Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Where Will Wisconsin Find the Workers?

By Gordon Hintz

The shiny object in front of lawmakers’ eyes when talking about the Foxconn proposal is the potential of new jobs.  “13,000 direct jobs!  Another 22,000 indirect jobs!” 

All of these claims ignore the reality in 2017 Wisconsin faces. If the jobs do materialize, where will the workers come from? 

The important statistic when considering the availability of labor is the “prime working age” population, which economists classify as people between 25 and 54 years old. Wisconsin had 105,000 fewer prime working age people in 2015 than it did in 2010. Some of the sharpest decreases occurred in Jefferson, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. As the state with the 15th oldest population in the U.S., Wisconsin’s prime working age population is expected to continue to shrink through 2040 to just 33% of its total population.  This is down from 41% in 2010. 

Looking at 2016 census estimates for Racine and Kenosha counties, Racine lost 6,709 (8.3%) of its prime working age population in just the past 6 years. Kenosha lost 2,998 (4.3%) since 2010.  So the very region being counted on to fill as many as 35,000 jobs has a smaller number of working aged people, and that number is continuing to decrease. 

Wisconsin’s current and future demographic challenge is not new, but considerations for how the state will address this challenge and manage the consequences do not seem to be at the forefront of the Governor’s current decision-making. 

In addition to the lost workforce due to the retirements of baby boomers, more than 27,000 people left Wisconsin between 2010 and 2014, according to a study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). According to Todd Berry, WISTAX president, Wisconsin lost people “at a faster rate than we should, and this means not only are we not going to grow the workforce, we’re going to see a shrinking workforce if we keep that up.” 

If you build it, will they come? 

Wisconsin is not alone in facing a labor shortage. Both Illinois and Michigan face shrinking working age populations, while Minnesota and Iowa expect small increases through 2040.  Nationwide, there are more than 1 million unfilled manufacturing jobs and there is high demand for skilled labor. 

Workers choose where they want to work.  Advocates for Foxconn have referenced both Silicon Valley and North Dakota’s oil boom as examples for Wisconsin’s hopes.  However, Silicon Valley succeeded primarily because of the open immigration policies of the U.S. and the importance the world’s best and brightest immigrants have played in the tech business. Wisconsin share of foreign-born Wisconsin residents stood at 4.8% in 2015, well below the U.S. percentage of 13.5% for the same year. And the average wage during the oil boom in 2012 in North Dakota for oil field workers was $112,462, while entry level rig workers averaged about $66,000 a year, according to Rigzone, an industry information provider and job website. 

It remains unclear what the actual job range will be or what the specific pay for those jobs at Foxconn will be beyond the unverified average annual pay of $53,000.  With a significant labor shortage in Wisconsin and neighboring states, will that level of compensation be enough to recruit as many as 13,000 people (not to mention 22,000 more) from around the U.S. to move to southeastern Wisconsin as our existing working age resident population declines? It seems unlikely.  The need to increase compensation will drive up labor costs and result in a larger and faster push to automate the Foxconn plant. The result? Far fewer jobs, and a much higher cost to the taxpayer. Lawmakers should not let the shine blind this reality.

Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) represents the 54th District in the Wisconsin State Assembly and is a member of the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

White Wisconsin - Now Even Whiter!

By Jeff Simpson

In Charlottsville, VA, there was a huge rally of white supremacists, Nazis, and random Republicans who showed up with tiki torches to fight mosquitoes and the taking down of a statue of the Confederate traitor General Robert E Lee.

In Lexington, KY, the mayor said that after the tragedy in VA, all Confederate statues would be coming down.

In North Carolina, protesters pulled down a statue of a Confederate Soldier.

Seeing a pattern here?

Finally, Americans are waking up to the fact that the Civil War was not nostalgic, but a huge black eye on our History.  The Civil War was a few states were AntiAmerican traitors who attacked America from within.   in the four years of the Civil War, 620,000 Americans were killed.  All so some rich white people would be allowed to keep slaves and get free labor.  

However, unsurprisingly, RightWisconsin, now run by Jamie Wigderson, looks at the Confederate Statues coming down as an opportunity to rid our history of Progressives.

It’s time for the statue of Robert La Follette at the National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol to come down. While we’re at it, let’s remove the bust of La Follette from the Capitol in Madison as well. There will be protests. But let’s face it, the Progressive Era is over. Thank God.
Wisconsin is now a red state, won fairly by former Governor Tommy Thompson (three times), Governor Scott Walker (three times) and President Donald Trump*. We re-elected a conservative senator in a presidential year, Ron Johnson, when every pundit said it couldn’t be done. The majority of our representation to Congress is conservative. Conservatives control the state Assembly and the state Senate with record numbers, and conservatives even control the state Supreme Court 5-2.
* I guess the self proclaimed "never Trumper" is now "all Trump all the time".

Most people see that it is time we stop fantasizing the Confederacy and realize it is a racist, black mark  and tragic time in America and stop honoring the traitors of the South.

Not Right Wisconsin, they feel since some "snowflakes" want some statues removed, that now would be a good time to rid ourselves of Wisconsin's Progressive past.

Since this is a borderline racist column, full of dog whistles, it is only fitting that they recommend that Judge William Rehnquisr and Tommy Thompson be the statues that we replace Fighting Bob with.

Rehnquist's legacy is one of suppressing African American and Latino voters, so of course he would be a favorite of Jimmy Wigdersons.

Wiggy also mentioned Tommy Thompson as a second statue for WISGOP to put up.  Since he was one of the most vociferous voices for the individual mandate in Obamacare, I could live with that.

However, since it is Jimmy Wigderson we are discussing, let me nominate two people for statues who better embody the true spirit of the WISGOP:

1. Has to be Joe Mccarthy.  No one embodies WISGOP values of paranoia, hatred, BS and outright lies than McCarthy.

2.  I would recommend, someone Wiggy has mentioned as the perfect rep = Wild Bill Kramer!


Yes we did not think it possible, but "White Wisconsin ---- Now even Whiter!!!"

The Next Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

By Jeff Simpson

Lost in the midst of the craziness of a bunch of traitors marching in Charlottesville, VA, was a discussion between our local Supreme Court Candidates.  

Michael Screnock is running form the right, he has previously worked for Michael Best, and was part of the top secret group using millions of dollars of taxpayer money to redraw our legislative maps into the most partisan possible.  It was also widely condemned as incredibly unethical and illegal.  

As Screnock says:

"I share ... the belief that it is the role of a judge to say what the law is and not what it should be,” Screnock said in a statement. “Judges must respect the different roles of the court and Legislature and should not legislate from the bench.”
If Screnock feels that having legislators sign secretive agreements from their constituents is "respecting the different roles and the law", Heaven help us all.  

Tim Burns, a lawyer from Madison, has also thrown his hat into the ring:

Burns, in a breath of fresh air, does not hide who he is.  Burns is a Progressive and proud of it(FYI: you can be a Progressive and uphold the laws as written).  

The third person who has entered the race is Judge Rebecca Dallet.   Judge Dallet has decided to try and stake out the middle ground.   As Jim Hightower likes to point out, "the only thing in the middle of the road is yellow lines and road kill".

Recently, she had some harsh words for Mr. Burns:

  Aug 11More. criticizes for "trashing" Scott Walker and Donald Trump, says judges should be independent and impartial.

However, while Dallet, is campaigning as the moderate in the race, her actions speak differently.  

The current make-up of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is a loaded with far right extremists controlling 5 votes to 2 slightly left of center votes.   They are so extreme, that they are largely a laughing stock of law observers throughout the state and the country.  

One of the things that the Far Right did when they had a majority, was to kick the duly elected, and widely respected Chief Justice Abrahamson out of the Chief Justice Role to install far right Justice Pat Roggensack as the new "unelected" Chief Justice.  

A quick look at Roggensack's campaign, and we see that Judge Dallet has not only endorsed Roggensack but sent her a $2500 check for her re-election.  Roggensack was running against a truly impartial candidate and one of the most respected lawyers in Wisconsin in Professor Ed Fallone.

Why would someone who truly believes that judges should be "independent and impartial" send a $2500 check to a judge who has a record of being neither, against a far superior (and incredibly underfunded) candidate(Dallet's only other political contribution was $100 to Governor Doyle, 12 years ago)?

Taking a look at just the last week, we have a President who has threatened military action against numerous countries, thanked the Russians for kicking out hundreds of US diplomats and emboldened a fairly large group of White supremacists and Nazis to march on a city wreaking havoc, violence and death on fellow Americans, Ms. Dallet has the nerve to criticize Mr. Burns for criticizing The Donald for his role in this.  

Does anyone believe that Ms. Dallet, would stand for the rule of law or would bow to the pressure of her political hero and Chief Justice Roggensack, when she tells her to make sure no one stands in the way of the WISGOP agenda?  

Looks like Ms. Dallet's middle ground, would prefer that it is you and I laying there with those yellow lines!  

The current makeup of the Supreme Court has allowed it to be a safe space for a racist, a hateful homophobe and a man who choked his female colleague.  It is time we start demanding more from them!  

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Current Right!

By Jeff Simpson

This is the 2017 America that a massive landslide of Republican wins, led by The Donald, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell have brought to us:

"This represents a turning point for the people of this country. We are determined to take our country back. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That's what we believed in. That's why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he's going to take our country back."
-- David Duke, in Charlottesville today

FYI:  What did Senate hopeful Leah Vukmir post on her social media in the midst of all of this violence, terrorism, and racism?

Loving my new hat! Finally picked one up at the booth at the State Fair. (They’re in high demand.) How does it look?

It looks to me like its dripping with racism, and hatred,.....thanks for asking!  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Great Republican Foxconn Jobs Con Job

Imagine that you're a Republican politician that is under 50% in the polls, facing an angry constituency and a tough opponent in next year's reelection bid. What do you do?

Well, if you're Scott Walker and Paul Ryan, you don your best suit, polish up your bottles of snake oil and try to pull off the biggest con job of your lifetime - maybe of all time.

Last week, they did just that. They made the announcement that the Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group had chosen southeast Wisconsin to build a huge $10 billion plant that will create tens of thousands of jobs, averaging over $50,000 a year in pay. All the taxpayers have to do to get in on this amazing business windfall was pony up a mere $3 billion (yes, that's billion with a b). in incentives.

It was such a big deal that they all flew to Washington, D.C., so that Trump and Pence could get in on the photo ops. Political pundits were saying that this announcement was sure to make both Walker and Ryan locks for their reelections. So much so that Walker and Ryan both ran digital ads, like the one above, to prop themselves up.

But the wheels started falling off their campaign buses even as they were making the announcement and accepting the applause and accolades of their fellow Republicans and the most gullible of people.

First, they had to hope like hell that Foxconn actually came through on the deal and actually built a plant. Foxconn hasn't even picked a location for said plant yet. And lest we forget, the good people of Pennsylvania are still waiting for their Foxconn plant which will never be built.

Then there's the number of jobs that will be created. At the announcement, Trump said it would be 50,000 jobs. Walker quickly dropped that number to 13,000 jobs. Then it was 10,000 jobs. Now, per Foxconn, it's only 3,000 jobs and maybe someday they'll add more. Maybe.

Then there's the issue of pay. The Republicans said that the average pay would be $53,000 per year. But one look at what Foxconn does pay their workers, the only way that this would happen in Wisconsin is if every single employee was an engineer or in upper management. The actual workers, the assemblers, only make $9.20 per hour or about $19,000 a year. Even if they put in the maximum number of overtime hours every day of every week of the year, they still come well below the promised number.

And while we're talking about the workers, how about their working conditions? Well, in China, their plants are sweatshops where working conditions are so bad that the workers were committing suicide by jumping off the roofs. Things got so bad that Foxconn had to install suicide nets on their buildings.

Another big, red flag is the fact that the Foxconn CEO had compared workers to animals and got management advice from a zoo director:
"I am managing over one million animals every day and it's such a headache. But our zoo chief knows that he can put tigers and lions together, but not tigers and chickens together. So I want to learn from him," Gou said at the company party at the zoo, according to a translation of his comments shown on FTV, a cable news station in Taiwan.

OK, so there won't be that many jobs and they won't pay as well as was hoped. It's still a great thing, right? Can't you just feel the economic boom coming?

Well, there's the cost to consider.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau of Wisconsin did the number crunching and found that Wisconsin wouldn't recover the cost of the investment for 25 years - and that's only if Foxconn hired the full 13,000. If the actual number is 3,000 jobs, it would take a helluva lot longer to see a return on that investment. And if the workers were from out of state, like Illinois, that would lengthen the recovery time even further.

Given the overly generous tax laws the Republicans already have in place for businesses, Foxconn would not only not have to pay a dime in taxes for several years, they would actually be collecting over $300 million of taxpayer money each year.

None of that even covers the environmental nightmare of it all. Foxconn will be allowed to build without an environmental impact study, will be allowed to fill in wetlands and divert waterways at will, and will be allowed to discharge their waste directly into Lake Michigan.

Another red flag is that Foxconn has put a deadline of September 30 to approve the deal. They have even given a veiled threat of talking about building another plant in Michigan. Walker has already complied with that by calling a special session of the state legislature to rubber stamp it.

The deal is such a big, heaping pile of bovine excrement that even Americans for Prosperity - the front group for the Koch Brothers - have come out against it, although their beef is that the Kochs aren't getting the same sweetheart deals.

Showing that not all Republicans are totally brain dead meat puppets, the leader of the Republican-controlled state senate says he doesn't have the votes to get it passed as is.

Interestingly, Lyin' Ryan, who touts the deal in his ad, has started to back away from it and are telling callers that it's strictly a state issue and he has nothing to do with it.

No matter which way this goes, someone is going to pay a very high price. I hope like hell it's Walker and Ryan and any other reprobate that goes along with it rather than the taxpayers.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Diane's Empty Dreams

By Jeff Simpson

Recently, the New York Times did a cheer leading piece on Diane Hendricks and how she is Reviving Beloit, WI.    

BELOIT, Wis. — When Diane Hendricks sees something she doesn’t like here, she buys it.
A bankrupt country club. A half-empty mall. Abandoned buildings. The rusting foundry down by the river.
Beloit used to be a town that made papermaking machines and diesel engines. Ms. Hendricks thinks it can be a place where start-ups create the next billion-dollar idea, and she is remaking the town to fit her vision.
The problem is Diane Hendrick's vision is blurry, extreme and very, very white.

The Times considers Diane to be a boom to Beloit because:

She took the library from its historic location downtown and resurrected it inside a failing mall at the edge of town, replacing the original with a performing arts center where dance and music students from Beloit College can study and perform each year. Then she scooped up nearly every building on a downtown block and knocked each one down, making way for a sushi restaurant, a high-quality burger joint and modern apartments with marble counter tops and exposed-brick walls. 

I agree that the downtown of Beloit, WI is looking nice, however, let us take a closer look at what is actually happening in Beloit.  

 While it is great to buy things for a few million dollars, when you are a billionaire, but FYI - that is not an economic plan. 

We have seen her economic plan for Wisconsin:

While Ms. Hendricks, has a vision of bringing start-ups to WI, the reality of her political vision is she is failing spectacularly.  Wisconsin, under Scott Walker (one of Diane's most high profile employees), has ranked dead last in business start up activity for the last three years!     On the bright side, we have no where to go but up!   

However for Ms. Hendricks, with help from the Governor, has to have an actual plan (tax cuts and cutting education is not one either).   

After discussing this topic with someone heavily invested in the Beloit Community:

There needs to be an economic development plan that let's millennials of color see a pathway to ownership through education. We need to economic development plans that are inclusive and not driven by fox valley. Millenials of color will stay in Wisconsin, if they can get a piece of the pie.

In Madison, there have been those opportunities in tech and health fields but we need to expand those opportunities beyond those two sectors to keep the best and brightest, regardless of color or history, want to stay in Wisconsin and actually help us grow from the ground up.

Yet Beloit, a classic Rustbelt town impacted by the decline of manufacturing, remains “deeply troubled” despite Hendricks’s efforts, the story notes, with high unemployment and boarded-up shops. “About a quarter of the population lives in poverty, twice the rate of residents in the rest of Rock County. One in every four children lives in poverty in the county.”
Which raises the question of whether Hendrick’s vision for America is one that leads to economic success for average Americans. Stevenson doesn’t report that Hendricks urged Gov. Scott Walker to go after private sector unions, or that the Right to Work law he signed has been found to lower average wages in stateswhere it has been passed. Stevenson doesn’t tell us how many employees at ABC Supply have family-supporting jobs.
Nor does Stevenson report that Hendricks didn’t pay a cent in state taxes from 2012 through 2014, or that tax cuts passed by Walker and Republicans went mostly to wealthy Wisconsinites like Hendricks, or that Hendricks has grossly underpaid her property taxes going back many years.
PS: To the author, Alexandra Stevenson, Instead of talking to Charley Sykes, maybe you should have gotten in touch with this former student who has had a problem with Ms. Hendricks serving as a Trustee for Beloit College and as a major member of the Trump team.

She was an early supporter of Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign here in Wisconsin, a state with a history of progressive politics, and that has pitted her against some current and former students at Beloit College, a liberal arts school and one of Beloit’s other big employers. (Ms. Hendricks sits on the college’s board of trustees.)    

I am available anytime!

Wiggy's Faux Outrage Over Pussy Hats Redux

The Wisconsin State Fair is a wonderful time of year. The sound of many bands, the lights of many rides, cream puffs, deep fried cheese curds - well, deep fried anything...on a stick.

It's also the time for right wing faux outrage and hypocrisy.

James "Wiggy" Wigderson
Late last night, I was advised that James "Wiggy" Wigderson, newly installed editor of the now Charlie Sykes-less Right Wisconsin blogsite, was going to do a faux outrage piece about Wisconsin Democrats selling pussy hats at their booth at the State Fair. So I wrote up a quick piece for it on Cog Dis, well before Wiggy got his post out.

But now I see I made a rookie mistake and forgot that when it comes to the right wing and faux outrage, there's more. There's always more.

Wiggy's post was actually much, much worse than I had anticipated.

Oh sure, there was the expected faux outrage, but then Wiggy boldly lied about not getting any response from the Democrats. If they didn't respond, how was I able to write about it before he got his post out? Pure and utter bullshit there.

But the thing that really burnt my cheese curds was this (emphasis mine):
“Pussy hats,” or “pussyhats,” first made their appearance at the Women’s March to protest President Donald Trump. The pink knitted hats were in response to a recording of a private conversation in 2015 in which Trump said that women would allow him to “grab them by the pussy.” Since then they have become a popular symbolic gesture at leftwing events.
Would allow? Would allow?

He's implying that women gave their consent to be sexually assaulted by Trump! What's next, that the women really wanted it? That they shouldn't dress so slutty? Is this what he said when one of his favorite state representatives was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault?  Dafuq?!

The actual transcripts from that conversation show that there is no ambiguity about whether there was consent:
Trump: Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

Bush: Whatever you want.

Trump: Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.
The remaining question is why is Wiggy pretending to be so upset about a knit cap? It's a clever bit of punnery meant to empower women and counter the right wing's dismissal of sexual assault like it's no big deal:
We love the clever wordplay of “pussyhat” and “pussycat,” but yes, “pussy” is also a derogatory term for female genitalia. We chose this loaded word for our project because we want to reclaim the term as a means of empowerment. In this day and age, if we have pussies we are assigned the gender of “woman.” Women, whether transgender or cisgender, are mistreated in this society. In order to get fair treatment, the answer is not to take away our pussies, the answer is not to deny our femaleness and femininity, the answer is to demand fair treatment. A woman’s body is her own. We are honoring this truth and standing up for our rights.
Or maybe I'm just being unfair to Wiggy. Maybe he once saw a vagina with ears and was traumatized by it.

Nah, he's just a dumb ass, really.

Cross posted at Crooks and Liars

Wiggy's Latest Faux Outrage

James "Wigged Out" Wigderson, the new editor and person stuck to go down with the sinking ship of White Wisconsin, er Right Wisconsin, is trying to get his panties in a bundle because the Democrats are selling pussy hats at their booth at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Wiggy sent this email to Robert Hansen, Chair for the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County:
I was wondering if you have a comment about the Democrats having "pussy hats" for sale at the Democratic booth at State Fair, a normally family-friendly event. Please call me before 11:00 PM at [redacted].


James Wigderson
Hansen replied to Wiggy, saying "Since when are cats not considered family friendly?

Another friend put it a little more directly and, to be honest, I don't think I could have put it any better:
I like to answer them with a question. Are you really complaining about cotton hats to me and family values when your President has 5 children from 3 different women, talked about grabbing married pussy and we have a First Lady who thought it was ok to pose for money while grabbing her own pussy? But you here, complaining about cotton hats to me? Is this really happening?
And Wiggy, I have some unsolicited advice for you - you really should change the name of your blog to "White Wisconsin."

Not only would it truly reflect the inherit racism that is displayed there on a nearly daily basis, but it would also be a clever little pun, since you and your friends are really just a bunch of snowflakes.

Cog Dis Has Moved!

Just like a young adult leaving their parents' home to spread their wings and soar with the eagles, Cog Dis has moved on.

We have taken our little old blog here and left the comfy environment of blogspot where we didn't pay rent but we also didn't know what are full potential is either, due to the way search engines and the such work.  We moved over to our own doman -

Don't worry, our old address still works, but will only direct you to the new one.  At least for now.

So make sure that when you do your links of love or you're just looking for a fun, educational and informative blog, it's

We also have a new tip line email at  So feel free to drop us a line, even if it's just to tell us how great we are.

The downside to the move is that we now have to pay rent.  Please feel free to cast whatever money you can spare our way to help us keep growing and help me pay all these hungry mouths that I've got working here.  If you can just slip a few bucks in our tip jar, it would be much appreciated.

See ya around!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lyin' Ryan Lies Through "Safe" Town Hall Meeting

Lyin' Paul Ryan, Squeaker of the House, has a severe aversion to town hall meetings. He avoids them like the plague, not having had one in nearly 700 days. If you ask him why, he won't admit that he doesn't have the leadership or social skills to not mock a 71 year old man being dragged out, slammed to the ground and arrested as he did six years ago.

No, instead he'll blame it on meetings getting out of control on professional protesters being shipped in from out of state to turn his meetings into "screamfests." No, seriously, that's his excuse.

Now that he's facing a real challenger, Randy Bryce, who has left him and his dark money masters so rattled that they're already spending a small fortune on radio ads, he finds himself forced into once again meeting with his constituents. But instead of having to deal with the general public, he holds "safe" town halls at select sites, like certain companies or even telephonic town halls, so that they can keep the commoners from confronting him with reality.

Now those are even going sour for the poor little snowflake.

Lyin' Ryan had one of his snowflake-friendly town halls last week at a company called Banker Wire, in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. He thought he'd be safe because the owner would makie sure the employees toe the line.

But it didn't work out that way. Instead, even the people that used to support him are turning the heat up on him and calling him out on his lies:
But the politician from Janesville also faced some frustration from workers, including fellow Republicans. Keith Ketzler, 62, thanked Ryan and Republicans for doing some "good things," but questioned the GOP's inability to agree on major issues, such as health care.

"I think for eight horrible years, I heard, 'We don't have control of the House. We don't have control of the Senate. We don't have the presidency,' " Ketzler said. "Well, I tell you what. You're in there now, and all I see is infighting. It's very dysfunctional. I don't see plans for anything."

Ryan answered, "So, the House is the functional body of Congress. I say that tongue-in-cheek, jokingly."

Ryan added, "Believe me, I understand your frustration."
He went on to indirectly blame Mitch McConnell for his failures.

Ryan got so desperate after being faced with this truth that he took to doing what he does so naturally, lying to constituents' faces, as Tommy Christopher at IJR reports:
RYAN: You get health care here at Banker, right? Yeah, so one thing. Let me just clear up, a lot of people get a little confused about this, Obamacare is not employer-sponsored health care, meaning Obamacare is for [...] it affects Medicaid low-income health care for people who don't get health care through their jobs and the people who buy their own health insurance. It doesn't tell you how employer-sponsored health care works, effectively, so it's a health care program for people who buy their own health insurance, not employer-sponsored health insurance.
This is a despicable lie on several levels, the first being that Obamacare's key patient protections do apply to employer-based health insurance, from the ban on annual and lifetime caps to the essential health benefits, to the prohibition on discriminating against pre-existing conditions, and everything in between. And many of those protections depend on provisions, like the individual and employer mandates, which make it possible to cover pre-existing conditions, for example.

Those are the direct effects of Obamacare on employer-based health insurance, but in addition to those, the CBO has also concluded that among the tens of millions who would lose health insurance under the Republican repeal plan are 4 million people with employer-based health insurance, like the man Ryan lied to.
But the most blatant - and funniest - of the lies he told that day was this doozy:
Ryan also faced questions about why Republicans struggled to get their message out.

"We don't control the media but what we do do is try to get our message out," Ryan said.
Yeah, with Faux News, squawk radio and the rest of the corporate media, they just can't get their message out, the poor darlings.

By the way, Tom Nielson, the now 76 year old gentleman that was physically and verbally abused at Ryan's town hall meeting in the video, was at Randy Bryce's campaign kick off rally last month and gave him a donation. Could you do the same so that we can repeal and replace the compulsive liar Ryan?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

You Animal You!

By Jeff Simpson

Word came out today that Scott Walker's good friend, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou. had this to say at a company party(no wonder they have suicide nets as standard fare):

"(Foxconn parent company) Hon Hai has a workforce of over one million worldwide and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache," Foxconn CEO Terry Gou was quoted saying in 2012 at a company party held at the Taipei Zoo. 

 Speaking of animals.....

but I digress....

Gou, even took the analogy one step further by having a zookeeper give him company management tips.

We at CogDis are once again ahead of the curve ....we found actual footage of the zookeeper who Mr. Gou is taking management tips from!

To be Fair, This Zoo director would be the most competent person in the Walker Administration!


Scott Walkers Deep Discounts

By Jeff Simpson 

While Scott Walker is working hard to hand $3 Billion of our tax dollars,  to a foreign company known for breaking deals and employee suicides, let us not forget what kind of a "businessman" that Mr. Walker is.

In 2014, Governor Walker wrote, had someone write a fictional book for him, which was poorly titled "Unintimidated".   After the initial rush, we found out that he sold a measly 16,000 books, most of which were bought by his PAC - "Friends of Scott Walker".  

At the time, Scott Walker was under the delusion that he could be President of the United States, and was selling autographed copies of his book for $150 each!

As everything Scott Walker plays out the same way - lots of fanfare and BS and no substance.   A favorite saying of mine - Big Wind, lots of dust and no rain.  

I received my second email in a week from the "Friends of Scott Walker" (not sure why it is plural) :

We wanted to make sure you saw this special offer from Governor Walker. Your fellow conservatives are taking advantage of this deal and copies of the governor's book, "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story And A Nation's Challenge" are going fast! 
Act now to secure your signed copy of Governor Walker's book! 
Thank you, 
Team Walker 

Going fast?  

The email, that they wanted to make sure I saw:

We would like to reward YOU for your generous support.

Contribute $50 or more today and we will send you a signed copy of my book, Unintimidated, which details our battle against the Big Government Labor Bosses and the special interests. 

Thank you very much for "rewarding" me with paying $50 for a book I can buy for $2.99 on eBay and one you cant even give away.  

Next thing I know you will be passing legislation allowing foreign corporations to pollute our land and waters to help us, or pass a law forcing a 12% pay cut on the workers of WI, in order to "save" them money!  

The Walker/Wisconsin way....everything is for sale at a third of the price!  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Breaking! Chris Abele Wants To Tax Lakefront Again

When Scott Walker was Milwaukee County Executive, he introduced the idea of putting parking meters up and down the lakefront.  The County Board properly shut it down.  As then Supervisor Gerry Broderick stated at the time:
“The installation of parking meters would severely restrict public access to this beautiful natural resource,” said Supervisor Broderick, Chairman of the Parks, Energy & Environment Committee. “I encourage all County residents to contact their County Supervisor and the County Executive. Tell them to oppose the installation of parking meters on Lincoln Memorial Drive and Veterans Park.”
Being a slow learner, Chris Abele has again floated the idea of taxing the lakefront, only to fail time and time again.

Even though Abele hasn't had the required public hearing for the 2018 budget requests yet, if one looks hard enough, one can find the budget requests posted on the county website. And sure enough, Abele is proving is a very, very slow learner by trying to tax the lakefront yet again:
Increase revenue by $1,662,000 by implementing pay-to-park along Lincoln Memorial Drive, McKinley Park parking lot, Lagoon Drive and easternmost lot in Veterans Park, North Point parking lot, Bradford Beach parking lot, and easternmost Lake Park parking lot.
Not only does Abele want to make sure every square inch of the lakefront has a fee attached to it, he wants to add additional park rangers to enforce these ordinances and increase revenue.

Abele says that the reason for the need to tax the lakefront is due to a tax levy reduction, which is what he wanted in the first place.  So with less money coming in and Abele going on a gifting spree, giving away hundreds of millions of dollars of county assets to his rich friends and business associates, his budget is almost as screwed up as the state's.

I'm sure Abele sees it as an added bonus that this might keep some of the common riff raff, like normal citizens, away from his plutocratic playground so that he and his friends can enjoy the lakefront as it was meant to be and by only those most worthy - the filthy rich.

The only question is does he really believe that he's screwed up the county's finances bad enough that the board will feel that they have no choice but to go along?

FoxCON Freebie

By Jeff Simpson

Once again, the GOP are setting the stage and controlling the dialogue, $3 billion Wisconsin tax dollars, and a press corps made up of cheerleaders will do that.   

Instead of calling it the Con job that it is, too many Dems are buckling and cheering on Scott Walker:

Unfortunately, the cheer leading even extended over to Paul Ryan's two opponents:

Ryan faces potential challenges from Caledonia iron worker Randy Bryce and Janesville school board member Cathy Myers.
Bryce said the Foxconn announcement is "good news for Wisconsin workers who stand to gain jobs if the final deal indeed delivers what has been promised."
"But that single announcement doesn't make up for more than 20 years of bad economics — like unfair trade deals and huge tax giveaways to the wealthy and corporations — that have bled southeast Wisconsin's economy dry," Bryce said, arguing the state needs a comprehensive economic strategy that will help "all of the working people who have been left behind over the past two decades — not just the lucky few who may benefit from this one-off deal made possible with huge corporate tax breaks."
Myers tweeted last week: "1,000s of good jobs coming to #WI01 is welcome relief for ppl. Let's organize to ensure taxpayer subsidies incl real community benefits!"
 Ok, I am not a high priced consultant, but I am sick of losing elections by not being authentic or telling the truth or pretending Republicans in Wisconsin have "good ideas".   I will offer my services up for free in how to answer this simple question.  Your thoughts on the Foxconn announcement: 

Of course we always welcome 13,000 jobs, but we must also be very wary not to put the cart before the horse.   The best way to predict future behavior is by past behavior and the three players involved give me reason to pause.   Foxconn, has a reputation for incredibly poor working conditions, that has led to them having to install suicide nets outside their buildings to keep worker from jumping.   Add to that how they took the money and ran from a commitment in Pennsylvania leaving the Foxconn execs richer and the taxpayers broke.  

Then you look at Scott Walker who still, after all of the time, has not even come close to reaching his stated job goal of 250000 jobs (by 2015).  Wisconsin lost 4000 jobs last month alone, and if you look at Governor Walkers Pet project - WEDC(which he used to be chair of), they have a history of using our tax dollars to pay for such things as Badger Tickets, and iTunes gift cards in the name of "job creation".  We, under the guide of Governor Walker, even paid for one of his supporters Jaguars   

Finally Paul Ryan, in terms of districts losing jobs,  Paul Ryan has to be in the Hall of Fame.   When Paul Ryan took over as Congressman of the 1st Congressional District it was thriving as a manufacturing Mecca.   Since Paul Ryan has "represented" the district, such long term, Wisconsin Icons like Case, Chrysler, GM, GE, etc...all have shuttered and moved on.  

The perfect story of Paul Ryan, as told in the book Janesville, tells of a time when officials from Janesville (Paul's home town) had a very important meeting with the executives of GM in order to see what they could do to keep the 100 year old plant open.   Paul Ryan skipped the meeting to go on a "Tea Party Patriots" radio show.    

SO yes, I welcome 13,000 jobs, but I am very skeptical that these players can bring it home.   I also know that if we have an extra $3 billion dollars laying around, we could create many more jobs, by investing it in Wisconsin and not Taiwan.   

Your welcome

Paul Ryan: Cut Rate Action Hero Wannabe

Ever since Randy Bryce hit the campaign trail with a video seen around the world, Lyin' Paul Ryan must be feeling a tad bit nervous.

So what's a scared, pencil-neck geek supposed to do? Why, make his own video of course! And just any video, but one that shows he's just as macho as any iron worker and one that throws red meat to the base, like xenophobia and bigotry.

The part Ryan forgot was not to make himself look even more like a 90 pound weakling in the process. Thus, hilarity ensues:

Oooh! He flies in a chopper! He rides on a boat! He rides a horsie, and not just the one in front of the Walmart!

The thing Ryan likes most about his little video is that the taxpayers got to pay for it because he disguised it as a video about the wall and not himself.

But it does raise more than a few questions...

Is it me, or is Ryan riding a pony? And doesn't it look like he's about to fall off of it at the end? Are we sure that's even Ryan and not a stand in? Did anyone else hearing the village people singing "Macho Man" as they watched that video?

All I know for certain is that Dudley Do-Right has nothing to fear from Ryan.

The twitterverse doesn't seem to be very impressed with Ryan's video attempt either.

This isn't Ryan's first go at being an impostor either.

When he was running mates with Mitt Rmoney, he did a photo op at a soup kitchen in Ohio. But they weren't serving anyone at the time and the pots that Ryan was scrubbing were already clean. To make matters worse, Ryan hadn't called ahead to even get permission and just barged into the place.

It's time and then some to repeal and replace this faker with Randy Bryce, a real hero (US Army veteran) and a person who knows how to do real work. And if you can, throw a few bucks to help Randy lead on to victory. If you can't afford anything right now, give him a shout out of encouragement and thanks on teh twitter at his now famous @IronStache account. He's very appreciative of those and it helps him keep going.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Eat Fish Fry, Support Randy Bryce #StacheSolidarityFishFry

Long time readers of this blog will remember that a few years ago, Serb Hall, the go to place for Friday night fish fries, had a management change and were now trying to bust the union there.

Randy Bryce and I came up with a unique way to send a message to management that we were not going to accept that, the Solidarity Fish Fry:
Something has to be done to help our brothers and sisters out.

But that something is not what some of you might suspect.

Usually the response to this sort of action would be to go to Serb Hall and protest their unfair labor practices and/or to boycott the place.

I do want you to go to Serb Hall, but not to protest or hold a rally.

I want you to go to Serb Hall and enjoy a fish fry. But I want you to go and make sure you ask to be seated in one of the union waitress sections. Ask for Patricia, Sandra, Mary Ann, Victoria, and/or Michelle. If the hostess tries to tell you their sections are full, tell her you'll wait until there is an opening.

And while the board had taken away their gratuities, the union won them back through arbitration. So after you have enjoyed your meal, please make sure you leave a healthy tip. The waitresses will appreciate it and it will send a clear message to the board that they would do well to rethink their policy.

And tell them Cog Dis sent ya.
Every Friday for about six months, Randy and I could be found at Serb Hall with scores of friends and allies, union and non-union, eating fish fries, enjoying the solidarity and camaraderie, and supporting the union. Unfortunately, it didn't work out the way that we had hoped. We were able to force management into arbitration, but they declared an impasse and ended up breaking the union. So all the unions and the Milwaukee Area Labor Council stopped holding meetings and events there. It's turned into a ghost town ever since.

And even though things didn't work out the way we wanted, people missed the Solidarity Fish Fries. It had become a support group for all of us as much as it was for the union members at Serb Hall.

Well, boys and girls, it's baaaaaaack!

Given that my union brother and friend, Randy Bryce, is running to dethrone Lyin' Paul Ryan, he's gonna need all the help he can get. Ryan is sitting on a king's ransom of money and feels so secure in his gerrymandered seat that he is willing to dance on the third rail of taking away health care from 23 million people, tens of thousands of whom live in his district.

Randy is off to one helluva start with that awesome video, a slew of TV appearances, both nationally and locally and a breathtaking groundswell of grassroots support from around the district, the state and the nation.

Now is our time to be the change we want to see and work - and eat - to help get Randy into Congress, thus the first ever Stache Solidarity Fish Fry!

Join Randy and I for the a fish fry at Clifford's Supper Club in Hales Corners, on Friday, August 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

(Fun fact: We will be in the same hall that my beautiful bride and I got married in 18 years ago. Expect us to do a lot of reminiscing.)

The details for the Stache Solidarity Fish Fry are the event page on Facebook:
Please join the Ironstache, Randy Bryce, and our hosts for a great Friday Fish Fry to support his campaign to defeat Paul Ryan.

Please arrive at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017, at Clifford's Supper Club, 10418 W. Forest Home Ave. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., with a short program during the meal.

There are limited seats available so get your tickets now! Please note that RSVP'ing on Facebook does not reserve your seat - you must purchase your ticket at

$25 of your ticket goes to pay for your all-you-can-eat fish fry, including 1 beer or soda, tax, and tip (although we encourage additional tipping for the workers at the restaurant!) and the remaining $25, $75, or $125 is a contribution to the Randy Bryce for Congress campaign.

Please note, this venue is not disabled-accessible. We apologize for that and we will be having additional events at disabled-accessible spaces.

Questions? Please email or call (262) 260-9366.

Kid Friendly

You can order your tickets here but please be advised that you might experience a little sticker shock at the prices. As noted above, it does cover a lot of things, not the least, support for Randy.

So come and break cod with us and support Randy as he goes on to recall and replace Lyin' Ryan! All are welcome, both old friends and new!