December 8, 2010 Sanity
FightingBob.com and Fighting Bob the Fest/Chautauqua help me maintain my sanity and my belief that we will recover from the November fiasco. Why? Well, I get a time at bat every morning and so many of you inspire me with your superb articles, GuestBlog posts, and letters. You really raise my spirits and keep my hopes alive. Our contributors are a cut above writers in other publications in Wisconsin.
The strong reaction to Obama's deal from FightingBob.com readers makes me appear like a mild critic. Read and enjoy.
Today's GuestBlog post from Ms. Forward is superb--read it and then look at the video staring the Nelson family in the Dells. This is a special family and the production, guided by Sarah Lloyd will inspire you. Growing Stronger in the Wisconsin Dells. You are gonna love it.
Walker the Talker: The Bradley Foundation-guided governor-elect Scott Walker, hereafter identified as Bradley/Walker, still defends his stupid rigidity in opposing the high speed train--not to mention that he will return $800 million to the federal government. Why? Because Bradley fellow Charlie Sykes will condemn him as a RINO (Republican In Name Only) if he keeps the money and joins Minnesota in the development of transportation for the future. Tommy Thompson must be wild--he never returned a dime and as a member of the Amtrak Board he pushed for rail. In other words, he was sensible by comparison with Walker. Bradley/Walker says the insurance company-disguised-as-a-farm-organization, the Farm Bureau, agrees with him. And so?
Hundreds of citizens raised hell last night in Madison in support of high speed rail, but Walker hints he will only upgrade freight! In other words, he will continue his opposition to high speed passenger rail. Jaysus, man, get a life.
Union Busting? You bet! Bradley/Walker is challenging public employee unions to a duel at high noon. "Walker" according to JS, is looking at a range of options that would weaken unions, including, catch this, "eliminating their ability to negotiate with the state." "Put up your dukes," hollers Bradley/Walker. Instead of calling for good faith he threatens and bloviates. Threats not bargaining.
We all know that unions are evil. Just look at what came from unions:
40 hour work week Overtime pay Paid Vacations Safe workplace Protection from employer harassment Reduction in punitive firing without legitimate cause Living wages Whistleblower protection when companies take illegal actions
But, you know, now that unions have won all that for all workers, we don't need unions any more. Now unions just cost us more money and make jobs go to China. I'm sure that with no unions, no jobs will go to China anymore and employers won't abuse workers.
Just like we don't need pollution laws anymore because, gee, the rivers are cleaner now. I'm sure they will stay clean with no laws in force.
-Tim | Barron, WI | December 8, 2010
President Obama's press conference was an insult to the intellegence of his followers. Let me see if I have this straight; he campaigned against tax cuts for Billionares, then does a 180, THEN says "just wait 2 years and I'll fight them again on the same issue only this time I WON'T back down."
The irony here is that democrats are coming together as never before to fight this thievery, and what is their battle cry? "Stop the Obama sell-out!" If only we could unite this strongly against the McConnell's and Bohner's of this world the mid-term elections would have turned-out different in a big way; and please spare me this nonsense about ending tax cuts in a recession is a bad idea. Do you know what's worse? Implementing a tax-cut during a time of war. Does anyone recall why the Federal income tax was created in the first place? President Lincoln created the tax and thus the IRS to finance the war against slavery. Lincoln understood the price was worth it. Now we have two wars going at the same time and where is the sound financial logic of Roosevelt in WW II, or Wilson in WW I, or Lincoln before them?
Barack Obama may yet succeed in uniting the left against the greedy, unpatriotic forces in this country; but not quite the way he intended.
-Tim Buban | New Berlin, WI | December 8, 2010
Each day the news reports detail the capitulation of our current President to the goals and ideals he espoused as a candidate. It is painful to feel so duped by campaign rhetoric even though the recent election demonstrated how easily us electorate are duped by marketing. On a recent trip my wife and I visited the grave site of Mother Jones in Mt. Olive Illinois. How saddened I was, standing graveside, with the realization that what she fought to gain for the miners for so many years, mine safety and equitable pay for the miners still eludes the miner today. I am additionally amazed that her life and struggles for justice were never chronicled in the history textbooks which were used when I was in school many years ago. History has been written by old white guys so the accomplishments of any other than the old white guy was ignored. With great anticipation after Obama' s inauguration I did have hope for change as promised only to quickly realize the only change was skin color and age. He is acting like an old white guy and there are too many already determining the direction of government. Current conditions in the US are proof.
-Richard Kanak | Cherry Valley, Illinois | December 8, 2010
Anyone who didn't expect the right wing morons from balancing the budget on the backs of the workers must be one of them. How many union workers have been furloughed, how many union workers have seen their co-pays rise. It seems has if the unionized state/federal employee is seeing a tax no other American is seeing. A tax cut generally means a larger paycheck but if you happen to be a union employee your check is smaller. With the help of the democratic party the republican party has realized their goal of a cheap labor force, thus ensuring rising profits. Any union employee who voted repiblican should lose his job.
-Dol O'Mite | Oconomowoc, WI | December 8, 2010
I just woke up from a very long sleep.
When did Obama switch parties?
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Out | December 8, 2010
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