Saturday, August 15, 2015

Scott Walker thinks he was "pretty smart" dropping out of college in his senior year.

Just a little catching up on my part after a week long vacation; I will not let even one dumb Scott Walker comments disappear without first finding a place on my blog.
With jaw dropping short term thinking, Scott Walker got a big thumbs up from RedState’s Erick Erickson (“Excellent answer”) and the low information audience for dropping out of college:

When Walker was asked about (leaving college his senior year), his campaign responded by referring us to a brief comment he made Aug. 8, 2015 at the conservative RedState Gathering in Atlanta. Walker said:
"It's simple. My senior year of college, I got a job offer from the American Red Cross. A lot of my friends who were a year or two older had degrees and no job. I had a job offer, no degree. I'm pretty smart. I took the job."
Pretty smart giving up all the money he spent on three and a half years of college? A "excellent" classic example of short term Republican thinking.  

But did he really leave for a marketing job or a run for political office? I say political office:
In February 1990, shortly before dropping out, Walker took a job in marketing and fundraising with the local chapter of the American Red Cross. It's also possible he was lured from school by politics. In fall 1990, while still living in the campus area, Walker ran against then-state Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat now in Congress, and lost.
And Walker's almost legendary emotionally disconnected pat rehearsed answers? Nothing new; as noted by one Marquette professor: 
Even in politics class, Walker could appear disengaged.
“He seemed utterly bored,” said Michael Fleet, who taught him in a class on the politics of the Third World. Fleet said he’d hoped to get Walker into debates with the liberals in the room. But it didn’t work. Walker would only give occasional short speeches that made conservative arguments.

“It wasn’t always on key. It wasn’t always in response to anything,” Fleet said. “He wasn’t engaged. It was like he came in with a script.”

Friday, August 14, 2015

Walker, like all GOP presidential candidates, not familiar with hard work! Why do you think they're career politicians?

The unconstitutional act of drug testing Americans for food stamps and unemployment benefits, without cause, proves how misinformed Republicans are about our founding document. It also proves how simple it would be to tinker with and reinterpretation the meaning of the Bill of Rights.

The Onion just posted this not so crazy story:

Combine the drug tests with a narrow elitist view of what constitutes hard work, and you've got a middle class death spiral like we've never seen. And that's what's at stake in 2016.

Scott Walker would much rather ignore the plight of minimum wage jobs entirely so he can focus all his attention on simply telling people to get higher paying jobs. That's so much easier too. Remember, he recently said that talking about, and dealing with, the racial divide would only make things worse. So the same goes for the minimum wage I guess:
"The left claims that they're for American workers and they've just got really lame ideas — things like the minimum wage. Instead of focusing on that, we need to talk about how we get people the skills and the education and the qualifications that they need to take on the careers that pay far more than the minimum wage."
Walker's Department of Workforce Development issued this similar twisted view:
"Governor Walker wants jobs in Wisconsin that pay two or three times the minimum wage. The department has determined that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the wages paid to the complainants (seeking a hike in the minimum wage) are not a living wage."
What's Work? Most of us can remember the sweat and spirit killing tedium we had to endure in our early minimum wage jobs. Sadly, today's economy has shifted to similar low wage service jobs with no benefits.

So Sen. Rand Paul's offensive and condescending view of these hard working Americans, whether minimum wage or not, gave us all an unfiltered look at what conservatives really think about income inequality:
“The thing is, income inequality is due to some people working harder and selling more things,” Paul told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “If people voluntarily buy more of your stuff, you’ll have more money.”
Or Jeb Bush's bizarre advice, assuming Americans don't already working 2 to 3 jobs to get by:
Bush told the Manchester Union Leader “people need to work longer hours” so they can “gain more income for their families.”

Walker compares Iran agreement to unsupervised sons with girls in their room. He really said it....

Scott Walker's grandiose self image, where he pictures himself as a strong disciplinary father figure, would be comical if it wasn't so damn frightening. Seriously, does Walker really think his latest comment about the Iran deal sound anything like the thought process of a world leader, much less a really bad learning segment on Sesame Street:
Washington (CNN)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday compared the nuclear inspection proposals in the Iran deal to bad parenting. Walker told conservative radio host Simon Conway:

"I've got two boys in college now, but when they were in high school, we used to have a rule that they could have friends over, including girls, as long as the door to their room was open. To me, the provisions in this deal are like telling teenage boys not only can you have the door closed, but we gotta shout up the stairs before we walk up the steps, 'Hey, we're coming up to check and see what you're doing, I just want to give you advance notice. It makes no sense.

You would't do it as a parent, we certainly shouldn't be doing it with the leading sponsor -- the leading country when it comes to state-sponsored terrorism." 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sexist Hypocrites: After "RedState" exposed for sexist Clinton comments, they unashamedly welcome Media Matters readers.

Apparently RedState is so desperate for page hits that even when they're exposed as sexist hypocrites for bashing Hillary Clinton, they don't mind getting attention. Here's RedStates condescending comment:
"If Hillary Clinton possesses any unique selling proposition beyond proving even a homely woman can sleep her way into power, it is her tenure as Barack Obama's secretary of state. That seems to be a slender enough reed when polls show the electorate could give a flying rat's patootie about experience and favor a change agent above all."
Here's what Media Matters simply pointed out after RedState banned Trump for his sexist comments to Megyn Kelly:

Here's how shameless hypocrites and bullies respond to getting even more attention (bottom of pic):

Hillary takes aim at Scott Walker's scorched earth educational cuts to the UW and public schools.

Scott Walker's calm sleepy eyed demeanor has successfully concealed his more vindictive personality trait for years. Thankfully, that's about to end.

As predicted, Walker's massive cuts to the UW and public education are now coming back to haunt him. Think Progress
Hillary Clinton:“And you take somebody like Governor Walker of Wisconsin, who seems to be delighting in slashing the investment in higher education in his state; in making it more difficult for students to get scholarships or to pay off their debt; eliminating the opportunities for young people who are doctors or dentists to actually work in under-served areas in return for having their debt relieved; ending scholarships for poor kids; and most surprisingly to me, rejecting legislation that would have made it tax-deductible for you on your income tax to deduct the amount of your loan payment.”
Okay, here’s the criticism that always drives me crazy; our free market Republican privateers, for some odd reason, hate the free market when Democrats like Hillary Clinton negotiate speaking fees. 

Here's Walker's embarrassing anti-free market response to Clinton's criticisms:

Clinton has come under fire for collecting lavish speaking fees from universities. 
Republican policy is rife with easy answers to amazingly complex problems, like Walker’s tuition freeze. Is that a solution to crippling student debt and the rising cost of education? Didn’t think so:
But even Walker’s attack on Clinton doesn’t escape scrutiny. University officials have pointed out that freezing tuition eliminates one option to make up for Walker’s large budget cuts. Walker also proposed a $127 million cut in primary school funding in January and Wisconsin’s decrease in per-pupil spending from the 2010-11 year was the highest of all 50 states, according to a 2014 U.S. Census Bureau report.
Again, the easy Scott Walker answer is freezing tuition at public universities. But cost conscious conservative voters should ask themselves why they should trust expensive for-profit private colleges more, when they lack accountability for promises made to students. Their record isn’t good, and victimized students are swimming in debt. 

Walker is pushing that business model. He's asking for easy accreditation for private colleges, not for the benefit of students, but for increased profits and fatter bottom lines:
Scott Walker, in a post on Red State, called her a “deceiver-in-chief” when it comes to her higher education policies:
“America needs real reforms in higher education, including putting in place incentives to keep costs low, confronting the accreditation cartels that limit options, and improving federal government data so students and families have the information they need to make the best decisions possible.”
As Think Progress rightly pointed out in a case that should give pause to tightwad conservative voters:
Their mention of accreditation is likely a reference to making accreditation easier for for-profit colleges. Corinthian Colleges have been guilty of misrepresenting job placement data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and have closed campuses afterward. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Yes, Scott Walker is a Big Government Republican, say Wisconsin School Principals.

The party that celebrates "opposite day everyday," said they were giving school boards more local control, freeing them from Washington special interests, namely union bosses.

But that's not what happened say Wisconsin principals:  
Some 35 school principals from Wisconsin have sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker — who is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — saying that state education policies and budgets are hurting their schools. And they told Walker that his war on “big government” isn’t really returning power back to the people but actually making it harder for communities to have a say in local education decisions.

The principals said they're concerned about how changes passed under Walker forcing schools to compete will result in more segregation. The model will result in an exclusionary system between the "haves and have nots," they wrote. And they point to how Walker has pledged to reduce big government, yet they feel power "of the people, by the people and for the people" is less in the people's hands than it once was. 

"The people in local communities have far less voice today than they did only a few decades ago," the letter states, saying that school boards have less power now to make policy, funding and testing decisions. "Since the onset of revenue limits in 1992, our school districts have been reducing and eliminating programs and resources. We are burdened by the cumulative effects of budget cuts resulting in increased class sizes, cut programs and deferred maintenance plans."
Something I didn't see coming was this: Republicans are now quietly separating out school funding, slipping more money to rural districts, their voting base.  Don't get me wrong, they need the help, but so does every schools across the state. But this is ripe for abuse and voter bribery. From WISC:

Here's the principals letter (click to enlarge):

Liberal Progressive hell-hole Madison, filled with smarty pants educated citizen elite, ranks 3rd as most educated large city.

We're number 3 and it's not because of the Republican trash hanging out at the Capitol. Despite the freeloading GOP presence, Madison is hanging tough, trying not to dumb down too much. 

Of course it's not like Republicans haven't tried to fill our local schools with unqualified teachers, or defund the UW system as payback for being so smart:  
jsonline: Madison ranks No. 3 on list of most educated large cities in America … on NerdWallet's latest list of the most educated large cities in America. In Madison, 94.9% of residents have at least a high school diploma or associate degree, while 53.7% have a bachelor's degree, 15.5% gave a master's degree, 5% have a doctorate and 3.9% have a professional degree, according to NerdWallet's analysis of U.S. Censu Burea data on educational levels.
Milwaukee came in at 91.
Minneapolis ranked No.13 on the list. All the other most educated big cities on the NerdWallet list were outside the Midwest. Nationwide, about 86% of Americans 25 or older have at least graduated from high school, and 29% hold at least a bachelor's degree.

Republicans sow anger, frustration and desperation just to get elected.

The Republican frame on issues continues to dominate media coverage in the presidential race and of politics in general. Forget about the barrage of fabricated outrages, lies and myths that for the most part have been exposed as absolute nonsense.

The Fiscal Times article below is the prevailing thought process on the right. Voters assume all the confident declarations made by their candidates and politicians must be true, even just a little bit. 

Let’s briefly dissect the articles list below, starting with the right wing authoritarian Republican agenda; ramming their austere fiscal policies down our throats, borrowing, the “not-so-small government” takeover of local governments, overall privatization, vilification of the poor/teachers, and wild west gun laws. Republicans will say the Democrats “rammed” through “ObamaCare,” but is getting a super majority of 60 votes really considered ramming? 

Most of the whining below was intentionally created by Republicans to impose their one party dream on everyone else by frustrating and angering people:
6 years of Obama forcing unpopular policies down Americans’ throats.

Six years of lies and misdeeds by unaccountable bureaucrats (projection including total fabrications).

Six years of lame growth and resulting wage suppression (Republican oppose minimum wages).

Six years of appeasing our enemies and facing down our friends (endless wars/lost American lives).

Mainstream Americans feel marginalized, pushed to the back of the pack, while the plight of transgenders in the military or imprisoned blacks takes center stage (blatant bigotry and racism from the right wing, continuing into the next point…)

Under President Obama, Americans have become more polarized on race relations and immigration, and nearly every other issue as well. Obama has hinted that white Christian Americans are racist, indifferent to the travails of blacks and Hispanics and unreasonably hostile to Muslims (Republicans have rationalized away racism by blaming Obama for this polarization).  
Republicans have been so successful with their narrative of lies, that polls now reflect their agenda:
This is uncontestable. A poll this past spring showed that 61 percent of Americans think race relations are “bad,” the highest reading since 1992 … In the summer of 2008, before Obama’s election, 53 percent of the country considered race relations good and only 37 percent considered them bad. That’s quite a turnabout. 

Nearly two-thirds of the country thinks we are on the wrong track, while only 29 percent think things are going well. 
The article sums up this right wing lunacy with the following list that exposes the failure of the GOP’s austere free market shift:

The frustration at the sorry plight of our public schools (massive GOP cuts), the deterioration of our infrastructure (no money due to tax cuts), the weakening of our military (still believe in the military industrial complex), our bloated and unsustainable entitlements programs (thanks to trade policies), massive cybersecurity breaches (in the private sector) and so on. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Republicans exploit Planned Parenthood videos to kill off Biotech Industry in Wisconsin. What a jobs plan.

It's been a common theme under Scott Walker to oppose all things that hint of liberalism, science, and logic. Walker destroyed a regional concept tying Milwaukee with Chicago by opposing high speed rail and the development that went along with that (also between Milwaukee and Madison), trashed attempts to expand and develop an alternative energy industry, and made major cuts to the UW system because those radical liberal eggheads continue to indoctrinate our kids.

Here we go again. The world acclaimed biotech stem cell research at the UW is the next victim of Walker's ideological one party nationalist agenda, pushed by Republican Neanderthal State Rep. Andre Jacque. Jacque found freeloading off the taxpayers much easier than getting into life saving medical research.

Exploiting the Planned Parenthood video tapes showing nothing illegal or unethical, Jacque compared the use of fetal tissue to Nazi research. For some reason, and despite actual similarities to past nationalist socialist societies that have threatened world peace, Republicans continue to compare Democrats and scientists to Nazi Germany with impunity. Audio from the Devil's Advocates show:

Jacque: "Respect for human dignity is essential to the authorization of scientific research, a fight underscored by numerous and horrific past failures to establish or follow such protocols, such as Josef Mengele's  atrocities at the Auschwitz concentration camp..."
Jacque wasn't done making outrageous, base agitating, bizarre comparisons:
"I suppose a similar philosophy would justify the likely continuing mass occurrence of forced organ harvesting and transplantation from executed political prisoners to the well-connected in China."
Here's the coverage from WISC and WKOW

The Assembly's Criminal Justice Committee held a hearing on a measure Tuesday that would outlaw selling, donating and experimenting with fetal body parts in Wisconsin.

The dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Medical College of Wisconsin and a trade association representing biotech companies are all lobbying against the measure. Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health said, "This lifesaving research would come to a complete abrupt stop in Wisconsin with a devastating effect on our state's capacity to attract and retain biotechnology."

Little Houses Melissa Gilbert getting ripped by press, because she's a Democrat and celebrity, running for Congress.

Funny thing about liberal actors becoming politicians; they can't be taken seriously and they're ridiculously liberal.

But Republican actors going into politics, they're legendary and encouraged:

Monday, August 10, 2015

Scott Walker rolls out grand One Party Vision, ignoring solutions for Racial and Economic Disparity.

I thought it was odd that those “big Washington special interests” Scott Walker is always talking about were only made up of unions, and not the multitude of GOP special interests, like big energy, big banks and big corporate special interests. And that's by design. Since business is the magical cure for what ails the country, Walker thinks focusing on real solutions will only make our problems worse.

For Walker and every other Republican, self worth is derived from serving an employer and being employed. But if you're at home taking care of a family, between jobs or even just working a minimum wage job, you're not included in Walker's grand plan. 

Walker's recent comment about racial tensions highlights his attitude about every problem tearing this nation apart:
"One, I think in general if anyone focuses on racial discord we’re going to get more."
So ignore the problem, don't bring it up, and it will disappear automatically under Walker's more positive message, which is to demand unity. Oddly, as I've point out in the video clip below, he must first unite us by carry out his master plan to divide and conquer us:

Huffington Post-Don't Focus On 'Racial Discord' Or You'll Only Create More: "If we focus on unity we’re going to get more of that. The families of the massacre in Charleston showed us the way. I think it’s a prime example if we focus on things that unite us, ways to share the American dream." 
Walker's determination to roll out his purely ideological vision, with no real world solutions, goes even further than his wacky GOP opponents and corporate billionaires:
Other presidential candidates -- Republican and Democrat -- have called for a broader conversation about systemic racism in the nation's justice system in the wake of high-profile shootings of unarmed black men across the country. Bipartisan calls for criminal justice reform have also grown in and out of Washington, with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the conservative billionaires David and Charles Koch joining in. 
Walker's vision of accountability and a government in the hands of hard working Americans, can only be attained through the benevolence of big business. But business now has the ability to force us live a "healthy lifestyle," make religious decisions in our personal lives, and uses their corporate size against us to push their agenda in Washington.

Knowing all this, here are a few Walker quotes (lies) meant to distract voters from his real and frightening agenda:
Gov. Scott Walker has said the GAB should be dismantled, replaced with “something completely new that is truly accountable to the people of the state of Wisconsin.”

"We’re bringing new and bold leadership from outside of Washington that takes power away from big government bureaucrats and union bosses and puts it back where it belongs: in the hands of hard-working Americans."

"Common sense reforms to create a government that is limited in scope and—ultimately—more effective, more efficient, and more accountable to the public."