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Friday, March 20, 2015

Law intentionally blocking abortions declared Unconstitutional by Federal Judge.

This is big....
jsonline: A federal judge on Friday struck down a Wisconsin law requiring doctors performing abortions to get hospital-admitting privileges, concluding that the measure was enacted primarily to provide an obstacle for women seeking abortions.

U.S. District Judge William Conley, who earlier had put the law on hold, ruled that the 2013 law is unconstitutional. He issued a permanent injunction blocking its enforcement. "The only reasonable conclusion is that the legislation was motivated by an improper purpose, namely to restrict the availability of abortion services in Wisconsin," Conley wrote.

Lester Pines, a Madison attorney who argued the case for Planned Parenthood, said it was clear from the 93-page decision that Conley did not consider the matter a close call. "This was an overwhelming victory for the rights of women in this state," Pines said late Friday.
Of course Scott Walker will appeal the decision.

Walker trampled 1st Amendment and will do it again.

Think Progress's Josh Israel brought back an old Scott Walker oldie and a baddie from 2001, and a now frightening idea considering what might happen if he were to ever become president.

While Republicans have pushed religious freedom to ridiculous levels, Hobby Lobby comes to mind, Walker awhile back took that 1st Amendment right and wanted to crush it. The Wiccan religion,
which celebrates nature and the Earth, wasn't popular enough he said. That's hardly constitutional:
On September 28, 2001, a group of Wisconsin legislators introduced a resolution memorializing (Sept. 11th) “the unity and patriotism of the American people, who hold diverse religious beliefs and represent diverse ethnic heritages.” Six weeks later, one of the resolution’s co-authors — then Wisconsin Assemblyman Scott Walker (R) — posted an alliterative press release, titled “Walker Questions Need for Wiccan Witch of Waupun.” He was chairman of the Wisconsin Assembly’s Committee on Corrections and the Courts and was upset that the Rev. Jamyi Witch had been hired as a full-time chaplain at the maximum-security Waupun Correctional Institution. His reason: her Wiccan faith.

The warden who hired her told the local press at the time that her interviews, references, background and extensive knowledge of a wide array of alternative religions made her the clear choice for the job: “Jamyi is an outstandingly approachable person, somebody that I wouldn’t mind approaching on spiritual matters myself. Witch’s hiring raises both personal and political concerns. Not only does she practice a different religion than most of the inmates, she practices a religion that actually offends people of many other faiths, including Christians, Muslims and Jews.”

She recalled “Walker came out saying he would do whatever it took to have me removed from my position.”

Walker’s stated objection were entirely based on her religion. Walker said, “I can’t imagine that most of the inmates would feel particularly comfortable going to that individual … I would think, in some ways from a religious standpoint, it might actually put inmates in a position that talking to [a Wiccan] is contrary to what some of their own religious beliefs might be.”

Selena Fox. Rev. Fox, whose Lady Liberty League works to defend the rights of Wiccans told ThinkProgress that Walker’s actions demonstrated a lack of understanding of the U.S. Constitution … Witch noted that his effort did “stir up right wing conservative religious fundamentalists.” A state legislative employee put out a press release, she recalled, with the language “burn the witch” … she endured multiple death threats, harassment of her school-aged children, slashed tires, and a silver cross painted on her door. 

Witch urges voters to “beware.” “If we get a man in the White House who is okay with actively seeking to have people removed from their positions because they are not of a faith he approves of… we’ve been down that road before.” Rob Boston, director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State echoed that point. “The incident with Rev. Witch was a test of tolerance for Scott Walker and a chance to show true leadership. He failed it miserably.” 

Who didn't see this coming..."Sodomite Suppression Act" allows gays and lesbians to be "put to death by bullets to the head."

Is America becoming a radicalized right wing despotic country? Yes, with a little ISIS envy thrown in. Here's what attorney Matthew Gregory McLaughlin thought California, heck, the country needs to keep God on our side:


A group of California legislators has filed a complaint against a lawyer who is proposing a statewide ballot initiative that would allow gays and lesbians to be "put to death by bullets to the head."

Matthew Gregory McLaughlin, an Orange County attorney, filed the so-called Sodomite Suppression Act on Feb. 24 with the state's Office of the Attorney General. McLaughlin's proposed law would also ban gays — whom he refers to as "sodomites" — from holding public office. Under his proposed law, people found guilty of spreading "sodomite propaganda" would be fined $1 million or see jail time.

McLaughlin faces an uphill task … The initiative must gather the number of signatures equal to 5 percent of those who voted in the last election for governor — or about 366,000 valid names. 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's Phil Coulson from Manitowoc Wisconsin....

Phil Coulson is coming back to Wisconsin with his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in tow, to fight "Cal" and his team of villains seeking revenge in Coulson's hometown of Manitowoc. Here's a series of pictures leading up to the moment:


It's not surprising, since H.Y.D.R.A.'s Midwest leader Scott Walker has been in charge. I liked the description of the HYDRA polo shirt being offered online:


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Parents Statewide angry over Walker's cuts to Schools, while teacher applicants way down or they're just leaving Wisconsin.

Scott Walker's budget was so dramatically out of line with expectations of state residents, that it's hard to know what he was thinking. This is an all or nothing proposed downsizing or rejection of everything "government." Many Walker voters are suddenly feeling the full effects of their own policy. Beloit Daily News: 
BRILLION, WI: The overwhelming message dozens of educators, parents and school board members delivered to the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee Wednesday was simple: Fund public schools and stop the expansion of taxpayer-subsidized vouchers.

"I'm not just concerned, I'm appalled that education cuts are even on the table. … Our schools are not failing as you have been repeatedly told. They are struggling to succeed with the little resources that you offer them," Kathryn Carley, who has children in the Green Bay Area Public School District, told the committee. Hundreds of community members attended the day-long public hearing at Brillion High School, most of them voicing concerns on varying aspects of Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget.

Don Hietpas, Appleton's chief financial officer: "We cannot sustain excellent student programming and student activities if our revenues continue to be frozen," Hietpas said.
Scott Walker's Act 10 union busting "tools" are all worn out. Vilified teachers leaving state:
Beloit area schools are having a harder time recruiting teachers: Superintendent of the Beloit Turner School District Dennis McCarthy said there has been a sharp reduction in applicants for teaching positions for the past several years. “We have posted numerous positions with little or no applicants … there are simply far less quality candidates available.”

McCarthy said a technical education teacher position in 2009 yielded 17 applicants, but the same position had 5 applicants in 2013. A fifth grade teacher yielded 259 applicants in 2009, yet there were only 28 applicants in 2014 for the same position … down 30 teachers from the four years ago … anticipates $5 million in cuts this year. Tasha Bell, equity coordinator for the district, said “This year we have gone to fairs in Illinois hoping to net some bilingual and candidates of color.”

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, associate dean of teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said there has been a decline among students pursuing education at the university. “It hasn’t been significant, but it’s going down,” Hanley-Maxell said.

Hanley-Maxwell said those who do become teachers are choosing more often to leave the state, estimating a 10 percent increase in students who leave Wisconsin after graduating from UW-Madison … enrollment in California teaching programs is down 53 percent

Scott Walker "Cowers before a few Rotting Corn Stalks, a Fraidy Cat, ready to Torch his staff."

I think the title of The Week story below tells the whole story:
Scott Walker, the gutless wonder of the 2016 presidential race:

Sometimes the most inside-baseball political stories tell you something essential about a presidential candidate. That's what happened this week to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who apparently wants to win the Iowa caucuses so badly that he's willing to torch his staff and his reputation to do it. 

Forcing Liz Mair out was like amputating your finger to deal with a paper cut. Instead of having a problem with a few Iowans and a writer at Breitbart.com, Walker has now baffled his admirers across the right. Mair's resignation signaled that Walker's team either didn't do its homework before hiring Mair, or that it was too spineless to defend her. It is hard to believe the former, since Mair consulted for Walker before during his 2012 recall.

Walker's unwillingness to defend his own hire will give other consultants and policy experts jitters before joining the team. It totally undercuts his reputation as a tough-minded fighter who stands on principle. And it may contribute to an alternate interpretation of Walker as a 'fraidy cat.' Earlier this month, Walker caved to Iowa ethanol interests by reversing his position on the federal mandate.The problem, in other words, wasn't the tweets of a single staffer, but the way Iowa's parochial concerns act like kryptonite on Walker's convictions and reputation.

If you were a top expert, a policy-thinker, or a consultant, which candidate would you want to work for? The guy who tosses his people out on the say-so of an Iowa Republican whose name he had just learned, or Jeb Bush, who doesn't give a just exclusive to his enemies? Until this week, Walker supporters could have pointed to his white-knuckle fight with Wisconsin's public-sector unions. Now his critics can point to the way he cowers before a few rotting corn stalks. 

Scott Walker's record means he'll only add half the jobs created under the Obama administration?

What a weird record to brag about. 
AP: Wisconsin added jobs at half the national average: 

Ranking 40th in private-sector job growth for the 12-month period that ended in September. 

The state has lagged the national average since July 2011, bad numbers for Gov. Scott Walker as he talks about his record Walker (since) January 2011.

Private-sector jobs grew 1.16 percent in Wisconsin during the 12-month period, while the national growth rate (Obama's) was twice as high at 2.3 percent. 
All other neighboring states grew at a higher rate than Wisconsin.That doesn't matter to our bubble world right wing dreamers...like Walker. Despite the truth behind the "gold standard" quarterly numbers, Walker continued to talk about a world most of us have never seen: 
"Wisconsin's economy is growing and we are moving in the right direction," Walker's spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said in a statement. 

"Governor Walker's policies are working and our unemployment rate is down for the right reasons," she said. 

We Built Wisconsin, Obama and the Democrats built the economic comeback, and Walker is giving it all Away!!!

I've been saying for some time now that Scott Walker can't just give everything Wisconsin taxpayers built away, like the UW and our state parks. They aren't his to give, they're ours to keep.

It now looks like Walker is trying to take advantage of the economy Obama built with the much criticized stimulus money Republicans say failed miserably. But the media is onto him:

Politico: Republican governors in the heartland are taking an economic victory lap for what might be called the Midwestern miracle: Michigan is achieving the unbelievable and Wisconsin—well, according to Gov. Scott Walker, “the Wisconsin Comeback is working.” What—you thought this was President Obama’s recovery?

It’s an article of history, almost of faith, that a rising economy benefits the president, his party and its White House ticket. And there’s plenty to brag about: The national jobs report for February was greeted with“strong” to “wow” to “barnburner.” “The United States of America’s coming back,” 
The story goes something like this:
These governors are claiming the resurgences as their own in narratives that don’t mention Obama or the federal government, except as impediments. Yet economists say (it was) the policies Obama muscled through to strengthen the safety net and prevent collapse on both Wall Street and Main Street. To paraphrase Texas populist Jim Hightower: These governors were born on third base and they’re claiming credit for hitting triples. The irony is rich given that Obama confronted a solid wall of GOP opposition.
And this is how it happened:
Marc Levine, founding director of the Center for Economic Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, says Walker was “surfing on the impact of the stimulus” in his early months. Wisconsin’s share of the money resulted in a 50 percent increase in federal dollars coming into the state and helped push Wisconsin into the top 20 states for job growth in 2010. “We came out of the recession much more rapidly than other states,” Levine said. “My view is the stimulus played a very important role.”
And the real reason so many are still unemployed:
Richard Stock, director of the Business Research Group at the University of Dayton, says that is partly because the labor force has shrunk by more than 100,000 ... due to older workers forced into early retirement by layoffs, shutdowns and difficulties finding new jobs ... new jobs … are not comparable to the high-wage manufacturing jobs that were lost. Levine cites similar asterisks … The growth of jobs and the Gross Domestic Product “has been inferior compared to national rates.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Walker leading, ignores 88% of Wisconsin residents who oppose freezing DNR Stewardship Program till 2028!!!

How out of step is our "unintimidated" leader Scott Walker with the rest of us Wisconsinites?

For a guy who never believed in the state in the first place, campaigning on the slogan “Believe in Wisconsin Again,” his scorched earth agenda looks more like he’s got a score to settle than a guy trying to help.

After just finding out 58% of Wisconsinites want Walker to expand Medicaid and another 53% want him to ready a State Health Care Marketplace in case the Supreme Court strikes down the federal exchanges tax credit, we’re now learning farmers and hunters are fuming over cuts that effect them!!!


WKOW: A new poll commissioned by the Wisconsin chapter of the Nature Conservancy shows nearly 90 percent of those surveyed want the state to continue purchasing land for conservation through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, which does polling for a number of Republican candidates, found that even 76 percent of GOP voters want the land purchases to continue … (instead of) freezing all new land purchases until 2028 … 83 percent of those polled said they would tell their legislators to vote to continue funding stewardship purchases going forward.
Yea, like telling their safe seat Republicans lawmakers will have any effect at all.

Forget Wisconsin, Walker takes his orders from Iowa now.

Remember when the Iowa Republicans told Scott Walker not to approve the Kenosha casino? He did just what they said and killed thousands of jobs and took a pass on millions in state revenues. 

Iowa Republicans continue to pull Walker's strings, for now...
WKOW: Liz Mair, the online communication strategist Governor Scott Walker's (R-Wisconsin) political action committee (PAC) who was hired Monday, resigned Tuesday after the chair of the Iowa Republican Party demanded Walker fire her. After she left Walker's campaign, Mair fired off about 40 tweets that clarified her positions on issues like ethanol subsidies and reiterated her criticism of King.
Even the biggest conservative personalities are feeling mighty uncomfortable. Just as revealing are those silent loyal Walker talk show hosts who are now looking like the shameless shills we knew they were:
On Wednesday, a number of conservative columnists slammed Gov. Walker for caving to the pressure applied by the Iowa GOP.

Eric Erickson, editor-in-chief of redstate.com wrote: "Given Liz's work history, I will put it to you this way — Team Walker has botched this. There's just no way Liz Mair resigned with it being her idea. I haven't talked to her yet, but there's just no way. So instead of Walker owning this, he's passed the ball and made a staffer off herself. That's unfortunate and plays into the “not ready for prime time” theme already developing around Team Walker." 

In the Washington Examiner, conservative columnist Timothy P. Carney wrote: "The pattern is this: Scott Walker will stand up and fight the special interests, if they're already his sworn political enemies. But when he gets pushed around by a political power broker, or a well-heeled lobby group that's 'on our side,' Walker rolls over." 
All in with Chris Hayes featured libertarian and editor of Reason.com, Matt Welch. Will Walker survive this pathetic pandering to Iowans again?

Walker just under 55% of the way to fulfill 250,000 Jobs Promise, as state drops to 38th in job creation.

Perhaps Scott Walker can do for the nation what he did for jobs in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin gained 27,491 private-sector jobs in the 12 months from September 2013 through September 2014, a 1.16% increase that ties Wisconsin with Vermont at a rank of 38 among the 50 states in the pace of job creation during that period. Economists consider Thursday's job creation figures, known as the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, to be the most credible and comprehensive available.
Is this what supply side success looks like?
Jobs figures for January that were released Tuesday complete the cycle on Walker's first term and shows how far the state fell short. Wisconsin reported … a gain of 137,400 over January 2011. That's just under 55% of the way to Walker's goal.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Employment Statistics report can be subject to large revisions … the BLS adjusted 2014 figures through a process called benchmarking … job estimates for 2014 were revised downward by as many as 25,800 jobs.

Since January 2011, Wisconsin has seen growth of 5.75 percent in private sector jobs, which trails the national average (9.12 percent) and neighbors Michigan (10.58 percent), Minnesota (6.74 percent) and Iowa (6.25 percent). Illinois had a lower growth rate in that time, 5.35 percent.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Walker knows better than 58% of Wisconsinites who want Medicaid Expansion, and better than 53% who want Governor to plan for a State Health Care Marketplace!!!

During Scott Walker's "flip flop excuses tour," we discovered Walker's real weakness, and the origin of every one of his great ideas; he's listening to the people. That's his problem? 
“I think the key is if you've listened to people and you have a valid argument for why you've done it—we've laid out exactly what we've done—but I think people want strong leaders and they want leaders who’ll listen to the people,” he said.
Let's see if that's true, by comparing Walker's agenda to the recent Public Policy Poll (PPP):
Citizen Action: The polling shows massive public support for Wisconsin to take the enhanced federal funding for BadgerCare rejected in the Governor’s budget. It also shows overwhelming support for Governor Walker and the Legislature to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could yank health insurance subsidies from over 183,000 Wisconsinites. Both are closely related budget issues.
And yet the secret to Scott Walker's success is listening to the people:
On taking the BadgerCare dollars currently being left on the table by Governor Walker, the public supports taking the money by an overwhelming 31 point margin (58% to 27%).
And if you wanted to be cruel and mean spirited, then why not take the most irresponsible position on public policy ever; let's millions nationwide, and 183,000 Wisconsinites lose their marketplace doctors and insurance:
On the question of taking precautions against a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could endanger health insurance subsidies for over 183,00 Wisconsinites, the public by a 20 point margin (53% to 33%) thinks it is the Governor’s responsibility to take action to prevent anyone from losing their health care.

Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin said, “The public wants Wisconsin to take all the money that is on the table to strengthen BadgerCare, and believes it is Governor Walker’s responsibility to take action to safeguard the health coverage of the over 183,000 Wisconsinites at risk from a potentially dangerous U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Just in case you were wondering the political makeup of the people polled:

Walker Exposed! He really doesn't like Iowa, plays them for suckers.

Like Scott Walker's deceptive ruse to get as many undeserved votes as possible in the Racine/Kenosha area, just before rejecting the casino, he's now duping Iowans to get their votes on ethanol (bottom tweet).
Iowa has been a punching bag in online quips by Republican Scott Walker's new strategist for online communications. Walker's political action committee has been wooing Iowans, opening office space in Iowa, and hiring Iowa staff ... Republican political consultant Liz Mair is one of the latest hires by Walker's PAC, Our American Revival. She'll offer advice on social media and blogger outreach.
Reflecting the general behind the scenes sentiment of the Walker campaign, these tweets are amazing:

Ready for another now infamous non-answers? It’s a killer:

When The Des Moines Register asked Team Walker what Mair was referring to when she said Iowa is "once again" embarrassing itself, Rick Wiley, a top political adviser to Walker, answered: "Liz Mair was brought on to Our American Revival as an online consultant, not as a policy adviser. Governor Walker has had very substantive conversations with Iowans on issues important to them and will continue this dialogue through Our American Revival."
ALERT UPDATE:  Mair fired…I mean quit! Mair’s behavior was way too much of a glimpse into the way Walker looks at people and the process. Or should we assume no one, including Walker, interviewed her or knew where she was coming from? Mair publically said what the campaign was privately thought:
Liz Mair resigned … after taking fire from Iowa Republicans for tweets criticizing the crucial first caucus state. "We accept those who have a variety of viewpoints on issues but what we ultimately must have is absolute respect for people across the country,” top Walker strategist Rick Wiley said in a statement.
Just as insulting? After accusing farmers of being “government dependent” on subsidies, a familiar Republican complaint, Mair said she was referring to Iowa Democrats? WOW!

She even blamed the messenger...




Walker comes clean; clarifies non-answers with no nonsense non-answers.

Slippery Scott Walker exposed, again!!! He really can’t answer a question honestly. You have to wonder if he even knows what he really thinks.

What I can tell you is the Time article below is the closest thing to comic relief you'll see this week. 

Wisconsin media created this monster and is to blame for letting him get this far.

Immigration flip flop: “Reputation for keeping our word…” huh? The ultimate non-answer:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker rejected the “flip-flopper” label Saturday after he shifted his position on immigration reform. “Just a narrative from the other campaigns that are frustrated with the fact that we've got a strong reputation of keeping our word.”
Supported Right-to-Work, he just called it Act 10: “My point is, I’m not pushing for it.”
Walker said claims that he had changed positions in other areas “ridiculous.” “I've always been a supporter of Right to Work, I was a sponsor of it,” Walker said. “I gave 300,000 union workers in my state the right to work four years ago, and I just signed it into law.” But for years, Walker had no interest in pushing legislation that would prohibit agreements between businesses and unions that require employees to pay union dues. “My point is I’m not pushing for it,” Walker said during his re-election campaign last year. “I’m not supporting it in this session.”
Walker really meant he wanted a 20 week abortion ban? “They’re taking an ad out there…” The campaign ad had nothing to do with the 20 week ban, and more importantly, Walker deceptively said he would leave it up to "a woman and her doctor:"  
Walker has also come under scrutiny on his commitment to opposing abortion … his 2014 campaign ad said he supports “legislation to increase safety and provide more information for a woman considering her options. The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor.” Walker told reporters, “My position’s consistent on that. They’re taking an ad out there that talked about what the law did in the state which was endorsed by Wisconsin right to life.”
Walker loved Common Core before he was against it: This isn't just tea party pandering. Walker's trying out a new scheme to neutralize his flip flops by saying he's just "listening to the people." Really, since when do leaders like Walker listen to the people, especially after seeing how he ignored hundreds of thousands of those same people protesting his decisions? 
On education, Walker’s first budget funded the implementation of the Common Core standards, now anathema to the GOP base. Walker has since backed away from supporting the standards ... Asked what the difference is between changing his mind and flip-flopping, Walker said the politically damaging charge shouldn’t apply when politicians are responding to voters.
“I think the key is if you've listened to people and you have a valid argument for why you've done it—we've laid out exactly what we've done—but I think people want strong leaders and they want leaders who’ll listen to the people,” he said.
Big Oil Walker hates alternative energy, that includes ethanol: Jaws dropped over this one:
Walker, who is on record opposing Ethanol mandates in Wisconsin, said last week in Iowa that he supports maintaining the Renewable Fuels Standard, before gradually phasing it out. Asked about the discrepancy, Walker said, “I didn’t enact it in Wisconsin. My position was about Wisconsin and my position was clear. What we’ve done in terms of what we said in Iowa was pretty clear as for going forward. Eventually we want the standard phased out, but right now it needs to be in place for Iowa.”
..."for Iowa," because he needs their vote!!! His online consultant had already tipped Walker's hand.

Walker okay with failing septic systems contaminating groundwater!

When Scott Walker proposed downsizing the DNR at a time when the state couldn't keep up with sand mine inspections, and defunding our state parks, you knew something was up right?

Could Walker be the most anti-environmental governor in state history?   

The answer is a resounding yes. Small government is one thing, but cutting a program that stops groundwater contamination (drinking water) to achieve that ideal is crazy irresponsible:
WPRWalker Budget Ends Program That Helps People Update Septic Systems, Close To 500 Low-Income People Have Applied To Grant Program This Year: Low-income property owners who make under $32,000 a year would not be able to receive financial assistance for replacing their aging septic systems under Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget.

"It’s one of the best funding sources for low-income people to replace these systems that are an environmental concern and a health concern," said Terri Dopp-Paukstat, president of the Wisconsin County Code Administrators ... the grant money goes toward replacing older systems that are shown to contaminate groundwater or drinking water. She said close to 500 people have already submitted applications for assistance this year. "They would not get funding or reimbursement if this budget were to pass the way that it’s written now," she said.

Last year, the program awarded around $2.3 million to 654 low-income property owners.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tea Party Voters love Walker's near last place position in Midwest for job creation.

Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan highlights Scott Walker's miserable record in Wisconsin and a formula he promises will work nationwide. PolitiFact

Our rating: Pocan said Wisconsin is "dead last in the Midwest for job creation."

Among 10 Midwestern states -- in terms of percentage growth in private-sector jobs -- the latest figures show Wisconsin is tied for ninth. So, not quite "dead last."

We rate Pocan’s statement Mostly True.

Scott Walker's Cuts to your Public Schools....

School Funding Reform for Wisconsin is featuring an amazing list of graphs detailing just how much your district will lose under the proposed biennial budget. Check out your districts cuts here.


example of district graphs
STATE BUDGET FOCUS:
CUTS TO PER PUPIL AID IN 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

The graphs to the left summarize, by county, cuts that will be made to school districts in year one of the proposed state budget.  School boards will be unable to raise their tax levies to make up the losses.  

The Journal Sentinel just posted a detailed look at Walker's hit on schools.


Republicans don’t know squat about health care, as they try to hide their ignorance and planned cuts.

There is a solution to health care insecurity.

We could increase the Medicare tax on our paychecks to shore up the program, or to create a national single payer system that would cut costs dramatically. We could also raise taxes to help cover everyone.

Americans need to have health care certainty. It’s the price of freedom and liberty.

Health insurance companies by the way are the biggest road block to the GOP’s ideal of a free market system, since they provide their own network of doctors and hospitals at an already agreed to price.  That's not competition. You won't always get the best price or doctor, since you can't go through a different insurer. 

House and Senate Republicans are now coming up with a scheme to cut more taxes by cutting…wait for it, Medicare. Remember their outraged over Obama's supposed cuts Medicare? For some reason, cutting Medicare is better when it's done by Republicans.
(Republicans) will propose major spending cuts to programs such as Medicare, health care subsidies, food stamps and the Medicaid program for the poor and elderly to produce a budget that's balanced.
Republicans even said they won’t tell us what they’ll cut, because it’ll only make us mad, like Paul Ryan’s detailed plan did (what details?).
Senate Republicans are shying away from the controversial Ryan budget, instead opting to introduce a plan that outlines the size of budget cuts — but not how, exactly, they would change entitlement programs like Medicare. A lack of specifics also likely insulates Republicans from political attacks moving into 2016 — and makes it harder for outside groups to analyze their plans.
Right, we wouldn't want to be able to analyze their plan. Just in case you're still not sure:
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a senior member of the Budget panel said, "From the standpoint of a budget, the less words of the English language you use, the better off you are.” Grassley said it’s preferable to "just have figures in there" instead of spelling out specific reforms, as Ryan did.
Any questions?

Magical Free Market? To make this easy, we first have to understand health care is not a consumer product. If you make that claim, you don’t understand health care. But what about laser eye surgery/knee & hip replacement, they’re “products” that came down in price due to competition, right? These are “elective” services we choose to get fixed, not covered by insurance, and still costly. That’s why we have to take “medical vacations” to countries like India.

The Affordable Care Act replaced the failed “individual market.” That’s where we saw premiums skyrocket, policies dropped and pre-existing conditions excluded. That was the whole point of ObamaCare. Republicans now want to put all of us into the individual market with no group rate savings and junk policies that cover only what we can afford.

The poor will get shut out of Medicaid once Republicans block grant the program to the states, who will then put in place a myriad of impossible hoops to jump through, forcing the needy to get help at already cash strapped churches and charities. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2nd Grader gets Climate Change Non-Answer from Scott Walker.

Note to network reporters, see if you can match the tenacity of 2nd grader Aaron Stark, in the video below, who tried twice to get an actual answer about climate change from Scott Walker:
Aaron: "If you were president, what would you do about climate change?"

Walker: "Well, I...I...you know I was a Boy Scout, they always taught me a campsite should be clear, the way that you found it, so I try to work with the people that care about that issue to make sure we have a better place to live than we found it."

Aaron: "Do you care about climate change?"

Walker: "Ultimately to me I want to make sure that we have all the natural resources we have here...(inaudible)...we could possibly afford....(inaudible)."
Aaron was served up a Walker word salad, dodging both of his questions.


With Wisconsin in rear view mirror, Walker moves on, not looking back.

Scott Walker’s “big and bold” fire sale of public property is a sure sign this governor is so over us. The fact that his approval ratings are tanking now is a sure sign we made a huge mistake reelecting him:
Scott Walker and the ‘home-state haters’ problem: What I find especially interesting is how increasingly common this is among the other Republican presidential candidates. It doesn't look great for Walker that his own state’s voters are skeptical about his White House campaign, but he can take some comfort in the fact that so many of his GOP rivals are in the exact same boat.

Public Policy Polling: Those who say they approve of the job Walker is doing fell to 43 percent, while those who disapprove increased to 52 percent. In late October, the same Democratic-leaning poll found 49 percent approved of Walker’s job performance, while 47 percent disapproved.
Most importantly, the independents are changing their minds since Walker decided to get rid of the UW, stop funding the state parks, take science out of the DNR, and meddle in private sector business unions with RTW:
Walker's approval among independents dropped (from 48% in October) to 36%, (and from 45%) to 57% disapproving of his job.  
Big and bold, Walker style, isn't a popular theme in Wisconsin.

Republicans targeting VA for privatization and profit.

The right wing joke leveled at liberals is this; Koch, Bush, Koch, Bush, Koch, Koch, Koch...

For some odd reason, conservatives like jabbing liberals about how often they bring up the Koch brothers. The fact is the Koch's have multiple front groups pushing privatization, and joking about it doesn't change reality. Like this corny named group; "Concerned Veterans for America." Of course they're concerned.

It'll be interesting to see veterans react to their own party's move to offer them up to the wolves lurking in the free market health care system, where profits and bottom lines take precedent over actual care.

What goes around comes around...