Friday, December 9, 2016

Trump Carrier Deal ushers in Robots, replacing workers...hell of a job!

So, Trump's use of hard working taxpayer money to pay off Carrier to stay in Indiana will now be used to automate the plant replacing workers with robots.

Trump's a real hero:
As part of the deal President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence struck with Carrier, the company has promised to make a $16 million investment in its Indianapolis facility — an investment management plans to use on developing technology that will allow them to replace human workers with robots.

The company’s plans were confirmed by Greg Hayes, CEO of United Technologies, Carrier’s corporate parent, during a CNBC interview earlier this week.

“We’re going to… automate to drive the cost down so that we can continue to be competitive,” Hayes said. “Is it as cheap as moving to Mexico with lower cost labor? No. But we will make that plant competitive just because we’ll make the capital investments there. But what that ultimately means is there will be fewer jobs.”

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ohio Republicans push Protected Class for CC owners, not LGBT workers, forcing private Businesses to allow guns on Property

What an odd idea from the Republicans overlords in Ohio...

Two top Statehouse heavyweights — gun-rights supporters and business advocates — are battling over a bill that would make concealed-carry permit holders a protected class under employment discrimination.
How do they find the time to come up with these Bizarro World right wing socialist schemes every single day of the week?

While 16 states don't offer any LGBT protections in the workplace, public or private, Ohio is pushing protected class status for concealed carry owners at work?

While Republicans argue against requiring business owners to sell wedding cakes to gay customers, they're completely okay with requiring businesses to allow CC on their properties:
Business groups including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Associaton oppose the bill, arguing it creates new liabilities and increased uncertainty for business owners who should be able to regulate their private property as they see fit.

In the employment discrimination bill, Senate Bill 199, which should get final approval today ... the LGBT community expressed frustration after unsuccessfully advocating for years that they be granted employment discrimination protections.
...don't forget our dangerous college campuses...
The Ohio Senate voted 23-9 late Wednesday to again expand areas where concealed-carry permit holders can carry their handguns — including, potentially, on public and private college and university campuses.

Republicans hide "insurance companies" in repeal/replace ObamaCare scheme, call it "patient centered" solution.

Are Republicans eliminating insurance companies from being a part of our “health care” system?

The fact is, you won’t hear Republicans ever mention insurance companies in their reform efforts. Sure they’re going to turn our health care system completely over to private insurers, but you’d never know it. What's so "patient centered" about insurance companies telling you who you can see in their networks, what they'll treat or won't, and how much you'll have to pay before they pay dime one? 

Check out these recent comments from Republican Sen. John Thune, highlighted below. But first, Republicans hope to save us from the affordable health care we all so desperately need:
Sen. John Thune, the chair of the Senate Republican Conference, explained; "And what we intend to do by repealing Obamacare is to start to repair the damage that's been done to families and businesses as a result of its enactment” … Republicans want the states rather than the federal government "to have more control" over the health care issues that affect people.
See if you can spot any mention of insurers. Note: Another promise of "more affordable" insurance (in red below) which is absolute nonsense:
"Second, there ought to be more patients and doctors who are in control. Third, that there ought to be a patient-centered choice involved in this. In other words, more competition that gives -- gives people in this country more choices" … a way that moves us in a better direction and gives people in this country more choices, more competition and more access to health care at a more affordable cost." 

"But debating individual things, reaching a consensus, reaching across the aisle for that consensus to develop so that once again we're focusing on families and doctor-patient relationships, provider-patient relationships." 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Trump voters getting cold feet repealing ObamaCare! They should be worried.

It looks like the nearer we get to repealing the Affordable Care Act the more nervous Americans are becoming. There are consequences. But we're not talking about normal thinking individuals here. These are policies forcefully put in place by ideologues.
Poll: Most Americans Want Obamacare to Change. The poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation a week after the 2016 presidential election,
1. Most Americans are opposed to the individual mandate.

2. 26% want to see Trump and Congress to repeal Obamacare, 17% want it scaled back, 

3. While 30% would like to see the law expand, 19% would like to keep the law as is. That's 49% for keeping the law, and 43% against (down from 69% in October), 24 percent of Republicans now want to see the law scaled back (up from 11 percent in October).  
Are Americans getting cold feet? They'd be crazy if they didn't. Not only will tens of millions lose their affordable health care, but the private insurance market profits could collapse waiting for Republicans to hatch their latest scheme, and hospitals will once again lose billions of dollars from uncompensated care. Does this sound like a formula for higher care costs all around? Without a doubt.

Check out this amazing revelation for Trump supporters:

Whites and those without college degrees have been among the biggest winners under Obamacare, in terms of gaining coverage, said Linda Blumberg, senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. The Urban Institute also found that 56% of the newly uninsured would be non-Hispanic whites. Their uninsured rate would soar to 18%, up from 7%.

So these groups dominate the share of people who would lose out if the law were repealed. Some 80% of those who would become uninsured lack college degrees, the study found. Three in 10 high school grads would not have insurance, up from 16%, while 24% of those with some college education would become uninsured, up from 11%.
Democrats should not get their fingerprints on Repeal or Replace: There's no giving in on this point. If Republicans start by just repealing the plan with or without a replacement, don't touch it:
If Republicans are planning to repeal Obamacare on Jan. 3 and then come looking for help from Democrats to replace it down the road, Senate Democrats have a message for them: It's not happening.

Among leadership and rank-and-file Senate Democrats, consensus is building to stay unified and not cave to GOP pressure to help fix a health care system that Republicans could send into a tailspin with an outright repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health care legislation at the beginning of next year.
The fact that most people get employer provided health care, and aren't really affected by the ACA or understand how insurance works, there's a "magical" kind of thinking about the benefits they love so much...

Trump Promise believed Hook, Line and Sinker!!! Among Trump voters, 52 percent say the cost of their health care will get better. Click on the screen capture to enlarge, be amazed:

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ryan rescues Walker's VA mismanaged with Big Government Bureaucracy out of Washington.

Thanks to Scott Walker's decision to rehire the former FIRED State VA Secretary John Scocos, the veterans system statewide has suffered immeasurably. See my story here:
Nearly two years after John Scocos, a Republican and U.S. Army Reserve colonel was fired as state veterans secretary, Gov. Scott Walker has reappointed him to his old job. Scocos took an organization that performed admirably under his predecessor, Secretary Ray Boland, and planted the seeds of dysfunction and acrimony. He demonstrated no ability to administer, manage or lead.  DAV received reports that he did not coordinate the activities of his department managers in a positive manner, but instead his poor management style pitted them against one another. Scocos wasted valuable time attacking perceived enemies.  Some DAV officials, when making suggestions to better the lives of veterans, felt his wrath instead of his gratitude.
Paul Ryan to Scott Walker's Rescue: Unlike Walker's mismanagement of the states juvenile detention system and our crumbling highways, Paul Ryan can rescue Walker from his horrific treatment of veterans, with burdensome big government one size fits all Washington bureaucracy.

Suddenly, Walker no longer has to be accountable locally for managing his own states veterans secretary, who was so bad he was fired the first time. From WPR's Central Time (audio):

Ryan: "They cannot have the kind of discipline and management restructuring that is necessary to get this place whipped into shape. That is why we think we need to have more wholesale reform at the Veterans Administration so they can really actually hold people accountable...changing the law so we can fire people who need to be fired." 
Oh, like the once fired State Veteran's Secretary John Scocos who just resigned?

Remember...Trump/Republicans Lied Promising Lower Health Care Prices and more comprehensive plans!!!

They're going on record and they're going to be wrong...big time.

First, let's take a look at one of Trump's biggest promises, really big promises; lowering the price of health care:

Here's another "promise" to lower the cost of health care, the free market way, and get better coverage? Didn't Republicans say ObamaCare coverage was already to comprehensive? Note: The Huffington Post included "Dubious Claim" in the title, not in paragraph 8 of the article:
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Makes Dubious Claim That More People Will Have Health Insurance Without Obamacare. And coverage will be better. And people with pre-existing conditions will still get coverage.  Asked how Republicans could be confident premiums wouldn’t skyrocket if they repealed the 2010 Affordable Care Act, McCarthy told reporters it came down to a “philosophical difference of belief.”
“We believe with more people into the market, you get greater choice and that the demand is higher. You allow those that can’t afford it to enter the same market where they have more options, that the price will go down.”
Wow, I know health care, and I have no idea what he's talking about. 

I'd like to point out that when you need health care services, one important consumer element is missing; you can't say, no, that's too expensive.

Paul Ryan added to the hyperbolic claim list, by promising more comprehensive converage, and allowing preexisting conditions. You heard it here. WPR (audio):

In an interview with WPR’s Central Time, Ryan emphasized plans for healthcare reform, particularly replacing the Affordable Care Act,
Ryan: "So that we can actually get people more choices, lower prices, so that everyone can get comprehensive, quality healthcare regardless of whether you have a pre-existing condition or not," he said.

Like Father like son...Lt. Gen. Flynn's kid Tweets Pizzagate conspiracy!

WTF! No really, Trump isn't even president yet and his pick for national security adviser is looking like the most screwed up parental example ever:

The son of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for national security adviser, on Sunday appeared to spread a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief ran a child-sex ring in a back room of a D.C. pizza shop.

Michael Flynn Jr. tweeted about the false story after an armed man entered Comet Ping Pong in Northwest D.C. and claimed to be investigating the story. 

This is what passes for news now in Trump America. Looks like Lt. Gen. Flynn raised quite a kid there. A short explanation of "pizzagate:"
Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, entered the bar and “pointed a firearm in the direction of the victim who is an employee of the restaurant.” The victim was able to get away and notify authorities. Welch allegedly proceeded to shoot the weapon inside the building. He was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Police said Welch admitted that “he came to self-investigate ‘Pizzagate’ (a fictitious online conspiracy theory).”
Flynn's son Michael Jr. linked his tweet to well known right wingnut Jack Posobiec, who added to the conspiracy theory with this lunacy:
Jack Posobiec, director of a group called Citizens4Trump ... described the incident on Twitter as a "false flag."
“Planted Comet Pizza Gunman will be used to push for censorship of independent news sources that are not corporate owned.”

Republicans will Ram through ObamaCare repeal in One Day!

Could we come up with a symbol for “hypocrite,” just to make Tweeting and blogging a little bit easier during the Trump administration? I feel the word is already a bit worn out. For example...

Remember the time Republicans went ballistic over the passage of ObamaCare, because it took only a year to "ram down our throats" a big government health care reform law?

Well, that big government health care reform law, now covering 21 million Americans, will be repealed in...about a day, and with no alternative plan:
GOP lawmakers say they expect to pass an ObamaCare repeal in January and then move immediately to Trump’s cabinet nominees. “January is going to be filled with all kinds of things,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who is expecting a fast-paced first 100 days for Trump. GOP senators hope they can get the repeal bill on Trump’s desk soon after he takes the oath of office.
To be clear, only 25.5% of Americans voted for Trump. That's not over half the country we hear Republicans say so often, and that's less than those who voted for Clinton.

Yet Republicans want to say goodbye to every Democratically created policy over the last 100 years because they've got a mandate, and because Obama failed so miserably. Or so they thought: 

Repealing ObamaCare, even without a replacement, is one of the reasons why Americans made them the majority. Really?

Trump/Ryan "patient" centered free market health care: 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Is Wisconsin ready for TrumpCare?

In our "post fact" age, insulting comments like the one Paul Ryan made recently is supposed to replace common sense:
“Obamacare drives up premiums and deductible costs for individuals, families, and businesses. It forces people off plans they like. Our plan recognizes that people deserve more patient-centered care, not more bureaucracy. That means more choices, not more mandates.”
The  highlighted sections above deceptively exploits people's health care fears, and hides his purely ideologically driven ideas that have not place in the real world: 

1. "Drives up premiums and deductible costs" assumes that this wasn't an even bigger problem BEFORE ObamaCare, but it was. 

2. "Forces people off plans they like" simply means those stripped down cheaper junk policies were finally eliminated. You'd have to be crazy to like insurance companies, right? Are they really looking out for you?

3. "Patient center care, not more bureaucracy" proves to me Ryan's been on the government dole too long. He's clueless about health care and doesn't know what it takes to buy insurance (bureaucratic small print and exceptions) or deal with an endless stream of mind-bending bills (bureaucracy). There's nothing "patient centered" about being a slave to insurer network mandates. 

4. "More choices" means spending more of our personal life away from being productive, to trying navigating through their limited network choices...not to mention shopping for insurance every damn year. 

While tax credits based on income makes all the sense in the world, Ryan has oddly went with age, and brings back preexisting conditions requiring expensive insurance in high-risk pools using taxpayer money. More accurately, the public will pay for the sick, giving insurers premium paying healthy people. Real free market stuff? WSJ:
Ryan’s plan would provide tax credits based on age instead of income, encourage the sale of health insurance across state lines and reestablish high-risk pools for people with complex medical conditions.
Trump and Ryan are about to blow up Wisconsin's fragile economy under Walker. Repealing ObamaCare will pull huge amounts of discretionary cash out of the economy, and increase the uninsured, making everyone's life more nerve racking: 
In Wisconsin, the big question is whether such proposals would allow the 224,000 people insured through the exchange (marketplace), to remain covered … because of the exchange and its tax credits ... 85 percent of state enrollees use it to buy private insurance … Wisconsin’s number of uninsured residents dropped from 518,000 in 2013 to 323,000 last year, or 5.7 percent, sixth lowest among states.

“How do you sustain what we have achieved?” said Eric Borgerding, president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. “We have achieved something, regardless of what anybody thinks about ‘Obamacare.’”
Middle class families should hate this...:
Health savings accounts/high-deductible health plans and tax credits based on age, instead of income, could make it more difficult...
The middle class will have to spend more of their hard earned money making up for that inadequate tax credit.

Block Granting Medicaid is a license to cut off health care: Cutting off Medicaid enrollment, charging the poor, limiting farmers access, and no possible help during a recession...what a plan:
Trump, Ryan and others have proposed converting federal Medicaid funding into block grants. Donna Friedsam, health policy programs director at the UW Population Health Institute says, “States could say, ‘Sorry, we’re not enrolling any more people this year.”

Currently, when more people sign up for Medicaid, federal funding increases along with state spending. Under block grants, that wouldn’t be the case. “When a recession or economic setback occurs, states would not get more federal money to handle those people,” Friedsam said. States could also “game” Medicaid block grants by shifting the spending to other programs …requiring enrollees to pay premiums and cost-sharing, and possibly limiting benefits to people who work.

That would be bad for many state farmers who are not profitable, or just barely making a profit, to keep their family businesses alive. This is where Democrats fall flat. This is not an “opportunistic” issue, it’s real, because I’ve talked to farmers getting BadgerCare. After expenses and losses, they have just enough left to their farms and feed their families.

And yes, they voted for Trump. They're not going to like the way he's going to shake things up.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Walker's record on Veterans Deplorable, but still gets their vote.

The military voted 2 to 1 for Trump. Odder still is the support Trump and Republicans get from veterans, despite Trump's consideration of a guy who’s trying to abolish the VA. And don't forget Scott Walker’s deplorable history of screwing veterans. It’s mind boggling.

As County Executive, Scott Walker created “Operation Freedom,” to exploit veterans so fellow Republicans/media talk show hosts could speak and look patriotic. Anti-war veterans were not invited. In a shocking revelation by County Board member John Weishan, it got so bad vendors were being shaken down during Walker's 2006 bid for governor. That led to this...
Tim Russell, a longtime Walker campaign and county staffer, was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor count of embezzlement … tied to Operation Freedom, an annual military appreciation day held at the zoo. Kevin Kavanaugh, Walker's appointee to the Milwaukee County Veteran Service Commission, was charged with five felonies for theft and fraudulent writings by a corporate officer. He was the treasurer of the Milwaukee Purple Heart chapter at the time of the dispute over the (missing) $11,000 for Operation Freedom.
Veteran support of Republicans continued, even after Walker (like George W. Bush) decided not to promote veteran services to save money.  
More than 25 current and former King employees, residents and family members say residents are not receiving adequate care at King, even as the state brings in millions more each year, transferring the surplus money elsewhere.
And Walker continues to mismanaged the state VA, with this unexplained rehire:
Nearly two years after John Scocos, a Republican and U.S. Army Reserve colonel was fired as state veterans secretary, Gov. Scott Walker has reappointed him to his old job.
Yes, Scocos was fired, but Walker didn’t care about that, or how his record:
Scocos took an organization that performed admirably under his predecessor, Secretary Ray Boland, and planted the seeds of dysfunction and acrimony. He demonstrated no ability to administer, manage or lead.  DAV received reports that he did not coordinate the activities of his department managers in a positive manner, but instead his poor management style pitted them against one another. Scocos wasted valuable time attacking perceived enemies.  Some DAV officials, when making suggestions to better the lives of veterans, felt his wrath instead of his gratitude.
Outrageous stories about substandard VA care and neglected veterans homes isn't enough to change the minds of military families and veterans who love Walker the Republican politicians using them. 
According to one vet, “someone in the audience asked Scocos who talked to a reporter about concerns at King, he said the agency would “eventually find out who did it. They are going to find excuses and innocent people are going to get hurt or fired.” Secretary John Scocos, announced his resignation earlier this month.

(July 12, 2016) Wisconsin continues partnership with Veterans Assistance Foundation, ranked one of worst in nation (Oct 26, 2016) The federal VA Medical Center in Tomah has terminated its lease agreement with the nonprofit that runs a homeless shelter there after a veteran was found dead in one of its dorms.

State human resources manager files federal discrimination complaint against Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs she was potentially discriminated against because of her Native American race, her gender, her age and her efforts to oppose alleged discrimination at the agency against others. She said she was told by a manager that the candidate who got the job “because he was a veteran and expressed in the job interview that he had a ‘passion for veterans.’" She had received a work review in April saying she “exceeds expectations” in both the HR director and manager roles.

Trump Suckers...are you watching this....ha!

I'm loving this, and Trump's not even president yet. Tough luck Indiana losers, your hard earned tax dollars are being piled high on a pallets and shipped off to Carrier...$700,000 a year for an undisclosed number of years until $7 million. Hard line Trump?

An amazed laughing Rachel Maddow spelled out the Carrier deal for duped Trump supporters looking for change:

I don't normally watch "With all Due Respect" with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, but they were fired up over the Trump/Pence giveaway. Heilemann wondered how Trump supporters would be happy with government stepping in, interfering and picking winners and losers. Guess it's okay if Trump does it?:

The Swamp is Overflowing: All this and more, even before Trump becomes president. As we're finding out, draining the swamp only applied to Democrats.  Trump's Wall Street millionaire buddies found work again, and downtrodden angry rural supporters can only watch the corporate class and investors walk away with all the winnings.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ironic, Trump defends Electoral College that was created to keep him from being President.

Trump's "rigged election" threat and criticism of the Jill Stein recount have sent a chill into the entire electoral process. It will probably result in Trump becoming president.

The electoral college was designed to specifically keep guys like Trump out. But with Trump's backing, and endless threats against anyone calling into question his electoral college win, will the electoral college be afraid to do its job? You bet.

Vox had a great piece on this, with the featured section below that spelled out why the electoral college should reject Trump outright. Compare the reasons why the founding fathers created the electoral college, and the three ploys used by Trump that require the college stop him:
Constitutional history makes clear that the founders had three main purposes in designing the Electoral College.
The first was to stop a demagogue from becoming president. At the Constitutional Convention, arguing in support of the Electoral College, Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts said he was “against a popular election” for president because the people would be “misled by a few designing men.” In Federalist No. 68, Alexander Hamilton wrote that the electors would prevent those with “Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity” from becoming president. They would also stop anyone who would “convulse the community with any extraordinary or violent movements.

The second goal was to stop foreign interference in election. In the founding period, the framers were extremely concerned about infiltration by rivals including Great Britain. In Federalist No. 68, Hamilton wrote that one major purpose of the Electoral College was to stop the “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” He said that the college would “Guard against all danger of this sort … with the most provident and judicious attention” from the electors.

The third goal was to prevent poor administration of government. This is a less well-known purpose of the Electoral College, but it is again expressly discussed in Federalist No. 68. Hamilton wrote that “the true test of a good government is its aptitude and tendency to produce a good administration,” and for that reason, he said, the electors should be “able to estimate the share which the executive in every government must necessarily have in its good or ill administration.”
This election has three aspects that have brought the Electoral College back to relevance.
First, Donald Trump is the first unquestioned demagogue to become a major-party nominee in our country’s history. On his quest to the general election, he stoked prejudices and passions to flout fundamental constitutional norms, such as our freedoms of the press, religion, and peaceful assembly. 

Second, there’s incontrovertible evidence that Russia interfered in the campaign, by hacking the email accounts of top Democratic officials and cooperating with WikiLeaks’ parallel campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton campaign. Meanwhile, Trump has business entanglements in Russia and other foreign countries, the extent to which are unknown because Trump has not released his tax returns.

And third, his opponent, Hillary Clinton, is on track to win the popular vote now by over 2 million votes — over four times Al Gore’s narrow margin over George W. Bush in 2000 — a factor electors ought to be able to weigh, whether or not they think it is conclusive.
The Electoral College was designed precisely for such extraordinary instances. As Jeffrey Tulis, Sanford Levinson, and Jeremi Suri (respectively professors of political science, law, and history) recently argued in the New York Daily News, “Our Founding Fathers created what we now call the Electoral College to protect our country against the precise danger we now face: a demagogue who has manipulated and bullied voters, exploited fears and now threatens the very foundation of our republic.”

Mindless Trump Tweets for Real, or an intentional Political Distraction?

So many of Trump's Tweets treat old issues like fresh disagreements that must be regulated, like flag burning.

Yesterday, Trump tried to discredit Clinton's popular vote win and election integrity recounts, even though he promised to do the same thing if he lost. Seriously, you don't risk looking this dumb unless it's part of a more nefarious scheme, right?

Just had to include this Tweet by David Frum:

Are you ready for a Supply-Side-Voodoo-Trickle-Down Economy, without health care, environmental and Wall Street regulations?

Warning!!! Trump and the Republican House and Senate are about to usher in a full scale switch to supple side economics. 

Supply side-voodoo-trickle down economics is the Republican Party. Fortunately for us, this failed policy is now out there for everybody to see, thanks to a number of troubling red state examples.

Kansas Comeback Kid Gov. Sam Brownback took trickle-down to its illogical limit and failed. Apparently, this is what the angry, frustrated, ignored, left behind American voters wanted, and will get in January. Guess they showed us..."We won:"  
Kansas: In February 2015, three years into the supply-side economics experiment that

would upend a once steady Midwestern economy, a budget hole appeared in Kansas’ finances.
To fill it, Gov. Brownback took $45 million in public education funding ... took highway money to plug it ... state money for Medicaid coverage went into the hole, but the gap continued to grow.

Today, the state’s budget hole is $345 million and threatens the foundation of this state, which was supposed to be the setting for a grand economic expansion ... The yawning deficits were caused by huge tax cuts that were supposed to set the economy roaring. They didn’t. The budget shortfalls have been felt across the state, particularly by public schools ... Brownback has repeatedly pledged his faith in the free market. “We’re going to continue to grow the economy.”

A stern lesson in theory versus reality to other states contemplating the same free-market ideas. After five years of an economic crusade that has left its originator, Brownback, as the least popular governor in the nation.
You've heard all of these theories and empty promises before:
The state would thrive, he pledged, because the tax cuts would help keep businesses and smart, young Kansans in the state. It will pave the way to the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs, bring tens of thousands of people to Kansas, and help make our state the best place in America to start and grow a small business,” Brownback wrote in 2012. “It will leave more than a billion dollars in the hands of Kansans. An expanding economy and growing population will directly benefit our schools and local governments.”
Nope, didn't happen.
Revenue from income tax collections plummeted 22 percent. A separate repeal of taxes on partnerships and limited liability companies meant the surrender of 30 percent of state revenue. State revenue estimators project receipts ... down 7.4 percent from this year’s estimate ... the state did increase the sales tax ... the second-highest sales tax in the nation ... (but) Deflation is dropping the prices of goods and the taxes the state collects on them.
The Brownback solution, kill the messenger. Its what you don't know that will hurt you. And yet, this is what government looks like under Republican control:
Tired of the bleating horn of bad news, in September Brownback silenced a quarterly economic evaluation of the state that counted employment, unemployment, personal income and energy production, and consistently illustrated the state’s plunging revenues. He had done so before, in August 2015, when he ordered a halt to a semiannual economic report. “A lot of people were confused” by the reports, said Nicole Randall, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Cutting the people out of knowing what was really happening economically in Kansas was only a start. Purging State Supreme Court Justices for defending the language of state Constitution was also a weapon Republicans have no problem using:  
Conservative groups supporting Brownback responded by pushing five Supreme Court justices into brutal, expensive retention races to keep their seats. The targeted justices were retained by voters and are expected to rule this month on the adequacy and fairness of the public education system in a landmark case, Gannon v. Kansas, filed by four of the state’s poorest school districts.
Supply-Side Here we Come: Voters took a chance on Trump's promise to change things, essentially draining the swamp of just Democrats. Now the hardships are about to get dramatically worse, while the nation preoccupies itself debating the latest outrageous Trump tweet. Thank you America.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Network News Headlines spread Trump trash talk, again!!!

Sometimes a headline is all some people read.

Believer it or not, an entertainment magazine ended up writing the more accurate headline:

Entitled Trump has Twitter Tantrum: Tries to Discredit his Loss of Popular Vote to Clinton.

Narcissism is a disorder that seems to be consuming every waking moment of Trump's life.

He can't and won't lose, even if he does. I'm still trying to figure this out; if Trump had lost, that would prove the election was rigged, but if he wasn't rigged. Then again, if Hillary wins the popular's rigged again, even though Trump won. Throw in Green Party candidate Jill Stein and a recount, and Trump's legitimacy fades and he loses the "mandate." Not going to happen.

Imagine Trump dealing with a major world problem requiring a quick reaction.

It's twitter time, using the ultimate troll weapon, capital letters:

There is a slim hope the electoral college could stop Trump cold. The Guardian:
Some legal experts argue that the electoral college cannot approve a candidate like Trump, who does not fulfil the basic legal requirements to be president.

Harvard constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe said in an email that the “electors who are to cast their votes for president on 19 December not as automatons but in light of constitutional constraints and principles cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump as president of the United States unless he fully divests himself of economic interests dependent on the fortunes, for good or ill, of the private Trump empire”.

That view is not restricted to academics and Democrats. Richard Painter, George W Bush’s chief ethics counsel, agrees that without a major reconfiguration of the Trump Organization, the president-elect is heading for a constitutional collision with the electoral college.

“The important thing for the electoral college is to ensure that he technically complies with the constitution,” Painter told the Observer. “This is just as important as the birth certificate. He should not be currently on the payroll of foreign governments.

“So he’ll have to provide assurance to the electoral college that he’s not himself going to be getting money from foreign governments that would violate the emoluments clause.”

Eisen and Painter called on the Trump transition team to take urgent steps to address the problem, before it triggers a constitutional crisis. They recommended he sell all his business holdings and put the proceeds in a blind trust, the composition of which would remain unknown to him, as his predecessors have done for the past four decades. Painter offered his advice to the Trump circle as a fellow Republican, but has not received any response. 
It's wonderfully ironic that Trump ran on calling Hillary crooked for the appearance of political influence from Clinton Foundation donors, when in fact, that's exactly what he was planning to do all along. The only difference? You can trust a Republicans:
“His view is that the voters know about this and and they are OK with it,” said Robert Weissman, president of the Public Citizen watchdog group.

“But it is absolutely contradictory to his core message he was going to sweep away the corruption in Washington and all the deal-making.”

Trump Sore Winners feel Entitled.

We should have thought, "this can't be good."
WPR: Loyalists of the self-described white nationalist, alt-right movement from around the country gathered in D.C., enthused by the election of Donald Trump and optimistic that their controversial, offensive views such as calling for a white, ethnocentric state were on the rise throughout the country. "The alt-right is here, the alt-right is not going anywhere, the alt-right is going to change the world," Richard Spencer, head of the white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute (NPI) promised. Spencer called Trump's campaign "the first step towards identity politics in the United States."

Matt Forney of Chicago said there was now an "infusion of new energy. Now, it's like we're the vanguard of a new movement. People are happy and ready to change the world."

Evan Thomas of Michigan said "He's got to act very tough, very quickly to reverse the demographic decline of European-Americans very swiftly." 
The Trumpian "we won" sore winners are hitting the streets now. Remember how Republicans whined endlessly about having to hide their conservatism in public? Even though that really wasn't true, the Trump bullies are more insufferable than anyone could have imagined, even deadly.

The latest video making the rounds was this "we won" Trump supporters at a Michael's, insulted by a black store clerk. Who feels this kind of white "entitlement?" RawStory:

The video is the latest in a series of white people justifying their obnoxious behavior and demanding special treatment because they voted for Trump. “I voted for Trump — so there,” the woman shouted. “You want to kick me out for that? And look who won.”

“I don’t know what you think you’re videoing, lady. I was just discriminated against by two black women, and you being a white woman, you’re literally thinking that that’s okay? You standing there with your baby thinking that’s okay.”

The angry shopper accuses the other woman’s 2-year-old child of stealing and her husband of cheating.
White Fear of black cheese lovers...where did that come from?
Late night trip to a local CVS store by two black men to buy some sliced cheese turned into a run-in with police after panicked store employees hid in a locked backroom and called the cops, reports WATE in Carytown, Virginia.
According to Ricky Berry, he and his roommate Philip Blackwell stated that a police officer showed up and helped them search the store only to discover the employees huddled in a back room behind locked doors.

“He was laughing with us because, like, this is how weird, apocalyptic movies start,” Berry said, before adding that the officer made a few calls after which he told them they’d have to leave.

“We’re being kicked out because they were scared of us and hiding,” Berry said, “He just told us that we need to leave premises or else we would be arrested for trespassing and that flipped the script on all of us. We had no idea what was going on.”
Deadly Trump Entitlement: There are no words....

William Ronald Pulliam, 62, was arrested and charged with gunning down 15-year-old James Means whom he later referred to as a “piece of trash” ... he expressed no remorse whatsoever for killing the teen, but simply said, "The way I look at it, that's another piece of trash off the street."

Witnesses claim that what set Pulliam off was that Means accidentally bumped into him while entering the store. After Pulliam left the store, the two exchanged words a second time, and Pulliam shot the teen twice in the abdomen, leaving him to die, then proceeded to go home, eat dinner, then go hang out at a friend's house, according to a criminal complaint.
Note: Because I don't want make this a Trump news site, heck there's so much sh** hitting the fan, I thought I'd try putting some of the additional  stories on my new blog page, Trumploid News. I put it on a tab for easy access.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Rural Voters blamed Obama for Walker's Lousy high unemployment rate and economic Stagnation.

Before you read the following, understand this; Republicans have had complete super majority control of the entire state for 6 years. I know, I know, Democrats forgot to mention that during the last election, but what do you expect, a fight? 

The pain Wisconsinites are feeling can be directly blamed on the Republicans, and it's going to get much worse in coordination with the Trump administration. WSJ:
Supporters in Adams County described a local electorate that was overwhelmingly angry — and ready to break from the status quo, even if the direction of change is unclear. Now local residents say they're eyeing a Trump presidency with long-odds hope, deep anxiety or both.
Again, Republicans have been in charge for six years. Obama isn't responsible for resentment in rural Wisconsin. Walker is. Take the desperately needed rural broadband rollout that had too many strings attached when Obama offered it:
One of the governor’s first acts back in 2012 was to turn away nearly $23 million in grant funding that would have allowed the state to expand fiber optic broadband networks to 82 schools and 385 library facilities. We lost 150 full-time jobs that could have been created by this project.

State taxpayers would have been on the hook for the entire amount if the state could not meet the grant's precise requirements, Mike Huebsch said. "This is simply not an acceptable risk." 
Today...federal FCC strings are okay, 4 years too late:
About 40 percent of the money must be spent by the end of 2017 and 20 percent per year must be put to work in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Republicans successfully sold the idea that Obama's jobs record was a disaster, never thinking it was Walker all along who gave us job stagnation. 
State Rep. Joan Ballweg, a Markesan Republican described Adams County as home to many people who "have been hit harder by the stagnant economy. A lot of those folks feel like Mr. Trump talked like them and felt like them."
Amazing isn't it, a millionaire nacissist "talked like them and felt like them?" The world has gone mad.

Despite reality:
The economy created 11 million jobs under President Obama ... jobs created under President George W. Bush, was about 400,000 below zero. The economy has now added jobs for 73 consecutive months, a record.
Trump said he had to save America, a simple message, asking "what have you got to lose:"
Local Republicans hailed Trump's win as a "last-ditch effort" to save their country.
The following line stood out, because nothing below has anything to do with the federal government. It was all on Walker, yet he got off "Scott" free: 
The local economy, rooted in agriculture, tourism and logging, has failed for decades to yield enough good jobs, residents said. Its unemployment rate was among the highest of any Wisconsin county in 2015.
Heath Care, Health Care, Health Care: Democrats have been given a gift that will keep on giving. Please my god take this and run with it. 

One of Trump's biggest promises, just like Obama's "you can keep your old insurance," was to lower premium prices by repealing ObamaCare. Folks, I guarantee that's never gonna happen, so make this the number one talking point for the next 2 years: 
Mark Beda of rural Adams, backed Obama four years ago and Trump this time. A self-described moderate, Beda, a 47-year-old IT worker, said Obama's signature law has not made care more affordable and accessible for most people he knows. Part-way through Obama's second term, Beda said he felt it was likely he would vote for the Republican nominee in 2016.

Trump repeatedly pledged during the campaign to repeal Obama's health care law. But Beda said Trump instead should "fix" the law "to make it something that people can use ... something that is affordable. I think that would just be detrimental. You're not going to take it away. You just can't do that."
Health care costs under Trump and Paul Ryan will skyrocket, dropping tens of millions of Americans, guaranteed. Republicans will ask for more time, that free market competition will eventually lower prices. But people who need treatment and family coverage don't have time. And Republicans didn't give the Affordable Care Act any time to work.

Walker Guts the DNR like a deer.

Trump promises to do on a national level what Scott Walker is doing in Wisconsin. With little fanfare and no debate over the corporate plundering of OUR natural resources, anyone who believes in small government has given in to the inevitable. Rural Republican voters seem to think contaminated wells, crumbling roads and vanishing schools must be the normal, part of the changing landscape they can't control.

After 6 years of total Republican dominance in the state, no one seems to seems to think the anger, frustration, and resentment they feel toward government might be coming from their own party.

But don't worry, Scott Walker is just restoring the "balance" between jobs and the environment. Welcome the new DNR:
WSJ: On Wednesday, the department will announce a reorganization that was demanded by conservatives who control state government. Republican elected officials have already buffeted the department with loosened environmental regulations and budget cuts targeting scientists because they researched climate change, mine pollution and deer herd management measures that were sometimes unpopular.
 DNR shortcomings in hiring and training new workers came to light in June when a state audit linked them to flaws in DNR enforcement of laws aimed at preventing pollution of lakes, streams and drinking water.

Respected top manager, chief state forester Paul DeLong, announced in September that he was leaving. At least eight other DNR bureau- and division-level managers retired or took other jobs over the last two year ... They include fisheries bureau chief Ron Bruch, facilities and land bureau director Steven Miller, chief legal counsel Tim Andryk, state parks and recreation director Dan Schuller, drinking water and ground water chief Jill Jonas, and deputy administrator for environmental management Eric Ebersberger. None of them commented publicly.
 Retired longtime wildlife management bureau chief Tom Hauge, 63, said he had seen enough of the proposals for his bureau to believe there would be major changes in managing deer and other wildlife.

Anyone looking for reasons DNR employees are retiring could also view a videotaped talk Stepp gave at a 2015 management seminar in Florida, Hauge said. Stepp told the group she had wanted to crawl in a hole after Walker appointed her in 2011 and she realized DNR employees were burned out, steeped in Earth Day values “and frankly weren’t real politically aligned with our new administration, most of them.”

Citified Madison Republican Politicians Mismanage, Destroy Wisconsin's Hunting Tradition.

I don’t hunt, so it’s kind of odd that I continue to cover the Republican mess created around Wisconsin’s deer hunting tradition. Here's a link to all my coverage.

Our throwback Republicans seem to think we’re on the cusp of a deer hunting renaissance. These are the same guys who feel that way about coal, which should put things in perspective for you.

Registering deer online was inevitable, you can’t fight progress. But Republican voters with businesses directly affected, small town bars and convenience stores that continue to manually register deer, got the shaft again by their own party. Business is down again. Pair that with Wisconsin’s fading hunting tradition, and you’ve got another reason to resent the government, but still reelect the same bumbling losers.
1. “We’ve lost thousands of dollars in food and liquor sales,” said Lisa Wynn, a cook at Harryz Boondocks in the Jefferson County hamlet of Hubbleton, just off of Highway 19 midway between Waterloo and Watertown. “We don’t have as many hunters coming in or people coming in to just look at the deer. Now, they shoot a deer and go home and mow the lawn or something.”

2. At the Schellter Bar & Grill in Leland, a farming community near Natural Bridge State Park and about 14 miles west of Prairie du Sac, LeRoy and Connie Schell (saw it this way), “I don’t like the fact that they messed with the tradition of the nine-day hunt and the registration but we still have people coming in and showing their deers off, even if they’re not in the contest.”

3. Mike Meixelsperger of Plain who works in information technology, said he understands why the registration change was made but says the system is still more difficult than in-person registration. “It was easy just to come in and the guys here would come out, check everything out for you and you were done,” Meixelsperger said. “It has totally wrecked the experience.”

4. Emil Diehl, who has owned the bar for 38 years, said “I’d say our business is down 40 percent.”

It also didn’t help downplaying science and playing up those anecdotal wish lists by the zaniest of avid hunters. Is the move to game farming just around the corner? Throw in the updated list of convoluted regulations from our small government Republicans, is anyone surprised to see our hunting tradition fade from the landscape? DNR Sec. Cathy Stepp tried to sell hunting reform in 2014 while everyone wore game farm vests, hats and stuff. The game farm ad is oddly included. Hint, hint:

In the DNR’s words, the new rules change the “season framework, management units and antlerless deer hunting permits.” Gone are “management zones” setting deer overwinter population goals. Gone are free tags & $2 tags in highly populated or CWD areas; gone are landowner deer tags ... gone is registering your deer at the local bar or convenience store. Tags are more expensive (6 times more expensive), limited, and depend on whether you hunt a private or public area.

Steve Hanson: "I'm not a hunter, but I own property on which others hunt. I have to admit to being TOTALLY bamboozled by how complex the new rules are. And the folks hunting here are just as bewildered."
With CWD on the rise and scientists now thinking it’s possible for human infection, Republicans have decided to go back and “study” the problem. In other words, see ya later suckers.