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Saturday, September 5, 2015

A look at the U-3 and U-6 Unemployment numbers.

This is a quick look at the U-3 unemployment rate vs the U-6 rate: 
CNBC: The Labor Department said Friday that the U-3 unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in August—but does that tell the real story? The BLS defines U-6 as "total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force," plus all marginally attached workers. 
Note: The U-6 numbers are typically used against Democrats, while the U-3's lower rate is used exclusively to support Republican governors:
 
The U-6 rate dipped in August to 10.3 percent, the lowest since June 2008. The overall trend in the U-6 has been more volatile than the main unemployment rate (also known as the U-3). Take today's release (5.1) with a grain of salt, though: Jobs figures for the past ten Augusts have been revised upward by an average of 58,000 jobs, according to a Reuters analysis of news releases and subsequent revisions. August is the most common month for estimates to miss, likely due in part to seasonal adjustment.

Why has Wisconsin Media Covered up for Scott Walker?

Below is an excerpt from Jake’s TA Economic Funhouse about flip flopper Scott Walker. It should be read by everyone, including conservatives, in its entirety. But...

...having said that, what I’ve re-posted here is something that Wisconsinites and the media of this state should take a closer look at: Why do news media sources around the country and world see a much different Scott Walker than our own statewide media has for years? Outside coverage has painted an ugly picture of a career politician that one Iowa Republican voter nailed down by saying, "He's been on all three sides of every two-sided issue.” 

It's not like the national media has been stellar uncovering phonies like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. But Scott Walker's jaw-dropping obfuscating non-answers were even more intolerable than the media was used to, and that in turn prompted the avalanche of well deserved criticism.  

Jake points to a dramatic media problem here in Wisconsin that has lead to the state being dangerously divided:
“But in addition to the excellent schadenfreude you may feel at Walker being made into a punchline, you may also have gotten disgusted as you read those articles, and with good reason. The shallowness, racist dog-whistles, flip-flopping, spinning, excuse-making, and lack of connection to reality has been apparent with Walker for years. So why did the Wisconsin media cover up for him, and refuse to call him out on it, allowing this doofus to embarrass the state again and again on the national stage? Was it really worth all of that campaign money and company-paid trips out-of-state to sell your integrity out and allow the state to be run into the ground?

… And there still needs to be actions taken against AM hate radio stations … You covered up, deflected and spread countless hours of propaganda for this bum, and violated the public’s trust for throwing away any shred of objectivity and decency you may have had. We are still long overdue for the “balance in media” rallies that need to happen in this state.

Because not only has Scott Walker been exposed as a foolish fraud on the campaign trail, so has most of the Wisconsin media. And while Scotty seems to be finally getting some accountability for his pathetic act, shouldn’t Wisconsin’s corporate media also pay a price for what they’ve done, and are still trying to do, in promoting this disgusting fraud?
I thought Christian Schneider's totally clueless opinion proved Jake's point. Republicans in Wisconsin only know the fake, media created governor:
Sorry, we're now seeing the real Scott Walker.


While Scott Walker "talks" about higher wage jobs, the economy is now producing lower wage jobs thanks to the free markets Great Recession.

Scott Walker has promised to do nothing about low wages, but has promised to "talk about" creating high wage jobs. But talk doesn't put a whole lot of food on the American tables, does it? 
Walker: "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." 

The DWD said, "Governor Walker wants jobs in Wisconsin that pay two or three times the minimum wage.”
We all want that, along with unicorns and pots of gold at the end of every rainbow. 

Former Democratic gubernatorial opponent Mary Burke observed:
Burke: “I think it’s an approach that someone who’s been in politics their whole life takes.”
Or we can imagine low wage jobs are just entry level, and nothing more:  
Fox 6: “…we look at the minimum wage not as a family-supporting wage, just as an entry-level wage for young people to get their foot in the door for a job in high school,” Rep. Mark Honadel said.
But in the new economy, brought on by Reaganomics and the free market induced Great Recession, has seen the creation of low and lower wage jobs:
A report by NELP, the National Employment Law Project, underscores why so many Americans are still angry about the state of the economy and with what they see as the inability of Democratic and Republican leaders alike in Washington to do anything to improve living standards for many ordinary workers.

NELP’s analysis showed that once inflation was taken into account, median wages across all occupations fell by 4 percent between 2009 and 2014.

Wage declines in the lowest-paid occupations were much worse, dropping 8.9 percent for restaurant cooks and 6.2 percent for home health aides.

Along with stagnant or falling wages, one of the most persistent complaints about the current economic expansion is that many of the jobs created so far have been low-paying ones. That has changed recently, with more hiring in better-paying fields like business and professional services.

Blame Reagan: The interactive graph (I love it when I can post these) should tell you all you need to know about Reaganomics. Conservatives should think long and hard the next time they hear Scott Walker or any other candidate brag they want to continue Reagan's legacy. EPI:
One explanation may lie in the findings of another study released on Wednesday by the Economic Policy Institute. Its report showed that even as labor productivity has improved steadily since 2000, the benefits from improved efficiency have nearly all gone to companies, shareholders and top executives, rather than rank-and-file employees.

Labor Department data indicated that productivity in the American economy in the second quarter rose at an annual rate of 3.3 percent




Washington State Supreme Court says Charter Schools unconstitutional, unaccountable; Gov. Kasich's Charter influenced Corruption.

It's a ruling that could slow down the school privatization movement, and give taxpayers second thoughts about the unaccountable ways their money is being spent.
According to the Seattle Times, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled 6-3 charter schools to be unconstitutional.

In the ruling, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen wrote that charter schools aren’t “common schools” because they’re governed by appointed rather than elected boards. Therefore, “money that is dedicated to common schools is unconstitutionally diverted to charter schools.”
The ruling is a victory for a coalition that ask(ed) a judge to declare the law unconstitutional for “improperly diverting public-school funds to private organizations that are not subject to local voter control.”
State's that are now dominated by Republican super majorities plan to change what earlier framers of their state constitutions tried to protect us from:
It seems as though a door may be open for restructuring charters … In 2011, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down a 2008 law that created a state commission which have been legal in the state since 1993. In 2012, voters approved a constitutional amendment that reinstated the state commission.
Republicans Attack the Judicial Branch…Again: It’s time the public take notice of what is now a familiar tactic by Republicans; attack judges and justices that don’t agree with conservative orthodoxy. Take Kansas for instance, where GOP legislators unconstitutionally took away the State Supreme Courts power to select district judges because they didn’t like their rulings on abortion, capital punishment and education funding. That's happening everywhere. Here’s one Washington state Republicans bizarre upside down response that contradicts reality:
Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, and ranking member on the House Education Committee and a charter-school supporter, said he was stunned by the decision. “I’m shocked. I’m worried about the political aspects about this. The court is becoming too much of ‘a political animal.”
That's not all, Charters may sink Gov. Kasich's run for president. Since charter school leaders are some of the biggest donors to the Ohio Republican Party, one Gov. Kasich political appointees and husband of his former chief of staff took it upon himself to make charter school results look really good to the public. Again, if Republicans can't win on the ideas front, cheat:
The Enquirer received records that may clarify who was involved in the charter-school misconduct. What we know now: David Hansen, Ohio's school-choice director, resigned in July, the weekend before Kasich launched his presidential campaign. Hansen admitted he intentionally had scrubbed data when he was completing evaluations of the groups that sponsor charter schools.

Skirting guidelines outlined in state law, he omitted failing grades for online and dropout-recovery schools in an effort to make the charter-school sponsors look better overall. Hansen is the husband of Beth Hansen, who served as Kasich’s chief of staff until he launched his presidential campaign, which she now manages. The charter-school situation takes on additional significance because it involves a high-level conservative priority. Republicans have prioritized sending state money to charter schools, charter school leaders are among the biggest donors to Ohio Republicans, especially in the Legislature.
One final thought: If Republicans blame the increasing availability of federal student loan money for the rising cost of tuition, why are they opening the floodgates for more state taxpayer money for K-12 private tuition?

Of course in reality, college tuition increased due to GOP state funding cuts, but using their BS narrative, I thought it was interesting contradiction.  

Friday, September 4, 2015

"Normal Guy" and "Public Servant" Scott Walker said "in my mind" he's no Career Politician!!!

Let's be honest, when you look at Scott Walker now, isn't it a lot harder to understand how anyone could trust this guy? 

Let's take a look at his recent word salad claim that he's a "public servant," not a career politician that Wisegeekdotcom defines this way: 
"political figures who have no significant professional experience outside of the political arena … who has worked in politics for a period significantly greater than that spent working in an outside field." 
In John Harwood's interview, Scott Walker spewed another Humpty Dumptyism when he said:
"A career politician, in my mind, is somebody who's been in Congress for 25 years."
"In my mind?" Outrageous yes, but it might be the only honest thing he's said recently.

The idea that Walker "serves" anyone is laughable, especially after hearing him go on and on about being a big bold leader. In reality, he would be getting things done for a mere 25% of Americans (even a smaller percentage if you just count conservative voters). He's gotten things done because he has a compliant right wing one party system in Wisconsin. If you're not a Republican, then you don't count in Walker's new world order.

Walker isn't shy about his "divide and conquer" platform either, which again, never throws up a few red flags for the news media:
Harwood: "When you talk about fighting and winning, sometimes when I hear that, it sounds to me like the emphasis is on the fighting, almost like you're running to be the hockey team enforcer."

Walker: "Well I think right now people do want to fight in America."
And yet Walker been in office since 1992, amounting to 23 years on the pubic dole. And after all this time, working across party lines is not Walker's style:
Walker: "I think people want a fighter who can win, get the results. I fought, I won, I got results, and I did it without violating my conservative principles."
In the video clip, Walker also claims to be just "a normal guy. I'm a guy from...you know...that's got a wife and two kids..!" That sound pretty much like "normal guy" President Obama, who Republicans never considered "normal guy" enough to hold office. Guess he should have gotten a Harley like Scottie. Due to copyright issues over the video content, I've put together this slide show:
   

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Walker promises national roll-out of Wisconsin's phony energy plan "All of the Above."

Scott Walker took office at just the wrong time when it came to business and job creation centered on alternative energy.

Bad timing too, because coal mines are shutting down due to lack of demand, while state's around the country are focusing in on natural gas, solar and wind energy. The writings on the wall...but not if Scott Walker becomes president.

Walker's "All of the Above" spin is anything but, and the charts below prove that spectacularly:


According to Bloomberg News, Walker's the worst:
As far as wind and solar developers are concerned, the Wisconsin governor may be the worst man for the job.

Five years after Walker took office, renewable energy in Wisconsin is lagging the boom in the rest of the country and industry blames the two-term governor for the shortfall. Walker and his appointees have pushed new restrictions on windmills, cut tax incentives and research funding and last year imposed the nation’s highest fees on rooftop solar owners.

“Renewable energy isn't only confined to wind and solar,” Laurel Patrick, a spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Governor Walker wants residents and businesses to have as many options as possible when it comes to energy resources.” an “all of the above” energy policy that didn’t favor any particular source. 

Walker said the country needs as many different “energy options as possible out there and if I was in a position as president I’d advocate for that.” 
The Horrible Reality?
The state hasn’t added any new wind capacity since 2011, according to the Washington-based American Wind Energy Association. And no Midwestern state has added fewer megawatts of solar in that time, says the Solar Energy Industries Association, another Washington group. 

The state has made life harder in other ways, industry says. Wisconsin officials have refused to clarify rules on whether solar companies can lease their panels to homeowners, keeping out national players. Gary Radloff, a policy analyst at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, which conducts research with private sector energy companies, said Wisconsin’s become “an island of renewable-energy stagnation amid a sea of growth.” 

Walker: " I will continue to have the backs of police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and state troopers and treat them with the respect they deserve." Except for Overtime Pay.

Scott Walker actually said this:
"We must do more to protect those who protect us. Police officers across this country need to know that we have their backAs I’ve done throughout my career, I will continue to have the backs of police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and state troopers and treat them with the respect they deserve."
After Scott Walker actually did this:


Walker not only has to fork over the overtime pay he didn't think important, he's also cutting his security team in half and taking away their recent 4% raise. Would I kid you? From WKOW

Walker says Americans want his "divide and conquer" leadership in Washington!!!

Unfortunately, my rants about our dictatorial rightwing authoritarian governor and presidential candidate were right on the mark. Scott Walker even tipped his hand early on when he said he would run for president only if the Senate flipped into Republicans control. That was his not too subtle message that he wanted a one party system of government, devoid of resistance, or he wasn't going to try.

That for me was my epiphanic moment; for Walker, it's his agenda or nothing. Resistance will be futile.

Now within reach of the presidency, and as I predicted, Walker wants to grease the skids by getting rid of the Senate's filibuster. This is no small or random issue; just like in Wisconsin, Walker doesn't just defeat his opponents, he destroys them by making them irrelevant.


Despot Alert: In a shocking admission, Walker made it clear nothing would get in his way of carrying out his no compromise agenda. This is even more troubling than his Canadian wall comment. In Chuck Todd's final question on Meet the Press, which by the way was not included in the transcript, Walker was asked why his "divide and conquer" style would be a good thing in an already divided Washington. Not surprisingly, just the though of total control put fire in Walker's answer:


Todd: "The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a newspaper that endorsed you in 2010 and endorse you in 2012, recently called you the most divisive politicians in living memory. We have Washington here, I'll be honest with you, it's hopelessly divided, and polarized, and partisan. How do you somehow be the guy who unites us...what do you say to that...?"

Walker: "You know what Americans want more than anything? They want Washington to work. 

Coming together, working across party lines, we've seen for decades in this city, that politicians on both sides, I might argue Democrats more than Republicans on both sides, have largely worked together in ignoring the debt and deficit problem in the country ... so just working across party lines if it doesn't mean getting things done, is not what Americans are looking for.

What they're looking for are leaders who actually get things done. And sure, did I get some push back, yea because I came in and instead of talking about things, I'm gonna get right to work and start fixing things ... What I learned going forward ... You gotta talk about it and constantly explain to people what's at stake, what's at risk, what do we need to do to help future generations ... and that's what we did. Sometimes the status quo defenders don't like it, and their not going to like that a lot in Washington. But I don't  care. And that may mean some of the leaders of my own party. But I'm willing to push back on that. 

Cause I think American now more than ever want someone who's going to fight, but someone who's going to fight and win for them. That's actually going to get results, do it without compromising principles. I think more now than ever, we need a leader in America that's actually been tested, because we see how bad it's been when you have somebody who wasn't, that's the kind of leader I'll be."
UPDATE: Want more proof? You'll notice how Walker is now admitting he doesn't care about "the other" political party anymore:
“We’re going to shake things up in Washington when we get there. We’re going to wreak some havoc and put the American people back in charge. I think people have seen I’ve been able to wreak havoc in our state capitol on the big-government special interests. The difference is I governed like a red-state governor, and I lived in a blue state,” Walker told reporters.

Scott "Divide and Conquer" Walker blames Obama for Racial Tensions and Police Killings?

Logic and common sense tells us that when racial tensions increase under a black president, it’s because racists are not happy about who they see in the White House.

But turning that logic on its head, Scott Walker is peddling the idea that Obama is one drumming up racial tensions against whites. This isn’t even dog-whistle stuff anymore, folks. Since Obama became president, Republicans like Walker have successfully rationalized away racism as a device used against them by racist minorities trying to divide the country.
Exploitation to Divide Americans? Ya think?

It’s ironic really, since it was Scott Walker who was caughton video saying his goal was to divide and conquer his opponents.

Scott Walker is now leading the victimized white man’s attack against black racists who are demanding that their lives matter too, at the same time denouncing protesters redressing their government. He's vilified similar protesters in Wisconsin who turned out by the hundreds of thousands when he attacked labor, even comparing them to ISIS. Nice campaign strategy:
Scott Walker alleges ‘a rise in anti-police rhetoric’ under President Obama: Walker said Wednesday he was alarmed by the "disturbing trend of police officers being murdered on the job" and by the "rise in anti-police rhetoric" that has accompanied President Obama's time in office.
"Instead of hope and change, we’ve seen racial tensions worsen and a tendency to use law enforcement as a scapegoat. This kind of attitude has created a culture in which we all too often see demonstrations and chants where people describe police as 'pigs' and call for them to be 'fried like bacon.' This inflammatory and disgusting rhetoric has real consequences for the safety of officers who put their lives on the line for us and hampers their ability to serve the communities that need their help. We need to change the tone in America from chants and rallies that fixate on racial division."
Walker is fixated on banning dissent, which he sees as a divisive “tone,” and wants to replace it with positive messaging and happy talk. In other words, ignore the problem.
“Instead of focusing on what divides us, we need to concentrate on what brings us together."
Remember this Walker comment, that should have been a campaign killer, but wasn't:
On Aug. 21, Walker was asked if he would meet with representatives of the Black Lives Matter movement, and he answered: "Who knows who that is? I meet with voters. Who knows who that is. That is a ridiculous question. I'm going to talk to voters. It's a ridiculous question."
Giving America a clean slate, free of the racial struggle’s that brought us the Civil War and 60’s civil rights movement, Walker wrote this jaw dropping statement:
"This isn’t the America I grew up in or that I want my children to grow up in."
Walker’s strategy is similar to his party’s strategy; build on GOP misinformation that makes people “believe” what isn’t true:


AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Walker’s presidential campaign, said “We’re drawing attention to a problem that needs to be addressed. When police are being targeted because of the uniform they wear, that’s a problem that needs to be dealt with. This is an issue that Americans believe is getting worse, not better.” According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, 107 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2013 — the lowest number since 1949.   

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Nevada let's parents reform education on their own with taxpayer money, because parents know what's best, right?

Thank you Nevada! Now we'll get to see what happens with a totally voucherized educational system where parents can devise any kind of reform they want, on their own. What a way to spend taxpayer dollars. And I thought Netflix's Daredevil and Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle was fun to watch:
The new school choice law in Nevada giving parents near-total control over the way state education dollars are spent on their children was heralded as "groundbreaking" and "historic" when the governor signed it in June … with hundreds of applications pouring in, state officials are encountering challenges as they try to put the law into practice without any roadmap.
Yup, no roadmap, no real plan. So what could go wrong when you leave educational reform up to…parents?
Parents can use their ESA money to pay tuition at any private school, including those that are religiously affiliated, or buy materials for home schooling. A parent could even use the money to mix and match courses and services from private and public sources to create a customized education for their child … They predict a sizable chunk of ESA applicants will opt to use their money to home school
Ye-ha, that sounds like money spent well. Republicans and private schools are already openly offering ways for people to get around the law:
To qualify for the program, students must have attended a public school for 100 consecutive days before applying for an ESA … Officials in the treasurer's office have been trying to find a work-around so students can become eligible without completely dropping out of their private school and enrolling in a public school.
Gaming the system is easy:
The treasurer's office has since tweaked some rules to allow students to take a single class at a district or charter school while remaining in private school or home school to meet the 100-day eligibility requirement.  
Got some extra time between your job and family, why not try managing your multiple ESA accounts for multiple kids. You can fit that in somewhere between shopping for health insurance, dealing with family illnesses and accidents, shopping for car-homeowners-life insurance, grocery shopping, staying on top of the kids homework, home disasters and improvements...etc. Who's got time to call your representative: 
Most families that sign up for ESAs will get 90 percent of the state money allocated to each child, about $5,000 per student, while low-income students and students with disabilities will get 100 percent, or around $5,700 … some students with expensive needs and possibly deter some poor students and students with disabilities from participating, said Rau of Nevada Succeeds.
Oh, after just a few months in existence, the voucher program is already under funding private schools, effecting the poor and disabled. Don't worry, corporate schools will ask for more of your money:
And despite a survey from the Friedman Foundation that found $5,700 would cover 80 percent of tuition at half of the state's private elementary schools, there's lingering skepticism that ESAs will really put private education within the reach of poor families.

Reporters "Blasted for comments " they supposedly put in Scott Walker's mouth on a Canadian Wall.

What's so hard to understand, really?
Scott Walker: “Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So, that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.
And yet, his campaign staff in damage control said this:
“Despite the attempts of some to put words in his mouth, Gov. Walker wasn’t advocating for a wall along our northern border.”
Huh? See, reality isn't what you think it is, if you just take out seeing with your own eyes and hearing with your own ears. I even included the moment Walker repeated the possibility of a "wall," not seen or heard in many clips. Meet the Press:



A "Stand with Walker" Borg-ite was still denying reality. It seems nothing can sway her or them from their total devotion to this career politician, a guys who's been feeding off taxpayers for decades. Just a few tweets contradicting Walker's in your face support of a possible Canadian wall:


I mean seriously, who wouldn't believe the course of this denial:

Defying Supreme Court, Republicans now deny Gay Marriage Licenses under the "Authority of God."

A Kentucky county clerk has decided, like so many "Constitutional conservatives" have, to reject a law she doesn't believe in, like granting same sex marriage licenses. Don't you just love these cafeteria constitutionalists?

This amazing video has gone viral since the "U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to intervene in the case, leaving Davis no legal grounds to refuse to grant the licenses."

A county clerk in Kentucky has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and "God's authority" … Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis supporters said: "Praise the Lord! ... Stand your ground." Davis has said her deeply held Christian beliefs don't let her endorse gay marriages. Other activists shouted that Davis is a bigot and told her: "Do your job."
Of course clerk Davis can't imagine the chaos her idea might bring to the nation if everybody thought this way. There's no concept beyond me, me, me.

As I've mentioned before, Republicans like Paul Ryan have been pushing the idea that God's word, and bestowed rights, takes precedent over the U.S. Constitution. I never understood why the press didn't question this dangerous conservative viewpoint, and where it could lead, but it's like it's too late now:
Randy Smith, leading the group supporting Davis, said he knows following their instruction to "stand firm" might mean Davis goes to jail. "But at the end of the day, we have to stand before God, which has higher authority than the Supreme Court," he said.
Imagine if story clerks refuse to sell guns to customers because they believed it violated one of the Ten Commandments; "Thou shalt not kill."

Judi submitted this comment about our bible thumping cafeteria Christian and public servant, that bears repeating:
Guess she forgot THIS part of the Bible: Romans 13:1-7 New International Version (NIV) Submission to Governing Authorities....
13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Conservative crazy guy Steven Crowder found an AP story that claimed she ran as a Democrat for a nonpartisan position as county clerk. Huh? Sure, never mind out poor picked on bigot is getting a little help:
Davis is being represented by the Liberty Counsel, a far-right fringe group that specializes in anti-gay litigation. When a federal judge ordered Davis to issue licenses or be held in contempt of court, the Liberty Counsel advised her to disobey the ruling. 
And yet Crowder did more to support my point here, by posting this typically conservative "I'm a victim" rant:
Get it America? THIS is the real war. This is not about cakes, photos, or the issuing of a marriage license in Rowan County, Kentucky. This is about taking down Christianity, which believes in moral right and wrongs, natural laws, and heaven and hell. Remember, the left doesn’t bat an eyelash if a Muslim bakery denies gay couples a cake. This is not about taking down religion, but Christians. With those pesky Christians out of the way, the left will be free to do what they want. If there is no God, there are no unalienable rights (as given to us by God). Clever leftists.
Folks, the real war against the left, Democrats, progressives and liberals. Conservatives won't be happy until they punish, vilify and destroy us. So why aren't Democrats fighting back?


Sunday, August 30, 2015

As County Executive, Walker blamed Gov. Doyle for high black unemployment; as Governor, Walker is now blaming high unemployment on poor policies in the city of Milwaukee.

First, a note to Chuck Todd; Scott Walker was Milwaukee County Executive and nearly bankrupt the county.

That would have made Todd's question even more relevant
Todd pointed to stark statistics for African-Americans in Wisconsin — the nation's highest incarceration rate for black males, a ranking of 50th in opportunities for African-American children, the black unemployment rate being double the national average — and asked why that was the case.
As usual, Walker blamed someone else for the problems in Milwaukee:
Walker pointed toward what he called "poor policies" in Milwaukee, saying it's why he has pushed for expansion of school choice.


Hold on there, a little Back History: In 2009, when Walker decided to run for governor, he claimed the problems in Milwaukee were caused by "poor policies" from...guess who, Democratic Governor Jim Doyle. But now as governor, it can't be Walker's fault? Check out this video from Upfront with Mike Gousha, that also includes his push for "shrinking" wages. You read that right:
Walker: (On doing away with more state jobs) "Yes...we're going to have to look at shrinking the size of government, we're going to have to look at shrinking more importantly, the size of wages and benefits..."

Remember, this all happened under Walker's watch back in May, 2009. Even then nothing was ever his fault:
Mike Gousha: "There are going to be people who say look, Milwaukee county has the highest poverty rate in the state, we're losing jobs in the city of Milwaukee, your largest municipality at a rate almost unmatched by any other big city. Do you share any responsibility for that?"

Walker: "Everybody does, but the state of Wisconsin has done specific things, policy wise, that have effected jobs here...if you look at the tax increases of $1.2 billion of new taxes..."

Mike Gousha"Do you think you bare any of the responsibility for the numbers I just mentioned for the poverty rate, for the lack of employment right now in this community?"

Walker: "No, for us that's been an issue for years...politicians don't create jobs or eliminate jobs...!"
Walker never made the situation better in Milwaukee as governor, a fact pointed out by Todd. Walker as county executive actually agreed to dissolve the county, admitting that it was essentially bankrupt. From the Journal Sentinel's Dan Bice:
jsonline: Milwaukee County government is in such dire financial shape that state lawmakers should push through legislation that would allow it and other local governments to file for bankruptcy … the powerful Greater Milwaukee Committee is looking to recommend doing away with the elected county executive's post, slicing county worker benefits and spinning off the zoo, the bus system, the parks and much else under separate commissions.

(The Greater Milwaukee Committee tried to hide their report, saying) "We don't want this to become some sort of political football during the fall election campaigns ... If these dramatic steps - or something like them - aren't taken county government will collapse," the draft report suggests.
With Walker in charge....
The report also puts it this way: "If we don't make changes today … Parks will close, bus routes will end and families in distress will not get the help they need. Our Milwaukee will grow smaller and smaller as people and companies leave."
He made things worse, blowing a hole in economic development by rejecting the high speed rail project, which in turn killed train manufacturing in the city and related business development along the train route. Here's more of Walker's trade mark word salad:
"We've done all sorts of things," Walker said in response to a question about putting the blame on Milwaukee. "In fact, we put hundreds of millions of dollars in to try to help rebuild the economy out there, but again you've got to have leaders that are willing to use the tools that we've given them. Those are things that we're committed to, and as president I'm going to try to empower cities, towns, villages of all different sizes around this country to have more freedom and more liberties to do things without the restrictions from Washington and without some of the restrictions that you see … Our reforms have opened the door, and school districts like Milwaukee not only in my state but others across the country hopefully can use those reforms to do a better job of providing a quality education."

Forget health care, our crumbling infrastructure and education, Scott Walker thinks building wall on Canadian border "legitimate issue."

I think the following Scott Walker suggestion is taking anecdotal advice to a whole new level.

But Walker didn't listen to hundreds of thousands of protesters?
It looks like a few far right scaredy-cats got a little face time with Walker, and are now getting some traction by our pandering presidential wannabe. I wish I were kidding:
It looks like a few far right scaredy-cats got a little face time with Walker, and are now getting some traction by our pandering presidential wannabe. I wish I were kidding:
Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says that building a wall along the country's northern border with Canada is a legitimate issue that merits further review. The U.S.-Canada boundary is the longest international border in the world at 5,525 miles long. Walker says law enforcement officials in New Hampshire brought up the topic of building a wall along the U.S.-Canadian border during a recent town hall meeting. He says they raised some legitimate concerns, so it's a "legitimate issue for us to look at."
Yes, it's very legitimate to Scott Walker, but mind numbingly bizarre for the rest of us. What next, underwater electronic nets spanning the Great Lakes too?

After hearing conservative radio callers insist that's not what Walker said, I thought it best to read his very unambiguous comment:
“Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So, that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”
And in classic Walker fashion, the media is accused of picking on poor victimized Scott Walker ...
“Despite the attempts of some to put words in his mouth, Gov. Walker wasn’t advocating for a wall along our northern border,” Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement.
But Walker isn't the only one easily distracted by the loony right:
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, on Saturday told an audience in New Hampshire he would ask the chief executive of FedEx to devise a system to track illegal immigrants like packages.
I thought the comment from Canadian spokeswoman Christine Constantin said it best:
"It is a fact that no terrorists have been successful in attacking the United States coming through the Canadian border. All of the terrorists responsible for 9/11 were in the United States with visas issued by the U.S. government."

Republicans caught trying to "intimidate" Obama...?

The blind spot Republicans have over their own overblown victimhood is showcased by the GOP's biggest victim of them all; Scott Walker.

Walker says as much every time he brags about being the victim of liberal union protesters, who he says are trying to intimidate him. Most people would see that as a healthy constitutional right, but really, only a victim would thinks it's intimidation.

So using that same logic, here's a mindless policy tweet from RNC chair Reince Preibus. It's comforting to know the GOP has up to this point been nice enough to "tolerate" the twice elected president. But will Obama be "unintimidated?"

Just an amazing and unsettling comment!


At the same time Scott Walker caught skipping Overtime for his Bodyguards, GOP bashes Obama's Overtime reform. See an anti-labor pattern?

So Scott Walker didn't pay his personal security detail their earned overtime? Without taking a breath, "Stand with Walker" drones are already creating excuses for their "unintimidated" fearless leader...again:


Walker isn't even afraid to shortchange security staff paychecks? Now that's unintimidated. WKOW:

27 News has found the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) is requiring the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) to award retroactive overtime pay dating back to May 19, 2013 to nine Wisconsin State Patrol officers who serve as bodyguards for Gov. Scott Walker and other state dignitaries. Since the State Patrol is a division of WISDOT, the officers are paid out of that agency's budget.
And as we all know, the transportation budget can’t afford another expense, without borrowing more money:
WISDOT Spokesperson Peg Schmitt said the agency was verbally notified of the decision by USDOL on Monday, August 24, but said officials have not yet determined how much it will cost state taxpayers.
It might be surprising to some that Mr. “Unintimidated” Scott Walker thinks he needs so much protection at such a high cost. But maybe they forgot this expense at the 2011 peaceful protests...:
More than 200 law enforcement agencies provided officers for security at the Capitol … in February (2011) (where) huge crowds showed up at the Capitol to protest Walker's separate budget-repair bill … The bill to pay law enforcement officials from all over the state cost taxpayers at least $7.8 million.
Unintimidated, really? If the governor were so beloved for doing what the people wanted, why so much protection?  
The cost for Gov. Walker's security detail jumped from $1.6 million in 2011 to $2.4 million in 2014. The out-of-state portion of that 2014 tab was $89,454, a number which is expected to jump up exponentially in 2015 with his run for the GOP presidential nomination.
The Feds had to step in? So why did Walker wait until the federal government had to be brought in?
Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) “Instead of waiting for the federal government to step in, the state should have paid these officers the overtime pay they were owed to begin with.”