Sunday, January 31, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Bumbling Republicans Rush to Trash Gov. Evers Mask Mandate, but instead, mistakenly kill $49 million Federal Food Assistance money!!!
Bumbling Republicans didn't know. No excuse, no joke after 10 months of doing nothing.
1. They were so dead set on repealing Gov. Evers mask mandate, they didn't stop to debate or think...
JSONLINE: Republicans introduced their plan a week ago and rushed it to the Senate floor without holding a hearing on it. Until late Wednesday, they did not know their effort could take away food assistance in the middle of a pandemic that has forced thousands of people out of work.
2. I only noticed this amazing mistake when I found the press release from the Hunger Task Force, at The Wheeler Report:
“Emergency FoodShare is 100% federally funded, so in effect, our state Legislature is voting to turn away federal assistance in a pandemic without regard for people in need.”
3. Still Repealing the Mask Mandate, Republicans have the Balls to add this:
Republicans "added a measure authorizing Gov. Tony Evers to declare a state of emergency for the sole purpose of receiving federal FoodShare funds.""Sole purpose"? Yup, no mask mandate, crowd sizes limits, etc. Since the pandemic isn't real, what's the point of declaring what would be a phony emergency health order? My god.
Vos told reporters shortly before the Assembly convened, "Unfortunately, when our Senate colleagues passed it, they didn’t necessarily do the same level of due diligence. … We do not want to repeat that mistake."5. Clueless and incompetent Vos sabotages state's economic comeback: Banning the mask mandate is bad for the two reason's Sen. Chris Larsen listed below:
a. They constantly criticize how slowly the vaccine has been rolled out, yet they vote for bills that prevent hospitals from requiring their employees to receive one.
b. They say they want businesses to be open and schools to be in-person, but against the wishes of doctors, scientists, teachers, and business leaders, they passed a resolution in the Senate to repeal the statewide mask mandate - the very thing we need in place to keep them open.
6. Republicans can't govern. NOT THE FIRST TIME:
And yet, Republicans are ripping Gov. Evers for everything COVID, claiming he's not taking the pandemic seriously. You can't make this stuff up.
The reason the Republican backers of this proposal give is that they don’t think Evers should have the power to make such an order. In fact, it’s pretty clear they don’t think Evers should have the power to do much of anything.
Their goal – and I don’t think I’m being too radical about this – is for Evers to have no power to fix anything and to be held responsible for everything that goes wrong.
Monday, January 25, 2021
Exploding the "Fiscal Conservative" Myth; Medicare-for-All's Huge Savings of $42 billion to $743 billion Opposed By Republicans!
Well, we finally have the definitive CBO study, with 5 different scenarios. I've written a lot about health care in the past, but nothing like this have been done researched so thoroughly. Thankfully, because Trump's daily disasters out of the way, this has surfaced. Now we know.
The most exhaustive study on Medicare for All just came out (n Dec.). The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an estimate of the cost of implementing a single-payer health insurance program in the United States. Its conclusion: a single-payer system would guarantee health insurance to all people while reducing overall health spending by hundreds of billions of dollars every year.
1. The CBO answered these questions for four different single-payer designs and found that a single-payer system would save $42 billion to $743 billion in 2030 alone.
2. The CBO option that most closely approximates current Medicare for All proposals is Option 3, which features low payment rates and low cost-sharing. That option produces $650 billion of savings in 2030. Adding Long Term Service and Supports to that option, which also approximates what many current Medicare for All proposals do, looks like it would bring the savings down to around $300 billion.3. Medicare for All advocates have historically pointed towards the 2 percent administrative costs of traditional Medicare as what we should expect in a Medicare for All system. Yet, private Medicare Advantage plans have a similarly sick and elderly enrollment population, but manage to spend a whopping 13.7 percent of their revenue on administrative expenses. Thus, the payer administrative costs we could expect under single-payer are not the 6 percent touted by Urban and Mercatus. They are not even the 2 percent of the traditional Medicare program. Rather, they are more like 1.5 to 1.8 percent. These other estimates are therefore missing hundreds of billions of dollars of savings per year on this item alone.4. The barriers to the policy are not technical deficiencies or costs, but rather political opposition from Republicans and conservative Democrats who would rather spend more money to provide less health care.
Again? Republicans Wrong; People stayed home, jobs declined, and economy slowed BEFORE Governor's stay-at-home order!
Wisconsin Republicans love to look busy.
So, on top of just sitting back on the sidelines, armchair quarterbacking the COVID-19 pandemic, they're also proactively stripping public health safeguards that will keep the state's economy depressed longer. They now want to kill off the mask mandate, instead of giving it their approval. That should make people feel safer going out again.
Uh Oh, Consumers Stayed Home Before Stay-at-Home orders! GOP Wrong Again: The Republican rant centered on the Governor hurting businesses, whining about the mask mandate and crowd limits. They're the pro-business heroes blaming the tyranny of the governor, who shut everything down with stay-at-home orders.
No surprise, it turns out the public is a lot smarter than our game playing do-nothing Republicans. Blowup another ridiculous manufactured "job killing" line of BS:
Employment and activity declined before shutdowns hit...
WaPo: Critics have blamed states’ governors, typically Democrats, for job losses. But pandemic-related economic research shows the shutdowns aren’t killing jobs; the virus is. In the first outbreaks last spring, people stayed home to avoid contracting the deadly novel coronavirus, regardless of what their governor said.
In every state, they stopped going to work around the weekend of March 14, as uncertainty soared, stock markets collapsed and the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic. When business didn’t return appreciably faster in areas that lifted their shutdowns, it was clear that shutdowns couldn’t be the primary reason people were staying away from businesses.Wisconsin Republicans would like you to believe this wouldn't have happened if they were in charge, but:
When we looked at job losses by the governor’s party, rural and suburban areas of red and blue states, (they) lost jobs and began to recover at almost exactly the same pace, regardless of which party was in charge.
One other piece of supporting evidence? The economists found that businesses that drew the largest crowds before the pandemic were the same ones that saw the sharpest declines, relative to their size. That indicates consumers were spooked by the virus and sought out stores they knew were likely to have few customers. That trend was especially pronounced in areas with worse coronavirus outbreaks.
Friday, January 22, 2021
5,643 Deaths and counting, and Vos Republicans never took the COVID-19 Pandemic Seriously! Think about that.
If Scott Walker was governor, herd immunity would be a thing, and the state economy would have plunged into an endless COVID-19 recession, with businesses collapsing everywhere.
Anti-maskers, demanding businesses to reopen, have unknowingly trashed the consumer driven economy by making it unsafe to go out.
The No Solutions, Do-Nothing Vos-Republican Freeloaders: For 8 years, Walker didn't solve one social problem. Vos-Republicans are sticking to their freeloading ways.
Wait out the pandemic = let the vaccines do all the heavy lifting.
They always say we should follow CDC recommendations, right? But they don't mean it AT ALL:
More than two dozen Republican lawmakers have signed onto a new resolution that, if taken up and passed by the Senate and Assembly, would immediately cease Evers' extended face mask requirement and the public health emergency declaration that serves as its basis.
Recent Marquette University Law School poll results showed the mask mandate was supported by a majority of Wisconsinites.While GOP lawmakers had the power to convene at any time to knock it down, they declined to do so in the months leading up to and following the November election.
Led by Sens. Julian Bradley and Steve Nass, the joint resolution would terminate the public health emergency declaration and subsequent mask order, a step that the language says would "protect the integrity of the legislative powers authorized under the Wisconsin Constitution."If they believed we were in a COVID-19 pandemic they would support Evers, but...
“The time has come for the Wisconsin Legislature to stand up for civil liberties and put an end to the excessive actions of Governor Evers to control the people of this state with unending Covid-19 emergency declarations," Nass said in a recent statement. "These overreaching mask mandates from @GovEvers must stop," Bradley said this week in a tweet. "I'm ready to vote to end them now."The gerrymandered-out-of-power Democrats keep telling the truth, even after 5,607 Wisconsinites died horrible lonely deaths thanks to Republican opposition:
Evers spokeswoman Britt Cudaback slammed the resolution, "Republicans haven’t taken COVID-19 seriously from the beginning, and they still aren’t now more than 280 days since they last sent a bill to the governor’s desk," she added.And the madness continues, pretending this never really happened;
A host of provisions that made their way through the committee process this week, such as two separate bills that would bar health officials, as well as employers, from requiring individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccination; another to prohibit health officials from closing places of worship to curb the virus; and a final one that would require school board approval to allow virtual instruction.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
At the risk of making Gov. Tony Evers look good...
Assembly leader Robin Vos just got exposed as the incompetent egotistical PROBLEM gumming up pandemic aid to Wisconsinites. Thanks to the Senate compromise bill with Governor Evers, Vos got his ass handed to him.
1. The Assembly's weird COVID-19 anti-plan, that pretends the pandemic never happened, came across like the obvious Vos power grab it was meant to be.
Cosplay governor Robin Vos' massive ego can't handle getting benched by the Senate. And he's mad. A few bullet points:
1. While Vos ignores the pandemic, believing businesses, schools, and confined church gatherings should be allowed again, he actually said:
"With lives literally on the line..."
2. Vos got caught in his own lie over Evers vaccine distribution problems, when his orange leader Trump mishandled the vaccines reserves, leaving nothing for Evers and the other states.
As Gov. Evers explained:
3. So, after 9 months of doing nothing and now holding up the Evers/Senate COVID agreement, Vos comically demanded:
"The vaccine distribution effort should be an "ALL HANDS ON DECK" operation...Gov. Evers, do your job."…except the Assembly's hands?
4. Vos actually vilified local voter supported government health officials by claiming his big government one-size-fits-all state plan is better than "blanket decisions" made by city and county leaders. Try not to laugh at the mind boggling hypocrisy:
"Bring everyone together...that limits government overreach, and allows for more, not less, public input."
5. That's when we saw the Vos tantrum, trashing the new Senate leadership, and conveniently forgetting he's done nothing but delay, criticize, and delay some more:
"It seems, unfortunately, some would think the only way to find common ground is to cave to the Governors demands...but we will never compromise our conservative ideals in the name of political expediency."
6. Again, Vos is no closer to a plan 10 months in, and he's selling this BS?
“There is no sense of urgency with the Evers administration. They’ve had months to develop a plan
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
Trump's Free Speech right is not to blame for Capitol insurrection, 5 deaths, and armed Militia Revolution!
Laughably insane Trumpist warrior...
But The Daily Show begs to differ...
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Embarrassed yet? Republican voters chose Glenn Grothman as their next Representative, and now look what they got:
On top of that, Grothman vilified Democrats for winning elections through the support of Black Lives Matter. Because white nationalist militia groups are more in line with "real Americans?":
Grothman defended right-wing victimhood, claiming election insurrectionists are just "scared."
"They're scared to death were going to go back to days without Donald Trump...they're scared to death that nobody else will fight the "cancel culture" as we head towards an era when some things can't be said...they're scared to death that a majority party got here by teaming up with black lives matter, founded by Marxists, that dislikes the family."
Loony tunes? Yes, and boy do they wallow in hating the left...
Grothman never saw a Trump problem that deserved impeachment...But the calls to get tough with insurrectionist, rioters, and those posting deadly threats against elected officials and their families, will only result in more anger, so let's...reward that?
"There is an out of control hatred for Donald Trump among many Democratic congressmen that has caused them to twice use something that should happen once every hundred years for no lawful reason but just out of personal hatred," Grothman said.
Rep.Tom Tiffany criticized the effort to remove Trump. "Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi’s insistence on moving forward with yet another misguided and partisan impeachment effort to remove a duly elected president … which will only exacerbate an already volatile situation.”What about radical David Clarke you might ask?
Rep. Mike Gallagher said he believes Congress has a duty to "land this plane" to uphold the ll of the voters and prevent further violence.
Much closer to home, and while the nations state Capitols are under threat of siege, Vos Republicans decided not to try stopping the insurrectionists or take the threat seriously:
JSONLINE: Democratic Sen. Jeff Smith argued the resolution was relevant because of recent warnings from the Federal Bureau of Investigations that "armed protests" were being planned at every state Capitol in the country.
"I do believe it has a lot to do with the organization of not only this Senate but the protection of this building," Smith said in response to Kapenga's ruling, saying the FBI warning shows a direct threat to the Wisconsin State Capitol and its members. The move to block the resolution came as Gov. Tony Evers ordered the ground-floor windows of the Capitol be boarded up as a cautionary measure.
Something is wrong when Sen. Mitch McConnell sharply disagrees with Wisconsin Republicans.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
Well, what do you know, big talking state Republicans here and in Washington are gumming up the works trying to stop insurrections.
Rep. Mike Gallagher, after reaping the massive media coverage ripping Trump for the Capitol riots, locally and nationally, wasn't THAT angry apparently. Hey, thanks for your service Mike:
"Trump irresponsibly stoked a throng that included some mob elements and while he should’ve foreseen that there would be lawbreaking, I don’t think he intended a violent storming of the Capitol or the death of anybody,"
Lock Them Up, for Real! This is even more bizarre: Wisconsin's local seditious GOP traitors are gearing up for war, feeling like victims, and angry Trump had a difficult 4 years. How awful. After trying to unmask everybody in the state for their manly liberty and freedoms, it's time for war? JSONLINE:
St. Croix County GOP chairman John Kraft, an IT professional, said the message was up before last Wednesday's violent, Trump-inspired revolt at the Capitol, and he "can't help what twisted inferences local Democrats choose to attribute to it."John Craft says any press is good press? Good to know:
Kraft was one of three litigants in the lawsuit to block Gov. Tony Evers' statewide emergency order requiring people to wear masks in public places.
In September, just days before a listening session about diversity and law enforcement in the Hudson Police Department, a commenter on the county GOP's Facebook page urged people to "bring your AR-15s and get rid of these communist Punk (expletive)."And I haven't even brought up Rep's Tom Tiffany and Scott Fitzgerald's call to reverse the presidential election.
“Conspiracism has become a recognized and accepted way of exercising political power,” Nancy Rosenblum, co-author of A Lot of People Are Saying, told FRONTLINE. “[It] creates a kind of polarization in the population that’s much deeper than partisan polarization. It’s a polarization about what it means to know something. … Whether it returns to the fringes or not will depend on whether people in office can resist using it.”Here's the Lincoln Projects take on the insurrection:
T1 WIFI, confirmed it is blocking Facebook and Twitter from its WIFI service for some customers due to censorship claims...the company said too many customers had requested the sites be blocked, so it would block them for all customers. However, the company backtracked and said those who didn't request the sites be blocked would still have access."Our company does not believe a website or social networking site has the authority to censor what you see and post and hide information from you."
NOTE: When Trump repealed Net Neutrality, he actually prevented government from having some control over ISP's, because ISP's were at the time considered public utilities. But that control would not have effected this:
While Your T1 WIFI says they acted in response to censorship, the company's actions could also be considered censorship. In addition, they may violate Washington state's Net Neutrality law, which states that internet providers may not manipulate access to content.
The law contains the following language: A person engaged in the provision of broadband internet access service in Washington state may not:
(a) Block lawful content, applications, services, or nonharmful devices, subject to reasonable network management.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Trumpism on Display: Who knew? The riots, vandalism, and thuggery were actually left wing protesters and ANTIFA disguised as Trump cultists? Well, I guess you can't retire that myth.
After the Trump insurrection at our nations capitol by Trump-cult nationalists, militia losers, and QAnon terrorists, the conservative media is now trying desperately to downplay the nightmare witnessed by millions of American by comparing it to the 2011 protests in Madison. To start, protesters never broke into the Capitol building.
Despite the lack of vandalism, the Act 10 Scott Walker protests were supposed to make Trump's insurrection look good. Nope. Here's what Trump rioters left behind:
By March 7, 2011, the Department of Administration reported that all signs and banners in the Capitol had been removed. Some of the signs are being considered for preservation by the Wisconsin Historical Society or the Smithsonian Institution.
The protesters "have adopted an ownership ethic in the building, treating it with the utmost care and respect," wrote Jason Tish, executive director of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation and a local field representative for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
He called the demonstrators "evangelistic about their respect for the building." "The extent of what I saw today is just chips and nicks -- cosmetic damage," he said in an interview. "I don’t see how they (protesters) could have conducted themselves any better." Tish said the building bore the signs of the "accelerated cumulative effects of lots of people going through the building. I saw no intentional damage." The new estimate: $347,500, some 20 times less than the original one. And there are indications that even that could be high.
This smells like an effort to pour gas on the anti-protester fire. The claim was ridiculously high. And that gets a Pants on Fire rating.
More Irrelevant Scott Walker Fiction: Walker's first fictional work, a book titled "Unintimidated" - where he "canceled" the historical fact that he hid from the public during and after the protests - has now been followed up by this whopper of a story:
The picture shows police moving, not arresting, a protester from the halls.
Protesters did not Defy Law Enforcement by taking "over the building. In fact, Walker defied the law:
A judge’s order yesterday requiring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to allow full public access to the Capitol here is being ignored by the governor and the state’s Republicans. Steven Means, lawyer for the governor, said the court order opening the Capitol carried no weight because it was “vaguely written.”
Walker Ban "Unconstitutional: After banning protests and charging a fee for preapproved protests and essentially banning indoor protests at the Capitol, the courts stepped in:
As nearly 400 citations issued to people for singing in the Capitol rotunda last summer without a permit make their way through the Dane County courts, Judge Frank Remington dismissed all such cases in his court March 10, finding the administrative rules for which they were cited unconstitutional.
Nations Capitol not the same as Madison's Capitol building: When Trump media tried to make the comparison between the two Capitol's, they were lying again:
One response to the criticism of the new DOA policy has been to compare the DOA policy to the rules governing demonstrations at the United States Capitol building. the U.S. Capitol building is not considered a public forum, while the Wisconsin State Capitol is.
The Nation Magazine summed it up best with this important point: According to the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Historic Landmark Nomination: “The soaring rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol is designed to induce its citizenry to be, as individuals, among the ‘resources of Wisconsin.’ Whereas some statehouses are maintained apart from the urban fabric, the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda functions, both literally and symbolically, as a city center and is fully utilized as a public space to which all have claim.”
Friday, January 8, 2021
Trump's campaign forwarded $3 million to (state) officials to cover the costs of a recount in Dane and Milwaukee County.
Again, this is Trump's recount money here, not taxpayer dollars.
"We plan to consider options for the future. This committee will protect the state's checkbook."What? As the article pointed out...
But under a law signed by Republican former Gov. Scott Walker following the 2016 election, state dollars can not used to pay for recounts when the margin of victory is over 0.25%. The difference in Wisconsin was 20,682 votes, or just over 0.6%.
Republicans have set the bar for governance pretty, pretty, low. Good move Republicans...
Sen. Howard Marklein to replace Sen. Alberta Darling as co-chair to powerful state budget committee ·
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
WI Republicans "need Trump voters to win future elections"...or just overturn elections by force? Wisconsin GOP going rogue.
What seemed like a breakthrough; A state Republican calling out Rep. Robin Vos for retaliation against anyone questioning his leaders and power. Finally right?
WSJ: Rep. Scott Allen, R-Waukesha, recently sent a letter to his Republican colleagues
alleging that Vos is punishing conservatives who unsuccessfully challenged the Assembly GOP leadership.
It wasn't. It was scarier.
“The majority of our caucus perceive that their future electoral success will come under the guide of current leadership and their Democrat-light agenda,” Allen said. The Republican Party now consists of “hard-working people who love freedom.” He said Republicans will need Trump voters to win future elections.Ah, Trump voters are needed to win! More later...how else would you describe "Trump voters?"
He described such voters as people who have a “healthy distrust” of the establishment, including the media, lobbyists, bureaucrats and career politicians.“(New Trump Republicans) want us to aggressively fight for their interests,” Allen said.
Lambast the Republican strategy for the 2020 campaign as timid.
Allen’s remarks come as Republicans across the nation grapple with how to respond to Trump’s insistence that he won the election.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
It looks like WI Republicans gave up the sham appearance of supporting face masks with their latest "COVID-19 legislation," which totally ignores the deadly pandemic in every way. This is a truly sick in-your-face denial of the pandemic, and grotesque support of business over their constituents lives.
There is No Pandemic #1: The first obvious, but also breathtaking proposal not seen since the Gilded Age; a return to abusive sweat-shop labor and dangerous working conditions:
The new GOP-backed proposal would give businesses, schools and governmental entities legal immunity if someone contracts COVID-19 on their premises, even if the entity isn’t following local, state or federal requirements to curb the spread of the virus.
You can't make this stuff up. THIS is okay with conservative voters?
NOTE: Imagine the medical bills and debt families who are treated in a hospital for Covid-19 will be racking up, while businesses get a pass for being irresponsible. This is fucked up.
There is No Pandemic #2: The second obvious slap at wearing masks at all:
There is No Pandemic #3: Can Republicans be any clearer? They really don't care about wearing masks, and they will force the public and children back into the workplace regardless of the pandemic, good or bad. For instance, Republicans think a lot can apparently happen with the virus in just 14 days:
GOP lawmakers also pass a resolution calling on the Evers administration to reopen the state Capitol building. The resolution called on Evers' DOA to "immediately to provide free and open public access to the state capitol building." "The executive branch … may be impermissibly interfering with the ability of the legislative branch to carry out its legislative duties..."Democrats tried unsuccessfully to amend the plan to require that people wear face masks when they're in the Capitol. Several GOP lawmakers attended session in person without masks, as did several members of the public in the legislative galleries.
Bar schools from providing virtual instruction, unless its school board votes to approve virtual instruction by a two-thirds vote of its members. Each approval would last only 14 days.Limit local health officers’ ability to restrict capacity of businesses during the pandemic to 14-day periods, unless the local government approves an extension of such an order. Each extension could only last 14 days.Bar DHS and local health officers from closing or forbidding gatherings in places of worship.