Thursday, August 6, 2015

Walker's inane nonsensical Tweets are crazy, if not just flat out dishonest!!!

Scott Walker continues to use Obama's national economic policies to boost his own failed performance and image in the state. We'll see more of this if what I read someplace is true; that only 39% would reelect Walker as governor.

The only thing Walker can state for real are the unemployment numbers, which by the way are rising, getting worse...oops; from 4.5 to 4.6%. Obama's unemployment stat depends a great deal on GOP states functioning correctly, employing people, which they're not. Obama's numbers look good, but could be better if not weighted down by austere Republican state policies.

And Walker thinks we're dumb enough to believe he can make such a comparison, especially after making unemployment harder to get and kicking everyone else off.

His tired old meaningless graphic drives me crazy. Is he that dishonest or what? I'm posting it here because it should embarrass him and his campaign on a more national level:

Republicans pushing idea that raising the minimum wage makes workers unhappy! Does that work for CEO's too?

My conservative friend in Milwaukee emailed me a "I told you so" story about the horrors of raising the minimum wage, in this case at WalMart. I'm guessing he doesn't read these stories or he just doesn't understand them. Here's the scary headline:
"An Unintended Consequence of Wal-Mart Pay Raise: Unhappy Workers"
The higher minimum wage doesn't make workers "unhappy," it makes senior employees unhappy knowing their wages are now closer to less experienced worker wages. Another words...ENVY.

Nothing has changed for more experienced workers; they didn't lose any money or take a lifestyle hit. But envy, pushed by Republicans at every turn in the last decade, is now the norm: 
In interviews and in hundreds of comments on Facebook, Wal-Mart employees are calling the move unfair to senior workers who got no increase and now make the same or close to what newer, less experienced colleagues earn. New workers started making a minimum of $9 an hour in April and will get at least $10 an hour in February.
The whole story tells us something different, which my conservative friend must have skipped over:
Along with bumping up the minimum wage, it increased the amount workers receive when promoted, boosted pay for some managers and raised the maximum pay for all hourly positions.
The point is this: Raises, like the hike in the minimum wage, have been around since the dawn of man. If hiking the minimum wage is so bad, isn't any raise at any income level just as bad? Of course, but the wealthy just get richer because they deserve it, unlike the poor who don't. And it is pitting people against people, just like it has for centuries.

It's only an issue when the poor make more money. Funny how that works.

Dumb Ron Johnson Trashes Senate Ethics Code by Trashing Opponents on his Official Government Website.

It looks like Dumb Ron Johnson is not an ethical guy. Of course we always knew that, and that he wasn't very smart either, so showcasing his conspiratorial rants on his official Senate website only confirms all that. 

Now Johnson might be...nope, scratch that, should be in trouble:
Blog posts on Sen. Ron Johnson's official Senate website, including one that a watchdog group complains violated ethics rules, have mysteriously been taken down. Johnson violated the Senate Ethics Manual’s Internet policy, which says senators and staff members cannot use Senate Internet “for personal, promotional, commercial, or partisan political purposes.”
And that's what he did, as the Huffington Post article pointed out below:
One of three blog posts that have disappeared recently was Johnson’s response to a Huffington Post story about him arguing that “The Lego Movie” is part of an “insidious” anti-capitalism propaganda campaign. Johnson's post calls out HuffPost’s Ryan Grim, or “some liberal writer at The Huffington Post,” saying he “can’t seem to figure out why I or anyone else would say this about ‘The Lego Movie,’ and he insinuates some kind of conspiracy. The strange thing isn’t that a kids’ movie was anti-business, it is that someone claiming to be a journalist never encountered the idea before.”
Funny thing, my 16 year old son quickly pointed out how Lego is the ultimate capitalist; stores everywhere, movies, TV shows, overpriced products, and early indoctrination in their robot building Lego League competitions. You get the idea.

But Dummy wasn't done breaking the Senates ethics code yet:
A different blog post ... arguing that “Senator Johnson blatantly used his Senate website to attack a political opponent” when his staff responded to a fact-check article by PolitiFact Wisconsin. Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold (D) (said) that Johnson is “opposed to all government-assisted student loans.” The organization rated Feingold’s statement as “mostly true,” citing numerous interviews and news reports in which Johnson takes a firm stance....

The complaint alleges that much of Johnson's blog post responding to the article was directly aimed at Feingold ... Johnson’s Democratic opponent in 2016 ... “Had Senator Feingold said that Senator Johnson has consistently pointed out that Washington policy on college assistance has serious negative unintended consequences, then he would have been right,” reads the deleted post.
I wish PolitiFact had been more precise, because as we all know, Republican defunding at the state level raised tuition, not access to student loans. 

But the vilification and marginalization of Democratic liberal thinking by our right wing authoritarian dictators knows no bounds:
PolitiFact ... “seems to have a hard time being honest about what words mean.” It tries to tie PolitiFact to Feingold, concluding that it "apparently sees the world in exactly the way a left-wing Democrat who spent 18 years in Washington would.”
Remember, you don't want to question authority in our one party system of government.
The third post that has been removed also took aim at a PolitiFact report, this one on Johnson claiming that Feingold was “the deciding vote” when the Senate approved the Affordable Care Act in 2010. PolitiFact deemed Johnson's assertion “mostly false.” Johnson’s post mocked PolitiFact’s fact-checking and rating system by giving his own “ruling” on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which runs PolitiFact Wisconsin.

An archived version of Johnson’s blog shows that the posts were removed sometime within the last month.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Startup Renewable Energy Crushing Big Oil's Billionaire Big Bosses?

Funny thing happens as time marches on, we progress. Things change.  Sometimes we find better ways to do everything, from modes of travel to curing diseases.

The same thing goes for energy. And yet Republicans don’t want to move into the new millennium. I’d like to shake the hand of the guy who convinced conservatives that rubbing two sticks together wasn’t the best way to light a fire. Thanks to Matchboxes Inc., they scientifically proved that was not the case.

So our conspiratorial Republican big oil lackeys rolled out a group of sad sack CEO victims who, like unlike Match Boxes Inc., merely claimed our actual environmental, wildlife and health officials were trying to destroy their industry and charge families unheard of energy price like we’re already paying for fossil fuel. Oh, and forget about the cost of coal going up because fewer companies are mining due to a lack of demand:
Fox News: A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday heard witnesses argue that “sue-and-settle” legal arrangements involving the EPA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and hyper-aggressive environmental organizations have cut energy suppliers and state regulators out of the discussion, speeded up the agenda to force unrealistic environmentalist priorities on the energy market, and are likely to cost consumers and producers billions of dollars in the years ahead.
Why wouldn’t you believe big oil special interests and their “scientifically” researched fear mongering, their eyes look so sad:
“The sue-and-settle model takes policy making away from the public and puts it into the hands of one special interest driving an agenda to ultimately prevent the use of fossil fuels,” declared Katherine Sgamma, vice-president of the Western Energy Alliance, a Colorado-based lobbying organization for small oil and gas producers.
See, Western Energy Alliance is obviously unbiased and only trying to protect the 5 mega oil monopolies from a few startup “special interests” moguls in the wind and solar industries, whoever they are.

Adding insult to injury, the heartless Fish and Wildlife Service schemed with environmentalists to protect 404 threatened and endangered species. What the heck?
In lawsuits involving the Endangered Species, Sgamma noted that after the Fish and Wildlife Service made a deal with one environmental organization that involved 404 threatened or endangered species, the same organization came back the next year with demands involving 53 more.
And the lunacy of cutting down on preventable deaths and saving hundreds of billions of dollars in lost work and health care costs, is one reason big oil special interests are so frustrated:
In the case of the Clean Power Plan, the “artificial urgency” of the legal effort has been “key to push the regulations out the door, rush an incredibly complex and expensive rule through standard regulatory review processes, steamroll any potential political opposition, and put pressure on the states to begin compliance activities immediately,” argued Andrew Grossman, an adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute.

Calling the Clean Power Plan announced Monday a “naked power grab” that imposes national standards on state regulators, Grossman charged that “at every step of the way, EPA has relied on sue-and-settle tactics to facilitate its outrageous conduct.”
Of course you have to believe the courts are willy nilly ruling against big energy for the fun of it, and because of liberal judicial activism. Thank god Republicans still believe in federalism:
“This is not how the regulatory process is supposed to work in a country founded on the principles of the rule of law and federalism.”
Republicans, who've been depleting state environmental agencies for years, are now concerned the remaining staff will be overwhelmed by court ordered environmental compliance before it’s all too late for all of us:
Sue-and-settle “overwhelms regulatory agencies, resulting in settlement agreements and consent decrees requiring agencies to promulgate major regulations within an arbitrarily imposed timeline,” said Senator Mike Rounds, R-S.D., who chaired the subcommittee hearing.
Of course states wouldn’t find themselves in this mess if they just did their job enforcing the law.
In the blog post, General Counsel, Avi Garbow,  declared that “the ‘sue-and-settle’ rhetoric, strategically mislabeled by its proponents, is an often-repeated but a wholly invented accusation that gets no more true with frequent retelling.” EPA, he said, had no control over who decided to sue the agency, and “is not complicit in such lawsuits.”