Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Republican Joe Sanfelippo's solution to Milwaukee's Gun violence...bring in the WI National Guard! Forget Regulation. Hello Police State!

Let's get this right; we should send in the WI National Guard because people in Milwaukee are using guns to settle their differences. No one could have seen that coming.

Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) said, “I hope that Rep. Sanfelippo is aware that sending the National Guard into our communities — literally imposing an occupying force on our neighborhoods — will do nothing but escalate already tense situations. This knee jerk reaction of sending in actual military forces without any training in community relations would make an already bad situation even worse.”
But Republicans own these shootings and the civil decay gun madness has brought with it. 

Rep. Joe Sanfelippo's press release betrays the death party's madness over firearms; the word "gun" got one mention:


Sanfelippo's solution; continuing the tough on crime "fill the prisons" slop. 


It's another problem Sanfelippo and Vos-Republicans have created. These arrogant gerrymandered freeloaders gleefully made sure Wisconsin voters saw their antics at the Capitol.

Republicans Gavel in, Gavel out, Gov. Evers Special Session on Guns: 

Sanfelippo's solution is basically asking for a WI National Guard presence...forever...I guess?

Anyone Listening 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...

...in 2019 called a special legislative session to expand background checks … Republican lawmakers shut down the special session seconds after convening it.
For anti-regulation Republicans, dying comes first, and then tough on crime "justice:"


"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." -Vos

Republicans Hate Milwaukee: Oddly, both Milwaukee and Madison are the biggest revenue contributors to the state coffers. Maybe the rest of the state can do without their help? 

Sanfelippo blames local officials for the spike in crime in Milwaukee, but experts are less sure about the reasons — pandemic related stress, increases in unemployment, schools closing, high profile incidents of police violence and massive protests against the police are all possible theories.

Milwaukee officials are also facing a budget crunch after decades of decisions by Republicans at the state level to given less in resources to Milwaukee. Republicans in the Assembly also recently passed a — likely unconstitutional — bill that would exempt Wisconsinites from federal gun laws.

Sanfelippo also isn’t the only Wisconsin Republican using incidents of gun violence in the state’s urban areas for political reasons. Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch was tweeting on Tuesday about increases in homicides in Milwaukee and Madison.

“This is tragic, deadly failure,” the likely Republican candidate for governor in 2022 wrote.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

He didn't Know!!! Dumb Ron Johnson pushes "crucial" Motorcycling Freedom riding a Harley after Trump Jeopardized that companies sales with Boycott!

Dumb Ron Johnson has highlighted what many of us here in the dairy state consider the tragic dumbing down of the Republican Party and their low information voters in Wisconsin. So here we are again...

…and yet, that "crucial" involvement and "future of motorcycling across the nation" was jeopardized when Johnson's hero Trump wanted Wisconsin's own Harley-Davidson to tank in the marketplace. Here's an idea, let's give Trump a seat at the table? So much for your "rich history" of cycling freedoms:

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Despite Vos-Republicans 300 day Hiatus during the Pandemic, they claim Gov. Evers record "abysmal failure and absent leadership." Projection.

How different things in Wisconsin would have been if just two Democrats agreed to rush the ratification of labor deals with public unions in 2010, before Scott Walker took office (try finding any reference of this online). Now another two Democrats are blocking the parties agenda, this time nationally with  Sen. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. 

Democrats have not been able to roll out their vision of government, so who's to know? 

1. Biggest Win by Republicans? Stopping Democratic Agenda: By stopping Democrats, Americans will never know if Democratic policies work, if they are better, or if they would fail. With no way of knowing, Republicans can make up anything they want, and manufacture fear around socialism and communism. When Gov. Evers said he was seeking a second term, he pointed this out. WSJ:

“The one predictable thing about this pandemic — and heck, ever since November of 2018 — is that Republicans will do everything in their power to stop our success, to keep us from getting things done, to keep Wisconsin headed in the right direction.”

2. Wisconsin's own QAnon Cultists: Yes, it's a cult of mass deception and manufactured lunacy currently pushing "communism" and a weird kind of "multi-level" projection. Vos-Republicans love it and are exploiting it.

Thing is, you can't begin to reason with them, or you would be the one projecting. Here are a few examples from my wacky friend in Milwaukee. You might be getting a lot of this same stuff from people you know as well:




But he does sent me stories that alert me to the QAnon crisis building nationwide. I don't think we have much time left as a democracy. Not kidding.

3. Nearly a Year, Republicans took a 300-day hiatus from passing COVID-19 legislation, yet Evers was Slow to Respond? Informed that Evers was running for a second term, Republicans want you to forget how they did nothing. Even under Republican majority rule at the Capitol, it's all Evers fault, blame him. But the reality and nuance of each issue below, even help from outraged Vos-Republicans...out the window:

WISGOP: “Over the past three years, Wisconsinites have suffered the consequences of an administration fraught with mismanagement, incompetence and a governor who has been asleep at the wheel. (1) Tony Evers had no plan to handle unemployment claims after shutting down our state’s economy, (2) no plan to address the violence in Kenosha after refusing federal assistance, (3) no plan to reopen schools while students were struggling, and now (4) has no plan to address the labor shortage while business owners are begging him for help. Evers has nothing to run on except a record of abysmal failure and absent leadership.”

 And yes, grotesque projection:

(5) “His only record of accomplishment is he’s really good at blaming Republicans.”
Blaming Republicans for taking a 300 day hiatus during the pandemic, THAT'S unfair? 

Here's a little reality poking through the web of lies: (1.) The system handling unemployment needed replacing, Evers begged for that, but Republicans just canceled funding for it. (2.) He properly responded to Kenosha's request for help. (3.) Evers had a plan to reopen schools but Republicans fought against treating the pandemic like it was real. (4.) The labor shortage predates Evers and unemployment rate is now nearly the same as it was before the pandemic. (5.) Looks who's blaming who.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Another Relaxing Dumb Ron Johnson Memorial Day Weekend

 


QAnon Universe warps reality...

Republican Party of Wisconsin is desperately trying to contrast Democratic convention guest preview with their own stellar lineup. The Onion, right? Nope: 


VS



Vos-Republicans want to repeal $300 UC benefit as cover for growing WI Labor Shortage they Ignored!

The one common theme coming from Vos-Republicans; weaponizing the very problems they've created or refused to solve - like broadband, immigration, and now the pandemic - by incoherently blaming the Democratic governor.

We saw this same ploy used against Obama's slow but steady economic recovery from the Republican created Great Recession. Any one see a change under Trump? Nope, the pace of growth was the same:

Hyperbolic Anger toward "lazy workers" is another Manufactured Outrage, but it  makes them feel good: There is a worker shortage, yet Wisconsin is already near the unemployment rate just before the pandemic:
After the state’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to about 14% in April 2020 due to the pandemic and subsequent shutdowns or restrictions on several industries, it began to slowly fall last year. As of March, the unemployment rate was 3.8% — near the 3.5% rate in February 2020, according to the state Department of Workforce Development.
After a global pandemic and major business adjustments, Republicans expect economy and employees to come back immediately, like flicking a light switch?

The reopening of the economy, fueled by substantial federal aid and rising vaccination rates, has released pent-up demand among consumers to eat out, travel, shop, attend public events and visit with friends and relatives. Companies can't hire people fast enough.

"It’s a (job) applicant’s world right now,” said Tom Krist, majority owner and president of Wisconsin job placement agency WFA Staffing. But even prior to the pandemic, there were tens of thousands of unfilled jobs in Wisconsin. Tony Sarsam, CEO of SpartanNash, a Michigan-based grocery distributor and retailer said, "What everyone seems to have forgotten was that pre-pandemic, the number one, two and three issues employers had was finding talent,"
Vos-Republicans Blame Gov. Evers/Biden and $300 UC funding for Worker Shortage: Vos-Republicans oddly keep telling us how business owners are complaining to them that they aren't doing enough to force workers back. But are they also hearing complaints from workers? Will reporters ask? Note: Taking away $300 UC funding would hurt gig workers, and take away money that would be spent locally to jumpstart the our state economy

“There probably was a time when it made some sense to pay the supplemental benefits,” Sen. Howard Marklein told reporters. “To me, that time has lapsed and the government needs to quit competing with our local employers. We need a reset here.” Currently, enhanced federal benefits are slated to run through Sept. 6. 

The GOP legislation follows a growing number of business organizations … 50 chambers of commerce, including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), sent a letter to Evers again asking that the state stop participation.
Below you'll notice how WMC panicked back in 2017, not blaming Scott Walker of course, saying this was "Wisconsin mega-issue." 

Blame Gov. Evers for Decade old Workforce Shortages and Unfriendly Worker Laws: Under Scott Walker's watch, he did all he could to keep wages and benefits low, not budging on a minimum wage hike, and blocking local communities from creating their own minimum wage requirements. Here's my tweet:




We were warned about this problem, but as usual, Vos-Republicans focused on tax cuts and not the growing labor shortage. And this was all before the pandemic made things much worse:
symptoms of a growing worker shortage that is expected to worsen over the next decade, according to Wisconsin State Journal interviews with dozens of employers, economists, advocacy group experts and state political and economic development officials.

"We are right at the brink of the crisis," said Ann Franz, director of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance in Green Bay. "There just aren't enough human beings in Wisconsin with baby boomers retiring."
Did Republicans do anything about the growing shortage besides running ads in Illinois trying to poach job seekers there? Of course not. Again, these comments below were made in 2017, and another example proving Republicans can't govern:
"I would call it Wisconsin's mega-issue," said Kurt Bauer, president of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state's largest business group, which recently found 77 percent of members surveyed had difficulty finding workers, up from 53 percent two years ago." Many of the jobs advertised pay so low that they can't support a family or even sustain a single person. For some a low-wage job isn't worth the loss of government benefits.

Susan May, president of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. "The more we lose our economic base, it affects education and transportation and everything else. … It really presents a scary future for our state."
Are you sitting down? Here's Scott Walker downplaying his biggest problem and a "scary future":
"It's a good problem to have, but it's a challenge for sure," Gov. Scott Walker said in an interview.
Trump Stopped, even vilified much Needed Immigration:
Other factors contributing to the worker shortage in Wisconsin may include national immigration policy
And Biden is trying to end this obvious but ignored Republican problem:
Low-income workers might lack access to transportation and child care, making it harder to work or receive training. In some cases the potential loss of public benefits or garnished child support payments make working for $10 to $12 an hour less appealing.

Vos-Republican Power Play, Again: The current scheme by WI Republicans is to defund everything in the state budget so they can force the Governor to spend COVID relief funding the way they want. Yes, a pouty tantrum. Here's just one example of their transparent and grotesque power play:


Friday, June 4, 2021

Vos-Republicans take over schools, design Cancel Culture curricula changing US History on Racism!

What we're seeing now coming from the dangerously gerrymandered Vos-Republican authority is an attempt to tear apart our current social structures in our state for something resembling planned chaos with the threat of retribution. Oh, and then there's this reminder...


If you thought the unabated passing of laws by Republicans to overturn any future election was scary, Republicans are now fundamentally changing US history and how it's taught. With of course, punishments:

Critical of Critical Race Theory, so Republicans push Post Racism Theory: Think about this; QAnon's network of mind bending memes exploding on the national radar could be policy in Wisconsin if it weren't for Democratic Governor Evers. That said, a few dangerously troubling comments from Vos-Republicans have sent a chill to teachers everywhere.

Under one bill, teachers at public and independent charter schools would be barred from teaching "that by virtue of the individual's race or sex, bears responsibility for acts committed in the past by other individuals of the same race or sex."
Republicans are clearly saying we have a clean slate now, that it was somebody else's fault, that we're in a post racial nation despite still accusing liberals of being racist, but that's a whole different topic. Note; never-mind those same past generations are still with us today, passing along their racist views to family and friends and who voted for Trump again. 


Check this out:


So, Republicans are making this comparison: school boards and charter schools are prohibited from requiring training that teaches race or sex stereotyping...with "advocates or promotes race or sex stereotyping." Huh? Can't. make. this. stuff up.  

Snowflakes Republicans? We must protect our children K-12 and those in college. I can't even describe how frightening this concept is:
Rep. Chuck Wichgers, R-Muskego, argued the proposal would protect children from discrimination in the classroom.
"Children should not face state-sanctioned or psychological distress in an educational environment based on immutable characteristics (like race)."
Chaos Governing with Punishment: Doling out punishment is the driving force behind the Republican authoritarian style of governing. And it all will be based on anecdotes and hearsay:
School boards or private school operators who violate those requirements would lose 10 percent of their state funding.
Chaos, Lawsuits, Parental Threats, and Orchestrated Teacher Attacks: This Republicans provision is beyond words...
The proposal also gives parents or guardians the power to bring a legal challenge against a school district or private school operator that violates the law and requires school boards to post online all curricula used in the school district.
Online? What about low income families and rural communities with no/slow internet or don't have a computer? Oh, and can you say "small government" now that local control is gone? 
State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor said in a prepared statement: "This legislation strips away a founding principle in Wisconsin education — that local school boards, closest to and elected by their communities, are best positioned to determine and approve the curriculum necessary to enable students who graduate from their schools to be critical thinkers, college and career ready," 
Just as bad, limiting how race is taught would keep students from feeling obligated to improve relations, while blocking the very mention of those historical leaders who inspired us to keep fighting for racial equality. 

Confederate Flag White Supremist Republicans the real teachers:  Despite all the right-wing white  nationalist groups and militias, we've got to focus on...teachers?
The bill barred from teaching "that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex."
...in rebuttal:
Angela Harris, who is part of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association’s Black caucus, said the bills are an uninformed and harmful attempt by lawmakers to involve themselves in the education system. "This is just another attempt to silence the truth rooted in white supremacy and to perpetuate the white dominant narrative as well as white comfort. There are no educators that we are aware of (in) K-12 that are teaching that any sex or race is inherently superior than any other race."

Who thinks like This? I found this comment troubling because it's based on projection, where paranoid QAnon victimhood is flipped suggesting students will actually be the victims: 

"As parents, we must protect our kids from the psychological distress in an educational environment which divides them into villains and victims," said Scarlett Johnson, a Hispanic parent in the Mequon-Thiensville School District who has previously been involved in advocacy about race education in Wisconsin.

Trump Decay continues... why?
Former President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning federal contractors from conducting racial sensitivity trainings. President Joe Biden rescinded the order shortly after taking office.
Here are two comments left for the bills author Republican Rep. Chuck Wichgers on Facebook:



It's always good to keep this in mind now with QAnon calling the political shots:



Friday, May 28, 2021

Won't play the Republican National Anthem game...

 


DeSantis DeConstructs DeNation.

I don't usually devote much blogging time to out-of-state Republican lunacy, but Florida's Gov. Ron (dead-eyes) DeSantis, gearing up for a presidential run, and his Republican majority are just cranking out fantastical rights and restrictions no where seen in the Constitution. It's also a sign of fascism, but more on that later.

Let's start with the little known "spirit" right, that insinuates a meaning in sloppily written executive orders. Also, I don't think it's in the Constitution. 

1. Cruise Ship's supposed Vaccine Passport Illegal: A DeSantis executive order stops the private cruise ship industry from "discrimination against families with children who enjoy vacations." Can't. Make. This. Stuff. Up:

YahooNews: Several Republican-run states have enacted laws forbidding private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination. The reductio ad absurdum of this stance comes via Florida governor Ron DeSantis who said Thursday that Celebrity Cruise's requirement that 95 percent of all passengers over 16 be fully vaccinated "violates the spirit" of an executive order he issued barring "vaccine passports," as well as a state law that goes into effect July 1st (that) will "subject a fine of $5,000" for each customer asked to show vaccination status.

The CDC authority trumps DeSantis and requires that 95 percent of cruise ship passengers and 98 percent of crew members be fully vaccinated. DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw argued it's "discriminatory, unethical, and harmful for society" to require that cruise ship passengers be vaccinated.
Harmful for society? Because 59,202 COVID deaths nationwide isn't harmful?  

Running counter to the goal of a Republican utopia of open businesses and a thriving economy... 
Dr. Jay Wolfson, a public health and law professor at the University of South Florida, told WTSP 10 Tampa Bay. "They're not a Florida company. It really protects the economic viability of the cruise ship industry."
2. Stopping Social Media from banning Politicians, who are Victims of their own Dumb actions: In rapid succession, DeSantis also took the action below...Note: There seems to be some confusion over an available private business product and a consumers freedom and liberty to use or not use that product. 


First, you have to believe "Silicon Valley elites" were seeking to censor conservative political views.
"What we've been seeing across the U.S. is an effort to silence, intimidate and wipe out dissenting voices by the leftist media and big corporations," DeSantis said in a statement.
The laws justification is fabricated victimhood because...:
Research on social media has frequently shown the opposite: that conservative politicians and websites can be so effective on social media that they often dominate measures such as Facebook's ranking of top links. Facebook has also relaxed its rules so that conservative pages are not penalized for violations.
This is lawmaking based on paranoid fantasies of Republican legislators, and they're passing this on a nationwide scale. The real stuff? Well, that's just liberals playing  politics: 


Oddly, no word yet on challenging this monstrosity in the courts, but soon I hope. Note: Remember when Republicans opposed California's strict regulations on car emissions because it forced those same standards on other states simply by default. What about this? 
Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel at NetChoice, a tech industry trade group, said the law may force platforms to carry posts that include violence or other harmful content.

"By forcing websites to host speech, this bill takes us closer to a state-run internet where the government can cherry-pick winners and losers," he said in a statement. The First Amendment prohibits the government from compelling or controlling speech on private websites, he added.

Matt Schruers, president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, another trade group, said the law is "unconstitutional."
Fascism? It sure is. Wikipedia
Fascism is distinguished by an absence of coherent economic ideology and an absence of serious economic thinking. The decisions taken by fascist leaders cannot be explained within a logical economic framework, other than a general desire that the economy should help build a strong nation. As such, scholars argue that fascists had no economic ideology, but they did follow popular opinion, the interests of their donors . In general, fascist governments exercised control over private property, but they did not nationalize it. 
Just an experiment, I'm going to insert highlighted current events and pictures in the continuing definition below:
Fascist regimes generally came into existence in times of crisis (like the pandemic, BLM protests, insurrection), when economic elites, landowners and business owners feared that a revolution or uprising was imminent (the destruction of property during protests). Fascists allied themselves with the economic elites, promising to protect their social status (CEO compensation jumped 16 percent in pandemic) and to suppress any potential working class revolution. 








In exchange, the elites were asked to subordinate their interests... 





...to a broader nationalist project, thus fascist economic policies generally protect inequality and privilege while also featuring an important role for state intervention in the economy. 

Scary, I know. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Vos-Republican Grievance Governing, Rewards for those doing "the Right Thing."

Even after the COVID-19 pandemic exposed two major social problems, shortfalls in health care and broadband availability, Wisconsin Republicans saw from their alternative world bubble a whole different set of problems. It's true they suddenly and uncharacteristically backed rural broadband so Gov. Evers wouldn't get credit for it, but they also just backed away from that with a number of ridiculous excuses.  

This is how Republicans are moving Wisconsin forward?

1. Ban Transgender Athletes by portraying Women as "Victims:" The right-wing message emphasizes how women are inferior to men, but then works in a little victimhood to justify discriminating against another group.

WSJ: The state Legislature waded into the culture wars hearing public testimony on controversial Republican-authored bills that would ban transgender athletes from participating in girls and women’s sports at the K-12 and college levels.

The fact that every legitimate organization having to do with girls and women's sports opposed this divisive legislation says a lot. Yes, we heard a lot of those completely manufactured what-if scenarios of victimhood, like having...

"...their titles and prizes awarded to transgender women."
Huh?

But the science and regulation governing transgender participation have already addressed any and all fears voiced by resentful conservative victims. Be on the lookout for a dark money funded organization or think tank specifically targeting transgender athletes.  This is rightwing job creation in action. 

As usual, Gov. Evers had to stir the political pot with this incendiary tweet during the hearing. Brutal...: 
“(They) deserve our love and support just like any other kid.”
Just to show you how phony the outrage is over this issue, political writer Jud Loundsbury reminded us that Trump promised to kill Title IX... 
It's pretty hilarious that allllll these Republicans are interested in preserving the sanctity of girls playing sports when just a few months ago Dan Gable (wrestler and college coach) endorsed Trump b/c he promised him that he'd work to get rid of Title IX! (It's literally Gable's only issue.)

2. Republicans plan to increase funding for schools...that had in-person classes only: Punish, punish, punish, and write it into law! This follows a new wave of GOP legislation that specifically targets Democrats, and is written to be temporary until a Republicans fills their seat. 

Voldemort lookalike Republican Sen. Dewy Stroebel thinks "doing the right thing" is gathering kids into schools during the heart of the pandemic, which really was all made up anyway by tyrannical Democrats:

The Republican plan would also provide a $39 per pupil increase to school districts that
held in-person classes
for more than 50% of the 2020-21 school year. Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville said...
“We want to make sure districts doing the right thing are rewarded.”

 Get that parents. What, you were too afraid to do "the right thing?"

Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) pointed out that the decision to switch to virtual learning, “was not a political decision” but was made with the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff in mind.

Again, these are Republicans legislative priorities post COVID

3. Vos hires retired Police Officers to Investigate Stolen Trump Election: Again, the Republican trend nationally is to specifically target Democrats and their voters, despite possible fraud in Trump won areas of the state. JSonline

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is hiring retired police officers to investigate aspects of the
November election, giving the investigators a broad mandate to spend about three months reviewing all tips and following up on the most credible ones. They will have subpoena power. Anyone they subpoena will be immune from criminal prosecution, he said. 
"A sizable chunk of people believe the election was illegitimate. And democracy cannot flourish if both sides don’t believe in the end both sides had a fair shot."

Vos "ought to tell his constituents, you're WRONG." Republicans use anecdotes, "they believe," "A friend said he heard..." as a way to govern. I recently posted this comment from former Republican Jeff Flake that calls out the destruction of representative government. 

"We're changing what it means to be an elected official in a representative government...many of my colleagues will say they are simply - in going along with these conspiracy theories or buying into the big lie, that they are just representing their constituents when that really runs against what representative government is supposed to be. And that's just been a cop-out for people in my party. They ought to tell their constituents, you're wrong. And that's a big problem when you have too many party people willing to indulge their constituents if their constituents truly believe that, when in truth, they simply reinforce these beliefs.
4. Republicans attack UW Medical College over Physician Training at Planned Parenthood: The thing is, taxpayer money isn't going to abortions. Planned Parenthood is paying UW doctors to train at their facilities. Wacky fake Pro-Life Wisconsin is the only supporter. Are they for life saving gun control? Are they for life saving health care for everyone? Nope, pro-life my ass:
Seven groups have registered in opposition, including the Wisconsin Medical Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Pro-Life Wisconsin is the only group that has registered in support,

A bill that would end an arrangement that allows UW doctors to train on abortion procedures at a Planned Parenthood clinic. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education could pull the medical school’s accreditation if it can’t provide abortion training in its curriculum. That will lead to would-be gynecologists enrolling elsewhere, exacerbating a shortage in Wisconsin.
A second bill will purposely give anti-abortion zealots new targets to threaten: Imagine what rightwing media can do with this:
Senate Bill 261 would require providers to report to the state for each abortion they performed, the sex of the fetus, and whether it had a fetal anomaly. 
5. Republicans zeal to cut spending again for Schools would accidently lose $1.5 billion in relief funding. They ain't too smart folks, and bad at governing:
Republicans are trying to use incoming federal COVID relief money to justify cutting education spending. But doing so could cause the state to receive $1.5 billion less from the American Rescue Plan.
Last minute...
The Republicans’ amendments to the budget bill would provide less than 10% of what Gov. Tony Evers had proposed, and would represent a less-than 1% increase in K-12 spending from the current budget. 

However, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau informed legislators that the federal funds come with a requirement that the state maintain its K-12 spending at 35% (and higher education at 9%) of the total state budget. To shortchange education could mean the loss of $1.5 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP).
Blame Governor Evers...for the simple act of making states fund their schools like good responsible legislators should, and NOT use COVID relief to money instead. By the way, Republicans were elected on the promise of funding public schools. Guess they forgot:
Joint Finance Co-chair Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) told WisPolitics that he and his colleagues had only recently learned about the requirement (although the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported they’ve known for at least a month) and he blamed Evers for “accepting funds that lock the legislative branch into funding criteria without any consultation before accepting the money.”
Check out Jake's Wisconsin Funhouse for every detail of this fiasco.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Vos Republicans could google the Truth about Medicaid Expansion, and stop lying?

Thanks to the legacy of Scott Walker's pretzel logic bashing Medicaid Expansion, gerrymandered Republicans still think his every lie and nightmarish fantasy will find new suckers today, to defend what is indefensible; Refuse Medicaid Expansion.  

Below, I'm hoping to clearly lay out why Medicaid Expansion is so simple (based on research), and then show you how the manufactured Republican excuses twist reality inside out (based purely on business special interests and right-wing think tank opinions).
Republicans convened and adjourned the governor’s special session within seconds Tuesday rejecting outright the governor’s call to expand BadgerCare. 
Keep in mind, Republicans are purposely exploiting and conflating Medicaid expansion with the difficulties of hesitant workers returning to work after the year long pandemic. Republicans really thought this was a plot by liberals to destroy Trump's economy by closing businesses.  
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Excuses to Turn Down Medicaid Expansion...

Excuse A: "Incentivize" Workers = Punishment, keep more people from getting Health Care:  That's what Sen. Chris Kapenga means by "incentivizing" people to work: 
Kapenga said GOP lawmakers should work to get more people off the state’s BadgerCare rolls by incentivizing them to work rather than expanding eligibility for the program.
Excuse B: Some people don't NEED health care? Impossible to imagine, isn't it? Note, many low wage workers aren't offered insurance from their employer so they enroll in Medicaid. But taxpayer paid health insurance recipient Chris Kapenga isn't concerned:
“There are currently a lot of people on Medicaid who don’t need it. Let’s get people working, let’s get people into the job market. We’ve got employers who are screaming for people right now.”
You get the idea that employer health insurance is both the carrot and the stick to get people to work at jobs they don't like? Now we know.
 
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The Medicaid Expansion Myth Creators: Republicans think tanks and business lobby studies coincidentally "prove" the evils of Medicaid Expansion. Both the Cato Institute and The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) advocated against Medicaid expansion:
Michael Tanner, a fellow at the Cato Institute, states that (MYTH) Medicaid expansion is costly for states and does not provide better access to healthcare for low income individuals. Tanner also argues that states will see greater costs.

The Common Wealth Fund study says that's not true. The odds greatly favor Wisconsin saving money with Expansion:

First, expanding eligibility allows states to cut spending in other parts of their Medicaid programs. Second, it allows states to cut spending outside of Medicaid — particularly on state-funded health services for the uninsured. Finally, expansion may increase state revenues due to taxes related to Medicaid expansion or taxes on the increased economic activity it triggers.

Myth: Medicaid Patients wait longer/Receive Worse Care? Really? Consider the source of the research; CROWE (The Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy) is one of three Bradley-funded centers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison promoting the "free market." Health Care Finance:

Tanner also states that (MYTH) "Other studies show that, in some cases, Medicaid patients actually wait longer and receive worse care than the uninsured." (because doctors supposedly don't care about the patient because of lower fees, even though they are unaware of the patients insurance status)
Here's what those horrible wait times actually look like:
A Medicaid patient was 4.6 minutes past their scheduled appointment time, compared to 4.1 minutes  past for the privately insured. Plus, Medicaid patients compared to privately insured patients had wait times of 18 percent to 16.3 percent respectively. 
Myth: Fed will Reduce Reimbursement Rates: Nope. Another Walker myth. Where did he get that one? The gaslighting Right wing business special interests of course:
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) "Our small business members have looked at this issue from every perspective and believe expanding an underfunded, cumbersome, and poorly administered program like Medicaid would be irresponsible. The bottom line is this: Does anyone really believe that Washington will continue to pick up 90 percent of new costs after 2020?

Kapenga said Republicans fear the federal government will reduce the amount of Medicaid reimbursement funds over time.
“There’s going to be a reckoning with all this spending. It has to be paid back. It’s really a ploy to try to get states to get to pull into the system, they want to suck them into the system, and then over time, it’s a win for the federal government because they reduce their reimbursement rates and they start saving money.”
Walker purposely lied (or amazingly never understood) there is a yearly adjustable Medicaid formula that makes reimbursement rates rise and fall. The irony? Republicans want to keep that Medicaid plan (state pays around 42 percent) a bit higher than paying just 10 percent:  

Myth: Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said it would make private plans more expensive.

Not really, since health care providers would have fewer uncompensated bills piling up. Yet Republicans here wanted to go back to "high-risk pools," which really did raise everyone else's premiums. 
By reducing the number of people without insurance, Medicaid expansion significantly reduces the amount of uncompensated care. Therefore, some states have chosen to reduce payments to health care providers for uncompensated care.
I'm not sure any of this is still happening, but spending more money has never stopped Republicans from saying they're saving money:
Walker is also doling out $30 million from the general fund so hospitals won't lose money caring for the uninsured (the fed is giving $30 million as well)
Never ones to solve a growing social problem, especially after the pandemic exposed US's horrific health care shortfalls. Republicans will take a pass on this one... 
The health insurance trade association America's Health Insurance Plans, spoke in support of Medicaid expansion in September 2016, saying "Medicaid is going to become the bigger issue [from the] affordability perspective. Medicaid expansion would pressure the country to address rising health costs.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Scott Walker's "Malignant Projection" off the charts!

It's already a troubling reality that Democrats are nearly incapable of framing a message around highly popular legislative changes to improve life for the American people. 

But now Democrats have to combat "malignant projection," a term I thought I made up all by myself, until I found it at psychcentral; 

"It is a malignant projection of the narcissist's own contempt, lack of merit, and darkness which they choose to dump on their victims."
The best way to describe this: Projection is the adult version of I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I. 

Scott Walker Warns of Power Grab by Ending the
 Filibuster: Ironic right? This from the guy who, before he left office, signed lame duck legislation stealing much of the incoming Democratic Governor's power away. You'll notice his focus in NOT on policy, but POWER; that only conservative originalist Justices know how to interpret the Constitution; or that liberals "on the left" focus on power 24/7 by trying to stop voter suppression and to stop Republicans from stealing a presidential election. 

Example - Power Grab, Republican style: Speaking of who wants power in the hands of the few...


Even after attempting to overturn an election via an insurrection at the nations Capitol, endless voter recounts in only Democratic districts, and a red state movement of voter suppression laws, "Who are you going to believe, me, or your lying eyes?"
Walker: "What they (Dems) really want to do, is consolidate power in Washington in the hands of the few." 

There you go, malignant projection!

Liberals Focus on Power, not Work and Family, like "the Right?" Walker says the "right," made up of real hard working, national anthem standing Americans...
"...want to run their business, you want to pursue your career, and most importantly you want to spend time with your family, friends and your faith. And we don't think about it (power) all the time."
Walker's Malignant Projection: See if this doesn't just describe Walker, but Trump and every other Republican troll:
They are masters of projection, spewing their issues onto others in order to avoid the truth about themselves. Many have been on the receiving end of this destructive envy as well as malignant projections. This is part of the emotional torment they subject their victims to.

1. It is always “opposite day.” 

2. Narcissists call intelligent and successful people lazy and moronic, claim loving, compassionate and empathic people are monsters. 

3. They will often try to convince you that you are the opposite of what you really are. A narcissists malignant projections have nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. 

4. It is a malignant projection of the narcissist’s own contempt, lack of merit, and darkness which they choose to dump on their victims. 

5. This is psychological violence – when the narcissist attempts to rewrite reality and present a perversion of what is true to instill a sense of worthlessness in their targets. When faced with a projection like this, remember that the insults the narcissist uses to attack you better describes them.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

QAnon Summer Madness heating up: Communists - Trump Revenge Tour - Insurrection Tourists - Biden Gas shortage - Voter "grassroots bottom up kind a vibe" Suppression!

This is just one week: 

1. COMMUNIST: My QAnon terrorist in Milwaukee is obsessed with the word "COMMUNIST." Here's a string of recent comments from someone I've know since I was a teenager:

"...you're not proud of the flag you're not proud to be an American you can make any s*** you want up that's what morons Communists."    "Spoken like a true communist."    "That's how Communists think."     "Very communist  non-American."     "...that's really very communistic you're a communist John you belong in a party that hates."
So I made up some nonsensical stories, to see if he could tell the difference. He didn't question one:


2. TRUMP REVENGE TOUR: I found the following Rumor Lux parody promotion at Patreon. My Trump cult friend sent me this, thinking it was real: "This is absolutely BS. It's all crap this is Fantasyland."  Note: "Fantasyland" is another popular QAnon word: 

Why not...?: 

3. Trump seeking Women's Clothing: Illinois Republican Adam Kinzinger's Trump/Titanic analogy is so on the mark: 


4. Four months later, Insurrection is "Fantasyland?" from Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde: 

5. Tucker Carlson whines about Gas Shortages...thanks Joe Biden, and Dumb Ron Johnson's vaccine brain freeze! Yet economy is roaring ahead. Guess right-wingers never heard of the pipeline ransomware attack in their media: 

6. Right-wing Heritage Action for America's one-size-fits-all nationwide Voter Suppression laws Exposed: "So it has that grassroots, you know, bottom-up kind a vibe:"

7. Republican Born: WI Black Historical Society funding dismissed, surprise, their voters never asked for it. NOBODY ASKED FOR IT...EXCEPT the Governor in his budget. But he's a "nobody," right?: 




On Capitol City Sunday, Born lied and denied referring Sen. LaTonya Johnson to a small display in the Capitol as an example of Black history being honored by the state:
Born: "I don't think that's what I said..."

8. Dumb Ron Johnson now stands for choice
? Yea, the choice not to get vaccinated this time:


9. US Generals say Biden illegitimate, the Election a Fraud: The first warm week, and all this happens:

More than 124 retired US generals and admirals have published an open letter suggesting that Joe Biden was not legitimately elected as President and questioning his fitness for office. Calling themselves ‘Flag Officers 4 America’, they said that America is “in deep peril,” having “taken a hard-Left turn toward Socialism and a Marxist form of tyrannical government”.

The letter from US retired military leaders said: “Without fair and honest elections that accurately reflect the ‘will of the people’ our Constitutional Republic is lost,” and claimed that the FBI and Supreme Court “ignored” irregularities in 2020. The group also questioned the “physical and mental condition of the Commander in Chief” and claimed that questions had been raised about who is really in charge.
10. WI Trump Republicans Mandating National Anthem? It's just a game to them...


11. An avalanche of Trumpism continues:



Wait, one more recent twist on restoring the integrity and confidence in elections:

53% say the party needs to focus on message and ideas to win over more voters, but 47% say the GOP already has enough voters and should focus on pushing for changes to voting rules instead.