Thursday August 29, 2013, 1:15 am
The first Republican Reich in the US was hatched when Wisconsin became the Republican Fascist Plutocracy of Fitzwalkerstan, headed by Fartfuhrer Scott Walker. Other Republican Reichs have followed. We have the Republican Fascist Plutocracy of Brewerstan, whose Fuhrer is Death Angel Jan Brewer, and the Republican Plutocratic Theocracy of McCrorystan, headed by TEAfuhrer Pat McCrory. The last has been grabbing the headlines, but Fartfuhrer Walker refuses to be outdone.
Thursday August 29, 2013, 6:08 am
We have got to have reforms to all our parliaments so that one bill is submitted for one cause – even if it means thirty votes a day – at least people would vote for things openly – and knowingly – and sneaky underhand deals like this wouldn't get through! How can these fascists who are stealing food and medicines from the disadvantaged give half a million dollars in a hunting grant to a group which has unaccountably never done that sort of thing before?!!! To say that it stinks is an understatement!
Thursday August 29, 2013, 6:42 am
since you brought up the Koch Killers I see they will strongly benefit from any distress in Syria.....gas prices will only go up up up no matter what happens............
During times of extreme financial crisis we see right wing groups come to power. In the US it is marked by the rise of the tea party, and the election of radical governors and Congressional representatives. In other countries there is more direct and violent reaction in the streets.
I find it curious that with Walker's background, which is dubious at best, he became the choice to move the wealth of the people to more wealth for the few. The right wing is quick to scream about redistribution of wealth of they perceive what is wealth from the top, down. These same people stridently believe that wealth from the bottom to the top, will enrich their lives. I see that are distorted logic, propagandized thinking to a twisted level.
Whether it is Walker, Perry or other strong man republican/tea party governors, they have not built a prosperous economy for those states and still are nearly worshiped by the right wing. Sure, they have the loving support of the large corporate business community, but not the support of the small business owners. There should be a clue, in all of this that not all is well in this warped view of paradise.
For those of us on the opposite side of the equation inveterate liberals, there is little we can do but ride this wave of bizarre thinking and keep working to displace those in office we oppose, and try to elect sane leaders as replacements.
Thank you TomCat ~
Thursday August 29, 2013, 7:28 am
There seems to be no end to corruption AND gullible voters. I agree with Pat in that we need to have a procedure where each specific issue is voted on separately. Or at least allow only 2 items per bill so that some selfish jerk can't slip something in at the last moment. Corporations need to be banned from financing these crooks. (or as I call it, BRIBERY.)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 7:38 am
There should be enough ammunition for a couple of petitions on Care2 causes here, don't you think? Misappropriation of taxpayers money and a grant to promote hunting, fishing, and trapping.
Thursday August 29, 2013, 8:30 am
It's a little difficult to find sympathy for the Wisconsin people when they allow this kind of thing to go on - As Einstein said, "The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do nothing about it."
I do agree, one bill one item - maximum of two sponsors. No room for hidden pork, and we should eliminate all legalese from bills. A bill should say exactly what it means. That's a pipe dream and I do know that.
Thursday August 29, 2013, 8:32 am
The campaign investigation has convictions for his minions--and there was no immunity due to acting in his official capacity so he may follow his former IL counterpart on that one and the house of cards built on ignoring the laws rather than striving to comply may begin tumbling down like historical examples have (e.g., illuminated in the book "All the Kings Men.")
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:08 am
Hope someone stops the company from getting any money. No. I hope this company gets taken down. I mean, really?? Here we are, can't afford public education, can't afford Social Security or Medicare and yet, they put in a bill a grant from taxpayer's money for fishing and hunting promotion? Seriously?? Since the kids can't seem to play fair with the rules that are in place, time for someone to change the rules. A bill shouldn't have anything in it but what the bill is about. Period. Maybe then they could get something done in government. And anyone who slips something into a bill that is not about the bill is fired ... on the spot. Time for some accountability at the government level. They've had it easy way too long! Thanks for posting, TC. Hope your appointment goes well.
Thursday August 29, 2013, 11:37 am
"These fascists, who are stealing food and medicine from the poor, " quoting Pat A. do not give a damn, just as the Nazis did not give a damn, and that is how they can even consider doing this. Unlike the Nazis, these people identify as Christians, which makes their support of the Plutocracy "Ubber Alles!" even more difficult to understand. This is just businses as usual to these bastards: take public funds for business, or to feed partisan politics, but deny it to the public!
Pam W., is right to suggest, I believe, that the populace of Wisconsin seems to feel powerless...but they are not.
Thursday August 29, 2013, 12:43 pm
Kit has a point - and part of the point is that, overall, voters today are not as intelligent as the voters in 1932 who elected FDR. And yes, I do realize that his election and the subsequent recovery bucked an international trend at the time. But damn, we ought to do it again.
Thursday August 29, 2013, 2:40 pm
I just read an article from Daily Kos that says that Scott Walker, who promised to create 250,000 jobs, is now blaming the "unrest in Syria" for the somewhat-less-than-250,000-jobs-created.
I bet he was the kid in school who always blamed his unfinished homework on his pet's inability to tell paper from dog food.
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:09 pm
"United Sportsmen presents itself as an organization focused on hunting and fishing, …" — It just does not tell you for what it is hunting or fishing! Maybe 'fishing 'for funds to 'hunt' Democrats?
So Suder is connected to the United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation. In his political role, he manages to slip a newly created grant of $500,000 into the state budget. That grant is then awarded to the United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation. Hmmm. . . conflict of interest? I think so! Misappropriation of funds for partisan politics? I think so! On top of that, United Sportsmen of Wisconsin Foundation is essentially an unregistered lobbying firm along with other entities as noted in the link.
As Sir Walter Scott said "O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to decieve." I hope this comes back to bite Walker et al in the ass, big time!
@ Pat --- Amen! I`ve said it many times about Canadian bills too.
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:31 pm
Get out the votein 2014 - all the friends and family who say their one vote won't matter...explain exactly Why one vote can matter. It's the only way to derail at least some of this runaway Koch/GOP/TP train.
Thursday August 29, 2013, 9:42 pm
The brick wall crafting one bill legislation has always run into and stopped without a way around the problem is the budget bills that can never not be about multiple subjects.
In CA watching the "hitch hiking" components on the budget trailer bills calls for close attention because many bills that didn't make it the normal route end up wholly or partially in that bill that gets less debate at that stage, etc.
Friday August 30, 2013, 1:33 pm
Walker continues to be the arrogant ass he's always been. He does what he wants and when he wants it. The people had a chance to get him out of office and they didn't do it, so now they reap what the creep puts out. I agree with Edith B., hope the DOJ gets involved.
Friday August 30, 2013, 4:24 pm
Kit said: I do agree, one bill one item - maximum of two sponsors. No room for hidden pork, and we should eliminate all legalese from bills. A bill should say exactly what it means. That's a pipe dream and I do know that.
That's funny, I was saying that 40 years ago when I was a Republican. Of course I was never a tea bag type and after speaking with Reagan understood that the party was going nutso. I still voted Republican that year, but for Anderson, not Reagan whom I felt, sadly rightly, had Alzheimers and no real understanding of reality.