Walker's Wisconsin "6th Worst Governor"

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington names Walker the 6th worst governor in America

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) according to its website, is “dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.”
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CREW offers a detailed report on the evaluation. The short list is itemized in the 7 points below and you can read the full report through the PDF link at the bottom.

Short list

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) was elected in 2010 and won a recall election in 2012. He is running for re-election in 2014. His inclusion stems from:
(1) using his office to promote donors’interests;
(2) illegally using state troopers to track down his political opponents;
(3) an investigation into illegal activity by his aides;
(4) diverting money from a nationwide mortgage settlement;
(5) an investigation into the state economic development corporation he chairs;
(6) dismissing a political appointee for signing the recall petition against him; and
(7) advocating for new voter identification restrictions.

CREW Analysis PDF

The people of Wisconsin have suffered through all of the itemized actions of Scott Walker since 2010, but missing from the list is the most annoying and clawing of Walker’s behaviors. Some call it arrogance, some say it’s hypocrisy, still others just call him a sneak and a liar. Yet, what is baffling, and hand wringing frustrating, is that his most recent approval rating remains at 48%! The question is, how is this possible? And we run down the list of rationalizations for the rating that seems way too high. Is it because he has the money to control his message and most people do not look or research beyond the headlines? Has Wisconsin really turned that much more red, and if so, why did Obama carry the state in the last election?

I don’t have an answer, but can only continue to dramatize the hypocrisy of Scott Walker. This time with a slide show in which the images are contrasted to quotes that are lifted from CBN’s Brody File, a major conservative evangelical listening-post. Some time ago it published a series of excerpts from interviews with WI Gov. Scott Walker.

You can read the full interview at the bottom of the post.

People ask all the time, to Tonette [his wife] and I, how do you get through this? It’s just really prayer. It’s the prayers that we have as a family, that we have individually, and the prayers that people tell us about

People ask all the time, to Tonette [his wife] and I, how do you get through this? It’s just really prayer. It’s the prayers that we have as a family, that we have individually, and the prayers that people tell us about. And those that we don’t even hear about, but we feel people all around our state and really all around the country, that people go out of their way to lift us up, and it’s just, it has been so amazing to us, and really as a family, I think it has made us stronger. We realize that all this is just a temporary thing and God’s got a plan for us that, who knows where it might be, beyond just serving as Governor of this state, but if we stay true to that, there’s always comfort. And God’s grace is always abundant no matter what you do, and it’s just every step of the way. In fact our Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, she asked me about this the other day, she’s just been spectacular as well. She asked me, she said, Scott, do you feel like you’re living your faith strong enough? She was asking me about this on a trip we were on. And I said yeah, the interesting thing is for me, it’s not just about going out and quoting scripture, it’s in how you live. And what I’ve tried to do over this past year is even at the moments of the peak of the attacks and the incivility and everything else, to make sure what I did was calm, it was reasoned, and that I was responding in kind. .Washington Monthly

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


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.

Stand by Your Ad – IS Working

Tired of Attack Ad Lies?

You can stop the super pac lies

How hair-tearing, frustrating is it to watch a Walker “It is Working” ad appear on the TV in your home while knowing the information presented is barely true, half true, or an out-and-out lie. Since the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling, it seems there is nothing we can do about it.

Not so. Action can be taken to reduce the deceitful messaging of the third party attack adds.

Tell Television Stations: You Don’t Have to Air Misleading Third Party Ads

Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center’s FlackCheck.org Launches “Stand by Your Ad” to Fight Deception in Super PAC and Other Third Party Political Advertising

TV and radio stations are required to air political ads by candidates for such federal offices as the presidency even if their content is blatantly deceptive. Not so the messages of outside groups. Instead, broadcasters have the right to bar so called “third party” ads or insist on the accuracy of those they decide to air. Ohio stations did just that when a group called “Building a Better Ohio” offered Ohio TV stations a deceptive ad last October.

When a group called “Building a Better Ohio” offered Ohio TV stations a deceptive ad last October, a number of stations exercised their prerogative to insist on the accuracy of so-called third party ads by refusing to air it.
The ad below was recalled.


Did you know this?

Kathleen Hall Jamieson was interviewed on Moyers and Company and talked about campaign misinformation. She revealed a fact that I didn’t know. Broadcast station managers are not required to air third party adds. You can scroll ahead to the 8:00 minute mark to hear the discussion about broadcast station managers editorial power.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson on Campaign Misinformation from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.


Going “All Wisconsin” on attack ads

Progressives will not match the funds pouring into the Walker camp from the Koch Brothers – Americans for Prosperity and countless other out-of-state forces. They can be held to truthful portrayal of the facts.

David Koch

“We’re helping him, as we should. We’ve gotten pretty good at this over the years,” he says. “We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend more.” Palm Beech Post – Koch
Angel List Wisconsin TV Stations

Stop the Lies

Flackcheck has made it easy.

Go to Flackcheck
You will find a page much like the one in the screen shot below.

1) Just pick your state and the city where your broadcast originates. (I picked Wisconsin and Milwaukee in the screen shot example)
2) Check the boxes of the broadcast stations you want to contact.
3) Send the email.
4) The address of the stations you pick will be in the recipient box. You will find the message referring to the Ohio ad. You can edit the message as you please to include the offending party – Americans for Prosperity,the title of the ad campaign It is Working, and an explanation of the offense – Job and budget information inaccurate
5) Then just copy all the information and paste it into your own email program and SEND.

Station Managers Will Get the Message

When station managers get enough messages reminding them of their responsibility for the accuracy of the messages they choose to broadcast, we may see a change in the deceit of the third party attack adds in Wisconsin.

Or Make Your Own Attack Ad

Mining Bill Sideshow

The Politics of Alienation

What could be the strategy here?

Are GOP political strategists completely incompetent?

Why would they continue along the path of pounding and ramming yet another controversial legislative bomb like the mining bill, when the effort would only seem to reinforce the overly strong arm tactics that have sent moderates and even members of their own party to sign recall petitions? Or, are they dumb like a fox?

Killdeer Tactics

The Killdeer is a bird who builds its nest in the open, and right on the ground. You sometimes see an adult killdeer in gravel, such as along a rocky railroad easement, or on a dirt road. As you approach, the killdeer may suddenly develop a broken wing. It struggles in front a predator, as if it can barely walk, let alone fly. One or both wings drag pitifully on the ground. Ah, but when the helpless bird is nearly dinner, it flies away with all the strength and prowess of a B-52. The broken wing display is a ruse to lead the predator away from the vulnerable nest.

Tactic of Deception
Deception detection between relational partners is extremely difficult, unless a partner tells a blatant or obvious lie or contradicts something the other partner knows to be true. While it is difficult to deceive a partner over a long period of time, deception often occurs in day-to-day conversations between relational partners.[1] Detecting deception is difficult because there are no known completely reliable indicators of deception. Deception, however, places a significant cognitive load on the deceiver. He or she must recall previous statements so that his or her story remains consistent and believable. As a result, deceivers often leak important information both verbally and nonverbally.Wiki battle tactics

Whose nest is more vulnerable than that of the two Scott’s Walker and Fitzgerald? Never have they been more vulnerable as the poor job numbers, budget deficits, and indictments and court rulings are landing like spit fire to the left and right. They and their “chicks” are facing a recall of historic proportions, and the clock is ticking. So, what is the deal with the mining bill? Why would Juneau Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald suddenly and dramatically scrape the senate committee, sending the bill back into the Joint Finance Committee? The move to go backward to the harsh and hated Assembly version of the bill seemed to be self defeating, since many GOP legislators had taken the position of non-support. So why?

Looking away from the nest

With John Doe indictments surrounding Walker and District Court reprimands slapping at Fitzgerald, the nest of chicks is on the ground and the cat is circling. So, off they go with the broken wing; the scrapping of the mining bill to distract activists and democrats away from the nest and away from the real prize – the recall of the major players to move them out of power, so that the damage done to Wisconsin can be healed. The mining bill is just one injury to an already critically listed patient suffering from a stroke of collective bargaining, massive voter ID contusions, and pulmonary blockage of passages from the people to is representatives.

The mining bill is a travesty. The healing intervention is to recall the tumor. Only then, will the body be on the road to a slow recovery.

Read between the lines for Scott Fitzgerald’s hints of deception in Friday’s report on Wisconsin Public Television’s “Here and Now”.


Watch Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on PBS. See more from Here and Now.

One Year of Free Wisconsin

The first post under the heading “Free Wisconsin” was headlined “Sleeping Giant Awakes in Wisconsin”. It really reflects my personal waking, as from a cold sweat, trembling nightmare, except that no shaking of the head or pinching of myself could make it go away. It was real.

Thus began a daily posting of the barrage of assaults on the rules, procedures, and dignity of the government of Wisconsin in the long year of GOP control under Scott Walker. My posts are often accompanied with a photo-shop picture or two, so I picked a picture with a caption to trace the evolution of events in Wisconsin over the first six months of the past year.

The tentacles of the Koch Brothers

The Koch lobbying office on the capital square The REAL Koch Bros

February 23rd, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

The Call was a prank….the lobbying office is REAL
Judging from the cozy conversation Scott Walker had with the prankster David Koch, one might suspect that similar calls could be made from this quaint little office.

Rally in Richland Center

A little piece of American SOLIDARITY

March 10th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

There was a demonstration in front of the Court House in Richland County, Wisconsin, America at 9:00 a.m. CST on March 10, 2010.
It will never go in Wisconsin in the long run; not with these Wisconsin born and bred people of strong and tested will in opposition.

I left confident of success and damn proud of Wisconsin!

A mother with her children stood bundled against the cold holding hand-made, cardboard with magic marker signs.

The First GOP Senator triggered for recall

CALL DAN KAPANKE – Update 3-30″

FROM the LaCrosse Tribune

La Crosse area Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to trigger a recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, one of eight Senate Republicans targeted…

March 15th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

Recall organizer Pat Scheller said volunteers have gathered more than the 15,588 signatures needed and that they plan to take them to Madison after a noon rally today at La Crosse City Hall.

It is expected to be the first completed of 19 active recall efforts registered between Feb. 24 and March 2 against 16 senators.

Most consistanly read post

April 5th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

Why is it important to know who the Koch Bros are? Ask Bernie Sanders the Senator from Vermont who stood on the floor of the Senate for most of a whole day to deliver a good, old fashioned filibuster, which has become known as “The Amazing Speech”, to stop the action that would extend tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.

Who are the Koch Bros? Why should I care?

Summer of recall campaigns and elections

What a season of awakening and action with the result: a record breaking, recall of six (to date) Wisconsin GOP Senators facing a recall election in July! Summer of UNREST
May 1st, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

This is monumental! This is what Democracy looks like!

Count them Darling, Kapanke, Olson, Hopper, Cowles, Harsdorf! All stood with Walker and when Spring came they found the ice melting beneath their feet. Final hour recall drives are still going on for the remaining two of the now infamous GOP 8!

The “found” votes

May 5th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

We all suspect that the real problem in the Wisconsin recount is not likely to turn up in the recount of votes because it is quite possible that the votes being counted are already flipped! Why are we not getting to the real suspect issues: Kathy Nickolaus’ criminal history, “special software” given to her alone by the GAB (the board responsible for administrating the state-wide recount), the storage vote counting software on her private computer, the proven vulnerability of the Sequoia (Waukesha) voting system to hacking and manipulation?

Sexy Gap Opening in Ballot Bags!

Vote bags in Waukesha ripped, torn, and even duct taped

The Brad Blog calls the Waukesha recount a “Dog and Pony Show” Fraud 9 – Duct Tape (Really!)
May 21st, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern
They make it sound the Kloppenburg found a rip in a single ballot bag and are claiming fruad. It wasn’t one bag. It was many bags. Not only did they appear slit, torn, and lapping open the numbering would be an embarrassment to a third grader! To top it off the slit bags were repaired with duct tape!

The curtailment of collective bargaining becomes law

Prosser and Activist Judges
June 15th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

Justice Shirley Abrahamson accuses the majority of 4 of giving case ‘short shrift’

In hastily reaching judgment, Justice Patience D. Roggensack, Justice Annette K. Ziegler, and Justice Michael J. Gableman author an order, joined by Justice David T. Prosser, lacking a reasoned, transparent analysis and incorporating numerous errors of law and fact. This kind of order seems to open the court unnecessarily to the charge that the majority has reached a pre-determined conclusion not based on the facts and the law, which undermines the majority’s ultimate decision.

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Waukesha Fraud – Deep Throat Speaks
June 17th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

An observer of the Waukesha County recount noticed such a small, innocent piece of paper that was spit out of a voting machine in Pewaukee. It was a poll tape from a voting machine on which is recorded your vote. But what caught her eye was the date at the top of the tape: 03-30-2011 or March 30. That was six days before the Supreme Court election of April 5!

The covert workings of the American Legislative Exchange Council is exposed

ALEC – Anti Labor Elderly Children
July 15th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

How does this activity differ from legislators meeting in party caucus, or designing a party platform for legislative action?

– The workings of ALEC are secret. In fact, the existence of the “council” was all but unknown until the past few months even though its influence on Wisconsin legislation can be traced back to the Thompson Administration.

– The workings of ALEC have nothing to do with “we the people” or promoting the general welfare, but focus firmly on the “pursuit of happiness” for the already most privileged and wealthy top 1% of the population.

The Walker Policies never seemed a match for the historical character of Wisconsin.

What if the wealthiest Americans formed a secret organization

The Government Accountability Board and Kathy Nickolaus

Round and Round we go expecting different results? Election Merry-Go-Round
August 10th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

Um, Dems better look into what is going on in district 8! MSNBC “With 62% of the vote in the dem had a 52/48 advantage, then, with 63% in the dem had a 51/49 advantage, THEN with a 64% of the votes in the republican had a 51/49 advantage. THAT CANNOT BE! A 1% swing cannot suddenly give the republican 3% points IF previously a 1% swing took away only ONE % point from the democratic challenger. THIS is the “smoking gun” – that should be investigated by the Dems TODAY. It’s PROOF Nicholas sat on democratic votes. Someone needs to get a copy of the MSNBC tape and look at what i was looking at. Again, if a 1% swing at 10pm means 1,000 votes, then, 1% swing at 11pm CANNOT mean 4,000 votes!!!”

Posted by Darcy Gustavsson of the Election Integrity group on face book.

More and more nasty weather in Waukesha

Hurricane Kathy Rips Wisconsin
August 25th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern
A “KAT 4? Hurricane made landfall in the City of Brookfield in Waukesha County in April, 2011 leaving 14,000 residents stripped of their votes.
The massive storm caught the residents of Wisconsin completely unaware. Few warnings were posted by the Government Accountability Bureau regarding the severity of the storm that left thousands of Wisconsin Residents stripped of their freedoms and at the mercy of the devastating power of special interest groups such as Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – the shadowy Koch Brothers, big tobacco, insurance companies, and a drug industry consortium.
Kathy Leaves Path of Destruction Across State