Getting to know Walker

Many people across the nation are getting to know Scott Walker for the first time, and are listening to what he says and the manner in which he presents himself to form an opinion. This post is for folks living in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and other primary states, and presented to save you a boat load of time. You cannot trust – you cannot believe anything he says. What’s more, most of his boldest and most controversial polices will be enacted only after he is elected.

He will never mention them during his campaign.walker flip flop Do you know that during his campaign for first term governor, he never mentioned his plan to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public workers? Never bothered to even hint at the action during his campaign. Likewise, none of the drastic cuts to public schools, the university system, senior care, and the DNR were never revealed in his campaign for his second term. So, no matter what he is saying… it has nothing to do with his real plans.

What does that mean for all the voters out there who are watching and listening to Scott Walker regarding his plans to reshape the country? A waste of time. Please Take a lesson from the voters of Wisconsin and don’t waste your time listening to what he says, since he has demonstrated how the policies and promises he pontificates on the campaign stump are irrelevant to the action he will take once the election is over. Please do not believe what you hear, or at least be aware you there will not be so much as a whisper of the any controversial actions he intends to impose.

Walker has already being tagged a flip flopper. Below are some specific examples of how his stump speeches, are totally incongruous to his real history. Even the New York Times chooses the word “pitch” to describe the snake oil sales job of the Governor of Wisconsin

He is tailoring his pitch to his audiences — wearing pullover sweaters in earth-tone colors in one early primary state, New Hampshire, and discussing the power of prayer in another, here in South Carolina. He has reined in his rambling speeches, at least compared with his recorded remarks over the years. He is trying to listen more and opine less, associates say, and he is easygoing with voters — a contrast with his pugilistic reputation from his successful battle against Wisconsin labor unions, which made him a hero to many conservatives.New York Times

A few drops of snake oil

Walker on the stump:

“One of my clear rules is, if you’re going to be on our team, whether on the paid staff or a volunteer, what I always say is you need to respect the voters,” Walker said. “Because really if you think about campaigns, it’s not about the candidate or the staff. It’s about the voter. It’s about how to help people’s lives be better.Scott Walker

Below is an email from his Deputy Chief of Staff when he was County Executive in Milwaukee. Oh, the email was held on a secret email network (you know the same type he admonished Hillary for) which is held in evidence for the ongoing John Doe Investigation.

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“One of the things I’ve stressed…in the last few days as I’ve looked at the possibility of running is you have my firm commitment walker_nose_respectthat I’m going to focus on making sure that the people on my team should we go forward are people who respect voters.”

Buzzfeed

On the stump Walker boasts how his reforms have made Wisconsin “more free and prosperous”. It could be true if you happen to fit into an special category he likes to call: “stakeholders” like Bill Gardner of Wisconsin and Southern Railroad who got over 14 million dollars in grants after an illegal contribution $160,000 to his campaign. Or Diane Hendricks, the richest women in Wisconsin who contributed $500,000 to his campaign with the request, “will we become right to work?”. Or John Menard who contributed 1.5 million to his campaign and got it all back in tax breaks for his lumber/hardware company. Otherwise, if you are not one of the wealthiest in your state, take a look at the side bar at the right showing the high number of mortgages under water in Wisconsin when compared to the rest of the country.
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Mortgages under water
The national average is 16.9%

Milwaukee 35%
Marquette 28%
Racine 25%
Kenosha 25%
Rock 21%
Pierce 20%
Juneau 20%
Sheboygan 19%
St Croix 19%
Dodge 18%
Manitowoc 18%
Walworth 17%

Thus far the national media has focused on the news-grabbing guffaws, shift and skip, flip and flop half truths and lies as his “positions” on immigration, ethanol production, abortion, and even evolution pop and dodge like the wack-a-mole. Warning. He will play this game of sound bite bobble with all the finesse of card shark in a casino. walker_nose_workYou are probably dealing with a “type A” sociopath. He will win this game every time. He has no moral foundation for his views and can and will say anything to further the message of money lenders. You will not win the “gotcha” game with Scott Walker. It is all a distraction or a slight-of-hand to pull attention away from his obvious incompetency and from the black hole where his ethics are supposed to be. It is very tempting to play his game, but in the end you will be “sound-bite” suckered. The photo depicts the most recent in Walker’s long list self serving shifts and flops. Just before the election for his second term he said he would not sign Right to Work legislation – the photo is taken of the moment of signing the bill just three months later.
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It is a mistake to assume you are dealing with an ethical human being. He will say anything. Instead, just look at the obvious results of his leadership when it comes to the nuts-and-bolts of budget, jobs, and administrative incompetence. The most blatant example of this incompetence is just behind the curtain. You want to know where Walker will take Executive Branch of Government? Ignore the sound bites and take a peek at the department he created – the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Corporate Treason

Treason

It is often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aiding or involved by such an endeavor.Wiki
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Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes

Everybody Knows” is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and collaborator Sharon Robinson. It has often been covered and used in soundtracks.
Everybody knows

Everybody knows

Coca Cola
Pepsi
Kraft
McDonald’s
Wendy’s
Mars
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Proctor & Gambol
Amazon.com
Wal-Mart
Johnson & Johnson
Dell Computers
John Deere
MillerCoors
Hewlett-Packard (HP)
Best Buy
Walgreens
General Electric
Western Union
Well Fargo
Bank of America
Bristol-Meyers Squibb
ConocoPhillips

Treason too strong a word?

The very act of having to ask the question suggests an autocracy is in power. Wisconsin has felt the laws protecting equality of basic human rights slip and slide from women, gay couples, people of color, public workers, and the elderly and ill people. Most of the legislative actions of GOP control were developed and promulgated outside the state. New laws affecting the drawing of vote districts, women’s health, voter ID, and the curtailment of collective bargaining rights for public workers – did not evolve for the good of the people of Wisconsin. They were discussed and written in the offices of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for the good of large corporations, some of which are listed in the column at the right.

When Scott Walker first took office ALEC was a secret. Today, the national lobbying group has written laws that effect each and every man, women, and child in the state. Here lies the treason. The state government has been overthrown. Laws are no longer being written for the benefit of the people within the state, but elected leaders have conspired to use their power to legislate solely for corporate interests. The reality of real people’s lives are not even part of the discussion for new legislation. The interests of the voters have been intentionally ignored in favor of pleasing the interests of the wealthy campaign donors. Look at the list.

Twisting the Tenth Amendment

Wealth can buy legislative action, thus all record money for lobbying firms surrounding government. Less obvious, but even more insidious is the power of wealth to buy the message. The little person – the nurse, the farmer, the small business owner cannot compete with the the ALEC/Corporate message. Language manipulation has become the most powerful tool in the hands of the new autocracy. Since the media is set up to grab attention in a few seconds, the autocracy takes full advantage of working words to embellish its qualities and hide its true diabolical nature in a tight knit of words that are often tested by polling for effectiveness.

An example of the “talking points” of ALEC regarding the 10th Amendment were discussed in a article in The Atlantic in 2011.

See how the shuffle of words as they might be heard in a news report, shifts the truth of the true meaning of language?

Garrett Epps Jul 11 2011 – The Atlantic

“…part of a new extremist movement that seeks to brand all major federal legislation — not only labor regulation, but environmental laws, gun control laws, and Social Security and Medicare — as violations of the “rights” of states as supposedly spelled out in the Tenth Amendment. Senator Jim DeMint last year phrased it this way: “the Tenth Amendment says powers not explicitly given to the federal government in the Constitution go to the states or to the people.”

Is he right? Let’s look at the text, which reads, in its entirety:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The ALEC Autocracy seeks survival by “rebranding”

Branding is the ultimate marketing tool designed to use words and images to create plastic surgery over the scared, disfigured face of the ALEC autocracy. Much like a black mold, the ALEC treason grew and thrived in the dark. Hardly anyone was aware of its birth or existence before 2010. Finally, it became obvious that many of the laws being passed by GOP dominated legislatures across the country seemed to share the same “brand”. New right to work, voter ID, maskedalec2and anti abortion laws passed by state legislators had little to do with the personality or demographics of the state, but seemed to share a source and to be promoting a common agenda that had little to do with the more prominent concerns of constituents. The source was ALEC. The agenda was that of the corporations that funded its existence. For the first time in history, state legislators where not looking within the borders of the districts they served for legislation to improve the lives of the people that voted for them. Instead, they traveled out of the states to meetings conducted by ALEC. They brought back model legislation to enact laws for the benefit of the interests of corporate sponsors.

Here is the tyranny. It is clearly stated in one of the documents leaked to The Guardian. On page 20 the legislators are expected to sign the “Draft Chair Agreement” which reads:


Draft Chair Agreement p. 20

I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first.

Legislators from across the country are meeting in the secret rooms of the ALEC Autocracy and are expected to swear allegiance to ALEC over their own constituents. This has been going on in for over 10 years.

Recently, in Wisconsin, a State Senator Leah Vukmir displayed her aggressive allegiance to “putting the interests of the organization first” when she ordered a reporter attempting to serve a FOIA request, out of her office. The leaked documents reveal that Senator Vukmir is not only a member of ALEC, but she is the “Finance Committee Chair”.

Finance Committee Chair Senator Leah Vukmir has reiewed the financial statments for the period ending June 30, 2013 They are now before the Board of Directors of acceptance.
Leaked ALEC Doc p. 20

Interests of the ALEC Autocracy

The majority of the people in America today are in favor of background checks for gun owners, comprehensive immigration reform, and a fresh look at “stand your ground” laws. Yet, none of these wishes of the majority are in the interests of the ALEC Autocracy, so you will notice all of legislation is at a complete stand still. Autocracy over Democracy.

The “stand your ground” laws were brought into focus with the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The light of attention that was shed on the ALEC Autocracy as the incubator of the “stand your ground” laws passed in Florida. Not good. It sent many of its corporate donors scurrying for cover. The branded mask of benevolence on which Coca Cola, Dell, Johnson & Johnson brands rest began to melt in the disinfectant of sunlight being shed on the ALEC Autocracy for which they were the major tax payers. But, ALEC was not about to give in. Like any good corporate automaton knows, all that is required when one brand is in trouble is to re-brand. The new brand they chose is almost as sacrilegious to Christianity as the ALEC Autocracy is to democracy.

Leaked Documents Reveal IRS Concerns, Funding Crisis At Corporate Lobbying Group ALEC

Ed Pilkington in New York and Suzanne Goldenberg theguardian.com, Tuesday 3 December 2

The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the “Prodigal Son Project”.

The Prodigal Son Project

Yes. The ALEC Autocracy uses the biblical story of the Prodigal Son. As though the corporate interests who left the home of ALEC to go out in live in the common world of democracy at large, could now return home to the safety of a forgiving father’s arms. Come home and continue to pursue your selfish interests in the home of the ALEC Autocracy. Democracy and working on a level playing field is not for you, my dear belated sons and daughters. We’ve hired a new plastic surgeon who will reshape your branded face along the formula of 501(c)(4) – where your ugly, selfish identity will be preserved in secrecy.

A letter included among the documents from Alec’s lawyer, Alan Dye, warns that “though we do not believe that any activity carried on by Alec is lobbying, the IRS could disagree”. It also makes clear that major potential donors are holding back because they are anxious about Alec’s tax status.

“Alec has been approached by donors who are willing to make sizable donations, but insist that the donations go to a section 501(c)(4) organization,” Dye writes.

Walker's Wisconsin – "Unintimidated" the book. "Unindicted" the reality.

“un” a prefix of lacking

Doe a dear a female dear
Ray a drop of golden sun
Un a prefix of lacking

To define yourself by what you are not, suggests some confusion as to what you are. Or, at least, suggests that your greatest quality or achievement rests in some unique lacking which separates you from other members of the human race. Flawed, inadequate, incomplete, impaired are a few synonyms that top the list at Thesarus.com.

Unintimidated is just such word with the “un”prefix to suggest negation or lacking of its root. It is also the title of Scott Walker’s book to be released in November as his prerequisite tome or multi-chapter campaign brochure to define his unique human context for leadership on the national stage.

Governor Walker criticizes Romney in new book
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The Associated Press on Friday obtained a copy of Walker’s book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” before its scheduled release Nov. 19. In the book, Walker presents himself as a leader with a national vision but says Romney ignored advice he gave him during the 2012 presidential race.

This whole “un” thing carries the negation unWalker expressed in the emotional tide of the 2010 GOP sweep of the House of Representatives and the rise Wisconsin’s Governor Walker, and Senator Johnson to power. This “un” thing was first expressed through the tea party and its branded band of screamers and shakers who showed up at town hall meetings following the passage of the Affordable Care Act brandishing signs depicting the President with a Hitler mustache or a Muslim turban. The politics of hate and rude dissension was unleashed on the world with a new found energy lacking any decorum or respect for any political office, institution, that might attach itself to the general brand of “government”. The “un” was attached to the word “American” and threatened to negate and alter the root so it became Unamerican to be American. The trick of “un” was employed to disguise divisiveness as patriotism and stupidity as liberty. Pass the “un”, or else!

Wisconsin – an early victim of “Unamerican” Divide

Only later would we learn how the County Supervisor from Milwaukee had employed a secret email network throughout out his campaign for governor. Only later would we understand how the Koch Brothers, the Americans for Prosperity, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, had been working behind the scenes to gain control of Wisconsin and other state houses across the country. The sleeping giant awoke. The giant was angry. But, alas it was too late. The “un” power was established and entrenched with a seemingly endless supply of gold and treasure.

In Wisconsin the “un” arrived and was celebrated in a meeting at the Governor’s mansion with Walker and his legislators when they delighted in the idea of “dropping the bomb” (curtailing collective bargaining rights) through a new “un” tactic, which they boasted to their backers as “divide and conquer”.

Can’t wait for the book

“Divide and conquer” has come back to haunt. The “un”, that worked so well at the front of “Unameircan” and “Unintimidated” did not work its magic when it was stuck in front of the word “fund” or “unfund” Obamacare, shut down the government, push America off the cliff. Scott Walker may well have got his bump from his “un” book had it been released before Senator Ted Cruz drew the deadly poison from the snake on the “Don’t tread on me” flag, and pitched into the soup people who were at the kitchen table discussing payment of this month’s bills. Help!

The “un” landscape has changed. “Unintimidated” should have been an e book. It should have been released last year. Now, we have seen “unintimidated” and his or her name is Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, Michele Bachmann, (place your favorite “un” person here).

Good luck with your “new” “un” book. Me? I am looking forward to the public release of email and documents associated with the John Doe investigation to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with the headline: “Unindicted”.

Lizards, Snakes and GUNS

How the 112th Congress became the least productive in history

When it ends, the 112th Congress will have passed about 220 public laws — by far the least of any Congress on record. Goodbye and good riddance, 112th Congress – Washington Post


It wasn’t a coincidence – It was a carefully planned Algorithm

The obstruction of the Tea Partyrand paul snake Caucus within the House of Representatives has been singled out as the prime reason for the failure of that body to do the peoples’ business. The weak link to productivity did not leave with the exit of the 112th Congress, but remains deeply entrenched in the 113th and is already singled out as the impediment to upcoming action on vital decisions regarding gun control and the debt ceiling. We have heard the rationalization for the obstruction of the Tea Party Caucus – that they are bound by their conservative local base and not by the wishes of the majority of the people who live outside their individual districts – and we leave it at that.

The make up and political leanings of individual congressional districts did not just happen by chance. No. The constituencies of the obstructive house members have been carefully plotted and planned for years, along the same curve as the growth of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and the development of the Americans for Prosperity through the funding and manipulation of the Koch Brothers. The far right leaning of people in the obstructive districts did not grow by a toss of the dice but a strategically developed algorithm as stealthy and patient in its attack as that of an American Timber Rattlesnake.

Don’t Tread on Me

Gun control legislation and the fiscal cliff issues dance and sing across the media stream while we know full well that the rattlesnake is lying in the weeds. A creepy crawly reptilian treason lies in wait to strike at the will of the majority of the people at a moments notice. It begins with the salamander.

Implications of limb regeneration as applied to humans

Salamanders’ limb regeneration hassalamander been the focus of significant interest among scientists. A theory persists in the scientific community that such regeneration could be artificially recreated in humans using stem cells. Axolotls have been highlighted for research. Wiki

The regenerative capability of the creepy crawly salamander became part of the political discussion 200 years ago as a cartoon depicting “suspious” vote district boundaries.

First printed in March 1812, this political cartoon (at right) was drawn in reaction to the state senate electoral Gerrymander dragondistricts drawn by the Massachusetts legislature to favour the Democratic-Republican Party candidates of Governor Elbridge Gerry over the Federalists. The caricature satirises the bizarre shape of a district in Essex County, Massachusetts as a dragon-like “monster.” Federalist newspapers editors and others at the time likened the district shape to a salamander, and the word gerrymander was a blend of that word and Governor Gerry’s last name. Wiki

Gerrymandering has been the tool of ruling incumbents for years giving rise to “Jerrymander” (a reference to California Governor Jerry Brown),[8] and “Perrymander” (a reference to Texas Governor Rick Perry). It is all sorta funny, as voting districts have been slowly shaped to resemble dragons, toads, and snakes…do you hear the rattle?

The Salamander regenerates into the snake of the 112th Congress

And it is not so funny anymore. The slow and algorithmic plotting of salamander after salamander has generated a timber rattlesnake that comes to strike at the heart of the will of the nation on vital issues regarding what’s to be done about guns, the debt ceiling, and immigration. Hear the rattle?

Salmanders about to mate
2004 Illinois’s 4th congressional district packs two Hispanic areas.Illinois_District_4_2004

The Gadsden Flag

You’ve seen the symbol and the flagGadsdeb flag being waved at Tea Party rallies and 2nd Amendment rallies. The symbol has a long and interesting history beginning with an early cartoon of Benjamin Franklin and proceeding on through time as an improvisational flag of the American Revolution before Betsy Ross got into sewing the stars and stripes.

The Gadsden flag and other rattlesnake flags were widely used during the American Revolution. There was no standard American flag at the time. People were free to choose their own banners. Founding Fathers

Rattlesnake Bites – It’s All About ME!

The Salamander became the Gerrymander. The Gerrymander evolved from its beginning, and around the mid 1980’s it began to morph into a more deadly and treasonous rascal. It would regenerate into the rattlesnake of the “Don’t Tread On Me” – Tea party Caucus that is now firmly planted in the Congress. The snake lives in defense of the myopic “me” – Democracy be damned. The crawling evolution was slow and plodding. It was not a fluke or a fancy of chance. It was a slow mathematical and methodical process to control the Congress by working from the ground up – from the State House to State House until it reached Washington. The plot was so intentional and sophisticated that million of dollars have been spent to hire law firms to plot out the next regenerative arm of the salamander, in state after state, following the a scientific algorithm to become the viper to strike at the majority opinion with its poison fangs of obstruction.

Shortest splitline algorithm

The Center for Range Voting has proposed a way to draw districts by a simple algorithm. The algorithm uses only the shape of the state, the number N of districts wanted, and the population distribution as inputs. The algorithm (slightly simplified) is:

Start with the boundary outline of the state.
Let N=A+B where N is the number of districts to create, and A and B are two whole numbers, either equal (if N is even) or differing by exactly one (if N is odd). For example, if N is 10, each of A and B would be 5. If N is 7, A would be 4 and B would be 3.
Among all possible straight lines that split the state into two parts with the population ratio A:B, choose the shortest. If there are two or more such shortest lines, chose the one that is most north-south in direction; if there is still more than one possibility, chose the westernmost.
We now have two hemi-states, each to contain a specified number (namely A and B) of districts. Handle them recursively via the same splitting procedure.
Any human residence that is split in two or more parts by the resulting lines is considered to be a part of the most north-eastern of the resulting districts; if this doesn’t decide it, then of the most northern. Wiki

As huge and possibly earth shaking decisions will be decided upon by the House of Representatives – do you hear the rattle? What’s more, it is a long way back to fix the problem that began years ago with all those misplaced salamanders.

NOW does OBAMA have OUR BACK?

Wisconsin was one thing – Michigan is another

Obama did not make a single visit to Wisconsin through a whole year of protest and strife that began with the passage of Walker’s Act 10 curtailing collective bargaining rights for most public workers – not one time. When workers needed Obama to have their backs, his silence was so blatantly obvious that he was taunted by quoting his campaign promise:

“Understand this. If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain, when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States because Americans deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.” That was 2007.

But no – Obama did not have our back

Obama visited Wisconsin on Jan. 26, 2010, a day after his State of the Union address. President Obama visited the headquarters of power technology company Orion Energy Systems, Inc. in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

On February 11 Walker “dropped the bomb” curtailing collective bargaining rights for most public workers – and Obama remained quiet. He did not step foot in Wisconsin in 2010, not in 2011. The first time Obama came to Wisconsin after Act 10 was on Wednesday 2012, over two years later, when he Obama finally arrived in Milwaukee on a visit to the Master Lock company in Milwaukee’s central city.

Did we miss the irony that the “Master” had been “locked out” of taking sides in the most disruptive labor assault in years? Walker didn’t. He boasted about the long Obama silence. He took credit for it.

I am sure the president must know that the vast majority of the federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits. I know he must know this. And I know the president must know that the average federal employee pays 28% for their health insurance premium which is double what I am asking for from state and local employees in Wisconsin. I am sure that the President of the United States is not getting his talking points from the big union bosses in Washington. I think Hannity ran that quote a dozen times that night and that’s the last we heard from the President.

And the workers of Wisconsin cringed, and accepted the Obama absence and silence on the bully pulpit with the rationalization that his reelection campaign was a year away. It would be poor strategy for him to become embroiled in “state politics” by siding with labor against the over reaching of Walker and the GOP legislature. The rationalization held through the Walker Recall election when Obama was absent, the Democratic party shied away, and finally, Bill Clinton showed up to deliver a speech in support of Barrett.

That was then – MICHIGAN IS NOW

Just as Walker “dropped the bomb” in Wisconsin, without any warning in his campaign, Gov. Rick Snyder is poised to sign the controversial “Right to Work(ha ha) “bill on Tuesday. Just like Walker the move came out of the blue, without warning or discussion in a GOP controlled legislature. The bill has been fast-tracked by the Republican-controlled state legislature, with the aim of getting it enacted by the end of the year.

The Big – Huge- Giant- Difference in Michigan


It is “Comfortable Shoes” time, Mr. President

The difference is the presidential election in Wisconsin and Michigan is over. The national conversation has changed. Obama asked workers to “have his back”, and workers capitulated. They “had is back”. They knocked on doors, they signed up for phone banks, they got “fired up”. As a result he won Wisconsin, he won Michigan. Now it is your turn Mr. President.

Why did Rich Snyder make this controversial move against his own best advice just a few weeks ago? “My concern is that could start a whole divisive atmosphere of other people trying to put right-to-work on the ballot, a whole bunch of things like that, and that would distract from the good things we’ve got going on,” Snyder said. Michigan Free Press

Could this be retribution aimed at workers who “had Obamas back?”

American Crossroads, Americans for Prosperity, the tea party, the Kock Bros. and Sheldon Addison lost big time in there attempt to buy the Romney election and gain control of the Senate. It has got to hurt. So what would you do? Would you exert pressure on the portion of the political landscape where you still have hold? Would you strengthen the tentacles of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to wrap the GOP governors and legislatures in states like Wisconsin and Michigan to seek retribution – to get some political payback for the big bucks laid out in the presidential election?

If so, workers are being targeted for “having Obama’s back”. Obama asked workers to “get fired up”, and they did. Now that they are feeling the pinch for that decision, will Obama return the favor? Will he find those comfortable shoes that were lost to Wisconsin and join the workers of Michigan against subversion of their basic rights to organize against the plutocrats?

President Obama opposes the Michigan bill, the White House said in a statement on Thursday.

So far Obama has issued a “Statement”

“President Obama has long opposed so-called ‘right to work’ laws and he continues to oppose them now,” said White House spokesman Matt Lehrich. “The president believes our economy is stronger when workers get good wages and good benefits, and he opposes attempts to roll back their rights. Michigan — and its workers’ role in the revival of the US automobile industry -– is a prime example of how unions have helped build a strong middle class and a strong American economy.”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/michigan-right-to-work_n_2258092.html

When the president asked workers to “have his back” – the AFLCIO, AFSME, and teachers unions did far more than issue statements. They showed up. They got out their comfortable shoes. They knocked on doors. The signed up on phone banks. They got out the vote. They got “fired up”.

It is Obama’s turn to get “Fired UP”. Any number of threatened middle class workers would be happy to loan him a pair of comfortable shoes and welcome him to the picket line.

Code Blue…Cardiovascular Blockage… Walker Arrest!

The national conversation has changed radically since Scott Walker became Governor of Wisconsin. Way back in 2010 the nation was flirting with the “grass roots” tea party revolution.

Of course now we know, beyond a doubt, that it was not a “grass roots” uprising at all – is was little more than a plot to capitalize on the anger generated by a near depression generated by the wealthiest among us.

What did the wealthiest among us do? They funded the tea party movement under the engines of Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation all funded by billionaires like the Koch Brothers.

Way back then, few had heard anything about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which operated secretly to introduce right wing bills into legislatures in Wisconsin and across the country. The prime directive of all these efforts was to repeal Obama care, by demonizing the health care law through town square meetings with representatives, lobbying the Congress, launching court battles that proceeded all the way to the Supreme Court. The sub prime directive was, in the oft quoted words of Senate minority leader Mitch Mc Connel, was to “make Obama a one term president”.

All this was front and center in the national conversation from Walker’s first day as Governor through the decisive election win of Obama in November.

Please take notice. It is over. Obamacare is the law of the land. Obama won the election. He will serve a second term. All the lobbying, billions of dollars spent to give legs for the tea party misinformation, all the court battles, all the protesting and recall elections – the voters have spoken. Obama carried Wisconsin comfortably.

So, what to do about the last remnants of blockage clogging the arteries of unification and progress to accomplish the one all important goal that everyone agreed on in the first place – jobs, jobs, jobs!

Walker Arrest

Many of us know friends or family members who’ve experienced vascular blockage, who were fortunate enough to catch it early. A severe heart attack was avoided as the blockage was cleared and they began to enjoy a normal life.

A very similar blockage is now the problem in the flow of job creation in Wisconsin. Those who fall into denial and ignore signals the body is telling them about blockage do not fair well – the same can be said of denial within the body politic. In Walker’s first speech delivered in the State of California, he didn’t mention jobs, but the lead policy he injected into the arterial flow of ideas was same day vote registration – not jobs but vote registration. You see the denial…the blockage? His job creation policies in the state would send him to the economic emergency room.

Madison — The failed economic agenda of Gov. Scott Walker continues as grim and disturbing news came today from the U.S. Department of Labor that for the week ending December 31, the state of Wisconsin had the second highest number of new unemployment claims of any state in the nation – 10,203 new claims. Michigan with 10,364 new claims, was the only state higher than Wisconsin.

The just-released December information from the U.S. Department of Labor is available here: U.S. Department of Labor

One Wisconsin – Press Release

Words as Anti-coagulant

Finally, a new and different word was used. Like many of the insignificant human events that are captured on a cell phone suddenly become “virile” on You Tube, the word plucked a string on the harp of denial that resonated with the press. The word was: “Arrest”. The word was a simple replacement for “indict” but it carried a break in the two year denial of Walker’s involvement in the John Doe investigation and broke through an area of massive clotting.

Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, didn’t use the word “indict” but he called for the “arrest” of Scott Walker, and Walker reacted.

He told workers that job creation is his priority and that attacks on his support for ending same-day voter registration, including a call for his arrest by Milwaukee alderman Ashanti Hamilton, are baseless.

“My guess is, for some of these individuals and groups they don’t have an alternative to what we’re talking about in the economy they don’t have better suggestions for what we want to do on the economy improving…so they just want to distract attention,” said Walker.WKOW TV

Video – Walker’s Response

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Code Blue!

Isn’t this like a man who ignores the pain developing in his arm, his shortness of breath, the appearance of the yellowing of the eye? Do you hear and see the denial?
The election is over. The National conversation has shifted. The last blockage to job creation is the polices of the job creators themselves.

What does the future hold? A total Walker Arrest!

Union Busting, Malfeasance, how about INCOMPETENCE?

Wisconsin Chooses Chaos

The state houses in Pennsylvania, Oregon, New Hampshire Colorado, New York, Maine were all controlled by Republicans. After the Nov. 6 election all those states shifted. The voters spoke to end the GOP majority and the super majority in those state legislatures. They had enough of a one sided political avalanche of ALEC written bills to enact voter ID laws, limit a woman’s right to control her own body, and limit workers from organizing for work place safety and wages.

But not Wisconsin. After, a few sweet months of peaceful balance in the Wisconsin legislature while Democrats were allowed a voice in the state senate for the first time since Walker and the Fitzgerald Brothers took control of the executive and legislative branches of state government – Wisconsin voters spoke.

All of that will change on New Year’s Eve when the GOP will take control of two branches of government all over again.

Are Wisconsin voters are stupid?

Our fine senator from the State of Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, would argue this outcome is all about stupid voters. Well, in a way. He pointed his accusing finger at Wisconsin voters saying they were “uninformed”. Oh, not for the choice to return a GOP majority to the state house, but to keep Obama and send Tammy Baldwin to the senate.

Johnson attributed Obama’s win on the heels of those Republican gains in Wisconsin to an uninformed electorate who voted in this election but not in the [Scott] Walker recall.

“If you aren’t properly informed, if you don’t understand the problems facing this nation, you are that much more prone to falling prey to demagoguing solutions. And the problem with demagoguing solutions is they don’t work,” Johnson said. “I am concerned about people who don’t fully understand the very ugly math we are facing in this country.” Huffington

So Ron, in his masterful command of logic, posits that stupid voters only make there uninformed choice in national elections. Yep, he is our Senator. When you point a finger at the stupid voters there are three fingers pointing back at you – there is some “very ugly math” for you.

The Wrong Argument for Recall

Walker is one of the most ineffectual leaders in Wisconsin History

It’s been said that human beings discover the obvious either first or last. The target issue for the recall of Scott Walker was painted by the press as a bulls eye of union busting. The first circle out of the bulls eye was John Doe, and that “he was the only governor with a legal defense fund”. Malfeasance and union busting seemed so obvious at first.

Now, comes the latent discovery – the final obvious fact glares at us after the vote was cast: incompetence

I will develop strategies for creating 250,000 new jobs by 2015


That was the promise of Governor Scott Walker made when he took office and remains on line as a pdf brochure to sell his “Wisconsin is open for business” plan for job creation in Wisconsin. The bottom line of the graph shows Walker’s job creation performance compared to that of other states.See large image of Walker job performance graph HERE Walker Jobs

After two years in office – look at the graph. Wisconsin shows one of the lowest job growth rates in the country. Does it look like he is on track to fulfill his promise? This is not Republican or Democrat – it is math. The math equation is Promise Minus Performance = INCOMPETENCE

Jobs

High Speed Rail Put Jobs in Walker’s Hands

The job creating deal was all signed, sealed, and delivered. The train maker Talgo had already invested in a plant to build train sets in Wisconsin. It was a “done” deal. One of the first moves Walker made was to abandon the plan and kill the thousands of jobs in Wisconsin.

The video below is dramatization of one of the most job destructive decisions ever made by a governor of Wisconsin.

Why did Walker reject high speed rail?

The job creating potential of Talgo, that was already in place in Milwaukee and looking ahead to years of production, was seen as such an obvious beacon in the dark tunnel of economic woe that Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois immediately laid out a red carpet for Talgo with a willingness of circus puppy.

Broken Contracts

Now Talgo is Suing Walker for 42 Million Dollars

A manufacturer has sued Gov. Scott Walker and is claiming it does not have to turn over two new train sets that have cost the state more than $42 million.

The state agreed in 2009 to buy two new train sets from Talgo Inc. for Amtrak’s Hiawatha line, which runs from Milwaukee to Chicago, but Walker’s administration and Republicans in the Legislature have repeatedly clashed with the firm since last year.Talgo Sues WSJ Online

Is it possible for a leader to be so blinded by political principles he would completely miss the obvious path to his own stated goals and reject a job creation deal because it was the idea of a political adversary?

The equation might be: Jobs minus Non-partisanship=INCOMPETENCE

Health Care

“Obamacare is now the law of the land” – John Boehner Speaker of the House

Walker’s myopic vision of his personal and party agenda is stuck inside a box. It is a caged animal clawing for escape shredding the institutions and traditions of government. He has rejected Obama Care at every turn. He has delayed and denied any preparation for the Health Care Law enactment. Just because you don’t like or agree with the plans to build a dam downstream, it would be foolish not to raise the height of your boat dock. Not Walker. It’s not the way he works. He is not a leader who takes into consideration the welfare of the family of people he serves. He knows better. If he determines an idea like Obamacare is the dam that will cause a rise in the deficit, he will prove it by letting the people drown.

Madison — Barack Obama’s re-election win poses a political conundrum for Gov. Scott Walker over how to handle the president’s signature health-care law.

The victory for the president and the return of the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate means Obamacare will remain the law of the country. But Walker decided late last year to stop planning to implement the health-care law in Wisconsin, preferring instead to hold out for an Obama defeat and a repeal of the law.

Now the state will have to scramble if it wants to put in place a virtual marketplace, or exchange, required by the law to allow consumers and small businesses to purchase health coverage.

By Nov. 16, states need to inform the federal government whether they’ll implement their exchanges themselves or leave it up to federal officials to decide how to do that, said Bobby Peterson, head of the Madison nonprofit ABC for Health. The exchange would need to be in place by the beginning of 2014.

“If they (have to) put something in, it’ll be rushed. They admit it doesn’t have stakeholder input and it’d be a half-hearted effort and that’s too bad,” Peterson said of the Walker administration. Walker Health Care Dilemma

The math might be: Reality minus Preparation=INCOMPETENCE

How do you deal with incompetence?

It isn’t like the people haven’t tried. The people of Wisconsin have been offered three separate opportunities, two recall elections followed by a general election, to correct the pattern of incompetence. It is said that politics changes like the weather, which gives us hope for the development of a high-road pressure system that might give the much needed rain on the dry dessert of poor decisions and partisan power grabbing on the fractured soil of Wisconsin.

"Tommy" – Bill Moyers: ALEC EXPOSED in Wisconsin

How the American Legislative Exchange Council rewrote the Constitution of Wisconsin

What is wrong with Tommy?

The Tommy Thompson most remember served as the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin, having been elected to an unprecedented four terms (1987-2001), and in the 16 years he etched out a classic image of the Republican of old; capable of compromise and following the rules.

Something has changed since he went to Washington

The man who is running for the Senate is not the Tommy of old. Something has changed, and it ain’t pretty. Where is the Tommy Wisconsin knew as Governor Thompson? Now, we have this Tommy who’s developed a nasty bluster that goes beyond the tones of a voice of strength and into the realm of a bully. The change is so foreign and horrific that it might best be described as the stuff of a Steven King horror novel – and then I remembered. Do you?

Late last night and the night before,

Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door.

I want to go out, don’t know if I can,

‘Cause I’m so afraid of the Tommyknocker man.

The Tommyknockers is a 1987 horror novel by Stephen King. The residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods.
which begins releasing an invisible, odorless gas into the atmosphere which gradually transforms people into a change or a “becoming,” which provides them with a limited form of genius which makes them very inventive, but does not provide any philosophical or ethical insight – they become mean, really mean. Wiki
Reporter: Do you plan on releasing your tax returns?

Tommyknocker

NO!” What don’t you understand about “NO”

Ok, it probably wasn’t a real poisonous gas that was released, but it was something very close. If you can imagine a secret fringe philosophy of a covert organization as a sort of poisoned gas, then you can grasp the scenario of what has happened to poor Tommy.

The philosophical poison was first formulated in the lab of the Americans Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The organization identifies Thompson in the form of one of its “success” stories, being important to the organization in its formative years back in 1996; just one year before he became Governor.

Do you want to vote for a “Tommy” who would draw from ALEC to pass laws to threaten your children with poison chemicals?
Below is an excerpt of the Bill Moyers report on ALEC with a quote from “Tommy” back in 2002:

The substance of the ALEC agenda does fit the description of the odorless and colorless gas of King’s Tommmyknockers. Like King’s story, back when our Tommy was a legislator he helped pioneer this incubus called ALEC which was intentionally covert and malicious, and like the gas in the story, it remained buried until its effects began to change people. Then came the release of its effects as the legislation of Fitzwalkerstan as a poisonous political gas to choke the goodness out of all three branches of state government.

ALEC writes the Constitution of Fitzwalkerstan

Like the story, the release was orchestrated with clever strategies like Walker’s “divide and conquer” and “we are broke”, and it lacked ethical and philosophical insight. It was mean and nasty and set up a divisive non-conversation between victims of “the becoming” of ALEC and everyone else.

Let us not forget that it was Governor Tommy who was pivotal in the birth of this incubus. This is no small quantity in making a decision to support him in his bid for the Senate, and more important, let us not assume he is still the Governor Tommy entity we remember while we ignore the Tommyknocker he has become.

Here is a clip from the Bill Moyers report exposing the long time relationship of Walker to this secret lobby, that is not a lobby, and how Walker has supported secret legislation in Wisconsin, to end collective bargaining, suppress the vote, and privatize schools:


Below is the full video of the Bill Moyers and Friends report on PBS:

Tommyknocker "the becoming" of Tommy Thompson

What is wrong with Tommy?

The Tommy Thompson most remember served as the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin, having been elected to an unprecedented four terms (1987-2001), and in the 16 years he etched out a classic image of the Republican of old; capable of compromise and following the rules.

Something has changed since he went to Washington

The man who is running for the Senate is not the Tommy of old. Something has changed, and it ain’t pretty. Where is the Tommy Wisconsin knew as Governor Thompson? Now, we have this Tommy who’s developed a nasty bluster that goes beyond the tones of a voice of strength and into the realm of a bully. The change is so foreign and horrific that it might best be described as the stuff of a Steven King horror novel – and then I remembered. Do you?

Late last night and the night before,

Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door.

I want to go out, don’t know if I can,

‘Cause I’m so afraid of the Tommyknocker man.

The Tommyknockers is a 1987 horror novel by Stephen King. The residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods.
which begins releasing an invisible, odorless gas into the atmosphere which gradually transforms people into a change or a “becoming,” which provides them with a limited form of genius which makes them very inventive, but does not provide any philosophical or ethical insight – they become mean, really mean. Wiki
Reporter: Do you plan on releasing your tax returns?

Tommyknocker

NO!” What don’t you understand about “NO”

Ok, it probably wasn’t a real poisonous gas that was released, but it was something very close. If you can imagine a secret fringe philosophy of a covert organization as a sort of poisoned gas, then you can grasp the scenario of what has happened to poor Tommy.

The philosophical poison was first formulated in the lab of the Americans Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The organization identifies Thompson in the form of one of its “success” stories, being important to the organization in its formative years back in 1996; just one year before he became Governor.

The substance of the ALEC agenda does fit the description of the odorless and colorless gas of King’s Tommmyknockers. Like King’s story, back when our Tommy was a legislator he helped pioneer this incubus called ALEC which was intentionally covert and malicious, and like the gas in the story, it remained buried until its effects began to change people. Then came the release of its effects as the legislation of Fitzwalkerstan as a poisonous political gas to choke the goodness out of all three branches of state government.

Like the story, the release was orchestrated with clever strategies like “divide and conquer” and “we are broke”, and it lacked ethical and philosophical insight. It was mean and nasty and set up a divisive non-conversation between victims of “the becoming” of ALEC and everyone else.

Let us not forget that it was Governor Tommy who was pivotal in the birth of this incubus. This is no small quantity in making a decision to support him in his bid for the Senate, and more important, let us not assume he is still the Governor Tommy entity we remember while we ignore the Tommyknocker he has become.

Governor Tommy vs. Tommyknocker

Tommy has changed with “his becoming” while in Washington, and once his good old Wisconsin values and ethics were shed? Well, he became a lobbyist. But let’s be careful here. Remember the Tommyknockers are clever and are careful to use words and labels like so many letters on a Ouija Board. You see, Tommyknocker was not “labeled” a lobbyist but you know if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…

Thompson’s financial disclosure filings show he was paid $771,000 last year by Akin Gump. He was a partner there for nearly seven years, before leaving in January to focus on his Senate run. Akin Gump’s lobby clients have included Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s former firm. Bill Lueders </a?

Quack, quack.
So why will he not release his tax returns? Do I smell confidentiality agreement?

This Tommy is the Tommyknocker he has become
Tommy/Tommyknocker on Abortion
Tommy 2001
On Legal abortion only for rape, incest, or mother’s health – Thompson has said that abortions should be legal only in cases where a woman’s life is endangered, or after a pregnancy resulting form rape or incest. As governor, he has used his power to increasingly restrict a woman’s right to choose.


Tommyknocker 2007

Good day for America when Roe v. Wade:
Q: Would the day that Roe v. Wade is repealed be a good day for America?

ROMNEY: Absolutely.
BROWNBACK: It would be a glorious day of human liberty and freedom.
THOMPSON: Yes.
McCAIN: A repeal.
HUCKABEE: Most certainly.
On the issues quotes

Tommy/Tommyknocker – High Speed Rail
The Old Tommy
When he was governor, Thompson pushed for starting a 110-mph high-speed rail extension to Madison.

Today’s Tommyknocker
“I have consistently opposed the rail project between Milwaukee and Madison, and I believe Governor Scott Walker did the right thing to reject the line. High-speed rail may work in certain densely populated areas of the country, but not in Wisconsin, and not when the federal government urgently needs to reduce spending and balance the budgets.”
WSJ Tommy Thompson and high-speed rail

Tommyknocker

He has sided with Todd Akin’s harsh stand on abortion, and hooked up on Walker’s train of NO TRAIN. Make no mistake when you hear the name or see the yard sign “Tommy”. He is not the Tommy you remember as Governor.

And the Class I Felony Award goes to…

The envelope please…

Two brothers, Jeff and Scott Fitzgerald, control the Wisconsin Assembly and the Senate. They seem to be the nominees for this years Class I felony awards and the air is filled with tension as Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne receives the “envelope” containing the winner’s name. The envelope is not your typical business size variety. No. This is more of a package containing 84 documents recording communications between the Michaeal Best Law firm and the GOP legislators who drew up the new district voting maps. The contents of this envelope could well declare the winner of the Class I Felony award, and the judge is reviewing the documents as you read this.

The winner will rise from the Assembly or Senate floor amidst flashing cameras and shocked reaction of those assembled to approach the dais to give credit to all those who served behind the scenes, with a speech that will likely begin with, “I don’t know who to thank first”. Regardless of which brother is the winner, the recipent is likely to acknowledge their father, who was appointed by Walker as the head of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

One can only imagine how the speech could continue but read a possible transcript in the side bar at the right.

Speech…Speech!

I could not have done this without the expert guidance of Scott Walker, who demonstrated the courage and disregard of ethics during his campaign, to inspire me to accomplish these measures.

I would like the thank all of the attorneys of the Michael Best and Troupis Law Offices and especially Eric McLeod whose name appears on many of the documents whose content has allowed me to accept this award.

One does not accomplish great feats in a vacuum and I must give credit to American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for their continued and undaunted efforts to manipulate state legislation, even though they had no acquaintance with the people of Wisconsin who would be affected.

Then there are those brave GOP legislators who agreed to the confidentiality agreement. They have demonstrated the highest degree of heroism in quaffing the laws and statutes that protect Democracy in the State of Wisconsin. It is by their silence to the unethical maneuvering to produce maps, which are most beneficial to the greedy few, that I am here to accept this year’s Class I Felony Award.

Thank you!

One Lawmaker – who asked not to be named

Who is this lawmaker…who had the courage to rebuke the Brothers Fitzgerald?
(From the transcript of the most recent broadcast of Wisconsin Public Television’s – Here and Now)

According to one lawmaker, who asked not to be named, the logic they were given was the maps and documents would be protected by attorney-client privileges and the secrecy pledges were needed to protect that. But this lawmaker he told me he felt part of the pledge was intimidation to keep the rank and file from complaining. The lawmaker was shown two versions of the map, one more favorable and one less favorable, and was told if he didn’t go along, the less favorable would become law. Redistricting debate rekindled – Friday, February 10, 2012

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Watch Redistricting debate rekindled on PBS. See more from Here and Now.

Laws Broken – Class I Felony?

The state statutes cited below state in legalese that it is a Class I felony for legislator to attempt to influence the vote of another legislator by promising a beneficial outcome, like showing a legislator two different maps, one more beneficial then the other, in order to influence that legislators vote = Logrolling.(defined in 13.05)

It is also a Class I felony for a legislator to promise to vote for legislation in order to receive a benefit or favor from the governor, like agreeing on a district map in order to gain an edge in future elections when the map boundaries are signed into law by the governor. = Executive Favor. (defined in 13.06)

13.05 Logrolling prohibited. Any member of the legislature who gives, offers or promises to give his or her vote or influence in favor of or against any measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature in consideration or upon condition that any other person elected to the same legislature will give or will promise or agree to give his or her vote or influence in favor of or against any other measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in such legislature, or who gives, offers or promises to give his or her vote or influence for or against any measure on condition that any other member will give his or her vote or influence in favor of any change in any other bill pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature, is guilty of a Class I felony.

13.06 Executive favor. Any member of the legislature who gives, offers or promises to give his or her vote or influence in favor of or against any measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature, or that has already been passed by either house of the legislature, in consideration of or on condition that the governor approve, disapprove, veto or sign, or agree to approve, disapprove, veto or sign, any other measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature or that has already been passed by the legislature, or either house thereof, or in consideration or upon condition that the governor nominate for appointment or appoint or remove any person to or from any office or position under the laws of this state, is guilty of a Class I felony.
Politiscoop

The court is likely to decide what to do quickly because the case goes to trial Feb. 21.