Thursday, September 3, 2015

Scott Walker's Iranian Ignorance!

By Jeff Simpson

Scott Walker on the Iran Deal that President Obama negotiated and is working to get passed:

I will terminate the Iran Deal on Day One. Unlike others, I don’t need months or years to mull this over. - Scott

The Iran deal as voiced by an actual informed adult:

Scott Walker is anxious to become Commander in Chief and start a war.....he is not just uneducated and ignorant, he is dangerous!

Oh, The Irony!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Walker Has His Back Against The Canadian Wall

In the above video, the gentle reader will see part of Scott Walker's interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press this past Sunday, in which Walker said that building a wall along the Canadian-US border was a "legitimate issue."

The gentle reader will also see Walker's appearance on Fox's "American Newsroom" on Tuesday, in which he denies ever talking about a fence along the border, calling it a "joke."

Here is the dialogue from Sunday:
“Do you want to build a wall north of here too?” Todd asked, noting that Walker has talked about building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter terrorism in addition to illegal immigration.

“Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire,” Walker replied. “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.”
In fact, Walker doubled down on his Canadian wall after the show had aired:
In the immediate aftermath of his comments, Walker didn’t back down, tweeting on Sunday: “Law enforcement expressed concerns to me about border security. I won’t ignore them.”
Per Walker, we shouldn't pay attention to what he said but just to what he says he said.

Or so he says.

Legislative Republicans Turn Their Attacks To Birth Control

By Representative Chris Taylor 

In what is the Republicans latest attempt to eliminate basic healthcare services for women across Wisconsin, including breast and cervical cancer screenings and access to birth control, the Assembly Committee on Health is holding a public hearing today on Assembly Bills 310 and 311.  This legislation will defund critical family planning health centers across Wisconsin, take money away from county health departments, and reduce access to needed health care services. 
“Over the past few days, the national spotlight has been on Governor Walker since he said he would consider building a wall between the US and Canada.  For Wisconsinites, this shouldn’t be surprising.  Governor Walker and legislative Republicans have been building barriers between women and needed health care for years.  Now they have turned their attention to attacking birth control,” Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) said.
Assembly Bill 310 would exclude most Wisconsin women’s health centers from the federal Title X funding, which goes towards comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services.  Under current state and federal law, no public funding may be used for abortion services.  This bill conflicts with Title X regulations that require women to receive certain referrals under the program.  Over $3 million in federal funds are received annually under this program in Wisconsin.  
The second bill, Assembly Bill 311, slashes birth control reimbursement rates for Medicaid family planning services, 90 percent of which is paid for with federal funds, and will impact up to 51 family planning health centers.  A recent state fiscal estimate indicates that for county and city health departments alone this bill will result in reducing revenue by up to $788,800.  These changes will put many local family planning health centers across Wisconsin out of business, particularly those health centers in rural communities, where no other provider is available. 
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the largest family planning provider in the state, alone cares for over 60,000 patients each year and in 2014, provided 3430 cervical cancer screens and 4799 breast exams.
“While our children return to school this week, it is clear that Republicans want to return to the 1950’s when women and families had few choices and options over their reproductive health.  Over the last four years, legislative Republicans have placed more abortion restrictions, with no exceptions for rape or incest victims in some cases, on our law books than almost any other state in the nation.  Apparently that conservative red meat wasn’t rare enough, since the two male authors have now set their sights on restricting women’s access to birth control and cancer screenings.  It is appalling that Republican politicians are willing to sacrifice women’s health and lives to score political points with the most extreme wing of the Republican Party,” said Rep. Taylor.  

Scott Walker Burns Hillary Clinton

By Jeff Simpson

Scott Walker recently tweeted this out

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Some inside information given to CogDis was while he was posting this picture, Mike Huebsch was in the background yelling  ---- BURN while Ashlee Strong was there saying  "Hillary is lame and Bill is a jerk".  

When asked by a reporter if this was the right thing to post on twitter for a Presidential Candidate, Scott Walker responded softly "a sphincter says what?"

When asking clarification of his spokeswoman Strong her answer was "I know you are but what am I?"

While it is not surprising that this guy thinks a middle school insult is Presidential:

It does surprise me that anyone in this country would think that Scott Walker is qualified to be the person who sits in the most powerful position in the world.

Middle school insults are for people who want to wall of Canada not for someone who wants to sit down and broker a peace deal with our enemies.

Career Politician Walker Claims To Be A Political Outsider

Scott Walker thinks that the American people are dumb. Really dumb.

Walker, who has been in politics his entire adult life, is now claiming that he is not a career politician.

No, really:
Gov. Scott Walker denies he’s a career politician — even though he has been in elected office since he was 25 years old and first ran for office when he was 22.

The 47-year-old Republican presidential contender said in an interview with CNBC, released Tuesday, that he is “just a normal guy” and rejects the career politician label despite being in politics for most of his adult life.

“A career politician, in my mind, is somebody who’s been in Congress for 25 years,” Walker said.

Walker ran for the state Assembly representing Milwaukee in 1990 when he was 22 and lost. He then moved to a more conservative suburb and ran again in 1993 and won. He hasn’t lost an election since.

Walker served nine years in the Assembly, eight years as Milwaukee County executive and is now in his fifth year as governor.
What the article fails to include is that Walker was also in the student senate at Marquette University and had an unsuccessful run at being the president before dropping out/being kicked out.

But according to Walker, none of that counts because it wasn't in Congress.

Walker said that he prefers to think of himself as a public servant. In Walkerese, however, the public is the dark money groups and the billionaires that fund them.

I told you Walker thinks we are dumb.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Canada Schools Scott Walker on US History

By Jeff Simpson

By now, everyone knows, that Scott Walker took time away from drinking to go on national television and advocate building a wall along not only the Southern Border, but the northern border also.

Yes he truly wants to wall off Canada.

Walker's sinking poll ratings, show that Americans are used to Mr. Walker showing his ignorance and have become good at laughing at him but not taking him seriously.  Unfortunately our ally and neighbor, has to take such silliness seriously, so they issued a report schooling Scott Walker on US History:

Walker said on Sunday that a border wall between Canada and the U.S. was a "legitimate issue for us to look at." Critics quickly pointed to his comments as another example of conservatives spouting extreme rhetoric on immigration. His spokeswoman has since clarified that he wasnot "advocating" for such a wall.
The Huffington Post asked the Canadian Embassy in Washington to weigh in on Walker's original comments. Spokeswoman Christine Constantin responded with a long statement about the safety of that shared border.
The first point: "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."
It is funny to me that any talk of increasing tariffs on imports(the way other countries impose tariffs on our goods), or ending loopholes that allow tax breaks for outsourcing American jobs is protectionism, but building a wall across the border is a "legitimate idea".

Also at some point, you would think Scott Walker would get sick of embarrassing himself but not sure that is possible for him.   Shame is definitely not one of his virtues.

Are we really going to elect Scott Walker for President and send the message - Mr. President build that wall?

I think its best for all of us, if Mr. Walker just travels around eating ribs and lets the debate of the issues for the educated adults in the room.

Scott Walker Double Dribbles On Milwaukee Bucks Arena Issue

On Sunday, Scott Walker was on Meet the Press with Chuckles the Toad and the subject of Walker giving a quarter of a billion dollars in corporate welfare to the billionaires that own the Milwaukee Bucks.

Walker tried to defend this indefensible scam with two main talking points:
  1. The deal had nothing to deal with pay for play even though one of the owners gave Walker's PAC $150,000. and is Walker's campaign finance co-chair. Walker went so far as to say that Hammes wasn't even really a part owner of the team.
  2. That the deal is fiscally conservative and good for the taxpayers.
As for the first point, it's pretty obvious that Walker is lying through his weasel teeth:
And it's noteworthy that one big beneficiary of the new arena will be Jon Hammes, a developer and a Bucks minority owner who sources tell CNN also serves as a national finance co-chairman for Walker's presidential campaign.

Hammes' business focuses on developing "strategic real estate assets, specifically in the healthcare and sports industries," according to the Bucks announcement when he took a stake in the team. And the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has reported his firm has been buying land near the planned arena site to develop office buildings.
Walker's second point, that the income tax from the players would pay for the taxpayers' money he's throwing at the arena, isn't really true either. Mike Ozanian raises several questions, such as will there be enough money to maintain the arena? He points out that if there isn't, taxpayers will be responsible to make up the short fall. He also points out that there are a lot of tax exemptions that Walker somehow fails to mention.

Then there's this:
Finally, the cost of the bonds is double the $220 million being advertised. The administration’s policy decision to structure the proposed bond issue so that the amount of debt service due each year on the bonds would be notionally tied to, or mirror, the additional income taxes results in an amortization schedule that cannot meet the interest due on the bonds in the early years of the transaction and back-end loads the repayment of principal to the later years of the transaction. This results in the bonding transaction having higher overall costs than if the amortization schedule had more uniform annual debt service payments.

Due to the negative amortization associated with the deferred interest, and the total interest costs associated with financing the $220 million would be $268.4 million, including $53.1 million in deferred interest. As a result, under this scenario, the total fiscal effect to the state associated with financing a $220 million grant would be an estimated $488.4 million.
So the cost is more than double what Walker is saying it is and there is no guarantee that they can raise enough tax revenue to make up for what Walker is spending.

But there's more. There's always more.

One thing that neither Toad or Walker mention is that there is no guarantee that the Bucks will be even around long enough to justify the cost.

Oh sure, the Bucks owners said that they will keep the Bucks in Milwaukee for at least 30 years. But that promise is only in place as long as they are the owners.

Pat Small, writing at the blog Urban Milwaukee, points out that the three main owners - Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Denan - are all hedge fund billionaires. And how did these billionaires make all their money? By buying low, improving the value, selling off their property and moving on. There is nothing to keep them from following this paradigm with the Bucks:
From a business perspective, the optimal time for current Bucks owners to cash out would be within five to ten years. Let’s assume the team’s performance continues improving, the fan base expands and income keeps rising. There will be no fiscal reason to sit on this asset indefinitely. A new arena will rapidly depreciate in value (as they all do) and require higher maintenance costs and the team’s play could certainly fluctuate. And future TV deals may level off, because cable customers are unlikely to absorb endless fee hikes.

Conservatively, let’s say a new owner pays $1.1 billion for the franchise in 2025 — the present average price. However, current Bucks owners would not have to require the team to stay here. That promise was only between Kohl and Edens/Lasry because of Kohl’s insistence.

What about the clawback clause in the public-funding deal? It offers some relief for taxpayers, but it basically defines known costs for breaking the arena lease/construction contract. Present and future owners would simply factor into a sale the remaining debt.

Here’s a ballpark tally of what Bucks owners would have to pay taxpayers if the team is sold and moves in 2025: Roughly half of the total principal borrowed by county and state–or $55 million—would be due. With prepayments and other costs, that could reach $60 million. Wisconsin Center District bonding of $93 million would still be outstanding, although ticket surcharges would have covered some accrued interest. Payback for city borrowing could be about $20 million. That’s around $173 million.

Perhaps I’m underestimating. Say they have to pay $200 million. That still gives them a $450 million gain from a $1.1 billion sale that involves the team leaving Milwaukee. That’s a nice return on investment.
Thanks to Walker and the others behind this deal, it's a very real possibility that Wisconsin, especially Milwaukee, could be stuck with this monolithic monstrosity. But on the bright side, I bet it could hold many of the bankrupted taxpayers.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Christian Schneider and the Politics of Rape

By Jeff Simpson 

Bradley funded. Journal Sentinel columnist Christian Schneider is out with a piece trying to tear down Russ Feingold for accepting out of state money:

Instead, Feingold is simply following the old campaign trick of a candidate trying to show strength in an area that represents his greatest weakness. In the past few months, reports have shown that Feingold has been living a double life that would make Josh Duggar cringe; despite decades of railing against money in politics, Feingold himself commanded a political action committee that has raked in millions from special interest groups.

While Feingold has been accepting out of state money from the likes of JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg, after all RoJo did refuse to agree to the "Badger Pledge". Josh Duggar was busy doing other things - molesting his little sisters and his babysitter. 

The parents confirmed publicly for the first time that their firstborn son — who had previously apologized for unspecified “wrongdoing” as a teenager — had molested multiple young girls.
The Duggars, whose family stars in TLC’s popular reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” spoke about the multiple incidents of molestation that occurred in their Arkansas home. According to Jim Bob and Michelle, the victims included four of their daughters, along with a family babysitter.
To be PERFECTLY clear:  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is endorsing the fact that one of its full time columnists has said Russ Feingold raising out of state money for his US Senate run is WORSE than molesting multiple young girls.

After David Haynes just wrote this column asking if Donald Trump has no shamesense of decency, he allows Christian Schneider to tell us that the secret life of Senator Feingold is worse than a child molestors.    

And yet the first reality television candidate has been able to turn the campaign into just another episode of "The Apprentice." He has cheapened a debate that already was bargain basement. In that distorted sense, his candidacy matters more than it should.
Is there a Joseph Welch to crystallize the moment? In an age when everyone has 140 characters to attack your character would it even matter? Am I old-fashioned for thinking that shame and decency have a place?
@realDonald Trump Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency? #trumped #jokecandidate #forshameNot quite the same, is it?
Let Mr. Haynes know, that this kind of partisan rhetoric os not ok.  That we put molesting young girls above politics and this is not ok.  If someone from the left had written this about Ron Johnson the oiutrage would be tremendous.  There is no room for this in our public debate of ideas.  

Here is Mr. Haynes contact information.   It is unfortunate Senator Feingold can not sue him for Slander.

David Haynes contact information - David D. Haynes: Editorial page editor
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Muslim Advocate: Walker is Enabling ISIS

Scott Walker, like many of the other GOP wannabes, insists on using the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" to differentiate themselves from President Barack Obama. Obama refuses that term because he doesn't want to give any legitimacy to the terrorists of ISIS or al Qaeda.

But Muslim advocates say that Walker's bravado is having a negative effect:
A representative for America's largest Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization said Gov. Scott Walker is "enabling ISIS" by allowing the terrorist group to co-opt the Islamic religion.

"With this, Scott Walker is actually enabling ISIS by characterizing their acts as being Islamic terrorism," said Robert McCaw, government affairs manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "He is taking a peaceful religion of 1.6 billion people and misappropriating it to ISIS, allowing them to wrap themselves in the religion's name and stake a claim to it."

McCaw was referring to Walker's first foreign policy address as a presidential candidate, delivered on Friday at The Citadel military college in South Carolina, during which he referenced Islamic extremists or radical Islamic terrorism 11 times.


McCaw said one of the best ways to defeat ISIS is to take away the legitimacy it gains by being associated with Islam.

"Scott Walker is enabling ISIS by ceding ideological ground to them that they have a claim to the peaceful religion of Islam," he said. "One of the best ways to defeat them is to take away that claim, take away their legitimacy. That helps take away possible support they might cultivate."
And lest we forget, Walker also put his foot in it when he said that there was only a "handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam."

Why Walker and the other Republicans would want to separate themselves from Obama, I don't know. Unless it's because of their jealousy that Obama did what they couldn't do by actually killing the bastard behind the 9/11 attacks.

Walker's Pakistani Punt

On Friday, just before he was to give his first major speech on foreign policy, Scott Walker appeared on Morning Joe on MSNBC to talk about that very subject. But when Walker was asked for specifics about Pakistan, he tried to punt and failed at even that:
In advance of his foreign policy address in South Carolina, Gov. Scott Walker was asked Friday morning about U.S.-Pakistan relations.

His answer was a little fuzzy.

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Walker was asked by Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin to assess the current state of relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.

"Well, I think anywhere in the world we need to be better. We obviously have challenges all throughout the world," Walker replied. "Heck, we even have challenges with a relationship with Israel, which is obviously one of our greatest allies out there. But we have ongoing challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan, around the world. Again, it's one of those where strength begets strength, confidence begets confidence."

Halperin pressed Walker further, asking him to specifically rate the current strengths, weaknesses, positives and negatives in the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan.

"Well, I think you look both in terms of Pakistan and Afghanistan, you look at — we talk all the time about ISIS and Al Qaeda. We still have ongoing concerns about the Taliban and their ability to regain strength," Walker said. "That has a relationship between both Pakistan and Afghanistan. We need to make sure that any form, any form of radical Islamic terrorism that's targeted at us or allies is one that we stand firm on. And those are still lingering problems, even in that part of the world."
The gentle reminder is that this non-answer came after Walker boned up on foreign policy.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Scott Walker's Latest Message: "I Will Spend Your Money!"

By Jeff Simpson

Scott Walker has changed his campaign strategy more times than Cher changes costumes.   This time though, he has decided to campaign on the same ideology as his hero - Ronald Reagan.

Scott Walker has decided to go all in with his latest message  -  "I will spend your money!"

While interupting the work and studies at The Citadel, Scott Walker gave a speech where he exclaimed with glee, that he can not wait to be president so that he can use his Commander in Chief status to start invading countries.

Even though we currently spend well north of $700 Billion on Defense(more than the next 21 countries combined), Scott Walker (never very good at math), has vowed to get serious and really start spending on Defense!

Saying the U.S. military has been weakened by budget measures, Walker called for reversing that trend, saying that defeating ISIS and containing Iran would require a "greater investment of U.S. resources."
Of course, the U.S Resources that he has no problem spending is soldier's lives but that is for another post.  

Scott Walker however, is all in with the spending spree.  He then granted an interview with a local paper in New Hampshire where he used his time to whine about Hillary Clinton and show his complete lack of understanding of the free market.  

Walker also took a jab at Clinton for charging colleges and universities more than $225,000 for appearances, as he froze tuition at Wisconsin state schools for four years.
“I’m doing this for free, by the way,” he said.
Forgetting the fact, there is obviously a DEMAND for Hillary to speak and there is NO DEMAND for Scott Walker to speak, let's take a look at his "doing it for free" statement.

Scott Walker currently makes $144,423/yr with full Cadillac Benefits(way better healthcare plan than yours) and an incredibly generous pension.   Scott Walker, also has complete use of the state plane and the biggest security detail ever in Wisconsin - all paid for by you and I and the rest of the Wisconsin taxpayers.  

So technically, everything that Scott Walker is doing is free - to him, not to us!  Scott Walker, being a career politician has never had much of a sense of money.  He just knows that thanks to us, he wants for nothing.  

Van Attacks Local Control

By Jeff Simpson

The Big Government Republicans are at it again.   This time Rep. Tom Weatherston (R- No one has ever heard of ) and Sen. Van Waaard (R- had to have his senate seat rigged to win) are drafting a bill that dictates to local school board exactly how they have to fill open seats.  

Van  " everyone should have guns in schools" Wanggaard, pleaded his case that this bill is not political, nor is there an agenda behind it.   Then followed up his stement with a political speech and an agenda behind it.   After promising it was not a slam on the teacher's union, proceeded to slam the teacher's union.

“This bill is not a union issue, this is not a slam on Racine Unified,” he said. “This is just a correction in state law.”
Wanggaard’s office issued a brief statement explaining that “this proposal fills a vacant school board seat and breaks a 35-time deadlock on the school board – that is all. There is no ‘hidden agenda,’…it’s time for the Racine Teachers Unions to recognize that education is about student learning and not about protecting their fiefdoms.”

There is a reason they had to slice and dice districts up.  These people are not only unelectable in a fair race, they are virtually unemployable in the private sector.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

AFP Gets Trolled By Koch Puppets Bush And Walker

Now this is funny! (Slightly NSFW - language):

"Who's pulling my strings?"

H/T digby

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to ALEC, Back to (Private) School

On the heels of a newly passed state budget that again leaves our K-12 public schools behind without ample and consistent funding, I recently headed back to where the school privatization push all began—the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. 
ALEC and its members, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), have become more powerful than our citizens’ voices at the State Capitol.  Despite massive public urging from Wisconsin school superintendents, principals, teachers, parents and students for consistent and adequate K-12 public education funding, Republicans legislators chose to dump more money into an unaccountable private voucher school system.
Since Republicans took over our state Capitol in 2011, they have cut $1.2 billion from public K-12 education.  Under this latest budget, 55 percent of school districts will get less general student aid than they did last budget cycle and Wisconsin is spending $1,014 less per public school student than it did in 2008.
Yet for the private school special interests, this budget was like Christmas morning, with presents that blew the student enrollment caps off the statewide private school voucher program, diverted an additional $600-800 million from public schools over the next decade and increased per-pupil spending in the statewide private voucher system more than what even Governor Walker had proposed. The cherry on top was the last minute, late night passage of the special needs voucher program, which funds private schools for special needs students without requiring specialized instruction, teacher training or current legal protections.
At ALEC’s recent conference, I saw firsthand how these successes have emboldened them.  State legislators were urged to push further for universal vouchers with no income or eligibility limits and for funding parity for unaccountable, independent charter schools.
The most far-reaching model bill the ALEC Education Taskforce adopted, Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), was pushed by AFC, and recently adopted in Nevada. Public monies are deposited into individual student accounts that parents may spend on any educational system. According to Nevada lead sponsor state senator Scott Hammond, this bill impacts 94 percent of public school students and will open up the floodgates to private schools in Nevada, sending “shockwaves” throughout the country.
Though school privatization model policies originating from ALEC have traditionally contained income eligibility limits, their new suite of model bills expanding independent charter school funding and private school vouchers reduce state oversight and accountability measures, contain no income cap and provide the same level of state and local funding per pupil that public schools receive.
To make their case, ALEC is now targeting suburban, middle-income families with a new argument that public education is failing not just low-income students, but middle-income students. ALEC’s new goal is to enlist middle-income parents to make a case for public school privatization. 
And state legislators are being called upon as the foot soldiers to carry out ALEC’s orders.  As Arizona Senator Debbie Lesko rallied when concluding her remarks in support of Educational Savings Accounts—“We’re here to save our country. That’s what ALEC helps us do.” 
Or, more accurately, destroy the foundation of our democracy—quality public education.  ALEC and many Republican legislators in Wisconsin have no vision for public education because they do not want it to exist.   But there is a way to stop ALEC’s destructive policies. With 78 percent of Wisconsinites opposed to public education cuts, it starts with you.
There was one piece of advice from Senator Lesko’s ALEC speech that we should listen to —“Elections matter.” 

Representative Chris Taylor

AFSCME Wins Pay Raises For Milwaukee County Workers

On Monday, I exclusively reported that Milwaukee County Emperor Chris Abele was refusing to give  a small 1.5% pay raise to Milwaukee County workers despite the fact that he was legally obliged to do so.  The excuse that Abele was making for not following the law was that he was "considering the options."

I encouraged the gentle reader to contact Abele and tell him to follow the law and do his job.  At the same time, AFSCME started an organized push to have workers contact Abele as well to demand their lawful pay raise.

It turned out that what he called "considering the options" was trying to wiggle out of giving the raises by claiming that they somehow violated Act 14 - the law that Abele had written for and passed by Republican legislators and Scott Walker which consolidated an unprecedented amount of power in his hands - and therefore was illegal.  Abele was also arguing semantics, claiming that the wording used didn't mean he had to give the raise.

Corporation Counsel head Paul Bargren issued the following opinion that pretty much destroyed Abele's arguments and then stomped on the dust that was left of them:

Faced with such overwhelming proof, Abele reluctantly agreed to give out the pay raises and to follow the other ordinances passed by the Milwaukee County Board.

But he couldn't even do this with grace or class.

In response to the overwhelming amount of people calling his office, Abele had his HR director send out an email to county workers asking them to stop calling and that they would be finally getting their pay raises.

Unfortunately, the email included the same misleading language that Abele gave to the local corporate media rag, which was that the raises were for "most nonunion county employees."

A more accurate and appropriate statement would be that the raises were for county workers who were not elected officials or "employees not otherwise covered by a separate labor bargaining agreement" or "employees that are not represented by a certified bargaining unit," such as the sheriff's deputies.

Abele's passive aggressiveness was a vain effort to try to conceal the truth, which is the fact that AFSCME members were working very hard for months to get this small raise.  Abele is also trying to hide the fact that AFSCME represents hundreds and hundreds of members who will be impacted by this raise.

And the reason that Abele is so reluctant to admit that AFSCME still exists much less is still a strong representative for its member is easily summed up by the famous quote by Thomas Donahue:
"The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labor.”

Another Day, Another Shooting

By Jeff Simpson

While the shooting of the reporter and her cameraman was horrific, I found how the station covered it to be very interesting....
"We are choosing not to run the video of that (the shooting) right now because, frankly, we don't need to see it again. And our staff doesn't need to see it again," Jeffrey Marks, WDBJ's president and general manager, said on air soon afterward. "But we will do full reporting on it later. Our teams are working on it right now, through the tears."

 Personally, I watched the original video once, before we knew what was happening.   I almost watched the "selfie" video, but then decided I did not have any interest in watching two people die.  

I think it is interesting however, because I wonder if this was two people vacationing from Wisconsin, who they did not know, how many times would they have run with all of the videos?

I hope that this causes news outlets around the country to think about that.

I agree they didn't need to see it again....quite frankly when something bad happens to any of us, we don't need to see the gory details, over and over and over again. You can report a story without the blood.

I doubt however that anything will change.

One last piece, there were warning did he get possession of a gun?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Heck Of A Job Brownie!

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by Jeff Simpson

Reed Hall, head of the taxpayer money pit and walker donor effort, WEDC is retiring.

In a statement, Walker praised Hall and said he would work with the WEDC board to appoint a successor.
"Reed has overseen a transformational period at WEDC with a steady hand. Under Reed's guidance, WEDC strengthened its accountability and transparency to taxpayers, improving the public trust, while moving forward the important work of developing economic opportunity for families all around our state," Walker said.

Yes Mr.Hall, has steadily overseen millions and millions of our tax dollars, disappear into the bank accounts of Walker donors.     I wonder which unqualified donor or donor's kid, Scott Walker will appoint next?  Is Cynthia Archer available?

The Big question is will the taxpayers of WI buy him a Maserati to drive off into the sunset?

Mr. Hall should be investigated, not congratulated!  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Martha De La Rosa Announces Challenge To Deanna Alexander

This came out earlier today:
Martha De La Rosa is proud to announce her candidacy for the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors District 18.

"As a community advocate who fights every day on behalf of working women and their families, I know we can do better to improve the quality of life for all residents in Milwaukee County," said De La Rosa.

Currently, Martha works as the Wisconsin Director with 9to5, one of the largest, most respected national membership organizations of working women in the U.S., dedicated to putting working women’s issues on the public agenda.

Martha De La Rosa is a long-time resident of Milwaukee’s northwest side and a proud mother of two sons, Sean and Seth. She earned her degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and has an extensive background in serving the community. Martha is task force member of VISION 2050, a major planning effort that aims to update, reevaluate, and extend the regional land use and transportation plans in Milwaukee County and she was recently appointed to the City of Milwaukee Ethics Board.

"Over the next few months, I look forward to continuing my conversations with District 18 residents about my plans for protecting our parks, prioritizing public safety, and promoting public transit, said De La Rosa. I am proud to have an opportunity to serve the district and will bring a strong voice to build a consensus for the County Board at a time of great change.”

Milwaukee County District 18 includes parts of the far Northwest side of Milwaukee, such as: Timmerman Airport, Granville Station, Millwood Park and Grantosa Heights.

“To my neighbors in the 18th district, I'd be honored to have your support and vote next spring”, said De La Rosa. The General election for Milwaukee County Supervisor is April 5, 2016.
It does the heart good to see people willing to stand up and take on the Abele machine of corruption.

You can help De La Rosa by donating here.

Who Lobbied The Most For The Bucks Debacle?

The Milwaukee Business Journal has an interesting article reporting about who lobbied the most for the massive corporate welfare scheme for the Bucks arena:
Although the Milwaukee Bucks spent by far the most money of any organization on lobbying for arena funding in Madison, the city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce all devoted more hours to lobbying on the issue.

The city of Milwaukee logged 876 hours of lobbying on behalf of winning legislative support for a $250 million arena public-funding package, according to a report released Aug. 21 by the Government Accountability Board. Milwaukee County lobbyists logged 271 hours and the Bucks devoted 208 hours lobbying the bill.

The MMAC recorded 277 hours to the general arena-funding issue and the specific Assembly bill, said Steve Baas, senior vice president of governmental affairs and public policy.

Marquette University registered 93 hours of lobbying on the arena-funding legislation. Marquette’s men’s basketball team is expected to be a tenant in the new arena.

The figures are for the period ending June 30 and do not include lobbying in July when both the state Senate and the state Assembly approved the arena-funding bill. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill into law Aug. 12.
The gentle reader could expect that MMAC and Marquette would lobby hard since they would only benefit from feeding at the trough of taxpayer money.

The huge number of man hours that Barrett devoted to the debacle is a little surprising, but he was probably looking at his election next year as well as trying to justify his streetcar.

Then there is Emperor Abele:
A spokesman for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said working on the arena-funding issue "involved a complex and time-intensive process for county personnel." The county "produced many ideas for arena funding and conducted much of the analysis that was necessary to ultimately get a deal done," spokesman Nate Holton said.

"Although the final deal was far from perfect, the county executive is proud that the county’s commitment to getting a deal done ultimately resulted in Democrats and Republicans coming together to produce a monumental outcome that will provide a once-in-a-generation benefit to Milwaukee and the entire state," Holton said via email.
Keep in mind that the only reason Abele thinks that the deal is far from perfect is because he didn't get to stick it to Milwaukee - especially to the poor - as much as he wanted to.

My only question is this: Given that we know Mike Tate was in Madison a lot to lobby for this deal, which faction or factions was he working for?

Abele's Mismanagement Creates Growing Budget Gap

On Monday, I reported that Milwaukee County Emperor Chris Abele was refusing to give county workers their lawful raise.  I also pointed out that Abele was doing so because he needed the money to cover gaping holes in the budget as he gave away the shop to his cronies and fellow plutocrats.

A report from Milwaukee County's Comptroller confirmed that the county is facing a growing budget gap, most of which can be laid at Abele's feet.

From a press release from Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, who tears Abele apart for his foolishness:
Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., responded to today’s release of the Five-Year Financial Forecast by the independent Comptroller by saying, “It’s clear from this report that the Administration’s continued mismanagement of the pension system and the Executive’s unilateral negotiations on the arena made the 2016 budget gap much worse. If this forecast had been released just a couple of months ago, before we discovered more errors in yet another administrative pension debacle and before the Executive committed $80 million from Milwaukee County to fund the arena, we would have been in a better position heading into next year’s annual budget.” These two items alone account for approximately $20 million of the identified $26.2 million budget gap.

Lipscomb further observed that the report highlights how holding the property tax levy flat over the next five years could require additional service cuts. Chairman Lipscomb noted, “Milwaukee County has responsibly met the challenge of levy limits imposed by the state, but it would be a mistake for local leaders to continue playing out of the Walker playbook. It’s clear that any plan to flat-line the levy really means we fall behind. The report suggests following a flat levy could lead to $38.6 million in service cuts. The report also focused on the County’s infrastructure needs, stating that without increases for maintaining or improving its capital assets, future liabilities would continue to grow. Overriding numerous Executive vetoes, the County Board has led the way with investments in the park system for capital improvements and routine maintenance. The Parks Director is slated to present a plan by September to utilize $5 million recently allocated to the department to address seriously deferred maintenance and needed improvements.

“We need to move everyone, not just a select few, forward. If the Executive can commit $80 million of public funds into the business of out-of-state billionaires, surely we can invest more in park restoration and transit improvements that benefit all Milwaukee County residents. It is these types of improvements to our public infrastructure that create a higher quality of life for all."
Don't expect Abele to acknowledge the error of his ways, much less apologize for them.

He has too many issues regarding his daddy's success to admit what a failure he is. Not only that, but this pompous ass has delusions of grandeur in thinking that he will be able to buy his way into the governor's office and admitting he screwed up would pop his bubble.

Again, I urge the gentle reader to call Abele at 414-278-4211 or email him at and tell him to stop his political posturing and do his job!  (Needless to say, county workers should do this on their own time and using their own phones,)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Scott Walker: Only I Can Meet With The Chinese

By Jeff Simpson

Not far removed from the hard working taxpayers of Wisconsin, sending Scott Walker on a campaign trip to China:

Gov. Scott Walker will lead a trade mission to China starting Friday, and he won't be alone among governors pitching their states' companies there.
Walker will lead a group of business leaders on his first overseas trade mission, a portion of which will involve group meetings with other governors also leading their own trade missions.
The choice of China for the governor's first trip is significant given the size of the market and the growing activity of Wisconsin companies exporting there: China didn't rank in the top 10 among export markets for Wisconsin businesses 10 years ago, but it has been climbing steadily, ranking third in 2012 behind Mexico and Canada.
Wisconsin exports to China totaled $1.5 billion last year, up 12% from 2011. China also ranks third among Wisconsin's agricultural export markets.

Now Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning a state visit to the United States to meet with President Obama and snot nose Scotty is double dog daring President Obama to refuse to meet

Gov. Scott Walker on Monday called for President Barack Obama to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United States, urging the president to show "some backbone."
Jinping is scheduled to visit the U.S. in September.
Walker's statement comes in the midst of plummeting stock prices in the U.S., a result of global concerns tied to China's economic slowdown. The drop is being referred to in China as "Black Monday."
"Americans are struggling to cope with the fall in today's markets driven in part by China's slowing economy and the fact that they actively manipulate their economy. Rather than honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping with an official state visit next month, President Obama should focus on holding China accountable over its increasing attempts to undermine U.S. interests," Walker said in a statement
 Of course when we paid for Scott Walker to go there, he was singing a different tune:

Obama and Xi also had an informal meeting in California in 2013. The same year, Walker led his first overseas trade mission to China, meeting with Xi and opening a trade center to give Wisconsin businesses "expanded access to growing markets."
"In a lot of states in America, we’d like to have that kind of slow growth they are projecting" even in some of China’s slower-expanding regions, Walker said in an interview in Shanghai, Forbes reported in 2013. "We’re still very big on doing business in Shanghai in particular, but throughout the country."

In case you are wondering what President Xi looks like, or what "holding them accountabkle" in Scott walker's world, luckily for us all we have that captured:

DPW: The “Where Are They Now” Edition (a.k.a. Yes, You’re Still Getting Screwed!)

Well, former DPW Chair Mike Tate has made a nice, soft landing Chez Abele. According to Dan Bice at the Journal-Sentinel, he’s helping run Abele’s re-election campaign.  If only anyone—anywhere—had actually asked Abele to re-up for this job, this would make sense. Do people really believe that Mike Tate was hired as a “campaign consultant” for a six-week contract that ends more than a year before Abele is up for re-election? The contract ends on Monday. Clearly, people realize that this was most likely a way to put Tate on the books “legitimately” for “campaign work” unrelated to a campaign, unless Abele plans to run on the same “screw Milwaukee” platform that Walker’s been running on for years. Neither Abele nor Tate is known to let the will of the people get in the way of his agenda, though. People, schmeeple: let them eat Bucks tickets!

Speaking of the Bucks, Tate has been widely reported to be a “key negotiator” on the Arena for Billionaires project, using his connections to people other than you to make sure this arena “deal” got signed. With his help, you can’t be surprised that things turned out this way for you, the average reader, voter, and non-billionaire.  If you are a county worker, expect to bear a disproportionate cost of this “deal.”

In this “deal”, there is no:

·      …Plan for where the money will come from for the local share.
·      …Agreement in writing specifying the number of jobs to be provided, and especially not the number of living-wage jobs to be provided.
·      …Written agreement to have union-only craftsmen and women, or union jobs for positions at the facility once it is built.
·      …Promise of “end-user jobs” in writing, though there is a lot of chatter about how great this is going to be on social media. These are existing jobs. While it’s being built, the people currently employed at the Bradley Center will be out of a job, too. Will these same minimum wage, seasonal, part-time jobs open up as-is again? No assurances of any protections of any kind have been negotiated for the workers.
·      …Explanation for why this would be the first publicly financed stadium to ever turn a true profit. Yes, EVER.
·      …Pledge not to “employ” non-profit groups at the new Arena for Billionaires, a practice that non-profits liked for the fundraising and Bradley Center folks liked because it kept their wage costs down. This practice has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the low-wage workers at the Bradley Center (and Miller Park, if you want to consider that other stadium bill we’re still paying).

At least we know there are two Milwaukee County residents who will be able to afford the $10 bottles of beer and $13 popcorns: the self-described “good friends” Tate and Abele. Until then, enjoy the stadium you built, Wisconsin, especially you Milwaukee County residents. You’ll be doing it from afar, of course. You won’t be able to afford tickets once these people are done “looking out” for you, Democrats!