Sunday, April 11, 2021

Walker engineered Dramatic Loss of Democracy in Wisconsin!

Deep down we always knew Scott Walker cared only about loyalists to his authoritarian rule. Now, if you disagree with Walker, you will be blamed for America being "under siege:" 

Walker, as president of Young America's Foundation (YAF), is now going after what his party has angrily called naïve liberal students. Figuring they're still impressionable and "young," Walker thinks his brand of extreme propaganda could radicalize America's youth. In fact, if you're not conservative at a college level, you're "lost:"  

YAF isn't filled with open minded collegians either:

Walker has enlisted Christians too...uh, not that everyone is a Christian:

Walker's all-or-nothing attack has been going on in Wisconsin for over 10 years, thanks to Walker's leadership as governor and his gerrymandered band of plundering Republican pirates in the legislature. 

But under Walker, his tax cut driven austerity came at a huge cost. VOX

 Here's what happened to democracy in Wisconsin. Surprise, it's not all "freedom and liberty:"

The conclusions were clear: The GOP is the problem. “Results suggest a minimal role for all factors except Republican control of state government, which dramatically reduces states’ democratic performance during this period,” he writes. While many researchers have attempted to quantify the health of democracy in different countries around the world, Grumbach’s paper is the first effort to develop some kind of ranking system for US states. And it’s yet another piece of evidence that the Republican Party has become an anti-democratic political faction.
But one of the biggest abuses hasn't been figured into this research yet:
One of the worst abuses by NC's Republican legislature — stripping Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of key powers after his 2016 victory — doesn’t factor into the state’s score, as Grumbach hasn’t decided on a satisfactory way to quantify it. A similar maneuver performed by the Wisconsin state legislature after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’s victory in 2018 also doesn’t count against the state’s already dismal SDI score.)

And Gerrymandering? Yes, really Bad for Democracy: 

Gerrymandering is not a “both sides” problem. It uses 16 different measurements of gerrymandering; Republican legislators abuse gerrymandering in a way that Democrats simply do not. North Carolina’s SDI score over time — it starts to plunge shortly after Republicans drew new maps in 2011, ones that allowed them to win 77 percent of the state’s House seats in 2018 with just under 50 percent of the state vote.
Voter Suppression is Real, but not for Republicans: Scott Walker can't resist this bizarre "Colorado is worse than Georgia" fantasy:

Georgia’s law, for example, is more worrying than even voter ID laws. It gives Republicans more direct control over election administration, allowing them to bend the rules in their favor: enforcing strict standards for ballot disqualification in Democratic-leaning precincts and lax ones in Republican-leaning ones, for example.
But left out are a few HUGE facts Facebook QAnon'ers always leave out, or most likely just don't know about:

New Tourism moto...

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Party of Political Punishers; Vos punishes DPI and Voters for Electing Dem as State Superintendent!!!

It's another Robin Vos temper tantrum, thinking he can get away with punishing voters for not electing a "Republican" State Superintendent, to what is supposed to be a nonpartisan office:

Vos just "canceled" DPI funding. Will this ass-wipe ever grow up? 

The big lie, that teachers are controlled and owned by union bosses, "cancels" out the hard work and dedication of every teacher. Didn't this get old during the Act 10 protests? 

Yet Vos led the charge to get kids back into those dangerously confined liberal indoctrination centers, also known as classrooms, with those same teachers...especially during a global pandemic he never took seriously. I'm now thinking that was meant as a punishment for teachers.

Still ridiculously authoritarian, Vos spewed what should be a career ending diatribe that may have made a few parents angry:

"... the teachers union owns the DPI; not the parents or the students or the taxpayers. Count me as someone who isn't going to support putting another nickel into this unaccountable state bureaucracy," Vos tweeted on Tuesday, an hour after the Associated Press called the race for Underly over former Brown Deer School District Superintendent Deb Kerr.
Not surprisingly, the public stated again they didn't want private schools. Profiteering privateers are okay, but unions aren't - even after losing almost all their negotiating power due to Act 10? Yup:
Kerr was largely backed by conservative groups who support the expansion of private school vouchers and Wisconsin Republicans. American Federation for Children, a pro-voucher group founded by former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that generally backs Republicans, spent $209,000 in the race on behalf of Kerr.
Yet voters statewide made their intentions clear when they elected Evers:
Evers was elected governor on a platform of increasing funding for schools and following polling that showed broad support for more spending on schools.
Here are a few interesting tweets:

Vos-Republicans cynically hold Wisconsin's economy and jobs back to deny Gov. Evers a win.

The 20th century Republican mindset that Medicaid is "welfare" is the cruelest form of denial, and a ridiculous simplification devoid of supporting details. Yes, I've blogged on this topic before using just Wisconsin's Vos-Republican talking points.

A new study points out how deadly, misinformed, purely partisan, fiscally wasteful, and irresponsible Republicans have been just giving people life saving health care. 

First, the overwhelming number of studies supporting Medicaid expansion, proving Republicans wrong (in green), while a few studies simply show little change (blue):

The Kaiser Family Foundation report shows how mindbogglingly bad Republicans govern our money and punish the people they don't think worthy. The freeloaders, the jobless, business creation, the rural-urban divide, unmotivated unemployed, the opioid epidemic, poverty, etc. collapse under expanded Medicaid. It's even kind of ridiculous. NOTE: Imagine if this were a national universal health plan, and not just Medicaid, and the increased benefits that would transform this nation:

1. Medicaid expansion states experienced large reductions in uninsured rates that significantly exceed those in non-expansion states.

2. Medicaid expansion reduced or eliminated disparities in coverage between adults living in rural vs. urban areas.

3. State-specific studies have documented significant job growth resulting from expansion. Louisiana found that in 2017, expansion funds created and supported 19,195 jobs (while creating and supporting personal earnings of $1.12 billion); in 2018, healthcare spending supported 14,263 jobs and $889.0 million in personal earnings. A study in Colorado found that the state supported 31,074 additional jobs due to Medicaid expansion as of  2015-2016.

4. Some studies found expansion was linked to increased employment.

5. Multiple studies showed that expansion supported enrollees’ ability to work, seek work, or volunteer.

6. Medicaid expansion may have significant effects on measures related to individuals’ political activity and views. Specifically, studies show associations between Medicaid expansion and increases in voter registration, ACA favorability, and gubernatorial approval.
7. Medicaid expansion has helped to reduce disparities in coverage by income, age, marital status, disability status, and, in some studies, race/ethnicity.

8. Effects of expansion on multiple state economic outcomes, including budget savings, revenue gains, and overall economic growth. There were no significant increases in spending from state funds as a result of Medicaid expansion. A study in Montana found positive financial effects for businesses due to infusion of federal dollars to fund health coverage for workers.

9. Expansion resulted in state savings by offsetting state costs in other areas, including state costs related to behavioral health services and crime and the criminal justice system.

10. Medicaid expansion supports the ACA Marketplaces and may help to lower Marketplace premiums. Two national studies showed that Marketplace premiums were significantly lower in expansion compared to non-expansion states, with estimates ranging from 7% lower in 2015 to 11-12% lower

11. Expansion resulted in reductions in uninsured hospital, clinic, or other provider visits and uncompensated care costs. Medicaid expansion cut every dollar that a hospital in an expansion state spent on uncompensated care by 41 cents between 2013 and 2015,

12. Medicaid expansion has significantly improved operating margins and financial performances for hospitals, other providers, and managed care organizations.

13. No evidence of Medicaid expansion coverage substituting for private coverage including employer-sponsored insurance … may also reflect people above 100% FPL transitioning from subsidized Marketplace coverage to Medicaid after their state adopts the expansion.

14. Medicaid expansion improves access to care among the low-income population … decreased cigarette and other nicotine product purchases and access to evidence-based smoking cessation medications post-expansion leading to a 24% increase in new use of smoking cessation medication … expansion is associated with increases in overall spending on medications to treat opioid use disorder and opioid overdose.

15. Confusion among beneficiaries, providers, and advocates in expansion waiver states around requirements for participation, as well as barriers to internet access and transportation barriers. These challenges have resulted in increased costs to beneficiaries, beneficiaries being transitioned to more limited benefit packages, low program participation, or programs not operating as intended in other ways.

16. Improvements in health outcomes in cardiac surgery patients and acute appendicitis. Significant improvements in relative disparities for black infants compared with white infants, decline in annual mortality among near-elderly adults, that translates to about 19,200 deaths that were averted during the first four years of expansion. A 6% lower rate of opioid overdose deaths; may have contributed to infant mortality rate reductions (this effect was particularly pronounced among the African-American population). 

17. Providers are meeting increased demands for care. Expansion results in significant reductions in out-of-pocket medical spending, and multiple studies found larger declines in trouble paying as well as worry about paying future medical bills

18. A 2.2 percentage point decrease in very low food security among low-income childless adults. Two 2019 national studies found expansion was associated with a reduction in the rate of poverty by just under 1 percentage point (or an estimated 690,000 fewer Americans living in poverty).

19. Expansion significantly reduced the average number of collections, improved credit scores, reduced over limit credit card spending, reduced public records (such as evictions, bankruptcies, or wage garnishments), and reduced the probability of a new bankruptcy filing, among other improvements in measures of financial security. One 2019 study found that Medicaid expansion was associated with a 1.15 reduction in the rate of evictions per 1000 renter-occupied households and a 1.59 reduction in the rate of eviction filings

Friday, April 2, 2021

WI Vos-Republicans ban Vaccine Passports, Mark of the Beast! On message with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

We know that the pandemic crashed the economy. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is the first time in history that closing entire economies has been used as a medical tool, simultaneously and worldwide. The early months of the coronavirus pandemic saw the U.S. economy plunge at its fastest rate in history. Over a two-month period, the jobless rate shot up from 3.5% in February 2020 to 14.7% in April—its highest level since 1940.

Without doing any of the heavy lifting to fight the virus, Republicans just wanted to open businesses and schools up by fighting masks and emergency rules. 

Did they take COVID-19 seriously? They made their position clear with one word..."panic?" Hey, Trump said it would fade away too...

"When the panic over COVID-19 fades away, people are going to begin to return to normal life. As a way to make their patrons feel 'safe,' some businesses will begin to discriminate against those who have not or cannot be vaccinated by requiring proof of vaccination," Republican Rep. Gae Magnafici said in a separate memo.
Discrimination? Are COVID deniers a protected class now? Victims again.
One draft targets businesses more broadly. It would bar individuals, firms, partnerships, corporations, associations and legal entities operating in the state from compelling a person to show they’ve been vaccinated as a condition of receiving services, doing business, accessing buildings or participating in non-private functions.

Vaccine Passports Mark of Satan: Now, some businesses want try using "vaccine passports" as a creative way to open up safely, but Scott Walker and WI Republicans want to tell businesses what to do. So much for free markets and getting government out of the way: 

The legislation, with 3 slightly different versions, baring businesses from using vaccine passports was bad enough, but look at the highlighted comment below in red. You can't make this stuff up:
Republican Sen. Rob Stafsholt wrote in a memo to colleagues on Thursday seeking support for the (government) legislation. "This legislation is about preventing government overreach."

Mark of the Beast? Nice to know you're on the same side as Rep. Greene, otherwise known as QAnon Congresswoman:

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) spun a new conspiracy theory this week that combines capitalism, communism, fascism, corporations, the coronavirus vaccine, the biblical apocalypse and President Joe Biden in one extremely hard-to-follow narrative.

“It’s still fascism. Or communism. Whatever you want to call it, but it’s coming from private companies. I have a term for that, I call it ‘corporate communism.’”

She said companies thrive on capitalism but are also “adapting these communist policies just like the Democrats are and they are pushing them on us through their private companies.”
Legislation that's real "free market" like...need more proof Republicans never took the COVID pandemic seriously at all, ever?

It also prohibits private companies in Florida from requiring any type of document from their customers certifying their vaccination, or immunity after they have recovered from the coronavirus.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Dismantling the mindless Second Amendment contortions giving people the right to bear arms!

It's time to finally dispel any and all of the contorted interpretations of the 2nd Amendment, despite the radical activism of the Supreme Court, that twisted the "Heller" decision into a pretzel, justifying the right of everyone to have a gun. 

First, Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger and Justice William Breyer on one of the "greatest pieces of fraud" pushed by the NRA and far right groups:

I recently came across these thoughtful commentaries that make Justice Scalia's decision sound right-wing crazy.

The Much Misunderstood Second Amendment | William Harwood | TED: Wikipedia describes Harwood this way: "William R. Harwood is a scientist and author, contributor to Skeptical Inquirer, Free Inquiry, and contributing editor to the American Rationalist. He is the author of over 50 books including Mythology’s Last Gods (Prometheus, 1992), God, Jesus and the Bible: The Origin and Evolution of Religion, Dictionary of Contemporary Mythology; The Disinformation Cycle." 

Here's Matthew Cooke, Facebook's "Ted" lecturer. As described by IMDb: "Actor / Filmmaker / Activist Matthew Cooke's social justice and advocacy commentaries have been viewed over 100 million times on FaceBook.

After 10 Year push by Democrats and Gov. Evers to Expand Rural Broadband, Republicans wake up, demand...Evers Expand Rural Broadband?

Expanding broadband today would be like the Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt's electrification of the U.S. back in 1935-36:

President Roosevelt issues an executive order to create the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), which forms cooperatives that bring electricity to millions of rural Americans. Within 6 years the REA aided the formation of 800 rural electric cooperatives.

Now, note the differences between the parties, and who's really serious about job creation. 

About 25% of rural residents, or about 430,000 Wisconsinites, lack high-speed broadband.
Republicans Say NOOddly, it was not a top priority for Republicans in 2011 when Scott Walker turned down Obama's stimulus, and 2019 when they again decided not help their rural voting base. They didn't want "big government" interfering in the free market, that hurting internet provider profits. But ISP's didn't do anything because fiber expansion was prohibitively expensive, especially without the help of "big government" subsidies. Yup, a non-starter for Republicans

Republican Sen. Howard Marklein, who chaired the Legislature’s study committee on rural broadband in 2016, said he has reservations about the governor’s proposal (in his 2019 Budget) to expand high-speed internet. "I’m a little concerned that we might be taking money away from some other high priorities," Marklein said.
Democrats Say YES: Gov. Tony Evers is trying Again for Rural Broadband Expansion: In his 22-23 budget: 
Gov. Evers proposed in his budget investing $200 million in broadband access, with $150 million going to the expansion grant and the remaining $50 million helping people who can’t afford the high cost of internet. At Friday’s event, the governor said he will use some of the COVID-19 relief funds on broadband expansion.

Evers plan was soundly rejected:

Republican Assembly Leader Robin Vos called it "nothing more than a liberal Democrat from Madison's wish list."

But after seeing how rural communities loved the Governors plans, Vos went into action. Yes, even after Wisconsin's Congressional Republicans all voted against it

Evers has already vetoed a similar measure Republicans sent to his desk in February. With the influx of new stimulus dollars, Republicans brought back the proposal. Vos said the GOP “will have no choice but to go to court.”
Suddenly, Big Spending Republicans back Broadband Expansion? After Republicans rejected Gov. Evers attempts to bring back "our own federal tax dollars" to expand Medicaid, they now want to spend "our own returning federal tax dollars" their party voted against:

“The people most impacted by the pandemic, the hardworking Wisconsin taxpayers, should see additional state aid coming out of the pandemic funds,” Republican Rep. Mark Born said. “This is their money...!”
Democrat Biden says YES to Even Bigger Broadband Expansion: This is a major business and job creation plan. But again, not a Republican thing:

The pandemic exposed growing problems in the U.S., a bitter lesson only the Democrats seemed to have learned from and are taking action to solve.
"Broadband internet is the new electricity," the White House said. "It is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, health care, and to stay connected."

The White House fact sheet detailing aspects of the plan highlights the fact that more than 30 million Americans live in areas without any access to broadband. And in urban and suburban markets where broadband is available, it's often too expensive. This reality hits minority families harder than white families, creating digital inequities. The coronavirus pandemic, which led to shutdowns across the country, made the issues even more apparent, especially for students who struggled to connect to the internet for distance learning.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Igniting Voter Suppression fuse nationwide by flipping position...what changed?


Jennifer RubenIt was a blunder, a gratuitous act that revealed not only their animus toward democracy but their lack of simple human decency. The Georgia bill threw in a provision to ban anyone from giving water or snacks to people standing in line to vote. It was a political error born of Republicans’ own arrogance and inhumanity. And it may cost them greatly in the battle over voting rights. President Biden declared“It’s sick. It’s sick. You don’t need anything else to know that this is nothing but punitive designed to keep people from voting. You can’t provide water for people about to vote? Give me a break.”

The water provision is mean-spirited and blatantly punitive, instantly recognizable as a Jim Crow tactic designed to make people miserable. In the effort to show the law has nothing to do with voting security, Exhibit A may be the water provision

Texas Federal Judge who found ACA unconstitutional, about to ban all Preventive Care Coverage nationwide!

None of what you're about to read would be a problem if we had universal health care. 

I sat around for about 4 hours Saturday stunned by what appears to a done deal: A judge is about to do away with health cares preventive services, like "cancer screenings, contraception, HIV prevention drugs, vaccines, tobacco cessation treatment, alcohol abuse counseling and domestic violence counseling."

Religious and free-market objections to the ACA requirement: This is scary stuff, it could happen, and it's huge: 
In Texas, a federal judge seems open to ending the requirement that most Americans must receive preventive services like mammograms free of charge. Based on U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s Feb. 25 order, it appears likely he will rule in favor of the plaintiffs

But wait, preventive services aren't free and never have been. People pay $300 to $1000 a month for insurance that pays for those preventive services, so it's not free, and our premiums were never meant to be nothing but corporate PROFIT. So the lawsuit should be tossed just on that point alone.

After Dismantling Public Emergency Health Laws, Disease Prevention is Next: The media seems to have missed the complete destruction of public health laws, setting us up for a massive crisis yet to come. So, preventive care is "unconstitutional?" As jaw dropping and cruel as anything I've ever seen, here's the case in a nutshell for dismantling our health care social safety net:

Plaintiffs challenge the constitutionality of “preventive-care coverage” required under section 300gg-13 because it is unwanted, unnecessary, and responsible for driving up the cost of available health insurance plans on the open market.

Here are the "freedom" loving monsters behind the fantasy that free market health care prices will drop:
-Plaintiffs Braidwood Management, Kelley Orthodontics, Joel Starnes, Zach Maxwell, and Ashley Maxwell (the “Religious-Objector Plaintiffs”) all object to paying for health insurance plans that cover contraceptives, PrEP drugs, and other preventive-care services for religious reasons.

-Plaintiffs Donovan Riddle, Karla Riddle, Joel Miller, and Gregory Scheideman (the “Free Market Plaintiffs”) object to paying for health insurance plans that include contraceptive coverage and other preventive-care coverage that they do not want and do not need.

…and finally... 

Ultimately, all Plaintiffs express a desire to purchase on the open market insurance policies that meet their needs and are free from the requirements of the provisions and their resulting mandates.
What could happen? Also remember: Mitch McConnell under Trump just stacked the federal and Supreme Court:
Judge O’Connor, a Republican-appointed conservative, could issue a preliminary injunction blocking first-dollar coverage of preventive services nationwide, which he did in an earlier ACA lawsuit involving coverage for contraceptives. If he does that, or if he moves directly to a summary decision in favor of the plaintiffs, the Biden administration likely would appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a conservative court that partly upheld O’Connor’s 2018 finding that the ACA is unconstitutional.
Even worse?
The plaintiffs’ most effective argument, legal experts said, may be that members of the three agencies that decide which preventive services must be provided at no charge to consumers are not appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. That means they are not constitutionally authorized to make binding regulatory decisions, the plaintiffs argue.
Congress cannot delegate responsibility to executive branch agencies to make binding regulatory decisions without providing clear guidance. At least four Republican-appointed justices have indicated a desire to limit this kind of agency discretion.

“This case provides a vehicle for the conservative legal movement to cripple the American administrative state.”
So good-bye to...
health plans and health insurers “provide coverage for and shall not impose any cost sharing requirements for” …“evidence-based items or services … “immunization recommendations" … “with respect to infants, children, and adolescents, evidence-informed preventive care and screenings"  … “with respect to women, such additional preventive care and screenings."

Ironically, a press release today by a Republican said it best....

Welfare: Health care is the new "plasma flat screen TV" for Republicans: The thing is, health care itself isn't "welfare" or a product that people can exploit. No one sees doctors or stay in hospitals on a whim, because people don't use health care unless they need it. As Wisconsin Assembly leader Robin Vos once said about the cost of giving health care to the poor: 

Sleepy Joe's record so far...


Friday, March 26, 2021

Q question...


Scott Walker's fight against Teachers, Public Schools, and Families more of that "Objective American History?"

Simply, Scott Walker wants to get into every classroom and teach every child in the country "objective" American history. Huh oh...

Below I have examples of what Objective American History would look like in Scott Walker's world.

#1. Objective History? Imagine, an overtly subjective political ideologue like Scott Walker, wanting "objective history" taught in every classroom in the country. Something suspicious there. Well, that raised so many red flags for me, that to be objective, I had to investigate this tired old unoriginal construct of the radical right.

Here's what I found with a simple google search about "historical objectivity:" 

"Historical objectivity" is not attainable because of three factors such as- the nature of historical events, the selection of historical events and the personality of the author, his motives intentions and temperament.

1. To reconcile ourselves to the presence of subjectivity, which enters at every step in the process of investigation; 2. the present can and does influence our knowledge of the past. 3. The conversation which is history does lead to further conversation … because at no point we can say that we have arrived at the absolute truth. 4. Stephen Berer, Education Coordinator: "History is an entirely human-constructed phenomenon, produced after-the-fact … constructed and subjective.
#2. Walker sells "Objective History" by Shredding First Amendment?: The Bulwark pointed out how Walker chose to show images of Americans protesting their government in his latest insane video sales pitch. Notice Walker's closed caption comment at the bottom of the screen! So, he fought against great public schools, Wisconsin education, and families? Seriously: 
"As governor of Wisconsin, I learned how to fight back."

There are additional images in the first 15 seconds of his video:

In the full Walker video "objective history" means every crazy QAnon pundit out today will be teaching our kids. And he's still the sharpest tool in the shed:
Scott Walker: "I stood up against a hundred thousand protesters in defense of freedom."

Yeah, he really said that

Consider: Walker’s video ominously warns unironically that “America is under siege,” with scenes of campus unrest, but does not mention the siege of the Capitol on January 6. It is as if it never happened. But in Walker’s history, a lot gets dropped down the memory hole.

He added that because of progressive professors and liberal politicians, “this generation just doesn’t believe what the facts show to be true.”
#3. Happy "American Exceptionalism's" Objective History: Walker is heading up a movement that hasn't been subtle about their revisionist intent; a positive uplifting summary of history: 

Objective History? Example A: This is happening right now in Wisconsin. This is an actual candidate for Waukesha's school board. Imagine what his idea of an "objective education" is:

Objective History? Example B: Colorado's Jefferson County school board is finding out that the next generation won't be happy with propaganda dressed up as history. This could take your breath away:
CBS/APStudents are upset by a proposal, drafted by board member Julie Williams, that would form a committee to inspect curriculum in those advanced history classes. It would insure teachers covered concepts like patriotism, the free-enterprise economy and respect for authority — and eschewed subjects about civil disorder and social strife. Ken Witt, the president of the school board, said he thinks students are being used as pawns by teachers, who are unhappy with the history proposal as well as a new pay plan.
Objective History? Example C
An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers (want to) prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools. Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher (R) said the AP history class fails to teach “American exceptionalism.” The RNC said a new framework for the exam “reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”
Objective History? Example D: 
North Carolina’s conservative majority bill would end the state income tax deduction for tuition expenses — essentially a tax hike on college students.

Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) said, “Socrates trained Plato in on a rock and then Plato trained in Aristotle roughly speaking on a rock. So, huge funding is not necessary to achieve the greatest minds and the greatest intellects in history.” He thinks the answer “would be to get private sector folks into every one of our schools, get the CEOs in the schools and move beyond this just narrow policy debate and really have a revolution.”
Objective History? Example E: Hey, education itself, for black students especially, is a waste and...WELFARE: 
2015: Redefining education as “welfare” Mississippi state representative Gene Alday made national headlines recently …  Alday went on his rant in part because he was trying to justify his opposition to increased funding for elementary school education...teaching kids reading and writing amounts to “welfare” and to suggest that education is wasted on black people in particular.

Objective History? Example FObjective rejection to rid male students of toxic masculinity...

Two leading state Republican lawmakers are threatening the University of Wisconsin System that if it doesn't remove a course called "The Problem of Whiteness" from UW-Madison's spring semester offerings, the UW's requests for more state funding and a bump in tuition may be denied during budget deliberations next year. “Our friends at UW-Madison not happy enough with labeling 'whiteness' as a societal problem, now are attacking another societal ill…, Men and their masculinity. UW-Madison has become part of a national liberal effort to rid male students of their 'toxic masculinity … believe that Wisconsin mothers and fathers have done a poor job of raising their boys by trying to instill in them the values and characteristics necessary in becoming a Man.”

Objective History? Example G: Step out of line and this happens:

Government censorship of political speech? That's what Vos was suggesting with his little shot over the bow, and a little taste of the kind of freedom and liberty you can expect from the Walker Authority. Seeing a sitting president speak at a public university, even during a campaign, would be something state official's would normally be proud of.

It's enough for this inadequate smarmy politician to call a penalty on the university. Oh, and he says he's not being political? WKOW TV::

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

What about that fake Border crisis...?


This is Governing? Vos exposes current defeatist "Can't Do" attitude for Guns or anything else.

Like doing nothing to control the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives, you also can't do anything about preventing mass shootings, so says Republican Rep. Robin Vos:

Why do we even have a government anyway? Hey, maybe they can shrink government down by just eliminating the other party. JSOnline:

Vos said he did not see a reason to require background checks for all gun purchases because checks are already required for most of them.
"I have not seen exactly how in the circumstances that they described that the guns were obtained, but if they were done lawfully, it seems like we already have a process and if someone chooses to break the law, there is very little that we can do besides arrest them after they’ve committed the act."

Of course that would be too late for those who's lives were snuffed out for rest of eternity. It's the new defeatist "can't do" attitude. 

Prevention does work, it did once before:

But this is the prevailing do-nothing thought process of the entire radicalized Republican agenda that was allowed to fester and rot due to unaccountable gerrymandering; don't prevent water pollution; keep fossil fuels; cut taxes; deny science; minimize voting; vilify Democrats; and punish everyone else.

Listen to Democrats? Who? The echo of Democratic legislators comments are barely audible above the right wing noise machine. Similar to the pandemic...: 

"This is an epidemic," State Sen. Melissa Agard said. "It's a public health crisis and has to stop. It's time to get serious about real, life-saving gun reform policies right now. We must treat these domestic terrorists who are inflicting gun violence on all of us as if it's a national crisis. Legislative action has been proven to save lives.

…Democratic Gov. Evers... 2019 called a special legislative session to expand background checks … Republican lawmakers shut down the special session seconds after convening it.
Why an assault weapons ban is needed. While no one talks about what makes high velocity weapons so deadly, it should be the number one issue of discussion. Here's the "hand gun" used in Colorado, similar to the AR-15, just more convenient in smaller areas:

It explained that one reason for the AR-15’s killing power is that its bullets were designed not to pass straight through an object but to “tumble” when they hit, destroying flesh along the way and leaving a large exit wound on departure.
And like everything else, Republicans are able to defy and outright reject massively popular solutions to huge problems without blowback:
A 2019 poll by Marquette University Law School found 80% of Wisconsin voters backed requiring background checks for all gun purchases.
Scalia's "textual" reading a mind-bending fiction, which just eliminates the first half of the Second Amendment...just because he said so:
Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the Heller majority opinion. “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home,” Scalia said.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Neanderthal Republicans sticking with failed 20th Century Health Care policies and theories, supported by lies!

Reminder: The following topic would not exist if we just had universal health care.

Locked in the 1900's: Republican Rep. Mark Born revealed the real reason our gerrymandered conservative legislature opposes life saving Medicaid expansion for 90,000 people, half of whom are not currently insured; profits! 

This was the whole point of Scott Walker's bastardized version of expanding (not really) welfare; Walker wanted to keep people in the private health care market so they could to pay high premiums and out of pocket costs that maintained insurer profits. He wasn't shy about that either.

WELFARE first: Notice how the Vos-Republicans are repeating the BIG LIE that health care for the poor is WELFARE. We're talking about a basic fundamental right to "promote the general WELFARE" of our civil society. Also, did you know access to medical care is a "life of poverty" trap?

Bad at Math? As for those "lower Medicaid reimbursement rates," the Republicans cruel and ghoulish health agenda is built on lying about that, because Governor Evers budget proposal subsidizes those rates:

"Expanding coverage and increasing Medicaid reimbursement for hospitals as well as primary care and specialty providers will reduce uncompensated care." 
Credit WKOW's Capitol City Sunday host A. J. Bayatpour, for coaxing Rep. Mark Born to repeat the lie again and again:

Rep. Born: "We've got people right now covered on private insurance, through the exchange...we know that the private insurance gives them better coverage and better payments to our health systems... that (expansion is) going to have a negative impact on how these health care providers are paid...which then requires private pay and private insurance to make up the difference so we're going to see rates go up for other folks...but those people have coverage on our private insurance, which we know is better for our system, for our health systems."
Again, from Evers 2021-22 budget...
Republicans aren't really against premium increases. Only as far back as 2017 Republicans in Congress were okay with premiums going up to pay for state "high risk pools," even on seniors:  
1. State waivers would allow insurers to charge older customers higher premiums by as much as they'd like.
At the same time in Wisconsin, this bait and switch scam bubbled up:
Gov. Scott Walker, as part of his election-year health care plan, requires insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions but allows the state insurance commissioner to alter protections, possibly by re-establishing a high-risk pool for such people.

"Re-establishing high risk pool..." and their losses! Think of these pools as a maze you're told to navigate if you want coverage bad enough. How effective were the high risk pools Walker wanted to revive? Hint-they lost money and raised individual insurance premiums:
Wisconsin's high-risk pool insured about 21,000 people, with critics saying high prices kept tens or hundreds of thousands of others from accessing it. Those applying for the program had to wait six months before they were allowed into it and a lifetime cap of $2 million. Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan lost $6.9 million in 2011, roughly a third of which was offset by a federal grant, according to the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The same year, programs in the 35 states lost a total of at least $272 million.
Recession Proofing Health Care: Times have changed, so with Medicaid expansion, future economic downturns are covered: 
Jason Stein, Research Director for the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum, said the debate has taken on a different look this year because more than 200,000 new enrollees have signed up for BadgerCare during the pandemic. "We've had an enormous expansion of the program just because you've had higher unemployment."

Friday, March 19, 2021

Wisconsin Badgers have role in Zack Snyder's Justice League.

The long awaited 4 hour 2 minute reedit, Zack Snyder's Justice League, offered up this amazing surprise game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Gotham City in a snow storm? It's a game we don't remember because, well, the Badgers lost on a final touchdown by the guy who would become Cyborg.

Who wrote this in? What tie is there to Wisconsin? At 1:24:17 in the movie, the Badgers were immortalized: 


Sold out...


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Ron Johnson: "Best example yet of Systemic Racism and Subliminal Racism!"

From day one I made it a point to never call Dumb Ron Johnson a "Senator," because he was just too stupid and unqualified. Exhibit A: His rabid opposition and cluelessness about the ACA. Remember, this was the driving force behind Johnson running for Senate:

The U.S. should rip up the (ACA) and emphasize free-market principles such as health savings accounts (HSA) and out-of-pocket charges, Johnson said. Johnson credits HSA's for pushing consumers to get more attuned to the real cost of care. 

Johnson liked HSA's, accounts that helped pay for high out-of-pocket deductibles. In the Tweet below, guess what Johnson didn't like about the "Affordable Care Act?" Yup, high deductibles (Note: It did lower costs):

"Best example yet of Systemic Racism and Subliminal Racism!" Dumb Ron Johnson has been that white grievance tea party loser waiting to go off, and his fellow Republican colleagues warned us:

Below is the initial Johnson comment. I also included the commentary that adds additional facts; Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes' reaction; Johnson's subsequent radio denial where he said it "fires me up more"; 

NOTE: Incredibly, the number of BLM deaths during the protests were...deaths of the protesters themselves. And this happened over many months, not ONE DAY. BLM protests were demanding police reforms, not the overthrow of our democracy:
Johnson also cited 25 deaths being tied to the protests. Data from the nonprofit Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project show of the 25 people whose deaths were tied to protests or political unrest, nine were Black Lives Matter demonstrators and two were conservatives killed after pro-Trump rallies.

A review of the 2020 summer protests showed 93% of the protests remained peaceful and nondestructive. Out of 10,600 total protests; 7,750 protests connected to Black Lives Matter. It found about 220 locations where the protests became “violent.” "Over 10,100 of these — or nearly 95% — involve peaceful protesters. Fewer than 570 — or approximately 5% — involve demonstrators engaging in violence," the report said.

 In ONE DAY, insurrectionists demanded overturning a presidential election:

A white crowd that marched to the U.S. Capitol to overturn a presidential election and triggered an assault that left five people dead, 140 police officers injured and windows smashed.
Johnson, the Victim, being "silenced?":

Here's Matt Lewis, a former conservative Daily Caller columnist criticizing Johnson's racism on Morning Joe:

Bonus: Rep. Glenn Grothman piles on additional racist meme to BLM, because there's no hiding Republican hate. BLM "doesn't like the old fashioned family:"