Wisconsin RECALL is working – video

On Monday Nov. 28 the United Wisconsin coalition, the committee organizing the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, announced that it had collected 300,000 signatures since the recall kicked off on Nov. 15.

Already half way to the goal of collecting 600,000 – 700,000 signatures!

“With breathtaking speed, the people of Wisconsin are taking their state back from a Tea Party extremist who has acted as the cat’s paw of corporate special interests in attacking our values and institutions,” Graeme Zielinski, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, wrote in a statement to ABC News. “Extremists like Scott Walker acted without accountability and now, using democracy’s tools, is being brought to account.”

Wisconsin Effort ABC

The signature-gathering process has moved very quickly so far. In the first 96 hours of its recall effort, United Wisconsin reported that 105,000 individuals signed the petitions. Last week, volunteers for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin fanned out in shopping centers across the state in order to collect signatures from Black Friday shoppers.

The Americans for Prosperity and outside interests have pumped over $300,000 into derailing the recall effort. The video below is “edited” version of “It is Working in Wisconsin”.

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Why does the 1% fund Walker?

Why does the money pour into the Walker coffers and enable him to shell out a $300,000 media buy?

It is simple, really. It can be boiled down to one word “control”. Most people have never experienced the addictive emotional lift that comes with holding a lot of money. Many can identify with this lift by recalling the moment they signed the mortgage papers for a house or farm. It is a rush of sorts. It’s not unlike the rush of an addicted gambler who loses the family farm on a bet just to get the rush of the risk, except that the wealthy 1% can afford the gamble with little risk of personal debt or injury. They sit around the poker table of tax exempt foundations, and legislative alliances and lay down their bets in a game to alter public policy to their liking. The rush of the moment is filled with the adrenaline of the gamble for control. What a rush for them. What a “fun” game!

One of the main bullet points, high on the agenda of control, is privatization. Why are these self defined conservatives investing big money in dismantling government in favor of privatization of education, social security, health care, and nearly every other public program? They gain corporate control. The administration of government programs will no longer be influenced by the people of a representative government, but will be run by private, corporate, boards of directors, and the foundation leaders and organizations like the Bradley Foundation, Koch Bros, and Americans for Prosperity will be first in line to gain the power of control of the brave, new corporate America.

Wealth buys power and control of the message

Just such a man is Michael W. Grebe president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, which during the period of 2001 to 2009, doled out nearly as much money as the seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined. Less than a week after being elected governor, Scott Walker and his wife met privately with Michael Grebe, one of the most powerful philanthropic forces behind America’s conservative movement. The list of major recipients reads like an all-star roster of conservative think tanks: millions of dollars directed to well-known groups such as the Hudson Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, and the Federalist Society – all trying to put their stamp on three branches of government.

Grebe likened the Bradley Foundation to the 1960s Green Bay Packers, who ruled the football world with a fearsome ground game and a deceptively simple running play, the sweep.

“We’re going to run off tackle, right over there, and we’re telling you we’re going to run there and we’re going to knock you on your butt and carry the ball down the field,” Grebe said during an interview inside the foundation’s headquarters near downtown. “There are no surprises.”

Bradley Foundation jsonline


The Bradley Foundation is a “Philanthropic” Organization

As a tax exempt foundation the Bradley Foundation is not allowed to involve itself in political activities. So, how is it that the foundation’s money supports ideas, as well as political leaders like Scott Walker, who have turned those ideas into action, and have helped drive America’s conservative revolution over the past quarter-century?

Good question.

Taking Michael Grebe’s football analogy and running with it, the video below cries foul to the political activities of this tax exempt foundation and its president “Greedy Grebe”

"Sour Grapes" Ruling Over turned – After Review

“A man who says what he means, and means what he says?” Kristi (someone)

The quote of support for Walker is from yet another one of the minuscule minority of teachers (mostly female and blond) who appear out of the darkness to tell us how they stand with Walker. This is the second of such messages of misinformation that is part of the 300,000 dollar media buy launched by…who knows? The soon to be recalled sociopathic governor claims that opposition to his agenda is largely from out of state special interests. How many times has he said this? Are we supposed to believe that the money $300,000 to broadcast these ads comes from the people of Wisconsin?

The adds are delivered on a first name basis. I mean, you don’t want to be too transparent. The latest one bears the tag of just “Kristi”

Kristi LaCroix, teaches in a Kenosha choice school and is a big time face book troll. Kenosha choice school site

You can email her to share your reaction to her words at”
klacroix@kusd.edu

A $300,000 video representing a hair thin slice of people involved with education in Wisconsin, begs for satire like “Recall – A GOOD Call.

The first add featured “Karin”
View satire video of Karin in post “A Teacher Speaks Out”.
Karin is identified as a school board member, and by her first name only. (A Google search finds that she is Karin Rajnicek, a member of the conservative Waukesha School Board, who was elected this past April.)

Karin Rajnicek
W220 S3864 Crestview Dr
Waukesha, WI 53189
(262) 574-7677 Email Address: krajnice@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Wisconsin "Working Together" Karin – Her teacher Speaks Out!

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got out in front of the Democratic and union efforts to recall him, kicking off an ad campaign on what arguably is the biggest stage in the Badger State: during the Monday night football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.
The ad, titled “Working Together,” is part of the Walker campaign’s buy of $300,000 worth of air time between Monday and Sunday to tackle the recall effort.

You can view the “Working Together” video here.

The Ad says “Karin”

The ad features a woman who is identified as a school board member, and by her first name of Karin. (A Google search finds that she is Karin Rajnicek, a member of the conservative Waukesha School Board, who was elected this past April.)

Karin Rajnicek
W220 S3864 Crestview Dr
Waukesha, WI 53189
(262) 574-7677 Email Address: krajnice@waukesha.k12.wi.us

Ghosts of Recalls Past

Spirit from Dicken’s A Christmas Carol

Mortal! We Spirits of Christmas do not live only one day of our year. We live the whole three-hundred and sixty-five. So is it true of the Child born in Bethlehem. He does not live in men’s hearts one day of the year, but in all days of the year. You have chosen not to seek Him in your heart.

Can we learn from past history? May we glean wisdom from the recall of two other governors in the nation’s past? Come mortal, take my hand and fly with me.

1921 – Governor Lynn Frazier was recalled as Governor of North Dakota (pictured above left)
2003 – Governor Gray Davis was recalled as Governor of California (pictured above center)
2012 – Governor Scott Walker to be recalled as Governor of Wisconsin (picture above right>

Look you now, at the similarities and contrasts of recalls past

We fly over North Dakota to see the similarities of the hard economic times and the opposing political stances for a solution.

Lynn Frazier was the first American governor to ever be successfully recalled from office. Frazier was a Socialist before the word and the movement came to be seen as the sacrilegious and diabolical threat to capitalism that it is today. He was recalled because the opposition faction of the Republican Party finally got strong enough to throw him out. It’s that simple,” said Jerome Tweton, a former history professor at the University of North Dakota.

The recall stemmed from the conflict between the socialist-leaning Nonpartisan League, of which Governor Frazier was a member, and the Independent Voters Association, a conservative and pro-capitalist faction. Frazier and his party supported state ownership of industries, while the IVA opposed it. A dispute broke out specifically over government ownership of the Bank of North Dakota and State Mill and Elevator.

The campaigners had been able to gather 73,000 names on petitions asking for the recall of Frazier, Attorney General William Lemke, and Commissioner of Agriculture John Hagan. These men made up the Industrial Commission, which acts as a board of directors for the state-owned entities. The date of the recall was set for October 28, 1921. Read more about Friezer Recall

Friezer’s ouster as governor did not end his political career
In the midst of the Depression, North Dakota Senator Lynn Frazier and North Dakota Rep William Lemke, with the blessing of FDR, introduced the “Frazier-Lemke Farm Bankruptcy Act” which was passed on 28 June 1934. This act effectively delayed the banks right to repossess a farmer’s land for five years, though the farmers did have to pay the banks rent, with the amount determined by a judge. It was extended until 1949.
Read more about Friezer as Senator

We fly ahead a full 82 years into the time when the next American governor was successfully recalled. Look you now, at the recall of California Governor Gray Davis in 2003.

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Democrat Gray Davis was already in his second term when citizens formed a committee called the Recall Gray Davis Committee. They needed about 900,000 valid signatures. They obtained over 1.6 million signatures, and an election date of October 7th, 2003, was set for this special recall election.

An argument that sounds familiar? This time presented by Democrats..

Davis supporters have criticized the process, citing of the high cost of the recall. The vote could cost taxpayers as much as $35 million, with a majority of the money going toward printing and counting the ballots and producing a voter information guide for California’s 11 million households.

And now here in California we have a small group of Republican operatives who don’t represent the vast views of the people of this state who have come together, abused and exploited the recall process and are attempting to hijack the state, all at the cost of $40 million to the tax payers of the state.

Read “Oh, the cost of democracy”

The rolling block of anger

Davis was re-elected despite a first term beset by energy problems, blackouts, and high electricity prices, and economic woes caused by failing dot-coms. The resulting drop in state tax revenues at the beginning of his second term put the state budget far out of balance had his popularity far out of favor.

Dissatisfaction with the governor is widespread, according to Mark DiCamillo, director of the well-respected field poll, which found 67 percent of voters held an unfavorable opinion of Davis. Read more about Davis’ problems

Unlike a Wisconsin recall, in California voters make a mark for removal, followed by a separate vote for a replacement candidate. On October 7 2003, voters were asked first to vote yes or no to Davis’ removal and then, asked to vote from a list of candidates vying to replace him. The majority of the voters opted to oust Davis, the candidate with the most votes became governor the next day. That candidate was Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Here we are back in Wisconsin 2010. Time of recall present.

Oh! the cost of Signing up for DEMOCRACY

Rebecca Kleefisch’s Foamy Math

Beginning at the very beginning, let us remember the very first thing Walker did when he entered the Governor’s office.

There is a kernel of truth in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s claim of a “budget shortfall” of $137 million. But Walker, a Republican, failed to tell the state that less than two weeks into his term as governor, he, with his swollen Republican majorities in the Wisconsin legislature, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.
What Governor Walker is not telling you

Rebecca Kleefich has determined the total cost of signing the recall petitions in last Summer’s Senate recall election to be 2,900 million dollars. She goes on to estimate the cost of the election to recall her and Scott Walker to be 7,700 million dollars.

If you use Rebecca’s own math and divide the $117 million in Walker corporate tax give away by the total number of votes cast in his 2010 election or 2,160,832 you arrive at a whole different story. Walker and Kleefisch gave 117,000 million in tax breaks to the wealthy, while 2,160,832 people voted in the 2010 election. So, by her own math, a signature on the current recall election, is not costing anything at all. In fact each signer is being paid about 60 dollars!

Just think for every signature you get on a Walker/Kleefisch recall petition you are returning about $60 to the working families of Wisconsin!

Download, circulate, sign! There is big savings in it!

Kleefisch Alter Voice Speaks

Bi partisan WALKER RECALL

united wisconsin

AS OF YESTERDAY OVER 50,000 RECALL SIGNATURES

24% Of Republicans Now Support Walker/Kleefisch RECALL

In the spring, only 7 percent of Republicans supported recalling Walker but that grew to 24 percent in the fall. Support among Democrats held mainly steady at 88 percent in the spring and 92 percent in the fall.

Pollster Wendy Scattergood said Republicans who support recalling Walker are younger, have a lower income and are less educated than the rest of the sample in the poll. They also describe themselves as less conservative than other Republicans, she said.
Chicago Tribune

Clearly It is NOT Working

Wisconsin has LOST 19,300 jobs since Walker/Kleefisch took office. This after his Koch Bros., ALEC, Americans for Prosperity campaign message was a promise to add 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term. Republicans must be applauded for recognizing Walker as an ineffective leader and joining the recall effort. One such Republican is Joe Salin who stood up at a recall training session with an introduction that widened the eyes of listeners when he said, “I am a Republican.” He went on to say, “I am here because I don’t like Walker. Maybe what he is doing is right, but I don’t like the way he did it”.


Slippery Slope

Some words of Fighting Bob La Follett – A Progressive Republican