Skip to main content

Scott Walker is now proclaiming that he will not sign any Right to Work (for less) legislation if it should come to his desk.  Hmmmmm.  Following his now infamous promise to Wisconsin billionaire heiress Diane Hendricks that he was going to start making our state a red, Right to Work state by starting a divide and conquor strategy starting with public employees in the documentary As Goes Janesville that aired on PBS last year, this is a change.

He's also apparantly changed his tune on ending Same Day Voter Registration, something he proposed when giving a speech last week in California.  Republican legislators are busy working on a bill to do just that as I diaried yesterday.

Saying he wanted to stay focused on improving the state's business climate, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he would not sign a bill to end same-day voter registration because of its cost, and signaled that a right-to-work law was not on his agenda.

On same-day registration, Walker said a recent Government Accountability Board report that says it would cost the state $5.2 million to end the state's same-day registration law convinced him that he should not sign such a bill.

"There is no way I'm signing a bill that costs that kind of money," Walker told reporters.

Scott Walker is not flippity floppity Mitt Romney.  He has firm, extremist beliefs and his history tells a tale of never compromising, much less changing positions.  So, I wonder, is he simply learning or just lying to us again?

Rick Snyder, Republican Governor of Michigan, made those same statements about Right to Work (for less) legislation, then rammed through that same legislation and signed it in secret while the paper was still warm from being carried from the Legislature without so much as one public hearing.  

I don't trust these guys farther than I can pick up and throw the State Capitol building. And for good reason:  these guys lie like rugs.

One possible consideration is that he might be feeling a bit concerned about his re-election prospects in 2014.  While Republicans gerrymandered our Legislative districts by cramming Democratic voters into a small minority of districts, they can't gerrymander statewide offices. Walker and the GOP saw that Democrats received a much higher total vote count throughout the state and that only their gerrymandered districts kept Republicans in the majority in the State Legislature and Congress.

Continued extremism, despite majorities in both State Houses, could mean Walker would face a tough re-election.

Of course, Walker lied his way into office in the first place.  His jobs, jobs, jobs campaign, lies about negotiating with state workers and the value of collective bargaining were revealed to be lies as soon as he was sworn in as Governor.  His budget which stripped so much from the people of Wisconsin and gave so much to the rich and corporations have resulted in massive job losses in the state.  His solution was to make up submit his own set of jobs numbers right before the recall election, a practice he continues today.  Our media, of course, went right along with him.

Democrats, however, are rightfully suspiscious of this new, shiny, jobs-oriented Scott Walker:

But Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) said Walker should state flatly that he would veto any legislation that ends same-day registration.

"I am uncomfortable with the wiggle room he gave himself," Richards said of Walker.

Richards said that, shortly after being elected, Walker promised to consult with state workers. He didn't and instead proposed sharp limits on collective bargaining for public-sector unions.

It will be interesting to watch how this plays out.

                                                         ....

In other Walker news:

Scott Walker lied talked about his own college experience while revealing plans to develop online programs for the University of Wisconsin system.  While we all know that Walker was booted out of Marquette University for unacceptable campaign tactics during a student government election, something Walker has gone to great lengths to hide, he's sticking to the mythology he's created and used in the past.

Walker said he believed he is about 16 credits short of graduation. Walker enrolled at Marquette in 1986, but left school to take a job with the American Red Cross.
Uh huh, yeah, right.
The governor said that, when he left Marquette, he felt he would go back and take courses part time. But then he said he got married to Tonette, his wife, and the couple had two sons, Matt and Alex.
Walker, old enough to be a grandpappy, hasn't done a thing about it since he left college.  This BS might sell in front of Tea Baggers, but nobody with half a brain believes he's ever going to set one toe into a college classroom.

                                                          ....

In another story coming out today, it seems that Scott Walker might be having second thoughts about his half a million dollar request to renovate the kitchens (there are two) in the Governors Mansion.

Slammed in the Madison press yesterday about his desire for "a gold plated kitchen", the half million dollar request (an amount that could buy a few houses), is being withdrawn.

The funding request was removed from Wednesday's agenda for the State Building Commission, although Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said it will return if enough donations cannot be raised.

The project includes renovation of the first-floor kitchen, as well as the private quarters kitchenette on the second floor. The main kitchen was last renovated in 1986, while the residential kitchen on the second floor has not been renovated since the late 1960s.

(bolding is mine)

So it seems that the half million bucks might get re-submitted even more quietly in the future to avoid public scrutiny and blowback.

In a state where worker rights, take-home pay, social services and education have been massively stripped away because of claims that "we're broke", the request for maga bucks so the Governor can live large clang a very hollow bell that can be heard across the state.

.

Originally posted to Puddytat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and In Support of Labor and Unions.

Poll

OK, your turn. Is Scott Walker learning, lying, or something else?

0%1 votes
15%23 votes
77%115 votes
0%1 votes
4%6 votes
1%2 votes

| 148 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Tips for public reactions (37+ / 0-)

    that make politicians think twice.  

    I wonder what that half a million dollar renovation includes?  I could buy 2 fancy houses with that kind of coin much less a kitchen remodel.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 10:53:34 AM PST

  •  These guys like to appear to the public as (14+ / 0-)

    one thing but to their pet billionaires another.

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 11:03:23 AM PST

  •  Welcome to Kabuji Logic 301 (4+ / 0-)

    (an Almost a Grad Level course), where you will learn to make statements about what you have "learned" which has allowed you to notice that your stance on an issue has "evolved" and, in doing so, how to send up a Bat Signal to your like-minded supporters to help you "learn" something even more new, which will allow you to later "evolve" back to your previous position.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 11:05:07 AM PST

  •  As the old saying goes... (12+ / 0-)

    "If his lips are moving, he's lying."

  •  Come now, do you really have to ask? (11+ / 0-)

    If Prevarication were a major at Marquette, he would have graduated in 6 months with a PHD.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 11:06:44 AM PST

  •  Glad you're back and sifting through the sewage to (9+ / 0-)

    bring us the news. Walker is a lair. Plain and simple. Walker is also a crook. Plain and simple. Any reports of walker being anything other than what is listed above are to be dismissed as the propaganda that it inevitably is.

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 11:06:52 AM PST

  •  First I answered the poll. (8+ / 0-)

    Then I read the article.  

  •  Lying! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, weck

    Like, dur....

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 11:33:17 AM PST

  •  Never trust a sociopath (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, weck, Creosote

    He'll sucker punch us when the timing feels right.

  •  Tonette Walker has a sad over kitchen (6+ / 0-)

    My wife and I yell "Marie Antonette!" whenever Mrs. Walker pops up on the local "news".

  •  A half million dollar kitchen? (13+ / 0-)

    Holy smokes. The kitchenette in the residence should cost under $10,000, and that includes new appliances (energy-star rated) and granite or Corian countertops. The bigger one should be able to be nicely done for under $100,000, possibly less if it's an institutional one where looks matter less than cleanliness, so stainless tables rather than fancy carved cherry cabinets and islands.

    If you use non-union workers, and don't pay for their health insurance, cut another 10%.

    Unless, of course, you're hiring your brother-in-law, the son of your chief-of-staff, or some other crony. Then half a million probably isn't enough.

  •  I Wonder Something Else... (6+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, rosarugosa, weck, myboo, ptanow, Creosote

    I am always the optomist.  Could it be that the Walkergate investigation is getting closer and he believes his only way out is to get a vast majority of the people on his side?  Maybe he feels that a jury trial would be best and he needs to sway the jury just like Randy Hopper did the first time he was picked up for DUI.  "It's just those rotten Democrats out to get me - boo hoo hoo."

    Even Napoleon had his Watergate - Yogi Berra

    by Danosh on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 12:17:19 PM PST

  •  "We're just under 100,000," he said. (5+ / 0-)

    That's Walker's assessment of how many jobs he's created !!!  

    The governor also said that he believed he could still achieve his stated goal of creating 250,000 jobs in his four-year term....

    "We're just under 100,000," he said. "It's going to be tough, no doubt about it.

    "We're going to achieve it."

    According to an analysis by PolitiFact, Walker has been responsible for a net of 25,411 jobs created.

    (from the JSO online article in the diary's first link)

    So, yes, lying, lying, lying.

    Glad you're back, Puddytat.

    •  He's referring to his own (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      non acquiescer, weck, Creosote

      phonied up numbers that he's put out (and the Wisconsin media swallowed whole) since April of this year when the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics kept showing persistent job losses.

      Right before the 2014 election, I'm sure he'll say he created a bazillion jobs.

      Yes, he's a liar and douchebag.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 02:21:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The way Politifact calculates (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      weck, GrumpyOldGeek, Puddytat

      Basically you take the QCEW figures (the ones Walker pre-emptively pulled out at the last minute before the recall election) for completed years, then add the change in CES (monthly survey of establishments).

      With QCEW there is no seasonally-adjusted version, so you can't readily compare one month to another unless they're exactly 12 months apart.

      Thing is, I can't get where Politifact gets its +27,811 for 2011 from: QCEW reports the private sector was +29,800 Dec '10-Dec '11, or +32,428 Jan '11-Jan '12; the QCEW total employment was +21,662 Dec '10-Dec '11, or +22,948 Jan '11-Jan '12.

      The CES change in seasonally-adjusted total employment was +900 Dec '11-Oct '12, or -4,300 from Jan '12-Oct '12.  So the total Wisconsin employment change by Politifact's (alleged) methodology is +22,562 from Dec '10-Oct '12 or +18,648 from Jan '11-Oct '12.

      The CES change in seasonally-adjusted private sector employment has to be done by subtracting the governmental sector from the total.  That's -2,400 Dec '11-Oct '12, or -16,200 Jan '12-Oct '12.  So the total Wisconsin private sector employment change by Politifact's (alleged) methodology is +27,400 from Dec '10-Oct '12 or +16,228 from Jan '11-Oct '12.

      In any case, "just under 100,000" is a lie.

      Going with not-seasonally-adjusted numbers, you can get over 100,000 job gains since December 2010 or January 2011.

      (Ah, Politifact seem to have gotten their 27,811 figure from this DWD report with the Dec '10-Dec '11 QCEW private sector numbers, but the latter value was clearly revised).

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:58:10 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Republicans LIE. It's what they do. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, weck, Creosote

    Send conservatives to FilthyLiberal.com for re-education.

    by filthyLiberalDOTcom on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 01:11:06 PM PST

  •  He's just running for re-election (7+ / 0-)

    The next assault will come either in the lame duck after 2014, or shortly after, in January, 2015.  That is when RTW will be passed.  The Powers that Be won a BIG one in Wisconsin in 2011 (and again in 2012 with the recall defeat).  They aren't going to blow the chance to create another RTW state,...right next door to Michigan.

    But, Walker has to be re-elected to give his policies time to bake-in.  Changing back will be expensive, and the longer the outrage subsides, the less apetite there will be to absorb that cost.

    And,...it can easily cost $300-500,000 to completely renovate a commercial kitchen (not to mention throwing the private quarters kitchen in there).  Assuming you are buying new, commercial-grade appliances designed to last for 25 years, and updating all systems.  There is a lot of plumbing, ventilation, fire suppression, and electrical work required in a commercial kitchen renovation (which the main kitchen probably qualifies as).  There are also a lot of codes that must be followed, and expensive public project requirements (like bonds and admin costs), that private residential kitchens are not subject to.  I'm an architect.  This number is not out of line at all.  We deal with this kind of "outrage" all the time.  Most people have no idea how much a publicly bid, government project costs - just because they updated their 10x10 kitchen for $10,000 with new cabinets and appliances from Lowes.

    •  Thanks for the added information (5+ / 0-)

      My problem with this is that he's taken food and health care from poor folks, taken 18% out of the paychecks of public employees, and taken a couple billion out of education because "we're broke", but keeps on finding enough money laying around for the stuff he wants.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:03:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Snyder's the new winger rock star (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, weck, myboo, exterris, Creosote

    Poor Snotty. Now he's got to come up with something even more outrageous to win back the hate constituency. And he's run out of ALEC boilerplate for now.

    Besides the obvious lying, the Wisconsin lame duck legislature isn't as easily bribed and threatened by the Koch Bros. as is the case in Michigan. So Snotty isn't going to be able to try anything big until the next session. Then he'll make up new lies.

    His puppetmasters seem to be focused on Michigan right now. So Wanker's backside isn't completely covered. Less money for bribes. Poor Snotty.

    I'm waiting to see what gets dragged out at the Russell sentencing. Iirc, this is the guy who set up the secret campaign network in Milw and, according to some reports, another secret network in Madison. The John Doe isn't over. We know this because Wanker is saying it's almost over.

    I suspect that Wanker backed off the same-day voter registration attack and the kitchen remodeling on the advice of his criminal lawyers. He's never payed attention to the little people. He's not paying attention himself, either. Perhaps he's distracted by some other issues that are more important to him personally. [Oh, please?]

    I sooooo want to record that perp walk on the DVR machine sometime soon.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:09:25 PM PST

    •  In reality we're in the opposite shape (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      weck, GrumpyOldGeek, myboo, exterris, Creosote

      of Michigan.  After the lame duck session, the Republicans won't be in the majority anymore.  In Wisconsin, thanks to gerrymandering, Walker will have the trifecta again.

      Right now any Walker legislation would die in the State Senate.  Next year it will fly through with wings.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:53:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  That's why he'll go for it after next year (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Puddytat, ptanow, Creosote

        Michigan loses the chance in the next session.

        Wisconsin gets the chance to ram it through in the next session.

        My thought is that they'll try to cram it through in late 2014 in an emergency weekend midnight lame duck holiday session. Just like in Michigan. So Wanker is lying now for the same reasons that Snyder was lying. Surprise attacks work for these bullies.

        But I think he's backed off this week for different reasons. Hopefully, something to do with John Doe.

        "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:36:04 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Exactly my concern (3+ / 0-)

          Snyder and the GOP in Michigan might be in legal trouble, though.  I'm not sure about their laws, but the legislature didn't even hold a public hearing on the measure.  I hope it gets taken to court.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 05:00:24 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  WI Repubs disregarded open meetings laws... (5+ / 0-)

            ...when ramming Act 10 through the Wisconsin State Legislature, yet the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the legislative process in Wisconsin isn't bound by law, which is, in my opinion, the single most destructive legal precedent ever set by a court of law in this country.

            Just because MI Repubs didn't hold a public hearing on their RTWFL bill that they rammed through their legislature doesn't guarantee by any means that it will be struck down, much like Wisconsin, Michigan also has a state supreme court that has a majority of right-wing hacks.

            Michigan Democrats may try to repeal Michigan's RTWFL law via initiative (not via referendum, as the Repubs attached an appropriation to the RTWFL law in order to protect it from referendum). In Michigan, initiatives require a higher number of signatures in order for those to go on the ballot than referendums do, as I explained in this diary.

            Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

            by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 06:25:28 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  WI doesn't have a public referendum option (2+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              Puddytat, Creosote

              Unlike Michigan and other states. Just so we're all aware of one difference.

              For those who aren't familiar with "the single most legal precedent ever set by a court of law in this country", I think it's actually worse than you've stated. Not only is the WI legislature no longer bound by law, it's no longer bound by the state constitutional rights. WI open meetings is a constitutionally guaranteed right which the SC decided that the legislature can ignore.

              How in hell does one fix this? A constitutional amendment? Sorry. The only fix is for the state SC to overturn its own precedent. And this won't happen until the corrupt right wing justices are no longer in the majority.

              "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

              by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 08:00:57 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  single most destructive legal precedent* (4+ / 0-)

                I typed my comment too quickly and forgot a word in the process. Even calling the "Wisconsin state legislators can disregard the law and constitution while legislating" precedent "the single most destructive legal precedent ever set by a court of law in this country" is an understatement. That is what happens when right-wing hacks constitute a majority of a state supreme court, as is the case in Wisconsin and a number of other states.

                Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

                by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 08:31:17 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

              •  It's not _quite_ as bad as that (3+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                GrumpyOldGeek, exterris, Creosote

                Article IV Section 10:

                Each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings and publish the same, except such parts as require secrecy. The doors of each house shall be kept open except when the public welfare shall require secrecy. Neither house shall, without consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days.
                That's the nearest thing to OML in the Constitution.

                In the Supreme Court's decision, ¶11 states that Article IV Section 10 was complied with. ¶12 leaves open the possibility of enshrining the OML in the Constitution itself.

                ¶13 is the crux of the decision: that unless there is a Constitutional - rather than statutory - violation in the passing of an Act, the judicial branch should not review its validity.  Justice Prosser's concurrence details this in Section IV from ¶39 on.

                Chief Justice Abrahamson's concurrence in part and dissent in part starts at ¶74 - her smackdown begins in earnest at ¶86.  Particularly curious is ¶109 where she points out how Justice Prosser claims that the parties claimed something that they didn't; and ¶112 where she points out that the decision effectively makes Article IV Section 10 meaningless.

                Justice Crooks' partial concurrence/partial dissent begins at ¶130; one cracker is in ¶143 where he points out that the Supreme Court did not even have the complete record of the case before Judge Sumi and that it was therefore quite odd to overrule her.  Furthermore (¶144), the case before the Supreme Court was not actually an appeal of the case before Judge Sumi, a point I hadn't noticed at the time.  Actually Justice Crooks does a darn good job of showing how the majority made a complete pig's ear of the whole thing in their haste (remember, at the time Sen. Fitzgerald was about ready to pass the whole thing again in compliance with OML).

                IMHO, essentially the Supreme Court ruled that if the legislature should choose to pass an Act that they wrote in the blood of a virgin who they sacrificed for just that purpose, the Act would not be invalidatable due to the murder that took place in order to enact it.  Or if they provided zero notice of a joint conference meeting, as long as the doors were literally open at the time, then it was passed in accordance with the Constitution.

                Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

                by GeoffT on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 10:08:03 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  The summary almost invites an amendment (2+ / 0-)
                  Recommended by:
                  Creosote, GeoffT

                  to the constitution to cover this situation:

                  The supreme court declined to review the validity of the procedure used to give notice of a joint legislative committee on conference alleged to violate the state open meetings law. The court will not determine whether internal operating rules or procedural statutes have been complied with by the legislature in the course of its enactments and will not intermeddle in what it views, in the absence of constitutional directives to the contrary, to be purely legislative concerns. Ozanne v. Fitzgerald, 2011 WI 43, 334 Wis. 2d 70, 798 N.W.2d 436, 11-0613.
                  I'm not qualified to guess what kind of constitutional directive that might be.

                  I think that your exaggerated example probably does comply with their ruling. It doesn't seem to matter whether the internal operating rules of the legislature requires the sacrifice of a virgin. The court views this as a purely legislative concern. It doesn't matter if the public shows up or not. Just that the door is open at the appropriate time.

                  This decision sucks.

                  "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

                  by GrumpyOldGeek on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 02:04:49 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

          •  They exempted police and firefighters (3+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Neon Mama, Puddytat, Creosote

            This will be challenged in court, for sure. And they'll lose. Just like in WI.

            I'm not familiar with Michigan's open meeting laws. No doubt, there are differences. A couple of MI state legislators and ex-Gov. Grandholm have made noises about challenging this based on the lack of public hearings. But they haven't talked about the details.

            As I type this, Rachel Maddow is doing an awesome segment on the Wisconsin scandal and the creation of the GAB. And leading up to the same-day-registration nonsense.

            Watch it. Now. I think they'll have this posted on the MSNBC web site soon.

            God, I love what Rachel is doing for Wisconsin and the rest of the country.

            "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

            by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 06:32:38 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Exactly right (3+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              exterris, GrumpyOldGeek, Creosote

              He used the same "divide and conquor" as Walker in exempting the Republican leaning firefighters and police (or, using his own silly words, perhaps he doesn't want them to have the same "freedom" as other workers).  It was the downfall for Act 10 and will be seen as just as discriminatory in Michigan.

              I missed Rachels segment, but always watch online.  Can't wait to see the segment you mention.

              There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

              by Puddytat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 09:23:27 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

        •  I also see lame-duck chicanery (0+ / 0-)

            My concern is that the GOP gets drilled in state elections 2014 (seeming quite possible with Walker on top of the ballot (or in jail) and they can't hide behind a Senate or presidential election. Then they try junk like this and voting shenanigans in the lame duck. I still think veteran Senators like Schultz and Ellis may block it (first because they face election in un-safe districts in 2014, and later because they don't really care for Fitz and company), but we can't count on it.

            We know Walker won't care about what's right or decent or legal. He's looking at 2016 for GOP president either way in his deluded mind. And his numerous failures and disasters in Wisconsin won't change that thinking for him.

             

  •  Kitchen renovations can be quite pricey... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    GrumpyOldGeek, Puddytat, weck, exterris

    ...but nearly half a million dollars for a kitchen renovation? I'd like to see an itemized list of everything that goes into that project, as there's probably some extremely expensive appliances, furnishings, etc. that would be part of a kitchen renovation that expensive.

    Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:14:16 PM PST

  •  Were his lips moving? (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, weck, exterris, Creosote

    Lying...

    Let's take back Wisconsin!!!

    by A FIB in Cheddarland on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 03:37:55 PM PST

  •  Political Capital is drying up for Snotty...let (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    exterris, Puddytat, Creosote

    John Doe drag out through 2014.  So much corruption, Einhorn, Russell, Rindfleisch, Pierick, Kavanaugh, Wink.  Walker knows he needs to not appear so bat shit tea-bag crazy.

    His tea partiers will not have much patience for moderation.  They believe nothing was done wrong by Snotty and want to forge ahead with the RW agenda.  But little Scotty knows what is coming because he remembers the pay for play, bid rigging and misuse of the County Executive office.

  •  Liar liar pants on fire (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    exterris, Puddytat

    If Snotty is talking, it's a lie.  End of story.  My life has become so much simpler since I realized that little tidbit.

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 07:36:12 PM PST

  •  Here's my take (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Creosote

    I think Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan have been testing grounds.  Each Governor was given a mandate by ALEC, Koch Brothers, et al, and now they are seeing what actions will succeed and which ones won't.

    The corrupt bastards that are the GOP have been slowly and methodically tearing down whatever semblance of strength, we the people have left, to further the initiatives of the rich.  

    What I think we're going to see, is a lot of this legislative wizardry being tied up in our courts for a long time while these immoral buttwipes continue their feeding frenzy on the middle and lower class.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site