!"

Hillary Clinton attacked the most popular GOP lie; businesses are job creators.

Demand creates jobs. Simple? It should be but isn't.

Clinton is hell bent on hammering a stake through the heart of the supply side argument, that it has ever actually worked.

Check out what Fox News described as a gift wrapped gotcha, "Clinton’s comment will likely be used frequently to attack her as another big-government Democrat." Confident idiots.'s just that they didn't create the 250,000 jobs they promised.
Is Scott Walker a sucker or what?  
At a Democratic rally Friday in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton’s attempt to attack “trickle-down economics,” resulted in a spectacularly odd statement, according to The Washington Free Beacon. Clinton defended raising the minimum wage saying “Don’t let anybody tell you that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs, they always say that.” 

She went on to state that businesses and corporations are not the job creators of America. “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” the former Secretary of State said. 

Promoting free markets, individual freedom, and personal responsibility, MacIver Institute's anti-Minimum Wage argument relies on government help.

The lunatic fringe at the conservative MacIver Institute performed another useless study based on a $15 hike in the minimum wage. I thought we were talking about $10.10? Hey guys, why not $50, $100, or maybe $1 million an hour? Let’s debate a hike that no one’s talking about?
An increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour would result in the loss of 91,000 jobs across Wisconsin, according to a new study from the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy. Of the 91,521 jobs that would be lost under a $15 minimum wage, more than half (51,292) of the losses would be for women.
Ouch. This is even worse than last year’s lengthy report using the same $15 hike, now scrubbed from their site. MacIver is definite about the job losses (not projected?), and ignores the real world data: “13 states raised their minimum wages at the beginning of this year. Those states have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not raise the wage.”

But I couldn't resist posting this story for the following MacIver summation of their findings; forget DEMAND, get government involved?
The report is based on data collected by economists David Macpherson of Trinity University (TX) and William Even of Miami University (OH). "Instead of forcing local businesses to absorb excessive increases in labor costs, policy makers should be finding real solutions that help employers grow their business and create more, better paying jobs," Healy added.
That doesn't make sense. So now they're telling us that government does create jobs? These small government zealots now want government to find "solutions," so they can help business by doing the impossible; “create more, better paying jobs?” My head is hurting.

Only DEMAND does that. MacIver wants us to believe that business will “create” jobs out of kindness and/or because they feel sorry for the unemployed! Great report guys.

Americans believe Democrats are on their side, but are sold on Republican Snake Oil cures.

The recent Pew Research Center poll is definitive proof; the unrelenting Republican lock-step messaging machine can win over the American public's support, even though we instinctively trust the Democrats a whole lot more.

This is a marketing success story like no other. What else could explain the contrasts displayed in the two graphs below. On one hand, American overwhelmingly believe the Democrats are on their side and trust them. On the other hand, the public will still go with the more confident and trident Republican agenda because...I don't know why actually.

Check out the trust level below....

 check out how none of that matters. Despite adding to the instability of Middle Eastern countries, the free market failure's Great Recession, W. leaving Obama (CBO's projection) a $1 trillion yearly deficit...

The GOP’s favorable ratings are underwater: 55% have an unfavorable impression, 39% of registered voters view the party favorably. For the Democratic Party, 48% of voters view the party unfavorably, 47% favorably.
Finally, who's bought and sold by special interests and holds extreme positions but still gets voter support?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chuck Todd comes to Madison, Wisconsin.

Here's Chuck Todd's visit to Wisconsin at Madison's Babe's Restaurant:

He said Wisconsin may be closer to breaking the clutches of political polarization because of what the state has endured in recent years through protests and the 2011 recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker. "They're a little further down the process here of trying to heal the divide simply because they stared into the abyss in a way that maybe even Washington has yet to stare into," Todd said in the video.