Monday, November 20, 2017

Wisconsin News Round Up

By Jeff Simpson 

The holiday weeks get a bit too crazy and I end up getting backed up.  Time to catch up on some stories under the radar.  

1.  Christian Schneider, the hack Bradley "columnist" at USA today, has weighed in on the Judge Roy Moore for Senate campaign.   It did not disappoint as he weighed in exactly where I expected him too. 
Vote for the pedophile to save the Republican tax cuts.

 Moore's evident predilections for young girls have put Republicans around the nation in an untenable position. If Moore were to lose the seat to Democratic challenger Doug Jones, the GOP majority would slip to 51, making it tougher to keep promises like tax reform. But if Moore were to win, the Republican Party would be saddled with a likely pedophile within its ranks — typically a sub-optimal message for a party facing crucial midterm elections next year.

2.  As Donald Trump campaigned on this issue

If I am elected President I will immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline. No impact on environment & lots of jobs for U.S.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2015
Actually all of the GOP members of the Presidential contender clown car supported approving the Keystone XL pipeline.   Including this guy:

Scott Walker
“We need a president who will approve the Keystone pipeline on the very first day in office and then seek to level the playing field for all sources of energy,” he said during his campaign launch speech in July.

Our friends in South Dakota once again get to live the nightmare of Republican policy in action:

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported Thursday.
Now Scott Walker and WISGOP are going to open up mining in Wisconsin again.   What could possibly go wrong?   

3.  After Aaron Rodgers got hurt, some fans called for them to sign Colin Kaepernick.   However, standard wisdom says, that the majority of Packer fans would not be happy if they did.  Too much respect for the flag here in Wisconsin - unless it inconveniences you:

The Green Bay Packers handed out small American Flags during the Packers-Lions Monday Night Game, as part of the NFL's Salute to Service Military Campaign.
"During the National Anthem, everybody was waving (their flags) and singing," Marine veteran Tegan Griffith told WTMJ.  "It made me feel very good."
However, by halftime, Griffith says she and her fellow veterans noticed many of the flags were discarded.
"We started noticing people leaving (flags) on the ground, next to food wrappers and beer cups," Griffith explained.  "We found a couple on the bathroom floor.  The veterans I was with started to get a little upset."
After the game, the flags were seen everywhere.

4.  Wisconsin is definitely working.  That is if you are part of the Scott Walker inner circle

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker's administration helped give a contract worth at least $35,000 to a firm affiliated with Walker's campaign treasurer, state records show. 
Not a single person in Wisconsin is surprised.  

5.  Ever wonder what Brad Schimel does on his weekends?  Hint:  It sure isn't processing the incredible backlogs of rape kits in WI!    

Madison – Last weekend, according to an agenda obtained by MapLightBrad Schimel appears to have attended an opulent retreat and fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago that the Republican Attorney’s General Association (RAGA) did its best to hide.
The weekend’s activities included: a dinner with $125,000-per-year donors to the RAGA, golf tournaments, catamaran tours and numerous fundraisers. Most alarmingly, on the agenda, was a panel dubiously titled “Rule of Law Restoration Update: 370 Days since the election of President Trump.”
Secrecy for the event was a top priority, as it was not made public and the agenda notes that “cell phone use and picture taking is prohibited in all areas.”
Again the people of Wisconsin are not surprised.  

6.   In more unsurprising news, we get a glimpse of the incompetence of Wisconsin Republicans that led Wisconsin to be this much of a mess.   

First term Assembly Rep. Shannon Zimmerman (R- River Falls) put out a press release telling everyone how proud he was to vote for Scott Walkers backwards budget.   

“I am proud to have voted for the recently approved Wisconsin state budget, a budget that provides the largest increase in K-12 funding in state history and directs funds to training that will close our skills gap, all while keeping property taxes in check and our financial house in order, including a substantial increase to Wisconsin’s rainy day fund,” said Zimmerman.

The problem however is Mr. Zimmerman did not vote for (or against) the budget as he was shirking his duties as a taxpayer paid full time legislator and was actually in Amsterdam.  

The 45-year-old businessman was stuck at the airport in Amsterdam, where he had gone on a business trip for Sajan Inc., his language translation business. Many flights had been grounded in Holland's capital that day because of poor weather conditions.
On the roll call for final passage of the budget in the Assembly, Zimmerman was recorded as the only state rep to be absent for the vote. The bill passed on a 57-39 vote.
Zimmerman, with his ability to think he votes on bills when he was thousands of miles away, he is going to take his crackerjack job as a first time assembly rep and run for State Senate.   

When called on it he channeled his inner Charlie Brown:
"I'm not trying to be deceptive at all, good grief," he concluded.  

I guess when it comes to taking tough important votes Rep. Zimmerman is 

Only in Wisconsin.     

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lawrence W Smith -

By Jeff Simpson 

Jerry Bader, who is currently writing for media trackkkers, has spent some of his time attacking a college girl for a tweet he did not like.   

A UW-La Crosse student is out as Vice-Chair of the Wisconsin College Democrats after tweets, first reported in a story broken by Media Trackers Friday Morning. Talk show host Jerry Bader also reported on the tweets Friday morning. Talk show host Mark Belling and Campus Reform later reported on the tweets. The La Crosse Tribune reports that Sarah Semrad resigned Tuesday morning. Semrad tweeted Thursday that she “f***ing hates white men.” She also claimed to be tearing down pro-life posters on campus. 
Why Jerry Bader is trolling college girls twitter is a question that should probably be asked by the authorities. 

But wait there is more!  

This tweet upset some of our good, sane friends on the right, who felt the need to reach out and offer their condolences to young Ms. Semrad:

While Mr. Ekern seems like a fine upstanding citizen, the people of Kenosha should be excited that he moved there from Norway.   

The comment I want to focus on is the one by Captain Diplomacy, Lawrence W. Smith.  Mr. Smith calls young Ms. Semrad a "pathetic bitch" because, Jerry Bader showed him yet another way that liberals are attacking all that is good in the world (Ie...white men),  he does not like a tweet she wrote which was in fact an inside joke.  

Mr. Smith will show her, for trying to have her own personal life.   

But wait there is more,,,,if you have ever heard of Lawrence W Smith, you just might live in Winnebago County.  If you live in District 8, this guy is your County Supervisor.   

Yikes, he fits right in to the fam, breaking the flag code and all!   

But Wait!!!  There is more!!!  

Mr. Smith even commented when called out on his hateful behavior:

Lawrence W. Smith Jeff Simpson What hate, I pointed out her ignorance you and the other leftest nobs need to learn the difference between outright disagreement with stupidity and hate speech. If you want to hear real hate speech go to any puplic collage gathering of leftist socialist/democrats and you will get an earful of HATE.

Yikes, this guy is really off the deep end.   Larry shows his disdain for not only women, but also anyone who might not vote Republican.

Mr  Smith is not a big fan of African Americans either as he lets us know in his facebook

Also for those in Winnebago County, if you see Mr. Smith's creepy van parked near you, I would highly recommend locking all of the doors and windows!  

I swear truth is stranger than fiction!

I wonder if this is the van he sold to Roy Moore?   

That all being said, if you have a child going through college and are not incredibly disgusted by this time in GOP history, you might want to rethink your priorities!  

In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch with Mr. Smith and contacting him for a follow up:

Elected 2008

Lawrence W. Smith

216 Wright Avenue
Neenah, WI 54956
Home:(920) 729-6316

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Somebody Bring Me Some Water.....

By Jeff Simpson

While there are many many many things more important than this, this was too much fun to pass up. 

Today The Donald gave a speech and suddenly got thirsty:

Where have I seen that before???

In a minor takeoff of the CogDis line:

There is a tweet...there is always a tweet:

Except this time there is also video.  Our Kindergarten President can not just be satisfied with making fun of someone he needs to totally humiliate other people.

In our future, people will look back on this time, and wonder why in the hell would anyone vote for The Donald? 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Is Some Pedophilia OK?

By Jeff Simpson 

Many Republicans are finally finding it safe to speak out against Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Crazy Roy Moore.   

Scott Walker: 

“But you look at things like that that come out at the last minute and you think, well of course that wasn’t true … So I don’t know if (the Moore story) is true, but if it is, obviously he should step aside,” he said.

Ron Johnson:

"If true, these allegations describe intolerable behavior and are disqualifying," Johnson said in a statement.

Paul Ryan:

“These allegations are disqualifying if true,” Ryan said in a statement released by his campaign. “Anyone who would do this to a child has no place in public office, let alone the United States Senate.” 

Not a whole lot of individual thought going on there....but wait let's compare and contrast!

Remember this guy:

Or this guy:

Or this guy:

Or this guy! 

Or even this guy:

Now let us revisit our "heroes"  

Scott Walker:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made it unequivocally clear ahead of his speech to the Republican National Convention Wednesday that he is fully endorsing Donald Trump for president.
 "Absolutely," Walker told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren when asked if he is endorsing Trump. 

Ron Johnson:  

 Johnson said voters were looking for dramatic change and both he and Trump are on the right side of the biggest issues, like how to fight terrorism and the importance of nominating conservatives to the Supreme Court.

Paul Ryan:

Ryan’s column in his local newspaper left no doubt where he stood after speaking “at great length” with Trump since he initially declared hesitation about his candidacy.
“Through these conversations, I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall,” Ryan wrote.
The line is different for each candidate apparently.   That or our favorite Wisconsin politicians hold the Senate in higher esteem than the office of the Presidency.   
To be fair though, the very weak worded criticisms of Roy Moore, came only after he started trailing in the polls.   
it is much easier to make the decision to jump off a sinking ship!  
The GOP slogan for 2018 has to be 
Party before people!    

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Speed and Secrecy Leaves the Public Out in the Cold

By Kathleen Vinehout

In the past eleven years, I wrote 64 times about the problems of speed and secrecy in the legislative process. However, I never saw a calendar as broad and deep in controversy as the most recent one before the State Senate.

For weeks, we heard that the Senate would vote a hodge-podge of highly controversial bills. “Horrid,” one staffer called the expected Senate Calendar. None of us, including the public, knew what bills would come up for a vote.

The cloak of secrecy raised a bit on Friday when we received the tentative list of bills. But even the day before the vote, we did not have the official bill materials and were scrambling to get details.

Often what happens on the Senate floor is non-controversial. Previous Senate session days, with many bills pending, had perhaps a handful that end up in a partisan vote. The Senate calendar for “horrid” Tuesday detailed opposition by the minority to a full fifty-percent of bills scheduled.

Some of the bills were presented one way to Senators by lobbyists or constituents. However, the actual bill language or amendments added resulted in a very different bill voted out of committee. For this reason, some Democrats voted against bills they originally supported or removed their names as cosponsors.

Additionally, significant negative public testimony in public hearings should result in changes to a bill. Fixing problems with bills is the function of committee work. Many bills on Tuesday’s Senate calendar were not fixed, which leaves Senators scrambling to draft last minute amendments.

Big policy questions are behind many bills up for consideration – questions that deserve a thorough debate.

Should we change laws regarding cooperatives? Should co-ops be allowed to violate the basic cooperative principles of “one member - one vote” or limit members’ access to financial records? Should nonmembers serve on the board of directors? Should voting power be based on patronage, which gives larger farms a bigger voice?

Important questions need to be answered about a series of bills that increase mandatory penalties for crimes, keep youth in prison longer, make it easier to send someone on probation or parole back to prison, and limit the ability of prosecutors to work with minor players in a crime in order to catch the kingpin.

We need to know how much it will cost to change rules related to probation and parole. While no routine fiscal estimate was done, a staffer found a Department of Corrections memo estimating the cost in the first two years at almost $200 million. The cost is not part of the recently passed budget.

Another bill on the calendar that generated significant contact to my office is the question: should Wisconsin take action to call for a Constitutional Convention under Article V of the United States Constitution?

Calling a Constitutional Convention opens up the entire US Constitution to rewriting by the delegates to the convention, despite the fact they may be sent by their state to vote for only a balanced budget amendment. These delegates would have powers superior to the President, the Supreme Court and the Congress.

Such a convention is an extremely risky venture in our fragile democracy. Wisconsin is one of nine states targeted by Koch brothers funded groups. Nationwide, only a handful of state legislatures need to pass laws to reach the threshold where such a convention would be called.

Another controversial bill would open up our state to sulfide mining. Our state has strong protections for the most dangerous type of mining. This bill changes the law to allow nonferrous (non-iron ore) metal mining. Among other concerns, the bill creates a fast permitting process that limits DNR’s ability to collect scientific data.

The bills I mentioned and dozens of others deserve public scrutiny and extensive debate. Citizens need to be aware of the potential serious consequences of the action and weigh in on decision. Lawmakers need time to understand amendments, complex policy and balance competing concerns.

In an environment of speed and secrecy, legislators do not have the details to make good decisions and the public is left out in the cold.

Christian Schneider Is Dizzy

By Jeff Simpson 

Anyone paying attention, knows that last night was a huge win nationally for the Democrats.  Especially in Governors races, where A Democrat won in both North Carolina and New Jersey handily.   

It is also a widely held belief across party aisles and pundits that the Democrats had a great night mostly as an American public repudiation of The Donald!  

Democrats scored a pair of major gubernatorial victories Tuesday, based on ABC News' analyses of the exit poll and vote, landing new governors in New Jersey and Virginia as the party attempted to showcase resilience one year after President Donald Trump's surprise election victory.
In Virginia, which was expected to be the closer of the two races, Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam prevailed over former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, based on ABC News' analysis of the vote, while in New Jersey, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy beat Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, based on ABC News' analysis of the exit poll.
The Virginia race, in particular, took on the air of a referendum on Trump throughout the campaign. The commonwealth's status as a swing state in presidential years and the stark divide between its suburban northern region and rural Appalachian southwest turned it into a representative test case on the country's response to the two major political parties a year after electing the former real estate mogul.

Although I think that Scott Walker, as head of the Republican Governors Association(RGA), is in line for a good chunk of the blame also, but that is another post! 

“Virginia is a top pickup opportunity for Republicans and the RGA is proud to partner with Gillespie’s campaign as an early investor,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, chairman of the RGA, said in a written statement. “With this additional major investment, the RGA is proving once again that we are all-in to ensure Ed has the resources to win in November.”
Speaking of incompetence in Wisconsin,  one of the great mysteries is how in the world can Christian Schneider have his own column in an organization that is in trouble financially and wants to be considered credible?

In a surprise to no one, here is Schneider's column the morning after the shellacking!   

As a public service to our readers, I read the article so you do not have too.  Here is the money line:

Ultimately, though, the Trump Effect in Wisconsin likely will help Walker. After all, Wisconsin voters knew full well who Trump was when they went to the polls, and they voted for him anyway. If there’s evidence that associating with Trump hurts Republican politicians in the state, I haven't seen it.
In the upcoming months, you may be hearing pundits wonder how Scott Walker can overcome the Trump Effect in Wisconsin. Actually, they should be asking Democrats that question.
Schneider is trying to desperately to spin the Donald GOP marriage mess that he is obviously dizzy!   

If you want to contact him with jokes about his incompetence:

 Email Twitter: @Schneider_CM

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

WI Media Fail - Updated

By Jeff Simpson

One of the many reasons that Scott Walker has been able to run roughshod over our great state is that the Wisconsin Media, who are entrusted to bring us the unvarnished truth to keep our democracy going, has let us down.   

Let's look at a couple recent examples. 

1.  Scott Walker announced, what everyone knew, that he would be running for a third term in office.  The Capital Times had the story:

"For me, it really doesn't matter who comes out of that primary; it’ll be more of the same," Walker said. "It’ll be about as clear a contrast as you can get between continuing to move forward or moving backwards."
What gives Walker pause, he said, is not the candidates running against him, but the national groups that will likely spend money in hopes of defeating him. Those include the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, backed by former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder, and the Service Employees International Union.

Let's take a quick look at the Recall:

The top outside groups for Walker were:
Right Direction Wisconsin, created by the Republican Governor's Association (RGA), which gave $8.7 million.
Billionaire David Koch, one of the main backers of Americans for Prosperity. He gave $1 million to the RGA.
Americans For Prosperity (AFP), a conservative group linked to David and his brother Charles Koch, spent $3 million. Tim Phillips, president of Americans for prosperity told CBS News that beyond airing ads, his group sent 75 trained staffers into Wisconsin to knock on doors for Walker.
In addition, AFP spent $7 million promoting Walker's agenda last year, launching an ad campaign just two days after the governor introduced legislation ending collective bargaining for public unions.
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce), spent $2 million for Walker.
The anti-union Center for Union Facts spent $1 million, the National Rifle Association spent $800,000, and the Tea Party Express spent $400,000.

Apparently, national groups spending money FOR Scott Walker is to be expected and logical, national groups spending money against him....that makes him aghast he does not quite understand that.     We will never know because during the interview with the Cap Times, no one dared question him on the fact that he has been the recipient of an incredible largess of spending from outside groups but he is worried that it might be too much for him to overcome in a bid for re-election.   

When you put that in a story, without challenging it, you are essentially taking dictation.  

2.  The Wisconsin state Journal allows a republican ridiculous attack on Tony Evers.

Ever since State Superintendent Tony Evers launched his gubernatorial campaign, Republicans have been hammering him over his role in a 2009 case that rocked a Dane County school districtinvolving a middle school teacher who looked at pornography during school hours.
Republicans last week and again on Monday used the case to argue that Evers, who did not revoke the teacher’s license, is unfit for the job he wants to take away from Gov. Scott Walker, and there’s no sign the issue will go away before the August primary election.

If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it does it make a noise? 

If the WISGOP tries to make an issue of something that is complete and utter Bullshit is it an actual issue?  

That is a question we will never know, because every time the WISGOP through something against the wall, the Wisconsin Media cant regurgitate it enough.   

The issue will not go away, because every time the WISGOP brings it up, the media will continue to report it and get "both sides" like it is a legitimate issue.   

To be fair here to Molly Beck though, she did go into detail why this story is BS: 

Evers maintains he didn’t have the legal authority to revoke Andrew Harris’ license because the teacher’s actions didn’t involve children — a “loophole” in state law he worked with lawmakers to fix in 2011 because of the case.
“It did not fit the law,” Evers said on Friday, dismissing the continued criticism of his decision. “So, therefore we recognized the problem and we fixed it by working with legislators to change the law.”
Tony Evers had no standing whatsoever, under the law, to revoke this teachers license and the fact that Scott Walker asked him to, to score political points shows Walkers ignorance and lack of respect for the law.    

Evers then worked bipartisanly with the legislature to get the law changed so in the future he could.  

Although since this happened, the legislature was so worried about cases like this they extremely relaxed teacher licensing guidelines.   

After a long drawn out process, and after it went through numerous court systems, this teachers firing was overturned to a suspension  The teacher is now still in the district, in a new position, at a different school and the district is happy to have him back:

Meanwhile, the district that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fire H**** now backs him and challenged Republicans’ suggestion that children are unsafe in his classroom because of Evers’ decision.
“We are absolutely not concerned. The case was never about that,” Middleton-Cross Plains district spokesman Perry Hibner said, adding the teacher “has done great work since his return, as his students and their families will attest. We have moved ahead and our focus continues to be on making sure every student feels included and inspired every day.”  

While the school district wants to inspire kids, the WISGOP of Leah Vukmir, Scott Walker, Mark Morgan, etc, do not care who gets hurt, or what the facts are they just want to make sure to score political points everyday.   

Let's hope that this story never gets put in the local media again after today and that the media stops printing the outright falsehoods for one side, as if they are credible reports that need to be addressed.   

Edit note - update:  What happens when the media fail, and do not bring people the news?  They become less relevant, and like most of corporate America, the execs make more money and the workers pay the price.   

The Wisconsin State Journal on Oct. 31 parted ways with two veteran journalists in the latest round of downsizing of the already bare-bones staff at the newspaper, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
Photo editor Steve Apps and assistant city editor and Beer Baron columnist Chris Drosner confirmed to Isthmus they are no longer employed at the newspaper. Both declined to comment further, citing the terms of their separation agreements.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Despite Wisconsin’s Stagnant Economy, Walker Running for Third Term

By Tony Evers 

MADISON – Today, Governor Scott Walker will be in Waukesha announcing he’s running for his third term as Governor of Wisconsin.  Waukesha is all too familiar with Wisconsin’s economic stagnation under Walker.  Earlier this year, GE announced they would be closing their plant to move to Canada, laying off over 300 employees.  Tony Evers, State Superintendent and Democratic candidate for Governor released the following statement:

“Last year, Wisconsin saw nearly a 70 percent decrease in job creation.  Wages are declining and too many Wisconsinites are having to work two or three jobs just to put food on the table or cover their medical bills.  Meanwhile, Walker is making bad deals like the Foxconn mess, which hands over $3,000,000,000 of your hard-earned money to a foreign corporation. Everywhere I go, from Milwaukee to Marshfield, Reedsburg to Rice Lake, everyone keeps asking, “What about us?  What about our schools, our roads and our jobs?”

A year out from the election, Walker is increasingly vulnerable to a strong Democratic challenge.  A recent Public Policy Poll showed Walker losing to a generic Democrat by 5 points, with a job approval rating of only 43 percent.

“Wisconsinites are sick and tired of Walker’s broken promises, divisive politics and unquestioning support of Donald Trump’s agenda. I’m running for Governor to put an end to Trump and Walker’s relentless attacks on our families and values.  I will take on the Madison politicians and restore the respect, trust and confidence we need to get our government working again.  It’s what I’ve done throughout my career as a teacher, principal and school administrator, and it’s what I’ve done as state superintendent, responsible for educating 860,000 kids.  I’m the only candidate for governor with the experience necessary to clean up Walker’s mess, end the assault on our values and bring Democrats and Republicans together to solve our problems.”

Tony Evers has been elected three times to serve as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, winning 70 of 72 counties in his last election, with 70 percent of the vote statewide.  Evers has spent his entire career educating our kids, previously working as a science teacher, a high school principal and as school district superintendent.   As State Superintendent, Evers runs one of the largest agencies in the state, with responsibility over 70,000 educators and 860,000 students.  Evers is the father of 3 children and 6 grandchildren, raising his family in communities throughout Wisconsin, including Plymouth, Baraboo, Tomah, Oakfield, Omro, Oshkosh and Verona.

Team Lyin' Ryan To Attack Bryce For Not Being Rich Enough

Ever since Randy Bryce came out with his introduction video, he has taken the country by storm. He connected with many Americans because he was able to connect with so many people on so many levels.

On the other hand, Lyin' Paul Ryan is continuing to tank. His poll numbers are lower than even Trump's. He has continuously led the charge to harm people, including those he's supposed to be represent. First, he tried to take away their healthcare coverage and now he's trying to take away their hard-earned money to give to his wealthy friends and campaign donors. Then he refuses to even meet with the people in his district to hear their concerns and their grievances. He won't even take their phone calls.

Needless to say, this has left Ryan and his supporters rattled and more than a little nervous. Ryan, for the first time, is facing a serious challenger and is losing ground to him on a daily basis. So Ryan and his dark money backers did what any loser does - they spent bundles of cash and time to do opposition research on Randy.

They combed over all the minutia to see if they could find a t uncrossed or an i undotted. All they came up with is that Randy is an everyday American, like millions of other Americans, his medical bills and other costs got to be too much and he had to declare bankruptcy some 17 years ago. That's it.

Team Ryan has been working hard at finding someone - anyone - to run with this bankruptcy non-story from nearly 20 years ago. Instead of running and hiding and hoping it will blow over, Randy did what he's always done - he faced it head on.

Randy wrote a piece that was published at HuffPo, which, in my humble opinion, is as moving, if not more so, than the video. Randy speaks directly to his past without blinking an eye and touching the reader's heart. With his permission, I give you a large part of it here:
It’s fair to say that working people are underrepresented in Congress ― Paul Ryan certainly doesn’t understand what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck, to have to choose between food and paying your bills, or to literally be faced with life and death decisions with no health insurance.

But I do understand. I’ve survived some really awful times and it’s time there’s someone in Congress who knows what everyday people are going through.

I know what it’s like to work 100 hours a week, doing hard, manual labor ― because I’ve done it.

I know the fear and uncertainty of having a serious disease ― cancer ― and no health insurance. Because I have been there.

I know what it’s like to be fighting for your life while watching your world crumble around you. Because 17 years ago, I had to file for bankruptcy when my mounting medical bills and other debt became too much to bear.

I know what people are facing, and that’s exactly why I jumped into this race.

Sadly, my story is not unique. Thousands of people across Wisconsin have experienced the same soul-crushing decision to file for bankruptcy. It’s just wrong. I was very lucky to be able to resolve my case over a few years, but not everyone is that fortunate. As a veteran, I know some of the hardest hit by this crisis are the brave men and women who have served our country only to have the system turn its back on them. It’s gone on too long, and it’s not something I will stand by and continue to watch.

I know what it’s like to look your child in the eyes and have to explain that your job has changed and times were going to be tight for a while. I had to do it, and I fell behind on my child support payments.

Thankfully, my son’s mom and I were able to work together, putting our son first, and we made a plan to ensure all his needs were met in the fastest way possible. But kids shouldn’t suffer because parents fall on hard times. We have to do better, and I believe we can.

It breaks my heart that these stories are as common as they are, right here in Southeastern Wisconsin and across the country. It’s scary being in these situations. You’re a nervous wreck, you’re ashamed you can’t protect and take care of your family, and you don’t know how you’re going to claw your way back. Like so many people, I can say that I’ve had to borrow money from friends and family in tough times.

That’s the thing about working families ― we know how to work together and lift each other up. It’s that sense of shared community that I want to bring to Congress.

Indeed, medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcies in this country. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, did a lot to drive that number down, helping a lot of people. Yet, Ryan is still bemoaning that they haven't repealed it.

And just Sunday morning, Ryan was on TV, crying about the law not allowing him to use wishful thinking to support his tax cuts for the ultrawealthy while hurting the average American. His rationale was that he was very worried about treating these millionaires and billionaires with fairness.

Think about that for a minute. Ryan is saying that corporate oligarchs need a massive tax break because it's the "fair thing" to do but is attacking Randy for not being rich enough and going broke from his medical bills. If that's not class warfare, I don't know what is.

It also shows why Ryan needs to be repealed and replaced. We meed someone like Randy, who understands what we're going through and will work like hell to fix it. Randy has already said he's all for tax fairness, that the wealthy and the corporations pay their fair share.

You can help make it happen by helping Randy repeal and replace Lyin' Ryan by donating to him here or here via Blue America.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Hillary's Blind Ambition - Now Let's Wake Up

By Jeff Simpson

Hillary Clinton was determined that she was going to be the 45th President of the United States.  She knew it, I would guess sometime around 2012 when Obama was re-elected. 

Everyone new that Hillary would be the next President, from Nate Silver to Moody's to Martha Laning.

Hillary's sycophants were out there trying to see who could be the most pro-Hillary because they wanted a piece of the White House Action!

This kind of stuff was common place:

The plan was simple, do her bidding, and when she took over the White House you were either going to be offered a job for the next 8 years or politically blackballed for the next 8 years. 

The choice was clear. 

So when they concocted a plan to become the next nominee, they knew they would beat Martin O'Malley, they decided to exert full control over the DNC.    Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair at the time, was all in also.   I wonder what Cabinet level position she had her eyes on? 

Then a 70 year old, unkempt Jewish grandpa, decided to join the race and actually had a message that was not #imwithher and his message resonated.  People were sick to death of the politics as usual routine, while they could look around and see that they were 1 incident away from losing everything. 
America was sick of the infighting, the loss of wages and jobs and the constant worry about healthcare, while the people on Wall St. (who actually broke the world) were able to light their Cuban Cigars with $100 bills if they wanted. 

America is not working for too many of us. 

Hillary and her team could not see the forest for the trees, as they were too busy picking out curtains, and decided that since they were going to win anyway, they might as well take over the DNC before a vote was even cast!

In WI, we knew before most people, because of some great reporting by Rebecca Kemble and Barbara WIth.

Unfortunately, the rest of the country just woke up with the release of Donna Brazile's new book. Brazile took over the reins of the DNC when Wasserman-Schultz resigned. 

Her new tell all book, tells us of the massive incompetence and corruption behind the scenes of the DNC and all led by Hillary and her team!

Yet the states kept less than half of 1 percent of the $82 million they had amassed from the extravagant fund-raisers Hillary’s campaign was holding, just as Gary had described to me when he and I talked in August. When the Politico story described this arrangement as “essentially … money laundering” for the Clinton campaign, Hillary’s people were outraged at being accused of doing something shady. Bernie’s people were angry for their own reasons, saying this was part of a calculated strategy to throw the nomination to Hillary.
The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.
I had been wondering why it was that I couldn’t write a press release without passing it by Brooklyn. Well, here was the answer.
Hillary had a plan, she was going to be the 45th President of the United States, teh same way the Hare knew he could beat the tortoise in a race. 

No Problem. 

Well there was one problem, The American People had a different plan.  They did not feel that anyone "deserves" to be President and could not have cared less that it was her turn. 

They wanted jobs, college education without massive debt, the ability to take a vacation and not go bankrupt if their car broke down or they broke an arm. 

The Donald realized that and spoke to those people.  Being a "reality star" he knew how to play to the camera as an actor,  He acted like he cared and had plans on bringing jobs and healthcare to the people. 

Behind the curtain, all he really cared about was winning.  There was no there - there.   There still is not.

Now we are one of the lucky ones(kind of) as Hillary Clinton will finally make her way to WI(she ignored us during the election- and lost WI), next week to do a book signing.   

I will not be there, as I do not have an extra $500 to have her sign a book, or an actual desire to read her book. 
However, if you do go.....I recommend that someone asks Hillary come very important questions.

* What happened to the Hillary Victory Fund money that was supposed to finance down ballot races?

*  Did you feel the least bit uneasy, running the DNC before the primaries even started?  Did you not see a conflict of interest?

* Why would you take Harvey Weinsteins advice in a way to smear your opponent?

*  Did you not think you could beat Bernie Sanders in a regular primary or did you just assume the nomination was yours and work towards the final goal of being President?

*  As despicable a human being as Donald Trump is, why would you attend his wedding and why would you encourage him to run for President?

Now what should be the next steps to move on and win in 2018? 

*  Make sure that Progressives have a seat at the table at all times. 

* Anyone who was in the Hillary inner circle needs to sit out this next election.   Their collective hive minds or brilliance, took a lifelong career politician and lost to a bumbling fool reality tv "star".  There is absolutely nothing that can be learned from them.   They can knock doors for the eventual candidates. 

*  STOP defending Hillary on this.   Yes, Bernie had a huge mountain to climb to wrestle the nomination from someone whose every move for 12 years was designed on her winning said nomination.   She probably would have won without any help at all. 

The word rigged is not exactly right either BUT no thinking person can deny that the scales were not strongly weighted against Bernie. 

In a country where half the people do not bother voting,  why would the DNC be arrogant enough to make sure and demean and devalue a huge chunk of primary voters who do show up to vote?

To pretend that there was no problem with the primary makes you look as insane as the Trump/Walker sycophants and is an affront against democracy. 

Your candidate won the primary, as flawed as she and it was, we can not go back and revote so just accept that it was not a level playing field, and vow to work on making it better next time.  Then please shut up!   

It is going to take a united effort to win in 2018 and 2020, that has to start with you! 

*  If you have paid your dues to be a good upstanding Democrat.  Bully for you!  To pretend that makes you more progressive, more liberal, a better American than others who feel the same or have similar beliefs than you, is the same as the righties trying to own the flag because of their beliefs. 

You choose to join the party, instead of pointing out how important you are to people who have not joined, try convincing them to join instead.  Explain why they should join instead of trying to shame them out of participating! 

Lets realize our mistakes, set aside our differences and win in 2018!      We must have a wave next November.